Description

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 issuesI 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

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

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.

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.

Video Card

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)

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.)

Operating System

Don't forget an OS... I got the USB stick version. And I don't mind windows 10.

Monitor

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.

Keyboard

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.

Mouse

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.

Headphones

Love this headset and it is from a previous PC, and I got it as a gift.

Already owned, cannot quote cost.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you remove some of the hard drive trays from the case? I have the same case, but I thought the trays were an all or nothing type of deal.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, i took out all but 2. They blocked most of the airflow from the 2 front mounted fans. So the ones I have for the Smasung SSD and WD HDD are still in, but the others are all out of the case now. Each slot has 3 screws to remove from the back side of the case.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

On a side note, I believe the entire optical drive tray can be pulled out too. and I really want to do that, it would create the room for me to move my radiator to the front of the case with the 2 Hard Drive Trays at the top. I have not tried but it might be a project for me tonight, i might do that before trying to rotate the radiator so the hoses are at the back of the case. Problem with that is I completely lose my optical drive (Unnecessary item, but I had it sitting around and was excited to get to install it on something).

And I also believe I might be able to mount the the SSD to the back of the case instead anyways, removing one more tray. The case really is pretty nice.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to pull the the whole hard drive tray out, but i have 3 SSD and an M.2 SSD so I still need somewhere to mount unfortunately. Thankfully I don't have to worry about the optical drive as I skipped that.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Well the rear mount is not for a SSD I found out. I have to keep 2 of the harddrive trays in. I moved them down the rack and they fit better that way as I moved my radiator for the CPU cooler all the way forward. Removing the Optical Drive tray actually opens a fan slot and I am excited to add the extra fan to the case. Right now it all fits very nicely.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks solid, I'd just point out a thing or two since you asked. First, get some fans on that radiator. I'd suggest three solid Corsair or Noctua 120mms pulling the hot air up and out of the case, cooling the rad as they do. A radiator without fans is a bird without wings! Next, you can totally rotate the CPU cooler block, people do it, you will just have a sideways logo which is totally fine. last i'll say work on some cable management and maybe look into custom cables, this build has such visual potential I think some of the wires are distracting. Nice choice of parts though! Post some more pictures to let us see the whole build and set-up!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

There are 3 fans mounted above the radiator, they are actually hidden in the roof of the case, they get about and inch clearance and better ventilation up there. Also they are currently pointing into the case as I lost positive pressure when trying to direct the flow through radiator and up out of the case, so they now point down into the case.

I actually like the idea of the sideways logo, the RAM and MB logos are sideways, why not match the CPU cooler.

Yeah, my cable management is poor, I'm actually getting some help with it and looking to get some different cables at some point, but they were not MUST HAVE to complete. The 3 case fans (2 front, 1 rear) will also probably get changed to RGB fans too. Any suggestions on cables to get? Or fans that are RGB that are kinda quiet?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

oof I was afraid of that fan situation. You'll rarely see a full three fan roof configuration pulling air down into the case. You're just pulling hot air from above back down into the already hot case. AT BEST I would keep the rear exhaust as exhaust, flip the backmost roof fan to exhaust, and leave the front two roof fans as intake, that way you're creating a definite airflow. and honestly I would put three more fans on the rad mounted from below. Push-pull is almost always better than unilateral fans; looks like it would be a tight fit, but totally worth the cooling potential.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to move the fans into the case, which I am looking to do when I rotate the block. I will have to turn the entire radiator around, and then so that the hoses are at the back of the case, and even then only 2 fans may be able to be mounted inside. But the third will be at the back and maybe it will point out as you suggest while the bottom mounted ones will point in still.

Rear fan is currently an exhaust. I want to add a fan to the floor of the case (open space in front of the PSU, Full tower was completely worth if for that space). But before adding that I need to get the cables more controlled.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I would advise against rotating the radiator. you'd have clearance issues with the tubes and the rear fan, at the very best it would impede airflow out of the main exhaust fan of the build, at worst it wouldn't fit. I suggest simply adding as many fans to the inside as possible and keep the fans up top as well, five fans on a rad is much better than three. Also in the case of floor fans, very often it seems like a good idea but they end up rattling or being loud, often due to vibrations or touching cables and wires. I took mine out cause the noise wasn't worth the extra airflow. hopefully yours works well and quietly

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that is what I was thinking. So my best idea at the moment is to move the entire radiator to the front of the case. Lose the optical drive (it is not a necessary item). and mount my SSD on the back of the case behind the motherboard in the SSD slot. The HDD will go all the way to the top of the case and the 2 front fans will move to the top also.

It'll be a fun evening.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a beast. I would of loved to see this in the Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

That would be a cool case. I went for the be quiet on a suggestion from a friend, and really I love it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

hey how are you liking the patriot ram? are the colors changeable?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The Patriot RAM works great. But, and it is a big but, I had to 1 uninstall the ASUS Aura software, 2 I had to install the Patriot software, 3 set up the RGB on the RAM, 4 then uninstall the Patriot software, 5 re-install the ASUS Aura software and do the RGB on the rest of it.

The MB does not use the most recent version of the ASUS Aura software, so it does not control the Patriot RAM's RGB, but it also does not interact with it and cause the critical errors I had when running the Trident Z RGB RAM which bricked on me because of the ASUS Aura software.

It is a pain if I want to change up the color profile on my computer to do all the installing and uninstalling, but the RAM works perfect and I am definitely going to grab a matching set to bump me to 32.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You said you spent about 169 for this cooler, where did you find such a good deal at?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

It was on sale at Fry's one day. But I will most likely update my review of the cooler soon. I am trying to reconcile my purchase of it but I am disappointed in the software. The hardware itself is great, but I am quickly becoming annoyed by the NZXT Cam software. I am considering replacing it altogether with a Corsair cooler.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You rated a piece of hardware 1 star because you don't like the optional software? Not to mention it is software that is used by many different products made by NZXT.

If you don't like the cooler itself, then a 1-star rating is fine. But that is not the case.

  • 15 months ago
  • -1 points

The software for that cooler is not optional if you wish to have any control of it. Yes, I changed my rating to 1 star. The cooler itself is not worth the software.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You can control fan speeds and pump speed within BIOS. Just not the precious RGB.

  • 15 months ago
  • -1 points

Great, like I want to edit my BIOS regularly. The RGB, I have already gotten to a workaround to control it if I want, but not the pump and fans. I have found no other workarounds for the pump and fans that isn't as annoying as going to BIOS every time I want to make a change. So, crap software makes a crap part. KThanksBye

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Pump should be at 100% all the time which is easy to set in BIOS. You can create a custom fan curve in BIOS and you'll never have to touch it again. I'm not sure why you are being so defensive. I'm trying to tell you that there are easier ways to work around using the CAM software.

Either way, rating a product 1 star based on optional software isn't honest.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you read that Phanteks can mind your data and activities?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It is in their terms of service agreement.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually replaced the NZXT. You can see the redone build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2k7WGX