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Constructing a Workstation PC with the i9-11900K

The i9-11900K is a considerably complicated part. On the one hand, it compares unfavorably with its personal predecessor, the i9-10900K: it has 8 cores (down from its older sibling’s 10), but has the identical prime velocity. And certainly, benchmarks by Avid gamers Nexus present that efficiency could be very comparable, with the i9-11900K typically barely behind its predecessor.

Then again, 8 cores (and 16 threads) is more likely to be greater than sufficient for the overwhelming majority of each gaming and workstation customers, 5.3 GHz continues to be a wonderful native prime velocity, and the 2 fewer cores do make a slight optimistic distinction in favor of cooler temperatures on the 11900K. Thus, though the core rely has been ‘downgraded,’ this i9 stays a strong processor.

So, with the discontinuation of the 10900K making that chip ceaselessly unavailable or overpriced,  constructing with this new unlocked i9 will nonetheless make sense for a lot of. With good efficiency in each single- and multi-core duties, this CPU could finally be surprisingly common for every type of customers within the coming yr.

Because of this, on this article we’re having a look at placing collectively a workstation PC with the i9-11900K:


The Construct

CPU Cooler: Cooler Grasp MASTERLIQUID ML240L

For the reason that TDP of the i9 nonetheless is 125 Watts, I went with water-cooling to offer cooling headroom for some overclocking. It is a 240 millimeter AIO from Cooler Grasp that ought to do present the specified cooling. Except for being a succesful liquid cooling unit, it additionally has essentially the most very important of options: RGB!

Motherboard: MSI Z590 PRO WIFI

A motherboard from the latest chipset, with respectable VRMs (once more, to permit the opportunity of overclocking) and native WiFi! It has Pcie 4.0, too. One other characteristic value mentioning is the 8+4 pin CPU energy header, however don’t fear in case your PSU doesn’t have the additional 4 pins; these are solely wanted for (not really useful) excessive overclocking.

Reminiscence: G. Ability Ripjaws V Collection 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16

16 GB stays to be the candy spot for RAM sticks, and these comparatively quick sticks can be greater than sufficient for beginning and even intermediate professionals. Should you do intend to make use of the PC as a high-level workstation for rendering or a equally memory-hungry process, nevertheless, it might be advisable to go for 32 GB as a substitute.

Storage 1: Intel 660p Collection 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD

Our motherboard comes with an M.2 slot, so let’s use it! It is a quick M.2 NVME SSD; it’s supposed on your OS set up and your most used packages. Because of the velocity of this SSD, your OS and packages ought to boot up lightning-fast!

Storage 2: Essential BX500 2 TB 2.5″ SATA SSD

This SSD is supposed all of your media information, paperwork, occasionally used packages, and the rest. It has sufficient house for all of that while nonetheless being noticeably sooner than an HDD! Get a smaller SSD (and even an HDD) if you wish to avoid wasting cash and also you’re sure that you simply don’t want all of the storage room.

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB Founders Version

This card is difficult to get your arms on, however no matter whether or not you get one for a great worth or a foul worth, you’ll have a really robust GPU! This graphics card is likely one of the finest at present (un)accessible, and can do very effectively with any {hardware}/GPU-dependent workloads—to not point out being terrific for gaming when the workday is completed.

Case: Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW

This case from Corsair is, because the title says, constructed with airflow in thoughts. Since each the processor in addition to the video card can run scorching, a cool case is crucial. In order for you much more cooling efficiency, think about including some additional case followers (resembling Noctua P12s). And due to the tempered glass, you’ll at all times be capable of see your elements in motion!

Energy Provide: SeaSonic FOCUS 850 W 80+ Gold

A totally modular, well-rated, high-power PSU to complete off the construct. Full modularity ought to make it so you’ll be able to construct with ease, and excessive energy ought to offer you lots for all of your elements (in addition to holding room for upgrades). Its 80+ gold ranking means it has a wonderful stage of energy effectivity, on this case not less than 87% at 100% load.



With a complete worth of round 2600 USD (may very well be much less or may very well be extra relying on the present worth of elements, particularly the RTX 3080), this construct across the i9-11900K can be appropriate for knowledgeable consumer with heavy workloads.

It’s not be discounted, although, that this technique would additionally shine fantastically in working video games, because of its robust single-core efficiency in addition to ray-tracing and DLSS options. These attributes would enable the construct to offer the efficiency wanted when gaming in 4K, or when enjoying competitively at 1080 with big FPS numbers—after all of your work is completed, after all…

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