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This build first started when my friend offered me a free i7. He didn't know much about computers and when I thought i7 I was expecting something along the lines of an i7 940 or maybe a 2600k if I was lucky. I was extremely surprised when I was presented with the 5820k I am now using in this build. I told him that this was actually worth something and that I would give him at least $100 but in the end we settled on $20. Apparently it came from his cousin who just likes throwing away perfectly good parts when it comes time to upgrade.
The next step in building the computer was the the motherboard. X99 motherboards are not cheap and I ended up settling for a very dodgy looking Asus Rampage board I found on eBay which the seller claimed was working even though it was missing both a chipset, VRM heatsink and all the PCI-E sockets where bent. When the board arrived I was able to easily bend back the PCI-E sockets but it was clear that it was not even close to being functional as it had water cooling dye stains everywhere and worst of all somebody had managed to get liquid metal in the CPU socket itself. Unlike any sane person I decided not to send it back and instead attempt to remove the liquid metal from the socket myself. My plan was to use a needle to suck out the liquid metal. The only problem was I did not have any so I decided to stop by my other friend's house who lives in the sketchier part of town and get a needle out of his drug overdose kit.
Now I don't know much about needles but I did know that I did not want to accidentally stab myself with one so the first thing I did was get my dremel tool and cut off the sharp tip. This turned out to be a very good idea because unbeknownst to me this needle was spring loaded. I was just about done getting the last of the liquid metal out when I pushed the plunger just a little bit too far down and the tip of the needle shot across my garage and behind a pile of wood. Needless to say I am now have a real reason to be worried whenever I am getting shots. On the bright side I did not get stabbed and the motherboard worked for the most part aside from the headphone jack not working.
The rest of the build went relatively smoothly apart from my open box AIO weeping slightly at first, bending a pin on one of the USB 3 headers and missing a cable fro the power supply. I had gotten the PSU for free and it seemed like it had all the cables but alas both PCI-E power cables where missing. In the end I decided just like in my last build just to make the cables myself. I just spliced a 6 to 8 pin adapter onto a single male 6 pin connector.
Finally I could power on my new computer and install my OS of choice being windows 7. The windows 7 drivers for this board are absolutely terrible (especially the USB 3 drivers). I had so many issues and installed windows a total of 3 times but in the end and after installing the drivers in the correct order and with a bit of luck everything worked! That was until I started actually testing what I made. In the end the power supply just can't keep up with the system and pushing the graphics card too hard just crashes the system. I can play all my games though with the power limit all the way down in afterburner.
I can say that this will be the first X99 system I have seen built for under $500 US which is a feat in my eyes. I was amazed when converting the price from CAD to USD it came out to $497.72 US. I have bought a new EVGA 850 BQ for $112 CAD minus the $20 rebate. I have not yet installed it and for the time being I can say I have probably one of the cheapest X99 systems on the site.
Almost dead silent and moves quite a bit of air. I would not recommend these fans to anybody with a restrictive intake though.
Case looks great! The RGB is tasteful and can be turned off entirely if you want. The slot at the top where the motherboard power connector fits through is too small for the connector to fit with the motherboard installed.