So ... I decided to build this machine after several months of research on parts and what not. I wanted to wait for Kaby Lake, and I was anticipating the release of the GTX1080Ti at CES 2017, but yeah...
My goals for this system are: RGB (couldn't decide on a color scheme) OC to 5ghz ATLEAST Raid0 for the 2x Evo 850 500GB's Game in 4k @ 60hz or better (once I get a GPU of course) Custom Loop for both GPU and CPU once I get the GPU and see how the temps will act with this setup in general
I built this after having various gaming laptops (Alienware, Samsung, Asus) over the years. I loved them all but I am now a father and own a home so it was time to upgrade to a proper desktop.
I know that there are a lot of nice RGB fans on the market, but none of them are ASUS Sync compatible yet and I also felt that they would overpower the more important RGB parts like the RAM and CPU cooler. I like the RGB but I did not want it to be TOO bright as I do most of my gaming at night anyway.
As for the cooler, this is also not a Sync compatible device, but it's by far the best looking cooler in my opinion (I think the Corsair CPU blocks are a bit unattractive) so I had to compromise for now...
I also tried to get my hands on the Samsung 960 EVO 250GB but it has sold out everywhere and I did not want to wait to boot the system so I used a spare Samsung 850 EVO 250GB for OS drive until the 960 is back in stock.
I will update pics once I get a GPU, M.2 drive, and whatever else I decide to add/change in the mean time.
I will OC tomorrow and update details once I get a stable OC and stress test.
Hope you guys like the build (minus GPU of course) and feel free to comment as I check the site daily!
UPDATE 1: Added a benchmark screenshot of the Raid 0 config (2x Samsung 850 Evo 500GB) I plan to use this drive solely for games.
UPDATE 2: Added Cinebench R15 CPU results with a 4.9GHZ OC using the Asus AI Suite 5 Way Optimization to achieve the OC. I figured I would give the Auto OC a try before I start fiddling with the BIOS settings to shoot for 5ghz+. Baby steps... haha