I built this to replace my old Dell XPS. I wanted a future-proof system that will handle anything I throw at it and looks good--aesthetics are important to me. Primary use is as a workstation for content creation, rendering, some gaming, and general productivity. Went with air instead of AIO for longevity and worry free (AIOs do sometimes leak). Since I am not overclocking my TR temps are just fine--even after multiple stress tests the chip reached a maximum of 63C (even rendering won't push it this hard ;-). It idles at around 31C, and during general use hits 35C, so I am quite happy with it.
The 1080ti is not the greatest overclocker (still tweaking it...), though it has amazing memory overclocks. Should have picked it up back in August when they still existed in the wild at reasonable prices (heavy sigh). Almost went with RTX, but a roughly 20% improvement for an extra premium, and practically useless ray-tracing was a big deterrent. Happy to have avoided the RTX issues as well--perhaps Nvidia will add more ray-tracing cores to next-year's models, and more software will be ready for it by then.
Hope you enjoy the build!
An absolute beast of a processor. Boosts consistently to 4.3 GHz. Stays within reasonable temps on air alone :-). The 2990WX was tempting, but thus far ALL operating systems remain unoptimized for handling so many cores/threads (outside of limited use-cases). Sixteen cores is the magic number, and the price-per-performance cannot be beat in a single system.
Lovely, and love to hate the colors. I'll save the fan for my next wood-themed build.... Keeps my TR4 from throttling even under synthetic stress. Note: pay attention to case size, as this cooler is pretty tall (e.g., it will not fit in the Lian Li 011).
I keep ordering this stuff, and it keeps on working!
An absolute monster! I confess that the Tai Chi is more aesthetically pleasing to me, but the Aorus Xtreme is growing on me. Superb vrm cooling, wifi, ports for everything, and so on.... My only complaint is the Fusion software--as it changes my settings inconsistently and does not play nice with my RAM kit.
Decent memory, looks good, 'nough said.
Superb performance, and thermals seem to be just fine so far.
Not the first Barracuda, and likely not the last. Not a bad spin-drive for storage.
This particular card does not overclock well--EVGA apparently maxed it out on their end. The memory overclocks are amazing, however. Fantastic performance.
A beautiful case! I was originally planning on the Define R6, but changed my mind when I saw this gem. A delight to build in, mostly: getting the cable-management right in the back was challenging, but it worked out well-enough. As the back is also tempered glass, all cables are clearly seen!
Handles everything in my system well. Has not broken a sweat even maxing out my system during stress tests.
Beautiful fans and functional--perfect for a clear case.
Engineered by the best. Best of all, they are not brown! Picked up two for a push-pull configuration on the CPU and added a y-cable for connecting them to the MOBO. Note: Chromax does NOT come with their own y-cable. Though Noctua states that this part does come with one, they must be referring to the ugly duckling counterpart.
Connected everything easily, works like a charm.
Picked this up primarily for the lighting controller, so the additional RGB strips were a bonus. The ICue software works really well.
Looks good and is functional. Note: it will not work well for all GPUs, depending on cooler design, as some are rather irregularly shaped (e.g., the Aorus Xtreme).
A perfect fit for my build. Used all the cables except the molex, and did not need to add any others.