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    Goal to be able to 5 box again, and do so for the next 3+ years. Any problems or dumb things I didn't understand? I used logical indrecments outstanding/exceptional as my template

    I know I've been claiming I'm going to replace my computer for two summers now but this is the year!

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    CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($529.89 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI - MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($180.66 @ B&H)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($220.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.95 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.90 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Black Video Card ($722.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($105.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($113.30 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($139.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $2203.53
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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    If I'm remembering correctly, you have a 4K display, correct? If so, and if you want to use a near-4K resolution, you'll likely be restricted to either DX11 Legacy, or maybe a mix of both APIs in a team, with only 8GB of VRAM on that 2080. Other than that, everything looks to be okay. Also, you can save money on an OS if you're willing to purchase from a source that would be considered outside of the "retail market," like /r/microsoftsoftwareswap. I've purchased several keys from this guy, all of which still currently work today, without issue.

    However, I do just want to point out that AMD is releasing new CPUs in June, which are, almost without a doubt, going to be better than Intel's current offering, as well as be priced incredibly competitively. So, if you can wait a month or two, then we'll likely have many more leaks and information about the new processor line-up in that time period as we get closer to Computex 2019 (May 28th). However, just to be fair, if the current rumors are anything to go by (rumored prices at very bottom of that link), then the new AMD processors might be flying off the shelves and there may be low availability right around the time that they launch, so it could end up being another month or so until you can realistically get your hands on one if you aren't an F5 warrior.

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    For the same price, I've had really good luck with the Corsair H80i series water coolers for my CPUs. And it frees up a LOT of space to work on things like inserting memory, etc. Lot less noisy, too. I do replace the fans that come on them with Noctua high-static-pressure fans, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ughmahedhurtz View Post
    For the same price, I've had really good luck with the Corsair H80i series water coolers for my CPUs. And it frees up a LOT of space to work on things like inserting memory, etc. Lot less noisy, too. I do replace the fans that come on them with Noctua high-static-pressure fans, though.
    I would also agree that an AIO water cooler is, in terms of performance, going to be nicer than an air cooler, but I do prefer 240/280mm models over the standard 120/140mm unless someone is absolutely pressed for space, because you can run the fans at a lower speed and reduce the noise. Hell, on that case, you can apparently fit a 360/420mm radiator along the top, so there's more than enough room to go with, at least a 240/280mm option. No excuses, Lux, AIO water-cooling it is.
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    I love the idea of water being quieter and smaller, but does it add any complexity to construction? I haven't built a rig in about a decade.

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    I've never used an AIO water unit, but if I was going to venture that route, my choices would be:

    Corsair H115i (H110i is the older model and looks better, IMO) (5-year warranty)
    NZXT Kraken X62 (more expensive than Corsair, but I like the "infinity mirror" look) (6-year warranty)

    I've chosen all 280mm (140mm x 2) models because: 1) the case you've selected can mount them, and 2) the larger the fan (140mm vs 120mm) the slower it needs to spin, which means it'll produce less noise. However, with all of these models, you will need to create some sort of PWM fan curve so that the fans only ramp up when they need to, and you'd do that either through third-party software (either motherboard or manufacturer) or through the BIOS of the motherboard.

    Other than that, you would simply mount the unit to the top of the case (inside) with the fans blowing out, and then ensure you aren't twisting up the tubes too much because they need to carry water to and from the radiator where it's being cooled by the fans. I would imagine there are no shortage of mounting pics and video floating around on the internet if you need to see it in action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiRai View Post
    If I'm remembering correctly, you have a 4K display, correct? If so, and if you want to use a near-4K resolution, you'll likely be restricted to either DX11 Legacy, or maybe a mix of both APIs in a team, with only 8GB of VRAM on that 2080.
    Agree; the extra 3GB of the Ti is very handy with a 4k display now that Blizzard have increased VRAM usage. Mixed modes is an interesting idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ughmahedhurtz View Post
    For the same price, I've had really good luck with the Corsair H80i series water coolers for my CPUs. And it frees up a LOT of space to work on things like inserting memory, etc. Lot less noisy, too. I do replace the fans that come on them with Noctua high-static-pressure fans, though.
    Yes you mean these new NF-A12 PWM fans - they are fantastic on radiators. I finally replaced my aging GTs and these Noctuas are quieter and with better temps. Although the beige thing doesn't go with my black and green theme, I don't care.

    https://noctua.at/en/nf-a12x25-perfo...12-and-nf-s12a

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    Quote Originally Posted by luxlunae View Post
    I love the idea of water being quieter and smaller, but does it add any complexity to construction? I haven't built a rig in about a decade.
    The all-in-one water coolers are as simple as screwing the radiator into the spot where case fan(s) would go, then screwing down the CPU heatsink, then connecting the power (USB) lead for the pump, then connecting the 3- or 4-pin fan headers like any other case fan. It's IMO a lot less hassle than installing one of those monster air coolers, and a lot less likely for you to end up looking like you had a fight with the Papercut Monster -- those fins on air coolers are usually *sharp*!
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    Update, I ordered all the parts and built the computer last night! Now to begin the epic task of getting all the software installed

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