Description

Make sure to plan your cable management! I'm using this computer largely as my daily-driver/dream machine. I play a ton of PC games so I figured I'd build something to futureproof myself (at least for a year).

In terms of what worked well, make sure you get a fan hub if you buy the parts on this spec. The lack of ODD meant that I didn't have a place to put my fan controller card which resulted in a 4 hour round trip to Microcenter for a fan hub. Also, the AIO is a total PITA, and when I migrate to a custom loop, the USB back ports are going to be even more difficult to manage. The InWin 909 is a great case aesthetically, but since it doesn't come with fans you're going to have to play around it. Not to mention, the PSU area had me expressing myself with a lot of profanity. Performance wise I'm going to give this a 9/10, probably will hit 10 once I go custom loop. As previously stated, you will need to come to the table with a gameplan for doing the wiring, I spent 6 hours on my first pass through only to realize I was unable to close my rear side panel, so I had to redo everything....

Also, the 2066 has a backplate already installed for mounting coolers, so you don't need to come up with a solution on that end. For lighting, expect the be very underwhelmed by the Asus Prime x299 Deluxe. There were slight scratches that are notated on a lot of reviews.

Future additions to this build: Custom Loop 1 (Pump/Res -> CPU -> Radiator -> Return) 360MM Rad (Pump Top of Case)* Custom Loop 2 (Pump/Res -> GPU-> GPU->Radiator->M2->Return) 240MM Rad (Pump>Right of GPUs) Etching (Main Viewing Panel): Blood Elf Racial Symbol from WoW) Etching (Rear Viewing Panel): Sith Empire Symbol from Star Wars) Machine Cutting (Front of Case): Uppercase Delta, addressable red LED underneath to backlight symbol Monitors: 2: 144hz 1 MS resposne 2560x1440 monitors 27 inches

Part Reviews

CPU

For the hefty price tag you would hope this is a five star item. I'll be honest. I read the reviews from other sites and when I hit the order button my heart sank. I was coming from an i7 4790k and thought that the performance gain would be lackluster.

I was wrong, I was very, very wrong. Holy god. This thing is a monster. When I opened the box angels sang from above, the heaven's opened, Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit all ran to me and screamed "I can't believe you bought this! It costs sooo much and no one needs it!" While true, if you're looking to do a ludicrous build, this should be your cornerstone. Overall, an excellent purchase, and something I would recommend doing at least once in your life if you have treat-yo-self money.

TL;DR: If you're even bothering to read this post, you should go ahead and buy it. If you're looking for someone to tell you that you don't need it, and you will be happier with an i7 and won't regret not picking this one, you're going to need to look elsewhere.

CPU Cooler

So I'm new to liquid cooling in general. If you look at my parts list, you can understand that I'm not going to risk blowing up my processor or dousing it in a shower of liquid, so I figured I would get an AIO, BFD solution. Performance wise I would give it 4..5 stars, it keeps the unit extremely cool (around 29C idle) and playing most games I sit in the 30's. That said, I really don't think the ramp-up curve in speed is appropriate, it either sounds dead silent or like a plane is taking off. Truthfully, the largest mark against the product is the instruction manual. Google Thermaltake Water 3.0 RIING 360 and you'll see a ton of people complaining about the same thing. I spent a long while trying to figure the thing out, and had to hold my breath while I turned on my computer.

Spoiler alert: It takes power from the motherboard. TL;DR: A solid pick for a solution, the provided manual is terrible, online support isn't much help, and for something that should be a balance of ease to install with performance I found it annoyingly vague and ambiguous. It is a pretty cooler and the LED's are very well done, but between cable texture, ambiguous instructions, and poor choices of fan speed, I think they could do better.

Motherboard

Alas, being a fanboy has punched me square in the nads. When I started building the list of materials, I knew I was going to go with an Asus board. Due to my poor networking requirements of needing Wi-Fi where I was living, I thought this would be the ideal solution. Don't get me wrong, this board, if priced at 299, or even 399 would be perfect and some of the flaws could be excused. A few of them are truly my fault due to being a moron with too much money.

