Build Advice Is this a decent starting gaming rig?

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nice RIG, great parts. I do have some suggestions for your consideration.
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CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($484.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($129.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($142.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($137.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design - Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Platinum 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.39 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: BenQ - GW2765HT 27.0" 2560x1440 60 Hz Monitor ($279.00 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair - K55 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.88 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Corsair - M65 PRO RGB FPS Wired Optical Mouse ($55.15 @ Walmart)
Total: $2472.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-15 05:28 EDT-0400


the thermal paste will not be needed for a while at least, the cooler will ship with paste ready to apply.

you can see it here.

the RAM should be the same kit. larger modules of faster speed can be had. the WD velociraptor is a great drive but even cheapo SSD's can dwarf its performance. the intel 660p is cheaper and faster than both the drives you selected, I would install the OS to the intel drive.
results for general idea only. your mileage will vary.
https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-660p-NVMe-PCIe-M2-1TB-vs-Samsung-860-Evo-1TB/m602553vsm423831
the AX is a top notch unit and you cannot go wrong with the choice but the price is a dealbreaker for me, the seasonic focus platinum 850W unit has more than enough wattage even if you chose to OC and is a top notch unit too.
the performance should be slightly better with the faster storage and RAM a bit cheaper to boot.
 
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