Description

Hello!

I use this machine for everything. I game, do homework, watch videos, and just enjoy technology on this. I do record when I play typically, so having some extra power to manage that is useful.

I am also an aspiring Mechanical Engineer, so I do use Auto CAD, Inventor, 3D printing software, MATLab, you name it. Everything runs great and with ease. It's really nice to be able to multi task while hopping from task to task.

Part Reviews

CPU

Ripping fast CPU. I can play any game confidently and it's a very stable processor. Runs cool (thanks to my huge cooler...) and I'm loving the performance.

CPU Cooler

HUGE CPU cooler. Know that before buying. I had to change cases because this cooler didn't fit my old case. (Yes that is a little backwards but I needed a new case too.) I'm very pleased with the cooling capability but I shouldn't expect anything else from this ginormous thing anyway.

Motherboard

No complaints here. Board stays cool, boots up smoothly and has more features than I know what to do with. Have not done any overclocking but I am sure this board will have zero issues with overclocking the 4790K.

Memory

I've been happy with this RAM. I bought this before I really knew anything about RAM and didn't realize it is only 1600Mhz. I don't notice any performance knocks because of this. RAM is stable, runs cool, and looks aesthetically pleasing.

Case

Sleek and clean design. This case has great airflow and looks fantastic. The panels are really easy to take off for access, and the restart switch having a safety cover is a fun touch. No complaints after 6 months of use. There is very nice cable management behind the back panel which keeps the case nice and neat.

Wireless Network Adapter

I use this as my Bluetooth adapter for my PS4 controller setup. This adapter works great for Wifi and Bluetooth. The reception is excellent and I am able to use the Bluetooth from across the room. I rated only 4 stars because occasionally the drivers malfunction and the device is not started on boot up.

EDIT: With Windows 10, I no longer have the driver issue and thus have bumped the rating up to reflect this. The Bluetooth range is phenomenal.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

Good build +1, you got a Top-notch PSU!

But..

You could have gone with a single 290x if you're just using a single monitor with a 60hz.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

This is true! I happened to purchase a 280X and my friend actually had another 280X laying around that needed to be RMA'd so I took it off his hands for cheap. I am using a 32" TV as my second monitor as of now, which is the newest addition. Thank you!

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Hello just a quick question with the Duel 280x have you encountered any issues with drivers and compatibility with games?

i currently have a single MSI 280X and am looking into a 2nd just cuz the price has dropped and would just be cheaper for my current situation.

Thanks.

  • 49 months ago
  • 9 points

I'd go with dual rather than duel. You want them working together after all.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! Clever.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not as of yet. The newest beta driver works very well but I don't play every game. I can assure you it works on all of my 60 games thus far with no issues! I definitely have noticed a performance increase, but make sure your PSU can handle it!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply and the PSU isn't an issue 1300 watts should be ok lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I think you'll be fine haha!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

As a die-hard Seahawks fan, +1 for the leds in your first pic! Nice build.

PS thought - If that CPU cooler was even a millimeter larger I don't think it would fit!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a very tight fit! Yes I can respect your team selection! PCpartpicker actually states it as not fitting but I can tell you it does :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm pretty sure you have an unnecessary crossfire bridge attached.

Only need one for dual, the other slot is for chaining together several of them.

Nice build though!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I was about to ask the same thing. No reason to have both bridges on there.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I know the second bridge is unnecessary, but it won't hurt performance and I kind of like how it looks. Thanks!

PS- Plus it is a handy place to store it so I don't lose it I guess!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

My eyes are bleeding. But nice build, especially for your first.

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully not in the bad sense! Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nah, it's great. Just very bright.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and setup, man.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Why thank ya!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

very clean and nice build! that light show is amazing too! GJ! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The lights are very good fun, and add a nice touch. Who doesn't want a lightshow!?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

can you sync the lights to the music or games you play? LOL :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish! Not these lights unfortunately lol!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

First build computer and going all out with Crossfire. Nothing like going for a challenge right away. :)

As with the RAM, 1600 is plenty fast enough for Intel chips and there isn't a noticeable difference going faster. The only time really high RAM speeds are noticeably better is with the integrated graphics of AMD APUs.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Very good info there about the RAM, I didn't figure I would really notice any difference.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello! I have recently just purchased the same Wifi/Bluetooth card. How did you connect your Dualshock 4 controller?.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Sorry for the late reply. You have to bind the controller to the card which I recommend looking up a video on. Then I downloaded ds4windows as the emulator. I believe to put the controller in bind mode you have to hold share and the ps power button at the same time.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, I just got my z97-ws and I've been having some problems getting both my GPUs working. Is there a reason you have the GPUs in those slots? I have mine in the first 2 X16 slots and I've been having a whole host of problems. It's not easy to move them around because of the way the watercooling is setup.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello!

The nice part of the z97-WS board if I recall correctly is that all of the PCIe slots capable of running a GPU are X16. Since I'm relying on air cooling, I wanted the gap between the cards for airflow. If I was watercooling like you, I would put them wherever I like which would probably be right on top of eachother.

What is the issue you are having?

Are you running 2x AMD or NVidia GPU's? Do you have the SLI/Crossfire bridges installed? Are your drivers up to date on both cards?

You should have no problems running the cards on the top 2 X16 slots.

Make sure you have power to both cards too, and double check everything. Let me know if you need more help and what ends up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I ended up redoing my loop and using the same slot layout that you have, which is recommended in the manual. Still having major problems. Two Fury X cards, all power connected, etc. The issue is that on boot, the cards will not always be initialized. It seems to be related to how the motherboard initializes its on board components. Do you have any on board devices disabled? Some SATA ports, 1349, anything?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I must have gotten lucky as I have no disabled devices and my cards always boot fine. There is that small LCD display on the board, is it spitting any codes out to you that could be referenced in the manual? Does it work fine with only one card powered? It seems like a really weird issue to me. Maybe you have a bad card? If you power only one card at a time you may be able to test each card assuming you haven't already tested them.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Q Code screen doesn't report anything out of the ordinary. These cards worked fine in my previous Sabertooth 990FX. It's rather difficult to separate the cards to test on this board, since I'd have to drain the whole loop. Pretty disappoint considering how stable the WS line is supposed to be. Suppose I'll try an RMA

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

So you have your cards put down as a gigabyte 980ti but in your case they show MSI logo on top ? Explain that for me.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

*Card and the updated pictures i have are too PCMR big so I can't upload them.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello Garrett,

I'm loving this mobo. I like Asus' WS series boards because they have super solid components with drivers that just work. So far I've had 0 compatability issues and 0 failures. I don't need all the extra gimmicks of the ROG series Etc. I just want my board to work. If you want a board like that this is the one.

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