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How does this PC build look? #5261875 11/08/19 03:08 PM
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It's time to build a new PC as my current one is approaching the 5 year mark. Below are the parts lists for my existing PC and the new build. I primarily use this machine (with two 4k monitors) for software development work and then occasionally some gaming.

Does anything about this new build stand out as a problem? Are there any alternative components I should be considering? I'm hoping that it will be a nice upgrade that can last me for the next 5 years.

Current Build
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

New Build
CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($471.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 CHROMAX.BLACK 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($281.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING Advanced Video Card ($584.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT H710i ATX Mid Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2033.88


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261887 11/08/19 03:20 PM
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Personally I would go with a 3rd gen Ryzen, they are slaughtering inlet at the moment in multicore, multithread workloads and are quite a bit cheaper too boot. Intel only has advantage on single core workloads. So the question is, for your work, does the software/work take advantage of multi threaded CPUs or prefers single core?

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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: KrisZ] #5261894 11/08/19 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by KrisZ
Personally I would go with a 3rd gen Ryzen, they are slaughtering inlet at the moment in multicore, multithread workloads and are quite a bit cheaper too boot. Intel only has advantage on single core workloads. So the question is, for your work, does the software/work take advantage of multi threaded CPUs or prefers single core?


I got similar feedback from a coworker. I'm not totally against the idea, but I'm still a little gun shy after having tons of driver issues with AMD in the past. Granted, that was 10 years ago.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261897 11/08/19 03:28 PM
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I had an alomost identical original build with the i7-4790K. It was a beast.

Your proposed build should work great, it is very close to my build.
I went with the i7-9700K , as imo it was the best cost/benefit for my plans - gaming and office work.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261903 11/08/19 03:31 PM
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I have a Noctua NH-D15 great air cooler, you'll need to play with the fan placement to have clearance over the ram. Should wait for black friday/cyber monday deals. Also if you have a microcenter close by they have lower prices on some of the components but also has sales tax, I bought a number of components from newegg and B&H to avoid the sales tax.

Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: wkcars] #5261912 11/08/19 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Danno
I had an alomost identical original build with the i7-4790K. It was a beast.


Surprisingly it's still a pretty decent machine 5 years later. Once I finish the new build I'm going to install Linux and it should be a beast again.

Originally Posted by wkcars
I have a Noctua NH-D15 great air cooler, you'll need to play with the fan placement to have clearance over the ram.


I'm a little nervous about the clearance. I'm only installing 2 sticks of RAM for now and they should be in slots 2&4 so hopefully I don't have to adjust too much.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261918 11/08/19 03:57 PM
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Looks like a solid build. The only thing I may suggest is a closed loop liquid cooler, which would also solve any clearance issues mentioned with the ram. I have a modular XSPC loop just for my CPU and it really keeps things quiet, cool, and looks good. Of course those closed loop kits are probably a weak link in terms of pump failure before a fan/heatsink would fail.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: HemiHawk] #5261926 11/08/19 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by HemiHawk
Looks like a solid build. The only thing I may suggest is a closed loop liquid cooler, which would also solve any clearance issues mentioned with the ram. I have a modular XSPC loop just for my CPU and it really keeps things quiet, cool, and looks good. Of course those closed loop kits are probably a weak link in terms of pump failure before a fan/heatsink would fail.


I had an AIO (Cooler Master Nepton 240) on my current build but after about a year the pump developed a noise and I had to get rid of it. I kind of like the simplicity of air coolers.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261932 11/08/19 04:27 PM
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I would also stick with an air cooler. Most aftermarket ones can handle mild overclocking no problem.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261933 11/08/19 04:32 PM
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Personally I would go with a 3rd gen Ryzen, they are slaughtering inlet at the moment in multicore, multithread workloads and are quite a bit cheaper too boot. Intel only has advantage on single core workloads. So the question is, for your work, does the software/work take advantage of multi threaded CPUs or prefers single core?


I got similar feedback from a coworker. I'm not totally against the idea, but I'm still a little gun shy after having tons of driver issues with AMD in the past. Granted, that was 10 years ago.


Intel is pretty much a sure bet. From what I've read the thread rippers are finicky, but the Ryzens seem to be supported quite well. Still, going AMD probably carries more risk than going with Intel, or at least more unknowns.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261939 11/08/19 04:47 PM
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+1 for Ryzen. I have 3 computers on it now.

Also upgrade the RAM, DDR3 is outdated now.


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Originally Posted by FordBroncoVWJeta
Also upgrade the RAM, DDR3 is outdated now.


I think you're looking at the current build. The proposed build has DDR4-3200MHz.


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Re: How does this PC build look? [Re: glock19] #5261983 11/08/19 06:00 PM
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Never understood the point of homebuilt computers. If a part breaks, you have to deal with each separate component manufacturer. And there is always the chance one part won't be compatible with the other. Why not order something to your specs from Dell or some other established make. If something breaks, they come out and fix it onsite for 3 years.

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Originally Posted by atikovi
Never understood the point of homebuilt computers. If a part breaks, you have to deal with each separate component manufacturer. And there is always the chance one part won't be compatible with the other. Why not order something to your specs from Dell or some other established make. If something breaks, they come out and fix it onsite for 3 years.


It's the same attitude others have towards working on cars by themselves. Why do you fix your cars vs let others do it for you with a warranty?

There are advantage to both approaches as well as disadvantages. Having done it both ways, the warranty is very overrated and it is very unlikely I will ever buy a pre-built home pc.

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Originally Posted by atikovi
Never understood the point of homebuilt computers. If a part breaks, you have to deal with each separate component manufacturer. And there is always the chance one part won't be compatible with the other. Why not order something to your specs from Dell or some other established make. If something breaks, they come out and fix it onsite for 3 years.


I build my own because I know the parts will be what I want and not cheap junk. Plus, its fun.


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