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Post Date: 2020-05-12

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    Posted: 12 May 2020 at 7:16pm
Hello, hello. I've been in the market for a new gaming pc and DS has beat out Alienware. Unfortunately, I was planning on spending about $3000, and even with the discount, my optimal computer is at $3400. I have gone through the forum, seen the advice given to other people, and trimmed what was obvious to me. If ya'll could look it over and suggest what might be changed, I would appreciate it.
I will spend the extra money, I just want to make sure it is necessary. Thanks for any advice!


Expectations:
Looking for a gaming system that is prepared for the future and is upgradable

Usage:
Daily; GTA 5, Fallout, RDR


Saved Ticket #: 3086227


Specifications:

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lumos

Core Components
Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K (5.0 GHz Turbo) (16-Thread) (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: 1000W Digital Storm Performance Series (Fully Modular) (80 Plus Gold)


Storage / Connectivity
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (512GB Samsung 970 PRO) (NVM Express)

Storage Set 2: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS) (NVM Express)

Internet Access: Wireless PCI-E ASUS PCE-AC88 (Supports 802.11ac)


Graphics / Multimedia
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 2080 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)

Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Corsair LL Series (RGB Fans) (Software Controlled Effects)


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

Boost Graphics Card(s): Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability


Software
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)

Accessories / Goodies
Speakers: Logitech 2 Piece (Black Edition) Amplified Speaker Set


Customer Care
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 GrandesBollas Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 May 2020 at 8:29pm
If $3k is really your spending limit, I made some tweaks to your build that would minimize cost without sacrificing performance: 3086482

BLUF: drop to 16 GB RAM; lower PSU to 850W; change 2nd SSD to SATA from M.2; swap RTX 2080 Super with 2070 Super.
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https://www.digitalstorm.com/forums/lumos-build-tidf50917-pidf371823/#371823
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2020 at 4:36am
I'm in total agreement.

-The 17 9700K is every bit as strong as a 9900k for gaming. It's every bit as fast. The extra threads the 9900k has are of no use in a gaming rig.

-16 GB of RAM is plenty for years to come. Most of the xtra would be unused much of the time.

-No need at all for a 1000W PSU. Your power reserve on the rig GrandesBollas suggests is at least 350W.

-The NEED for speed is in the primary drive. Your OS, productivity apps and maintenance software goes there. You boot under 30 seconds, everything opens instantly, and drive scans take only seconds. There should be quite a bit of room left over for your favorite games to play from there. Secondary storage on a SATA SSD is still killer. Great for a huge games library.

For gaming at 1440p, the RTX 2070 is the best pick for saving. It will perform at high frame rates on high settings on a huge array of games. IMHO, the step up to a 2080 does not get your $289 worth of better performance. Having said that, if you still want it, the discount will get you under $300 on this build.

-Unless you are convinced you have a dire need for that dedicated WI-Fi unit, you'd be better off in the long run investing that money in the Maximus Hero mobo with built-in Wi-Fi.

The "Interior Lighting" strip is free.

We don't recommend overclocking the GPU on air, because on many units it can make the fans spin louder. You can get it, see what you think, and maybe take it off, but you don't need it. Might get you 4-6 fps you'll not notice.

If you look again, all these changes are recommended here consistently.

Edited by Cretae - 13 May 2020 at 6:53am
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  Quote Shuckster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2020 at 6:23am
Thanks for taking the time to look it over and for the advice!
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2020 at 6:52am
Our pleasure.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2020 at 3:44pm
I see that this has been resolved, but I was going to say essentially the same thing. Mine entered Stage 4 today and here is my build.

Configuration ID: 3063789

I paid for the extra year of warranty and did get the 32GB of RAM because of photography reasons. Otherwise it is very similar to your build.

Good luck with it.

Edited by John18 - 13 May 2020 at 3:45pm
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