i9-9900K Gaming PC [16GB 3200/Z390/240GB NVMe/750W Bronze]: From $1788 w Game Codes + $29 Delivery @ TechFast


Seems like high spec is a hit, so we've upped the ante into the Core i9 9900K with a high base spec. The GPU upgrade path is the same as the Ryzen 3900X and Threadripper systems - starts at RX 580 8GB, 5700, 5700 XT, 2080 Super and 2080 Ti (+$100 on the Ti from last deal and that price has also gone up as I had it too cheap, my bad, but we are honoring previous purchases at the price listed).

Higher spec motherboard upgrade also offered (again Asus Tuf WiFi, +$79), as well as 750W Gold PSU, 64GB RAM (G.skill Trident Z) and bigger NVMe m.2s on offer.

Spec: Core i9 9900K | Z390 MB (along the MSI Mortar line for bundled MB) | 16GB 3200MHz RAM (Corsair Vengeance LPX at present for Intel builds) | 240GB NVMe m.2 SSD | 750W 80+ Bronze PSU (Thermaltake Smart BX1) | 240mm Liquid Cooler (Deepcool Gammaxx or similar) | Thermaltake Versa J24 RGB Case
- $1788 with RX 580 8GB (Biostar)
- $2138 with RX 5700 8GB (MSI Mech)
- $2288 with RX 5700 XT 8GB (MSI Mech)
- $2488 with RTX 2080 Super 8GB (Most likely Galax, MSI Ventus upgrade for $39)
- $2988 with RTX 2080 Ti 11GB (Most likely MSI Ventus GP)
after 9900K-NOV (apply at Checkout)
Link: https://techfast.com.au/products/core-i9-9900k-gaming-deskto...

Feedback welcomed!

Reminder also I am on annual leave from this Friday for a week so someone else will be monitoring my messages.

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  • +10 votes

    How does an i9 go in an x570 board?

  • +7 votes

    Nice one Luke!

    The 3200mhz RAM, 80+ PSU and NVME off the bat are nice to see.

  • +8 votes

    2400mm Liquid Cooler (Deepcool Gammaxx or similar)

    2.4 metre radiator sounds pretty big!


    Can this run all the total wars at max?

  • +2 votes

    Thanks. Is this affected by the Intel security patch?

    • +1 vote

      If you're talking about spectre and meltdown, all cpus are affected…including the ones that go way back to the 90s….


    Only a Bronze rated PSU?

  • +1 vote

    Hey IT gurus, im looking at a high end video editing machine along these lines for editing in premiere and after effects. Can anyone give some advice on the upgrades for this system and comment on ryzen vs Intel systems for compatibility?

    Coming from an iMac/MacBook pro ecosystem for the last 10 years so a bit lost on specs in the pc world these days.

    Final rendering time not too important to me to shave off a couple of minutes but definitely need something keeping up playing back without dropping frames for 4k video editing with colour grades.

    • +9 votes

      3900x is better for multi-threaded applications.

      3900x = 12 cores, 24 threads
      i9 9900K = 8 cores, 16 threads

      i9 has higher clock speed (5 GHz vs 4.6 GHz) so it is better for single threaded applications.

      Most applications are in between single and multi threaded.

      For high end video editing, I guess the extra cores would help.
      Go 3900x.

      • +2 votes

        Worth noting that the clock difference isn't why it runs better, as the ryzen CPUs have a higher IPC tmk. It's down to the latency, where AMDs CPUs have a higher latency thanks to the chipley design. It's somewhat countered by the increased cache tmk, but not always or totally.

        If I remember right, outside of games or other latency sensitive stuff the ryzen CPU should be near identical in single thread.

        I haven't watched a review in a while mind, but I' m fairly sure this is all correct.


        Thanks all, that's all been really helpful.


        Which CPU would you recommend for a PC that has a lot of stuff running in the background but does not necessarily use many multi threaded applications?


        I might have a ton of gaming clients and etc gaming programs in the background at all times and some monitoring software in the background but I don't edit or do any sort of 3d modelling or programming just lots of multi tasking almost zero afaik multi threading besides maybe whatever games in 4k can utilise multi cores multi threads.

        I just want to make a 4k gaming pc beast system that usually has a ton of programs running from music apps to gaming social apps to network background monitoring apps don't plan to really record or edit maybe stream but unlikely unless I can get better upload speeds at my place (can only get 20mbps maybe 35 mbps uploads some nights but I feel something else is making it run terrible).

