Description

Why did I make this? This build was created as my dream machine - I wanted the best in class components available at the time of the build (Feb 2019). After building several systems in the past and having to cut costs to match my budget, I finally saved up enough cash to go a little crazy and this is the result.

What did I want This will be used as my primary rig for everything - I am a computer programmer, do tons of gaming, HD movies, etc so I wanted power. I wanted to run any current game at ultimate settings at buttery smooth frame rates.

How did it go Overall this build was very smooth. I started with getting the CPU and RAM in the motherboard with no issue. The MSI mobo manual recommends using DIMMA1 and DIMMB1 when using 2 sticks of ram so I went with that. The 970 Pro SSD fit right into the M.2 slot 1 and it was a little confusing how the included thermal pads work but I ended up leaving one on the top and one on the bottom. Honestly I'm not sure that is correct but it's working. Getting the i9-9900K seated was a snap as it fits right in and then gets clamped down. With all that done my work was done with the easy stuff.

Next I started on the case - and let me just say this case is beautiful. Getting the tempered glass sides off only requires 12 screws and the sides pull right off. There is a lot of room inside the case and I removed the drive bays as I planned to mount my HDD on the back panel. I got the motherboard screwed into the case and was ready to seat the Thermaltake Floe Riing. This is also where I made my first mistake I put it in the front of the case facing out (as it is shown in many screenshots around the net). It looked really cool but when I went to connect the front USB3 ports to the USB 3 header on the motherboard, I realized there wasn't enough room with the Floe Riing there. I was truly bummed because part of the point of all the RGB parts was so they could be seen. I decided to move the Floe Riing to the top of the case where it fits great and gives me ample room for the USB and SATA headers on the motherboard. It cannot be seen as much which is a bummer, but the glow of the RGB lights its there.

Finally I went to get the EVGA 2080 Ti in there and was also sad to realize it was too large to mount vertically. Turns out the FTW3 card takes 2.5 slots and the vertical mount only will fit a card that takes up 2. That was also a big disappointment for me but I got over it and put the video card in normally.

After that I got everything plugged in, connected power and booted her up - amazingly everything worked right out of the gate. The BIOS was slightly outdated to so I flashed it to get the most current revision on there. Then I made a few changed in he Bios (XMP on, UEFI boot, and a few other tweeks), installed Winodws 10, installed the drivers (I got the most recent items off MSI website), and started playing!

This so far has been an amazing rig and I am very happy with my component choices. The system seems zippy fast and games look amazing on the monitor in 21:9/3440x1440.

Final Thoughts Love all the parts, love how it looks, ultimately wouldn't change a thing!

Lessons Learned - Wish I had known that I wouldn't be able to mount the floe ring to the front if I wanted to access the motherboard USB3 and SATA headers. - Wish I had known that I wouldn't be able to mount the video card vertically as I was really excited about that. The FTW3 is just too large to fit in the space the View 71 Case has for a vertical video card.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

im eating homemade chicken, you know what i like about home made chicken? its real good. like this build, +1 for a build that tastes like chicken

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! Well done, sir.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm very proud of this one :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the case I need for all my drives. lol

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Averages to around +1.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it, it's fantastic, but the godlike motherboard is just on that side of absolutely insane for this build. Why on earth buy a $750 mobo for such a simple build?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

he needs ALL THE POWAH

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty much hit the nail on the head - I had the funds and decided to go overboard for the POWAH.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

For the RGB!

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. What are your temps?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Average around 39-42, after heavy gaming I've seen them get as high 52.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Beginner questions here as im building something quite similar to your build. What benefits would you say there is with buying the Godlike Mobo over the way cheaper Ace model ? Also, does it make most sense to buy the Godlike if you where to use dual graphic card setup or is it still valid purchase for single graphics card build as yours.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The benefits are mostly cosmetic and not really going to get you any better speeds. I like that the godlike has the streaming boost card for streaming games, it has great power phase design, and the little LCD screen is really cool. Outside of that I think you would be just fine with the Ace model and save some cash. Both could handle a dual graphics card set up just fine.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I'm going with a single graphics card build on the Ace then. Very nice build btw.