Description

Amazing build is all I can say. Asus has stepped up their hardward game to the next level. The airflow in this case is amazing. Paired with all the other Asus hardware the RGB looks amazing and runs so well. I choose Razer mouse keyboard and headset because they are simply much much better. Also like the looks and feel better. For anyone on the fence don’t shy away from this hardware. It’s definitely out there and the RGB can be dialed back to make it a very stealthy looking PC. All in all I do not regret spending the money on any of this hardware. You could go with a Thor 850w the 1200w is overkill. To each his own.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocked to 5.0ghz easily. Hovers around 70C with a decent workload playing BFV. It’s Intel it’s gunna be the best easy as that. If you are strictly gaming the 9700k would be amazing as well for a little less money.

CPU Cooler

It’s awesome. Idk what else to say. The cooler I had before was the Corsair H100iv2. Which has actually went up in price and is now $200. It was an amazing cooler but this one just steps it up. 360mm easily handling my 9900k at 5.0ghz for hrs. Has VRM fan in the block that works really well bringing VRM temps down around 5c vs not having it. The Display is very easy to use with the Asus Armory. You will want to use this with an Asus Mobo.

Thermal Compound

Handles my 9900k at 5.0ghz. What else can I ask for?

Motherboard

Gunna go 4 stars on this one. I would recommend going for the next motherboard above this in Asus line up. Everything is amazing I just have two little things that keeps me from giving it 5 stars. 1st is the WiFi antenna should be direct connected not through a stand and wires. 2nd I think the M.2 covers should be larger for better cooling with an option to install a fan blowing air over each one. They can include it just like they do for the VRM fan and fan mount. Throw two more of those in there would be perfect. Other then that it’s an amazing Mobo. Bios and updating Bios works very easy and flawless.

Memory

I wish I would have bought the RGB version but I couldn’t at the time. This ram more then delivers what it’s advertised to do. Running all 32gig at 3500mhz flawlessly. That’s a nice overclock.

Storage

My first ever M.2 NVME SSD. All I can say is a life changer. Extremely fast boot times. Never crashed. Has the Western Digital reliability you know and love. My only regret is not buying a 1TB one.

Storage

Fast. Fast. Fast. Oh did I mention Fast??? Hasn’t failed a single time. It’s like the Gen 2 ssd but faster.

Storage

Good old faithful. Never fails at storing all my old games. Load games up pretty quick compared to older HDs and Blues.

Video Card

3 stars. For my first Strix card I’m really disappointed with a few things. First here are the pros. The card is really really quiet and runs very cool overclocking very well. Extremely sturdy and rigid. It delivers the best of the Nvidia chip inside. For the cons. The RGB is soo horrid idk what to say. It will not stay synced with the other Aura Sync hardware in Color Cycle or Rainbow mode. On solid colors and other it works fine. But those two modes it’s changes to different colors and stutters around like it’s running at 5fps. Maybe it’s just a bad RGB controller on it idk? Anyways it’s disappointing. Also stay away from GPU Tweak2. It’s straight up the worst software ever made. So two stars off one for each problem. Use MSI afterburner and Riva Tuner. Far superior.

Case

This deserves 10 stars. There is not a single case on the market I know of that does this many things this good. Simply put if a case needs it, this one has it. It’s done it good and made very well. Filters are super easy to clean. The Noctua Asus branded fans are amazing. RGB looks really cool. All the USB headers and case buttons are in a very good location. The included rope type handle makes carrying this 50lb beast easy. There is so much more you will just have to buy one to see. You won’t be disappointed.

Power Supply

Simply put it’s a beast. RGB. SUPER quiet. Gives the watt ready of your entire builds power usage. Platinum rated. Comes with amazing cables and hardware.

Operating System

Windows 10. What a nightmare. Honestly get your stuff together Microsoft. I’m on the build after 1903? Seems to be less buggy and working smoother. I can maybe go 4 stars.

