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This was my first upgrade since 2013. Here’s the link to my first build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/KbT

Much time has passed since then, doesn’t feel like it much lol. But my old PC was definitely starting to show it’s age. I’ve been meaning to upgrade it for the last two years, but always fell short on funds. Not this time, I actually decided to save money this time. Within just a few months, we’re here haha.

This rig is purely for gaming and aesthetics. I was gonna upload it when I received my cables from cable mods, but boy, those won’t be here for another 3 weeks. I should’ve ordered them a while ago. I’ll post an updated photo when they come in, for now, this is the build in its current state.

Some comments I have about the parts I purchased:

Case: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VxRzK8/lian-li-pc-o11dw-atx-full-tower-case-pc-o11dw

*Absolute pleasure to build in this case versus my old Corsair 200R. I never felt I was out of room. Never felt overwhelmed with cables due to how much space I had to work with. That cable cover for the side panel, lord it is clutch!!!! It is the Infinity gauntlet to cables. You see how crazy it looks versus when I put it on hahaha. But yeah, this case is 10 out of 5 stars. I tried to get the XL version, but i couldn’t find it anywhere for reasonable price. But this case is definitely just as good.

RAM: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/H6zkcf/gskill-trident-z-royal-16-gb-2-x-8-gb-ddr4-3200-memory-f4-3200c16d-16gtrg

*This ram is absolutely gorgeous, I tried my very best to get you a view of how it looks in person. I personally feel I failed in providing that. It is just something you have to see in person to truly appreciate. If I didn’t choose this ram, I feel this build would’ve lacked the pop it currently has.

*Do I need 32GBs? Not at all, but I was specifically going for aesthetics when choosing this memory, and I couldn’t be happier with it. It is indeed very high quality ram, and quite speedy.

GPU: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sKZzK8/asus-geforce-rtx-2080-super-8-gb-strix-gaming-advanced-video-card-rog-strix-rtx2080s-a8g-gaming

*I originally purchased an RTX 2080 Ti TRIO. Ran some benchmarks on some of the games I play, and realized it was a complete waste of money. So I went with this, even this card is kind of a waste and I personally suggest buying a 2070 or lower. The price is not worth the performance at all. However, I got a great finance deal on it, 24 months no interest. I couldn’t be happier with the performance and I can’t wait to OC it. If the finance offer wasn’t available, I for sure would’ve went for a 2070 or 5700 XT.

*Runs all my games @60FPS maxed in 4K (DBFz, Halo, Dota, Crysis 2, Borderlands, and others). The greatest part about pc gaming - once you bump up a game to 4K, it looks like a brand new Triple A title. Crysis 2 is an example of that. All these games I could only run at 1080p 60fps on medium to high settings on my original PC. So running them at 4K on a QLED TV is GLORIOUS.

Storage: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6yKcCJ/samsung-860-evo-500gb-25-solid-state-drive-mz-76e500bam

*Crazy fast SSD. Definitely feel a huge speed difference between my old pc and my new one. Didn’t go for M.2 as I wouldn’t really benefit from all the features M.2s provide. I just game, and that’s it. The 970 Evo was $30-$50 more for the same storage space. No point in buying that.

*I still have to pickup a standard hard drive for my emulators that I play. Have a gigantic library of games I have to port over.

Overall, I love this PC and couldn’t be happier with it. There’s literally nothing I would change about it. Maybe just the video card when ampere finally releases, but yeah. Hope you guys enjoyed my little log and my build.

Happy new year! - Drew

Total: $2266.00 Taxes/Shipping included.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

LOTS of airflow :)

  • 1 month ago
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Like an ✈️

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Congrats. i have a similar pc story to yours.

  • 1 month ago
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What’s your story?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

my pc is 6 years old and i have been thinking of building a new one. I want to use a similar case to yours i mean the Lian li is just gorgeous! What do you think should i go with the dynamic or the xl?

  • 1 month ago
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Original O11 all the way. Unless you don’t care about budget, there’s really no real differences between the two cases that justify it being over $100 more.

  • 1 month ago
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I am thinking of getting this case. I made a mistake of getting one where the airflow comes from front, and dam glass on the front. This case would sure help with those 3 bottom fans to keep my Vega 56 cool. Nice build love it, hope one day to be able drop this much cash on a system

  • 1 month ago
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Thanks a lot bro. Yeah, years of wanting to do a new build... I find as im getting older, funds are becoming less and less of an issue. I guess maturity brings proper money management haha.

You definitely should go for this case if you plan to shop for a new one. It was wonderful building in it, and as you saw from the hectic wiring (8+ fans, 2 ssds, corsair rgb hub!) everything still came out perfectly clean. Not many cases offer this amount of great cable management.

  • 1 month ago
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My issue is I don't know if I want to downsize to a micro atx form factor yet. If I do I'd love a smaller case. But something with amazing airflow. A lot of research to be done.

  • 1 month ago
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I was going to do a micro tax build for the wife. I haven’t gotten around to doing it yet haha. That new Micro atx case lian li showed off at ces is looking mighty promising

  • 1 month ago
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If your gonna spend all that money on a 2080 super you really should just get a 2080 Ti.

  • 1 month ago
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I saved roughly 400-500. I originally had the 2080 ti, it wasn’t worth all that extra for the numbers I was getting. I figured to just get a 2080s. I didn’t need to get this variant though lol, it was financed through Best Buy so I was limited on choices. 24 months 0% apr. Only paying 35 a month on it, when ampere drops I’ll be selling and upgrading.