Description

Finished my first build, which I will mainly use for gaming. Overall process was way harder than I thought it would be after watching/reading guides for more than 2 weeks, but glad that pretty much everything works as it should.

Problems:

  • Only thing that doesn't work yet is the RGB Controller or it's software, and thus I can't control the front/top and back lighting fans :/ Luckily the front fans seem to be set automatically to blue, which I wanted them to be anyways. (With the buttons on the controller I can only control the pump lighting and effects, whilst the top and back fans get random or usually no colors every time the pc starts.)
  • Cable management!! Admittedly, I didn't plan the cable situation in advance but I figured there would be more case cutouts for the cables. Additionally, since I had the RGB controller with cables + extension cables, fitting it all in the back was challenging..Could barely close the back plate of the case
  • To avoid having too many cables, I decided to only use 1 SATA cable with multiple plugs, but this ended up backfiring, since the cable isn't very long and now I can't move the RGB controller to a better place.
  • Not really a problem, but really disappointed that there is no available custom sleeving for the ML360R or coolermaster AIO's in general...The once I am using right now are slightly see trough so I made a double layer which looks meh. Ordered another F6 sleeving cable, which will hopefully look better.
  • Maybe I derped and didn't find it in mobo instruction, but since I didn't download the mobos fan controller software (smart fan 5) I had some temperature scares during first stress tests whilst trying to OC.

OC/benchmarks:

  • Running the CPU at a stable 4.8GHz with 1.275 Vcore. Originally wanted to reach 4.9GHz with maybe 1.3V, but I couldn't increase Vcore over the 1.275 for some reason, which would result in 85°C whilst trying to achieve the 4.9GHz. (After 2 hours of Prime95)
  • GPU is stable at +170MHz core clock and +970MHz Memory clock, so I got lucky there I believe.
  • Benchmarks: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/12831820

Questions:

  • If anyone knows of a good looking white AIO sleeve for the ML360R available in Europe, please let me know!
  • Any solution or info regarding the RGB software with this AIO would also be helpful!
  • Does anyone know if you can change color or switch of the DB_PORT LED displaying A0?

All in all I am proud to have finished this without any help and feel much more knowledgeable about pc building/hardware! All improvement suggestions and feedback are appreciated!

Part Reviews

CPU

Purchased tray version, which came in a very cheap looking bag. Kinda strange for a product of this price, but hey it works. Currently mine is OC'd to 4.8 GHz @ 1.275V at a stable 65° C whilst stress testing with Prime95.

CPU Cooler

Pretty disappointed in this AIO.

Pros:

1. Second best looking pump design after NZXT in my opinion. 2. Cheap compared to other 360mm AIO's. 3. Compatible with RGB Fusion, which makes RGB control easier for some builds.

Cons:

1. RGB controller only controls the pump RGB for me and the software doesn't find the correctly plugged in controller, hence I can't control any of the fan colors. (Fans RGB work, since they get a random color every time I boot my PC) 2. Mediocre cooling for a 360mm AIO. At max % fans and 4.9GHz on my i7-9700k, temps went up to 95°C whilst stress testing with Prime95. 3. Actually placing the pump on top of CPU was tricky...the provided standoff only has 1 correct position for the pump (I know this is good for stability), however the 'sliminess' of the CPU paste makes this nerve racking and difficult. 4. There is no sleeving kit for this AIO. Couldn't find any for other Coolermaster AIO's either. Additional, finding specs for the tube lengths is also incredibly difficult...Had to resort to buying custom F6 Cables, which were over sized and not that visually appealing.

Thermal Compound

Never used another thermal compound before, so kinda hard to rate this, but the application was easy, it seems to do its job and multiple online guides made this process a lot less scary!

Motherboard

Great motherboard so far in terms of performance. Also, the RGB on it looks amazing. Instruction manual was also easy enough to understand. Wish the BIOS would be a bit easier to use or better explained at least. What I absolutely hate was the back panel! Was expecting the typical green audio port for speakers, red for mic etc. but there are 5 same colored ports and identifying the correct audio jack port out of the 4 choices (excluding "mic") was harder than it should be. Another 'issue' is that I haven't figured out yet how/if its possible to disable the DB_PORT. Since it displays A0 in red LED, it kinda messes up my color scheme.

Memory

Fast and pretty :) not much more to say!

Storage

Loving this bad boy. Comming from laptops and HDD startups, I don't think I can ever go back. Startup is roughly 5 seconds!

Storage

Not much to say. I mostly use it as storage, but file transfer is definitely faster than I am used to from my previous HDD.

Video Card

Loving this GPU. Manged to OC a stable +170MHz core and +970MHz memory clock. I can only hear the fans above 65% speed, which is only needed on a 80%GPU usage with my set Curve.

Only part I bought previous to Black Friday, which ended being the key factor for my new build. Back then I got it for 520€ and still think its the best value high end GPU atm. Tested all of the typical AAA title except for a racing game like forza (not my type of game) and I always get a minimum of 60 FPS on ultra on my ultrawide 2k monitor. Fast pace Esports kinda games (fortnite/league/CSGO) all run at at least 120 FPS (my monitors max refresh) on ultra and usually you shouldn't play them on ultra anyways. Only played BF5 on low RTX since the latest update with ~80 FPS I believe. There isn't much data on DLSS yet, but in that chinese game (forgot name) it seems to boost performance by ~30%, so the card will only get better. I can only recommend this GPU :)

The one downside would be no SLI support, but I think majority of people don't use this feature anyways.

Case

Visual: 5/5, best looking white case in its price range in my opinion. Cable Management: 2/5, More cutouts for cables would have been incredibly helpful! Was having difficulties closing the back pannel due to cables. (I admid my own cable management wasn't good but not terrible either. The case did not help me out) At least it's not visible from the back. Building Space: 4/5, fitting the hardware was easy enough due to the spacious front.

