Case mod for huge GPU: To make this MSI Gaming X GTX 1080 fit, I had to cut out a piece of the case and also the top cover-- Without that mod, the GPU cables were near impossible to connect, and also, the top lid would not close completely because the cables were protruding out too much. I used a dremel to shave off some of the plastic.
The H7 fits!: Thermaltake states the maximum cooler height allowance is 140mm. The Cryorig cooler is 145mm but still fits with no clearance issues-- Anything over ~148mm will touch/push against the case window.
The RAM works!: ASRock does not list this RAM in their compatibility list, but after a phone call to G.Skill, they have confirmed that it should work after loading the XMP profile. I have it overclocked @ 3200mhz and it seems to be running just fine.
Delidding the 8600K: I have delidded this CPU with a $15 tool from ebay and a vice clamp. You can use the Kaby Lake delid tool for this CPU as they have the same heat spreader design. I did not do any temp tests before delidding so I have no baseline, but I can tell you that my 7700K was never this cool. This 8600K idles at 25C. A quick Cinebench test brings a max of 55C @ 4.8GHz @ 1.25V.
Overclocking on the Asrock Z370M-ITX/AC: The Asrock Z370M-ITX/AC uses a different UEFI/BIOS than the other Asrock ITX mobos-- This one has no option for overclocking "All Core", and so you must use the "Per Core" option or use the Asrock Tuning software to overclock. I was able to push this CPU to around 5ghz with temps that never pass 60c.
Fans on this Mobo in this Case There are only fan connectors on this mobo, but there room for 3 fans in this case (one intake and two exhuasts), which means, if I use a splitter for the two exhaust fans, they will not get PMW. They must be set at "Standard Mode" in bios in order to spin. But again, they will not have PWM abilities.
When compared to the 7700K, this CPU is pretty amazing-- mostly in thermals, and has huge overclocking headroom! Also, this CPU scored slightly faster in Cinebench when compared to the 7700K. And it's cheaper.
They say its the best value cooler to buy.. Pretty big though. Easy to install.
I was told this is some of the best, and cheapest, thermal paste to get.
Essential for delidding CPU's.
ASRock's low-tier ITX mobo-- Doesnt have HDMI 1.4, and if you dont have a GPU, the max resolution and framerate this mobo will run is 4K @ 30fps. Has WiFi and Bluetooth though, which is nice. UEFI lacks a few features-- One being the ability to overclock on "All Core" mode. Overclocking is possible but dont expect to hit the highest potential of your CPU. Not a very visually pleasing mobo either. Does the job though.
1.25V @ 2133mhz but it is advertised as 1.35V @ 3000mhz. (because those are its overclock specs)
Beware that this is a not a 7200RPM HDD but is just fine as a storage drive. Nice price.
Huge and heavy and has pretty lights.
Great value ITX case. $5 more for the "snow" white one.
Paid $65. Gold+ rated and fully modular. This is what you want...or a 600w if you want to be extra safe.
worst crap ever.
great for the price.
None of the presets do any justice. Even after visiting http://www.tftcentral.co.uk to see the best settings, I found that this monitor has a blurryness to it. "Vivid Pixel" setting looks blurry at 25, but at 50, it looks too grainy. I wish you could set it to 30-35 but that is not possible. If you are in the market for a 1440p144hz monitor, the other option is the Dell SG2716DG which is a TN panel with awful motion blur, but the picture quality is good (even foir a TN panel) and is not blurry like this ASUS. Motion blur versus blurryness-- Your choice.
Possibly the best buy in this whole list. Built like a tank. Cherry MX switches. Replaceable key caps. Seriously heavy and built like a tank.
Good sensor. Great for hardcore FPS gaming because its small and lightweight. I gave it 4 stars because it doesnt come with spare feet, and it NEEDS A THUMB GRIP. I have to use a knife to cut into the plastic to make for a grip.