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I finally pulled the trigger and rejoined the PC master race. I decided to make a 4K capable gaming machine. Recently added 2x 1070 in SLI. Updated product reviews below. If you have any questions or comments please let me know!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

One of the best CPU water coolers I have used. I ran into some issues with software drivers from Corsair but with a little reading on the forums was able to fix it (had something to due with using an upgraded version of windows 10 instead of a fresh install). It is a known issue and they are working on a permanent fix. Mounting hardware was easy to use and took 5 minutes to install. The light on the unit is changeable based on temperature or can be set a solid color. Corsair offers full equipment warranty for an leakage for 3 years from the date of purchase. Overall, if you are looking for a self-contained unit go with this. Get a larger size radiator as the smaller ones do not cool very well (at least no better than the top-end air coolers).

Storage

I was able to pick this up from MicroCenter on sale for $49.99. A great price for a 240GB SSD. I have not had any issues with this and bought it for additional storage of games.

Storage

I run these Samsung 850 EVOs in a RAID 0 configuration. They are quite a bit more expensive than competitors but the performance is amazing. In RAID 0, the read and write speeds are unbelievable. There are a lot of benchmarks available online if you want to see the performance gains. If you run a back-up hard drive, I would recommend using two of these in a RAID 0. The reason for this is if one of the drives fail you lose everything stored on them both.

Case

This case is massive! You can put anything your heart desires in here. I really like that the case is fully modular and it supports large water-cooling kits and stacking cases. For the price, I highly recommend.

Power Supply

When I purchased this PSU, I was running 2x 980 Ti's in SLI and wanted a lot of head room in case I added additional cards or equipment. I was able to get this on sale for approximately $140. It is fully modular and has a great warranty. EVGA products are always outstanding.

Optical Drive

I wanted to add a cheap but quality DVD/CD writer. I have used Samsung drives in the past and never had any issues. Samsung offers a good warranty.

Wireless Network Adapter

This wireless network card is great and fairly inexpensive. It offers dual band technology and supports speed up to 450 MBPs. It was very easy to set up but does require a PCI express slot. If you have room on your motherboard and don't want a more portable USB wifi adapter this is the option for you. You may be able to get a lower end model depending on your internet package (no need to have a model capable of 450 MBPs if you only have 50 MBPs internet). It did not require any special drivers to set-up.

Case Fan

High quality fans at a great price. Easy to install. Bright vivid lighting.

Case Fan

High quality fans at a great price. Easy to install. Bright vivid lighting.

Headphones

Astro's are known for quality and performance. This headset offers excellent features/settings, especially when paired with the MixAMP. It gives you easy control over in game and chat volume. It also allows you to pair to other Astro's via the mixAMP platform. The microphone can be iffy at times not wanting to pick up sound. This is a known problem based on the frequency it picks up. The headset is made out of nice material and can be worn for hours with no discomfort. Overall, if you are willing to drop a small fortune on a headset, I would recommend it. There are many other options for a lot less that will be similar in quality.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I was doing some quick calculations.. And I think that you need more fans in this build.

I joke of course.. I actually really enjoy this build.

+1 for great parts and police lights.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Always cool to see builds in the X9. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build overall! I do have a couple questions though:

1: How do you like your Acer 23" Peripheral Display? I have really wanted to get one of these touchscreen monitors and I was just looking for more opinions on the monitor!

2: Why did you choose the Thermaltake X9? I love the look of this case and I was just looking for the reasoning behind your case choice!

Once again, great build overall! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

He obviously chose the case to get five million 25$ fans.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That is true, he did purchase a huge amount of fans!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I did like the large number of fan slots :] I am definitely into the dimishing returns range haha. Mostly for cosmetics!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment!

  1. I really like the Acer as a second screen. I wanted a touchscreen that was well reviewed but would not break the bank. I have not had any issues with it since owning it. The screen is very responsive and has vivid colors. There are several games that work very well with the touch function (Ex: Hearthstone). Do you have any concerns about the monitor?

  2. I picked the case because it is massive, fully modular, supports everything imaginable, and can be connected to a second case (if you wanted to run a gaming pc/streaming pc). Someday I will buy a second one and make a streaming/hosting machine and connect the two with a large custom water loop. For the price, the case is great.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your reply! I was also wondering your main uses for the touchscreen aspect of the monitor? Mainly, what you primarily used the touchscreen function for! Also the stacking feature of that case is very useful, great idea for your streaming/gaming PC setup! Once again, thanks for the responses!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I mostly use the touch screen function when playing card games. If you have a stylus (like the ones used on ipads) you can tilt the screen down and write in various programs (one note, powerpoint, ect.)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Which keyboard bundle is that ?

Nice build overall :D 9.7/10 ~!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The keyboard is a Ttesports by Thermaltake and the mouse is a Rocat Lua Tri-Button Gaming Mouse.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

They all just have Fan envy! This case calls for either a lot of Rads (fans) or just fans in general to make it look good.

Do you have any shots of the windowed side? I'd like to see what you did there, seems you mounted most of your fans on the bottom and top of the case.

Did you mount the SSD's under the mobo tray or did you use one of the HDD cages?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The pictures of the windowed side are pictures 2-4 above. I just took off the window for the pictures.

The SSDs are mounted below the mobo. I removed all of the HDD cages and put fans in there place.

If you have any other questions please let me know.

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