My previous rig, 'The Olympian', was amazing. A 5820K and two R9 Furys in crossfire was capable of doing everything I needed and more. I had no immediate plans of upgrading and was quite happy with what I had until one day whilst casually scrolling the interwebs. This recent mining craze skyrocketed the price of my R9 Furys to nearly double what I originally paid. Since the price of PC components typically depreciate over time I decided to jump on this chance to do some upgrades for little to no money.
So what did I get for selling my Furys? I was able to buy a new case (Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX TG), motherboard (EVGA X99 Micro 2), GPU (EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid), a few case fans, and decided to get a little fancy and buy some CableMod extensions. All of this and I only spent about $200.
The Good: The build went together easily enough. Cable management is surprising easy in this case despite its small size and magnetic closing side panels. The performance is stellar. Thermals, acoustics, and power consumption are a huge improvement over my old build. Not to mention it looks beautiful.
The Bad: Like any build I did run into a couple of problems while putting it together. The first, and most annoying was a DOA motherboard. This was more frustrating than anything else. Troubleshooting it for hours before calling EVGA was not an ideal way to spend my night. However, when I did finally break down and call their customer support, they were incredibly helpful and my replacement board was sent out the next day. The next problem I ran into was the missing cable-combs from my CableMod order. Not as frustrating as the motherboard issues, but annoying none the less. An email to their customer service got me the correct order sent out a couple days later. The last problem I had to deal with was loose wires in the CableMod extensions. Two of them kept popping out everytime I tried connecting the 24pin extension. After a while I got them to stay in and since then I've had no problems.
November 1, 2017: The latest upgrade to my personal rig has been the CPU. With the recent release of AMD Threadripper and Intel's Skylake-X CPUs, the prices on older X99 have dropped. I was able to pick up the amazing i7-6950X for just $800 on eBay.
The stock fans are not that great but otherwise this an amazing AIO. Keeps temps low and is very asteticslly pleasing.
I love this little board. The best looking mATX board with the X99 chipset. The first one I got was DOA, but EVGA customer support is second to none and I got my replacement shipped the next day. No problems since.
RAM is RAM. This set works and matches my color scheme. Should be easy enough to upgrade to 16GB when prices go back down.
Using this as a boot drive. Does the job well. PC starts up fast and the whole system is snappy and fast. Very relatable and have no complaints so far.
Mass storage drive. Runs well in software RAID and gives me enough storage for my games, music and movies.
I love this card. Runs cool and quiet even during extended gaming sessions. I'll update this latter with some benchmarks and thermals.
I LOVE this case. Compact enough to fit on my desk's PC stand looks beautiful. The aluminum and tempered glass go great together and the all steel frame makes it very sturdy. Superb cable management despite its size and magnetic side panel closure.
A little overkill for this build, but it was left over from a crossfire setup. Very efficient and very quiet.