Question Custom PC Broke, Please Check My Replacement Build

Nov 29, 2020
Hi. Need to upgrade my gaming PC. Looking to use a few existing parts, but replace the main components now, adding a new GPU when 3070 or 3080's are back in stock.

Looking for advice and if anything looks incompatible.

Need suggestions for: CPU cooler and computer case--no size limitations. Prefer larger one with more room and Microsoft operating system.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: Pricing out at $1,200 - 1,500 + Windows

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No

CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 8-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 125W
Motherboard: ASUS Strix Z490-E Gaming LGA 1200 Intel
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws VSeries 32GB (2x16GB) 288-Pin
Memory: Wester Digital WD Blue SN550 1 TB
Operating System: Windows 10 Home - 64 Bit

Power supply: Corsair HX 850i
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX
Monitor: Acer XB270HU 2560x1440
Memory: WD Blue 3D NAND 2TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6GB/s
WD Blue 3D NAND 250 GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6GB/s

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440

Why Are You Upgrading:
Was getting three beeps (probably RAM), then the motherboard started falling apart when I went to pull things out and reconnect. Decided it was time for an upgrade. just upgraded the cpu to a i9 10900k instead of 10700k.Switched to a gigabyte board instead of asus,gigabyte mobos are rlly good.Switched ram to a trident z one.About the cooler,its one of the best AIOs out ther ethat u can buy..And you dont need to spend 100$ on windows.Use windows media creation tool to get into windows after first boot,and go buy a cheap windows key if u cant live with a non activated one.No difference between unactivated and activated,except the ACTIVATE WINDOWS on the bottom left (<- even that can dissapear without spending money)
Nov 29, 2020
Thanks Djoza. Power supply is an existing one, so I'm gonna use the corsair 850. What are your thoughts on the i9? I read that performance for slightly overclocked i7's was actually better.

Is the Trident Ram more reliable? My Corsair's gave up the ghosts after a few years.
Nov 29, 2020
Looks OK.
I have some thoughts:

1. Look at the lian li lancool II mesh case.

2. I would not use liquid cooling when a good air cooler will do the job.
Noctua NH-D15s chromax black is half the price, quieter, more reliable, easier to install, will cool equally well, and...
Will not leak.
Case looks good.

Issue I have with the tower coolers is the awkward way they sit in the case and the way they hang from the motherboard. With a liquid or radiator setup I just have to deal with the cables coming off of the CPU attachment.

Do you guys have comments on the I9 vs I7? My understanding is that at that level and with gaming, the GPU is more often the bottleneck, so better to save up for a better GPU than spending it on an I9.