I have owned my current PC for 8 or 9 years, and all I’ve upgraded in the interim is the video card. I’m running an Intel i7 930 2.8GHz, 12 GB RAM, nVidia GTX980, Windows 7 64-bit. I have a 75GB hard disk with Windows installed that’s almost completely full; keeping it not full is a constant hassle. I also have a couple old mechanical SATA hard disks that are noticeably slow to wake up – 15 seconds of waiting. Also, a CMOS chip or something is failing; if I turn the system completely off, I have to enter the BIOS to reset stuff.
I could conceivably just keep upgrading the video card; the system runs most things fine. But I’m interested in running the Rift or similar hardware, and apparently my CPU and OS don’t cut it. Also, the hard disk situation kinda sucks. Plus, I have a little disposable income, so I’m tempted to build a new system. But when I add up my dream build, we’re looking at $3400 – more than I want to spend.
Here’s that build. If it wouldn’t be too much trouble, I’d be interested in your opinions on what I should pare back. (I’m guessing you’ll say CPU, RAM, hard disks.) Also I’m curious whether I’d get more value for my money with Falcon NW or another custom builder. (I doubt it, but maybe?)
Also, I have no clue how these all-in-one liquid CPU coolers work, but I think they’d work with the case – and I have no idea what the best cases are these days. I just dug that one up using Google and Amazon and Tom’s Hardware. I like the idea of a snap-on liquid cooler better than the clunky after-market air-cooling solutions I used to nervously apply with paste and brute force.
Also, apart from CPU installation, the part of PC-building that terrifies me is the teeny little USB headers. Have those improved?
Anyway, here we go:
Intel Core i9-9900K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.0 GHz Turbo Unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W $529
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS Ultra (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/3xM.2 Thermal Guard/Onboard AC Wi-Fi/RGB Fusion/Motherboard)\
CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz C15 Desktop Memory $269.99
CORSAIR HYDRO Series H115i PRO RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,280mm, Dual ML140 PWM Fans $129.99
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC GAMING, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED Graphics Card $779.99
Samsung 970 EVO 2TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD $499.99
Samsung 860 EVO 4TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD $697.99
Seasonic FOCUS Plus 750 Platinum SSR-750PX 750W 80+ Platinum ATX12V & EPS12V Full Modular 120mm FDB Fan 10 Year Warranty Compact 140 mm Size Power Supply $114.73
CORSAIR Obsidian 500D Mid-Tower Case, Smoked Tempered Glass, Aluminum Trim $149.98