main rig

This is a custom built Intel i9 PC. I assembled it in August 2021.

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Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI
Solid and stable, ASUS has never let me down. Great board so far.

CPU Socket: LGA 1200
CPU Brand: Intel
CPU Model: Core i9-10900KF
CPU Speed: 3.7 GHz | Max Turbo Frequency: 5.30 GHz
Processor Core Count: 10
L2 Cache Size: 20 MB
Bus Speed: 8 GT/s
This processor is a monster. I would only consider upgrading to Intel® Core™ i9-11900KF Processor (3.5 GHz base - up to 5.30 GHz, 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 16M Cache), to unlock PCIe 4.0 (but only for an RTX 3090), and to unlock NVMe Gen 4. I don't think this is something I would personally do though. Currently, with an RTX 3060 and a Gen3 NVMe, it is just not a good option.

RAM: G.Skill Trident Z Royal 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16
With a prismatic design on top to match the case fans and a flawless gold finish, this memory both looks and performs good! Another set of memory sticks would be nice but not currently needed.

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming 12GB GDDR6
An upgrade from a 1050 Ti. I now have plenty of VRAM and ray-tracing. The 3060 is also VR-ready. My card arrived with a fan that "grunts" when it starts spinning, so naturally my fans are always on, this will get an RMA in a few years under the extended warranty. I would consider upgrading to a 3070, but beyond that, I think the power draw is too high with the rising costs of electricity. I don't think I will be upgrading to the 40x0 series, for the same reason.

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular
Solid PSU so far. I like to use a PSU that will stay under 50% maximum load. No need to change in the foreseeable future.

Case: Lian-Li LANcool II Mesh RGB ATX Mid Tower
Best case I've owned so far but dust can collect quickly. I have set the front fans to only start spinning when temperature goes a few degrees over idle, in a successful effort to minimize the dust being pulled in.

CPU Air Cooler: Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 STEALTH
Big. Beefy. Stealthy? I love the look of this thing and it keeps the CPU temp down.

Solid State Drive: Western Digital SN750 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME
If I made the upgrade to Intel 11th gen CPU, I would upgrade the NVMe to a Gen4 SN850. WD is solid and FAST.

Case Fans: MasterFan MF120 PRISMATIC x6
Best looking fans, IMO. Cool and quiet for the most part. I can barely tell the PC is on if there is any other noise in the room.

Monitor #1: Samsung UN40H5203 40" 1080p LED-LCD HDTV
A TV that I have been using as a PC monitor since 2015 or 2016, no issues here and great for my poor eyesight.
Monitor #2: Samsung B2430H Series
Originally purchased for my i5 build in 2012, still performing like new.
Monitor #3: Viewsonic VA1938 Series
I saved this one from being thrown in the bins at a former workplace. It didn't have a display at first, but after a few days, it started working and has never had a problem since.

Keyboard: Hewlett Packard 5302H Internet Multimedia Keyboard
This is my favorite keyboard don't @ me. I bought another for my main rig after the F7 key broke on my original one.

Mouse: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse
I got this mouse on June 13, 2022 to replace a broken EVGA X17 Gaming Mouse. That EVGA mouse was a garbage mouse and it seems like EVGA's product quality is slipping from the old days, sad. I have been using the Logitech for 3 months now. I am able to set up to 3 profiles that auto-load for the desktop and for each and every game. The software is not the best, but overall I am pleased with this mouse so far.

I am very pleased with the performance of this PC. Minimal load times and it looks good. I can easily have multiple games and programs open at the same time, while live streaming. The only time I notice a performance "drop" is when I am crypto mining with 100% unlocker, playing a game, and trying to stream all at once. It is nice to have next-gen features. I have all that I need and then some, including Ray-Tracing, DLSS, USB3 (Type A and C), aRGB. It will be a while before I build again.

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