Eclipse #MicroCenterMadness

by George Mahramas Posted on: 3/25/2021

Build Description

Five years ago I joined the world of building custom gaming PCs with my very first gaming desktop containing a Core i5-4690K and a GTX 960 2GB. Ironically enough this was also my very first time visiting my local Micro Center location about an hour drive away.

I knew that this wouldn't be the final form of that system and have been upgrading on a roughly annual basis little by little; new CPU cooler here, new GPU there, real standard stuff. By the end of 2020 AMD and NVIDIA both dropped their massive architecture improvements; namely Zen 3 and Ampere. With my recent paychecks from my new part-time job saved up from Christmas break, I knew I wanted to go all out on upgrades and decided to restart from the ground up to build the ultimate system of my dreams.

Behold Eclipse; my Ryzen 9 5900X and RTX 3090 FE gaming and editing PC.

Yes I know the CPU and GPU are super hard to get ahold of, I feel you 100%. But let this just be a reminder to not give in to scalpers. The CPU was bought from Micro Center at MSRP and the GPU was bought from a guy looking to trade for an RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT. He dropped the price to $1600 when I offered to meet him halfway so even if I'd have bought this GPU myself, the total would've only been $11 cheaper after tax. Even if he wanted the $1589 the card costed after tax I probably would've brought him $11 worth of food for his troubles anyway haha.

I really hope you all like this rig as it was my first build with this magnitude of hardware and I think it turned out fantastic. If you wanna see the build process, I highly recommend you check out the video I made on my YouTube channel which can be found here: https://youtu.be/RJSADalELNg

I do a lot of fun PC builds and other PC-tech related stuff on my channel so I'd really appreciate if you took a look.
My channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXzSPKUKgC9IRt-CCvT19JQ

Favorite Feature

I'm honestly super impressed with the aesthetics of this build. I knew once I got the RTX 3090 FE I needed to customize my new rig around a black and silver / black and metallic color scheme and conveniently enough the liquid cooler I had in my previous rig matched perfectly.

The cable combs and custom cables turned out awesome. I wasn't expecting the custom cables to be as silver and reflective as they were but I'm definitely not complaining.

Parts contained in build

 AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
Qty: 1 $549.99
ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-FI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-FI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $379.99
 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Qty: 1 $1,600.00
 G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16
Qty: 2 $189.99
Corsair 4000D Airflow Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Corsair 4000D Airflow Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $79.99
 SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Qty: 1 $172.31
 Corsair H150i PRO RGB 360mm Liquid Cooler
Corsair H150i PRO RGB 360mm Liquid Cooler
Qty: 1 $164.99
 Sabrent Rocket Q4 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Sabrent Rocket Q4 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Qty: 2 $279.99
 Clockwerk Industries Aluminum Rake Cable Combs – Silver
Clockwerk Industries Aluminum Rake Cable Combs – Silver
Qty: 1 $36.15
 Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm Fan (3-pack)
Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm Fan (3-pack)
Qty: 1 $79.99
 Corsair LL140 RGB 140mm Fan (2-pack)
Corsair LL140 RGB 140mm Fan (2-pack)
Qty: 1 $127.99
modDIY Custom Sleeved NVIDIA 12-pin Modular PSU Cable
Qty: 1 $27.99
modDIY Custom Sleeved SeaSonic FOCUS Series PSU Cable Kit
Qty: 1 $119.99