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Just put this together last night and had a blast. This case, first off, is amazing and SO spacious. The only problem we had with it is the HDD Cages. They can only be removed by unscrewing them from the bottom of the tower, unlike the instructions say (simply pull out from the side by removing the 2 screws, which are covered by the frame and unreachable). Lastly, for the case, the 360mm radiator is just too large to fit an optical drive or fan controller anything, albeit trivial, it is slightly disappointing.

This was an upgrade from my old build and is my 3rd time building a computer on my own, I am staring to appreciate good cable management and cleanliness/open space. The only other thing I am unsure of is the right side door of the case has a weaker magnet on the edges and is held my a latch in the center. The wires in the back put just enough pressure on the case to open it up slightly but I am hoping that won't be a problem (it hasn't been thus far fingerscrossed! )

Now onto the parts. The most aggravating part was the cooler, by far. The instructions are very unclear and the install was grueling. The Screws that go into the radiator strip with a single turn and I had to remove the rubber grommet/washers on the top of the case and use the washers it came with because the screws would sink between them and into the case itself. Other than that, no real problems, other than user error (turning it on i realized something was wrong when it would loop restart and after about an hour of troubleshooting realized I had my RAM in the wrong slots on the left side, x99A no likey that) Received my last three fans today that sit atop the radiator. Installed them after 20 minutes of alignment..... And they don't work. Tried to troubleshoot and ended up with an RMA. Oh well. I will have them reinstalled with more pictures soon enough!!! All of tha tbeing said my pc stays under 38*C under stress (CPU included) buy my GPU sits about 6 degress warmer than that. (read below)

Titan X Pascal

What can I say about this monster? Absolute beast. It runs amazing on shooters and most games in general, although I feel it is lacking when it comes to more demanding games like the Total War Series. It tends to slow down and I still haven't found a sweet spot yet for performance and graphic quality. I am debating on installing MSI Afterburner to play with the GPU a bit, but from what I understand, NVidia has locked its customers out from being able to play with the GPU anyways. Time will tell. Under stress the card runs a little warmer as mentioned previously. I would like to be able to bump it up but I like my parts to be relatively colder for longevity purposes so until I can adjust the fan speeds I probably won't be overclocking the card anytime soon. The NVidia update software is actually pretty useful. I was pleasantly surprised. It even has a bar to dictate a scale of performance to graphics quality and shows you what it will disable/enable when adjusting it. You can also do it on your own without it, but for me, it is useful.

MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon ATX

This thing is beautiful. My only gripe is the amount of "software" it came with. I mean most of it was fairly useless, USB boosters (mostly for crapple products), Command Center for fan control (that was its own can of worms, searched forums for hours and just uninstalled it after a few conversations), the constant barrage of Norton Anti-Virus, etc. All in all, amazing mobo but that bloatware is extremely annoying. The MSI Live-Update, while it is useful, can be a pain as well. You can set how often it is supposed to search for updates for you but it tends to have a mind of its own.

Future Updates

Waiting on good old EVGA to come out with its GPU AIO Hybrid cooler PLEASSSEEEEE Wayyyyy down the line I may even do my own custom water cooling circuit Thinking about adding in custom sleeves for my PSU cables for an even cleaner look.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

This is pretty much my dream build right here XD. Fantastic job! +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

The "no coffee spilled on it yet" build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 9 points

you mean EVER. Literally just bought a desk cup holder and will happily sit it on the other side of the desk..... in another house.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Christmas it looks like, would be a shame to spill coffee on that

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah not x-mas, was planning on building this next year but as the title suggests I kinda lost my last pc and was ready for an upgrade. Wish I could have held off a little longer for black friday but I am no good without a computer

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that's sh**ty. I hope this one won't break on you too, I remember when my asus rog G73s laptop broke due to what I think was a malfunctioning fan, things got boring quickly :/

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, all I had was my work laptop, it was like poking the bull. Can't add anything to it and it's a damn dell lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Have to +1 anyone using this case. Of course I have the same case and I absolutely love it. BTW it should be calles 'Oops! I spilled LEDS all over my new one!' :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahhaa ya I have many people telling me it looks like a miniature night club. But yes, I love this case! I bought the dust filters and am waiting for them, but everything else is amazing. The glass on the side doesnt even seem to be there its so clear

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The colors on the first pic ... I can literally hear your PC laying out its plan to go kill Batman.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahaha, are we talking suicide squad joker or old joker? =P

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well ... any of them.

Was NOT a fan of Suicide Squad (Leto Nailed that role though) so Im gonna go with classic Nicholson but Ledger is neck and neck with him.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I can deal with that, I only liked suicide squad for the same reason everyone else did. Harley quinn.....

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I loved the casting, but that was it, the writing and the sceneplay and the editing and the cinematography gave me diabetes. 90% of the movie felt like it was pulled straight from an 80s cartoon fight scene, "Lets all stand around like chess pieces until a critical movement has to happen at which point we will all move and take part in the action. Then well go back to standing still". Im hoping the directors cut will make some improvements but since David Ayer wrote & directed .....

But yes Margot Robbie nailed that role, almost like they literally pulled Tara Strongs Harley Quinn from the Animated Series out of a TV and jammed it into Robies brain.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha man are you right. I feel like you were personally offended by their rendition of what they considered the suicide squad =P But I do have to agree, it was very turn based in a way and frankly annoying. My gf loved it and I dont know why but hey can't tell her she's wrong!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man +1.

May I ask what you use this build for? (rendering, gaming, editing, etc..) Because I'm going to be building something similar and wanted to know how it performs in games, if you already played some.

Cheers

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I mostly use it for games and I work in QA so its not a demanding job in terms of computing and processing speeds but I am obviously able to do that on here as well. Just literally started playing some games with it like 20 minutes ago, mostly for benchmarks. Runs Total warhammer in ultra quality with 120 fps average and League of Legends in 600 or more frames at normal cpu speeds, don't even really think I need to overclock but with the dial on the inside I feel obligated. I'll update when I do that :). Only problem with it so far is the command center application and the fan controllers that come stock with thermaltake do not communicate well so be sure to manual everything or update it in Bios

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

That's good to know, I'm also going with the 6800k when I build my PC in a couple of months. I'm glad everything turned out well, cheers :D

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Ya you will not be disappointed! :D

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the title, I wish I could afford something like this. My dream build is about the same price.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It's a true story actually unfortunately...

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

What was your old build?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a huge upgrade

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, ya thanks. I was nervous to do it before because I was so new to building but obviously I am over that fear now

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

what a great excuse to build a pc! did you replace the fans that the cpu cooler came with?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahah, thanks! I Actually have kept them to stay in the same color scheme, I really like them actually. The only problem I have had regarding air flow is the interaction between my Bios and MSI Command Center.

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

Why is that fan the wrong way. You're creating negative-pressure.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

3 intake (2 front 1 rear) and 3 exhaust wouldnt make it negative it would make it neutral.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Like Rhett said I was trying to neutralize the air and when I receive my last 120mm fan I will place it in the bottom as intake to push out the top as well and move the stagnant air in the middle of the case.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a gas mask lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahahahaha I just laughed so hard at this comment, thank you very much :)