Description

This build was completed in late July of 2019 shortly after my 17th birthday but I wanted to use it for a significant amount of time before uploading it here.

The Absolute Unit is my first foray into PC building. I built her first outside of the case and it took me a few hours. I realized that after every video I had watched, I still had no idea how to power her on without the case. I hit up a friend and he showed me how to short the front mobo pins with a screwdriver. Pretty soon after building I realized that I had no way of controlling all my fans without a commander pro and replacing the case fans. I ended up falling down the glowy Corsair RGB rabbit hole and I have absolutely no idea how much I spent. I have the GPU and motherboard LED's off, so every single light in her is controlled by iCue. It is far from the worst software I have ever used and to this day I still enjoy making new RGB profiles, it's really fun. This build certainly kicked off a fun hobby of mine. I've built three of rigs, I enjoy doing it immensely.

Her primary use is gaming. I mainly just play Minecraft and low quality Steam games and I played Modern Warfare and Battlefield 5 before getting bored with how terrible AAA games are nowadays. I'm looking forward to the release of Halo 2 Anniversary, I can't wait to see how the remastered cut scenes will look on PC. Outside of gaming, I use Ableton Live hooked up to my keyboard to practice at night without waking the entire house up.

I feel satisfied, however my next build I do plan on avoiding RGB at all costs if in 5 years it is anything like it is now. The cable management, simply put, is awful, iCue is a measurable performance drop, and all of it is overpriced. I don't quite remember why I felt it so necessary to buy everything from Corsair. My past self clearly had goals beyond my present understanding lol.

Part Reviews

CPU

Haven't had any problems, I believe I won the lottery because I have a very stable 5.0 ghz on it.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 9700k really cool on a decently harsh OC.

Motherboard

Every time I turn my PC on after the PSU is either flicked off or unplugged, it flickers off for a couple seconds after pressing the power button. Doesn't do this after sleeping or regularly turning it off. I'm assuming the motherboard is causing this but it doesn't seem to have any performance drawbacks.

Memory

Got it for iCue purposes and it does not disappoint.

Video Card

Was the cheapest 2080ti available at the time of purchase. I'm taking a star off because even though I bought it new, the RGB on the logo had some broken LED's on it. Doesn't matter to me at all because it isn't compatible with iCue anyways and I have it off.

Case

Corsair doesn't know how to do cable management. This is especially detrimental because their own Commander Pro just does not fit anywhere nicely in here.

Case Fan

really loud but they look pretty

Case Fan

really loud but it looks pretty

Keyboard

fits my theme perfectly and the ability to switch through my iCue profiles with a single button is really important to me. Switches are Cherry MX Speed Silvers. They aren't anything premium but they work fine. If you aren't doing an iCue build then your money is better spent on something with better switches.

Mouse

Sniper button isn't where my thumb rests unfortunately but the mouse itself is perfect for me outside of that

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice build and story bro. Keep up the good work. Solid, and thick. Keep us posted if you make progress on the Absolute Unit Mk.II

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

She is very thick indeed LOL

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

*thicc

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

Has 2080 ti, plays Minecraft. Haha jk dude I love the build. You're right AAA is mostly garbage.

  • 2 months ago
  • 7 points

It's not strong enough. I must obtain two RTX Titans

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

There's plenty of great AAA games. From last year alone you got Resident Evil 2 Remake, Gears 5, Control, Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, Sekiro, Ace Combat 7, Devil May Cry 5, etc.

No offense to the guy who built this, but if he actually does only play stuff like Minecraft and low quality Steam games he is just wasting time and money. There are literally hundreds of great games released on Steam since 2010, so many great games that would shine on this rig.

Seriously Smoose, go and download Resident Evil 2 and 3 Remake Demos, they are free on Steam. Absolutely gorgeous games.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I see what you're saying. I have been playing a lot of Warzone lately, it's quite fun and Modern Warfare on peak settings at 1440p seriously pushes my system. I've been super busy with college courses on top of my highschool classes and working a part time job. Investing my time into new games is hard, which is the only reason I haven't joined my friends in Escape from Tarkov yet. With the quarentine I am definitely looking to get some new games though, I'll consider some from what you just listed!

