I would like to share with you my first ever build. After 2 years of saving the money, 6 months of planning, 350+ hours of watching YouTube tutorials and guides and 4 days of building I´ve been fortunate enough to accomplish one of my biggest dreams. Build my own gaming PC. Specification:
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
- GPU: MSI RTX 2080Ti Gaming X Trio 11G
- MB: GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS MASTER
- PSU: Corsair RMx Series RM850x white
- Case: beQuiet! Dark Base 700 White
- Cooling: EK-WB GPU block, CPU block, pump and reservoir combination, tubing, fittings, 2x 360mm radiators
- RAM: 2x G.SKILL 16GB KIT DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Trident Z RGB
- SSD 1: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB
- SSD 2: Transcend MTE220S, M.2 - 1TB
- Cables: CableMod PRO ModMesh C-Series RMi & RMx Cable Kit - WHITE
I´m very proud (yet still very nervous whether everything has been done correctly) of what I´ve build. Sometimes I find myself looking at the PC instead of actually using it and sometimes I have the feeling that building was actually the best part.Little bit more about the build itself
I knew right from the very beginning that I need a case that will allow me to have the PC on the left side of the monitor due to the limited space I have in the living room therefore I was looking for something what allows the reverse motherboard layout. To my big surprise I´ve quickly found out that it´s something so unusual that it´s not even a filtering category on many e-shops with PC hardware. It took me some time to find the right case for me and you could not imagine how happy I was when I found out that it will be released in white as well!
So from the very beginning I knew what case I will use - the beQuiet! Dark Base 700. In terms of other HW I set up a budget limit for myself and I was aiming for Intel 9700K and nVidia GTX 1080Ti. However, just as I was about to pull the trigger new RTX line up was announced and I told myself that I´ll wait and save more money. So I wanted to get the nVidia RTX 2080 but then (as it always happens) I started to tell myself that I can wait even more and save up even more money. That´s how I got to the nVidia RTX 2080Ti - MSI Gaming X Trio. At first I was planning to use 240mm AIO for the CPU. However at that time I found out about the Liquid Gaming line up from EK-WB and I wanted that. By this time you may have figured out that I´m easy to convince myself to wait more and that´s how I ended up saving for full hard line liquid cooling by EK-WB and also upgrading the 9700K to 9900K.
The cooling was something what I was (and still am) most stressed about. I was running out of even the 10 times stretched budget and I ended up cheapening up on some of the fittings but in the end everything seems to be working really well. I´m using a combination of main EK-WB 16mm fittings (going to the EK-WB 16mm PETG tubes) with some Barrow and Bykski rotary and 45/90 fittings.
After properly inspecting the case I felt like I have to mod the case a little bit to help with the airflow and that´s why I´ve spent around 6 hours creating the additional exhaust vent at the top of the case to help with exhaling the hot air out.
I absolutely love this build and the experience building it was so strong and satisfying that I´m already thinking about what I could do in the far future where I would love to go full crazy with creating custom case.
In the end I would like to thank my lady for helping me stay sane during the build, Matt Augsburger for helping me understand how to connect the cables from the CableMod kit, JayzTwoCents for his reply on Twitter regarding the difficult runs, beQuiet! support team for answering my questions whether the radiator setup would fit in, EK-WB support for helping me out with choosing the right blocks and also all the YouTube content creators that made it possible for me to build such PC without any previous experience. Namely: JayzTwoCents, Bitwit, Paul´s Hardware, Optimum Tech, Gamers Nexus, Joey Delgado, HardwareCanukcs, JDTechGear, Greg Salazar, BPS Customs, V. A E S T H E T I C, jojococo studio, Linus Tech Tips and caitlinV3.
If this build inspires even a single person I will be very happy.