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After 3 months of heavy rebate crunching and offers seeking, I finally built my first gaming rig.

I must say the pieces were easier than anticipated to assemble together.

The only thing I was unable to connect is the HDD LED in the NZXT case since there were no indication of +/- anywhere on the full cable length and pins so I decided to leave them unplugged to ensure I do not short circuit anything.

This computer runs silent and destroys my lowly 1080P@60hz monitor which I plan to replace soon.

Took me longer to play in the UEFI Bios than to assemble it!

Finally ran Firemark 3D : http://www.3dmark.com/fs/7901433

I also got around to using ASUS GPU Tweak for the Matrix and it is a beast.

I reached 7800mhz on the RAM speed the gpu without having any problems and 1.4Ghz core clock.

I may try to push it farther later on but this speaks volume about how amazing this 980Ti card from ASUS really is!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 6600K OC at 4.2Ghz in the 24C on idle and 36 under heavy load.

This thing is a beast.

I can barely imagine what a 280mm or 360mm radiator can do!

Motherboard

This motherboard is pretty solid for me.

Has all the ports I need and was easy to set up with the UEFI for all my components.

I was very worried about making my first build but the MSI EUFI was pretty easy to use.

Storage

Its fast and does what I need it to.

Nothing bad to say about it.

Video Card

My god.

This card is as powerful as it looks.

It seems to skip from 34C to 58C as soon as it starts being sufficiently used and still remains somewhat silent.

I have yet to need to OC it over the base 1.32Ghz clock speed it cam with.

I simply love it.

Case

Great case, great look and easy for first time builders to set up in due to large space.

Removed a star because my case's HDD cord was unmarked and I wish all the screws were in a small plastic box instead of a generic cardboard cube.

Power Supply

PSU supplies my build with continous power without any problem.

First connection gave me a code 00 which then set itself up after disconnecting the supply and reconnecting it after 5 minutes.

Super silent and efficient.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Quality build if I do say so myself, moans the things I would do to that graphics card. Haha just kidding but in all seriousness it looks great, +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice m80

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You wont short circuit anything on the HDD LED ;) Just trial and error. If it doesn't turn on, you did it wrong. Just switch it and you should be good to go. But in my personal experience, they are different wire colors. + for me is grey, and - is black. Just thought I'd help you out with that.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have 2 black cables, there's no color distinction.

But I will check it out next time I open the side panels to play inside of it.

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Check if one of the cables has white lettering, that should be the positive one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Followed it up to the zip tie pre installed for the case and nothing.

Anyhow, I cannot see the LED form where I sit and its at due to its size so not a big issue

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

dang the matrix appears in a build for once XD. Also, Phantom 530 master race (nzxt in general is baller)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Man I love this case but it is HUGE!

I only realized it after building up the PC and putting it on my desk!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yep originally planned to get 410 but micro center ran out so i got this monster and it literally takes up so much space but the largness has lots of features for new timers like when i got it

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the preinstalled motherboard standoff made rthis easy for me.

I really like it!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah also the cable management is great. the fan hub is also a nice feature. Would have been nice if there was a PSU shroud. they should revise it and make a 2016 edition XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a UHD Acer monitor on sale right now for 280 US dollars. Pretty good deal if you ask me. Awesome build! I love the graphics card. Overclock that thing!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Im up in Canada sadly but thanks for the information :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It shouldn't be too much more expensive.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The CAD to US conversion is horrendous at the moment sadly.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

come to south africa and you wont complaing my build is costing me $500 more than it says on my system build

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That ROG 980 ti amazing

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I wouldve gone with an EVGA or GIGABYTE card, but still... WOW!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I pushed the Asus Matrix last night in Witcher 3 everything up to the highest with hairworks on and it runs about 47C and still barely makes any noise for me.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I was looking for a 1440P G-Sync monitor.

I should have it around the end of summer.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

great choice of components! would love to see some more photos

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I plan on switching some of the fans to ones with LED soon and when I do I will post more.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok! Build looks amazing so far

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, that GPU is so good that when you OC it, it'll bottlenex the CPU! LOL

+1 for this great build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

We have the same motherboard, case, and cooler. How did you get the fans to fit over the motherboard? that red/black piece is blocking the fans from being mounted on the radiator.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I put the fans above the frame into the top portion that is removable.

Essentially, I screwed the fans into the radiator through the holes into the top of the frame.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Yeah I had to do the same...Do you think 15mm or 20mm fans would fit ??

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Theres a lot of space above the case within the top so yes although the front most fan may be a bit tight if its too thick.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Were you able to get it in place?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Just got myself a Matrix 980Ti, what a Beast... I was originally going for a 1070 to upgrade from the 1060 I had, then I noticed the reference 980Ti in Benchmarks just around the 1070. The rest is history, lol.

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