Regular readers 3DNews know about our regular column “Optimal gaming PC”, which task — to show people what they are capable systems that are offered in the series “Computer of the month”. So, at the end of August, we considered a gaming PC for 100 thousand rubles. The trick of any such article — a comparison of several configurations, which can cost more or less, further identifying the optimal set of components that fall within the designated budget.

Today could also be described as “best gaming PC”, but to use this phrase for the system that costs almost a quarter of a million rubles, to be honest, I don’t want to. The main focus of the article is placed on working cords 8-core CPU Core i9-9900K and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the most productive and the most expensive accessories present in the mass segment to date. Of course, the rest of the iron in the Assembly should be equal in status to the main violins in our “ensemble”. Well, let’s take a more detailed look at what the system unit can be spent a quarter of a million rubles.

Very nice, king. Collect gaming PC with a Core i9-9900K and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

The rationale for the selection of components

For the first time configuration, which will be discussed further, I spoke in the October issue of “Computer of the month” in the framework of the so-called extreme build. Let me remind you, this category appeared in August 2017. More than a year ago the prosperous gamers could spend more than a quarter of a million rubles for the 8-core Core i7-7820X, a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and other related components. Then under extreme Assembly appeared AMD Ryzen Threadripper. In each issue of “Computer of the month” I always pay attention to the time that the processor belonging to the category HEDT, gaming PC little use. With the identical configuration, the system with, say, Core i7-8700K will show results not worse, and in most cases even better. So extreme Assembly in 2017 and 2018, I recommended someone who is not only fun, but also works at the computer. In December and early 2019 is the most expensive system in the “Computer of the month” will look as shown in the table below. Hyperlinks lead to the corresponding cards and categories of goods store “regard”, as this marketplace is our technical partner. Prices are subject to rounding up to the nearest multiple of 500 rubles.

Extreme build
Processor Intel Core i9-9900K with 8 cores and 16 threads, 3,6 (5,0), 16 MB L3, OEM 44 000 RUB.
Motherboard Intel Z390 25 000 RUB.
RAM 32 GB DDR4-3000/3200 25 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 11 GB GDDR6 102, 000.
Drives HDD at your request
SSD 1TB PCI Express 3.0 x4 28 500 RUB.
CPU cooler Maintenance-free DLC or supercooler 12 000 RUB.
Case Full Tower 16 000 RUB.
Power supply 1 kW 14 000 RUB.
Total 267 500 RUB.

As you can see, now in extreme build offers 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The system was definitely more productive, but more about this we will discuss in the second part. And while I note two main points: first, the extreme system is now based on the mass of the LGA1151 platform-v2; secondly, the Assembly is offered only one configuration. Of course, it is important to choose the right and other components. I’m sure you understand that extreme build is not about savings, and if you plan to build yourself a system, you can act as you please. And yet some of the fundamental aspects in the preparation of this configuration are present. We will talk about them next.

The choice of processor, in my opinion, were the most obvious. Core i9-9900K (link to review) is the most productive chip that can be used in mass platforms. Let me remind you, according to the classification of “Computer of the month” for mass are AMD AM4 and Intel LGA1151-v2. At boot all eight cores, this chip operates at a frequency of 4.7 GHz. Even without a noticeable increase in the number of threads, as you can see, we get a good gain of 400 MHz, if you compare Core i9-9900K with LGA1151 ex-flagship Core i7-8700K. I fully agree with the opinion of my colleagues Ilya Gavrichenkov that the 16-line Coffee Lake Refresh suitable for professional work.

Alternative options for Core i9-9900K abound. It can be 8-core processors Core i7-9700K and Ryzen 7 2700X, as well as 6-core Core i7-8700K. The first two chips are recommended in the “Computer of the month” within the maximum build, but at the same time, nobody prevents you to use them together with a graphics card of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. At the time of this writing, an OEM version of Core i9-9900K cost quite a lot — 45 000 rubles. Of course, buying the same Core i7-9700K will allow us to save money. All of these options, of course, we have tested the results presented in the second part of the article.

Other models of CPUs, so to speak, and act in a more heavy weight category. Of course, we are talking about the HEDT platform and Intel AMD TR4 LGA2066. The emergence of Core i9-9900K, frankly, put an end to the prospects of such a model as Core i7-7820X (about 6-core Core i7-7800X and utterly useless 4-core units are generally silent). In the region of 50 000 rubles from Intel chips for the platform LGA2066 simply not in the same “Regarde” asking 80 000 rubles for a 12-core Core i9-7920X. If we consider the platform TR4, over 34 500 rubles, you can take 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920, and 60 500 rubles — 16-nuclear Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. The last “stone” AMD will also be considered in this article.

