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Wanted to have an i7 (with HT) but then the i9 came. Since i play CSGO mostly I needed some strong single core performance and that's why AMD wasn't really an option for me. The i9 is a real beast though!

Tried overclocking a bit already but getting to 5ghz is a pain and very difficult with almost any AIO watercooling solution. Didn't won the lottery this time as my i9 needs more than 1,31 vcore which gives temps around 100 degrees so for now one running stock or maybe upgrading my cooling in the near future to give it a try again.

The memory is DDR4 3600mhz btw, couldn't choose it in the part list and the motherboard is the Hero without WiFi, gamers shouldn't game on WiFi >:)

UPDATE 9-12-18: Added NZXT X72 360mm watercooling and 3x Corsair LL120 fans

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  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

Why an i9 with a 1070?

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

I still had the 1070 from my previous build and I play CSGO 90% of the time which doesn't really need any fancy GPU. The 1070 is also still plenty of GPU power for full HD IMO.

The reason I went for an i9 is because CSGO is very CPU heavy and I want the most FPS I can get at any time.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

One reason it can't sustain 5Ghz all core, other than the fact the AIO can't keep up, is the VRMs, which ASUS went with a 4 phase design with doubled components. They no longer believe in phase doublers.

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Your AIO cooler isn’t the reason youre unable to get a 5ghz oc, it’s entirely the MoBo. That MoBo isn’t any good for overclocking, you can check out the circuit analysis from Actually Hardcore Overclocking on YouTube where they verify it is indeed a 4 phase and not an 8+ phase as advertised by asus.

  • 18 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah I read about it aswell but didn't wanna swap my order anymore and I just love the looks of the Maximus Hero..

But I don't know if it's really the VRM's giving trouble or just the cooling and my chip lottery that's not good enough.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That ram looks slick!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I have the same case and probably am going to update to something similar to what you have. Did you take out the hard drive pay on the bottom to fit in that 360 AIO correct?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah I only use SSD's nowadays so got rid of the HDD cage a while ago already. I do think it will fit but barely. It also blocks a lot of airflow so that was the main reason to get it out, together with my old HDD's which were making too much noise haha.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure I liked your insult about AMD regarding single core performance.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nah it's not an insult, its more for my specific usercase that AMD is just a no-go. In almost every other scenario I would've went for AMD aswell since Intel is so overpriced at this moment. No worries I'm not a fanboy and I am more than glad that AMD is finally showing really good competition again with Intel, means the consumer gets better products for less money in the end :) (except at Intel atm lol)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed but I don’t think that Intel has changed its prices at all even with Ryzen around. I just got a Ryzen 5 1600 recently.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No true indeed, but that is mostly because they have this huge shortage regarding processors. It will be very interesting to see what AMD and Intel will bring in the next year, especially with this large competition ongoing.