Build Advice Guidance needed on $2,500.00 gaming PC

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Hello all, I have decided to leave my console and jump back into the PC gaming scene. The last PC I built was in 2007, I think I have come to a good balance for a powerful machine. I think my biggest concern is if airflow will be a concern.

I am pretty much settled on the NZXT H500 black/blue as it fits a design theme I am going for. What is everyones thoughts on the chosen components and on the thermal issues of this case? Thanks in advance!!!

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/c2rbP3
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/c2rbP3/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($529.89 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z390 AORUS MASTER ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($289.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($497.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card ($739.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2485.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-20 19:16 EDT-0400
 
A few changes for the better. The Aurous doesnt have displayport. Better AIO, more RAM and storage for beter performance...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($529.89 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($238.89 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Samsung)
Storage: Western Digital - WD Blue 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ Newegg Business)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($729.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - H700 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2448.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-20 20:49 EDT-0400




Edit: Or you can go with a better card...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($529.89 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($137.75 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($149.99 @ Samsung)
Storage: Western Digital - WD Blue 2 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($249.99 @ Newegg Business)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card ($1076.98 @ Newegg Business)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2474.46
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-20 20:55 EDT-0400
 

davidgirgis

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No fault in getting the best, of course , that's basically what I did at the time I built mine...

Have you considered a higher capacity and/or a higher performing power supply?

For example, you could get an 850 W Platinum unit from the same line of product you picked, which is, the Corsair RMx product family.

It's just that, the price per capacity and performance for M.2 NVMe SSDs really falls off quite rapidly. 500 GB is the sweet spot. 1 TB if you want to splurge a little (i.e. get the best). The 2 TB, at this point, doesn't really do much for you. You could get a high capacity 2.5" SATA SSD and store a boat-load of things on it, all day long, without really feeling the difference at all.
 

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Yeah, I agree with Hellfire13, on some of his choices there.

My personal picks:
850W Gold (Corsair or Seasonic)
2080
Asus ROG Hero (or Strix)
970 EVO (500 GB) + whatever else you want

What's the monitor?
May I recommend the LG 34UC79G-B ($500) or 34GK950F-B ($1000)?
 
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How about this, a cheaper m.2 2TB ssd with a HDD in Raid 1 with a couple of changes suggested by others.

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jCRmMZ
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jCRmMZ/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($529.89 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H115i PRO 55.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus - ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($273.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital - Blue 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.44 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GAMING OC Video Card ($739.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT - H500 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2260.06
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-20 21:24 EDT-0400
 
If you are planning to RAID the SSD with HDD, maybe you should rethink. The RAID will be as fast as the slowest drive, rendering the SSD speed useless. Moreover if the drives in the RAID are of different architecture, it makes it pretty unstable.
 
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davidgirgis

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For RAID to work best, you want two (or more) identical drives. You really don't need it.

Hellfire13 and GB189, you guys are talking about two different cases with two different cooling capabilities.

H500's max fitment is 280mm
H700's max fitment is 360mm

Also, you can usually find 3200 MHz (or faster) memory for the same price.
Additionally, GB189 initial instinct on the Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe is a good one, for performance, endurance, and warranty.
THG recommends Adata SX8200 Pro (New Controller).
The mechanical drive is a bit out of place here.

$80 for 850 W Gold is a good deal.
the Hero mobo is a splurge option, it's the cheapest ROG mobo out there.

wuddya think?
 
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