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My main inspiration for the color scheme was largely based on the natural naming convention from Corsair's obsidian case lineup and the link below. Can it run minecraft though?
If you've seen my previous builds, you may already know the answer to this next question. "Why two 980ti's if you're not running 4k?" Simply because I have to. A lot of us are all on this site for the same reason and we love building PC's with cutting edge hardware. So why not!? That attitude may empty you're wallets but it's money well spent in my opinion.
Now I do have a HUGE personal gripe that's probably going to make me quite a few enemies. Here goes: I absolutely hate this Asus motherboard! I mainly purchased it for two reasons:
I had major problems when tweaking the OS and installing the drivers. The hardware and build quality is excellent but I've never had a build give me this much software problems. My OS was freezing like crazy and took 60 seconds from cold boot before I could even do anything with the machine. This is unacceptable since I have the OS on an SSD and I'm used to <10 seconds on other builds. Even when it did give me control, the system would randomly lock up and force me to hard reset. Before anyone chimes in with comments such as, "the problem is the user, not the hardware or software", let me just say that this is a clean install with nothing but the recommended drivers, Asus software utilities, windows updates AND Bitdefender antivirus.
Ahh ha! Here's the problem. After doing some research, Bitdefender and Asus AI Suite 3 have a history of not playing well with each other. If I install Bitdefender after AI Suite 3, it forces me to uninstall AI Suite 3 before accepting the install. If I install Bitdefender prior to AI Suite 3, everything appears to function as intended, however something is clashing in the background and causing the system to hang up. Asus' answer to this problem: Uninstall Bitdefender. Bitdefender's answer to this problem: Uninstall Asus AI Suite. Now is this Asus' fault or Bitdefenders fault? I don't care. I want my cake and I want to eat it too. This is especially true when I payed a combined total of $300 for the cake.
Now, I could just use the overclocking features in the BIOS and call it a day, but I was so irritated on how I just spent $200 and was forced to compromise. I could have kept the mobo and kicked Bitdefender but I already had a sour taste in my mouth when comparing my memories of MSi's equivalent motherboard and how it simply worked. I attempted a clean install 4 times with various alterations but in the end, I ended up returning the motherboard and switching it with my trusty MSi Z97 Gaming 7 that I had lying around. One OS install later, the system was running beautifully with 0 issues.
Also, I do not like Asus' driver install methods when compared to MSi and Gigabyte. It reminded me of the older days when searching and downloading drivers for a Dell Optiplex. The "EZ Update" feature kept returning a, "This environment does not have any updates" message even though I hadn't yet installed my chipset driver. MSi has an easy to use scan feature that automatically scans everything you need and downloads to a specified folder for you to install individually. Gigabyte is even easier and features one button to search, download AND install all the updates and drivers automatically.
Sorry for the rant guys and girls, but I had to get it out of my system. Thanks for checking out my build.