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New Velox build-thoughts please...

Post Date: 2020-02-19

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  Quote txranger Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: New Velox build-thoughts please...
    Posted: 19 Feb 2020 at 2:52pm
For gaming for sure... Along with graphics work using Photoshop and Illustrator usually at the same time... I am ready for a upgrade... Thoughts and comments are welcomed...

My last DS build was in 2011 and it is still going pretty strong and the only thing I have ever replaced were the fans... I have upgraded it to SSD drives and increased the system memory...

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Digital Storm Velox
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 Prime Z390-P (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 2x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI Support)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
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 (500GB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express) <br><strong></strong>
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express) <br><strong></strong>
Storage Set 3: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express) <br><strong></strong>
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 SUPER 8GB (VR Ready) <br><strong></strong>
Sound Card: Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 <br><strong></strong>
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 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: - No Thanks
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: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system <br><strong></strong>
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 10-15 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: 19 Feb 2020 at 4:43pm
Welcome back tsranger!   I have 4 DS rigs since 2011, all still impress.   

First, the virus situation causing delays in China factories, along with tariffs delaying parts resupply in Chinese and US Customs...You should make sure with DS Sales that all parts you are ordering are in stock now.

As this is an Adobe Creative and gaming build, I think I'm pretty safe to assume your monitor choice will be an IPS color quality panel and probably at least a 1440P/2K.

I like your top Intel I9-9900K 8-core/16 thread CPU, 850w PSU, your 3X Samsung 970 Plus M.2 NVME SSD drive selections, and top Corsair ML Fan upgrade. There are a few things I would suggest can be improved if your budget can flex just a bit.

Velox Build2   Config # 2879234 $3852 minus DS SALE $300 off = $3552

*Free Stage 1 Overclock of the excellent Intel I9-9900K for stronger CPU performance 24/7... Intel K Class processors are designed to be Overclocked...

*Upgrade from entry level board to a stronger full featured midrange Asus Z390 Strix-H with excellent ASUS ROG SupremeFX S1220A High Definition Audio CODEC (Realtec).

*Upgrade to 32 GB 3000 mHz Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB RAM for higher quality & Corsair lifetime RAM warranty (DS RAM only has a 1 yr warranty)

*Save -$173 and drop the extra sound card.
On- Motherboard sound codecs these days are excellent and handle multi channel Hi-Res quality sound.   Try it and you can always add a sound board later on yourself if you decide it's still needed.

*GPU upgrade to stronger midrange RTX 2070 Super video card.   This GPU is the do everything well card in NVidia's lineup, and is used by a lot of Adobe content creators here on the forum.   I think the RTX 2070 Super would serve you better at 2k/1440P resolution...while the 2060 is more of an entry level 1080P resolution GPU.   NVidia RTX cards can now utilize more Adobe 10 bit colorspace tools that used to be reserved for NVidia commercial GPU's.

I think these changes result in a much better performing build.   That's my 2 cents...see what you think.

Normally I would also suggest the Corsair AIO coolers over the DS brands for higher quality/stronger performance and longer 5 yr warranties, but that choice seems to be absent from the configurator at the moment. I don't know why, but it's something you could discuss with DS. (I normally would advise an upgrade to the Corsair H110 240mm AIO cooler, or the bigger Corsair H115i 280 mm AIO cooler.)

Edited by HockeyBuck - 19 Feb 2020 at 4:45pm
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2020 at 5:34am
+1   

(Means I endorse Hockeybuck's analysis and suggestions down the line.)

For just a few $$ more in most cases, moving up to the name brand parts gets you a significantly stronger factory warranty which might be more useful than the 1 year DS parts coverage. DS offers quality "private label" parts that are less expensive precisely because they come with more limited coverage.
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