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    Posted: 04 Feb 2019 at 9:21pm
Hey folks, it's been a while since I've built a gaming PC and man - do things change fast! Was wondering what y'all thought of the following build.  Primary purpose is gaming (and disk storage for media streaming) on a moderate budget.  I'm trying to optimize for a 34" WQHD G-sync monitor like the Dell Alienware 1900R, and intend to overclock everything to the max.  I would like to have the option of adding, in the future, another 2080Ti (SLI), another SSD, and at least one more disk drive.  I'm not super concerned about aesthetics but rather functionality.  I'm pretty set on the z390 foundation as I'm an Intel fan-boy and have done the research on z390 vs x299.  Also not super-interested in water cooling (although it does look cool!) as the performance metrics don't appear to illustrate a meaningful difference and I don't get excited about having fluids near electronics.

The build is as follows (and thank you in advance for any thoughts!):

Gaming Chassis: CyberPowerPC COUGAR PANZER Mid-Tower High Airflow Gaming Case w/ USB 3.0 & Tempered Glass Window (Black Color)
Extra Case Fans: 6X 120mm APEVIA 120mm Addressable RGB 1200RPM Fans w/ Hub + Remote Controller
CPU: Intel® Core™ Processor i7-8700K 3.70GHZ 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1151 (Coffee Lake)
CPU / Processor Cooling Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler w/ PWM fan - Efficient Cooling Performance (Hyper 212 EVO)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX w/ Intel 802.11ac WiFi, ARGB, USB 3.1, 3 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 6 SATA3, 2 M.2 SATA/PCIe
RAM / System Memory: 32GB (8GBx4) DDR4/3000MHz Dual Channel Memory (ADATA XPG Z1)
Video Card: GeForce® RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 (Turing) [VR Ready] (Single Card)
Power Supply: 1,000 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
Primary Hard Drive: 1TB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD - Seq R/W: Up to 3500/2500 MB/s, Rnd R/W up to 500/450k (Single Drive)
Secondary Hard Drive: 8TB (8TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Plus 32GB Intel Optane Memory HDD Acceleration 24X Faster (Secondary Storage Drive))
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Post a max budget. We cant make suggestions without really knowing your top dollar.

Looks like you missed some mostly freebies.

If you shipping it, get the ultra care packing plan, to protect it from UPS.

Also consider the extended warranty. That gets you one full year of free shipping in case you have any issues with the whole system or an individual component

I don't really see much advantage of OC, except for bragging rights. If you intend to do so, consider the tuning plan. This gets you a one time free cpu replacement in case you fry it.

NEVER the standard PSU. You never know what CP will throw in. It may be a decent name brand, it may be the true junk "standard" no name. Always select the brand. If they throw the standard in, these provide uneven power (ripples), hard long term on everything. they have high failure rates and have been known to fry systems. Thermaltake, EVGA, XFX, Corsair are decent.

Liquid has benefits and downsides. Nothing wrong at all with the good old 212 EVO. If your extreme overclocking, look at a similar one with dual fans. Like the Coolmaster V8 GTS or the Coolmaster Master Air MA410M

I hate the branded CP cases, you can't find out much about them. Take a look at the IN WIN 303 as a comparison. That case has documented tool less design, built in dust filters.

Not much will get any use from 32GB's of RAM realistically.

Are you sure your really going to get any real use with an additional GPU. Of course these only get about 30% real boost when going SLI. So a case of diminishing returns. By the time you go that route the 2080 will be outdated. AT least with the MOBO you choose you will have 3 slots running X16.

Use checkout code spring0410 or NOUSH for 5% off the total.
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Thanks for the suggestions!  I want to keep the build <$4k and preferably somewhere around $3k - $3.5k.  (currently sitting at about $3.4)

Yeah I added all of the freebies but removed from the summary for brevity.

Looked again for a tuning plan and couldn't find the option.  I'll reach out to customer service.  (there is an option for them to set up overclocking for a price, but I'm comfortable enough navigating BIOS's to do it myself)

Per suggestions I've made the following changes by replacing the originally selected with the following:

CPU / Processor Cooling Fan: Cooler Master V8 GTS
Power Supply: 1,000 Watts - Corsair RMi Series RM1000i 

Yeah I was struggling with the case.  I prefer fan compatibility in the front and top, with the front well-vented.  Really like the aesthetics of cases with glass or otherwise solid fronts, but am (probably unnecessarily) concerned about restricted air flow.  The Cougar Panzer (which actually has a number of third party reviews that help figure out exactly what it is) appears to have quite unrestricted air flow, even though it's not that great looking.

I hear ya on the RAM and SLI setup.  My thought is in a couple of years the 2080Ti's should be a few hundred bucks.  Although it won't be top of the line, I can hopefully extend the whole build for a couple of more years after that with a second GPU.  Once that's not much fun anymore I figure it'll be time for a whole refresh.

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I would not have CP overclock. They tend to just ramp up voltages.

Well you may be correct, it looks like they removed the tuning plan option, not sure when.

Cases, any CP branded it is hard to find info on. If a manufacture is listed you can Google it. CP branded no fans included. Our house is near 100 years old, so dust is always a consideration, tool less is a great option, but not everyone is concerned about it. I do like to mention it though.
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