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

please stfu and learn what a joke is.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Minecraft can be demanding if you install shaders and mods plus a nice texture pack! My 1070 can barely keep up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I play with Sildurs extreme volumetric shaders, but I prefer minecrafts default look over texture packs though.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't like many texture packs but some look ok!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Its mainly that CPU my guy.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would Corsair have their name on anything if it's not iCue compatible? Shame cause that type of brand dropping really makes builds just this much shinier. Epic build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You would think they would have obvious places to put the Commander Pro. Instead the entire back of the case was taken up by a gigantic SSD bracket that I took out

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that GPU backplate!! Nice use of color and very clean!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is awesome! Congrats on the 5.0 GHz OC. lol Also...I love that backplate for the GPU- did you buy it or custom make it? :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Got it from v1tech. They have lots of cool rgb stuff with lots of options for controlling it (including iCue) and they let you customize it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks! I'll check them out!! :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice PC! Where did you get the Corsair backplate for the video card? It looks awesome! Or did you custom fabricate it?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It's from v1tech. It is one of their premade ones with the Corsair logo, but you can totally upload your own images and choose where the rgb bleeds through.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! love the rgb vibes. Have you seen the dummy corsair RAM sticks so that you can fill all the dimm slots with rgb? will link them. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L2SKQX9/ref=twister_B07LC79MRF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that is hilariously awesome. I might purchase that and upload more pictures here... Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Should Save up for more Memory.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never used more then 16 gigs at any point even while allocating 8 to Minecraft. I don't multitask so it would be pretty unnecessary.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

whats that back plate I want one.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely gorgeous! Can definitely see the time and dedication put in her. As for the motherboard, pretty much all Asus and other overclocking boards do that after they're drained of current.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean when they're drained of current? Are the prime z390-a VRM's too weak for the OC I've put on it? Thanks for the input!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry to alarm you. I meant that when you flick off the PSU power switch, it shuts off all current to components. For Fast Boot to work, there has to be some current in the motherboard. This is why the motherboard takes longer to POST when you flick off the power switch. Nothing to worry about. On a side note, always cut off power, then drain the system by holding the power button down for 7 seconds before touching contacts on any components. I've fried a board before by not following that!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhh. Interesting, thank you!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful first build - well done ! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The backplate is by far my favorite part <3

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really nice. V1tech does a good job.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks so cool! Was planning to build a PC with mostly Corsair stuff as well cus the iCue software looks so great. Well done on the build :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup it is, if you don't mind paying premium then it is undoubtedly the best RGB out there.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice beast of a build, I would have gone with 2 2070 supers over an nvlink connector rather than a single 2080ti

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes it's better sometimes it's worse. With how multi GPU support has gone nowhere but down over the past few years I didn't want to be stuck in a place in the future where my second 2070 super is doing nothing so I went with the single 2080 ti.

Thanks for the input

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That's very much true, SLI is dying really quick. I respect that build and your decision.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolute beast of a build! Looks great!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What other SSD did you use for this build? I saw one slapped on the back there in one of the pictures

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That is an Inland 240gb SSD, I also have a WD Blue 1tb hard drive in there. I forgot to add them to the list

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

cool cool cool

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

did your case come with fans?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

3 in the front that are rgb, controlled by buttons on the front of the case. They aren't addressable and they look ok

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

Do you have to connect the fans that came with the cpu cooler to the cooler or can I just connect all the fans to my commander pro

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Good question. I have mine connected to my commander pro so that I can have everything set to silent mode, CPU temps are perfect regardless

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much I tried doing some research but I couldn’t find anything btw you literally have my favourite build on here and I look at it pretty much everyday

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

No problem. Thanks, that means a lot!

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

So you just leave the fan cables for your cpu cooler back in the case not connected to anything?

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes they are essentially useless if you have the commander pro

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanks so much for answering all my questions it means a lot cause I tried researching all of this but couldn’t find anything so thanks again

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Very very nice build! Some pictures with the light turned on in the room would be great too. Congrats!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added some! Lights are on and the PC is off, also shows my whole settup.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking awesome bro! I always loved white builds. Check out the white build I made for a friend on my profile. Great build you have once again! Peace!

  • 2 months ago
  • -3 points

Sorry to break it to you... it’s a pc, not a unit. Nice build.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

They are so expensive but they are very good looking, thank you!

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