Description

I wanted to build a computer that was truly overkill for 1080p gaming.

Now for some stupid things that happened during the build.

I put the CPU cooler backplate on upside down. It made the idle temps close to 40C, and for 4 hours I was sitting there scratching my head wondering: "is this normal?". It was most certainly not normal. I ended up replacing the thermal compound that came with the cooler twice, and it was still doing it. After looking in the manual to see if I had done something wrong, I saw it. The backplate was upside down. Just, why? So I had to take the entire thing off for a third time. After everything was set I ended up seeing 24C idle, ~45C while gaming, and ~60-65C while doing stress testing.

I somehow broke the front dust filter on the front of the case. Basically, this thing is removable. I took off the aluminum front, and then the dust filter but ended up snapping off the bottom right corner clip so now it's just loose on that corner. I can't though and it doesn't add any weird rattles so I don't care too much.

Overall I am very happy with the build.

Also, sorry for potato quality pictures.

EDIT: Sorry for the inactivity I have been dealing with an RMA on my GTX 1080 and I am still waiting on getting the card back. Once I get it back I will post more pics, hopefully with a better camera. Thanks.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is the best consumer grade chip Intel makes. It has handled everything I've thrown at it no problem.

CPU Cooler

I get very good idle temps at 24C, and decent load temps at 65C. I would have liked to see lower, but I suspect the reason is because of the crappy stock Corsair fans.

Motherboard

I bought this thing for the color scheme alone. It works as well as any other motherboard, despite some features being missing. It doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles, and that's okay.

Memory

32GB, 3200mhz. It works, and it looks good, too.

Storage

It's a hard drive. It's boring and that's how I like it.

Video Card

Probably the best 1080 out right now, aside from the ASUS Strix. The overclocks were on par with the rest of the 1080s out of the box and it has nice lights.

Case

The best building experience I've had in a long time. The tempered glass side panels are a thing to behold. When it's dark in my room, I find my self asking "are there side panels on this?".

Power Supply

It supplies enough power to power my computer, and it's 80+ gold.

Monitor

Good budget 1080p gaming monitor. Colors aren't perfect, but that's to be expected from a TN panel. Good job ASUS.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build but you are seriously gimping yourself with a 1080p monitor. I have the same gpu and cpu in my build and I crush games in 1440p at 60fps or higher effortlessly. You can even do 4k if you don't mind a drop in frame rate.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I know. I've used 1440p monitors plenty of times, but I don't really see the point. I'm waiting until 4K becomes a more mainstream standard before upgrading resolutions. Also I'm not really a fan of huge monitors, 27in just seems a bit too big.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is awesome, very sexy case. 1440p at 60 is not a better experience than 1080p @ 144hz imo. I really like this overkill build. I just wish there were better monitor options at 1080p 144hz something like IPS gsync.

Terrific build, we shall wait til they have a card that is Overkill for 4k and hopefully windows scaling is fixed by then.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Pleases can you take more pictures from distance, of overall desk? im planning on similar build on white desk, btw nice build.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Currently I have a plastic folding table as my desk, but I'm going to hit Ikea tomorrow and pick up a new desk. I'll update then.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Please do :D

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm waiting

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Bro, this build its awesome, absolutely gorgeous...most clean build I have ever seen, congrats m8

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Seems like something is still a challenge with your cooling - I run 6700K with a corsair H60 and temps rarely exceed 50C. Check your pump speed - it needs to be running 100% - the liquid needs to move - the fans aren't nearly as important as I run my fan at only 500RPM most of the time. Check your intake / exhaust balance as well.. is the interior getting too hot? How did the bracket being backward affect temps? As long as the heat plate is tight it should have been fine, but I don't know the specifics of that bracket... good luck!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The load temps for the CPU are AIDA64 stress test temps. I have yet to see it hit 50C in games.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic job on the cable management. Great build! +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

When will you post more pics?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Yusss. We need more photos! Its 2018 now XD

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I like mounted on AIO CPU Cooler the top's style,its my favouriet but I'd like to see those 2 corsair stock coolers push air from inside to outside

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm, I am considering swapping to this case, but I still am hesitant about the whole rad situation in this case. its extremely visible; do you think front mounting a 280mm rad is a viable option, or more of a "We checked this box and hope users don't actually do this" feature?

