so I figured with the launch of a new platform it was time to upgrade my computer of yesteryear.the old system was built when the am3+ platform was launched, moving from a fx 8350 with an original pair of hd6850's in crossfire about a year ago I upgraded to to a r9 290. it was alright and it certainly handed some of the older games I played. but some of the newer stuff just wasn't cutting it anymore. between that I started moving all of my movies and shows from discs and converting them to watch and stream throughout the house was hoping the updated processor will show an advantage in handbrake taking my iso files and converting them to mp4. some would say on my 1080p 144hz monitor a gtx 1080 is overkill, but I am building this and stuck with it for the next 5ish years or so so I wanted to make sure it lasted. as far as overkill that's why I didn't buy the 1080TI as im pretty sure it would be lost on my system
one of my huge annoyances with my old build was the noise so moving from 120mm fans on my old system to 140mm fans at a lower setting I will be water cooling this within the next few months. I have the block for my video card already just waiting for the funds to get the rest of the parts. I will be doing soft tubing and then in a year or so if I still feel like it/ think its worth it moving to hard line tubing.
as far as the actual build. I tried more than I have with any other system to do a good job of cable managing. my big annoyance with this is the psu with its mustard and ketchup cables. its quite old and not modular but its still running like a champ so I couldn't justify buying a new one. I was also using a beta version of the bios for my board and couldn't get the sound recognized until I flashed it back to a stable version. atm I cant get my ram running past 2166 but im sure in a few weeks to a month a better bios will be out to at least get it up around 3000. im hearing the memory controller is pretty weak on these and it might not be able to push everything for quite as high as its rated. but if i get the 3200 kit running at 3000 eventually ill be ok with it.
update 1 added some more photos and got in my 140 mm orange exhaust fan. ATM my ram is sitting at 2666 BTW for anyone who is interested.
lets add some cons. this case the core v51. never in all my builds have i ever seen the backside of a case offer so little in the cable management dept. it is terrible back there. i think there was all of 2 tie down points. and I didn't realize when I bought it. that the back area where the HDD's are racked was visible from the front of the case so you have to be very very careful about cable placement there.
as far as the PSU shroud. while it looks fantastic from the side. looking at the case head on as in its on the desk beside you. you can easily see up and inside. and all the cables under there can only be hidden so well. so my solution was a piece of black card stock cut to fit. it does the job well enough but is certainly not quite the fix i had in mind. will need to work on this
but yesterday i had the first box of water cooling parts arrive so that's always exciting.
update 2 So finally got the rest of the water cooling components together and installed. that was quite an experience. having never done it before but I got through it allright. with only one slight mishap of a few drops seeping from the res. it wasn't quite tight enough on the base.
so I think we are just about done here. finally settled on an OC and ram settings, set at
1700x 3.9GHZ @ 1.356V 32G of Dual Rank DDR4 @ 3066 14-14-14-34 (can boot at 3200 but isnt very stable) Best run of SuperPI 32M 8.56s cinebench 1741 Heaven 2560x1080 ultra/extreme 91.6fps 2307score I have more scores but dont have my records offhand to post them. and I know they can all be slightly imporved