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    Posted: 05 May 2020 at 11:29am
Budget:
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Gaming, Banking Online, Internet

I have been a DS customer for several years, last build was about 2013 and thinking I want another to accompany that one for networking.

I think 16 gb ram should be good?

What kind of motherboard, power supply and graphics card should I look at for optimal performance?

Been looking at the Advantum X.

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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 May 2020 at 12:42pm
Oh, forgot that I will be playing at 1920x1080 resolution.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 May 2020 at 5:24pm
I would opine that 16GB is fine for you.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 4:12am
Mobo: Rog Strix or Maximus Hero

PSU: 850W should be enough

Price/performance (best bang for buck) pick for 1080p is the 2060 SUPER.

16GB of RAM is fine.

Be sure you select one of the NVMe M.2 units for Storage Set 1. ~500GB is optimal for price and ease of running fast system scans.

You could have a much better build under budget with a Lumos. The Aventum is a monster and eats up a lot of cash just for the case. There are a lot of compromises you have to make and you'll still probably be over budget by a couple of hundred.

Try a few of each build in the configurator and see what you think.
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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 7:49am
Thanks for the replies!
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Oh, chassis fans and cooling system. What do you recommend?
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 9:00am
Depends a lot on which case you decide to go with. Like I said, building into an Aventum is going to require compromises to keep it anywhere near $3500. In a Lumos case, you'll really have much better parts and come in UNDER $3500.

I'd really like to see you light up a Lumos with Corsair LL Series fans. In an Aventum, it's $500, and totally out of budget. Play with the configurator.
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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 9:03am
Is the cooling system that comes stock with the Lumos case good enough to keep all components cool?
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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 May 2020 at 10:07am
Digital Storm Desktop - Config ID 3063871
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$3,024.00
System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 3000MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (RGB Light Bar)
Power Supply: 850W Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (512GB Samsung 970 PRO) (NVM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (2TB 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: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Corsair LL Series (RGB Fans) (Software Controlled Effects)
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: Option Not Available
CPU Boost: Stock Factory Turbo Boost Advanced Automatic Overclocking
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 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, 6 Week Ship Estimate After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2020 at 4:58am
Well, will you look at that? Out-freaking-standing build, Grape!    You even took care to slip over the $3000 line to get another $100 on the discount!

This is a very strong build, all quality parts, no compromise. The all-in-one dual fan CPU cooler will be all you need to make sure the processor stays chilly. The upgraded case fans and the airflow in the Lumos case will manage everything else. You can download iCue software from Corsair to control fan speeds and colors to your heart's content.

So you're at $2724 with the discount? So under budget you could consider going all-SSD storage with either a Samsung 1TB or 2TB EVO SSD as secondary storage for your games library.

It's not a big thing, but you could also consider the Stage One free overclock. Your CPU is engineered to allow that, but it's already really fast. Up to you.

That's it. You've got a pretty cutting-edge rig that will be strong for every task for several years. ...And a Certified Customer badge to go with it!
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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2020 at 7:53am
Many thanks, Cretae!...and especially for the recommendations.
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>So you're at $2724 with the discount? So under budget you could consider going all-SSD storage with either a Samsung 1TB or 2TB EVO SSD as secondary storage for your games library.<

Hmmm..never thought of doing that. So you mean the save games file or put games on the secondary storage?

How would I make a change in the order?
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2020 at 6:59pm
Originally posted by Grape

>So you're at $2724 with the discount? So under budget you could consider going all-SSD storage with either a Samsung 1TB or 2TB EVO SSD as secondary storage for your games library.<

Hmmm..never thought of doing that. So you mean the save games file or put games on the secondary storage?

How would I make a change in the order?


Just call them with your Order Number and they will help you out. While you are at it I suggest Windows 10 Professional.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2020 at 3:49am
You are very welcome, Grape! glad I could help.

Another recent build with a pretty sizable budget really turned my head with a 1TB NVMe SSD for secondary storage. Yeah, it's pricy, but something to think about! The games library could go there. You'd never be able to read fast enough to see a game tip during a loading screen ever again, but....
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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2020 at 7:26am

Now I feel like a novice again. How does one install games onto a secondary drive if that is what you are suggesting? What if I use Steam, can I direct it to install onto a secondary storage drive? Unless I misunderstood the game library idea.

Heh, not sure I want to skip those game tips.

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Searched and found how to move Steam library to another drive and how to direct games to be installed onto secondary storage drive. Also read that moving game library will help the primary drive.
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  Quote Grape Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2020 at 9:18am
<So you're at $2724 with the discount? So under budget you could consider going all-SSD storage with either a Samsung 1TB or 2TB EVO SSD as secondary storage for your games library.

It's not a big thing, but you could also consider the Stage One free overclock.>

Called and getting the Stage One free overclock. Also swapped out the first secondary storage for the following: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)

I hope I can read faster!
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2020 at 3:23am
Yes, moving the Steam library is pretty easy.

Your upgrades are bound to work out great for you. Color me a leetle bit jealous. I have a 1TB Samsung SATA SSD for my games, but I have a few newer ones on my 500 GB NVMe, and the loading diff, though fast in both cases, is quite obvious.


Now the excruciating wait....

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Amen!
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  Quote GrandesBollas Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 May 2020 at 8:37pm
Originally posted by Grape

Searched and found how to move Steam library to another drive and how to direct games to be installed onto secondary storage drive. Also read that moving game library will help the primary drive.


Keep in mind that the primary c-drive will always contain OS fragments/registry entries. I have learned that I can install Steam on my C-drive, store games on secondary SSD, and not be able to play the games without reinstalling because I had to refresh/wipe my C-drive. One of the many reasons I use an image backup for my C-drive - preserves the necessary registry tweaks.

You can install the steam app itself on the secondary data drive. But, steam will install garbage on your c-drive anyway. I've done it both ways. My preference is to install programs with installers on my C-drive; data files and portable .exe. files on the secondary drives. Portable .exe files don't leave behind residue.

Not to scare anyone regarding residues. Next time you download the Nvidia driver. You unzip it and install using the default location. Nvidia will leave Gbs of droppings overtime even though you thought you removed the download.
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Hmm... I've not had these issues in two years+. Steam on C, two libraries on other drives, but my Primary M.2 SSD is only half full. Can't wait.   
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