Couple issues with this build. First, apparently the Corsair led controller that comes with the case is only for the SP120 fans, NOT the HD120 fans. So I will need a new controller before my fan leds will work properly. The second issue is my own fault. In my excitement at building a new PC I overlooked that this motherboard only has a single mobo USB 2.0 header. I , in fact, need a second one for my Hue+ Lights. Totally my own fauilt though. I will be getting the NZXT internal USB hub later on. Thats about it though. Those issues aside, this build was a blast.
UPDATE: Added some idle stats with a screenshot. I have a couple more parts arriving next week. I'll be redoing all the wiring and adding those in. Then I will try to add better pics and more specs for the build.
UPDATE: New parts and all the cable management are done. Not much to say that hasn't been said already. Cable management was pretty tricky because of the Hue+ and USB hub I added in. Not to mention the cable extensions added in a bunch of extra wiring on top of everything else. But aside from that the build went very smoothly. I'm pretty happy about the performance and aesthetics all around.
This processor ran great out of the box. It has solid performance that you would expect from an Intel CPU. I recently jumped into the UEFI and with just a few tweaks cranked the frequency straight up to that glorious 5Ghz mark. It gave me no issues whatsoever. I know about 20% of the Kaby Lake K chips are getting up to 5Ghz. So I'm a bit fortunate. With all that said, I definitely recommend this processor to anyone looking for solid high end performance at a reasonable price point.
I have used a few other AIO coolers in the past, and this has comparable if not better performance then the others. It is keeping my overclocked 7700K @5Ghz at a solid max temp of 76C under load. Very good performance for a liquid cooling unit. Also very easy to install in my mid tower case with no issues. I can easily recommend this AIO cooler.
This is a great all around mobo at a very reasonable price. It performs well and handled my overclocks with ease. The RGB lighting on it looks very nice as well. I was slightly disappointed that the board only had a single USB 2.0 header on it, especially since it seems targeted toward RGB gaming builds with its RGB lighting and multiple RGB headers on the board. The one USB header is taken up by my AIO cooler, so I had to buy an additional USB 2.0 internal hub to add in my NZXT Hue+. This could just be a personal preference though, so this otherwise great motherboard still gets 5 stars from me.
This RGB memory is fantastic! The lighting steals the show from all my other RGB components and the RAM performs great. I popped these babies in, and jumped into the UEFI to switch them up to the advertised 3000mhz frequency, and they worked like a charm. Be aware that they have very high profile heat sinks. So keep that in mind when using any bulky CPU coolers. Very high end feel and weight (By far the heaviest RAM I have purchased so far.), and beautiful aesthetic design. This is a must have for any RGB builds.
This thing is lightning fast. Done. Seriously though, I went from a Mushkin Chronos SSD, to this M.2 SSD, and there is a huge difference in speed. My system does a complete restart in 10-ish seconds? Runs Windows 10 at equally high speeds and is just awesome all around. If you can fit an M.2 into your build and budget, then go for it. And this Samsung SSD is one of the fastest of all. Installed easily and works like a champ. Great SSD at a decent price.
Not much to say here. It's a hard drive. Excellent performance. Does exactly what I expect it to. And great price per gigabyte. Great option for anyone who needs a ton of storage like myself.
Where do I start? This thing is a beast. I'm running a dual 1080p monitor setup. I am also moving up from a AMD system with a MSI Radeon R9 270x 2Gb card (Don't judge). The performance gap is insane. This card runs and overclocks well and destroys frames in any game I throw at it. I'm having trouble finding something it can't handle extremely well. The RGB lighting and overall design of the card looks great too. I like the neutral color scheme and it looks fantastic in my system. Must have card for anyone looking to build a high end gaming machine. It's a shame I can't add a sixth star.
I think pros and cons will do well here.
Pros: Gorgeous looking case with a great design and decent amount of space to build in. The glass looks amazing and this is perfect for anyone wanting to show off every bit of the inside of a system build. Very quality materials and just overall great design.
Cons: A few things bothered me about this case. First, the PSU shroud. It looks fantastic, but it has no cutouts at all for your lower motherboard headers (i.e. - HD Audio header, USB 2.0/3.0 headers, etc.). Therefore you have to run all those wires across the entire length of the shroud. Which is a pretty major flaw considering Corsair seems to have designed this case for a complete look at all of your build on all sides. Which leaves you staring at a bunch of ugly wires on the shroud, or cutting out some wholes in the shroud yourself. Which is probably what I will end up doing. Also, a detail I wasn't aware of with the included corsair LED controller (It is not a fan hub like some I have seen thought.). This controller works with all SP series RGB fans. It DOES NOT work with the HD series RGB fans. Guess this was an oversight on my part, but I had to do some digging just to find this out. Corsair should make that clear from the start. I had to order an HD series controller seperately.
With that all said, other than a couple issues this is still an all around fantastic case with plenty of room to move around for a mid tower, and one of the sexiest cases I have seen to date. I have no problem recommending this case as long as you realize the minor issues it has out of the box.
Fantastic power supply that has no issues at all powering all my components with ease. Add to that a great price, gold certified rating for good clean power, fantastic EVGA warranty and service, and a great look and design, and you have a perfect all around PSU.