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My first build. I've upgraded graphics cards, PSU's and HDD & SSD's before, but never a full build from scratch. I did not have any significant problems, it just took a really long time to complete it. (Or I was just really anxious to complete the build...haha) Mainly case prep, hard drive cage removal, repositioning fans, etc. Cable management was so easy in the case with ample room behind the motherboard tray.

I had to be careful with my PSU selection as my motherboard accepted two CPU power connections, so I opted for the 750w EVGA SuperNova G3 over the 650w. I think my first attempt at thermal compound application did not go too well as I was seeing higher than expected CPU temps on a few benchmarks, so I un-mounted the water block and cleaned the CPU and water block with some isopropyl and did a fresh application; now everything is fine. I also used the included fan hub that came with the case, but I was not having too much luck with fan speed regulation, so I decided to swap it out with the proprietary fan hub that came with the motherboard, and it works great now, with individual fan speed curves for each fan connected to it.

Speaking of the motherboard, it is great! It certainly is not the least expensive for the X-99 platform, but with the included accessories and features, I think it is one of the best value offers. It features premium sound hardware, a custom CPU socket with extra pins for greater and more efficient overclocking, the aforementioned fan extension card, onboard power and reset buttons, troubleshooting code indicator, memOK button, onboard WiFi, m.2 support (2 drives if using included PCI-e adapter), thunderbolt add-in card, onboard USB 3.1, and USB type-c(5 gbps though), and lots of SATA cables and additional accessories to get you up and running.

My only complaint with the motherboard, is with some sort of driver issue with ASUS's software. IOMap64.sys, an ASUS driver can cause occasional BSOD's upon login. However, I was able to resolve this issue by deleting the file while in Safe Mode.

As for the storage, I, admittedly, went a bit overkill with the 960 Pro, but it is definitely a speedy drive. However, I can say that after 3 months of use, one will generally not notice the speed difference between this and a normal SATA SSD in normal day-to-day use or gaming especially. My approach to the storage solution, however, was simple, I wanted the fastest storage I could get for my OS and one or two games. Then, I wanted a standard SSD to serve as a temporary space for large files, so I can work with them at high read & write speeds as well as a repository for a few programs and games that are important to me. Lastly the WD Blue is for general mass storage. Side Note: the WD Blue was actually surprisingly fast for a mechanical HDD, with one Crystal Disk Mark yielding a 200+ MB/s sequential read speed.

The memory was purely an aesthetic choice, but it's speedy and from a reputable company too!

The video card was a great deal on the best consumer card at the time, runs cool, and lots of frames! (even though these are 60 Hz panels I'm using) ;P

The case was a breeze to build in, but it should be, it is huge and expensive. I liked the tempered glass side window and the LEDs on the outside of the case, have them set to white to match the white elements in the build. I also like the PSU shroud. The possibilities are numerous with this one, lots of custom water cooling options too!

I picked up the Blu-Ray drive because I'm working on transferring my movie collection to my home media collection, and it's nice to watch Blu-Rays when I want. Just not ready to give up optical discs altogether.

The Windows 10 USB stick is the way to go IMO. Worked like it was supposed to, even when I had to do a couple reinstalls while troubleshooting the aforementioned issue and I can always fall back on it if I ever need to.

Looking back now, I probably should have waited and maybe forked over the extra cash for the 1080TI, but honestly the 1080 is overkill as it is. Overall, I'm very happy with the build and proud to say I did this myself, and look forward to getting years of use out of this machine!

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Good for a first build. Reminds me of my first one where I put a lot of money in things that probably didn't need it until I learned more about PC building, but it should last you for a long time.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's definitely more than what I need for now, and I had some idea that it would be while picking out the parts. Hopefully that allows me longevity with this machine, as well as versatility for many different use cases.

I look forward to my next build, whenever that may be!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the came management clip thing from EVGA on the 1080? I'm thinking about buying one myself

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's great for cable management! I can't really justify the necessity of it, but they're cheap enough for anyone who wants to minimize the appearance of cables in their builds. The only advice I can give if you use it would be to make sure your VGA power wires have a little slack because the power link is only attached to the GPU at the plug and there's nothing else to hold the back of the power link to the graphics card, so you don't want tight wires pulling the power link down and ruining the aesthetic and possibly your graphics card.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude this a super powerful build and it looks great !

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I gave each part a lot of thought and had looks in mind when I built this.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean,beautiful.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard need any bios updtae prior to using any Broadwell-E processor?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

None, whatsoever.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm in phase one of putting together components for my first build. I want to go with the asus x99 deluxe II, and I see you used the 960 pro 512Gb m.2...did you have any problems having the board recognize the drive? Smooth sailing with installing the 960 pro?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no issue with either the SSD or the board. Windows 10 recognized it. If you do have any issues however, the NVME drivers for the 960 pro can be found at Samsung's Website Good luck on the build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

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