Nice build, love this board... I was also looking for a Gigabyte Aorus/Aorus Xtreme 1080Ti but ended up with a Strix 1080 instead, wanted to keep the board and card at least Gigabyte but didn't pan out... of course it would have been nice to wait for the OP model but I was ready to build and they hadn't released it yet for a few months.
Did you have issues with the board and card not fitting together properly?? that's one of the issues many complained about this combo... I'm guessing they probably fixed it by now.
Looks like you have the wrong board on your list... your pictures show a Z270X-Gaming board, not a Z270x-UD3 which is the one on your list... only noticed because I was looking for Reviews on the UD3, and of course I have a Gigabyte AORUS Z370x-Gaming 7, somewhat similar to yours... unless you upgraded.
Nice Build... why am I saying this now? over 2yrs after your build? because I inherited this case from a friend last year with an old i7 860 and 4gb of ram. I just rebuilt it with a B250 and i3 7100, Gigabyte 1060-6gb, 250gb Samsung 860 Evo, and 8gb of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM; and was wondering if my Asus Matrix 980Ti would even work in there when I upgrade my main PC to a 1080 or 2080, so I thought hmmm, should search it on PCPartpicker... Lo and Behold... your build came up. :)
Glad to know this little case can handle it, though I'm pissed because I have front I/O issues (power button is failing, and the headphone jack has noise feedback) or at least I'm hoping that's all my issues with the case. I also connected the fans to the fan controller, without knowing the fan controllers were crap, so I think some of my issues originated there.
Was just thinking that... probably slower than it should be since they're all running single channel. :(
Gamax, you should put the RGB sticks into slots 1 and 3 and the regular 4gb sticks into 2 and 4, this way you get dual channel... I'm just surprised you have no memory and crash issues yet.
Bahahahaha... I have the same Matrix 980Ti (1 not 2) and my son just started playing Minecraft again, my card only hits 46C with Minecraft, compared to other games which make it go up to 72C, lol
Nice! we have the same board and Case... I went a little RGB crazy on mine with the Deepcool RF120 setup which looks decent.
I've yet to install Fusion, on bios works good enough for me... just wish my ram would listen to fusion and keep the same settings, will have to upgrade to the newer version of Corsair RGB ram for that.
I'm on a 980Ti so I haven't encountered any fitment issues... I did hear taking the cover helps. You'd think someone would have tested a few stock cards and see if any fitment issues would come up, and if they did and they just thought "oh well, take it off if it gets on the way" then those guys are douches, lol.
The board is loaded, and it's still a great board... it does what it's intended and it does it well, which to me was more important.
cable management skills I wish I had, lol... very cool build, just looking at buying the same board and an i3 7100 CPU used to redo my old PC, I already re-did it once... but with kids in the house, I had to put my old system back in service as I barely got use of my i5 8600k build... got a deal on a GTX980Ti so I had a spare 1060 6gb which was of course the only thing I had re-used from this old system, lol
What are your thoughts on that board??
Just got myself a Matrix 980Ti, what a Beast... I was originally going for a 1070 to upgrade from the 1060 I had, then I noticed the reference 980Ti in Benchmarks just around the 1070. The rest is history, lol.
So I ended up buying an Asus Matrix Platinum 980Ti and put that in the new build, that card is beastly, massive in size, massive amounts of heat and a complete decimation of the 1060 with regards to performance. :o
Just need another monitor and I'll be throwing the 1060 with the old i7 860.
Haven't heard of VRM issues with the Z370 Gaming 7... only the Z370 Ultra Gaming and Maybe the Gaming 5 and lower had those issues. (Since they have similar VRM design).
I didn't realize it was running a 4.3ghz profile from factory... I'm trying the 4.5ghz profile tonight to see how it runs.
the 4.3ghz profile has been good so far, not much heat and I don't hear the fans ramp up at all.
