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Gaming build primarily.

1 issue with the ram being too fast for the motherboard, had to use them in single channel mode to get the full 16 gigabytes and enable XMP in the BIOS under memory to allow it to use the full 2400 MHZ speed as they would only run at 2133mhz.

Motherboard doesn't allow for SLI configs, only crossfire, but this was never meant to be an SLI build, allows for overclocking of RAM and CPU. only came with 2 Sata cables.

Everything fits great in the case. red lighting is cool but very dim and only lights up the front of the case slightly (added my own RGB strip i had laying around controlled by a raspberry pi zero for extra lighting).

CPU Cooler was a nightmare to install! most terrifying part of the build because of how much pressure you need to actually get the arms to line up to the openings, fits fine in the case allows easy access to the ram slots, but a little tight from above for running fans to the fan header. Enough space to allow the PCI network card and the GPU to be connected. GPU blocks second PCI slot, so no room for a sound card expansion (maybe).

Case allowed for some great and neat cable management, although doesn't have a PSU cover, so wires at the bottom still show, but isnt much of an eyesore when seen through the window on the side. I don't think it'll allow room for a pump/reservoir setup without removing the drive bays. Has a dual fan radiator mounting on the top though for all in one CPU cooling.

Disks work as advertised. added a 1tb laptop HDD i had around in the second SSD bay, had to buy an extra SATA cable for that. 2 of the SATA headers are difficult to access as they are under the GPU, the other 4 can be accessed fine without the need to remove the GPU.

temps are based on winter temps so summer i expect them to get higher, but from what i've seen the temps only ever get that high when im stressing the CPU with prime95 (temps monitored with HWmonitor and CoreTemp) or gpu with heaven benchmark. running games in general keep the temps around 5-8C lower than that.

PSU is great, works as needed, and the modularity allowed for some much needed room for cable management.

GPU is amazing, love it and what it is capable of, handles anything i can throw at it. The gigabyte software isnt that great, kept crashing, a few updates from them fixed that, but still doesnt run very well, but allows for overclocking/lighting control etc. using MSI afterburner for actual overclocking.

things to upgrade: Keyboard (very soon to a redswitch mechanical keyboard) Monitor to 1440p 60hz, im happy with 60, but if i can get a good deal on 144 i wont pass it up.

overall a great build :) does everything i want it to do and more! enjoying titles like Rise of the Tomb raider on maximum settings (including anti-aliasing) with no frame stutters .

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

We want more pictures! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i'll try and see if i can get better pictures :) my desk is a mess though :P

edit: Added 2 more photos :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the light inside the case. May I ask what you used? It's not just the GPU right?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a basic LED strip/roll :)! got it from ebay for $10 when i was tinkering around with the raspberry pi i owned, it comes with a remote to change colors if you like. it's currently powered by an external adaptor, but it turns on and off with the pc because of the RPi shutting on and off

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you updated the BIOS? #1 issues for memory problems are old BIOSes. New ones typically fix everything.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the BIOS is the latest one i could find on the gigabyte website, that was my first go to solution but no luck unfortunately