Since I built it I delidded the cpu and now it never gets above 65 degrees under load. If i mounted the cooler on the top I could not use a push/pull fan setup.
The SSDs and wifi adapter go through the lanes on the PCH, so the cpu lanes are still free for an SLI configuration.
No, with 4 fans and the radiator on top it runs into the ram and gets very close to hitting the water lines coming off the CPU block.
Yes i'm sure it would fit if you don't have two 140mm fans on the top. The clearance in the front is fine though.
Push because the rad won't fit on the other side of the bracket
Yes. Currently with 4 Phanteks PH-F140MP fans.
Cablemod makes some nice Aura compatible LED strips that you can plug into many Asus motherboards. In this case, I used double-sided tape to attach some generic RGB strips that are plugged into the motherboard.
The motherboard is very nice, like i've come to expect from Asus. There isn't much RGB but the lighting of the audio separation from the back looks pretty cool. For the GPU sag, I'm going to 3D print the same mount that i made for my other build because the card in this one is the same structure as my 1080 and should be able to hold it up.
It's Fractal design's silent series 40mm and even at full speed I can't hear it. The rear intake helps maintain positive internal pressure which helps keep it free of dust.
500gb ssd: holds main/host OS (probably MacOS but maybe Linux if that isn't stable)
128gb ssd: holds windows install so stuff can be reinstalled/messed with without causing problems with windows
2tb hdd: holds big files that don't fit on the other two.
When booted into main host OS:
- 500gb ssd is acting as OS drive
- 128gb drive unmounted
- 2tb hdd is mounted and accessible, some files are stored there
When booted into windows:
- 128gb ssd is acting as OS drive
- 500gb drive is unmounted
- 2tb drive is accessible, programs are stored there
When running windows in a VM:
- 128gb drive is bridged into vbox to facilitate OS stuff
- 2tb is mounted as a vbox share drive (hopefully)
Also need to get a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter for mounting the SSD