Love it, I have the Same case and Board, I almost got the same Dark Rock CPU Cooler but couldn't get it locally so I went with the Gammaxx GT until I decide to upgrade to the 8700k. :)
That's awesome then, I would only be running a single GPU so that wouldn't be an issue.
I had a 1060 in it, it did great with it... can't wait to see a 980ti in there, lol.
How does your 980ti perform with this build? I have a similar PC that I just parted as I built a 8600k/GTX1060-6gb setup recently... I reused the 1060-6gb from my old i7 860 setup, which has an Asus P7H55M-Pro.
I don't use the new setup much as my kid is always on it, lol... just happen to know someone selling a 980ti so that's got me thinking, hmmmm... lol, I could rebuild it again and put a 980ti in it.
No haven't overclocked yet... I'm usually limited to playing with it on weekends, my son mostly beats on it during the week playing Fortnite... it does get a lot of use, and I've noticed the cooler is performing well so far, seems like the 8600k spends a lot of time on Turbo.
I'll have to try it soon, lol. :)
A lot of the time it comes to preference, a lot of people have good experiences with either so they stick to them.
Both Brands seem to be pretty reliable... no one can really get away from issues, so each one always have problems.
on my Gaming 7, AO mean A-OK or everything ok... could be similar on yours where it just means your HD has initialized and everything is OK.
you can find most drivers on the motherboard specific page from whichever brand motherboard you bought... they may or may not be the same as the universal drivers windows installs, so it's always a good idea to keep that page in your favorites to look for updates (Sound, Chipset, Bios and other programs and drivers board-specific usually)
Most video cards come with Silent mode these days, meaning the fans won't spin until the GPU temp reaches a certain point (usually 60C+- ) you can however download your brand's GPU Overclocking program (other brands may work as well, some people prefer the MSI Afterburner App) which will give you access to customizing the fan curve so that your fans will turn on earlier or later... I prefer earlier so I set mine to 40C instead at first, however be advised you will hear the fans going on and off more often and it may annoy you. I set mine again to 38C and this seems to work better as the GPU will idle at 30-35C and once you do anything like browsing or videos it will go to 40-45C, then 60+ when playing games.
That's ok, once your fan Curve is modified it won't worry you as much, for the Ram just make sure you have enough air flow going through... do you have 1 fan on the front? put a second one or more, these will blow cooler air directly onto the Ram and GPU.
I usually turn mine off but if you're downloading constantly, nothing stops you from keeping it on all night... just ensure you go into the Windows Power Saving features and turn off Sleep mode, and prevent power saving mode from turning off other areas of the PC like HD's and Network adapters, otherwise your programs could crash.
What Motherboard do you have? Most newer boards bios come with a Hardware monitor tab... for Windows yes, I agree with Root_User.
Virus scanner for sure, but you can always run MS Defender, Video Card OC program, Video Card drivers, chipset drivers, Audio drivers.
We've all been there, lol
The Captain 240ex RGB usually drops under $100 on sale.
That and the H100i were my choices, but ended up doing air cooling. I'm not on the PC all the time, my son is... so if a leak springs or water pump fails and I'm not there to figure it out right away, well there goes 2grand lol.
I was always an Asus guy... I think I've built over 5 different Asus boards. I went with Gigabyte this time and so far its great.
If you can, spend a little more for a top/mid-range board, usually they have more features and a little higher quality parts go into them, regardless of which brand you buy.
I bought the Z370 Gaming 7 due to the digital VRM and because I got one at a good sale price, originally I had both Asus Z370-E, Gigabyte Gaming 5, and MSI Gaming Pro Carbon on my list... the Gaming 7 dropped to the same price as the 5, so that was pretty much my shout out to buy. :)
I had the same issue with my 1TB WD Blue... you have to go through Disk Management.
I googled it and I think this was the video I used... or similar anyway.
The Gammax GT?? so far is great, CPU is not even breaking a sweat 4.4ghz. and it helps the Meshify is decent for air flow.