It has ample space for an SLI set up. However, by using the Asus ROG STRIX 1080 TI OC editions, you're going to cover up your one M2 drive that is under the plate. Also, the LED lighting on this thing is poor at best, and there were a variety of scratches all over the left RGB header by the IO shield, even prior to taking off the plastic. Again, not an issue on some boards, but for 500 I wanted this thing to be pristine. Certain areas aren't ideal for pin placement, and I think overall Asus tried to get as many things on this board as possible without really thinking through the practical implications.

A few of the other issues is that the flush bios button on the board will fall off and if your case is similar to mine just say goodbye to it forever. The Aura software on this thing is poorly supported to the point the lighting on the board and RAM will randomly be disabled, and it gets the GPU colors wrong when it comes to making things uniform. Installation of the processor is easy enough, but they could have made the visual tell of the proper corner a little more explicit.

TL;DR: A very good motherboard when it comes down to it, but for the money you should be blown away by it. Aura support at launch is meh, installing drivers to interface with the proper antennas is also obnoxious, and one of the m2 drive being wholly inaccessible, specifically when you're using Asus's cards in an SLI set up is, in my opinion, unacceptable. 3.5 stars when price drops, but if you're looking at an enthusiast motherboard, wait for the ROG Extreme.

Memory

3200 MHz? Check. Acceptable CAS? Check. Pretty lights? Check. Only reason it's not 5 stars? Issues with lighting, which I also dinged the motherboard for. For the performance you get out of this part, the relatively low cost, and the pretty lights, I would recommend this to anyone looking to build a RGB rig.

Storage

Just get one. I have very little else to add other than that I went from 7200 RPM right to this and I'm still sitting here with my jaw on the ground at how fast it is. Call your ISP when you get this, because you're going to need faster internet. At 127.88, it would be a colossal mistake not to get this, it will make an absurd difference for you.

Storage

If you're looking at my current build and reading how I've reviewed this, it shouldn't be a shock that I'm only giving this 3 stars. When you compare how expensive it is with the M2 drives, there is no reason to buy this, unless you run out of m2 slots. I'm using it as a backup drive, and its doing its job nicely. I traded a part for it, but if I had to spend money on it, I would just buy a m2 1 TB drive. Good for the past, but we've moved on.

Video Card

This is the best of the best. The card looks gorgeous and the lighting on it is exceptionally well done. While you should only need one, two will add an extra 2-3 years of performance out of your rig. Keep in mind, THEY ARE MASSIVE. This can not be said enough, you will need to make sure that your case is compatible with it, and that can route around it appropriately. The fan headers on the side are perfect in order to make sure that chassis fans can adjust to their heat instead of the CPU. While nit picky, they explicitly state that you void your warranty when you install a water block to this, even if said water block is explicitly designed for your GPU.

TL;DR: If you're looking to wave your manhood all over the place and get the maximum bang for your buck, get this. Just be aware it's as big as you want to be, and you might snap your motherboard trying to install one of these.

Case

A few months ago I shared a Facebook video about Inwin's $10,000 case. A buddy of mine asked me to take a look at the 909 and let him know what I thought of it, and what better way of doing research than building a super rig inside one. Everyone, everywhere, will tell you how gorgeous it is, but until you see it in person, the reviews will not do it justice. Still, there are a few caveats to it. When it comes to routing the cables, the PSU bay has a very minimal opening, and with the motherboard I chose I constantly felt like I was going to break something trying to make the wires reach. The HDD bays up top shouldn't be there, or, like everyone else says, should be removable. The lack of ODD bay means that if you're going to be using a fan controller, which when you're looking at this case I'm going to assume you're throwing money around like its nothing, you're going to have to machine something. There are no included fans, and the mounting area on the back of the case for a 360MM radiator will be a massive annoyance factor once you're trying to get USB devices plugged into the motherboard around the wiring.

TL;DR: Gorgeous, the most aesthetically pleasing case I've ever seen or used. Downsides: small PSU bay for routing cables, suboptimal use of the top space, lack of ODD bay doesn't mean you shouldn't put -something- that size in there internally for a fan controller, and no fans coming along means an additional expense.

