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StriX99

by PTjutsu

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Date Published

July 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

Description

I started building this rig back in summer 2016. Coming from an i7 920 / GTX 660 Ti, I really wanted to wait for (Ry)Zen, because I remember the golden age of Athlon XP. But after anouncing the Polaris lineup, I was a bit disappointed, that there weren't any real new high end AMD GPU's and nobody knew when Ry(Zen) and Vega will be released. I resisted so long to get new parts but I really needed something new for playing games like 'The Witcher 3' on 1440p and higher or to try this new 'VR-Hype'. So I gave Intel's enthusiast platform X99 a chance and built this rig over the last half of a year..

Some pictures and comments refer to older / other parts.

check:

instagram.com/sirtechalot

Part Reviews

CPU

Very pricey but 40 PCIe lanes (to fully utilize my SLI config), good overall performance and oc ability.

CPU Cooler

Pricey but super sweet looking, highly customizable unit and it is operating quiet. I don't like all the non-sleeved cables running to the cpu block, the non-copper radiator and the crazy cam software (which is running a bit better now).

Motherboard

For me the best 'bang for the buck' X99 'cringy rgb overkill' board on the market. I like the bios, its overall build quality and the customizable leds. I don't like the slow Aura software and the fact that many people have RMA'd it. I hope mine will last forever.

Memory

Middle '16 RAM was so cheap compared to nowadays but real RGB RAM (like trident z rgb, geil evo x) was not available, so I have chosen kits with neutral white led's to fit any color sheme. I bought 4 dual channel kits on a quad channel board, using XMP settings without issues. High quality looking and nothing to complain about.

Storage

Super fast, super hot. I bought an alphacool passive cooler to get down the temps a little, to prevent throttling and to get rid of the upside down sticker.

Storage

Very fast 3D NAND + TLC storage with 5 years of warranty for a reasonable price.

Storage

Got this for cheap and it has a very good price / performance ratio. I wanted to get rid of HDD's but to install all my games. So this one is ideal.

Video Card

Super fast, very good and high quality looking, good and quiet cooling ability, customizable leds. I really like my gpus for staying cool even in an oc'd SLI configuration. Under load they are noticable but not annoying. Maybe I will never go on a custom loop..

Case

In my eyes, one of the highest quality, best looking cases on the market. It is very easy to build a super clean looking rig with this case. Good cable management capability and for the components there is much space to breath. Unfortunately it is not possible to remove the PSU-shroud (for swapping cables on the psu for example). The sliding 'fan/rad-mounting-grid' in the top is not the best solution for (thicker/sandwiched) radiators. There are several Tutorials how to use this limited space better. With one front mounted radiator not a problem at all. To bring down the temps a little more, I swapped the factory front with a custom front from mnpctech. The original almost closed front is not ideal but 'enough' for airflow.

Power Supply

Silent operating and reliable PSU. When I started this build I was not thinking about a SLI setup and got this for a single gpu configuration. After getting my 2nd 1080 for 'cheap' I tried it and it works perfectly. Even if I OC the S%&!T out of my components the 750 Watts are enough.

Case Fan

I really got nine of these fans in my rig and I really like its quality appeal, bright led's and they are running quiet. I wish they were software controllable, daisy chainable and supporting more modes / colors. I am using two controllers in a group of 3 and 6 fans to run them in different settings. I prefer them over TT rings or NZXT Aer for the looks. Noone knows when Inwins Aurora's will come around the corner.

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Xpert_Kid_One 4 points 24 months ago

Omg...finnaly I've been looking for this build for about an hour and a half. I was goofing off in my class on PCP, and I saw this build and fell in love with it. It's gorgeous.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

thx mate =)

dax_olesa 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

maaaaaaate what even am i seeing here is this pc partpicker or pornhub :') people with builds like you really put the "glorious" in the pc mater race fantastic job this better get featured

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

:D thank you

trevvorlever12 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Very clean build. Great choice in Motherboard, i love mine. I hope to get my hands on an ROG 1080 soon.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

thx =)

cowgilljay 2 points 27 months ago

THE BUILDS SO FABULOUS!!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ What LEDs did you use to light up the room?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you! =)