Both chipmakers are positioning their products (HEDT platform) as a solution for gamers, so the extreme cost of the Assembly can be easily doubled. However, I repeat once again: to consider options with LGA2066 and TR4 makes sense if you need the system unit is not only for games, but also to perform serious computing tasks.

To achieve such a high frequency of the Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K even without overclocking helps the presence of solder under the heat-spreading lid. Intel returned to the interface after nearly eight years! However, solder in the new Coffee Lake quite often criticized, as not every 8-core Intel LGA1151 platform-v2 could at least overclock to 4.9 GHz. Quite a detailed experiment the subject, which was attended by five serial (not engineering) of the samples of Core i7-9700K, came out not long ago on our website. Any testing Coffee Lake Refresh leads to one conclusion: you plan to overclock the chip or not, but its efficient and stable operation must be used in the system really good cooling. It can be supercooler or maintenance-free DLC with two – or three-part radiator — it all depends on your preferences and possibilities.

The heating of the Central Core i9-9900K (ambient temperature — 22 degrees Celsius).

The above screenshot shows how effective the 3-section “water” Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB. Under very heavy load the temperature of the hottest Core i9-9900K rises to 77 degrees Celsius. As you can see, there is a small headroom for overclocking — at least until 4.9 GHz. In the same game maintenance-free DLC generally does not allow the cores of the chip to heat above 55 degrees Celsius.

The second major problem you may face when using 8-core processors Refresh Coffee Lake, is the increased load on the power subsystem of the motherboard. So to buy a Core i9-9900K with a GeForce Ti RTX 2080 and save money on this component of the PC will not work. Readers 3DNews such variant of saving of funds, I definitely will not recommend.

The fact that in the stable operation of Core i9-9900K at a frequency of 4.7 GHz, the power consumption of the system unit in the program LinX rises to 200-220 watts. The acceleration to a 4.9-5.0 GHz, this parameter is easily increased to 300-320 watts. In such moments, the power Converter of any motherboard is experiencing a serious load. VRM overheating of the elements of the chain may lead to the trottling of the CPU or failure of the device.

Use your system Core i7-9700K or Core i9-9900K — in both cases the main criterion when choosing a motherboard is the presence of good the power subsystem. The functionality of the device and also the presence of additional chips — minor things. Cool Board there as chipset Express Z370 and on the basis of a set of logic Z390 Express. To take an extreme build the solution on a smaller chip makes no sense, otherwise we will not be able to use faster RAM and overclock the CPU, if you necessary.

Extreme build is a system in which we can safely take any fee from the category of High-end. Still, not every day is going such PC.

With the choice of RAM, everything is very simple. In the king-PC must be installed 32 GB of RAM with a further opportunity to increase DDR4 twice. Our tests show that modern games even in Ultra HD is still enough for 16 Gbytes of RAM — and this entry in the system it is possible to save. In my understanding, installing a 32 GB will allow you to close the topic with a lack of RAM in the near future until the moment of obsolescence of the whole system.

Of course, in extreme build uses a fast dual kit “brain” of the standard DDR4-3200.

For quite some time under extreme build uses a SSD Samsung PRO MZ 970-V7P1T0BW capacity of 1 terabyte. I think that this SSD is enough to install and operating system, and some of your favorite games.

Level of performance series 970 PRO can not be questioned. In our detailed review, we found that this is the fastest SSDS are built on NAND memory. Tests show that the 970 PRO is 25-30% faster than the 970 EVO drive, we recommend you to use a less expensive assemblies.

Perhaps a real alternative to the Samsung 970 PRO MZ-V7P1T0BW can only be considered Optane Intel SSD 900P/905P, but Samsung is much cheaper. Besides the advantage of solutions based on XPoint 3D in real-world scenarios crucial’s hard to name.

In General, SSD under extreme Assembly to decide very simple. As for the hard drive, then, dear readers, take action based on their preferences.

With the graphics card used in the system, too, is clear: RTX 2080 GeForce Ti provides great performance in Ultra HD, even at its maximum graphics quality settings, and antialiasing. Graphics calibre GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 can’t do that.

I note that comfortable playing in 4K resolution using ray tracing, unfortunately, will not work. In November, out Battlefield V is the first game that support, as we like to say our readers, “divine rays”. So, even if checked, the DXR Low average FPS drops below 45 fps for “shooting” with an emphasis in multiplayer is not enough! When you turn the DXR Ultra settings, framerate in Battlefield V falls even lower than the conventionally comfortable rate to 25 FPS (by the time this article released a patch and new NVIDIA driver, which fixed the situation).

And still GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the best single-chip solution for games, there are in the mass market. It is a pity that because of the lack of competition in the segment of High-end product is very much.

