My new gaming and work machine. I've had my prior system (Sovereign) for a good 6 years, never really feeling the need to upgrade its core as purely GPU upgrades kept it going. However, small issues with it began to mount and I decided it was finally time. I'm a software engineer that works at home, recently switching to a new company that required access to a lot more resources than just code on a drive. As a result, I felt it was necessary to set up a separate Windows installation with BitLocker setup. To do this sanely, it requires a TPM, something my prior system did not support and so this was the final nail in the coffin to get me to upgrade. A $5000 system over a $12 part. The 840 Pro is from my previous system and serves as my work drive while the 950 Pro serves as my gaming system drive.
Ironically, I bought the Titan X to see if my old system would last even longer with purely a GPU upgrade and it appeared it would. It performed great in games still, but that act of actually working on the computer again gave me yet another nudge in the direction of building a whole new system. I generally hate building computers and overbuild them to last years and years. My prior one I expected 3-4 years out of and got 6, I expect 5-6 years out of this one if not more (not counting GPU upgrades).
Having looked at many-a-build since I built my original, I decided I wanted to go for something properly cable managed with a clear view of the internals. Prior systems had windows, but they were usually marred by some design or fan in them so it never became crucial to have a pristine interior. Don't ask to see the back panel of this, not sure why they decided to make it glass, but it's a mess back there. Other than that, I think I did pretty well on the main interior. Trying to get a photo of glass with LEDs has been a nightmare, I did my best.
The ROG stickers on the Strix have been removed as they didn't match my blue/black intended color scheme. All of the lighting is RGB controllable, so with the exception of the cabling I can always change my mind on color if I want. I've connected the case lighting to the Aura header on the motherboard and added a strip of Phanteks lights around the edge of the glass. In the future I intend to run an extension to the front and have a small strip illuminate the sides of the front panel.
Overclocking is something I still need to work on, I've only done the basics. I need to try to seal the radiator rail so it doesn't circulate the air back into the case as the top ventilation is fairly crap on this case.