Hardware

PC Upgrade Time!

Ready for work!

I never thought this day would come. As many of you know, it is virtually impossible to find some computer parts right now, especially the new releases of graphics cards and processors. Luckily yesterday, I finally received the last piece of my new build and finished everything last night. I ran into many issues during the install, but it successfully booted the first time!

Phanteks Evolv ATX

Prior Part List:

  • PNY GeForce RTX 3090
  • EVGA SuperNOVA 220-G3-0850-X1, 850w G3 PSU
  • TUF B365M-Gaming Motherboard
  • Intel i7 9700f
  • DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GT BK, CPU Air Cooler (push/pull setup with dual RF120 RGB fans)
  • 6 DEEPCOOL RF120 RGB Fans (not counting the 2 on the CPU cooler)
  • 48GB DDR4-2666Mhz RAM
  • Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe
  • WD Blue 1TB HDD
  • iBuyPower Element Case
  • (Main Monitor) Gigabyte G32QC 32″ 165Hz 1440P Curved
  • (Secondary Monitor) Acer 31.5” 1080p 60hz
  • (Third Monitor) TCL 4k 55″ TV
  • (Fourth Monitor) Old Vertically-Mounted Gateway Monitor (merely for tracking PC performance/stats)

New Part List:

  • PNY GeForce RTX 3090
  • EVGA SuperNOVA 220-G3-0850-X1, 850w G3 PSU
  • TUF Gaming X570-Pro (Wi-Fi 6)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
  • NZXT Kraken X63 AIO 280mm
  • 4 DEEPCOOL RF120 RGB Fans
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600
  • Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe
  • WD Blue 1TB HDD
  • Phanteks Evolv ATX Case
  • (Main Monitor) Gigabyte G32QC 32″ 165Hz 1440P Curved
  • (Secondary Monitor) Acer 31.5” 1080p 60hz
  • (Third Monitor) TCL 4k 55″ TV
  • (Fourth Monitor) Old Vertically-Mounted Gateway Monitor (merely for tracking PC performance/stats)
Disassembly begins

I ran into several issues during the project. First, I must have mismeasured when buying the AIO, so I had to purchase a new, larger case; luckily, I found a Phanteks Evolv ATX case locally in excellent condition for $70 (a huge deal). Next, the new case came with 140mm fans that I was going to use, but the SATA connector to the included fan hub was missing (I bought the case used, so it wasn’t surprising). Furthermore, the included fans used 3-pin connectors instead of my current 4-pin set up, so I had to remove and replace every fan with my old DEEPCOOL RF120’s. While each fan is now working and controlled by the motherboard independently, I still need to connect them to RGB headers for light control. I will most likely try to find the SATA connector for the Phanteks hub to utilize the 140mm fans instead of the 120mm as the AIO fans seem to be overpowering the smaller variants.

Beautiful

Next, as it was my first water cooler install, I indeed ran into several headaches. I wanted to top-mount my radiator and use it as exhaust, but I couldn’t figure out how to slide out the removable radiator support; I did manage to get it done, but it was a mess of a task.

Motherboard installed

I haven’t had much time to play around with overclocking and such, but I did get fan profiles completed and overclocked my RAM to 3600. I will be performing benchmarks and individual reviews on each new part in the future. I woke up at 5 AM to get in some gaming before work and was surprised to hit (and pretty much stay at) my monitor’s maximum FPS (165) in World of Warcraft; this is with all maxed settings in 1440p.

First post

Next, I will be using my leftover parts from my wife’s little sister’s build and my old one to create a PC for my wife when she starts school soon. It never ends!

Complete!

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