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Potential Lumos Build. Need Feedback.

Post Date: 2019-04-08

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    Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 1:47pm
Hello DS community!

After window shopping around at different companies for a custom built pc, I have finally decided to choose DS mainly because of the customer service and community.

So here I've built a potential lumos build for myself and would like some feedback on improvements or cutting costs without sacrificing too much performance.

Budget:
$5,000 - $6000

Expectations:
To be able to run 4k resolutions, 3x 24" monitors (not included in budget) at 144hz, VR Ready, and be a solid build 10 years from now. (Current PC is an ASUS ROG laptop bought 10 years ago from Best Buy and it's finally on its last legs of life.)

Usage:
Primarily high end gaming, light digital 3D rendering/video & photo editing.

Special Needs:
I like RGB colors. Wifi is primarily used because hard wiring it to the router would be a chore. Should I upgrade the wifi for better range and speed or stick with the onboard wifi the motherboard offers?

Saved Ticket #: Configuration Code: 2341286

Specifications:
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: 64GB DDR4 3000MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (RGB Light Bar)
Power Supply: 1200W Corsair AX1200i (Digitally Controlled Power)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Samsung 970 EVO) (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 2080 Ti 11GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: HydroLux PRO: Exotic Custom Cooling System (CPU Only) <br><strong></strong>
HydroLux Tubing Style: Flexible Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System) <br><strong></strong>
HydroLux Fluid Color: Clear Fluid + Clear Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System) <br><strong></strong>
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: Corsair Commander PRO Management Control Board & Software (1x Board)
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: Option Not Available
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU - Up to 5.1GHz on All CPU Cores
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 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
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: 08 Apr 2019 at 2:35pm
Welcome to the DS forum TannerT!

Looks like a strong Lumos build to me sir, and I also like running with 3 x 24” monitors too.   The RTX 2080 Ti should be excellent.    For your stated budget range, I might suggest you boost the M.2 NVMe Drive 1 to a 1TB Samsung and maybe make use of the second M.2 slot for another fast NVMe Drive 2.....but it’s absolutely fine as is.

If you have to use WI-FI, the on board WI-FI solution should get the job done.   Wired net access is always fastest and most dependable if at all possible.

If you just prefer Soundblaster sound boards then go for it, but the onboard 8 channel (Realtek) sound codecs on Asus motherboards are really very good.    Realtek does update sound drivers and make improvements.    Sound boards are becoming a rare add on because on board audio has gotten so good now.   
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Apr 2019 at 3:59am
You have several hundred dollars invested in overkill RAM and power supply. Your rig would have plenty of overhead at 850W, but even the 1000W would save considerably. You have stated no reason to need 64 GB of ram, and the jump from 32 to 64GB is really expensive for next to no benefit. Agree about the sound card.

You get to spend your money anyway you'd like, but my advice is to save yourself nearly a grand on unneeded parts you'll never even know are there.
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