PC Build

Built a new personal computer for video game playing, development and some data science.
hardware gaming
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I recently finished up my masters degree and decided to gift myself a graduation present of a gaming pc. My previous build was done years ago and wasn’t performing as well as I’d like it to, especially when attempting to stream.

Images

After Cleanup
Messy Start
It POSTs!
Desk Setup
After Cleanup Dark

Part List

First and foremost, the parts list. Here is the full list of my entire build:

Type Item
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Corsair - H100i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Taichi ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 120 GB 2.5” Solid State Drive
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5” Solid State Drive
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 2 TB 2.5” Solid State Drive
Storage Western Digital - Blue 4 TB 3.5” 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 4 TB 3.5” 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card
Case Fractal Design - Define R6 Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0” 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0” 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0” 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor
Keyboard Cooler Master - CM Storm QuickFire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse Cooler Master - CM Storm Spawn Wired Optical Mouse
Headphones Sennheiser - HD 518 Headphones
External Storage Western Digital - easystore 8 TB External Hard Drive
Other Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Blackout Edition
Other Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
Other Xbox Wireless Controller - White
   
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-10 14:12 EST-0500

 

I decided to go for the biggest and greatest GPU that existed, even though I’m well aware there’s a better “bang for your buck” with the other cards.

Stream

I decided to stream the entire build process, which can be seen here:

It took six and a half hours to build the computer from scratch. I believe if I wasn’t streaming, I could have knocked an hour or two off, but very much enjoyed the communication with the viewers and the help they provided. This was my first attempt using multiple cameras for a stream and I believe it worked out very well. Overall, the stream went great and I had at one point sixteen individuals watching.

Conclusion

This was my first computer build in many years, so I was a little nervous with seating the CPU into the MOBO socket and this was also my first liquid cooling computer, which turned out to be incredibly easy. I’d absolutely recommend looking into liquid cooling, the all in one kits made it incredibly easy.

The two mistakes I made when building was having the power button header reversed, which caused it to not boot at the beginning, seen here and when I finally fixed it seen here and I didn’t set the memory settings in the BIOS. I’ve never had to set memory settings before, but I guess this is common with DDR4 RAM.

Overall, the entire process was amazing. I’ve been having a blast playing every game on max settings, netting 144 frames per second and playing VR games on a HTC Vive. 1010 would build again.

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