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Intel X6 9600KF 5.00GHz Project (take two)

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Mods, I was hoping we could try this again now that all the parts have been ordered and delivered and now that I am ready to proceed with the build itself... I trust we will not have the same problems we had in the original thread that was closed, right guys? I want to share this with the community as I go step by step and document my process here. So first order of business is to collect everything up and snap a few pics before the fun begins!




Specs on what's in the pictures....

Motherboard: MSI MEG Z390 ACE (12 phase power)

Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Model F4-4000C18D-16GTZ


CPU: Intel Core i5-9600KF Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7 GHz (4.6 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I59600KF Desktop Processor Without Graphics

CPU Cooler: MSI Core Frozr XL 120MM

SSD: SAMSUNG 970 PRO M.2 2280 512GB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 64L V-NAND 2-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V7P512BW

CASE: Cooler Master Sileo 500 (with sound dampening panels) [mid tower ATX]

MONITORS: Twin 23" Acer 75Hz HDMI Gaming screens

SOUND SYSTEM: Logitech 4 satellite + 1 subwoofer

I figured I would go for broke with the m.2 NVMe SSD, so this one ranks pretty high up in the speed department and seems to get rave reviews with one user even claiming a 5 second boot time (seems dubious but at the very least I am future proofing this build).

First off, this will be my main machine, not just a benching setup. So in my parts selection I have tried to blend performance with good looks, and doing all this while keeping the system running whisper quiet if at all possible. I want to focus on single-thread OR per core performance vs brute force and pure number crunching power. This leads me to the Intel Core i5-9600KF, a 9th gen unlocked 6 core CPU that boosts to 4.6Ghz. The price/performance ratio of this CPU cannot be beat, as they go for about $200 shipped. Seeing as how single-thread performance is nearly on par with the 9900k or the 8086k, I realized I likely won't notice any difference in day to day usage (short of benchmarking). My target goal is 5.0Ghz all cores. I'm pretty sure the CPU should be capable of this speed, now it is just a matter of cooling it down. I chose the Core Frozr XL primarily for aesthetics (I love the look) but also because it will fit in my relatively "slim" case, a Cooler Master Sileo 500.

To be honest, I really do not like the look of most modern gaming cases. In some cases, it almost seems as though they were designed by aliens on another far away planet. They've done away with 5.25" drive bays all together and they seem larger than life, complete and total overkill for my purposes, with about 20lb of tempered glass hanging off either side. I prefer the business look, and since I've used this same case in the past (main selling point is it's quiet), I thought I would go retro here instead of embracing the popular trends we are seeing today. That being said, I also want to point out that I WILL NEVER GO RBG! Period. So this mandate also effected my parts and build plan to an extent. I also want people to know that I chose some parts here for aesthetics, and I fully understand I may sacrifice some performance as a result. And I am okay with that. This was also not an economical build, I spent the money to get a "numbers matching" PC (MSI themed video card, motherboard and CPU cooler) and I wanted parts that would sync up with this black / red theme.

Thanks in advance for keeping this thread on track.
 
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I take it you're using the same GPU (RX 580) as in your specs as one is not listed? Also, I kinda hear you on the case and respect the old black box of PC cases compared to some of the rainbow coloured crap they put out these days, even though I'm a windowed case man myself, still not a fan of RGB but like to look into the guts of my machine from time to time, but it's one colour LED's for me only, no RGB nonsense here also :p it's a decent build regardless and one you have chosen yourself despite the previous "you shoulda done this and that" of your previous thread ( I was watching and not actively participating btw :) ) so get it all thrown together and let's see what that CPU/RAM and board combo can do :toast:
 
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Unboxing (continued)….














 

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Mods, I was hoping we could try this again...
Sounds good to me as long as everyone plays by the forum guidelines. The community can consider this the verbal warning for everyone to be nice, play by the rules and be respectful. I think this thread will do well.

I look forward to seeing your build come together! The specs are nice, and it should look as good as it performs once all put together. Keep those pictures coming in!

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Love the old school card reader/fan controller also, I remember having a few twiddly knob 5.25" fan controllers back in the day complete with RPM dials etc :rockout:
 
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I take it you're using the same GPU (RX 580) as in your specs as one is not listed? together and
Correct. I am using the MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming X edition that I currently have in my Phenom II rig. You can see the box in this picture. More pictures incoming.



I've also made the decision to keep my Phenom II system alive for now (since I pulled the trigger on a new case, I can keep the Phenom II system mostly intact in its original case). So after this new build I will be looking for a PSU and video card to match with the rest of my Phenom II hardware.

The main reason I want to keep it alive for the time being is to see how two completely different systems, nearly a decade apart in technology, handle the same workloads. Not just synthetic benchmarks, but things like boot time, system responsiveness, software load times, etc. Real world stats.