It is a combination of Philips Hue Lamps (+3sided Philips 4K TV Ambilight) and a lightstrip from the Motherboards' Aura-Header.

cowgilljay 1 point 27 months ago

THNX

stevengon116 2 points 22 months ago

Could you link that first background with the pink and soldiers?

mimo.emmo 2 points 22 months ago

dope

KarmAngel 2 points 21 months ago

I'm speechless... It's simply beautiful but my heart breaks a little when i see the prices

+1 You deserve it

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Thank you:)

KarmAngel 2 points 21 months ago

Just a question and i will leave you in peace... does the PT on your name, stands for something related with Portugal? :P

Sorry, i just like to find people from the same nationality as me, on pc communities or gaming communities

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Haha, np.. ^ I am sorry, my first name is Peter and PT is just an abbreviation for it.

KarmAngel 2 points 21 months ago

Hahahaha :D Anyway, excellent build and stay awesome ^_^

GamingMaster900 2 points 16 months ago

I Love Your Build Yo!! :D =) XP

xucolite 2 points 1 month ago

+1 LES GO OVERWATCH GANG :)

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

How are you liking that motherboard? Thinking of getting that next year when I move to the X99 platform.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I haven't tested the mobo's oc capabilities for now. But I like it's bios, style and rgb features. For now the system runs super stable. The long post - booting time (~30 sec to windows, x99 problem?) is a bit annoying (especially with m.2 ssd), I tried some tweaks but that did not really help. Maybe it's an issue because of 64gb of ram@3000 MHz. But all in all I really like that rig.

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Hm didn't know about that issue. Thanks for the info!

trevvorlever12 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

My board seems to do that ranging from 20 to 30 seconds just to POST. I currently only have 16gb at 2400 MHz and an Intel 530 series SSD. I think it might just be part of the POST, most users seem to have this issue no matter the set up after doing some reading. I'm just glad the board runs stable no matter what I throw at it.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Good to know, thx. It's not that annoying for me.. I am just very happy with it, too. I have a stable and silent oc @ 4.2 and the gpu @ 2050.. So nothing really to complain about. =)

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I opted some things in the Bios and now it's booting in 20 secs. Not perfect, but okay for me. :>

NitroOG 1 point 28 months ago

What monitor do you have PTjutsu?

NitroOG 1 point 28 months ago

Nice pictures also.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

thx =)

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

LG 24gm77

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Changed the monitor to Asus PG348Q in 01/17

pucci 1 point 28 months ago

what desk?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

Ikea diy, alex, linnmon and so on. I will post pictures of the whole setup later.

Dolomats 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I want the name of this small Monitors please

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Lg 24gm77b

Dolomats 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It's not an IPS panel and dont have G-sync either

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

When I bought it 2 years ago, gsync and ips 144hz weren't available. I don't care. With the gtx 1080 I would not profit from gsync because every game has stable 144fps in fhd :D

Dolomats 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

hmmm good info becoz i m planing buy a monitor and i have a GTX 1080 so G-Sync wont be usefull ?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It is usefull if you have a game with sort of low framerates or framedrops. In 1440p, for example, you won't be able to hit constant 144fps with a gtx1080 in ultra (like witcher 3) details. There you profit from gsync, because it syncs the framerate to your displays' refreshrate (and produces smoother gameplay). The lower the framerate (-drops), the higher the advantage of gsync.

reiddeason 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I am wanting the same case and I was wondering is it easy to install the 280mm rad in the front instead of the top. I don't want to have to let some of the rad go in the bottom chamber. The pics are kinda dark where the rad is showing so I was wondering if the rad goes into the bottom chamber?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

If you check out pic 3, u maybe see that I screwed the radiator chamber cover under the gap and not on top of it. I added some black iso tape to cover the slits. So, I created a sort of custom cover for a 280 rad. But it is much easier to install a 240mm radiator there. I ordered the kraken to pIace the rad to the top, but I did not like the style and so I had to improvise. It was no option for me to send the kraken back and ordering a 240 corsair for example.

reiddeason 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Thanks for the reply. Would I be able to do a push pull with a 280mm rad?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I had push/pull in the front, it definitely worked. But it was alot louder, because I don't have any super silent fans. Now the cpu gets like 4 °C hotter, but stays silent. I recommend a 240mm push configuration in the front. If u want to tweak around a bit for aesthetics, u can go with 280mm.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I think I had some problems with the drill holes for the kraken 280mm rad in the front. But I can't remember.. It is working fine now.

