I built this thing around November 2017 after scrounging for deals on r/buildapcsales. Relatively new to building PC's, I didn't like my initial part selection as much as I had anticipated, so this thing has been in constant flux ever since. I've finally hit a point where I'm pretty content with what I've got and I'm ready to make a post.
I use this thing for lots of stuff. It runs my Plex server with ~3TB of content. I use Linux virtual machines for running simulations and processing data. I analyze that data with Matlab and Igor. I use Mathematica to crunch through homework assignments. When time forbids, I like to play a game or two.
I wish the colors would have come out better in the photos. It looks much better in person. The colors are cyan (0, 72, 72) and purple (72, 0, 144). I really like this color scheme and wanted something that was dynamic, but not over-the-top, like many of the pre-defined time-dependent effects. So, I made my own effect in iCUE. It's a slow cyan/purple wave that slowly flows over all of my Corsair stuff -- fans, light strips, mouse pad, keyboard, and mouse. I paired it with one of the default Wallpaper Engine wallpapers, with the colors set to cyan/purple.
- Here is a link to a video of the effect in action.
- Here is a link to the profile, if anyone wants it (you might need to manually set the LEDs, since your physical fan orientation may be different than mine).
- Here is a link to a quick guide I made for someone, explaining how to make the profile.
I'm always looking for things to improve. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!
This CPU is great! I didn't fare particularly well in the silicon lottery, but was still able to comfortably run at 4.9 GHz on all cores with 1.28 Vcore before delidding. After a delid, it's running 5.0 GHz at 1.38 Vcore with no problems. I would be surprised if any of these weren't able to run 5.0 GHz after delidding. I probably won't upgrade again until Sunny Cove releases.
Really great cooler. I was previously running an H100i v2 and this thing has some noticeable improvements. The hoses are way more flexible, which really helps a lot. I'm running 6x LL120 fans in push/pull with a very modest fan curve and my CPU temps typically stay under 75 C with very little noise when under full load. With a more aggressive fan curve, it stays in the 60's. I'm using an XSPC 360 mm radiator gasket on the pull side and it really helps to keep the fans pulling air through the radiator, rather than through the cracks. I was concerned that my case might not get enough airflow since my only intake was through a radiator, but I can actually feel a moderate breeze even when the fans are at low speed.
In hindsight, I regret not going with something from the Maximus line, even though this has done its job pretty well. I got this for a steal, so I can't be too upset. There's definitely some Vdroop, but I only need to use the second highest LLC setting to keep the voltage where I need it. The ASUS UEFI is hands-down the best and this thing has got plenty of OC settings. Adaptive voltage has come in really handy to keep temps down while under low-med loads. I really like this color scheme over the Z370-E, but I wish this model also would have come with WiFi. No USB-C header is annoying as my 500D SE case supports it.
I'm tempted to switch to a Corsair Vengeance Pro set, purely because I have so many Corsair RGB components, but I think these look better and the Corsair kits just don't seem to offer the same performance specs. This B-kit is 3600-16-16-16-36 stock, but it easily runs at 3700-16-16-16-36 with almost no additional DRAM voltage (running at 1.37 V now, but I started at 1.40 V and haven't finished working back down to 1.35 V, so they may very well be stable with less). I haven't spent too much time overclocking, but I've been having troubling getting stable at 3800MHz, even after bumping the timings. But I haven't tried pushing the DRAM past 1.40 V and this is B-die, so I can safely push it to 1.50 V, as long as the temps stay okay. It's also a 4x8GB kit, so I shouldn't expect to hit what others can with 2x8GB kits.
At the time I bought this, $340 was actually a fantastic price -- definitely a little salty with how much SSD prices have dropped. This thing is super fast and has very high endurance, which is comforting. They cost more than comparable drives nowadays, but I've never heard of a Samsung drive going bad versus seeing multiple reports of ADATA, HP, etc drives failing., After adding in a 1TB SSD for my game library, I really don't need a full 1TB -- I'd like to change it out for a 500GB EVO 970, but I'm not sure how I'm supposed to transfer my OS over when I don't have any more open M.2 slots and the M.2 USB adapters only seem to support SATA...
I'm using this as a game storage drive and it does its job well. I know there are better options, in terms of price/performance, but Samsung was the undisputed SSD king for years and, after owning so many of them, I'm inclined to pay a little more to stick with them. Their migration software is very handy/easy to use and they typically offer the best endurance/warranties, so at least you're getting something with the extra cost.
Pulled this from an easystore before they changed to White drives. It's mostly used for Plex and other storage but does its job really well and it's very quiet.
