Build Advice Cheapest build possible with RTX 2080 ti and 9900k OC'd to 5.0 ghz

aliycen

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Hello,

I hope you guys are well. I had a couple questions regarding a build I'm thinking of building soon. I checked the Best $2000 builds that were posted on the contest. Obviously it's not a very realistic budget for a 2080ti build.

Crucial parts of the build for me are:
  • i9 9900k processor which I will be overclocking to 4.8 ghz or above(ideally 5.0ghz).
  • A 2080ti graphics card(doesn't need to be overclocked)
  • A 512 gb SSD drive(I'm thinking 970 Pro)
I'd really appreciate if you guys could help me with components keeping these constraints in mind. I'm flexible with budget but ideally I'd like to keep it around $2500 without sacrificing any potential for CPU overclocking.

I do not need a monitor, keyboard or a mouse but I do need a case.
 

Barty1884

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What are you intending to do with this system? Perhaps there's a more economical route to go with Ryzen etc?




Needless to say, $2k is out of the question. ~$500ish CPU, ~$1,200 GPU at it's cheapest.... and you're going to need a solid board/cooler for overclocking the 9900K.

Probably a minimum of 280mm AIO, and a ~$200 board.

Board and cooler* are placeholders, but something in the ~$2,500 range should be doable.

*Cooler is the one used in the TH testing, linked below.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($519.00 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Taichi ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($94.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC GAMING Video Card ($1209.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox MB510L ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($92.65 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2385.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-03 20:32 EDT-0400


The case is also a placeholder, as at ~$2,500 you'd probably want something better....


The 9900K overclocked can draw ~250W at 5GHz in a torture test and a 2080TI can draw ~300W, nearer 350W absolute peak.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i9-9900k-9th-gen-cpu,5847-11.html
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-ti-founders-edition,5805-10.html

So I'd shoot for an absolute minimum of a quality 750W, if it were me.
 
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aliycen

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It'll be something that I use for everything. Most important 2 things:

There's a piece of code I run on my machine that does XML parsing which is very CPU and RAM driven, as in by CPU i mean it doesn't do any multithreaded operations yet. I'm thinking of going that route further down the road.

Other than that I'm thinking if I'm already getting parts of a beast, why not get the whole package and also make it a gaming pc, hence the rtx 2080 ti. I'm mostly bummed about the prices of 9900k and 2080ti. Are there any alternatives to 9900k which maybe have less cores but still run at high frequencies? Also I think EVGA has the cheapest 2080tis available named 2080ti black, are there any problems with those?
 

Barty1884

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By that description, it sounds like your code is predominantly (or exclusively) single-core dependent.
In which case, a lesser core count chip, clocked at 5GHz or higher, might be a more economical solution - it'll also not impact the gaming aspect, assuming it has ~6cores.

Out of the box, the i5-9600K will hit 4.6GHz* on a single core, so would be worth considering.
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/28qhP6/intel-core-i5-9600k-37ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i59600k

Alternatively, the i7-8700K is a 6c/12t part, with single core boost to 4.7GHz*.
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sxDzK8/intel-core-i7-8700k-37ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i78700k

*Before overclocking.

Both would save you money, without negatively impacting performance.

Depending on the RAM utilization of your code, you might want to consider 32GB, although that's always something you could upgrade later if you're unsure from the outset.


Something like this, for example, may be more than adequate for your needs, while sticking closer to a $2k budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($264.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - TUF Z390-PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($165.50 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($155.98 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC GAMING Video Card ($1209.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox MB510L ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($92.65 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2177.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-03 21:11 EDT-0400



As for the GPU, the Black is a little lesser in terms of cooling performance and out of the box clock speeds, but when you're dealing with a 2080TI class card, there's no real "bad" options.
 
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aliycen

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By that description, it sounds like your code is predominantly (or exclusively) single-core dependent.
In which case, a lesser core count chip, clocked at 5GHz or higher, might be a more economical solution - it'll also not impact the gaming aspect, assuming it has ~6cores.

Out of the box, the i5-9600K will hit 4.6GHz* on a single core, so would be worth considering.
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/28qhP6/intel-core-i5-9600k-37ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i59600k

Alternatively, the i7-8700K is a 6c/12t part, with single core boost to 4.7GHz*.
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/sxDzK8/intel-core-i7-8700k-37ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i78700k

*Before overclocking.

Both would save you money, without negatively impacting performance.

Depending on the RAM utilization of your code, you might want to consider 32GB, although that's always something you could upgrade later if you're unsure from the outset.


Something like this, for example, may be more than adequate for your needs, while sticking closer to a $2k budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($264.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus - TUF Z390-PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($165.50 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($155.98 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB XC GAMING Video Card ($1209.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox MB510L ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($92.65 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2177.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-03 21:11 EDT-0400



As for the GPU, the Black is a little lesser in terms of cooling performance and out of the box clock speeds, but when you're dealing with a 2080TI class card, there's no real "bad" options.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions! Changing the CPU made a lot of difference in pricing. Is there any point in choosing a better motherboard with the current components and the plan to overclock or will it not make a considerable difference?
 
The 970 EVO is but $100 on Amazon, and unless you plan on 100 TB of writes per year (970 Pro does have about double the 'write life' of the EVO), there is ~$60 saved....

But, if getting a 2080Ti, I'd stick with the 9700K as a minimum...
 

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