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Zabercat

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Hey! I’ve just completed the research for my first ever PC build. Long time gamer, first time builder. So, I’m hoping that some people can help me double check this build for my own sanity sake. I’ve looked at these specs over and over, to the point of going cross eyed. Every time I look, I think there’s something else I can tweak. Please tell me if there’s any part of this build that doesn’t fit with the rest. Or please share any alternatives you think would fit better.



I’m in gaming for the stunning visual detail and immersion. I do play single and multiplayer games, but don’t care so much to get the upper refresh rate on others in fast paced games. As long as it’s built to be stable, I want the focus on visual quality.



Thanks for your time and input!



Case: Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra

CPU: Intel core i7-9700

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super

Memory: Corsair vengeance RBG PRO 1 (2 x for 16GB total)

Storage: Samsung 860 Eva 1 TB

PSU: Corsair RM550x

Monitor: Asus ROG Swift PG27A

Cooling: mounted on the side, Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid ML240R RGB.

Fans: top – 2 x Noctua NF-A14 PWM. Bottom – 3 x Noctua NF-A PWM
 

phillpower2

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Welcome to PCHF Zabercat,

For your intended use the CPU is overkill and at the same time the CPU is expensive for what you are getting performance wise, benchmarks here for two AMD CPUs one that cost the same, one that costs less, both rated better than the i7 9700.

The RAM, it is important to include links to any potential RAM purchase so that the specs can be checked, you would not believe how many folk purchase RAM that is too slow for the CPU which then results in a bottleneck, specs match first, fancy RGB lighting second so as to avoid performance problems.

Great choice of PSU but not enough for an RTX 2080 Super as depending on which brand of card they require the system to be powered a minimum of a 600W or 650W PSU which as mentioned is brand specific.
 

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Hey Phillpower,

Thanks, I'm excited to join the community.

I've heard of the AMD chips becoming much better per unit of cost. For some reason I feel that sticking with an intel is the way to go. What would the major difference be as far as changing around the rest of my build. I know that I would have to find a monitor that supports Freesync instead of just Gsync. Do you know of any other intel CPUs that might be better or are you just recommending on switching to AMD?

Thanks for that advice. I will include the link for my RAM from now on. Here's the link the one I posted earlier: https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Memory/Vengeance-PRO-RGB-Black/p/CMW16GX4M2C3200C16

Ahh I made a mistake there. I meant to put my updated PSU model which is the Corsaid Rm850x.

What did you think of the monitor? Should I stick with that or move up to a 4k monitor?
 

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Hello Zabercat,

First and foremost it is your build and I was in no way trying to sway you only to bring to your attention that your CPU costs a lot of money for what it is and a lot of the cost is to pay for resources that you will not use, 6, 8 and 12 core processors are intended for the likes of games programmers, CAD and professional video editors and for gaming a quad core CPU is adequate.

AMD or Intel, I prefer a build that has integrated graphics as a back up and unfortunately you do not get this with most new AMD CPUs and none at all with any AMD CPU that has more than four cores, best they do is the one here

Thanks for the link to the RAM, are you aware that the RAM will need to be overclocked else it will be too slow, the i7-9700 requires DDR4-2666 whereas the RAM at your link has a stock speed of 2133MHz and needs to OCd to achieve anything faster, note the SPD and Tested Speed info at your link.

Great choice of PSU.

Didn`t check your choice of monitor, do you have a link.
 

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Anything else we can do for you or should we mark your thread as having been answered.
 

Zabercat

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Hello Zabercat,

First and foremost it is your build and I was in no way trying to sway you only to bring to your attention that your CPU costs a lot of money for what it is and a lot of the cost is to pay for resources that you will not use, 6, 8 and 12 core processors are intended for the likes of games programmers, CAD and professional video editors and for gaming a quad core CPU is adequate.

AMD or Intel, I prefer a build that has integrated graphics as a back up and unfortunately you do not get this with most new AMD CPUs and none at all with any AMD CPU that has more than four cores, best they do is the one here

Thanks for the link to the RAM, are you aware that the RAM will need to be overclocked else it will be too slow, the i7-9700 requires DDR4-2666 whereas the RAM at your link has a stock speed of 2133MHz and needs to OCd to achieve anything faster, note the SPD and Tested Speed info at your link.

Great choice of PSU.

Didn`t check your choice of monitor, do you have a link.
I understand, I appreciate your feedback. I think I am going to switch to AMD now. I will want to save money there to upgrade the RAM and possibly splurge a bit more on the monitor.
Here's a link to the current monitor I was going for: https://www.asus.com/us/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-SWIFT-PG27AQ/
I wanted a monitor with the best possible visuals, which seems like it would be a VA panel. I'm going back to the board to look for a monitor that has freesync, VA panel, and good color accuracy and contrasts.
 

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Will you be posting a new parts list based on an AMD build or should we mark this thread as having been answered.
 
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