Power Supply

Don't skimp on your PSU. Get this. Modularity means that you only need to attach what you use, its quiet, and I haven't found a need for anything over 1k watts (yet). No cons, the money you'll spend for 80+ platinum will pay its weight over months of energy bills.

Case Fan

Pros: gorgeous lighting, moves air as well as it needs to, length of fan connector is great.

Cons: Screws they give you to install it are terrible, its a pain to try to figure out what pushes air and what pulls (spoiler alert, Corsair Logo = Pull)

Case Fan

Pros: gorgeous lighting, moves air as well as it needs to, length of fan connector is great.

Cons: Screws they give you to install it are terrible, its a pain to try to figure out what pushes air and what pulls (spoiler alert, Corsair Logo = Pull)

Keyboard

Hands down the best keyboard I've ever used. I've been using Razer ever since they brought out the blue backlit membrane keyboard and thought I would try out Corsair this time around. I won't be going back. Keycaps are extremely responsive and just feel exceptionally well designed, and the USB pass through works like a charm. Cherry MX browns were the switch type I decided to go with since I had to come up with something a little more quiet than the Razer Greens.

Mouse

In terms of mice, this was perfect for me as I have larger hands. The thumb rest is one of those touches that you don't expect to be a selling point, but once you have it, you'll refuse to use a mouse without it. The only con is that you cannot disable the blue DPI meter, which I think clashes with the color scheme I have chosen. If you can live with the blue light coming from that area, adjust this to 5 stars.

Headphones

Is it the best headset I've ever used? Besides the fact its wireless and is part of the corsair ecosystem, there are a few things I think are lackluster or cause issues. Now, with it's price point, its very well done and the reason it's 4 stars instead of 3. I would purchase this over a Kraken for sure, but a few things irritate me with it.

You cannot adjust the microphone's position in terms of distance it extends out towards your mouth. You can either rest it on your chin, or above your mouth. I'm a "loud breather" or you can just say I'm a swimmer and a smoker and I move more air than my case. If I could adjust it out, I wouldn't have the issue. Not the case, so everyone complains, I go to PTT, and we start losing. The depth of bass is a little lacking, but the 7.1 makes up for it, which is a by and large far beyond Razer's performance in that regard. If I could adjust the position of the microphone with distance from my mouth, rather than attempting to do so via the headband, I would give it 5/5.

TL;DR: Better headsets out there? Yes. Better headsets out there for this price: No. Still, make the mic flexible, and I'd gladly spend the extra 20 dollars.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

i7 users run over with pitchforks

But seriously, nice build! This seems like a beastly PC that will last you for a long time!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

At least until next year, or the 18 core comes out....

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you do to get this kind of money? I would have been saving for a LONG time to get this

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

RIP Grandma T_T

Also I got a new job doing consulting.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

you had one rich grandma jesus christ.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Apparently. Had no idea I was getting a dime.

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Omg the ultimate it should be called. Just curious why no 4k monitor? This machine must knock off the highest greatest resolution you crank it up. +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

1440p is where its at bud 4k is great and all but with Gsync you'd be locked at 60 frames which is sub par.

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

What this guy said. After having 144hz and 1 ms refresh rate, 60 5ms feels horrid.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

But 1 ms is the response time, and that isnt noticeable compared to 4-5ms. What you mean is input lag, and that probably is noticeable on a 4k monitor, wait for Asus new 4k 144hz monitor :P, i mean you have enough for a 400€ case, so you might be interested in that.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Not gsynch

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  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Hmmm, I dunno dude.. You might have to upgrade soon...

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're going that overboard with the rig, don't cheap out on the displays. That thing should drive 3-4 1440p 144hz displays or 3-4 4k 60hz ones.

Or if you dare dell's 8k monitor.

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

60 htz isn't good enough

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning on getting two more of the listed display next revenue stream :P. I just need to get a mounting system because I hate the round red ring display.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Please add more pictures so you can prove this is not a stock photo.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Added!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope you can drive it to work... But the real question is, will it play games?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

YAS!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Tetris?

Doom?

