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I was looking to build a new high-end workstation/gaming machine and just started shopping for parts when the X299/7820X were launched. Perhaps foolishly, I decided to go for the new platform/CPU.

The Lian Li case is super nice but as mentioned by others, it's kind of a pain to build in. Despite the large size, it has little room for case fans. If you put in an AIO cooler, the included case fans have to removed. Still, it is solid and good looking and I think has adequate air flow. I am using it the horizontal configuration. The Deepcool 240EX CPU cooler is about 1/8" too high so the glass top rests on the top of the cooler. I am going to have to find some shims to put under the glass cover.

I do some video editing and wanted super fast I/O so went with two 500GB M.2 960 Evo SSDs with the plan to set them up in a Raid 0 configuration. Despite hours of various configurations/driver attempts, I have been unable to get a bootable RAID 0. The BIOS thinks everything is cool, but Windows 10 install cannot see the Raid 0 drive.

So I setup the system with the two SSDs as separate drives without RAID and it is now working.

At stock clock speeds, the temps stay in the 30C range and when the CPU is stressed, it occasionally reaches close to 70C (cinebench and passmark).

I'm still learning the MSI BIOS (I prefer ASUS) but I upped CPU clock by 4% so slightly OCed I got: Passmark CPU test 19938 Cinebench 15 CPU 1828 Cinebench 15 OpenGL 143 fps (1080 GPU)

I saw the X299 VRM disaster video while waiting for parts. It had me a little concerned but turns out to be a non issue. I don't have a thermal sensor to check VRM temps but even after the CPU testing, the heatsink over the VRM is only slightly warm to the touch but nowhere near overheating and the individual VRM components are warm but do not seem overly hot. The CPU temps stayed mostly in the 40s and 50s during the testing but one core hit a max of 76C with the slight overclock.

I am still working on reconfiguring the drives into RAID 0 so not yet moving over a bunch of stuff in the current configuration. I will take some better pictures once I get the glass cover properly secured.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This is my second build using the Deepcool 240 EX. It is easy to install, reasonably priced and works well even with moderate overclocking. It is slightly too tall for the Lian Li PC O7 case but this can be fixed with shims under the glass cover.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks amazing! And I love the colors and how you got a liquid cooler into an HTPC!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you plan on doing hardcore overclocking like Der8auer the VRM's wont be an issue, especially since with the new i9's crappy TIM your chip will thermal throttle before the VRM's give out.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build... I'm quite intrigued bout 7820x too... But no raid 0 for you, unfortunately as you picked wrong ssds... Thank Intel for that I guess...

More info: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3199104/storage/intels-core-i9-and-x299-enable-crazy-raid-configurations-for-a-price.html

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the link. The article is not clear that it won't work with two separate drives in separate M.2 slots. It may be futile, but I am not giving up yet. Someone suggested a driver from Intel that will enable it, but I don't have time now to reconfigure at test it. I am not a fan of the MSI Bios. Once Windows Fast Boot is loaded, it is a pain to get back to into the BIOS. Headed out of town shortly. I'll update if I get it to work (or not).

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... The problem is that raid 0 on x299 boards is limited to only Intel made ssds... Honestly I can't imagine why is there such limitation but well it is there... If you manage to still make it work, let me know...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That may work but Intel are releasing new ssd's and they seem really good (ie the 545s). The 610p should be good also and they may even release a new high end ssd.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Can you please post temps with OC? Would really appreciate it. :) Thanks

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I played a little with overclocking. At 104% (4368 MHz), it runs fine. Temps are in the 40s-50s for typical usage (browsing, graphics benchmarks) and gets into high 60s under stress. I saw 71C in one test. Originally, it was getting a little hotter, but the BIOS fan profile was very conservative so I upped the fan speeds and it dropped max temps by 5 or 6 degrees. At 4368MHz I got 19938 on the Passmark CPU test which is very respectable. At stock speeds, it gets just over 19000. I can run it at 4400MHz and I see max temps around 72-76, but when I run the Passmark test, the result is slower at the slightly high clock speed. I also notice HWMonitor reporting slower clock speeds during the test. It appears the system is throttling but I am not an expert at OC so still not sure of the source of the slowdown. It could be my CPU cooler is overtaxed and it is throttling due to heat even though HWMonitor is typically reporting temps in the 60s and never reaching 80 or it could be something else. I welcome any ideas. I have seen reports that many users are running stable at up to 4600 or 4700MHz but they are reporting pretty high temps. I am very happy with the performance. There are only a few very high end chips that can run faster. I don't think I would notice another 100-200 Mhz in CPU speed in any application/game so I am going to leave it 4368 where everything is happy. I have been traveling so haven't had a chance to get back to trying to configure a bootable Raid 0. That is my next project when I have time.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is...like, the definition of swag. Great job. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

can the cpu auto overclock if needed only from say 3.6 to 3.7?

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

umm where is your fire extinguisher? pretty risky what you're doing there. other than that, good build and be safe!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Why? Because of the case? I have 6 fans (3 on GPU, 2 on the CPU cooler and one case fan.) The Der8auer VRM disaster video was way off base. Lots of people have debunked it.

During normal operation, the CPU temps stay under 50C. With 4% overclocking, I just ran Prime95 for 5 minutes stress testing the CPU and most cores stayed in the 60s. One maxed out at 74C. I think these temps are fine. I haven't tried any punishing games yet, since I am still trying to tweak the system get RAID 0 up and running.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

ah lad i was joking about the 7820x bad TIM.