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  Quote Predatorus Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: New PC Advice
    Posted: 29 Jan 2019 at 1:04pm
This will be my second Digital Storm PC, last one was was a 3770k bought in 2012 and have only had to upgrade my video card. After being stuck on an old 1080p monitor at 60hz I thought the time was finally right to upgrade to 1440p and create the build to allow me to do it.


I tend to keep my pc's for long periods of time and upgrade the video card as it becomes a hindrance. This time around I am shooting for 1440p.



1)Motherboard:I have heard mixed reviews in regards to the Maximus Hero, is the MSI pro carbon better?

2)Power supply: I don't plan to initially overclock the 9900k but I would like some head room for that and perhaps a beefier video card (in the future), is 850 the right amount?

3)Fans: Is it worth upgrading to Corsair ML Pro fans for better airflow throughout the case, or should I stay stock?

4)Ram: 32gbs seems like enough but I put 16gbs in the current pc back in 2012. Is this enough head room?

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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) <br><strong></strong>
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W Corsair RM850x (Fully Modular) <br><strong></strong>
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (2TB Samsung 970 EVO) (NVM Express) (Extreme Performance) <br><strong></strong>
Storage Set 2: - No Thanks <br><strong></strong>
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 Ti 11GB (VR Ready) <br><strong></strong>
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H115i PRO - 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance) <br><strong></strong>
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 ML PRO Series (High Static Pressure) (Magnetic Levitation) <br><strong></strong>
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
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
Game: - 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)
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Jan 2019 at 8:14pm
Hello Predatorus///Welcome back to the forums. Strong build you have set up...I like it! If you have budget room to add to the DS parts warranty that might be smart.

I assume you have other drives of your own to add, but you could certainly take advantage of a 2nd fast m.2 drive with this build. I'll try to answer your questions...

1) Good top line gamers mobo, but if you don't plan on taking advantage of the free Stage 1 Overclock on the 9900k CPU...you could save a couple bucks and be fine dropping down to the Pro Carbon or the Strix and still be able to go SLI or Overclock just fine. I have had over 8 yrs of good experience with the several better Asus mobo's...but some here like MSI and I'm sure they are OK as well.

2) You are fine with the 850w 80-Gold Corsair PSU...
Me, I think it's pretty cheap futureproofing to bump up the PSU to a more efficient Platinum model like the 1000w Corsair (+$41) or the 1200w Corsair (+$74)...but you have enough headroom with the 850w.

3) Those ML Corsair fans are supposed to be the best, and they also have the cool addressable LED's so cant do better than that...Excellent performance choice.

4) If just for gaming 16 gb RAM is generally enough, but by all means 32gb would be more than enough for just about anything you may do from video encoding to CAD with that top 2080 Ti card and 9900k CPU combination. Excellent strong build in my humble opinion...Go for it!
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jan 2019 at 4:06am
I have the ML Pro fans in my Lumos and would recommend them.   A bit pricey, but they are dead quiet and the lighting looks great and selectable with Corsair app.   

The stock fans I’m sure are all you need, but are not LED if someone is going by the pics.

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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jan 2019 at 6:42am
I do recommend the MSI Pro Carbon. It seems just as feature-rich at a lower price point, and Asus is quite well known for sketchy customer service.

You might consider a Samsung 250 TB 970 EVO as your primary drive so you have your OS and maintenance and productivity apps on a separate, more manageable drive . That can be helpful when you clone/back-up the most important system files. Just a thought. All else is very nice, indeed.
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