Power Supply

Very quiet and does its job! Only critique would be that there are no actual screw holes at the back for the case only a mesh pannel. (Given screws fit into that pannel perfectly) This could be seen as a positive though, since it allows a bit more freedom where to place the PSU.

Monitor

Amazing Monitor!! Always used 24"-27" monitors, so was a bit worried that this would give me troubles especially whilst gaming, but the heavy bend definitely makes up for it. I don't ever have to turn my head! (only to see 2nd monitor) After a bit of manual calibration, the visuals are incredible. The design of the monitor looks super clean, is sturdy (I got wild kitten that can confirm this -.-) and the build in menu is simple to use!

Keyboard

Great keyboard.

Pro:

1. Great typing/gaming feeling. 2. RGB looks amazing. 3. Comfortable wrist support.

Cons:

1. Pretty expensive 2. Requires 2 USB ports. 3. Requires new Razer synapse software, which couldn't find my 'old' deathadder mouse.

Mouse

Great mouse! Good feeling, reaction time, lighting and not too many/too little buttons. Only downside is that it wasn't recognized by the new Razer synapse software, forcing me to use both software's for a synchronized color.

Headphones

Audio: 5/5 Mic: 5/5 Sturdy: 5/5 (dropped it couple of times over the last year and still works perfectly) Buttons: 3/5 I never bothered to read/learn what the different buttons actually do, but sometimes I accidentally pressed one and it messes with the sound a lot! Can be quite annoying when you didn't notice you pressed it. I presume they can be helpful though. Price: 4/5 Expensive, but since it works exactly as I want it to that's no problem for me.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Blue and White? Those are good colors. Cool build!

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Those are all cooler master fans correct?

If so, I didn't expect them to look that good.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes. Originally wanted to go with LL120 from corsair but compatibility would have been an issue and I was also pleasantly surprised by CM's fans!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

So I noticed you said that you had problems cooling your 9700k. I don’t think it was the cooler, I think it was the cpu. You should try lapping the cpu, making the surface smooth; the cooler might not be contacting the whole cpu even with the thermal paste. Other than that, nice build

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that could be it too! Maybe I spread my paste badly aswell during the pump application. For now I am pretty happy with how its running and 4.8GHz is still good enough I feel. I want to enjoy the pc for a while and maybe when Coolermaster finnaly replies regarding my RGB controller issue, I will also give lapping a try! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have dropped an extra $100 or $150 on the 2080 for the ray tracing. Great build otherwise, though.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe yeah, but as stated, so far I can play whatever I want at ultra quality :) Don't really play BF5, just played it for a RTX test and hoping future games will support both DSLL and RTX allowing for higher RTX settings.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

2 KITTY YAY

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build! I think you could hide the red A0 led with black tape.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

haha I ended up doing exactly that a few month later^

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you go with 32gb of ram don't you think its just overkill and a waste of money

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It definitely is overkill for my purposes. However, since I got one as a gift after I bought my own, I couldn't just reject it^. Also adds to the aesthetics and might come in handy in the future.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same case and I found it necessary to take an extra 1-2 hours to just rotate fans, make sure everything is plugged in well, and just extra cable management, as I noticed your back fan isnt optimal for aesthetics, and the extra 1-2 hours of cable management will help with putting the back plate on.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I spent another hour or so working on cable management whilst trying to figure out why the RGB controller isn't working and now the back plate can be closed relatively easy at least.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent rig! I’m building a similar unit, still in the planning stages, upgrading from a i7-2600 lol!

Question, why didn’t you use the RGB header(s) from the motherboard? My plan is to get a RGB splitter cable. Just wondering if there is some compatibility issue

Thanks Dan

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the late reply.

why didn’t you use the RGB header(s) from the motherboard?

I didn't use them, because the RGB controller (comming with the AIO cooler) from coolermaster should be connected to an USB header according to its manual. So all my RGB cables from fans are connected to the RGB controller, which is connected to an USB header.

Just wondering if there is some compatibility issue

Not sure what you are trying to say with this. if this answers your question, I could have connected my front RGB fan cables to RGB headers and have the other RGB fans runs trough the USB header. I just wanted to avoid too many showing cables and since it was my first RGB experience, I wasn't sure if I could control them all via the controller otherwise. There are usually only compatibility issues when trying to use RGB from different companies (e.g. coolermaster and corsair). But this would be a different problem than headers I believe.

Hopefully this helped and if not feel free to ask anything else! Good luck with your build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

question, is the graphics card still holding up for you? a lot of the newegg reviews are making me very skeptical about this card and if i should buy it, seems like a great value card!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I had one issue with the game Dead by Daylight, which for some reason wouldn't allow the GPU overclock I was using and I had to turn it down a little. Kinda strange since the game doesn't really have a high requirement and I play way more GPU intensive games that could handle my old overclock without issues, not to mention all the stress tests I did.

Another temporary issue I had was with screen flickers. Thought at first it was some connectivity or monitor issues but turned out to be a bad driver. this fixed it back then and latest driver works without issues again. https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1012081-rtx-2070-flickering-screen/

Hope this helps! :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building a fairly similar rig but using the rtx2080. Would you recommend the z390 Aorus Master? I don't really mind the red light part.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I am not using all the available features of the mobo, so I can only speak for my uses, but if the red light doesn't bother you I would definitely recommend it. Easy enough bios, other visual RGB's make up for that annoying red info panel and offers great features. Don't know your planned build, but I presume you did enough research to know that this mobo supports your rig.

Hope this helped and good luck with the build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it's been a little bit since you posted, but the back panel that you hate on the motherboard helps cool it and the VRMs. Not too many z390 motherboards with that back plate, it helps a lot for overclocking.