Thanks! I didn't go with the Godlike because a buddy of mine did an almost identical build and he tried that board and had all kinds of issues so I decided to stay away. The Gigabyte Aurous has treated me very well thus far and given the money I saved, I'm very happy. I went with all the SSDs because I am very impatient and wanted to be able to load up and save games quickly, I hate freezing when auto-save is running on very large games. I typically install newer games on the SSDs then once I get tired of them, I'll move them to the HDD's to free up space. I also put 2 in RAID for my OS and base programs. I've been running multiple SSD rigs for about 6-7 years now and I've only had one go bad on me, a cheap SanDisk that crapped out on me about 2 years after I got it but they honored their warranty and took care of it for me. Other than that, no issues.
I've not had any issues with them but honestly it wasn't a very fruitful investment if I had to reflect back on it. There's only 1 game (Rainbow Six Siege) which actually utilizes the SLI capabilities otherwise having a second card doesn't get a lot of use right now. I did it to future proof myself because I knew I'd want them but if I could go back in time, I'd redo it with just one and wait for prices to come down.
Sorry for the delay, no I haven't had any issues with my M.2 slots at all. Honestly I forget which one I'm using because I had an issue trying to get the Intel Optane to work and was switching my boot drives so many times, I lost track of which I'm using and haven't looked into the BIOS in a while.
Works fine for me and my purposes (which is primarily gaming).
Agreed, I believe it's just because the GPU's block the green light from going further over inside the case.
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Definitely not overkill - once you get over 100 games, you begin to realize that 2TB of SSD (in my current rig) isn't sufficient anymore and considering many of today's games can be up to 100GB for a single game. It's called future proofing :)
I wanted something with massive storage capabilities which wasn't crazy expensive for pictures, videos and such.
Thanks! The left side is actually illuminated by the green/yellow LED strip and the board LED has been colored a similar green to match the liquid.
I did the thicker 360 instead of another 480 because through reading and watching reviews, it seemed a 480 may be overkill for just the CPU loop. The only reason I didn't do 2x 60mm thick RADs is because of availability of EK's products at the time of ordering.
Not a good reason to be honest - just didn't know enough about blocks at the time I ordered it. I'll likely go that route when I upgrade the mobo to the MSI Godlike.
Nice build! Any issues with the GPU so far (I know it's a recent post)? I've been eyeing this GPU for a few weeks but saw RMA issues with this particular model so been hesitant.
Nice, never seen that case before but holy cow that's small. Great job on the assembly!
Very nice setup! The only thing I would personally change is the liquid cooling (but I see it's an AIO with the card) - because for the things you're going to use it for, it will be very GPU intensive and I've personally found that most GPUs need at least a 240mm rad.
Definitely a clean assembly and respectable parts list - great job!