The Ernie Build | 2020 Edition

by Jack S Posted on: 8/7/2020

Build Description

I built Ernie because my old PC could not handle everything I wanted to do. I know, sounds pretty generic. This was a huge build for me. I have lived my whole life using low end, or very old hand-me-down parts. I had built a brand new PC before but it was entry-level at best, and I was not smart and favored looks over performance. I learned my lesson and buckled down and saved every penny one summer. I was going to spare no expense. RGB and looks were low on the list, but still very important. I was going for a Storm Trooper theme PC, and I think that turned out. I wanted the maximum performance possible, fast storage, and lots of it. The latest graphics and features and the RTX 2080 Super from EVGA fit the bill nicely. I wanted the CPU to have at least 8 Cores, so it would excel at recording and streaming. I was originally looking for the PC O-11 Dynamic, but it required fans and water cooling looks sick in that case, but I don't plan to do a custom loop, anytime soon. The Fractal Design Meshify C, it has good thermals and even better looks. It is pretty small for an ATX chassis. The biggest reason I built Ernie, was so I could start doing Youtube, and Streaming. My old PC could not handle gaming and recording at the same time, and struggled to run most games at 1440p/60FPS. I am looking to upgrade my monitor to an LG UltraGear IPS 144hz QHD Monitor. I also am looking to upgrade the AMD Stock Cooler to a Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4, because the stock cooler is super loud. I need to add more fans to further improve thermals, I am looking at some Corsair HD120's those look nice and perform well. If you read this far, Thank You, and maybe subscribe to my new YT Channel, QuackoOperator, I have already posted a video about this PC and I hope to continue to grow the channel and make some gaming content in the future. I want to make a series on F1 2020, maybe some Nascar Heat 5, and other racing games and shooter games such as COD: MW/Warzone.

Favorite Feature

I love the look of the RTX 2080 Super from EVGA. It looks very nice and super beefy as a 3 Slot card. The case is also really nice. I really like the aesthetic.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Matisse 3.6GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Matisse 3.6GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
Qty: 1 $259.99
ASUS B550-F ROG Strix Gaming (WiFi) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
ASUS B550-F ROG Strix Gaming (WiFi) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $189.99
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra Gaming Overclocked Triple-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra Gaming Overclocked Triple-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $799.99
Great card, but a little overpriced. I would recommend the MSI Gaming X Trio or the Gigabyte AORUS card. I love the see through cooler, and the three fans look menacing. The RGB is fine, but I would expect more for the price.
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-320016D-16GTZR - Black
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-320016D-16GTZR - Black
Qty: 1 $87.99
Fractal Design Meshify C Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - White
Fractal Design Meshify C Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - White
Qty: 1 $99.99
Seasonic USA Focus Plus 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
Seasonic USA Focus Plus 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $149.99
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 1 $54.99
Kingwin 17 ft. RGB LED Flexible Strip Kit
Kingwin 17 ft. RGB LED Flexible Strip Kit
Qty: 1 $39.99
This RGB Strip is pretty subpar. I would not recommend it. The pins were not removable, so I could not plug it into my motherboard. 3 LED's are always a different color than the rest, and unless you are into seizure settings, the built-in controller is not great.
Inland Premium 1TB SSD 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Inland Premium 1TB SSD 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $124.99