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The Deep Deep Blue wallet killer?!?!

by Flokke


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Date Published

Oct. 27, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 20, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.105 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C


I built this monster for the experience of working with Open Loop Water Cooling.... well that was part of it. I wanted to have something that I could essentially do EVERYTHING with. Watch anime/movies when I wanted to just relax and not game. Then on the flipside when I'm ready to melt faces or build and destroy a whole civilization I could do that. I'm really happy with how this turned out. I just wish I picked a better case it might look better though once i get it on the wall where it will find it's permanent home. https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11717239 https://www.3dmark.com/spy/4852709

Part Reviews


Get's pretty hot after 5ghz haven't had it run above 61c yet on 5ghz after a 5 hour stress test.


Beautiful board. Lots of great features LOVE the aesthetics of this board. The added VRM Water Block ties right into my water loop and I love being able to see more of the blue fluid running in my system.


Expensive not sure it was worth it. Probably going to replace with a Trident RGB set soon but it does what it's supposed to haven't tried overclocking any further or even tightening timings maybe eventually.


Speedy m.2 small size and expensive when i purchased it. But it boots windows really fast and programs run off it really quick as well.


Fast expensive at the time of purchase but these drives are now 2 years old and still holding up really well.


I didn't know these existed till i found this on amazon and the price to performance for a little HDD is great.


Rather fast for a Mechanical Drive and lots of storage points off for being incredibly expensive.

Video Card

Overclocking like a champ after swapping bios runs games really well and would say it was worth the money to me.

Power Supply

Just a beast of a unit does a great job stays silent works wonders for what I'm using it for just an overall great PSU.

Operating System

Bloatware bloatware bloatware.


Not bad image quality for a cheap 4k display.


Really great gaming 4k monitor even on my old 1080 this thing with Gsync made it seem like there was no FPS loss what so ever.

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Yenmusic 7 points 5 months ago

That is so extra but so nice at the same time

Condred 6 points 5 months ago

Out of curiosity, what are the temperatures on the 9900k like? Are your temperatures as high as all the reviewers are getting?

BetrayedPredator 3 points 5 months ago

The reviewers are also enabling MCE, etc because solder is suppose to help with overclocking.

We saw how that went with people delidding soldered CPUs and getting 4-9C drops, which is a lot

GodKhaos 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

That's not a lot considering that it will void the warranty and could cost more if it does out

Wesley_ 5 points 5 months ago

i9, so it begins.

No 4k monitor over 60hz?

BetrayedPredator 4 points 5 months ago

There is only one 4K 144hz panel out

Not sure about any 4k 100hz panels, that seems to be the sweet spot for a 2080ti

Rodrigo1999 2 points 5 months ago

There are actually 2, one from Acer and one for Asus. Also, for best picture quality you have to limit the refresh rate to 98 Hz, which is, as you mentioned, the sweet sport for a 2080ti (or maybe 2 :p). I, myself, am waiting on the LG l34gk950g and the Acer Predator X35 to see which one I'm geting

BetrayedPredator 2 points 5 months ago

Panel, not monitor

They both use the exact same panel with their own features.

Last I knew you limited it to 120hz with HDR because you run out of bandwidth on displayport going above it and suffer compression issues.

WPK_Tater 1 point 5 months ago

What are the two 4K monitors?

Brock90 -1 points 5 months ago

Even two 2080 Ti's have trouble keeping up 100 FPS at 4k.

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

That's next maybe not over 60 hz but a better monitor for sure. I'm saving up now for a Disney vacation so it will be after that lol

Nodsense 2 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

I’ve been checking everyday for the first 9900k! Congrats! no matter what anybody says, that is a beast of a cpu!!

Nullarc77 4 Builds 10 points 5 months ago

I don't think anybody denied it is a beast. But the main problem is the price tag. This is a CPU fpr people who have little to no concern about price to performance.

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

I'm really enjoying this PC though i wish I didn't need to go to bed like 2 hours ago haha Sleep is for the weak right right?!

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 4 points 5 months ago

Sleep? What's that?

MMCFrye 1 point 5 months ago

Go to bed? What's that?

DinosaurusRex02 2 points 5 months ago

What’s that?

WPK_Tater 1 point 5 months ago


Akseln 2 points 5 months ago

Your wallet has been through hell.

GG on the rig planning on doing a 9900k 2080 build myself hopefully price goes down a bit though cause if my wallet saw that it would kill itself 20 times over. :(

KurtKurtson 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

How are your temps? VRM + CPU + GPU on a single 360 might be borderline with your high-TDP components

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 4 points 5 months ago

One of the things I was kinda thinking about. So far highest I saw was 68c on CPU and 58c on GPU VRM never go higher than like 36-40c. I probably when I get the time and more money will replace the EKWB PE360 with the XE360 but it doesn't seem too needed right now

KurtKurtson 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Impressive temps! Congrats for your nice build

wurpy 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Nice build!

Esoteric0781 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Whoa. That is awesome. And who cares what the cost was if you have the money and that's what you want then go for it. If I didn't just buy a Jeep I'd probably have two 2080's right now. I feel like as much as you spent on this, and as awesome as it is you should have shelled out a few hundred more and gotten a 4TB SSD. Ill never own an HDD again.

