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    Posted: 05 May 2020 at 4:18pm
Budget:

$2300 - $3000

Expectations:

4-5 years of very good use.

Usage:

Gaming
Multiple browsers and tabs for work
Photography (Lightroom)


Specifications:

System Configuration:

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K (4.9 GHz Turbo) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-H Gaming (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 600W Digital Storm Performance Series (Supports up to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU)
Expansion Bay: External USB Digital Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (3TB Seagate / Toshiba / Hitachi)
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 2070 SUPER 8GB (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: Exotic Cable Management - White - (Cable Combs with Custom Color Sleeved Extension Cables)
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
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores
Graphics: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (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: Digital Storm Premium Mouse Pad (Standard Size) (Stitched Edges)
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: - No Thanks


Does anyone see any obvious mistakes? I do know that I could probably have gone with 16GB of RAM, but decided to go for the 32GB. I do plan to try running in 1440p and will be buying a 27" monitor to do that. If the FPS takes a hit I will play at 1080p.

Thanks.

Edited by John18 - 05 May 2020 at 4:27pm
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 2:28am
Two modifications I think are important. You should get the 850W power supply for extra overhead now, and to have better options for expansion of this system later. The 600W powering a 2070 SUPER leaves you no room for much expansion, and gimps any future thoughts you might have for a better GPU.

The second is to upgrade Storage Set 1 to an NVMe M.2 drive. The Ds one is SATA, the NVMe s work off the PCIe bus for 5 times the speed. It's a game changing improvement. You can get the new 500 GB Seagate Firecuda for only $21 more. By far the best bargain here. It runs neck and neck with the Samsung 970 PRO, and also offers a 5 year warranty.

Everything else is well thought out, the 32 GB of RAM will help your productivity work, and I don't think you'll be disappointed with the 2070 SUPER at 1440p.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 8:05am
Am I able to change my order to incorporate those changes if I just entered Stage 1?
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 8:49am
Yessir. They will be happy to help you. There's plenty of time. You'll be in Stage One for awhile. It just means your payment's approved and they have put you in the line to get started ASAP. They are a bit short-handed and there are procedures, so you could be in line for more than couple of weeks.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 9:40am
I upgraded the order. This is the new build.

Chassis
Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos

Core Components
Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K (4.9 GHz Turbo) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-H Gaming (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)

Storage / Connectivity
Expansion Bay: External USB Digital Media Card Reader
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (3TB Seagate / Toshiba / Hitachi)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)

Graphics / Multimedia
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio

Digital Storm Engineering
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: Exotic Cable Management - White - (Cable Combs with Custom Color Sleeved Extension Cables)
Chassis Fans: Corsair LL Series (RGB Fans) (Software Controlled Effects)
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced LED Lighting System (Multiple RGB Color Modes)

Digital Storm TwisterBoost Technology
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores

Software
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows 10 Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows 10)
Mouse Pad: Digital Storm Premium Mouse Pad (Standard Size) (Stitched Edges)

Accessories / Goodies

Customer Care
Priority Build: - No Thanks, 6 Week Ship Estimate After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 4 Year Limited Warranty (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Part Replacement)
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  Quote Bob100 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 10:12am
That build will be fine for 1440P.

I also have a Lumos with the Intel Core i7-9700K, 32 GB of RAM, and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

I run this on an Alienware 34" 1440P monitor, with max settings on Digital Combat Simulator (flight sim) - very fluid picture, no stutters at all.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 11:37am
Originally posted by Bob100

That build will be fine for 1440P.

I also have a Lumos with the Intel Core i7-9700K, 32 GB of RAM, and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

I run this on an Alienware 34" 1440P monitor, with max settings on Digital Combat Simulator (flight sim) - very fluid picture, no stutters at all.


I'll be monitor shopping. I have a few ideas, but won't get too serious until I get to Stage 3.

The other issue I will possibly tangle (no pun intended) with is cord spaghetti between the router, computer, UPS and other stuff. If I am going to have everything pulled out I might want to do that at the same time.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 5:19pm
How many case fans will be in the Luminos? I read that there are three front fans and I assume the Stage 2 Performance Liquid cool is going out the top, so is there also a fourth fan that goes into the back top of the case for a total of four?

In case you wonder why I ask I am playing around with pcpartpicker.   
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  Quote Nomad1970 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 8:35pm
You added the LL fans, there will be 6 fans installed.

