Description

This build was first 'completed' in December of 2016, and little of its original form remains. Power supply (which really should be replaced now) and the Crucial MX300 drive come to mind.

In June of 2018 I upgraded from a 1070 to a 1080 ti just as prices were coming back to reality following the ethereum boom. The 1070 was perfect for 1080p144, but moving to the Dell 1440p144 TN unit wasn't kind to it. The 1080 ti FTW3 has been an absolute unit for 1440p gameplay and usually approaches or exceeds 100fps with good quality settings.

The original 16gb of Corsair vengeance memory gave me trouble—constant headaches with weird RAM training issues whenever I changed the system configuration along with good old fashioned vanity convinced me to upgrade to a faster and blingier set of 2x8 RGB 3000mhz sticks. I can't say with confidence that I've actually seen any performance gains—this is an Intel CPU after all.

The Thermaltake Floe 280mm AIO's pump died after about a year and a half of use. Disappointing, but not catasrophic. I've opted to replace it with a more conservatively styled but still 'lit' EVGA 280mm unit.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This is a very effective AIO, but don't get this version (they all use the same Asetek pump) unless the value of the extra RGB fans appeals to you. In my opinion, the NZXT block's infinity mirror design looks better.

My main issue is with the RGB effects. The effects have a really low 'framerate' so they're very stuttery. Static single colors or combinations of colors look fine, though.

Update: FWIW, my unit died after about a year and a half of use. Can't complain about any aspect of its performance while it did work except for the terrible looking (though functional) software for the lighting.

Motherboard

This is as no-frills as you're getting for the Z370 platform, but that doesn't make it bad by any means. I have a 5.0ghz OC running on an 8700k and temps across the board (ha) stay under 50 c. If you want to save a buck on your Z370 platform and don't need crazy power phases or modern-art VRM heatsinks this should serve you admirably.

Memory

This is a good kit for Intel setups since the speed deficit won't hit you as hard as on the Ryzen platform. Even then, I was able to clock my kit up to 2800mhz with no issue. Any higher and I can't maintain stability, though I haven't tried tweaking timings. Good-looking ram for a decent price.

Storage

Not as fast as the Samsung drives or a newer MX500, but if you can snag this for a good deal I'd highly recommend it, the general system performance and game load times are spectacular compared to any mechanical drive.

Video Card

Overclocks great, looks meh when installed since it doesn't have a backplate. If you have a tempered glass or acrylic window, I'd look at a different card. My unit also suffered from some coil whine.

Case

This case is beautiful, though the build quality of the non-glass components could be better. Some of the aluminum panels are a little thinner than I'd like. The mounting system for the glass isn't the best -- the rubber grommets which soften the connection between the glass and the rest of the case aren't fixed to the glass, so they can fall out and get lost if you aren't careful.

The dust filters across the front and top are easy to clean, though you'll have to remove the front glass to access the front filter.

Some have complained about the lack of room behind the non-glass panel for cable management, but I found it satisfactory. It doesn't offer much room to make things look pretty, but it's all going to be behind metal anyway.

Though I have complaints, I love this case and it's not a bad value for what you're getting -- a decent case to work in, two beautiful glass panels and three 120mm RGB fans, and overall presentation which will look great on your desk for a long time.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Im curious about your temps, did you delid the CPU? im planning on getting 8700k with the nzxt x62 or Cryorig r1 universal

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

No delid yet. With the 5 ghz overclock (which I don't usually run for noise and power reasons) under a full synthetic load it'll top out at around mid to high 80s. Definitely hot, and I'm using a 280mm AIO. The silicon on my chip is perfectly capable of achieving 5 or a little more but is thermally limited by the stock toothpaste.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there man, I got that case and I want the fans to sync with my led strips and CPU fan that are RGB, how did you do it please need help, by the way, sick build I'm looking forward to build something similar, cheers and thanks!!

PS, I got a Asus Aura compatible MoBo with 12v RGB headers !

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually not synchronized, I just manually set the colors to match up with the Thermaltake AIO which I set using the desktop software. Hopefully someone with more RGB knowledge than I have might be able to help you :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you turn all the MOBO lights off via MSI Mystic Light or via the BIOS? I'm interested in this board but don't want any of those LED's lit up nor the strip along the bottom left corner.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

i got the 8700k with the same motherboard ill probably get my 8700k to 5.0 GHz right?