Pirogeth 1 point 27 months ago

I'm trying to do a very similar setup with the Kraken X61 and was hoping you could clarify. Were you were able to keep the 2 HDD mounts in the bottom chamber even with the 280mm rad from the kraken?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Changed to Kraken x52 in 01/17

matttraverso 1 point 22 months ago

How is the fit with the first stick of ram? I have heard some people say it over hangs the first slot, other say it pushes on the stick and others say it is completely fine.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

hey, can't see any difference between the first stick of ram and the others.

matttraverso 1 point 22 months ago

Great, thank you

FlashedMango 1 point 27 months ago

Nice Build M8! I was wondering if there is enough room to fit 2 strix 1080s in sli

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Definitely without the sound card. But I think, it will fit with soundcard too. 2 of these massive Zotac Amp Extreme are maybe a problem..^

jerodriguez89 1 point 27 months ago

is that a good Motherboard cuz I saw a lot of bad reviews on amazon and Newegg about this Motherboard

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I think it is okay, I can only complain about the booting time of 30 secs to windows (maybe general x99 issue) and it often takes some time to establish an internet connection via lan cable (maybe I need to check some windows network options/ -services). At this time I would not buy it, because of the high RMA rate. If you find a working one, it is a fine mobo :D.

jerodriguez89 1 point 26 months ago

I haven't found a good mobo :'(

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Now, I installed my nvme drive correctly and tested another ethernet cable ( :D ) and most of my issues gone away. Booting with ram training ~18 seconds and no connection problems on startup.

jerodriguez89 1 point 26 months ago

so you recommend that mobo or this one MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

At the moment I would recommend the ASUS X99-Deluxe II. The MSI is also a nice board but very expensive..

MarcusDutt 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

What's the length of the custom tubing and how did you do the custom logo positions on the stickers? Great build though its beautiful :D

MarcusDutt 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

And is it good to have the 6 fans on the CPU cooler?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

It is a 240mm rad, so there is a maximum of 4 fans. With only 2 fans attached I get 5-10 °C hotter temps. It is not essential, but nice to have if you have the space for it. ^

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you :)

It is the standard length of the ekwb predator 240 set: 400mm

I wrapped the components with carbon style vinyl. The stickers came with a special layer paper and were very easy to attach to the vinyl.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

changed to nzxt x52 in 01/17

MarcusDutt 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Are the stickers on top of the SSD and the PSU metal stickers?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I think so.. or really metallic looking plastic

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

How's your mobo performing? My Strix X99 killed my CPU... And it doesn't seem like an uncommon problem.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Oh :( sorry to hear that. Mine is performing well and running stable. I am on bios Beta Version 0903 and testing BIOS 1003 soon.

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I'm glad to hear it man. I hope it stays that way :)

Xpert_Kid_One 1 point 24 months ago

How long does it your motherboard to post when you boot up daily Did you over clock this build Whats your idle and load temperatures for CPU and GPU

Thank you for your feedback

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Hey, OC'ed to 4.2.. For higher OC's I would definitely go with a custom loop (or the h100i will sound like a jet engine). With this OC and a custom silent fan curve, I have idle temps (CPU) around 30-35°C and the gpu@2GHz idles around 35°C. Maximum temps at full load are under 50°C (cpu) and under 70°C (gpu)..

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I am not at home right now and cant check, but taskmanager says like 20 seconds.