This card is fantastic -- it overclocks fairly well and the temps are very low. I've added in two LL120 fans directly below it, which blow up at it acting like a "supercharger" to feed its fans more cool air and to push away air expelled through its heatsink. It usually equalizes under 65 C, even with synthetic stress testing. It seems to run 2075 MHz easily, but seems just barely unstable at 2100 MHz. But I've got the memory clock at an effective 11,200 MHz, so maybe the GPU clock will run 2100 MHz stable if I dial down the memory clock a bit. The major drawback for this thing is its size. I previously had it in a Corsair 460x case and it was so long that I couldn't fit a push/pull on my front-mounted radiator. I tried to mount two LL120's in a "vertical GPU" orientation, but the GPU is so wide that it won't fit. I love that the Strix matches my motherboard, but I would definitely consider getting a hybrid card, instead, when it comes time to upgrade. After switching to 1440p at 165 Hz, this thing holds up pretty well, but I would certainly appreciate having a little more juice. Too bad the RTX lineup is so ridiculously expensive. In the meantime, this is definitely providing an enjoyable gaming experience.
I am in love with this case! I was previously using a 460x, which was great but became somewhat cramped. I considered going with a 570x, but it didn't seem like it had enough additional features to warrant changing cases (which is a major pain in the butt... I had to spread it out over two days). This is built on the same chassis as the 570x but had enough new features for me to pull the trigger. The hexagonal design on the front filter of the 460x/570x were a little much for me -- the cross design on this one seems a little more elegant. The glass doors are so ridiculously convenient that I don't think I can ever go back to regular panels -- it's so nice to be able to just open the door to access something inside. The dust filters are removed very easily and the fans are mounted using removable trays, which are held in by two thumb screws -- very convenient. I came from a 460x, which is, in comparison, pretty compact, so, comparatively, this was much easier to build in. I don't think I'd go so far as to say that this was "easy", as I haven't built in many cases and you certainly need to be mindful of the backside, since it's visible through the glass panel (granted, it is very tinted). Because the back glass panel is a door which closes using magnets, you can't just "stuff the panel closed", like I did with my 460x. If you have lots of RGB controllers like me, it can definitely get tricky. Luckily, there's an included cable cover that really helps get the door to close, as well as makes it look much better. There are plenty of grommets and cable tie points so the potential for proper cable management is certainly there, just expect to spend a little extra time.
I originally had a G3 650W, but the fan starting making a very faint ticking noise. I picked up a B-stock one of these during an EVGA Midweek Madness, to hold me over while I RMA'd the 650W. I ended up being to lazy to switch back, so I've just kept it in. I love the G3 line because it's so compact -- who doesn't need a little extra room for cables? It was a necessity when I had my 460x, now in my 500D it's just nice to have. The ECO mode works well enough, but I just leave the fan running all the time since it's so quiet.
Performance-wise, these are adequate but not the best. They are pretty quiet (especially compared to the SP120's I had previously which sounded like a jet engine) and do well enough with my H150i Pro cooler to keep my CPU very cool. But who are we kidding, nobody buys these for their performance. These are still the best looking RGB fans on the market. Looks are subjective, but software ability is not. iCUE is hands-down the most powerful RGB controller software around. If Aura was MS Paint, iCUE would be Photoshop. The ability to create custom effects, treat each addressable LED as an individual object, allow layering, save profiles, etc. is just unrivaled by anything else. It's a much more complicated project than other softwares and it's still in it's infancy so it's not perfect, but there's a dedicated development team and patches come out very frequently.
This thing is amazing. I got super lucky and ended up with a brand new one for free (bought a used one on eBay, was super defective/not as described so the seller just refunded me and let me keep it, turned out to still be under warranty so I RMA'd and received an unopened one back). 1440p on a 27" monitor is a really nice pixel density -- I moved my 1080p 27" to my office and now the scaling makes it look cartoonish, in comparison. I can't comment on the stand, as I immediately moved it to a gas-spring mount. The bezel-less frame looks amazing. I paired it with a portrait-oriented Dell P2219H (1080p 21.5" IPS) monitor which is also bezel-less -- having mere millimeters between pixels is fantastic. G-sync works great and overall the gaming experience is drastically more enjoyable, coming from a 1080p 60Hz monitor. If you're going to spend so much on your system components, it seems like a waste not to get a nice monitor.
This keyboard is really nice. I came from a Strafe model, and the additional media keys with volume scroll wheel is really nice. I had already been using a Scimitar mouse, so I haven't really needed to use any of these macro keys, yet. I got the MX Brown version, and the switches feel really nice for typing and still good for gaming, coming from Reds. I did need to put on some o-rings to keep the noise reasonable. The aluminum frame seems really durable. I just wish Corsair used a standard bottom row. They do make pretty cheap double shot PBT keycaps on eBay (and a more expensive set directly from Corsair) but I can't seem to find any pudding kits that are compatible (please message me if you know of any!).
I really love this mouse. I was using an M65 previously, and this feels much better. The macro keys are nice and clicky and feel great. It completely revolutionized playing WoW. I liked it so much that I got one for my brother for Christmas.
For cheap PC speaker, they certainly do their job. You get what you pay for and these are pretty cheap, so your expectations should be realistic. I will definitely be upgrading in the near future.