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Post Date: 2020-12-17

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    Posted: 17 Dec 2020 at 10:32pm
Hello!

So I've been interested in the Lumos (sucker for RGB lighting) for awhile now and I've read up on configurations for my budget on the forums and came up with the one below. Any suggestions on changes would be appreciated! Open to either processor. Thanks in advance for your help!

I have an Asus VG245H 24"Full HD 1080p monitor, plan to get an additional monitor

Budget:
[~$2500]

Expectations:
[Looking for a dependable computer that will need minimal upgrading and will last a good while and being able to have the capabilities to run whatever I want at max settings]

Usage:
[Gaming/Streaming/general everyday use]

Special Needs:

Saved Ticket #: [3654224]

Specifications:

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7-10700K (5.1 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.8 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS / MSI MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE (Intel Z490) (Up to 3x PCI-E) (No SLI)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 3000MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (RGB Light Bar)
Power Supply: 850W Digital Storm Performance Series (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Samsung 980 PRO) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD (1TB Samsung 860 EVO)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 2060 6GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
HydroLux Tubing Style: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
HydroLux Fluid Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Corsair LL Series (RGB Fans) (Software Controlled Effects)
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced LED Lighting System (Multiple RGB Color Modes)
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: Option Not Available
Boost Processor: Stock Factory Turbo Boost Advanced Automatic Overclocking
Boost Graphics Card(s): - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows 10 Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows 10)
Office: - No Thanks
Mouse Pad: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 20-25 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)

Edited by bfooj - 17 Dec 2020 at 11:57pm
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Dec 2020 at 4:48am
If you substitute in the RTX3060 Ti, your net after discount is $2520. A better GPU is always a good idea in a gaming rig, if it can fit the budget.

If you built those same parts into a Lynx case, you could get an RTX 3070, and get the lights for free. AND SAVE MONEY! $2201 after discount.

     Config #   3654594

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  Quote bfooj Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Dec 2020 at 9:14pm
Originally posted by Cretae

If you substitute in the RTX3060 Ti, your net after discount is $2520. A better GPU is always a good idea in a gaming rig, if it can fit the budget.

If you built those same parts into a Lynx case, you could get an RTX 3070, and get the lights for free. AND SAVE MONEY! $2201 after discount.

     Config #   3654594

Just sayin'.



@Creatae - thanks for the reply! I prefer the Lumos case over the Lynx, but could you provide a comparable AMD configuration? I've noticed you've suggested going AMD in other posts.

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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Dec 2020 at 4:34am
Sure!

   Config #   3667321     $2512 after discount

This build is designed with parts I believe to be available right now. I put in the Firecuda vs the Samsung 980 as it saves $42 and the 980 has been in short supply just recently. You will never know the difference.

The MSI gaming Pro carbon is my current favorite motherboard.

If you want to wait indefinitely, you could try for a 5800X, but the 3800X will last and last and not gimp this build.
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  Quote bfooj Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Jul 2021 at 9:10pm
Originally posted by Cretae

Sure!

   Config #   3667321     $2512 after discount

This build is designed with parts I believe to be available right now. I put in the Firecuda vs the Samsung 980 as it saves $42 and the 980 has been in short supply just recently. You will never know the difference.

The MSI gaming Pro carbon is my current favorite motherboard.

If you want to wait indefinitely, you could try for a 5800X, but the 3800X will last and last and not gimp this build.


@Cretae - Unfortunately I did not end up pulling the trigger back on the my original inquiry. With the recent reveal of full time work from homer conversion for my work, I'm even more in the market for a reliable computer. As parts have changed from my last inquiry, I was wondering if you could possibly provide me with an updated configuration similar to the last with updated parts? Any input is much appreciated!
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Aug 2021 at 7:29am
Over time the prices have changed, and the 3060 Ti is backordered. For $60 over the 3060, that is a supercard, but the 3060 will beat the heck out of the 2060 you originally budgeted, and game very well at 1080p. You've been patient to this point, so I would order the 3060 Ti.

Here's the best equivalent to what I recommended for you back in December:

    Config # 4010016   $2985.

There's no discount (damn!), the 500GB Firecuda has gone away, and the GPUs are pricier. The GPU is gonna delay you some. Check with DS as to how long. You can mix/match/play with this build, and bring the cost down some, about $260 if you get the 3060 and ditch the RGB fans.

Here's another build that will be nearly as good and preserve some of your wish list:

    4010021    $2455   

The 5600X is 6 cores, but it is no slouch at all for gaming. The Intel "equivalent" (i5-10400F) here is a PCIe Gen 3 part you do not want. The 5600X has great reviews from all over. The 8 core 10700K you originally were looking at is a mere 5% faster, but it's also obsolete PCIe gen 3. The AMDs are all Gen 4. That's double the bandwidth.

Still have the Gaming Pro Carbon, but it's not essential. you could easily sub in the base Asus or MSI motherboard which are not slouches at all. I like a little bit of upgrade here when it doesn't cost the farm. My bias is the better the board, the more they put into heat management, so it just might last a little longer. It might be nice to have Wi-Fi.

The Primary has to be the 500GB 980 PRO which is faster and preferable to the Firecuda anyway. I gave you all SSD storage. Yeah, it's 1 TB less, but about 7 times faster. It's easy to add another SSD when you need one, and much less expensive online.

The GPU only saves $60, but there's the time factor. The 3060 is just 8% behind the older 2070, which was what we recommended for 1440p gaming on a budget. The 3060 Ti, however, is 33% faster than the 3060! It barely edges out the base 2080 (NOT the SUPER, NOT the Ti) from last gen that's how good it is.

The Lynx case is for the budget. You get RGB included at about $300 less than RGB fans in a Lumos.

These are some tough choices. It all comes down to how much you want what you want. The "compromise" system will game your socks off for several years, and is fully upgradeable. CPU, GPU, RAM, storage. If the Lumos is your thing, let the fans go for now, and add them as a fun-ish DIY when you've got the cash.
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