Description

All gamer's have the "dream" build that they always imagined. Unfortunately, not all of us have deep pocket's to spend the money to achieve the dream build. Back in 2014, I was able to build my Wifey approved Budget Build (AMD 760K + R9 270) . At that time, I could not be any happier as I was not breaking the bank, was able to play the games I wanted and the wife approved of it.

I think that everyone would agree with me when the "itch" to upgrade arises specially if we are not getting the performance we want or if there is a new tech that comes out. I eventually upgraded to a used rig from my buddy which was an i5-4670K and paired it with a 1070. That upgraded rig was able to play the games with ease but I did have to compromise on certain settings.

After a few years of saving up and hesitating to upgrade, I finally pulled the trigger to build as close to my dream build as possible. We of course had to take in consideration if the build was within our budget.

On March 23, 2019, my Wifey approved 2019 RGB Build was built! This build took a lot of researching and making sure that I stayed within my budget.

The Parts

CPU I looked into multiple CPU options and I chose the 8700K as during that time, I did not really see the benefit of going for the latest i7-9700K. Yes, I could have gone Ryzen but I already had my mind set on having an Intel based build.

CPU Cooler I got the H150i PRO as I was going for the 360mm Rad which fit perfectly with the 3 120 fans that go on the front of the Case

Motherboard Features Features Features! Best bang for the buck in my opinion. The amount of features and the price point of this motherboard was really the selling point.

RAM As you may notice with the pictures, I went for the Corsair RGB Build. All the Fans, RAM, CPU Cooler and my Keyboard have RGB in sync. Can't ask for more on RGB control-ability. One thing I would have changed though is getting the 3200Mhz instead of my current 3000Mhz. Then again, I looked at some reviews and 200Mhz is barely noticeable.

Storage 970 EVO M.2 NVM SSD is a no brainer, I would have gotten a 1TB if it was a little bit cheaper. I already had an existing 1TB 860 EVO SSD which came from my previous build that I use to store my secondary games and applications. The 3TB 7200RPM HDD is used for regular storage (photos, videos, downloads)

GPU Triple RGB Fans, SOLD!!! RTX 2080 with RGB all over it. lol! I would have loved to have an RTX 2080ti but it was well over my budget. the 2080 does a pretty good job at 1440p 144hz.

PSU A buddy of mine bought this PSU and never really used it, was able to buy it from him for half the original price (fully modular, 80+ Gold certified PSU) Yes please!

Case The choice for my case was influenced by one of my best buds who upgraded his rig a few months back and got the Red version of the 570X. I would have gotten the 680x if I knew it was coming out or the 1000D if it was a little cheaper.

Fans RGB! These fans are actually pretty good with cooling as well. But man, the control it gives you over the lights, really user friendly.

This build would definitely last me a long while. Next goal is to upgrade my previous rig and do a dual gaming setup for myself and my son.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I approve as well :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and story behind!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the graphics card performance so far ? Do you play on daily basis?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I apologize, I have been really busy. I just saw your message. The graphics card performance is really good. I have been getting stable 144fps on a 1440p 144hz G-sync Monitor. Games like Apex and Modern Warfare. I would suggest getting the more recent graphics card releases though as those probably are the same price or even cheaper with more performance.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Did you consider the Lian li since you love rgb!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I did look into some Lian Li cases. I went more for the Corsair aesthetics. But I do agree, those Lian Li cases are fire!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking at the same RAM and MOBO combo are you getting the full clock speed from the ram? my current Ballistix sport LT 3200 wont clock over 2400

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I am getting the full 3000mhz. You have to set the XMP profile to the correct clock speed in the BIOS to utilize the full RAM clock speed.