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Chevelleman
Alan Estes
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ROG-Dominator-RGB

I will try to keep this description brief. If you want details and more pictures go to the build updates. I have a lot more in the updates.

This was my high school gaming rig, on a $1,000 budget. I got the Asus m5a97 r.20, AMD FX-8320, Powercolor HD Radeon 6970, 2 TB HDD, and 16 GB of DDR3 corsair vengeance RAM 800 MHZ, and a cheap PSU + mid tower. I later added an arctic freezer tower cooler. That's all I could afford back in 2013. I started to upgrade the PC little by little throughout 2019. I bought a Samsung 850 evo SSD In November of 2017.

This build has taught me a lot about Ryzen and how to get the most out of a Ryzen based system. I included a pic of my PC when it was dual AIO cooled. As you can tell my parts changed shortly after water cooling. I bought Samsung b-die RAM and now I'm able to get a lot out of my system.

This system started out as another low budget upgrade, but instead I saved up money and each month I bought a part and changed something out in my PC. Now it's more of an enthusiast build. It's easier to build a powerful PC in a year than spend what I have up front on a new build.

I run an all core overclock of 4.3 GHz, fclk at 1900 Mhz, memory at 3800 Mhz CL15. I wanted RGB in this build so I could change the color, but I don't care much for the rainbow unicorn vomit effect.

Eventually I'll add some SSDs to put VMs on them. I need to double the RAM first! this sucker gets sluggish when page filing from an SSD! I want the Ryzen 9 3950X, but price is still scary, but there is some value in that CPU. I can max out this 8-core when working with VMs.
Color(s): Black Silver
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Theme: none
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Contests

This build participated in 2 contests.

Build Updates

HDD upgrade

The Beginning - A new Tower

The 2nd gen Ryzen update

New GPU EVGA RTX 2080 Hybrid & AIO update

I bought 2 G-sync Gaming monitors.

I got the monitors working and got rid of some my cable clutter.

Added custom water cooling

3rd Gen Ryzen Update

Hardware

CPU
$ 339.99
AMD - Ryzen 7 (3800X)
Cores: 8
Socket: AM4
Motherboard
$ 307.64
ASUS - ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (Wi-Fi)
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Interfaces Available: M.2 (M), PCIe x1, PCIe x16, PCIe x2, PCIe x4, PCIe x8, SATA 6 Gb/s
Memory
$ 124.99
G.Skill - Trident Z Neo (White/Black) (3600MHz)
Capacity: 16 GB
Type: DDR4
Storage
$ 84.99
Samsung - 850 EVO
Capacity: 500 GB
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Storage
$ 169.99
Samsung - 970 PRO
Capacity: 512 GB
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Storage
$ 159.99
Western Digital - WD Blue Desktop
Capacity: 6 TB
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Graphics
$ 739.99
EVGA - RTX 2080 XC hybrid
Chip: RTX 2080
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
PSU
$ 238.58
ASUS - ROG THOR
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Form Factor: ATX
Modularity: Fully-Modular
Case
$ 249.99
Cooler Master - Trooper SE
Motherboard Support: XL-ATX
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Type: Full-Tower
Cooling
$ 74.88
Corsair - Hydro XC7 (RGB)
Type: CPU Waterblock
Accessories
$ 79.99
Accessories
Monitor
$ 432.99
ASUS - PG278QR
Native Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Monitor
$ 378.00
ASUS - ROG Swfit PG279Q
Native Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 165 Hz
Keyboard
$ 189.00
ASUS - ROG Strix Flare
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Red
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 59.99
ASUS - ROG Gladius II Origin
Interface: Wired
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 2,466.31
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