It remains to determine with the power supply and case. In the first case, it’s pretty simple — you take the solution good quality. Core i9-9900K in overclocking to 5 GHz in a serious level tasks LinX and Prime95 consumes in the area of 300-330 watts. Video card — 220 W average, 360 W peak. It turns out the PSU with a capacity of 1 kW has some stock, which is enough to install a second GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. But even if this goal is not pursued, let us not forget that any power supplies are most efficient when loaded at 40-60 %. Plus in this mode, the PSU fan will not spin up to the maximum frequency.

Case you can choose anyone you want to see every day beside him. We are talking about an extreme build — don’t see the point here any way to limit myself. It is important that the device provide proper cooling of all system components. For this article, I chose the model MasterCase Cooler Master H500M. About it and also about the other components, of which was eventually assembled a test PC, we will discuss the details further.

Story one PC

Table with the list of components is, of course, well, but newcomers are not always able to imagine actually will look like their gaming PC. Therefore, for the section “Optimal gaming PC” I always collect a real system, and then test them. This time the focus turned components companies are Cooler Master, G. Skill, MSI and Samsung. Full list of iron listed in the table.

Extreme Assembly. Example
The CPU Intel Core i9-9900K
Cooling Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB
Motherboard MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE
RAM G. Skill Trident Z F4-3200C14D-32GTZ
Video card MSI GeForce Ti DUKE RTX 2080 11G OC
Drive Samsung 970 PRO MZ-V7P1T0BW
Power supply Cooler Master V1000
Case MasterCase Cooler Master H500M

Listed in the table components are fully compatible with each other. The process of assembling the system unit passed without any delay and complications, but if you suddenly want to collect exactly the same system, I recommend to proceed in the following sequence:

  • first, run all necessary cables power supply all in the eyes of the body;
  • then secure the radiator LSS to the upper wall of the shell with fans;
  • next, install the motherboard and secure the water block to the CPU socket.

If you do not follow the sequence of these actions, you will have problems with the tightening of the screws needed to secure the fans Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB.

Those who never independently collected PC, I recommend to familiarize with detailed step by step Assembly instructions a system unit.


About RAM, CPU and drive used in optimal PC, I have already told in detail in the previous paragraph. Let’s take a closer look at the other components.

MSI GeForce Ti DUKE RTX 2080 11G OC

MSI GeForce Ti DUKE RTX 2080 11G OC

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We start of course, with the descriptions, perhaps, the most important component of our system unit video card MSI GeForce Ti DUKE RTX 2080 11G OC. As the name suggests, the device has a factory overclocking to 1350 (1665) MHz overclocked graphics core. In games the real GPU frequency changing in the range from 1920 to 1965 MHz. As you can see, this parameter RTX 2080 MSI GeForce Ti DUKE 11G OC not much different from the version of the Founders Edition.

However, she got a pretty efficient cooling system, consisting of the overall radiator and three fan TORX 2.0. The impeller is equipped with double-row bearings. According to the manufacturer, the dispersion fan blades have a steeper profile, which helps speed up air flow and thereby increasing the cooling efficiency. At the core of the radiator lies a two-piece design, aluminum ribs hold on to the four copper telotroch. With GPU it is in contact with the large Nickel-plated soles. Also the radiator is in contact with elements of the power Converter.

In General, the cooling system works very well — the maximum temperature the GPU reaches 71 degrees Celsius. The sound level of the MSI GeForce Ti DUKE RTX 2080 11G OC under load in games does not exceed 40 dBA.

I note that the graphics card is additionally equipped with a metal backplate for large graphics cards, this accessory will clearly not be superfluous. The device itself takes up 2.5 expansion slots in the body — its thickness is 50 mm. On the side there is an RGB backlight, which can be easily configured by using the program MSI Mystic Light Sync. Read more about colorful Assembly PC backlit you can read in our detailed guide to action.



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MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE is also highlighted in 2018 hard to find a motherboard without the led’s. Plastic casing, MEG inscription and logo of the dragon on chipsetamd the radiator — all of these elements-boards are equipped with RGB-backlit display that supports 16.8 million colors and 29 different modes. Have Board and customizable OLED display, which can display useful — for example, for tester information.

However, the most important thing in MEG MSI Z390 GODLIKE, of course, not colorful appearance. Earlier I already wrote that for processors Coffee Lake Refresh it is very important that the motherboard was equipped with a high quality Converter power supply. So, you can see one of the most sophisticated devices based on sets of logic Z390 Express. The power subsystem MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE made on a 16+2 and is controlled through PWM controllers IR35201 Infineon and Rohm Semiconductor PV3205. Each channel consists of an Assembly IR TDA21462, designed for a current of 60 A. They are cooled with a fairly massive aluminum radiators, connected by a copper deplorable. As a result, the power circuit of the CPU when using Core i9-9900K and maintenance-free DLC Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB (i.e. without any additional cooling fans) under load in the program LinX 0.9.1 heated max to 65 degrees Celsius. This is a very good result.