I am talking about real world performance and how they differ. To be honest, I think it's going to be closer than you might expect.
 
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Love the old school card reader/fan controller also, I remember having a few twiddly knob 5.25" fan controllers back in the day complete with RPM dials etc :rockout:
Yes, I picked that up from the same place I got the case. PPCS, www.performance-PCs.com
Site mainly deals in water-cooling but they have some excellent system builders equipment. I also picked up a carbon fiber weave for cabling to complete the grey/ gunmetal look that I am going for inside the case. Their site is a little slow but they really have some good stuff there. Lighting fast shipping as well.

Details on the card reader / fan controller:



EDIT: Very important to have a good, well charged headlamp and flashlight ready to go before you begin the build!



CPU upgrade on the table there is a Core i7-640M for my Lenovo T510.
(2.8GHz, 3.4GHz turbo, dual core w/ hyperthreading)
 
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You should pair the phenom with a GPU from the same timeframe and in keeping with the super mid-range RX 580 that seems to mature like fine wine maybe something along the lines of a HD 4/5*** GPU perhaps 4850 or 5850 type GPU of that time which would have been a solid mid-range choice back then that also performed admirably.
 
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You should pair the phenom with a GPU from the same timeframe and in keeping with the super mid-range RX 580 that seems to mature like fine wine maybe something along the lines of a HD 4/5*** GPU perhaps 4850 or 5850 type GPU of that time which would have been a solid mid-range choice back then that also performed admirably.
Yes, I have a radeon HD 5000 series GPU around here somewhere. The only problem is the last time a cleaned it I must have destroyed the temp sensor because the fan always throttles up to full speed now. I also have a R4850 IIRC
 
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All those cables will affect airflow.....
 
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Not what I expected, err nice build.
 
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Yeah just say nice build and leave it at that. OP is convinced it is lmao.
 
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I finished up the build last night at about 3am. Very happy with the way it looks, fits my vision exactly in terms of aesthetics - and performance.
First post was successful, always a nice feeling!

Very close tolerences. I have less than 1mm between the video card and the hard drive cage.

Also, the side panel goes on and clears the CPU cooler by less than 2mm... tight fit!

The MSI Core Frozr XL has provisions for two 140mm fans (stock is 120mm), in case I need better performance for overclocking. So that's a nice insurance policy knowing that I can upgrade what I already have.

I was too tired to overclock last night, so I'm tackling that today. Just putting the finishing touches on it now such as cable management. Looks like I wont be able to use my carbon fiber wiring sleeve kit, so I've settled for wire management with zip ties attached to the case frame. (I will post pictures shortly)

I ordered two Noctua NF-12 120mm fans to replace the existing case fans. These two fans will be controlled by my front display 5.25" card reader/fan controller.

I will be working on getting windows 10 installed in the next few hours and then we can let the fun begin!

5.00GHz here we come!

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All those cables will affect airflow.....
Cable management is definitely NOT complete!

I cannot use my carbon fiber sleeve kit, so that will make things a little more interesting.
 
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sitrep quick
Computer is down for final cable management and I will start overclocking in about an hour or so. :rockout:

eye candy to follow.
 
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I am going to introduce the three of you to a very simple concept.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
I was genuinely surprised Tbf to me :).

News that it's not finished yet brings cheer , as an engineer I have issues mentally when I see messy wiring:p:) but as you say each to their own and also to be fair my second PC looks way worse with a drive hanging on the end of it's cables 6" below the table it's on so ,pot kettle black defo applies here.

;) Honesty might hurt sometimes but it can also drive us to better ourselves.:)
 
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I was genuinely surprised Tbf to me :).

News that it's not finished yet brings cheer , as an engineer I have issues mentally when I see messy wiring:p:) but as you say each to their own and also to be fair my second PC looks way worse with a drive hanging on the end of it's cables 6" below the table it's on so ,pot kettle black defo applies here.

;) Honesty might hurt sometimes but it can also drive us to better ourselves.:)
Yes, I am with you on that. Being a former electrician apprentice I can tell you without a doubt, wire/cable management is crucial for overall success. So here is where we are right now.... This is the best I can do for the moment until I find a better wiring sleeve kit. I am currently installing Windows 10 and Ill be back at you guys in a bit.





 
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Yes, I am with you on that. Being a former electrician apprentice I can tell you without a doubt, wire/cable management is crucial for overall success. So here is where we are right now.... This is the best I can do for the moment until I find a better wiring sleeve kit. I am currently installing Windows 10 and Ill be back at you guys in a bit.





super neat for a case with no cabler tray in the back.
color me impressed.
 
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Looking better already.
 
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