This is the build I completed over the weekend. I had a minor hiccup with my RAM as I had G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM that bricked after I installed the ASUS AURA software, I was unaware of that issue unfortunately. So I swapped to some Patriot RAM that is working wonderfully.
I know my PSU is out of place and large, but I already had bought it when I was planning on doing a build around an i9-7900, that was actually going to cost me even more so I moved on.
I am planning on purchasing an additional set of the Patriot RAM and completing and SLI. But those were not necessary to get up and running. Adding additional RAM will require me to rotate the CPU Cooler (I will probably go to the right to the tubes come out the bottom, will not cause issues
I do not believe this will cause any issues).
I will add Temps when I actually clock it tonight. And pictures with the new RAM as what I have is with the old RAM.
Comments and critiques are welcome.
EDIT 6/19/18 evening update.
Removed from PC as the optical tray is removed: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Also Removed from PC as they were bricked by the ASUS AURA software: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
I have redone interior to fix the cable management and the radiator fans. Everything is working pretty swell. Need to see if my temp are still good too as is.
Edit 7/24 - Added up my receipts and reviewed all the great items I bought. Total cost to build $3403.88
I will admit, my budget was an issue and my initial thought was to build something with an i9. Everyone talked me out of it, showing me repeatedly that this is the processor for gaming. And the collective was right. The CPU is great and I have no complaints.
I paid at time of build $319.99 for this CPU.
I went big. I wanted no issues with cooling. Go big or go home.
I love the look of the unit and the hoses are sturdy. The fans, when they pick up speed, create little noise (mitigated by the beQuiet case) and do the job. I had issues deciding exactly how to get the radiator in the case. And had to give up on the optical drive tray (I have an optical drive sitting around that I could have used) But once it was in, it works great! But.... and it is a BIG but. The software just pisses me off to no end. I was in love with this thing for a while and I started watching my computer more closely and I realized that it was using resources that it shouldn't. Then I read the disclosure agreements and they can mine your personal info and collect data on purchase and almost anything you do on your PC. I stopped using this PC for personal use and only game on it currently and will be replacing the cooler soon. Unfortunately I can find no way of running the cooler without the software.
I paid at time of build $168.99 for this cooler.
I have little to complain about other then the ASUS Aura software. The BIOS is simple, the install was smooth, and it looks great. The Aura software bricked my first set of RAM, and because the board does not use the most current version of the Aura software, my new RAM is not controllable by it. I am waiting for the next update and then this MB will be perfect for me.
I paid at the time of build $259.99 for this Motherboard.
This was my second set of RAM. I originally had gotten G.Skill RAM, but the RGB on it was not compatible and it bricked (I thought I had killed my brand new PC). This RAM was easy to install and looks great. i am happy I upped to the 3600 too. But this RAM still does not mess with the Aura software, and I had to install the Patriot software, set up the RGB, uninstall the Patriot Software and then install Aura. So my RGB on the RAM is currently static. But Aura advertises compatibility with this RAM. Make sure the MB uses the NEWEST Aura software. I can't ding the RAM for the MB software though.
I paid at the time of build $209.99 for this RAM.
Here is the real fun of building a PC, not the storage in general, but learning things. I could not locate the second M.2 slot on my MB, and looked everywhere for it. So I just installed this baby in the second slot, no worries, boot goes fine. Well in the process of setting up the Aura software I am examining the MB closer and closer and noticed that the first M.2 slot is under an heat sink. Well surprise surprise, it is actually cooler under the metal then in the open air slot! Love it!
I paid at the time of build $171.99 for this Storage.
An SSD was an obvious addition. And I got a deal at a Fry's location on this one. So nothing can sour me on it right now.
I paid at the time of build $99.99 for this Storage.
I also got a deal at Fry's on this. I bought both this and the SSD together during a 'storage' sale. Great time for me and I wasn't actually planning on anything but the M.2 at first.
I paid at the time of build $50.99 for this Storage.
As I said on my CPU review, I was going ham on my build and I was going to buy and SLI two Titans. I was talked out of that, and the research backed up the choice, only a 4% increase in performance is what I got out of that. This GPU though stay cool and runs great. I will be buying a second and going for an SLI with them.
I paid at the time of build $789.99 for this GPU. (And will need to get that price or better before I SLI)
Okay, here is where I have a complaint. But not with the case itself necessarily. And some of it is just me and my impatient attitude on this build. I got this case, and it looks great, but I wanted the White one, not available anymore, so I settled for this one and I love the look anyways. The innards are well designed and it is pretty customizable (made up word), everything can come out of it pretty much and you can rotate the whole thing this way and that. My issues came up with the delivery of the case, the top, front and bottom are removable to make working on the innards easy, and when i got my case everything looked to be in order. But as soon as i started removing the tape I noticed that the screws holding the bottom onto the case had broken and the bottom now slides free. I could have RMAed the case and gotten a new one, but I just had to get started. Now it sits in one spot and doesn't move so no one would really ever know that it slides. So I am happy in the end.
I paid at the time of build $209.99 for this Case.
Just want to say, I got more PSU then I needed. But I had already purchased this because I was thinking about the i9 build. So now I am just using it. It works well, but the Corsair Link software is not installable if you have ASUS Aura installed. Keep that in mind.
I paid before my build started $149.99 for this PSU. (And I was very happy with that deal.)
Don't forget an OS... I got the USB stick version. And I don't mind windows 10.
This my second monitor. My first one I had to RMA and then instead of getting a new one from Newegg, they just refunded me. I was pissed. This one is not as good, but it is pretty for sure.
I paid at the time of build $769.99 for this Monitor.
This is a nice keyboard, I got it and the mouse as a bundle. The RGB is alright, it doesn't seem to stick correctly when shutdown and I have to reset it to get it working again (same with mouse) but it looks and feels pretty good, so lights aren't going to bother me.
I paid at the time of build $101.99 for this Keyboard and Mouse bundle.
I bought this as a bundle with the keyboard, it is not the greatest mouse I have ever owned, but at the moment, it serves.
Love this headset and it is from a previous PC, and I got it as a gift.
Already owned, cannot quote cost.