Monitor

I know this is an older model and the new one has RGB but that’s no excuse to not make the ring on the base RGB. Who wants a red ring just sitting there. The base is pretty large. Yeah it makes it firm but again the newer design fixes this with its legs. Other then that it’s Ana amazing monitor. Screen gets super bright with vibrant colors. 165hz plus 1440p makes it a win at its price point.

Keyboard

Plain and simple the optio-mechanical switch is far better then anything on the market. The wrist rest is very comfortable and fit the board nicely. This thing is ideal for FPS games as it’s very fast and tactile. No missed key strokes here. Programable buttons and macros. LEDs look amazing and get super bright or really dim. Overall worth every penny.

Mouse

Razer is killing it in 2019. This mouse is crazy. Opto-mechanical switches make this mouse better then any other mouse hands down. But they don’t stop there. 70hrs or battery life on a single charge. Comes with a charging dock and USB port for complete wireless connectivity. An amazing wireless technology making it 20% faster then other wireless mouse. Feels like a wired mouse if it was faster It wouldn’t even surprise me. Did i forget? Super light weighs only 74grams. This is simply a FPS gaming beast. There is not a single mouse out there that can come close to touching this one. The newly designed sensor combined with the grip design and feel make this an easy 5 star. Worth 10 stars.

Headphones

Good things first. Very comfortable, you can wear these for hrs without them hurting yours ears or head. Once you have tuned the EQ with your favorite sound card program these sound pretty nice. They can be very loud and have excellent bass. The cons. Why and I’ll ask again WHY are these stuck using Razer Synapse 2 software when Synapse 3 is out. This means you cannot sync them with the other hardware. Even if your hardware is good if it’s let down by its software then it’s gunna suck to use. No matter how good it is. The mic is good but it needs to be positioned further down so it’s more out of your peripheral vision. Gets annoying when it’s always right there. Good thing it can pick up your voice great so you can leave it pushed all the way in and it still works.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost did one of these all asus builds myself, have always had good luck with their stuff. Looks awesome, great stuff man!

How you like thr Black Drives so far? Been thinking of grabbing another m2 for mine

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Love them. They both have worked flawlessly and super fast. More importantly they stay fast.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the ASUS liquid cooler? Does it give better temps compared to a normal AIO? Just asking cause it is like double the price of a EVGA or Corsair one.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I can tell you this. I had all this hardware in a different case, you can see which one in my last completed build. CPU temps under gaming load were around 63-72C. Changing the hardware to this Helios Case it went all the way down to 48-52C. A major difference without changing anything but the case. The case has very good airflow. I mention this because your case has a lot to do with how well your CPU cooler will perform. Also are you gunna be doing overclocking? Then yes this cooler is worth it. Why? The main housing has a fan in it that blows air over your VRMs. This is very important as well and makes a big difference for extended gaming sessions on high clocks. A plus is it comes with very nice Noctua fans. I broke one of mine before I even started it. I accidentally pinched a fan wire in my case so the moment I powered it on it shorted the motor out. Since it’s just a Noctua fan you can go online and buy the exact fan by itself. They are a $30 fan. So if you do the math that’s $90 in fans. To me the $280 price point as of now is a good deal. If your pairing it with an Asus board it would look and go together nice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

The AIO blows air onto your VRM's? How big is the fan? It must be tiny.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a 60mm fan, but it does bring the vrm temps down by quite a bit

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it’s inside the block and blows out the top and sides through grills. I forget what mm it is. It’s a lot better then the little fan that comes with the motherboard.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I am a bit of an asus fan myself - never had their product quit on me.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Very satisfied with every piece of hardware.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I'm thinking of building using the Helios as well and it's great to finally see others who have completed builds using this case. I was wondering if you can tell if there's enough space between the front panel fans and the front panel dust filter to install fan frames (like the Phanteks Halos Lux) which usually sit on the intake side of the fan adding a couple mm to the width (depth?) of the fan when looking at it from the side.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Um so the front 3 fans are in a fan frame already and they are located on the inside of the case. The dust filter is on the outside of the case behind the front glass panel. There is enough room in the front three fans to install a radiator yet on top of their included fan frame. The front three included fans are running as Intake. Does that answer the question?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I was actually referring to the space between the fan and the dust filter. It may be that, when inserted, the front dust filter sits right up against the fans.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

