Description

[Intro]

I have a PS4, an Xbox One, and I have been playing PC games on gaming laptops for over 6 years. I always believed console gaming would suffice most of my gaming needs, and I was too lazy to bother myself with building a PC.

Then one day I decided to pick up XCOM 2. I've played XCOM: Enemy Unknown on my gaming laptop so I expect it to run just as smooth for the sequel. Guess what, the game recommended me to play it at LOW settings. An Asus ROG gaming laptop with GTX 765m, struggled to stay above 30 fps after I spent 1.5 hours trying to keep it stable at medium settings.

And I snapped. This is not why I chose to play on a pre-built pre-configured gaming laptop.

The last PC rig I built was back in summer 2006, it's about high time I join the PC Master Race.

Part Reviews

CPU

Currently overclocked at 4.1GHz. Fast, stable, and cool, no complains here.

CPU Cooler

The stock fan comes in 3 settings: Performance (2100rpm), Balance (1800rpm), and Quiet (900 rpm). They are quite noisy when not set at Quiet, and some may even experience the weird clicking sound.

Other than the noise, the cooler serves its purpose.

Motherboard

The board supports Broadwell-E right out of the box, and it's been working like a dream. Very stable, easy to overclock. Although the software could use a bit more improvement, but still overall a very good motherboard for X99 platform.

Storage

Crystal disk mark benched at 2552 MB/s and 1526 MB/s sequential Read & Write. This slick little stick of SSD is F.A.S.T.

Case

Spacious interior to work with. After dismantling the 3.5" trays this is a dream for air cool or even liquid cool builds. The only bone I'd pick would be the side doors are a bit too easy to open.

Wireless Network Adapter

Easy to set up, great range and reception.

Monitor

Probably the cheapest 27" IPS 144Hz monitor out there, and it's beautiful. FreeSync and Gsync models are differentiated with only a single letter in their model number and the price tag.

Speakers

For just 2 speakers they pack a lot of oomph in the sound. Clean and glossy design, audiophile level of sound quality. Best $250 you can spend in any sound devices.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build......definitely went all out. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Still waiting for EVGA's HB SLI bridge, that thing goes out of stock almost as fast as the 1080s!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

holy mother of rgb this is some sweet rig, well done

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I set the motherboard and CPU cooler RGB to reflect the temperature, so when the color switches I'd know what's up.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Now that right there, is awesome idea.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

This is totally a beast! +1 for you. Wish you can have a bigger monitor, or may be higher resolution.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I know right! It's an overkill for just 2K gaming =_=. I heard Asus is aiming to release a 4K 144Hz monitor by end of this year, let's see what they come up with!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

hell yeah! could use some more 4ks in general to for some competition. i dont want to pay $1000 dollars for a good 4k monitor. im looking at maybe a vizio 4k tv thats 43 inches and only $400.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build I also have SLI 1080's and a 6850k, +1 for sexiness

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig. Top notch. I'm running one FTW. I want to run 2 just because. Any significant BL bleed on that monitor?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

None. The only thing that's bleeding with this monitor is my wallet.

If you have more money to spend I'd suggest you get the PG279Q model, which comes with G-Sync. The MG279Q has FreeSync, I bought it solely because it's probably the cheapest 27" IPS 144Hz monitor out there.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I had 2 PG279Qs. Both had unbearable BL bleed. Dissapointing for such an expensive monitor. Went with the DELL S2716DG. TN panel but still quite good and has Gsync/144Hz, 2K rez. Hope yours serves you well. I really wanted to keep mine but I couldn't live with them for $800. Again, kickass setup. Enjoy

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Get the HB EVGA SLI Bridge!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Working on it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Top notch build U got there. Pleasing on the eyes

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment bud!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

And you joined it with a bang.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Go big or go home eh ;-)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Is it ready to use new Broadwell-E CPUs without any bios update? I have i7 6850K too and I need to buy new motherboard.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! the MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon was one of the few boards that came with Broadwell-E support at the time of its release. I didn't do any BIOS updates when I was building this rig, I just popped in the CPU and the system recognized it correctly!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Your thoughts on the G900?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The grip was comfortable, very responsive and satisfying clickage...the dpi adjusting buttons are handy when switching between different games that require different mouse speeds. But it's too expensive for what it offers.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build dude

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is stronger than goku and vegeta fusion :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice puter

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

It supports broadwell-e right ? No prior bios update needed ?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the board supports broadwell-e right out of the box.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't imagine that there is a need for two 1080 FTW cards. Right?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

You're right, at this point a single 1080 FTW would own pretty much every game at max settings.

But then again there really isn't a need for 64GB of system ram either. :P

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you like high res gaming. Just my opinion.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

ultra high specs in true 4k and being able to do that for several years and not quite being outdated in 8 months.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

But why plan now for "several years" away? Buy one now and enjoy it. When it begins to not support games, buy another at a much lower cost.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh this sucks, if you go all out, do it right and get a custom loop! Your system deserves it! Just kidding, you really went **** it and bought whatever you wanted, it truly is a nice 0 compromises build lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha yeah that's what everyone keeps telling me :P. Anyone can spend money to build a monster rig, but not everyone has the skill set to build a custom loop! I figured I still have much to learn in that area so maybe next build I'll try it!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay please please please answer me this! When using those pcie slots are you getting x16 on both slots or x16 and x8? I have nearly the same set up as you except I have a 1080 FTW and a FTW DT in sli. Anyway I read that the third slot only runs in x8 in the manual and in order to get x16, x16 you need to use the top two slots. What is your experience? BTW nice build great minds think alike hahaha.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same board. For both cards to be able to run x16 you have to use first 2 slots and have a 40 PCI lanes CPU. For the setup like posted on the picture I'm pretty sure he runs it with two x8 speed no matter CPU.

This is a very big con about this mobo: first two slots are too close to each other and second card would be covering M.2 card, so you both have to put really good cooling to your GPUs and buy a PCIe extension for M.2 to run it on 3rd or 4th slot for better cooling and perfomance.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was afraid that was the case. I own the board but haven't had a chance to use my new set up. I think it's kind of a silly decision to place them like that, but it's understandable.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry to reply so late, I was out of country on a biz trip for a while...

Anyway, I have the cards on slot 1 and 3, so they're running at x8x8. If you want they both to run x16 you need to install the cards on slots 1 and 2.

However, as far as I know, the performance between x8 sli and x16 sli are so small that it's unnoticeable. So for the sake of cooling it is worth it to space the cards out, otherwise, when you put them on slot 1 and 2 there's no space in between, and either one of both of the cards are going to overheat pretty easily.

And for that reason, I'm currently waiting for EVGA to release 1080 FTW hydro copper, and then I can put them in slot 1 and 2.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

How's your boot speed?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your PCie lane distribution on that board? I want to add two cards eventually, but also an M.2 on a PCie adapter and a PCie USB 3 card. I also have a 960 evo so how will the lanes be affected? Looking at the manual it looks like the M.2 slot will lose bandwidth (Which Im disappointed by since I went X99 to avoid this issue).

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for liking it!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm waiting for EVGA to stock their HB bridge!! Jacob said it's gonna take a few weeks...

Also I do video editing on occasion so I figured the more memory the better.