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

The 2 HDDs are in there for torrent slaving and the 6TB black has all my anime on it :D

3Prcntr 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

$1500 for a $600 card... with all the yearly refreshes, these things should be half that price too.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

The 2080ti is not a 600 card but a 1000 card..... Still Paying 500 more is a lot.

shreduhsoreus 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

It's priced like a Titan despite being an x80 Ti model. Everything was bumped up up a price tier because Nvidia said "**** it, people will still buy it".

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Agree!!!!! The problem is even if Nvidia publish it, ppl would still go and buy it. I don't get it...……… Yep I get lol, ppl just want the latest no matter the cost.

Pachimaniac 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

You can find 2080Tis for $1500, or at least £1500 when I last looked.

pegotico 2 Builds 4 points 5 months ago


3Prcntr 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

every ti in the past 3 releases has leveled out around $600. The 1080ti are still overpriced. At this rate, the next ti series will be $1500. It's inflation, on a $600 card.

raw_beef 1 point 5 months ago

It didn't just kill your wallet.

DinosaurusRex02 1 point 5 months ago

It buried it too

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DRogGTX 1 point 5 months ago

Great build! First i9-9900k, plus a formula, and a 2080 ti all on a custom loop- beautiful. +1

But whats with the code box? Was it just a placeholder?

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Funny story actually I bought the motherboard from Micro Center and I asked them if they thought they'd get the formula 3 people plus a manager informed me they probably wouldn't get it in because it's not a highly popular motherboard so I bought a code as what I was going to use well day the 9900k came out I was up there they didn't get any just for the record and when I was looking around I saw a formula board so I immediately swapped them out. I wanted the formula so in the end I got what I wanted

BetrayedPredator 1 point 5 months ago

Box says Maximus XI Code in one of your pictures

Guessing you decided on the Formula for the VRM blocks?

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah sorry I ended up switching because Micro Center actually got them in and that was what i wanted to begin with. (They told me they wouldn't get some in so i bought the code under that guise.)

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Did you have any issues with the motherboard installing the "Armory Crate" app without your permission?

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Not sure about without my permission but I did download it myself do no I think is the answer

sammys87gnxgta4 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Man, I want something this over the top insane, this is really nice. My only gripe is the PCIE cables are kinda a mess.

How is the RGB look on that Formula board? noticeable and wild? or calm and collected?

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I was hoping for a brighter effect from the motherboard but it is pretty tamed to be honest. It might be that Asus went with something very un-capable of displaying a bright white which is really what i want for the bulk of the time. Either way the board does look pretty cool. (it's covered by gpu so maybe it doesn't matter i'm not sure?

sammys87gnxgta4 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Ah I see I see then. Thanks for that, I was kinda looking into upgrading but I might avoid this board

PocketPixel 1 point 5 months ago

wait does the formula have some kind of built in display because your CPU temps are on it?

because if it does that's an instant buy for me

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yes there is an oled display on it that can display a variety of things

ShaneyFTW 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I have a similar build, with a i7 7820x and a gtx 1080ti and withouta custom liquid cooling solution, I sit around the same temps. Do you think it is worth it to custom loop my pc and do you think all the work would be worth it?

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

You have to ask yourself am I a person for aesthetics do I like looking at the water flowing through my computer and do I have the extra money to spend on that aesthetic if the answers are yes then there you go other wise you know the answer I would say

Zirf 1 point 5 months ago

That is a beutiful system. The only thing that sticks out a little is the ram, which is WAY overpriced, and has red LEDS. Like you said, Trident z ram (or maybe the rgb version so you can change it to blue) would be better.

RadioBox 1 point 4 months ago

Can you run fortnite?

tbgxspirit 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Whats your cooler.

Yeet21345 1 point 4 months ago

Ah, I sEE yOU ArE A mAn Of cUltUrE As wEll.

RussianPcBuilder 1 point 4 months ago

Nice build but what cpu cooler do you have and why did you get two 60hz monitors?

Flokke submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It's an EKWB block set that comes with a CPU block pump res combo fans and a radiator

Kubanisch 1 point 3 months ago

Please give more details I want to build my first PC and the last thing I want is overheating, and it seems like you got that figured out with just 61 degrees

himynameissanta 1 point 3 months ago

can i hav it pls

Gucci_xan 1 point 3 months ago

Press F to pay respect to hi his wallet

Kubanisch 1 point 3 months ago

What do you use to cool your CPU?? I mean 61 degrees seems great for an i9

LuckyOwl116 0 points 5 months ago


KoeppColto024470 0 points 5 months ago

No offence but your card is way too overkill the performance difference between the 1080ti and 2080ti isn't worth the extra 300

iiNNeX 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

30-40% perf difference is worth it to most people mate, just the cost is hard to swallow. Also it's not an extra 300, more like an extra 1000 lol, a 1080ti used is £600 right now (asus strix) and new they were 650-750 before the mining craze. So the 2080ti at £1500 is almost £1k above the price.

Still, if i had the cash I'd buy an RTX too.

ShaneyFTW 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It’s not really 30-40% though. You see minor differences betweeen the two cards at 1080p and then the only noticeable difference is really 4K where it’s like a difference of 25fps at most.

PocketPixel 1 point 5 months ago

boi if your getting a I9-9900K you better bet your but that you have the money for the best top of line cards on the market right now, plus this build is still gonna be going in 5 years when RTX is totally worth it for the ray tracing technology.

sluggo03 0 points 5 months ago

Correction, not worth it for some :D

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Hotsmithy2016 2 points 5 months ago

Same here

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