The case was worth the wait! I have transferred over my first PC from the temp Meshify C to this beautiful Define R6 in gunmetal. Only obstacle I ran into was with the AIO. For whatever reason you cannot run this AIO in a 'push' config on this case. There isn't enough mounting points on the front of the case to properly secure the fans.
Windows 10 was a huge pain, I found myself spending the most time disabling settings and random tweaks so the system would run properly.
No issues my with my overclock; my 8700k is holding steady at 5.0GHz. The BIOS option to display CPU temp on debug led on-board after successful boot is really useful once you've configured and optimized your system. Gives that led something to do. It's nice to monitor the heat transfer and know my AIO is working properly. So far the S36 is rock solid gaming at 1440p I see temps averaging 35'C.
I ran Prime95 for 3hrs and saw max core temps of 81'C. I've also run CinebenchR15 and 3DMark.
If anyone has any other suggestions or tips for OC stability I'd love to hear them.
I guess I'll call this my 1.5 build, same internals as the Meshify build but in a new case.
Next project is a PC for the wife in the Meshify case.
Thanks for checking it out.
EDIT: Since building this beast I've changed and added a few things. I had to scrap my WD Gold drive. I bought it from Amazon and didn't realize it was through a third party, turns out the drive wasn't a retail drive and I got screwed. Lesson learned, only buy drives from the manufacturers official store. I have a 4TB WD black drive now and it's running flawlessly. I also picked up a second monitor (MG248QR) and after some color tweaking it looks almost as good as my PG279Q. The MG248QR is a nice match to my PG279Q. The dual monitor stand is fantastic. I love the added desk space it offers.
This drive is running great. Nice and quiet too. I can't hear it spin up inside the case. 4TB is nice for additional storage.
Really nice case to build in. Very open, easy to route cables, nice air flow. The tempered glass side panel is amazing.
Nice and powerful. This modular supply is great. Build quality is excellent and the supplied cables are wrapped nicely.
This OS took way too much tweaking to get right. So many hours spent in the reg files deleting things. The bloat ware that comes on windows 10 is shameful. Luckily there are many 'how to' guides out there for setting up and disabling windows settings. It took a good week for me to correct all the issues.
A true monster. I absolutely love this monitor. The IPS display is stunning and 1440p at 144hz is breathtaking. The stand takes up quite a bit of room so I'd recommend getting a monitor stand for this guy. The on-the-fly adjustments are easy to use and this monitor only required minor tweaking out of the box to really get some rich and deep colors. I tried the OC for 165hz but didn't notice much of a difference so I went back down to 144hz. I might try the OC again when the new GPUs drop.
Nice secondary monitor to my PG279Q. The color is good and didn't take too much tweaking to get where I wanted it.
Sennheiser doesn't disappoint. I love these things, super comfortable and the Maximus X Hero is able to drive these with ease. They fit over my ears and do not cause issues with my glasses. They are light weight and breathable. A+ by Sennheiser.
I really think people underestimate the usefulness of an UPS. I have had 3 power outages this summer and this thing has worked flawlessly. One time I didn't even realize the power went out until I got booted from game for network issues. It allows me plenty of time to shutdown my computer properly and the front facing USB ports are nice for charging phones or tablets in an emergency situation.
I like this thing. The clarity is great. It does take a few accessories to get this thing off the ground though. I bought the Blue mic boom and in combination this mic has been fantastic. I only with they would have included some plugs for the two screw holes that are left when you remove the stand.
Works seamlessly with Aura Sync. These magnetic strips were very easy to set up and Aura Sync recognized them right away. No issues, plenty bright.
This little guy is great for VRM cooling. Fractal makes some nice fans and this dude is very quiet.