This is really just a slightly updated version of this build; originally it was built in February 2018. I've since upgraded to the Vega 64, then painted the shroud and vertical-mounted it. The AIO is new too as it was a necessity to be able to vertical mount the GPU. I painted the plastic shroud on my second Crosshair 6 Hero. The first board required an RMA due to it not wanting to play nice with any overclocked ram. The three fans and fan grills that came with the Silverstone PM-01 were replaced by Silverstone FW142s. I moved the three non-led fans to the back as exhaust and slapped Phanteks fan frames on them to brighten up the interior even more.
This beauty is mostly used for gaming.
The last image (excuse the glare) is the final product.
I had to RMA this board the first time after numerous headaches trying to get ram to OC at all. This second one works perfectly. Still, I have to knock a star off because I'm having flashbacks from all the problems the first one gave me.
It's white, RGB, and overclocked effortlessly once I finally got a motherboard that would allow me to.
I know -- I don't have this running to it's full potential yet. I intend to upgrade later this year, though, and I bought this with that in mind. In the mean time it's still stupid fast.
Eh. I thought I was getting a good deal scooping this up for under $400 and truthfully I probably did. However it's hot and loud AF, and I'm not a fan of either. Maxes out at 77C (room temp ~75F) with hot spots typically >90C when gaming and VRM temps are ~98C. I've replaced thermal paste (Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut) and pads on the VRM heatsinks as Strix Vegas are notorious for that -- and it didn't help. I looked into using an NZXT Kraken G12 bracket + AIO, but guess which card is not compatible without modding?
This card has convinced me to go back to Nvidia if I'm honest.
The cornerstone of this build and still my single favorite part. Tons of room to work in and drop dead gorgeous. My single gripe is that the hard drive cage is not easily removable as it's riveted in -- still, I might just take it out if I reuse this case next build.
Works flawlessly and came with individually sleeved cables. I ended up replacing them, though, as they are stiff as hell and hard to work with.
I LOVE these. They are insanely quiet and the LEDs are nice and bright.
So... 32" 1440p monitor for $200? Okay. First one was returned due to weird issues and a couple dead pixels. This one is fine though.