Starcruiser 1

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Mika Bausch
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Wolfenbüttel, Germany
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Starcruiser 1

My first Build yet - What do you think?

As you can see, I like RGB, I hope you too :)
I built it in November/December 2018 and first, it was a struggle to check the combability of parts, for example, I didn't know the motherboard would not support a 9th Gen Intel natively, it needed a BIOS Flash that I couldn't do without an 8th Gen Intel. Fortunately, MSI Support did it for me! In the end, it all came together and I am really proud that I kept it in my budget of ~1100€. The HDD you can see under the MSI Gaming Sign (Got it on Wish, they are called GPU-Bracket) is there purely for cosmetics and not plucked in, until now the 500GB M2 Samsung SSD is awesome! There really is a big difference in noise when HDDs are working.
But wait, maybe you are thinking how I got to have a 2080ti with this budget? That's where the lottery comes in because I won it. Originally there was a 1070 in my Build and I was happy with it. To close the CPU bottleneck a bit, I overclocked the 9600K with 4.5Ghz-1.2V.

At the moment, the build is a Work in Progress. I thought to myself why not cut the bad Windforce cooler of the 2080ti and install a waterblock to capture the whole Potential? I want to do a custom loop with acrylic tubing for both the CPU and GPU. That's why I have an Aquaero (the Temp display). It can control fans and do many other cool things and will control the water loop. At the moment it has three temperature sensors installed, you can see the wires for them crossing the GPU. With them, I can detect heat buildup inside the case, it is necessary because the front fans are not running under low CPU loads, but cannot detect when only the GPU is working. The front fans not running, the Be Quiet! Cooling solutions for CPU and PSU, the at-low-loads-also-not-running-fans of the GPU and no powered HDDs make this build extremely quiet (I tweak fan curves rather aggressively).

For the waterloop, I will need some time to get the money together, but I ordered a Farbwerk and it should ship now. If you want to know what that is, just follow me or the build to see when I have installed it, maybe I will do a Video about it if someone is interested.

I am sorry for the bad Quality of my pictures but I already spend my money on PCs - nothing left for a good Camera.
Color(s): Black Blue Red
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Video Game
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 201.99
Intel - i5-9600K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 160.00
MSI - Pro (Z370-A Pro)
Chipset: Z370
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
$ 499.99
Gigabyte - GeForce Windforce OC
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 2080 Ti
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 89.90
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 139.00
Samsung - HM641JI
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 640 GB
$ 49.99
Toshiba - P300
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
be quiet! - System Power 8
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+
Sharkoon - TG5 RGB
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
$ 69.90
be quiet! - Dark Rock 4
Type: Air Cooler
$ 134.99
ViewSonic - XG2401
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Razer - Blackwidow Ultimate 2016
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Razer Green
Type: Full Size
$ 54.99
Roccat - Kova
Interface: Wired
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