        Looking at RTX 2080 SUPER minimum maybe a 2080 Ti if prices look good.

        Also any recommendations on Memory for this kind of computer would be awesome.

        Cheers thanks.

    • +4 votes

      Be careful: some video rendering programs use Intel specific features and iGPU which gives very large performance gains vs AMD. It's not always an AMD slam dunk because of cores although it mostly is.

    • +1 vote

      It looks like we're in the same position Jonas. I was linked to this by a fellow ozb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_HKRUPN1Mk

      I'm sort of waiting for Black Friday sales to see if anything comes up - however if the right build comes along I'm on it.

    • +1 vote

      Suggest checking reviews for your specific applications that you intend to run if you can find them. In general, the performance per clock between Ryzen 3xxx and Intel 9xxx/10xxxx are pretty similar, but you may find application specific differences where Intel or AMD come out significantly ahead. In general, for professional work loads like video editing, the higher core count on something like a Ryzen 3900x (12c24t) or if you really want to go nuts, a 3950x when they are soon available (16c32t) will be faster than the lower cores (although at higher clocks) of a 9900k (8c16t).

      Also consider if your applications are particularly boosted by the GPU. Maybe you don't need a top end CPU and could put that money into a beefy graphics card instead. Some applications will get specific benefit from the GPU built into the intel CPU that they won't get from AMD (since there isn't one).

      Also consider that AMDs new HEDT (threadripper) platform will likely be out soon and that will have the option of 32core CPUs, and maybe higher. Intel have some new HEDT gear as well, but its much the same as before just cheaper. Your sort of work load is what these systems are for.


    Hmm wondering if I should've waited for this deal rather than the 9700f one…


      You can upgrade if you want easily enough. Your build is very solid though mate. It's quite a step up to get the 2080 with the i9 as well.


        How much of a performance upgrade you think I'll roughly see if I upgrade to this model taking into account all the part upgrades? (base spec for both deals). If it's reasonable enough I may just upgrade :)

        • +1 vote

          Base spec mate? You mean this deal @ $1788 instead of the previous one @$1499?

          I would say you would experience a downgrade in the majority of tasks, especially gaming. To get an increase in performance, you’d need to get the equivalent graphics card in this deal ($2488 listed above). That’s a $1000 increase, and even then it would be just a 15-20% performance increase anyway.

          As long as you have a relatively recent CPU, your gaming performance is almost always bottlenecked by your graphics card. Your graphics card being more powerful means you can turn settings up higher and higher, run at 1440p, 4K, have RTX on, etc. As newer games come out typically you’ll need to upgrade your graphics card first before other components (see people still running i7-3770’s and gaming fine today).

          After a certain point, the performance gains you get from a more powerful CPU don’t come close to matching that of the proportionate price increase, especially compared to the equivalent money spent upgrading a graphics card. The only uses for a more powerful CPU would be to run at extremely high refresh rates (think 200-300), but that comes at the cost of turning down visuals and is not needed if you’re just casual gaming non-competitively. Either that or for productivity use such as video editing, but even then I would say only if you do it a lot and it’s your main hobby/source of income, other CPU’s are just so much better value, especially when we’re talking about the 9900K in this deal.

          Anyway, back to this deal; the base spec model (for $1788) has a graphics card much less powerful than that in the other deal for $1499. The price increase comes from the CPU and other components, which won’t give you an increase in performance if just gaming.

          Let me know if there’s anything else you’re confused about or would like clarification on.


            @Zazer: Oh damn sorry mate, I actually meant base other deal and this deal with 2080 Super upgrade haha


              @dotMonkey: Like I said in my comment mate, It's a $1000 increase for a 15-20% performance uplift. I wouldn't upgrade if mainly gaming, it's just not worth it. You're better off waiting for new AMD CPU's next year and upgrading then, it'll be cheaper and you won't have to swap anything else, only CPU.


    Seeing $2099 as starting price when I click through?


    You guys are evil! How am I meant to resist the 3900x and now this deal?


    How long are your Zip pay terms?
    Wondering if i can do this and pay for a wedding lol

  • +1 vote

    I'm about to pull the plug after all these deals.

    If we choose the 2080 Super, would it be guarantee the MSI 2080 Super Ventus?

