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9700K Gaming Build

by DougS2K



Date Published

Dec. 9, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 3, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.706 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This machine is strictly for gaming and replaces my old 3570K machine. Build went smoothly except that I installed the D15 on the board before putting the board in the case. This made it hard to secure the board and plug in some things since the D15 is quite large.

This cooler does a fantastic job though and the CPU only hits in the 80's temp wise after running Prime95 small FTT's for quite a while. Under normal gaming I've never seen the CPU go over the low 60's yet. I went with this cooler as it provides the best performance without worrying about fluid leaking in the future.

I don't care for RGB/LED and tried to avoid it where possible. Also, I don't want any distracting lights off to the side when I'm gaming on my 65" LED TV.

The 9700K is running 5 Ghz on all cores and the 1070 Ti is running 2050 Mhz.

Note* Part prices do not reflect prices I paid.

Part Reviews


Powerful 8 core CPU that easily overclocked to 5Ghz on all cores. Doesn't run as hot as expected but that may be because of the D15 I'm using to cool it.

CPU Cooler

Fantastic cooling. I think this is the best air cooler on the market and I can see why.


Seems like a solid board with great features for the price. I've always liked Asus boards and found them good for overclocking on.


This was the cheapest 16GB kit at the time. Also needed the low clearance on these for the Noctua D15 cooler.


I think the name speaks for itself.

Video Card

Great card for 1080p and decent for 1440p. Overclocks well and stays pretty cool while doing it.


Looks great, plenty of airflow, with great build quality and cable management. What more could you ask for.

Power Supply

Best buy for the price and component quality at the time. Didn't want to pay a higher premium for a Gold Certified.

Case Fan

Tons of airflow but a little noisy at full tilt. About what I expected for 118.2 CFM. I don't know of any fan pushing as much CFM at the same size. Plus no RGB so you don't even see them which is a plus.

Comments Sorted by:

Gibbytronix 2 points 3 months ago

Awesome build! You did a good job!

DougS2K submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! It's quite an upgrade from my 3570K machine.

gabrielsissom 2 points 2 months ago

I really like the performance of the Noctua coolers, but can't convince myself to use one solely due to the pure ugliness of the things. Brown does not compliment much. lmao

DougS2K submitter 5 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

haha I could care less the colour since the PC sits beside my entertainment center and the inside is never seen. I do believe black fans would allow them to sell more since a lot of people do care about the colour. I will admit, the brown/beige is ugly.

neverforchet 1 point 3 months ago

Did you have any ram clearance issues? I'm about to start a build with the same cooler and ram and seeing a few conflicting things about it

DougS2K submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

You have to set the fan a little higher on the heat sink compared to the middle fan due to the ram height. The fan still sits low enough to provide good cooling though and you can place the fan at any height so no issues there. To be honest, the fan over the ram just barely lets me put the glass side of the case on all the way. It is a very tight fit, so if you use this case your fine but I'm not sure how well it will fit in other cases.

noell7 1 point 2 months ago

Very close to what I want to build

DougS2K submitter 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I would recommend every part of this build as I have no regrets with any of them. The GPU is the weakest link, but I wasn't will to spend an additional $150 CAD plus tax to step up to a 2070 or 1080 Ti.