This is my personal build that I have been planning for some time now, my Goal was to have a nice looking, well performing system that has a nice upgrade path.
The system was mainly made for Gaming but is comparable for other work like video work and live streaming, (I often do some handbrake CPU h.265 background encoding while gaming) with that said, I was aiming for as little bottlenecks as possible while still maintaining system balance.
As a note, some of the parts I had (the SSD, SSHD, and GPU) I had before the build and where used because I already had them, I would have picked some different parts if it was 100% from scratch
As for problems I have had with the build here are the highlights;
The Corsair H80i V2 Tubes are VERY long for the size of the system and are a little unwieldy, and don't look the best but not bad looking either.
The Corsair H80i V2 RAD MUST be placed at the front of the system, this obstructs the forward 2.5" Drive mount, but the RAD does look VERY good in this position.
The Corsair SF 600 included cables are VERY short, especially the SATA power cables, if you plan to have two 2.5" drives with an adapter bracket from 3.5" to 2x 2.5" you will also need to get a 6pin PCI-e extension cable for the SATA branch out, with that said, the first SATA connector in the chain without an extension is wedged in between the PSU and the top of the AIO RAD...
There are thermal pads on the DIMM.2 board for the M.2 SSDs, they are VERY think and if you don't pre smash them down or remove all or half of the pads you WILL break your SSD by bending the SSD in half.... if you remove half the pad remove the half for the Flash chips, leave the half for the SSD controller if possible.
The Motherboard has one USB 2.0 internal header, but there are two internal devices that want USB 2.0 internal connections (the Corsair AIO, and the Corsair Lighting Node) now you can solve this problem like I have without any extra expense, the internal USB 2.0 header supports 2 USB ports, so what you can do is very carefully remove the wires from one of the USB blocks on one of the USB cables, then place them into the open pins on the other USB block on the other cable, make sure you have the right wires on the right pin locations, look at your MB manual for the pinout.
As some last notes;
ALL the RGB lighting is controllable VIA corsair iCUE, this was intentional, I wanted as little load as possible while still having as much functionality as possible, to control the lighting on the ASUS MB you will need to get a BETA pluging from Corsair, it is an official plugin and it mostly works, there are some bugs at the moment but it is a beta so....
I picked a VERY nice MB, I know, it does not match the rest of the build, but it had the features I wanted like the bios USB flashing and I was trying to prepare for the future, down the road you should be able to put a R9 3950X or in theory Ryzen 4/5XXX, also it has PCI-e 4.0, so should be good for storage and GPU upgrades as well.
This CPU is VERY good for the price, if you can keep it cool it will make you happy, mine overclocked to 4.2 all core so im happy.
Needed an AIO cooler for my build in the Lian Li TU150, I also have the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Impact, it has some problems with tower cooler compatibility, so an AIO was really my only option, with that said, I went for this AIO because it has a think 120mm (my case only takes single 120mm RADs) and it has iCUE support, with that said the tubes for this AIO are VERY stiff, they don't like to be bent, this was a problem in the Lian Li TU150, I had to ziptie the tubes to the top and bottom to get the side panel to close...
I wish Corsair would refresh this line, it works VERY good for ITX cases that can only fit 120mm, but this model is getting very old....
Now to start, I love this board, but there is ONE BIG PROBLEM that I had with it, if you use this board you are VERY limited on what coolers you can use, like it says its compatible with the stock RYZEN coolers, it is not, if you get this PLAN on water cooling, Custom or AIO, other than that this board is great!
As a side note, the thermal pads for the M.2 slots are very thick, I ended up just taking them off because they where bending my SSD in half...
very happy with these sticks, there nice and fast and I was even able to get the timings down, the lighting is nice, though if you want to get the most out of the lighting you NEED to enable the advanced mode in iCUE, that way it will show more that the top lighting layer, the only problem I have with this ram is there are these metal ridges over the lighting strips, they are not aligned with each other with a small gap in between... does not look the best but it is a minor thing.
In essence a 960 EVO for OEMs, I salvaged mine from a dead Asus laptop.
One of the best HDD (well its an SSHD but still) ive ever used, this is a great Game Drive so to speak, I use it as a secondary drive, so I don't know how well it works for a BOOT drive but with its 8GB SSD cache if you play a single game repeatedly like during a playthrough of say GTA 5, it works very well.
its an OK card, its not the best thing out there but it gets the job done, but there are some problems that I have noticed from using it; 1. some of the VRAM chips towards the bottom of the card towards the PCI-e slot have VERY bad thermal pad placement.... it does not seam to effect it much? but still a worry... 2. I wish it had the USB-C on the back... 3. The backplate is plastic and acts as a thermal trap...
This is a very good case, love almost everything about it, I love the looks, the handle, the size, the airflow, the GPU computability, and even though it may never happen the IO could be replaced down the road if Lian Li make an updated IO panel. Overall a very nice case, but there are 3 things I would have done differently if I where Lian Li;
- Made the bottom fan mounts 140mm, after measuring they look like they would have fit.
- add 2 more push pins to the Back side panel towards the middle on the top and bottom, because of the USB 3 cables even after putting zip ties on within a millimeter of there lives they still push out the side panel a little bit.
- they want you to cable manage in the top and back areas, now assuming you have cables long enough (most if not all SFX PSUs have short cables) the hole to pass cables from the top area to the back area in very small.... it need to be at least one inch wider for 24pin, 8pin EPS, 2x 8pin PCI-e, and SATA power, not to mention other cables like fan and RGB...
Good little PSU, love that its Platinum Certified, with that said there is not much you can say about a PSU... I like that it comes with individually sleeved cables, they look very nice in my Lian Li TU150, but with that said there has been one problem that I have had, the SATA power cables are super short.... like the first connector is only 100mm away from the PSU.... worthless in 90% of builds for a drive, but also there is only 120mm of spacing in between each connector.... so if your SATA drives are on the other side of the system from the PSU (can easily be a thing in ITX systems) you HAVE to get like a cable mod 6pin PCI-e cable extention...
Love the fans, there nice and quiet with the magnetic levitation, the ARGB is nice as well, though I do have one grump with the LEDs, there mounted to the central hub, and then placed under, not behind the fan housing, so if you have them mounted in the bottom of a case you will have a VERY bright LED shining in your eye....
Im VERY picky when it comes to keyboards, though mostly because I like the low travel of things like Laptop keyboards, ive never really liked mechanical keyboards because of there like 5-6mm total travel vs that of the standard laptop at 2mm travel, so when I tried this with its 3mm of total travel I gave it a shot, I can still tell the difference between this and a laptop keyboard but its close enough, its the first mechanical keyboard I have ever liked, and with the power of iCue when it comes to lighting and custom keysets PER GAME this it bar none the best keyboard for me.
I like this mouse, I came from a Logitech G903, and I loved that mouse to death, but after the effy software and the 4th RMA for the left and right click switches I decided enough was enough, with the rest of my build and peripherals being from corsair I gave them a shot, and I do like this mouse, but I have always been an Ambidextrous mouse kinda guy so that's why the 4 stars, but other that that and me missing the wireless charging this mouse smashes the G903
As a note to corsair, if you make an Ambidextrous, slipstream wireless, gaming mouse with lots of programable buttons like the ironclaw I would totally buy it, and I would love it even more if you had something like Logitech's power play mat, (with iCue lighting)