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UPDATE 11/06/2019

Continuing the trend of excessiveness, added 2x T-Force Delta Max 1TB SSDs for extra RGB on the backside.


My last rig was an i5 4670k + gtx 770. Needless to say, it was time for an upgrade. I wanted to treat myself for being so resistant to upgrades up to this point and decided to do a full RGB build. I have never dealt with RGB prior to this build and didn't want to deal with having multiple ecosystems controlling all the LEDs. After a lot of research, I eventually went with ASUS Aura mainly due to the sheer number of ASUS ROG Aura branded components that have released in the past year.

All in all, there are 19 21 RGB Aura compatible components (including each fan frame and RAM stick) with 11 of them ASUS ROG branded in this build. If they had made RGB memory or storage options, I would've purchased them too.

I might end up picking up 2 1TB T-Force Delta Max SSDs when they release later this year. They look absolutely amazing and will give the backside of my case some lights as well. The chassis allows for 2.5" drives to be mounted behind the tinted translucent cable cover, allowing them to shine through the back. Update: Purchased and Installed!

So far no major issues and my temps have been decent. The only issues I've had have been software issues (ASUS Aura is very buggy). But once you work through and around some of the kinks, it is wonderful.

Part Reviews

CPU

Way overkill for my purposes but has been a beast, tackling anything I've thrown at it with ease.

CPU Cooler

Solid 360mm AIO with lots of nifty features. Easy to install and set-up. The only reason I'm deducting one star is the price. Yeah, I know, ROG tax but still. Performance-wise it's the same as any other Asetek 360mm AIO.

Motherboard

Given that there is barely any OC headroom on Ryzen 3000, I didn't feel the need to get the Crosshair VIII Hero. Has all the features I wanted and more. The only small negative is that it only comes with ONE USB 3.2 Gen 1 header that supports TWO USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports on the front panel. Given that my ASUS Helios case has FOUR USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A ports on the front panel, you would think that ASUS would supply 2 of these headers on their boards. The only ASUS X570 motherboard that has 2 is the Crosshair VIII Formula which is massively overpriced. Anyway I worked around this by purchasing the Apevia USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 Converter Cable on newegg.

Another tiny peeve is the RGB by the chipset is obscured by any modern multislot GPU.

Still a 5-star motherboard otherwise.

Memory

Enabled and set XMP (DOCP) as well as matching IF Clock upon first boot and has not given me any trouble since.

Case

Overall very easy to build with and in. Materials are all very high quality and instructions were very straightforward. This case has the capability and tools to be used with almost any configuration (multi vertical GPU, Custom Loop, up to 480mm radiator, etc). The case is very heavy, but the straps up top allow you to lift it easily. The cable management with included velcro zip ties and cable cover make tidying up the backside a breeze. The only thing to complain about is that the cutout on radiator shroud for the cables makes it so that the standard 700mm 8-pin EPS cable has to traverse in a straight line to the socket, thus being the only cable that can't be hidden. This could probably be solved by getting an extension cable.

Power Supply

Comes with all the cables you need and looks amazing in the ASUS Helios chassis. The live power draw readout is also really cool.

Monitor

I think this is the only monitor on the market at the time of writing that has ELMB up to 240hz and is G-Sync Compatible as well. Given that I usually only play competitive shooters, this monitor does it all for me. Colors and "clouding" don't seem any worse than other TN panels I've used. Also very affordable!

Custom

I have a bunch of devices that require a USB 2.0 9pin header (AIO, Aura Terminal, USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter cable). My board only came with 2. Great hub that allowed me to expand to accommodate all my devices.

Custom

As noted in my review of my case, this thing just works and allowed me to make use of all my front panel USB ports.

Custom

Easy to install and daisy chain. Looks amazing.

Custom

Easy to install and daisy chain. Looks amazing.

Custom

If you need to expand the number of 3-pin addressable headers for your build, this thing works great. It provides 4 more addressable channels and can be mounted in any 2.5" drive location. It also comes with two 30cm and one 60cm ARGB LED strips.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

God like

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Now you can say that you built the LTT all-ROG build before they did lol

except they are doing it with dual 2080tis lol +2 build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a question about the chair actually lol, so i ve tried to find a good review about the chair that isnt sponsored, i cant find a genuine opinion about the chair and its flaws, i was wondering if you you could share your opinion of the chair and maybe even compare it to other chairs such as dxracers if you have one. im trying to decide if i should by a dxracer or the 2020 titan, thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't tried sitting in a dxracer but I think I remember from my reading of reviews that the chair is less stiff (softer?) than the dxracer. So I guess it depends on your preferences for softer or stiffer foam. Also, while I'm sure the dxracer is just "inspired" by racing seats, if you've ever sat in a real racing seat (bucket seat), you'll know that those things are super UNcomfortable. They're meant to keep you in place. The fact that the chair looks like a bucket seat (including the cutouts for harnesses) just gave me PTSD from my racing days lol.

Overall, the chair has suited my needs. It's comfortable and highly adjustable so you can get it set up just right. I have had 6 hour long gaming sessions and the chair has never given me problems.

If I had to nitpick, the only flaw I see is that the leather on the seat part (where the pressure is applied by your butt) can sag or loosen a bit over time causing it to warp a little bit. It's very subtle so it's not a huge issue but it's just not perfectly flat and is raised ever so slightly around where my glutes are usually situated. For reference I weigh around 170 lbs. I don't know if this is a common issue with all "gaming chairs", and perhaps it was fixed with the 2020 titan.

Hope this helps!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we get a screenshot of your aura sync program. I want to see how it feels to have so many devices lol :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly it isn't as impressive as you might imagine. Aura is so buggy. I had to use an older version to get everything to work. Thus some of the devices are grouped together and some are unrecognized and defaulted to "MOTHERBOARD".

There are "only" 9 devices on my AURA. Video card shows up as a 2nd "MOTHERBOARD" device. Both devices connected to the motherboard ARGB headers (Thor PSU and Helios Case) show up as one "ADD STRIP" device. All the devices connected to the Aura Terminal (60cm led strip, 30cm led strip x2, 120mm fan frames x3, and 140mm fan frame) just show up as "TERMINAL". Lastly, the Balteus Mousepad shows up as a 3rd "MOTHERBOARD" device. It does all work and sync together though so I'm not complaining.

(split into two images since the window can't be resized lol)

https://imgur.com/yEcabhq

https://imgur.com/mPjX3sY

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! but yea aura is pretty buggy lol :(

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Strange, I can't edit my old post...

Anyway, so I updated to the latest Aura Sync version and now most of the devices are showing up properly!

https://i.imgur.com/ZkCMMvG.png

https://i.imgur.com/fqWjwkv.png

:D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the Trident Z aesthetic and I was looking for something that could potentially overclock well so I ended up going with a B Die kit. I don't think the kit you listed is B Die. Plus the whole "Optimized for Ryzen 3000" thing (I know it's just marketing bs but still lol)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh Ok. But cool build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually confused in your monitor review you said it was GSync compatible but the specs say its FreeSync compatible the Strix series is AMD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Oh muh lord 😮

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

You should have gone with a 1440p monitor... 1080p is a bottleneck for a PC with that specs

  • 1 month ago
  • -1 points

fan boy smh my head

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Once you grow up and earn some $$$ you too can be a fanboy!

  • 1 month ago
  • -1 points

im 16 and have job...

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  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

True for some people, but the only games I play currently are Overwatch, BFV, and Apex Legends where arguably fps is more important than resolution. I have a 65" 4k 120hz TV for pretty games.

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