If I decide to OC more in the future, I may have to go with a Be Quiet Dark Rock or a Noctua... I'm good for now.
Nice Build... Love the Meshify C, Don't worry about the GPU for now... I wanted a 1080 but at the prices right now, 1060 is all I would budge for... I waited until they dropped in price back in February and bought one.
I bet Ring fans would look nice... hmmm.
Only other thing I can think of is maybe overheating... GPU could be throttling down due to heat or poor ventilation.
And yeah sorry, I read GPU instead of CPU originally.
VSYNC and Ultra Settings could be your issue... try turning VSYNC off... OR if you think the CPU is a bottleneck, drop down to Medium settings and see if that helps.
How much Ram do you have? also... what driver are you running? could be a driver issue as well... there are so many things that could cause issues, you could be looking forever. :(
Yes! another Meshify C Dark Tint... I'm actually going to be redoing my fan setup, and putting a Deepcool 3 RGB Fan kit up front to match the Gammax GT fan.
Looks great. :)
Yeah I'm thinking we're going to need a new board... Was reading an article on 9th gen CPUs that was published a few days back, and they mentioned H370, B360and H360 supporting 9th gen, but no mention of Z370.
I have a 2013 MSI GE60 with the 765m, i7 4700HQ and 16gb of Ram, she did great for the first 3-4years, after Quake Champions came out last year, I noticed how bad it was with newer games. :(
I'm planning to try an E-GPU-PCI-E dock setup with it, since we got screwed on Thunderbolt as well, lol.
Good luck with your build... Buena suerte!
I knew that much... I was more hoping a Bios update would make it compatible with 9th gen CPU's but it sounds like Intel might be screwing the Z370 crowd on that one. :(
I went with this over the Z370-E because of the VRM's being better on this board, so far it's been stable for the last 2 weeks since I finished it. No major issues yet, the quality looks top notch, and it was easy to install and connect.... my son has been on it constantly playing Fortnite and I play Quake champions on it. Air flow on the case is great so no overheating at all.
I think most issues I read on Reddit and other sites were down to older Bios being on the original boards, I noticed a lot of the boards with the F2 Bios had a few compatibility issues, this one came with F4 so for me was pretty straight forward for it to recognize everything I had.
I play Quake Champions myself, Quake Live once a while, My kids play Fortnite.
Hey, how is that Gammaxx GT keeping the 8600k? I'm thinking of (oddly enough) using the same board, cpu, and fan... different ram (Corsair DDR4 3200 RGB) and re-using my current 1060 6gb.
Have you OC'd and does the cooler keep it the temps ok? I'm thinking adding a second fan to the cooler to up the airflow.
And last question, any issues with the z370-E board? I hear the LLC issue is fixed, but some people say it's not, some say it is, etc... still confusing as Asus hasn't really issued a memo or anything as a reply to the OC3D video.
Great Build for a first timer ;) BTW, thanks in advance.
Picked up a Gigabyte Windforce 1060 6gb recently, for some reason it dropped $100... maybe it wasn't a popular model because there are no LED's and it's pretty basic looking, but it's dual fan. Deals are out there, just have to wait and keep looking I guess.
You're comparing a sub $200 board to a Sub $300 board, of course the sound is better on the Maximus.
Other than that, any other issues? is it OC'ing ok? any VRM Heat or LLC issues?
Thinking of picking this up for a new build, was going with the AC originally but I already have a Gigabyte Wireless/4.2BT card, might as well save that $50.
How is that Z370-G doing so far? I want to upgrade my mATX gaming PC at home but I'm undecided between this and the MSI Z370M.
THAT and this review totally swayed me towards the z370m
What's wrong with the MSI Z370m that made you swap to the Strix Z370-G?? I know you originally intended to use the G... but what's so bad with the M.
I'm currently building an mATX system and have a choice of either one, however I was choosing the MSI over the Asus due to the missing USB-C and RGB header, and of course the LLC issue which I wasn't sure about the G having it or not.
Change my mind. :)