Obvious that the rest of the MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE too, is on top. Thus, the device is equipped with three ports M. 2, all of them are equipped with cooling radiators M. 2 Shield Frozr, which will keep solid state drives from overheating. In the kit fee is an additional discrete card with PCI Express x8 3.0, you can install two NVMe drive.

For MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE possible to connect nine fans — part 4-contact connectors designed to work with pumps DLC. On the Board are soldered two internal connector USB 3.1 Gen2, in Assembly, just used a body equipped with such a port. Finally, the I/O panel which does not require separate plugs for the hull, there is even a 6.35 mm output for headphones. Board is equipped with dual codecs Realtek ALC1220 and one ESS E9018. For LAN MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE meets a pair of Gigabit controllers Killer E2500, and wireless connection — Killer 1550.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB

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Quick testing results Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB I quoted earlier. They show that this maintenance-free DLC is quite enough for efficient cooling 8-core Core i9-9900K. In addition, the “dropsy” there is some margin that will allow you to overclock the CPU when needed.

Naturally, the cooling efficiency of Cooler Master MasterLiquid RGB ML360R affected by the availability of fairly large three-section radiator. Its length is 394 mm, and a thickness of 27 mm. So the choice of water cooling system, motherboard and the case, definitely make sure that all components are compatible with each other. However, the LSS is equipped with a universal mounting system, so no problem to “make friends” with these chassis platforms as LGA1151 and AM4 — if only the radiator got.

Included with the cooler are three fan MasterFan120AB ARGB (DF1202512RFUN). As the name suggests, they are equipped with RGB led, so each “blower” departs for two cables: one 4-pin to be connected to the motherboard, the second is 3-pin, it is connected to the control unit backlight, or directly to the motherboard.

Twelve RGB LEDs and is equipped with a water block combined with a pump. Interestingly, the circle with the Cooler Master logo is detachable, so it can always be flipped in the correct position regardless of the location of “dropsy” in inside the case. You can also create your logo and print the cover on a 3D printer — the drawing is located here.

To keep the screen Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB can be different. For example, fans and waterblock can be connected directly to the motherboard — the device is “friendly” with all the leading manufacturers of motherboards. You can control the illumination using the management controller. Finally, this controller can be connected to the motherboard using an internal USB port and install the program ARGB Lighting Control and enjoy it at your pleasure.


Cooler Master V1000

As I said in the previous paragraph, I think reasonable use of the Assembly with a Core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 GeForce Ti power supply power of 1 kW. The model Cooler Master V1000 is present in our market for quite a long time and enjoys a good demand among computer enthusiasts. The block has an honest kilowatt, as the 12-volt line is capable of transmitting 996 watts of electricity. The device has 80 PLUS Gold certification — hence, its efficiency does not fall below 87 %. When you download the block about 50 % of its efficiency is above 90 %.

Cooler Master V1000 involves fully modular — all cables are detachable. A large part of the wire has a flat shape — so they are easier to put over the chassis. It is noteworthy that the set of cables allows you to connect directly to the two 8-pin power connectors of the CPU. In the presence of four wires, which have two connectors PCI-E 6+2, that is, over time, to connect a second RTX 2080 GeForce Ti you definitely will.


MasterCase Cooler Master H500M

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Front case fan Cooler Master MasterCase H500M is also equipped with RGB-backlit. By default they are connected to the own control unit (which, in turn, connects to the motherboard), but during Assembly I is coupled to the controller Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB. I note that the two 200-mm fan working at a constant frequency of 800 Rev/min — this is perhaps the quietest components in the system. 140mm “Carlson”, mounted on the rear panel works with a frequency of 1200 rpm, it has no backlight.

The presence of a huge RGB impeller is just one of the chips MasterCase Cooler Master H500M. Will list other interesting devices in a list:

  • inside is very spacious, since the body is deprived of the baskets for hard drives. More precisely, it is hidden in the bottom part, where is the power supply. The result is a support E-ATX-matplot, graphics cards up to 412 mm and CPU coolers height of 190 mm;
  • both side panels of the device are made of tempered glass, the top part is too. In the package there’s another glass panel — it can be mounted in the front instead of a lattice;
  • the installation location of the power pack is hidden by a metal shutter. The seat allows you to use devices up to 200 mm;
  • on the front and upper panels can be installed water cooling system radiators with length up to 360 mm;
  • back of the case is equipped with metal plugs which hide all the wires;
  • the I/O panel has USB 3.1 Gen2 type;
  • inside the case default is a pedestal for mounting the tank and pump custom water cooling system;
  • the housing is equipped with a special holder graphics card — GeForce polutorachasovoj RTX 2080 Ti this accessory definitely will not be superfluous;
  • the graphics card can be installed in a vertical position.

It is obvious that Cooler Master MasterCase H500M great for assembling a very powerful gaming systems.


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