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Gaming, coding, playing with VMs, and occasionally hosting. I love all my parts, though I must admit the NH-D15 makes working with the RAM very difficult if the heat spreaders are too tall, and the MAXIMUS VIII Formula board's software suite can be a bit quirky (I had a kernel power crash yesterday due to the AI Charger software). The D15 was also a pain to mount because of the motherboard itself. The back I/O panel has a plastic cover that's much taller than normal I/O panels. Where the D15 normally has two 140mm fans, I could only mount one due to space constraints from that I/O panel and how close the RAM is placed to the CPU. I could probably steal the mounting clips off the existing fan and stick another Cougar 120mm to the head spreaders, as I do have an extra one of those.

I harvested the case and the optical drive from a previous build, and then proceeded to swap out all the internals with my new part list.

The really cool part was the 950 Pro. Since it's an M.2 SSD, it mounts straight onto the board. For the time-being I pulled the drive cages from the front of the case to improve air flow from my two 120mm intakes. The C70 has killer air flow and cable management.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done, and a big +1 for orientation on the CPU Cooler Fans. I see sooooooooooo many people install the cooler with the fans pulling air DOWN onto the backplate of the GPU (?????)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I actually have another Cougar PWM above the Noctua as an extra vent. Air comes in via two 120mms from the front panel, gets passed over the hardware as heat rises, sucked through the cooling tower, and then pumped out the top and back. I'll update running temps and speeds when I get home, but it's a very effective air-cooled build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That case looks sick!! Also how is that asus board working for you, I've heard Lot of good things about that product line.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, I like this board a lot. The RAM is a little closer to the CPU than it was on my old X79-UP4, and I have to admit that while a lot of the plastic covers on the board are aesthetically pleasing, it makes mounting certain components (like the D15's second 140mm fan) either a pain or impossible. In my case, the RAM heat spreaders were too tall for me to mount the D15 tower vertically, and mounting it horizontally meant I had to pull one of the fans entirely. Luckily, I have two 120mm exhaust fans in that corner, so I really didn't lose much.

It has a ton of included monitoring and config software that I'm not fully sold on yet (for example, it has some fast charge software for USB 3.0 ports that caused a kernel power crash last night). Also, out of the box, MRC fast boot wasn't enabled, so the initial boot times were almost 60 seconds. Turned that on after I started playing in the BIOS and got the boot time under 8 seconds.

Ultimately, it's a fantastic board with some quirks I'm trying to iron out, and while I love how silent this air-cooled build is, I'd recommend liquid cooling on this ASUS.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

The maximus line of motherboards are really awesome. They have some issues but I feel the benefits outweigh the negatives. I've been running a z87 maximus VI hero for a few years and it's been running great.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like this line of boards is top notch but for the gains over, say, a Gigabyte Z170 board for $115 the price jump isn't justifiable in the slightest unless you want the look. Even then the $250 premium is insane imo...

Edit: I guess SLI/Xfire support is big on this line of boards and for someone shooting that route a $370 motherboard is not a huge percentage of the build cost like sub $1k systems. However for this price level and SLI setup wouldn't and X99 platform have more benefits then a costly motherboard?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! What are the temps on your cpu and Gpu (idle and with load)?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just updated the temps in the details section. This is on the standard fan curve that the ASUS board controls. Fans dynamically speed up on demand, but the curve I have now is a quiet one.

For CPU and GPU load, I let it heat up on Total War: Warhammer. I'll add proper bench temps in a bit.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice setup man, very impressive! I ALMOST bought this ammo box case last month (instead bought a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe).. How do you like it? ..Very cool looking battlestation!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really pleased with it. I've had the case for 4 years. Solid chunk of metal with good air flow.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

With the 950 pro is there a sata cable or anything required for it?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

no, it goes into the M.2 slot of the motherboard. no cables required at all. The SSD can use PCI-e X4 so be sure to see if the mother board supports that speed in the M.2 port. otherwise the 950 pro is wasted. there are motherboards that only run at sata speed of 6 MB/s which is very lame.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude, I'm about to do your beautiful build, but i have a Q? did u apply a thermal paste here? and please I need more pictures and more angles.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I did apply thermal paste. The Noctua comes with its own tube, but I also had a tube of Arctic Silver. Either will work fine. I would also recommend different RAM. I'm having some interesting issues with the RAM overclock stability being blown away after a hard boot (only if I unplug the APC from the wall for a while like when a storm rolls through). A restart after the hard boot resolves the issue without affecting the RAM clock. The RAM works, but isn't on the QVL. Might be more prudent to pull something off the QVL.

I can upload more pictures tonight.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love this case. It's actually a mid-tower though. Not too large. The steel handles on the top are actually fully functional and very useful. Cable management in the back is pretty easy too. I'll upload more pictures of the completed build later.