    • +13 votes

      I'll add the MSI Ventus upgrade in for $39 as the base spec can be a mixture, generally Galax. Done.

      Copped a couple of negs, but the cards have different buy prices, so don't think its unreasonable to charge accordingly.


    Oooh… now we're talking.

  • +10 votes

    Good to see a high spec Intel system

    my 2 cents:
    - spending $3k+ (GTX 2080 Super, 64gb RAM) I want to know exactly which brand/model of every component I am getting
    - you need more than 1 case option
    - love the 64gb RAM option
    - assuming average / lower tier parts that meet these specs, its a good price

    Having considered it, i think i can do better with 20% off codes on EBAY and doing the build myself.
    20% off $3000 in parts adds up to big savings
    I then also know exactly which parts i am getting and can trade off price/performance as required

    for example in the video cards a good ASUS cooler is easily worth $50 on a $1200 card purchase to me over a crap stock cooling solution

    thumbs up though - nice option for those who dont wanna DIY


      Thanks. Updated above in description where possible.

    • +8 votes

      When I did a quick run through on PC Part picker, the cost of components on partpicker was roughly what the built system was costing - $3075.

      However, I then went onto EBAY and every single component I could buy cheaper on EBAY than PC Partpicker - thanks to generic and specific (15% and 20% on some items) discount codes, and often free shipping.

      Lesson learnt - PC Partpicker inflates the actual cost of components because it doesnt take into account EBAY….

      I didnt do a spreadsheet but I would say it's coming in around $2750 for me but of course i have to build it and i have to rely on individual component warranties from multiple EBAY vendors.

      If you happen to also have 5% off EBAY gift cards via Australia Post or whatever take another 5% off the $2750.

      Adds up quick…

      For example: PC Partpicker says the best price on the CPU is $794.59 at Amazon
      However on EBAY, it's $697.60 or less.

      MSI Ventus on PC Partpicker @ $1169
      on EBAY $1079.20 or better

      In just 2 items that's more than $180 saved vs PC Partpicker prices.

      I conclude PC Partpicker sucks ass for competitive pricing!

      • +2 votes

        And Techfast customer service may be worth the difference- $100 extra (if it is) on a $3000 machine is 3% of the total, including warranty, service and assembly. Nothing wrong with a company providing excellent service and charging a bit extra to make a living either, usually leads to long term happy customers if something goes wrong.

        Thanks for the deal.


          Yep agreed that this a good deal for those who don't want to DIY. Not going to find many vendors even getting close to the same value for a fully assembled system with these high end specs - Dell for example would be pushing $5k before discounts for the fully loaded model with all the fruit.

          I also like how Techfast have responded to requests/suggestions and now list a lot more specific details of the items in the build.

          I am just giving pause for thought to those who look up pc partpicker etc and mistakenly come to the conclusion they couldnt build it themselves for less….

          Difference is probably ~$300 on $3075 build (64gb RAM, Ventus 2080 super, gold+ PSU, 1tb SSD)

      • +2 votes

        Have fun with turnaround of components if you have to ship them back to an ebay seller. Pc part picker is for a guide only


          I've shipped parts back to eBay sellers without any problems. Don't see how it would be any different than techfast. Buy through a reputable seller and you generally get good support and you've always got eBay to back you up.

          • +1 vote

            @devize: I said turnaround. Not problems


              @menco106: Yeah can be a bitch with turnaround on EBAY depending on your seller - but at least if say your GPU goes bung you only send it back and keep the rest of the PC - with this, not sure if you have to send the whole PC back or if you can just send faulty part?

              If you added on accessories afterwards you might also end up arguing whether or not the addition of non-techfast accessories contributed to the fault of a techfast part (eg. if PSU blew, did you overload it with drives that didnt ship in the techfast build?)

              Also bear in mind the turnaround is often extended by the manufacturer - you are at the mercy of them regardless of the seller unless the seller is gonna hand out replacements before having RMA approved by the manufacturer which is unlikely, especially for premium priced parts like $1300 GPU's….


                @aussietivoman: What happens if your power supply blows and takes out your motherboard and/or CPU and/or GPU. Are all the Ebayers you brought the parts from going to replace those parts? It wasn't the fault of the GPU or the CPU - why should they be obligated to replace them? At least Techfast has to, while the system is under warranty. Obviously, this is an extreme example, but possible none-the-less.


