Time has finally come to retire my old i7-3770 Z77 system and drag the main PC in to the modern age.

An accidental browse around at component pricing and then finding some excellent bargains meant picking up £650ish worth of parts for under £450 which seemed rude not to.

So goodbye to a long serving board and CPU and hello to some new toys. Just needs some more cooling to push the CPU beyond stock.

Lots of new bits to take advantage of the board's RGB headers. I still like red for everything at the but with a few clicks it can all be changed which is appealing.

AsRock Z390 Taichi / i9-9900KF (at 5GHz on all cores) / 32GB 3200MHz / Intel 760p 256GB A mass other bits and bobs. Elmo is keeping an eye on the rad.

Didn't get any pictures during the build as just wanted to get things done and back in action. Most of the cosmetic changes were done over a few weeks as parts came in. If you look at my original Red Dwarf build you'll get the idea of how everything went together.

Part Reviews


The best of Intel's 9th gen CPU's just with the graphics disabled. It's a shame they didn't market these cheaper than their regular counterparts as these are just produced to minimise waste from poorer quality samples.

Picked this up for a bargain price after I found the 9600K lacking in a few situations.

A great chip that runs happily at 5GHz on all cores and deals with anything you could reasonably throw at it.


Picked up this board at an absolute bargain price. Amazingly well packed with a large piece of foam protecting the board during transit. Plenty of features and the additional ASMedia SATA controller may come in handy should I get more NVMe drives in the future.

It's not overly lit with LED's which is a plus for some and easily turned off or adjusted to suit most tastes. With my build you can't see much of the lighting anyway. The large cog style heatsink is hidden beneath the graphics card.

Seems to work well and having bought it for around half price I'm very happy.


Usual reliable RAM from Corsair. No silly RGB business on it (I was briefly tempted) and a good price. Nothing too exciting but moving from the DDR3 1600 I had before I'm sure there's a large improvement.


Stepping up from an old Crucial M500 mSATA or M4 I've had as boot drives in the past this is a huge leap in performance. Shame I can't afford to replace all my storage with these drives. I remember when I first got an SSD and was blown away by the leap in performance from regular HDD's at the time.

This is the same experience again and as prices drop things will certainly get a lot quicker in future.


Good basic SSD. Used a number of these in various sizes in different systems. This one holds my VM's in my main system and does the job well.


Bulk storage SSD's are steadily coming down in price. My new gaming drive and it behaves extremely well. Will be great once 4TB+ drives become more affordable. I see all of my regular HDD's being swapped out in the near future.


Purchased when they first came out to see if it would make any difference to game loading times as I played a lot more back then. Honestly the result is barely noticeable if you're constantly loading the same game. Not sure how the newer models fair with a larger cache and better optimised firmware but I wouldn't get another SSHD for this use again.

Video Card

Owned since new and still giving a great performance on the few games I still play.


A huge case to work in and with the removable motherboard tray it made the swap I did super easy. Just unplug everything, remove any cards and off you go. No having to dig around in the depths of the system trying not to bash things.

A huge variety of cooling options are available to fit most needs.

Power Supply

Had this since they came out, nearly 10 years I think. Not a single problem with it and more than enough options for connectors to power pretty much most high end configurations.

I'm sure a newer, lower wattage, would be better suited to my system now but all the time this old lump keeps going I'm happy.

Case Fan

I got this to blow some air across the VRM's and general CPU area linked to the CPU temp. Not sure what affect it's having, if any, as there're no temperature monitors on my board for that specific area.

These fans come well packed with a lot of useful extras for nearly any type of installation. You get two different length PWM extensions, a rubber fan surround and various fittings.

Noise starts to become an issue in a quiet system at around 70% (2,500rpm max) and at 100% it's screaming. But don't be fooled by it's small size as it moves a lot of air.

I'd soon buy any of this range if I needed fans that weren't going to be seen or for specialist uses as they are well made and adaptable to nearly every need.

Case Fan

Good, quiet fan that can move a lot of air when needed. Gets noisy at full speed but so do most fans approaching 2,000rpm or more

Case Fan

Big, quiet, and moves a lot of air without needing a high RPM. These have a slightly irritating noise at full speed but just setting them a little below full speed soon solves this.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a pretty friggin cool build.

Red Dwarf? You do know that going to red alert will mean changing the light bulb.

Such a classic show they do not make comedy like this anymore.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The ThermalTake Core cube cases are great if you've got a large graphics card. It takes away any worry about the weight of it pulling on the slot and just showcases it perfectly. It was the easiest motherboard swap I've done in ages, you just unplug everything and slide the tray out.

As for the Dwarf, it's one of my absolute favourite comedy shows. If I had the skill I would paint the case up to matach the ship.