Xpert_Kid_One 1 point 24 months ago

okay thanks !!! :)

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

changed to nzxt x52 in 01/17

AeliosZero 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Shame you didnt get the NZXT x62 that they released recently. It looks super nice and would look so awesome in this build! love the build Btw :)

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Changed to x52 recently :D

Dehriz 1 point 22 months ago

Which setup is your current one, the ultrawide setup, the setup with two monitors, or are you using both.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

There are two setups with one tv in the center. I am using an ultrawide now, instead of the 24" LG.

Dehriz 2 points 22 months ago

Thank you so much for your response!

Your setup looks BAWS! :D

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

No problem, thank you :D

Dehriz 1 point 22 months ago

Also (final question, sorry for wasting your time), what is the name of the thing used to raise the headphone hanger and other decor on the back of your desk. Thank you!

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

It is a shelf with some Ikea Capita feet and a Philips Hue strip attached to the back.

Dehriz 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks!

PaulMP 1 point 22 months ago

Very nice build! I was thinking about covering the PSU with carbon vinyl, and now that I saw your PC, I want to do it :D. Where did you get the chrome letters? Those look awesome.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Hey, thank you =)

I got them from modsticker.com

seanbarkley 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

My God, what an impressive build dude, really love it!

Have the same case and the looks of your RAM and front panel make it look just impressive.

One question: How is the fit of the X52 with the RAM sticks, because it doesn't fit well with my Corsair Dominator.

Congratulations for your stunning rig!

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Hey, thanks for your feedback. I can only return the compliment to you and your gorgeous build =).

Maybe Asus X99 has a bit more space around the cpu socket. No issues at all. I think even dominator Ram would be no problem on my board.

seanbarkley 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you for the tip man, didn't know the distance was different!:P

That's maybe the only thing I don't like about the X52...

seanbarkley 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

One last question man: were those Corsair HD 120s on top easy to screw to the top grid? I had a nightmare attaching my 2 AF120!

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

the stock screws of the hd's have a tight fit, but no problem at all. maybe the af's come with even thicker screws, so the collide with the sliding grid? ^ the only thing I don't get is how to mount the bottom fan(3rd) in the front (radiator sandwich) without disassembling the whole case. I used 3M tape for it :D. I think Phanteks does not have the best, most versatile fan mounting solutions..

seanbarkley 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Maybe I'll copy you those HDs then :)

I don't understand what happens with the bottom fan either, it's as if they forgot about the lower screws lol. I decided to leave just a couple of EK Vardar for intake in the push/pull.

new_kojak 1 point 22 months ago

How loud is the system at full load?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

with oc not as loud as a standard ps4 :D

bbyybda 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

really nice build. I have basically the same build expect that I have thermaltake riings fans placed instead.

Also, I really like your desktop wallpaper with that girl in pink. I would really appreciate if you can send that wallpaper to: bbyybda@hotmail.com

Thanks

bbyybda 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks a lot! :)

jakesno 1 point 21 months ago

Wow! Published 8 months ago and your rig is still raging with comments. It really is special, great effort!

Question: Just to be clear, you didn't have a problem swapping out the NZXT Rad fans with the HD RGB Corsair 120's?

And how many Corsair fan controllers are you actually using?

I may go with the 120 RGB non-HD. I just spoke with the marketing guy at In Win California and he said the Aurora fans should drop this month but definitely by March. I imagine those should also fit in the Kraken Rad...?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thank you!

No problem at all to attach them to the kraken and the inwins shouldn't be either. All in all I got 9 corsair 120hd's controlled by two hubs in groups of six (inside) and three (front-intake). I placed the remotes directly between front cover and dustfilter to have quick access to it. I would definitely check out the auroras for being daisychainable and software controllable. But I really like the overall look (brightess, color saturation) of my hd's and I am OK with far less color options.

PhuchopH 1 point 21 months ago

Beautiful build! Absolute perfection.

How much of a difference does the front panel make when it comes to CPU temps? Thanks.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks! =)

My oc'd aircooled 1080's (2000 MHz) went from 83°under load to around 75°C with a more silent fan profile.