CRYSIS?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

World of Warcraft, games I've been meaning to play since 2012, PUBG, and anything else coming out that I'm going to want to play :P

But mostly using the set up once its done for streaming.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Run some Passmark tests and post them. I'd love to see how well this beast compares to the world

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to look at doing this when I get home this weekend. Right now the side panels are getting etched but I'll def. post the results for ya!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Morrreeeee pics plzzzzzzzzz :D

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Added another one, will be adding more pictures of it after the etching on the side panels is done.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for overkill

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

"treat-yo-self" quote from Parks and Recreation.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I know most people hate the i9 lineup because of how expensive they are, but for someone who wants to build an overkill/budget-less PC I think that they are excellent. +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 5 points

threadripper is overkill and is better and for the same price or less

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Threadripper also isn't out yet.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

it will

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Eh, I'm an intel fanboy and part of the problem. It also wasn't out yet. I'm a bad person in terms of instant gratification and the girl I was dating when they came out picked it up for me at the Microcenter 8 hours away from where I live because it was the only place that had it in stock.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I can see everyone hating on them for sure. The price point was stupid. I honestly thought I would be a little let down by the performance of it, but its god damn amazing.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

jeezus mate, u bill gates son?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That moment you wish you were a trust-fund baby

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Same

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

lemme borrow some money....

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me bruh its all gone

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you ever considered the TUF Mark 1 before buying the Motherboard? The best board from Asus until Rampage VI come out (In my opinion).

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build +1 What temperatures are you getting with that i9?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of curious why you didn't go with a threadripper 1950X, $10 cheaper, 6 more cores, 12 more threads, better performance, and has a full 64 PCI lanes, if I'm not mistaken, the I9 only has 44 so I believe your pretty much at your limit with PCI and possibly might even be bottlenecking your second gpu or m.2 drive because of the I9's lane restriction, other than that, its a beautiful build.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Threadripper wasn't out yet. If it was I probably would have given it a try. Since GPU 1, GPU 2, and M2 are the only PCI draws I'm not bottlenecking, and if I am I can't really notice it!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

When you were relating the fan curve that the TT AIO was operating at, I wondered if you had tried using the fan profiles within the Asus suite within your UEFI. Your rig is such a HALO build I am guessing that you just didn't prefer the Asus Fan Expert utility.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to take a look at it tonight. It really isn't that bad, it just goes from really quiet to really loud very quickly.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I've heard, most AIOs operate in that manner, preferring quiet operation the way car makers design for fuel efficiency. They want that all important decibel number. Then when low fan speeds cause the CPU to build heat, it wants to correct at full throttle.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

In your description i read about bad review for the x299 asus . is it for real ? i just plan to buy one . The problem there's no other x299 motherboard that come with thunderbolt ex3 in the package except this x299 deluxe. I need that thunderbolt ex3 card.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me, it gets worse. If you lose anything they have zero way to replace it. My car got broken into and someone stole my backpack which had my antennas, and after talking to Asus Support, they have no way of sending me new ones, or selling me new ones. Total BS

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

We all need to think about whats really going on here. The venders and manufact. are sucking alot of folks into a fantasy here. I've been working on computers a large part of my life and can honestly sit down and worry a bit at the builds I see and the crazy money being spent. Save your money folks and flourish on the spoils! The bottom will fall out......

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

ITS A BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY EVERYONE ITS LIT

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, why you don't like the x299 deluxe?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me you do more than game with this. And future proof for at least one year?! Unless you're doing some crazy AI learning that gets a huge overhaul every year, I think you'll be good for much longer

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

God is spelled with a capital "G".

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  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeh unless you want a hot overpriced toaster listen to this guy.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, you should see the way pop-tarts come out of it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm...always seeing comments saying amd is an oven, most tech videos I see of intel I7's (even on water) being stress tested usually hover around the 60-70 degree Celsius mark, probabaly explains why every intel I have ever owned has fried, but yet my FX 8350 which most intel people say is an oven, hovers around 40 degrees Celsius on water under load, and it has 4 more cores and more power draw than most I7's so I'm just confused as to why intel fans scream out that amd is a space heater anytime a valid argument comes up

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny you should mention this, one of the main reasons I actually went for an upgrade was because I was using 1080 FE x 2 with a 4790k. This new one is THICC