The Wild Hunt

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Tyrallion78
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The Wild Hunt

Hi Everyone!

I'm very happy to show my new build I have been planning in the past months. I'm upgrading from an aging Pre-Built from Dell which had too many parts changed over the years. (There's only the mobo and the i7-3770 left from the original PC). You'll notice the description is really much more of a journey than an actual review, but I'll make sure to leave a proper review on the components I bought down below.

I'm not going to lie, it's a 100% for gaming. I chose some components so I would be able to a bit more than pure gaming, like streaming and running my Plex server on it.

I have named it The Wild Hunt for a few reasons : 1. It's my favorite game of all time. 2. It was definitly a wild hunt to chase all these components 3. It sounds cool 4. I also wanted to respect the spirit of the wild hunt in my colour scheme with a black and white them which ended more white black and red.

CPU

Let's start with the processor. I think you could argue my choice of the new I5-9600k, but I think it offers a solid performance for way less than the i7 and i9. I picked the 9th generation because it was 10$ more than the 8th one, with such a low difference, I might as well go with the newer version.

I was able to overclock it to a comfortable 5ghz at the first try, and I've never even done overclocking before, so I'm pretty sure I'll be able to push it further to 5.1 or 5.2.

Motherboard

I just picked one of the lowest Z390 board available at the time. I'm glad I did not overthink it because I really love it. The colour did not match my colour scheme at all, but I think it adds a little something to it.

The UEFI is great, very intuitive. Good performance, 5 fans header, which you definitely want. I don't recommend going for a cheaper Motherboard with fewer fans header, they are VERY handy.

The 90 degrees Sata and USB connection should be on every Motherboard, they align perfectly with the rubber grommets, which de-cluster a lot the case.

Cooling

I was planning on getting one from corsair, but this one was on sale and it performs incredibly well, the CPU was running at 24 degrees with the ambient temperature of 20ish degrees before overlock. It does get a little loud, but nothing beside my old PC.

I also bought two Corsair white LED fans. I originally only bought one (Not sure why) but after installing it in the case and seeing the difference of air it was moving from the other two, I bought a second. They are good.

RAM

It was cheap, it was running a 3000mhz, it looked cool. It's ram. It ran at 3000mhz out of the box after setting it in the UEFI, no problem so far. Would recommend. The thermal "armor" suits my theme.

Storage

I have always used Seagate Barracuda HDD over the years, so I didn't even shop for another brand. I have always been happy with the performance and the excellent durability.

As for the SSD, this was one of the cheaper from the reputable brand out there. It's NOT Nvme, but for gaming I don't need one and booting is ridiculously fast. Just pay attention to what you are buying, the M.2 drives is a form factor, they come in both Sata and Nvme, Nvme has theoretical speed of 1500 mbps while Sata has 500 to 600. I'm leaving this here because I got really confuse between the different models.

GPU

I was planning on getting the brand new and shiny RTX 2070, but the prices here in Canada are just abysmal. One of my friend was selling his GTX 1080 he bought for mining but never actually used for cheap so I decided to save a few bucks and still get a beast for gaming @1080p and upgrade in the next year to 4k.

Case

I fell in love with that case the first time I saw it on HardwareCanucks. Its a compact ATX case that still leaves a bit of breathing room for cable management. The Velcro strap at the back to tie up that main cables are very easy to work with. I think it just represent me well, the angular front panel gives it a techy and modern look that fits with my engineering profession.

Cable management is great, I'm not a pro but I think the case makes it easier to do it.

PSU

650W seems sufficiant for the components I chose. The gold rating was a plus. I would always recommend getting at least a semi-modular units, because you will always need the 24 pin connector. I dont think you need a fully modular units unless you plan on using custom cables.

Building Process

It took me around two full evenings to complete the build, and one more to set up windows, steam, overclock, etc.

I started by putting in place everything but the motherboard and the AIO in the case, this helps planning the cable management once everything is in place. Once I was done, I started to put together the motherboard, cpu, ram, M.2 storage, and finally AIO outside the case, booting a first time to make sure everything was working, freaking a little because I thought I switched on the PSU and nothing was working.

Getting the motherboard AND the AIO together in the case was kind of tricky, but I'm sure it was easier then putting everything inside and having to get it out because something's not working.

That's it, thanks for stopping by and read through! For the price, I think I have put together a really great PC that suits perfectly my need in the next few years.
Color(s): Black Red White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Video Game
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 201.99
Intel - i5-9600K
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
Motherboard
$ 269.99
MSI - MPG Gaming Plus
Chipset: Z390
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: ATX
Memory
TeamGroup - T-Force Dark (2666MHz) (Gray)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 595.50
Gigabyte - Xtreme Gaming
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080
Storage
$ 79.98
Seagate - Barracuda (ST2000DM006)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
Storage
$ 73.91
Western Digital - WD Blue
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
PSU
$ 109.00
EVGA - 650 GQ
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 126.59
Fractal Design - Meshify C TG
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 61.50
Corsair - ML140 Pro (White)
Size: 140 mm
Case Fan
$ 61.50
Corsair - ML140 Pro (White)
Size: 140 mm
Cooling
$ 142.50
EVGA - CLC (RGB)
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
Monitor
$ 85.91
ASUS - VG248QE
Size: 24 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Keyboard
$ 124.84
Glorious PC Gaming Race - GMMK Full
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Brown
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 129.99
Razer - Naga Hex V2
Interface: Wired
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