In mine, the radiator was installed behind the 3 front fans.

Edited by Nomad1970 - 06 May 2020 at 8:37pm
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I7-9700 oc 4.7GHz
32GB DDR4 3000MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro
SSD M.2 (512GB Samsung 970 PRO)
SSD M.2 1TB Samsung 970 EVO
240GB Samsung 860 Pro SSD
1TB W.D. HD
EVGA GTX 1080Ti
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  Quote Adrock67 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 9:02pm
Originally posted by Bob100

That build will be fine for 1440P.

I also have a Lumos with the Intel Core i7-9700K, 32 GB of RAM, and the RTX 2070 SUPER.

I run this on an Alienware 34" 1440P monitor, with max settings on Digital Combat Simulator (flight sim) - very fluid picture, no stutters at all.


Bob, I just saw that 34' Alienware 1440P monitor today. How would that compare to the Acer X34? For some reason I wasn't feeling it, but I did like what the X34 had @ $999. I'd be running Config ID 3064744. Just looking for a good monitor now.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 9:40pm
Originally posted by Nomad1970

You added the LL fans, there will be 6 fans installed.

In mine, the radiator was installed behind the 3 front fans.


Interesting. I didn't know the radiator could go there because I assumed that would keep the hot air from the liquid cooler inside the case instead of immediately ejected out the top.

Addendum: After reading Nomad's response I sought out videos and saw a few comparisons and the results did surprise me. So the question then would become what video card does DS use for the RTX 2070 Super? That would let me know if it is an open shroud or blower type.

I'm glad I asked the question. The response really surprised me.

Edited by John18 - 06 May 2020 at 10:13pm
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  Quote GrandesBollas Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2020 at 3:58am
My Lumos:

RTX 2070 Super (Asus RTX2070S Turbo Evo) is a blower type GPU

I have a custom liquid loop cooling system; the radiator is a 360mm, with 3 fans configured by DS as intake. I have 2 fans on top and one at the rear configured by DS as exhaust.

My future plan is to add a second radiator (240mm) on top, keeping the fans exhausting.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2020 at 3:30pm
Oh my goodness, I just jumped from Stage 1 to Stage 3 as of a few minutes ago.
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  Quote Bob100 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2020 at 8:51pm
Originally posted by Adrock67

[QUOTE=Bob100] That build will be fine for 1440P.

Bob, I just saw that 34' Alienware 1440P monitor today. How would that compare to the Acer X34? For some reason I wasn't feeling it, but I did like what the X34 had @ $999. I'd be running Config ID 3064744. Just looking for a good monitor now.


Sorry, don't have any experience with the Acer X34.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2020 at 4:01am
Nearly the same price for either. All I can tell you is the Alienware has been recommended here by several users. At Amazon, it has a significantly higher % of 5 star reviews (82% vs 66%, but far fewer reviews.) Dell has been producing quality high-end panels for many years, but I have a lot of respect for the Acer Predator line as well. Perhaps you should look at some pro reviews?
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 May 2020 at 6:11pm
I updated the order today and swapped out the PNY RTX-2070 an ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Dual EVO OC. While a 2080 Super is overkill for me. It was a good overall solution for me.

The order, still in Stage 4, is now:

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K (4.9 GHz Turbo) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-H Gaming (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Expansion Bay: External USB Digital Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: External USB - Blu-Ray & DVD Multi-Drive (Burn + Play Blu-Ray & DVDs) (6x BD-R)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Seagate FireCuda 520) (NVM Express) (Gen4 PCIe)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (3TB Seagate / Toshiba / Hitachi)
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 2080 SUPER 8GB (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: Exotic Cable Management - White - (Cable Combs with Custom Color Sleeved Extension Cables)
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
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores
Graphics: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows 10 Installation (Format and Clean Install)
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows 10)

Edited by John18 - 14 May 2020 at 7:30pm
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 May 2020 at 4:17am
I know you've been putting a lot of thought into this, and I have every good wish that you will be well pleased. Overkill? Not quite, but you know I don't think it's needed for a quality experience. But WANTED is also worthy of consideration! Theses are our toys, after all....

It's just as important to be completely comfortable with our choices.

Edited by Cretae - 15 May 2020 at 4:26am
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