My temps range from 23C in winter and 29C in summer (old building with questionable AC) at idle to 54C under load, such as gaming. The highest temp I saw after my delid was 71C while running Prime95. I have a mild OC on the CPU. I have a pretty quiet fan profile, since I prefer silence. I could likely run a bit cooler with a more agressive fan profile.
What attracted me to the SW was the quiet performance and appearance. I want a mostly black look with just a hint of color. The name I had originally for the build was None More Black (I love the Spinal Tap movie), which should give some indication of my appearance priorities. I’m okay with some RGB, but I prefer to limit it where I can.
Nope, I left the cooler as is. I'm debating adding another 16GB of RAM myself, but I know it'll fit if I do.
Sorry to hear about your liquid metal mishap! I learned myself to warm up the dispenser before attempting to dispense the TIM.
True, if you're looking straight at the cooler, the RAM is covered. I sit at an angle about 45 degrees to the front of the case, so I can see them fairly well. The truth is, I originally wanted non-RGB, but I can't pass on a sale.
The temps were even better after the delid. It takes a serious stress test to generate temps over 60C.
I believe they have a backplate for just about any Asus soundcard (or any other soundcard for that matter) on their website. I'm sure you'll find one that's designed for your card.
It is a monster, and as I said before, it's dead quiet.
I got it here. I had to wait a little while for shipping, but I think it was a modest cost for a big visual improvement.
Thank you! I never thought to do a glamour photo shoot with the thing, but I'm so happy with the way it's turning out, I've decided to try it. Better pictures will be added later.
I should have all the components listed by the end of July. I have to put some money aside for vacation time, you know...
If you can find one, GET IT. I highly recommend it.
I could have, but I have a friend with one, and all I seem to hear is the pump whirring away. And honestly, I don’t hate the way this one looks or performs. My temps idle around 29C, and I may hit 54C during gameplay.
The keyboard is awesome. It’s another Massdrop purchase, like the GPU and headphones.
I got the silent reds, and it’s no more noisy than your typical cheap membrane switches, but with the solid actuation feel of a mechanical switch.
The case is SOLID. Over 2 kilos of aluminum. It stays put.
The only annoyance is the documentation for the RGB lighting. It definitely reads like it was written in another language, and run through Google Translate. It was confusing, but I eventually got it mostly figured out with some trial and error.
I can honestly say that I would buy it again.
Ugh, you’re right! I uploaded them from my iCloud account, and I wasn’t aware of how they’d look. Better pictures forthcoming!
I am so on the fence regarding monitors. Do I go 4k? 3440x1440? Or do I go with a triple 1080 setup? I do like all that real estate...
Anyway, really nice build!
I have a DRP 3, and G.Skill Trident Z RAM. The cooler clears my RAM, but barely; there might be 2mm of space. I think the Vengeance is taller, so I'm going to guess that it won't fit.
The price on the 8700K will come down eventually; I'll give it a couple months until they fill the supply pipeline. It's only commanding high prices now because the availability is limited.
How did you manage to purchase a GTX 1080 Ti for $250?
Your issue with the S/PDIF optical connection not recognizing your receiver is a limitation of the S/PDIF standard, and not the motherboard. It was designed to carry uncompressed 2 channel audio, or compressed 5.1/7.1 channel surround. Unlike HDMI, it only transmits data, which is why it doesn't recognize the receiver as multichannel capable. You may be able to select Dolby Digital or DTS multichannel audio in the output settings, but it will be compressed. You won't get HD Audio surround from it. HDMI was designed to handshake between components, and it has far higher bandwidth.
I thought I would go with the 7740X. I don't see a lot of use for the quad channel bandwidth yet, so I'm not too eager to drop a ton on a processor that allows it, especially when Cannon and Coffee Lake CPUs are dropping in late '17 or early '18.