Description

My two main goals with this build were to assemble excellent performing parts and achieve future compatibility. These are just my initial thoughts. I am still working on installing all of my programs and putting the hardware through its paces. More to follow.

Use:

I plan to use this machine for all my daily computing needs. This includes, but is not limited to: gaming, photo editing, productivity, programming, video editing, and virtual machines.

Pros:

This build was very easy and straightforward. All the parts were compatible. I especially liked the slightly tinted and smaller window on the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 case. The tinted window design allowed just enough light to emit from red LED lights on the Corsair SP120 /AF140 fans and the red pulsating STRIX logo on the Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The window is also just big enough to show the cooling, graphics card, memory, motherboard, and processor, but small enough to hide the auxiliary, fan, and USB connections along the edges of the motherboard. This is nice since most of those connections are not uniformed in size or appearance.

Cons:

The G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR-3200 memory will only run at 3000 Mhz with this motherboard and UEFI combination. I suspected this might be the case prior to my purchase. There were no 3200 Mhz memory listed on ASRock's compatibility list for this motherboard at the time. However, I am hoping a future UEFI update will resolve this limitation.

Although the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 case has provisions for a 140/120 mm fan on the bottom of the case, there is not enough clearance between the modular power cables going into the Corsair HX850i and the fan body.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Isn't the best idea to power the system on whilst it's on an anti static bag. The bag is still conductive, but less conductive than your fingers, both inside and out. It's safe to build on because there is no power going through the board but that all changed when the board is turned on. I can see that the board lived on but it may still damage the board or kill it out right. Video Clip about this

Other than that, I do like the build and that you are using ASRock instead of an Asus ROG board and so on :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the information, I did not know that the anti-static bag was still slightly conductive. I always attempted my initial POST on them.

I will use the box the motherboard comes in or the counter top next time. I imagine a rubber anti-static mat would be the best option in this case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

No problem, but yes, the cardboard box and also a rubber mat would be the best as they are not conductive, the same with a wood surface. But there is no real need to go out and buy a rubber mat when you can use the box the MB game in :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

WOW, you were brave to use 2 RAM kits. I would not use 2 separate kits even if from same manufacturer, same model. (Edited comment on the RAM kits)

Still, it's a nice build...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I wondered the same going into the build, but it all worked out well. I like the alternating black and red combination of the RAM. It matched up perfectly with the motherboard.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice looking build! On another note, I do believe we have the same keyboard, how are you liking yours?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I returned the Rosewill RK-9000V2 BR because the Cherry MX Brown switches were too light for me. I decided that I also wanted to try a 60% keyboard as well. That led to my purchase of the KB Paradise V60 mini with Cherry MX Blue switches. I absolutely love the size and the option to customize the key layout. The red backlight also goes well with my theme.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a little too close to that monitor. I know because I've got two 27" monitors I sit in front of every day. When it was that close it hurt my eyes, you should definitely move it back.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I know...I built this while traveling. I am currently in a hotel, but I do use an additional table in front of it to get more stand off when I do use it.

Thanks for the suggestion though...thought more people would have commented on that by now. :-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm probably one of the few on this site who have more than one... The vast majority have smaller single monitor setups.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick Build. Just wow the specs on this build is Fabulous.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I am very impressed with the performance with it so far.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the ram working out? Any updates to getting to work as 3200?

I'm building a x99 system and I wanted to get the same Ripjaw V's you got, the 3200mhz ones, but I want 32gb instead of 64 like you...

I've been told Ripjaw V's wont work well x99 and to get tridents or Ripjaw 4s. Whats your experience?

Do you have all 32gb running at 3200mhz ok? thanks in advance

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I got 3200 MHz with C15 17 17 28 and tCMD (Command Rate) of 1 (1 T) from starting with 4 stock standard C14 HyperX Fury 2133 sticks of 4 GB each (total 16 GB).... easy (even stable at 1.28 V but set on 1.30 V to ensure extra stability over time) - motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I was able to get the ram running at 3200 Mhz with the latest Asrock Beta UEFI release. I believe it is 3.20.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this just pre built computer? With a couple of bolt on parts?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope. Look at the first 2 pictures. The 'Pudget Systems' GPU brace is sold on Amazon for ~$10, if that's what made you think it was pre-built.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, now I see. That brace is wonderful investment in my opinion. I just do not like the sagging graphics card look.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

True. Plus, that helps for travel, that way you don't need to worry about the GPU coming out of the slot and breaking it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, thats what confused me. Cheers. I swear those first two pics werent there orginally. Sorry to haitianmidnight. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I am not sure if I understand your question. The picture that shows some of the components installed outside of the case was just a test to see if the main components (i.e. processor, graphics card, motherboard, and memory) would function correctly.

After I confirmed the computer could pass the POST process, I completed the build as normal which is reflected in the rest of the pictures. Let me know if this is what you meant by your question.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the way it should be done.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've gotten CableMod's PSU set since they don't have visible heatshrink.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

how does the aio liquid cooling from corsair works for you?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I was skeptical about all in one liquid coolers at first, but after installing this Corsair one I have changed my mind. I did not want to use a massive air cooler in my build since I planned to some overclocking. So this seemed liked a good compromise.

Now, I feel like it is worth the extra money for the simplicity of the install compared to an air cooling solution. It has a clean appearance and posses no interference issues with the height of the memory I chose. I also like the fact I can control the pump and fans through Corsair Link software as well. It seems to work well so far. My temperatures have been reasonable with my current overclock settings.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man can you tell me hows that mobo is working for you cuz thats the only thing i need to buy for my build or if you know a better one? Ive been reading a lot of good stuff about ASRock MOBOS atleast the x99 series. Thank you in advance and awesome build !!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

In the beginning this board had limited support for overclocking the processor and memory, however, this changed with their latest UEFI updates. I have had no problems or concerns since then. It has been very reliable. In my opinion, its a quality product and you can't go wrong with the x99 Asrock motherboard.