                  @azzriel77: The whole build has a 12 month warranty. After that, if your PSU blows, I don't think techfast will replace the whole build unless you post on OzB forums.

                  When you pick your own parts, you have the choice of picking higher quality parts, which means a lesser chance of RMA.


                  @azzriel77: Good point that a PSU blowout that destroys other parts technically wouldn't be covered under a non-Techfast individual component build warranty. I guess thats the risk you take for 12 months.


                    @aussietivoman: Well msy of all people, that got sued by ACCC, they did cover such a event. Stuff got blown not once but twice, though the second time they charged me $50 to diagnose everything and made sure all is working after replacing a few parts. How would one know an unstable rails voltage mean a faulty PSU.

                    6 years later one of those parts blew again so out of luck.


                @aussietivoman: I have no issues with techfast or their deals. I just think its important to compare apples with apples when picking parts from a local store compared to ebay. When pricing. Its nice to walk into a shop the same day and get your issue sorted. Rather than having to ship it back. I got burnt a while ago having to pay $20 return postsge for a $70 mouse.


                  @menco106: Under the Australian Consumer Law, the cost of shipping both ways for a faulty item is supposed to be born by the vendor - not the buyer.

                  It's actually relevant in this case - if your Techfast PC is faulty, do techfast or you pay the to/from shipping charges?

                  Annoying when that sort of thing happens - if you used EBAY/PayPal the PayPal return shipping refund program is sometimes useful in these cases.


        Just curious, where are you seeing the 9900K on eBay for $697.60 or less? I've been waiting the past couple of months for a deal on the 9900k, but all of the eBay sellers have kept their prices inflated. Hoping that something will come around on Black Friday at least.

    • +1 vote

      Yeah, I just ran everything through on PC part picker (for the MSI 2080super + 1tb nvme options)

      $2744.56 PCPP vs $2626 TechFast

      Basically looking at about a $100 difference (although there's a few discrepancies on PCPP, showing a slightly inflated price)

      It's not a bad price, but I don't think it's as amazing as the upvotes make it out to be.

      If you're happy with the package as is, don't want to put in the effort to spec and build yourself it's fine - but there's a fair bit of junk in there and if you're planning on buying and then replacing a few of the components yourself, the value proposition drops a fair bit. That's where they're making their money though I guess.

      Personally, I'd rather forgo $100 in savings and build the PC that I actually want to build - especially at this price point


    Anything special planned for Black Friday? New cases mayhaps???
    Also, is the wifi solution you offer as an upgrade dual band?


    What's the point of this? What game out there uses 16 threads? Besides, the 10th gen i7 will also reportedly have 16 threads (8 cores), which will make this CPU redundant. The 10th gen i9 will have 10 cores and 20 threads.


      10th gen doesnt have a release date? 11th gen will be even better, should wait for that. Some games use all those cores, good to have overhead for background apps


      The only new Intel 10th gen in desktop is a rehash of Skylake X on 14nm architecture. Based on the previews, the 18 core version has barely any advantage over a 12 core 3900x compared to the high amount of power it consumes.


    Nice config. Do you guys make any specific rigs keeping 'Crypto Mining' in mind? I always see ' Gaming' config..not the other. Just curious. I know gaming config can be used on mining, but you can trim some cash on certain components and add them to components where necessary.


    What game code promo is going on?

    • +1 vote

      An AMD graphics card will earn a choice of 1 game code for Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint and a 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass for PC.
      A NVIDIA RTX graphics card will earn a game code for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, redeemable within NVIDIA GeForce Experience.


    What's MB (TUF) exact model? Have you got any other MBs to consider?
    Thank you!

    • +1 vote

      The model of the ASUS motherboard is TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING (WI-FI). Don't have any other motherboards in mind currently.


    Does this come with windows?


    Hi, I am new to Gaming PC. Want to get my son one so I am looking around the deal techfast gives. But he got a quote from a friend and I am not sure which is better . Please comment and which deal is better.

    CPU: Intel Core i5 9600K
    GPU: ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 2060 OC
    RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 2400MHz, 16GB
    SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 256GB NVMe PCIe M.2
    HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 3TB
    COOLER: Corsair Hydro H100x Liquid Cooler
    CASE: Deepcool Matrexx 50, Tempered Glass, RGB
    PSU: Thermaltake Smart BX1 Bronze 650W
    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

    TOTAL = $2000

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