The machine as it stands is primarily used for gaming, streaming, editing. Currently there is not a monitor that really suits my preferences based on reviews so I'm still using a 16:10 dell ips panel at 60hz (gross I know) for gaming.
I was inspired to build this pc after buying an msi 980ti for my previous system which was an intel i7 870 and realized it had reached the end of it's life cycle as far as upgradability goes.
I've started a build thread on overclock.net and have documented some issues I've had with putting together such a high end system which should also let you know what kind of challenges you could potentially deal with building a similar system.
You really cannot argue that if you're going to drop the coin for this, it's going to be worth every dollar you spend on it. I think I still could've accomplished the same overclocks and system setup with a 5930k at the end of the day. But yolo. It's been a dream overclocking this to a very conservative 4.2Ghz stable with no hassle at all. Even with an AIO watercooling solution the processor barely hovers at 40c under load and rarely even gets close to 70c being stressed. This thing is a tank!
If you're not going to go full ****** with a custom loop watercooling system this is going to be the best bang for the buck. Given all of the issues I had with the motherboard assigning pci lanes, I could only imagine the heartbreak I would've dealt with building a custom loop system and constantly having to tear it down to re-slot the cards.
The air cooling is sufficient enough on that front and the h80 I have on my other i7 has ran like a dream for the last few years with 0 issues. So I know I am investing in a quality product.
I'll get it right out of the way right now, until further notice this motherboard gets 3 stars. Buying a 40 lane processor and assuming you'll just get to go on your merry way plugging items into the motherboard and having those 40 lanes properly assigned. You'll be in for an expensively bad time.
I literally could've purchased a 5820k and achieved a similar speed setup. Also the motherboard depending on PCi device configuration can take a really long time to post because it's trying to figure out how to assign lanes to devices.
For the price point of this motherboard and all of the features it advertises, it falls seriously short in bios update support and pci lane assignments. I've extensively troubleshot this device to finally get it up and operational. I would think something so expensive and feature rich wouldn't need as much babying.
My main gripes aside the network features of the motherboard are great, the msi live update tool is cool minus it installing google toolbar and norton security without me catching it.
heads up, do not install the killer network suite and head over to the msi support forums and follow the instructions on how to install your network drivers for the motherboard. I'll save you a few hours of your life.
Otherwise the wireless is awesome I managed to game and stream rainbow 6 siege at 720p on a horrible internet connection while maintaining a 60ping throughout the session . Even my ethernet will bog me up to 70-80 compared to how efficient it ran on wi-fi, so color me impressed.
The onboard leds are cool but they can only be controlled if the msi gaming app is running at start up of windows, otherwise the board will default to a solid red color scheme. At this time the msi gaming app does not start itself minimized in the system tray. It will always pop up in the lower right hand corner of the monitor. It's fairly annoying and hopefully the next update for it allows it to start minimized.
Excellent, the timings are fairly close, nothing mainly ridiculous about this set. XMP'd overclock as advertised, approved for use with the motherboard. I'd definitely set your sights on this set of memory for your build. I wish there was an option to pick what color the heat sinks would've been.
This thing is awesome. It reads and writes slightly faster than the intel 750d, although the 750 handles 300mb/s more on the 4k r/w's. The random access speed, everything about this is amazingly stupid.
It's overkill for an OS drive, but some apps will be running off of it, I was more attracted to form factor than performance. I currently have no additional power or sata cables in my machine handling data.
This was a pricey piece of hardware, it will mostly be used for video game installs and photoshop/premiere work.
Pretty much all of the MF 980ti's have their own spin on them. I actually bought this card before I bought my motherboard. I've had 0 problems with MSi equipment from a failure standpoint and I've always liked the design of the twin frozr cooling system as opposed to other brands. So this was a no brainer for me, card performs great at the clocks it's supplied at although the golden edition has a slightly higher clock locked in, I don't think it's worth the extra 5fps I may get stressing these cards to those clocks.
very simple case, I really like the removable fan grill on the front for easy cleaning and the magnetic filter for the top fans and the bottom of the case as well. The really open area's are the back of the case where the i/o is. Nice finish, overall very spacious for a small package.
I honestly don't see the point in spending extra money on the AX1200i when the HX1200i does the same exact thing minus the modification of digital rail power output vs analog. In a consumer build like mine and not a power hungry server this will get'r done.
Windows 10 isn't without it's faults, the constant issues with windows explorer needing to be randomly restarted. all the time has been a real pain, other than that it's run very stable.