Hello! Welcome to the cumulation of about a year and a few months of part gathering/researching and waiting, hope you enjoy the rgb goodness. Note: old and busted is in the gallery, be warned!
This build started off as a dream back in april, then I had no idea what parts did what besides gpu+cpu make game run good, I started asking around on some forums and people told me to wait for the 10xx series, then 10xx aftermarket coolers due in august. by the time august hit I was wrapped up in the glory of fancy builds, The lights! The chrome! The glass! So I decided to allocate 3000 of my savings and make something special. Around june is when I spotted the great deal for 32 gb of dom ram for a steal, which later bit me in the *** as its only a paltry 2400mhz, at the time I planned on a intel build so it shouldn't have mattered. By october I had heard rumors of 1080 ti being a much better buy then a 1080 and I thought, might as well wait for it, not to mention ryzen may also be an interesting deal, so lets hold out. By the time ryzen had rolled around I had been completely amazed by amd and the rumors of vega being a much better performer than the 1080ti could be was a tantalizing proposition, not to mention a friend of mine was edging me on about how amazing freesync is, so I splurged and bought a 144hz 1440p ips freesync monitor on sale. This decision forced me to wait 5 months for vegas arrival, and the arrival itself was just plain depressing, so I bought a lightning x (cause over 200 cheaper then a lightning z) and went **** it :D
The aim of this build was to keep a monochrome colour scheme with as many indirect rgb lighting fixtures as possible, I always hated the way led strips looked due to the pockets of bright leds but still really enjoyed the glow and ability to change colour. I have a dedicated program ssd, game ssd and everything else hard drive, while also having a ramdisk on hand for cache's, got to use that 32 gb somehow, at least when not using it for work.
The rad on the front is in a push pull config with 4 140mm fans at normal speeds, while the 4 exhaust 120 fans at minimal speeds (managed to get around the limitations of a 3 prong fan with the built in fan hub) this allows for optimal viewing of the rgb fans while also keeping a positive air pressure to minimize dust, the only issue is that the 120 fans are much higher quality then the 140 fans, not to mention pushpull decreases airflow by approx 1/3 which is why the 140's are higher then the 120's.
Due to the ram size I was unable to place the rad on the top exhaust, and having it on the front intake meant I had to remove the hard drive cage hidden in the basement, however as I desperately need that hard drive it is currently just sitting on some wires until I can find a more permanent fixture.
Amazing price to performance, 12 threads at a generous IPC leaves little to be desired, although I had seemed to have lost the silicon lottery pretty hard and can only get 3.6ghz at 1.3v, still an amazing chip though.
Won this puppy in a contest so I might be slightly biased :P The temps are low and there is much less noise than the stock amd cooler I was using. The stock fans must be run pretty low otherwise it is literally louder then a vacuum and the corsair link software leaves much to be desired. Oon the upside it looks amazing, though once again to be a downer the tubes are incredibly stiff.
To be honest this was the worst part in my build, on a superficial glance it is a very good motherboard, lots of io, built in lighting, all of its features seem to be top notch, however upon use you can tell it falls apart. First of all the bios is minimal and buggy, a major bug that troubled me for a month was that it reset cpu and ram frequency if the voltage was over 1.3v after not being intensely used a few minutes after system start, this has yet to be fixed. The second strike against this motherboard is that it has a glaring dark orange led in the centre of the board, I have tried to hide it with electrical tape but it is strong enough to shine through which ruins the whole point of rgb imo. The third strike is the led system, not only are they more obtuse then it would seem on video (shining bright instead of a glow) but they have a heavily limited colour scheme and CANNOT TURN ORANGE, given that orange is the color of the lighting on all of its promotional material I cannot forgive this issue, the only colors I find are particularly good are dark blue, red, purple and green. white is heavily toned turquoise and strangely enough when set to turquoise the right hand panel is a shade lighter then the other leds.
good memory with a very nice glow that persists during sleep, which I think looks fantastic, a sleeping beast as it were.
fast, reliable, and very nice software, definetely worth the premium over other ssd's
best bang for your buck ssd imo, good for storage very large programs, like doom.
this baby has been with me for years and still functions perfectly, fast (for a hard drive) large, and fairly quiet I couldn't imagine my computer without it
A beautiful card, easily hit the 2050 max for overclocking, however the premium has it competing with liquid cooled cards, although compared to its big brother Z it's a steal at 200CAD cheaper
Stunning case that can only be appreciated in person, there are a few flaws however, the motherboard is too near the top of the case, which can lead to radiators conflicting with ram, covering the back exhaust and covering the motherboard itself. If installing a rad in the front you are forced to remove the hard drive cage below, which has forced me to just have my hard drive taped down. Finally getting the back of the case closed is a real hassle with the default power cables I have, making me worry about the tempered glass breaking form the pressure. Otherwise the case is seriously top notch!
Cheap and good, dead silent and everything about it screams good craftsmanship, from the box to the default cables.
Lovely looking fans, however the lack of a pwm or 140mm option has be seriously annoyed, plus the fact you are forced to attach a switch to control the led colour, the only way to control it from the comfort of your keyboard is to buy a corsair commander.
To be honest im somewhat disappointed, it lacks alot of the features you will see on other monitors at the price point like low framerate compensation, not to mention it falls out of freesync range quite frequently with the 580 I was using beforehand (probably because of the 2k res). On the upside it does do everything it says it will, ips 1440p freesync with nary a dead pixel and that is very enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend going to 1440p with this generation of gpu's though, too expensive.
Pros: versatile and vivid led controller media controls are incredibly convenient beautiful construction Cons: cord is thick and stiff absolutely abysmal to clean, especially getting dust off of the aluminum mine seems to be a bit broken as a few leds will flash to red and stay that colour unless that key's lighting is updated (eg ripple effect, or anything non static)