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First build in a loooong time. Saw BitWit's December RGB build and fell in love with the aesthetic - 'cause you know that's all that matters !kappa.

The graphics card shortage made me think twice about building it but I got a fantastic deal on the Asus Strix 1080 A8G (significantly cheaper than 1070 prices in June/July 2017) so I went for it.

M.2 storage is absolutely lightning quick. I have a hard time getting into the bios as it loads so fast. I timed the startup during a disk check after an improper shutdown and it was 15 seconds - so even quicker on normal starts.

The NZXT case is nice to build in. Plenty of space for the most part except that you will have a hard time locking down the HDD screw closest to the PSU bracket if you've already put the PSU in. The screw labelling could also be better.

I still need to play with the fan curve settings and was dissapointed to learn that SpeedFan does not support the Z270 chipsets. The Asus AI suite is an alternative to the UEFI setup but it's clunky.

The 1080 breezes through everything I've thrown at it at 1080p. I bought this in preparation for Destiny 2 so am looking forward to putting the machine through its paces on that.

The Corsair AF fans really are very quiet and along with the AER and CPU fans provide very reasonable temps at low outputs. My ambient temps have been higher as of late (mid-high 20 centigrade) and the idles have been 38-44 on both CPU and GPU. I know the 7700k runs a little hot and I have noticed spikes into the high 50s when under medium load but overall happy.

The RGB side of things is taken care by the CAM software - which controls the Hue+ and the Quad Lumi CPU cooler. The mobo, RAM and GPU by the Asus Aura software and the keyboard and mouse by Corsair's CUE. It's little fiddly to get setup, but it's a set and forget for me now. I'll probably play with some different settings once I get tired of the current colour scheme. Customisation really has come on a long way since I last built a machine. Ten years ago I would not have dreamed about putting a glass side panel on my case!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

flip the 2 front fans around to intake, not exhaust.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep did that already lol

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you going to be playing destiny 2 on that :D?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I certainly am! How about you?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

you bet! my name on blizzard is: SwiftDelta 2571

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build +1

What made you mount the Hue and the SSD on top rather than put one in the front? In my opinion, builds with that drive bracket empty on the front of the shroud detracts a bit from the overall aesthetics.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the compliment and for the question.

I originally placed the SSD on the front mounted bracket but had some difficulty when routing it via the hole to the right and through the expansion bay slots. It was just easier, basically. I do agree the front mount looks better so will probably attempt it again at some point, or when I get another SSD. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That rgb cryorig cooler looks amazing!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Still waiting for the rgb version to hit Canada but now the regular c7 works and looks amazing

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I've just signed up for this site just to comment on this rig. This rig is quite similar to what I'm considering to build one (GPU, nzxt case, M.2 SSD, HDD, CPU cooler). I've got to say, you've made my decision a lot easier! Great, clean, setup with a killer air cooler! I would go for a more "monochrome" tone though haha.

Just a short question, how is the temp and airflow for this rig? I'm not sure if the 1080 will need a lot of help or not. I'm also considering to use double 140 in the front and 120 for top and back.

Thanks!

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the Cryorig. I was going to go with an H7 anyway so when I saw this version I thought - got to have it.

Yes I'd imagine a bequiet or Noctua would perform better - but I think the core temps have been fine so far. If only Noctua would change their colour scheme!!!

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