This has been a build I've been planning since early last year after I found this wonderful site and have been working on it since the 21st of December, and I'm just glad I finally have everything together and stable..... After going through the ASRocker Fatal1ty 970 Performance mobo and the NZXT Grid+ V2 and ending up $110 out I can safely say that even after spending three and half months and over 2 grand I would still have gone ahead and purchased everything I have baring the "mistakes" (though as you may see, if I could choose/find a better case I would have)
With that said a few things of note before I wrap this bad boy up, pending later addition and upgrades down the road
As I said I had initially purchased the Asrocker mobo as a means of using an m.2 drive for windows, for obvious reasons that did not pan out, but I digress, so instead of driving 2 and a half hour's to the only Micro Center in my state to return the M.2 drive (I got the mobo on clearance for 50 bucks so there's no returning that) I just got a syba enclosure and called it a day.
the Seagate drive IS up in the 5.25 bay, I have it slightly titled and held there by the sata splitter which just barely wraps around the 2.5 bay up and then two screws on either side into the brackets which are screwed to the drive itself. With this setup I was able able to get the full economy out of the 1 sata power splitter that my PSU came with. If I ever need to get another hybrid drive I will more than likely shift all the connections up one from the syba enclosure (second 2.5 bay). Granted if I'm really dying on storage I plan on using the ableconn pcie m.2 expansion card I initially and accidentally bought with a Samsung 950 Pro in the future when I have money again.
As far as the cable management goes behind the mobo tray, I have the fan controller sitting perfectly in the bay in such a way that the display does not flex and as a result I hooked up all the extension cables minus the thermal probes so I don't have to mess around with taking it out (the thermal probes are simple to get to from behind there because they are on the main panel side and are all on the far right) beyond that, there is very little reason to go back there unless I'm adding or moving things inside the case around so its of lesser concern if its slightly more difficult to get the panel back on as a result.
With that out of the way I wish to point out, that to a point, I don't care terribly much about benchmarking every little thing. What I mostly care about is to be able to run the games I play as pretty and smooth as I can without my frames dipping below 60 or killing my machine in the process. Though for those who care I also posted the crystal disk benchmark results for those who are interested in how my two EVO's stack up against one another at the end of the gallery.
That said I am more then likely ganna come back and put down another 300 dollars on a custom loop from EK so I can bring the CPU up to its full stock "overclock" vs the 4500 MHz I have it at now, I also posted my BIOS settings at the end of the gallery for dealing with the 9590 and the 2133 MHz ram since its imperative that the CPU gets treated like its overclocked (because it technically is) as well as making sure you set the dram timings to the your ram manufacture's specifications.
If anyone found this testimonial helpful in anyway or have comments and/or critics concerning my build please feel free to post them in the comments below. This is an ever evolving build and will more thank likely double in part count before the year is out so I appreciate any sort of feedback I get.
This Sucker's incredible, and even with slightly underclocking it; The Performance completely out weighs the fuss (I feel anyways) with setting up the bios just right to keep the system stable
For being a 2 year old mobo, its stood the test of time, process and handling, and random enthusiast like myself who put bigger things in it then it was initially intended to take and it took it all like the beast this thing is.
Complements my CPU rather nicely when its all configured and running at its intended spec levels.
Its a great case for what it is; even if its annoyingly tight or silly in some cases. (the 2.5 bay is held up and straightened by the 3.5 case requiring some extra fiddling to make the 2.5 sit nice, snug, and not flopping about useless off of the 5.25 bay). That said there are plenty of people who modifier there case to much more extreme levels compared to myself and while it may never suit those type of peoples needs this thing still has plenty of room for random things to be glued to the sides and then dragged through the back and yada which is about the largest extent I foresee myself going with this thing for the foreseeable future
a beast is a beast, and this one helps tame another beast so it stays cool. In all seriousness, without this fan my CPU would still be reaching temps of 56 degree's Celsius
For Delivering 36 watts per channel and not buckling underneath the wait of my delta fan this thing earns its gold stars.
that said I wish the construction on it was a bit more sturdy so that the display doesn't flex so easily, it would also benefit from an extended "bracket" for putting it into your 5.25 bay. The screws are annoying to screw into my case due to the fact that they hide behind the lip of where it opens up behind the panel. All in all though its a good piece even with its few quirks