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Old 19-12-19, 03:17 PM
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New AMD Build List Help Needed

I'm going to build a new PC but need some input from experienced builders. I haven't built a PC since 2004 so I'm not quite up to date with parts. I have done as much research as I possibly can but I don't want to waste money on something I'll regret down the line. I'm looking to build something gaming focused but also capable of streaming and light video/photo editing. I'm not sure how well this build would do in 4k gaming but I will be using the monitor for current and next gen consoles too. I do want my rig to look pretty too but not at the expense of performance.

I'm in need of your guidance. If all goes well I will be ordering the components today or tomorrow.

Thanks in advance.

Here is what I have so far (Without going absolutely bonkers, I can bump it up the budget some more if necessary):

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CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor (£468.97 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X72 Liquid CPU Cooler (£173.40 @ Alza)
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard (£273.34 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 G DDR4-3600 Memory (£175.41 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£96.81 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING Video Card (£708.40 @ Box Limited)
Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic ATX Full Tower Case (£114.45 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair HX Platinum 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£137.35 @ Ebuyer)
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 91.19 CFM 140 mm Fan (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 91.19 CFM 140 mm Fan (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 91.19 CFM 140 mm Fan (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 91.19 CFM 140 mm Fan (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 91.19 CFM 140 mm Fan (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: NZXT AER RGB 2 91.19 CFM 140 mm Fan (£26.99 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: Asus TUF GAMING VG32VQ 31.5" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor (£349.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £2660.06

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Old 19-12-19, 03:26 PM
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Thats a strong spec list.

Only thing I would maybe look at changing are the fans. As they are RGB youd need a hub anyways and the CAM software can be a ball ache.

Id personally go H150i and then Corsair fans tbh (you still need to make sure you have enough lighting nodes for all your fans)
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Old 19-12-19, 04:04 PM
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Thats a strong spec list.

Only thing I would maybe look at changing are the fans. As they are RGB youd need a hub anyways and the CAM software can be a ball ache.

Id personally go H150i and then Corsair fans tbh (you still need to make sure you have enough lighting nodes for all your fans)
Thanks for the feedback governor. I wanted to use aura sync but quickly gave up on finding a compatible fan setup because it got confusing and tbh I really love the Kraken's looks. As long as it performs as good as the H150i I don't mind tinkering with software to get it looking the way I want.

I was thinking of mounting the rad on the vertical gap in the 011 case but still haven't figured out which direction of airflow is best for a case that uses 9 fans(God help my ears). Not sure if you have experience with this case but do you have any suggestions?
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Old 19-12-19, 04:37 PM
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Regarding fans, I would personally stray away from those NZXT ones. If you want RGB i'd just get something else. Quality fans go a long way. I'd suggest Noctua Chroma(so they are black) with something to the phanteks rgb fan mount, basically puts a cover on top of the fans and provides RGB from the cover. But this is an expensive solution, so getting ones built in is probably smarter.


Outside of that, I would just fill the side with intake and the 3 fans on the rad as exhaust. Same old intake from front/bottom exhaust back/top. If you can put fans in the bottom, adding some there is fine too. You don't NEED to populate all slots, but you certainly can.
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Old 19-12-19, 05:35 PM
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Will definitely look into better fans. I'll play around with the fan configs and see which setup works best and let you all know. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 19-12-19, 07:18 PM
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I realised my ram choice was c17. Would Dominator 3200 c16 work better?
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Old 19-12-19, 11:48 PM
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Get whichever you want. There won't be any tangible difference between c16 or c17. You'd actually lose performance as your current Gskill one listed originally is 3600mhz and not 3200mhz like these dominators.
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Old 20-12-19, 03:24 PM
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For ARGB fans, consider the very little-known Fractal Design Prismas. They are not cheap, but the ARGB is daisy chain, so you can just run them off your motherboard using Asus Aura. The AL-14 PWM versions have decent static pressure too (2.38mm/h20). No extra 'nodes' to buy, and no extra software. But $$$. I have quite a few of these now, in 120 / 140, *highly* recommended. They even have nice stickers, so if you want to run them in pull, they still look good.

I would also recommend a small SATA-powered PWM hub to run the fans. I use them in all my builds now.

Fan info:
https://www.fractal-design.com/produ...al-14-pwm/rgb/
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Old 20-12-19, 03:43 PM
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I completely forgot about those fans. Yes I would also back his suggestion. I've owned plenty of FD fans, they are quality fans.
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I realised my ram choice was c17. Would Dominator 3200 c16 work better?
Think of memory timings as the number of clock cycles that memory takes to react and complete tasks. Tighter timings are preferable, but the clock speeds of your memory also matter (with faster memory, each clock cycle takes less time). So CL 17 on 3600MHz memory is better than CL16 on 3200MHz memory when it comes to memory latency.

Speed-wise, the sweet spot for Ryzen 3rd Gen is 3600MHz.
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