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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 high velocity. And certainly, benchmarks by Gamers Nexus present that efficiency may be very comparable, with the i9-11900K generally 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 remains to be a wonderful native high velocity, and the 2 fewer cores do make a slight optimistic distinction in favor of cooler temperatures on the 11900K. Thus, though the core depend has been ‘downgraded,’ this i9 stays a robust processor.

So, with the discontinuation of the 10900K making that chip incessantly 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 widespread for every type of customers within the coming 12 months.

In consequence, on this article we’re looking at placing collectively a workstation PC with the i9-11900K:


The Construct

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240L

For the reason that TDP of the i9 nonetheless is 125 Watts, I went with water-cooling to present cooling headroom for some overclocking. This can be a 240 millimeter AIO from Cooler Grasp that ought to do present the specified cooling. Other than 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 function 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. Skill Ripjaws V Series 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 will probably be greater than sufficient for beginning and even intermediate professionals. In case you do intend to make use of the PC as a high-level workstation for rendering or a equally memory-hungry activity, nevertheless, it could be advisable to go for 32 GB instead.

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

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

Storage 2: Crucial BX500 2 TB 2.5″ SATA SSD

This SSD is supposed all of your media information, paperwork, sometimes used packages, and anything. It has sufficient house for all of that while nonetheless being noticeably quicker 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 Edition

This card is difficult to get your arms on, however no matter whether or not you get one for a very good value or a foul value, you’ll have a really sturdy GPU! This graphics card is likely one of the greatest at present (un)out there, and can do very properly 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 identify says, constructed with airflow in thoughts. Since each the processor in addition to the video card can run sizzling, a cool case is important. If you’d like much more cooling efficiency, think about including some further case followers (resembling Noctua P12s). And because of the tempered glass, you’ll at all times be capable to see your parts in motion!

Energy Provide: SeaSonic FOCUS 850 W 80+ Gold

A completely 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 a lot for all of your parts (in addition to retaining room for upgrades). Its 80+ gold ranking means it has a wonderful degree of energy effectivity, on this case at the very least 87% at 100% load.



With a complete value of round 2600 USD (might be much less or might be extra relying on the present value of elements, particularly the RTX 3080), this construct across the i9-11900K will probably be appropriate for an expert person with heavy workloads.

It’s not be discounted, although, that this method would additionally shine superbly in working video games, as a result of its sturdy single-core efficiency in addition to ray-tracing and DLSS options. These attributes would permit the construct to present the efficiency wanted when gaming in 4K, or when taking part in competitively at 1080 with big FPS numbers—after all of your work is completed, in fact…

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