How is cable management on the backside? any nitpicks? Did the glass come prescratched? any cheaply constructed bits to watch out for, besides the filter? does the top of the case get hot due to the rad?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Mounting a rad on the front of the case shouldn't be a problem, but it will still be visible. Your graphics card temps might also increase if you put a rad on the front because less air is getting to it, and the air may be warmer because of the rad.

Cable management on the back side is very easy, although it can be difficult to close the glass side panel due to the motherboard 24pin being so bulky. I do with there were more cable tie down points on the back, so I could route my 8pin CPU power more neatly, as of right now it's just kind of strung across the back and it bugs me.

My glass game in perfect condition, not a single scratch or ding, although I have heard of some cases having dents on the aluminum and scratched glass.

Everything is aluminum, steel, or glass on this case. It's built extremely well.

The top of the case and the glass gets a little warm to the touch while gaming, but doing normal tasks like watching YouTube, or writing an essay doesn't do anything. In fact the glass and the aluminum are actually cold to the touch when idling.

I hope this answers your questions. Thanks for the comment.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This actually really helps and addresses my worries about the case. I jumped the gun on my current case and I should have done more research beforehand. I heard one person with this case had a rad mounted to the top that made the top of the case 60C at full load. (That seemed somewhat far fetched), and another that the glass was scratched up on delivery. Glad to hear this isn't the case. As for rad positions, I might play around, but would like the rad to be somewhat hidden. I would play around with it to try to get positive air pressure, but I am glad front mounting is a viable option.

I am probably gonna have to go with custom cables, as my current PSU cables are the dreaded flat cables that never lie completely flat. the 24 pin is a nice condensed bundle, but that is pretty much the only thing going for it. I have to still apply pressure to the case door get my well-managed cables in, and I know that is a bad idea for tempered glass.

current temps on the CPU and GPU are not an issue, and slightly higher temps wouldn't concern me that much, in exchange for better fan control. (does the fan controller allow for 0 rpm - full control? is this done via software, or a hardware button?)

Thanks for the detailed answer!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The built in fan controller is kind of useless honestly. There isn't software control, and there's also no hardware control. Basically the way it works is you plug in all of your fans to the controller and then you plug in a pwm cable from the fan controller into a CPU fan header on your motherboard and you use your motherboard to control all the case fans as one fan in the case. It's kind of stupid and you would be better off getting a real fan controller. I still need to do that but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm, thank you. I'll definitely need to check that out in depth.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Please upload more pictures

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

MOAR PICTURES! +1!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You undersell your Motherboard. Maximum PC just reviewed the MSI Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium and said it was the best Z170 chipset Motherboard to date. They gave it the coveted Kick *** 9 Verdict. I'm about to build and switched to the Motherboard. Should I wait a month for the 7th Generation Kaby Lake i7-7700K?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Kaby Lake looks really good, if you don't mind waiting a month or two I would 100% wait for it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I will do that for sure. Does that mean i will also be getting a new generation of Motherboard? Or will the new msi on my parts list eork? Or will the boards for kaby lake be basically the same as they are for the current skylake chipset with an updated bios?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know the 200 series chipset won't be out for a while, but I'm not 100% sure. I do know that 100 series chipset boards will support Kaby Lake with a BIOS/UEFI update.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe kaby lake will use z170. It should work with this motherboard if a bios update is implemented

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a H110i also and the bracket that goes in the back of my LGA 1151 motherboard doesnt fit :( howd it fit for you?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The bracket or the cooler? The bracket doesn't even touch my mobo but the cooler barely fits because of the ram.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

More photos please! It's 2018 now :P

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