So there is a fan mount you don’t have to use that the fans mount to. That mounts to the frame directly. The filter is directly on the other side of the frame. It has rails that it slides in that holds it in place directly against the frame. So there is no room between the fans and the filter only the frame between it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I am a huge ASUS fan, and want to build a PC for gaming (mid-level) as most of my gaming on console now. I getting an ASUS ROG Board and GPU, I wanted a case that was easy to maintain, as I have dextarity issues. I just picking the parts, while someone else puts it together for me. I really like this case, but how is it to maintain, add drives, etc. I will not be over clocking, just the basics to get gaming going, with future-proofing for possible VR, etc. I also never had an AIO, and a bit worried about leaks vs air cooling using a fan like the noctua cpu cooler, what has your exsperience been with an all ROG build, as I like to do similar, but for around 3000 CAD if possible.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

So the case is amazing. I’ve owned NZXT cases before and they are nice. Also built a few with Thermaltake and Corsair. This Asus Helios case is hands down the best case I’ve ever owned. Adding drives is very easy as the glass doors pop off very very easy. Then it’s just simply taking two screws out of the back cover and sliding your 2.5in drives where you want. For HD types you take the front door off one screw and the metal cover lifts up revealing two slots for HDs. Mounting M.2 nvme are easy because the case has a lot of room inside so you can move your hands in and out with ease. As for AIO don’t worry about them leaking. It’s all I’ve used and never had an issue. Most people do because they are way to rough on them. It’s called common sense don’t pull kink or put pressure on the joints and it will last forever. The Ryujin 360 like I got i overkill if you don’t want to overclock but the screen it is nice. You could get the 360 with the other type of head and it would work just as great. Getting a Thor 850 psu would be a perfect for as the 1200 is way overkill. Lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Huge tip you find anywhere when you go to plug the RGB into the Thor PSU it uses a 3pin connector. There is only 1 on Asus boards. So now you may wonder how you plug in the front panel LED strip because it’s also a 3pin. Well you can control that with the manual button on the top of the case. And you plug your Thor into the single 3pin slot on the Mobo. If you want the Software to control both plus more LED strips buy the Asus Aura Controller. That will plug into the single port on the Mobo and the rest plugs into that. This is explained nowhere. The manuals don’t explain it. Asus website doesn’t say it. Nothing anywhere. I will warn you on Asus product their instructions are little to none. Don’t let that scare you from it but it’s just good to know ahead of time. I can answer any questions you have anytime just msg me. I can throw a build together for you with your price in mind.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If I would Rate my total experience with all Rog build here are the pros and cons. Pros: Amazing looks. Hardware perfection. Ease of use. Refined. Cons: Expensive. Software is confusing, but easy once you get the hang of it. Tip for software. Only download AISuite3 and Rog Armory(which will automatically ask to download when you build your computer from new). Run everything from there. Do not use GPU Tweak it is horrid. Stick with MSI afterburner and Riva Tuner.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello I have a question, do you know if the RGB of the Helios Asus is compatible with the Fusion (Aorus-Gigabyte) is thinking of buying a case like that but I was hesitating about the RGB lighting

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That i do not know I would have to check. I don’t know to much about that. I know it’s just one of their RGB strips you can buy so maybe? Not sure.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you describe me how is the Helios RGB controller head please?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a 4 pin plug that has one of the center pins missing. So it’s a 3 pin. I think you can find pictures of what it looks like on a Asus website.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Should I go intel or amd?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. It’s up to you? Do you want peak performance in gaming? Get a 10900k or 9900ks. If you want a work pc with ok gaming get AMD. Personally I will always go Intel.

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