Goop56 1 point 21 months ago

whats your thoughts on the Philips fidelio?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

in combination with a decent soundcard/amp the x2's are doing very well. they sound very detailed, have a bit more bass than typical studio headphones and are less exhausting to hear with. I think they are a good choice for gaming and other multimedia stuff. If you want a more neutral, analytical studio sound they are maybe not the way to go with.

Goop56 1 point 21 months ago

are they good for long sessions?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Yes, very comfortable. But you have to be a fan of microfibre ear pads.

badjazy 1 point 20 months ago

Will you be upgrading to 1080 ti?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

yep 1080ti sli, waiting for delivery ^

badjazy 1 point 20 months ago

They are going to be incredible on that Asus Rog. Looking forward to the update if you decide to post more images!

KinGSuzTaiN 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build ! Quick question, I'm building a new pc and got the same setup of the x62 and the same 6 fans your using ! How did you connect and wire all the fans? Thanks in advance !

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Hey, thank you! =) It is a kraken x52(!) with four 120mm Corsair HD120's attached to the rad. The Kraken comes with a fan splitter for four fans. the x62 only supports 140mm fans.

Caminon 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

LUMINESCENT AS BALLS

Kiaeneto 1 point 19 months ago

Why the x52 and not the x62?

Also with the x52 you have three fans on the front then then the x52 with another two fans?

With the x62 can you mount two fans on the front then the x62 with another two fans?

Kiaeneto 1 point 19 months ago

I want to mount one of them to the front of the case. which one would be better?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

If you want to mod or remove the bottom chamber cover you can attach a 280mm (x62) rad there easily and it's slightly more 'powerful'.

Kiaeneto 1 point 19 months ago

how more more 'powerful' we talking? also do you have a picture of what it would look like if the bottom chamber cover was removed or know where I could see that?

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

The main benefit of a 280mm rad is that you can run the fans on lower rpm's to have lower noise, but you may check some comparisons and see that there isn't that much of a difference. Here you can see when the cover is removed: https://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2015/09/09101943836l.jpg

I think they are using a 240mm rad, so it is only for illustration.

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I wanted to use the corsair hd 120's and to have the rad in the front. a 280mm rad would go through the bottom chamber and I don't like the look of the removed cover. 120mm fans/rads make the build a bit more versatile. You may check my newest build what I have done there, only using 240mm/120mm rads: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/t3tgXL

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SwiftCookie 1 point 18 months ago

Hey mate!

Is this build still up and running? Ughhhh It looks soooo amazing! I'm doing a new build soon and I plan on using the same gpu and mobo but I've read a lot of terrible reviews on them. Anyways I was hoping to get some insight into how you've gone with them.

T.I.A :)

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Hey, thank you=). I sold mainboard and gpu's. The motherboard had some minor bugs but the gpu's were flawless. you may wait for june and check out intels skylake-x or amd's rumored new enthusiast platform.

SwiftCookie 2 points 18 months ago

Cheers for the reply :)

Hmm yeah that might be a good idea aye! I won't be able to afford such a build with all the latest tech but it will drive down the price of my current build list. I want to build a PC now but I may regret it if I do hahaha :P

SwiftCookie 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah I switched out the Strix board for the MSI pro carbon, read too many bad reviews about it :(

TheCy-FiJuggernaut 1 point 15 months ago

That last image is gold!

JustNull 1 point 14 months ago

I'm curious, how did you get the LEDs in the front? Did you just stick them there, or did you cut the case, or something else? I ask, mainly because it looks extremely clean, and I may or may not want to steal it for my own build... great clean build btw, got put here by your newer build. +1

PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

hey, I routed one lightingstrip connector cable through the ventilation holes of the top cover and stick two lighting stripes directly on the dust filter. no modding needed ^

JustNull 1 point 14 months ago

:p

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PTjutsu submitter 10 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Hi, thank you! =)

The memory has a pulsating effect. If the ram gets hotter, it's pulsating faster. Most of the time they are fully lighted. The modules are available with red, blue, white led and a black or white body. They were not that easy to get here in germany. Maybe because the dimms are from 2015 and not that popular.

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