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My very first build.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

In theory my dream PC would have used an i9 9900K and a 2080Ti, but looking at how overpriced they are I decided maybe I should dream of a PC that wouldn't make me feel like I had been ripped off.


Performance goal was to drive a 3440 x 1440 monitor at 75 Hz or faster.


Alienware AW3418DW  100-120Hz IPS 3440x1440 monitor

AMD Ryzen 3700x

Gigabyte x570 Aorus Elite Wifi

32 GB GSkill Ripjaws V 3200 RAM

Corsair RM750 80+ gold

Gigabyte Windforce OC 3  RTX 2070Super

Samsung 970 pro 512 GB NVME m.2 boot drive

2x Samsung 860 Evo 1 TB SATA storage SSDs

iKBC 108BT w/ cherry red silent and native  🥰 COLEMAK 🥰 and DVORAK modes.

Noctua u12a CPU cooler

Noctua iPPC pmw 3000

3x Noctua AF-14 pmw 140mm fans 

Noctua 4 pin fan controller

Noctua 4 pin y splitter cables (I didn't realize the AF-14s came with splitters)



Dual boot on NVME drive

Window 10 Home

SUSE Linux 15.1 LEAP


Noob mistakes:

Buying splitter cables and a fan controller I didn't actually need.

Drilling countersinks in one of my AF-14 fans before I realized that the mounting screws are long enough if you push REALLY HARD when getting them started (the Noctua Fans were about 1mm thicker than the Silverstones).

Not realizing that 8 pin CPU power cables and 6 + 2 PCIe power cables are wired differently and that the 8 pin is a bad choice for trying to power the GPU even if it's the right length to make for prettier cable management.


Cooling nonsense:

Don't the PM-01 and 3700x come with fans/cooler?  Yes they do.

However, 4 pin can idle quietly, Noctua's "if it doesn't contribute to function it's a waste," is the sort of aesthetic that appeals to me (even if it's brown), and being half Swiss I have genetic issues resisting over-engineered perfectionist overkill and the U12A was more than I could resist when it came to CPU cooling.

Isn't the PM-10 a bit old as a case?  Yes, but I watch too much tech Jesus and pause to read the charts.  The PM-01's "Mesh + Leafblower = Thermal Winner" design appealed to me.


Why so much RAM?

Theoretically Blender and scientific computing can use gobs of RAM, but mostly it's because I don't feel like putting in more 4 years from now and RAM is cheap at the moment.


Planned workloads:


Gaming, Blender, general use, occasional dabbles in coding and scientific computing.

My CPU choice was mostly driven by Blender and by i9 CPUs being overpriced in my opinion.  If I had found a 9900k for $400 or less I probably would have gone for that, but it didn't seem worth a $100 + premium just for single core clock boost speeds.


What it's replacing:

Dell 17 in i7 3630QM 2.4 Ghz 4 core 8 thread, 8Gb RAM, inspiron laptop from 2012 with HD bearings that occasionally make crunchy noises.


Used build guides from LTT (Anthony's vid from this summer), and Noctua (fan and cooler installation).










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The 9900k and 2080Ti aren't overpriced....they're priced according to what they are; flagship, top tier, have-to-have-the-best cards.

Nice build! I love Noctua coolers but I don't think I could ever go with the brown fans again.

Interesting choice of storage.

Current PC:




Mothballed PC:



CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red



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