Built primarily for ARMA III but also to replace a 7 year old ASUS based 9550 Phenom build.
It can be a pain to set up the ROG RAIDR for the first time, trying to get its RAID array created, but still install Windows 8.1 into a native UEFI bootloader. It took a lot of trial and error and watching lots of JJ's PC DIY videos, but I finally figured it out. I started out with 16GB of RAM, but added another 16GB when I decided to experiment with the DIMMDrive RAM DISK software. Pretty neat stuff; I'm getting almost 6,000 MB/s large file read rates, prior to any system optimization. Hopefully that will translate to some real-world benefits in ARMA III. The Aerocool Strike X case is very unique, and has its own quirks, but the final product looks great. Fairly poor workmanship though - the back plane of the case was not perfectly 90 deg square to the floor, so I had to remove some screws and bend it more vertical, then drill new screw holes...otherwise there was a big gap between the mobo rear interface panel and the Strike X panel opening. The right side was riveted, so I just left that alone. Really like the ASUS Maximus VI Formula board so far. ROG Striker 760 GTX Platinum will be the GPU, once it is released in a few days [NO, SEE UPDATES BELOW]. Also enjoying the ASUS AI Suite III software and other bundled apps. The 500 GB WD drives are in RAID 0 for swap files, cache files, and DIMMDrive images. There is also a single 320 GB drive for pictures and data. The Cooler Master V8 GTS is ungodly huge, but no problems installing RAM or fitting into the Strike X air case. Still waiting for the ROG Front Base to arrive, it will be installed above the optical drive. Track IR Pro head tracker installed onto Razer Tiamat 7.1 headphones, also pictured is the Mad Catz F.L.Y. 5 joystick.
5/22/14 UPDATE: Apparently the WD Black desktop drives don't like RAID...the array has failed. So I have reformatted them to standard data drives. I've also deleted the swap file all together. Just don't think I need it with 32GB RAM. Also yanked out the old 320 GB drive...after running speed some tests, it's just too slow for anything- it's going back into my old tower. Maybe I will replace with a SSD in the future. Looking back, buying the two WD 500 GB drives for a RAID0 array was a waste. But at least I have a Terabyte of reliable storage space.
Just purchased the Corsair K70 (with red LED backlighting of course). I choose Cherry MX brown switches. Had to ditch the wireless Logitech K800 softdome keyboard for this rig!
5/26/14 UPDATE: 1 month after ordering from an outfit in Korea, the ROG Front Base is now installed (see new pics). Due to the odd 'terraced' stacking of the 5.25 drive bays in the Strike One case, I had to drill my own mounting holes to get the alignment I wanted. I also remounted the DVD drive to be in vertical alignment with the front base. That leaves some nice room to place your cell phone for charging off the Front Base.
Also added another small red LED interior case fan so now all 4 motherboard controlled fans are active (AI Suite III).
Just waiting for the ROG Platinum Striker 760 GTX to become available...should be any minute now. [SEE UPDATES BELOW]
5/28/14 UPDATE: Thanks to some very helpful builders here on PCPartsPicker.com, I have decided to 'up the ante" and get the ASUS GTX 780 TI DirectCU II GPU. Been waiting patiently for the ROG Striker, but it appears to be delayed...which has given me time to rethink things. The 780 GTX Ti DirectCU II card makes the most bang for the buck sense, and will pair nicely with the rest of the hardware. Yea, I wish it was a Matrix ROG card for this build, but I have a feeling the price point on that card will be quite a bit higher than what I got the DirectCu II card for.
5/30/14 UPDATE: ASUS GTX 780 Ti DirectCu II video card is now installed and running fantastically. Ran over 100 FPS (average) on the Heaven benchmark, and I am getting around 60 FPS on ARMA III with everything maxed at a decent draw distance. New pics added. Note that one of the green lights on the first power plug is not lit up... I believe it's just a bad solder joint on the first green LED. Both red LEDs work fine, and the card seems to be running as normal. BTW, with this beast of a video card installed, you can no longer completely close the lid on the Aerocool Strike-X-Air... You have to run it propped open horizontal (table top)...which is no biggie, or let it rest on the video card (which looks fine BTW).
As a side note, I got a pretty good ground loop buzz when using the ROG Front Base headphone jack with the new 780 Ti video card is running hard. The buzz is directly related to the FPS of the video card...probably because of the separated nature compartments of this non-standard case design. Regardless, I just plugged the headphones into the rear panel and the buzz went away. If I were to pursue using the ROG Front Base headphone jack, I would try adding some ground lines from component to component, chassis piece to chassis piece. It's a shame too, since the Front Base comes with that fancy-dancy shielded connection cable.
Corsair K70 is an awesome keyboard and suits this build perfectly...great to type on too. Best keyboard I've ever owned. Thanks guys!
5/31/14 UPDATE: Painted the video card's fan shroud candy apple red (to mimic red anodizing)... it's all ROG'd up! Came out pretty decent. Also re-soldered the green LED on the power plug status light, and it now works! The LED was not soldered down on one side. Build is officially complete!
7/5/14 UPDATE: I have ditched the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headphones and purchased the V-MODA Crossfade LP headphones (with add-on boom mic). I bought the chrome version, so that I could paint them with the same paint as I used on the video card. Great headphones, outstanding sound quality, comfortable, and not too pricey. Highly recommended.