I use this rig for high-end gaming and high-quality video editing and rendering. Everything is better than I could have ever imagined (especially after upgrading to this from an i5-6400 & GTX 745).

When I first got the parts, I discovered that the motherboard would not receive power from the power supply. After about two and a half hours on the phone with ASUS tech support, I finally managed to get it to turn on.

Windows 10 installation was rough. I was sent a faulty USB drive from Microsoft (I ordered the USB drive version because my case doesn't have expansion slots for a disc reader), and all of my personal USB drives didn't work. A brand-new USB drive from the store managed to fix the problem. In total, it took 18 hours to get Windows downloaded.

Finally, I was ready to get going and test some games. After about two hours of playing Rainbow Six Siege, my graphics card started failing. My game crashed three times in a row, and artifacts were popping up randomly across my screen. Then, I returned the graphics card and was sent a replacement. It works perfectly.

One last thing was wrong, though. My ethernet was not working, and I could not troubleshoot the problem no matter how hard I tried. The motherboard was returned and replaced, but the ethernet still didn't work. Then, I decided to do what I had already done three times before and reset some settings in the command prompt. My ethernet connected instantly, and I haven't had any problems with the rig since.


11/30/19: I reapplied thermal paste on November 24. The rig has stayed quite consistent and is working well. My HDD recently reached 1800 hours of being powered.

01/11/20: I rebuilt the entire system. Everything is running well. I fixed some cable management and connections. This fixed an issue where I couldn't control the Kraken X52's fans via NZXT CAM.

01/17/20: My CPU temperatures were noticeably higher after I rebuilt the system. I readjusted the cooler, and the temperatures dropped back to normal.

01/21/20: I just switched to Noctua NT-H2 thermal paste. Everything is working well so far.

01/26/20: I just updated my BIOS to version 1401. I also overclocked my CPU to 5.0 GHz @ ~1.3 V on all cores.


(01/12/19) Cinebench R15 CPU Score: 2186 cb

(11/29/19) Cinebench R15 CPU Score: 2056 cb

(01/31/20) Cinebench R20 CPU Score: 2121 cb

(01/18/20) Cinebench R20 CPU Score: 4823

(01/26/20) Cinebench R20 CPU Score: 4930

(01/26/20) Cinebench R20 CPU Score: 4994

(01/31/20) Cinebench R20 CPU Score: 5006

(01/12/19) 3DMark Time Spy Score: 9264 (default settings)

Graphics Score: 8928

CPU Score: 11778

Graphics Test 1: 57.96 FPS

Graphics Test 2: 51.37 FPS

CPU Test: 39.57 FPS

(11/30/19) 3DMark Time Spy Score: 9392 (default settings)

Graphics Score: 9104

CPU Score: 11451

Graphics Test 1: 58.47 FPS

Graphics Test 2: 52.89 FPS

CPU Test: 38.47 FPS

(1/11/20) 3DMark Time Spy Score: 9386 (default settings)

Graphics Score: 9070

CPU Score: 11705

Graphics Test 1: 58.31 FPS

Graphics Test 2: 52.65 FPS

CPU Test: 39.33 FPS

(1/21/20) 3DMark Time Spy Score: 9381 (default settings)

Graphics Score: 9114

CPU Score: 11254

Graphics Test 1: 58.82 FPS

Graphics Test 2: 52.71 FPS

CPU Test: 37.81 FPS

FPS Averages

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

55 FPS (2136p, Ultra Settings, 1440p w/ T-AA-4x)

120 FPS (1440p, Ultra Settings, FXAA)

160-165 FPS (1080p, Ultra Settings, FXAA)

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

130-140 FPS (1080p, High Settings)


180-190 FPS (1080p, Epic Settings, No Motion Blur)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

260 FPS (1440p, High Settings, Anisotropic 4X, No Motion Blur)

250-255 FPS (1440p, High Settings, Anisotropic 16X, No Motion Blur)

Part Reviews


This is a great CPU that can perform any number of tasks I throw at it. I would have gone for the i7-9700K, but Hyper-Threading was something on my wish list from the start.

CPU Cooler

This fits perfectly in my S340 Elite. It provides amazing performance and great aesthetics for a reasonable size and cost.

Thermal Compound

This product works beautifully. I purchased it after replacing my motherboard, and it definitely lives up to my expectations.


This motherboard has all the features I need and more. Its support for overclocking helps me get the most out of my components.


This memory kit is a beast. After upgrading from 8 GB of DDR4-2133, I can easily say that I'm glad I chose this kit.


Hard disc drives stand no chance. With this SSD, Windows 10 boots up in about 5 seconds and everything opens up quickly. Also, it has plenty of storage for any crucial programs I need to store.


This HDD has enough room for all of my games and any video projects I'm working on. It delivers great performance at a great price.

Video Card

This graphics card is all of my hopes and dreams. I upgraded from a GTX 745, and things could not have gone smoother (hehe). My first card stopped working in 2 hours, but I replaced it and am more than satisfied with the performance.

Power Supply

This power supply could not make me any happier. It's powerful, it's reliable, it's efficient, and it's fully modular. That's all you need to know.

Operating System

This OS works great with all of my programs and is the best for gaming. Installion was rough, but it was mostly due to faulty USB drives.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

This looks sick! I love the purple on black!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

How is your ROG Z390-E motherboard handling the i9 9900k temperature wise? I'm deciding between this mobo and the Maximus Hero, not sure if it's worth the extra $50.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The i9-9900K usually maxes out at about 45°C while playing games, and it peaks at around 80°C under max load. The temperatures are mainly due to the AIO, but the motherboard definitely handles the CPU well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

this is insane this is the type of pc I want to build! Any pointers? (bookmarked)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I haven't used this website in a while. My advice would be to watch a lot of videos by people who are experienced builders and to purchase parts that will suit your needs.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Did you run into any issues while mounting the AIO or getting it to sit right? Neat build though.

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