This is my once every 4-5 year gaming rig build. My last system is still going strong, but definitely is showing it's age (i7-4770K, Z87-pro MSI motherboard, etc.) I actually put a GTX 1070 in there quite awhile ago and could probably have kept it going for some time yet, but my 15 year old son asked me the question we all dream of hearing - "Dad, can you show me how to build a gaming PC?". So, I had him with me side by side as we put this together. We even got a NZXT 500 for him to move my old gear into and make that his own. He didn't see that coming hehe
About the build - this was an amazingly easy system to put together. The H700 form factor is such a breeze - the cable management is well thought out, and even if the smart device isn't all it's cracked up to be, I haven't noticed any problems so far. The biggest annoyance was the fan splitters that came with the case being slightly difficult to route and keep the cable bundles from being bulky. I don't have any pics of the cable routing, but I'll update with some later - it's like every other H700 build out there so nothing too earth shattering.
I've only had the system running for about a week and haven't pushed things too far yet, but the H150i Pro cooler is super quiet. I've maxed out the pump rpm and all the case fans and I can barely hear anything. The only noise of note, and it isn't that bad at all, is if I get the RTX card fans to max out. This has only happened when I tested it to see how loud it would be. I've played Battlefield V, Black Ops 4, Destiny 2, etc. for up to 3-4 hours straight and never had the fans go over about 75% and the GPU temp has never gone about 75 deg. C. This is at 2560x1440 @ 144 Hz. The performance of this system is unreal. I know it isn't the top of the line, but I feel future-proof for at least another 4-5 years with this thing.
I have the front fans as intakes, along with the PSU and then the rear 140 mm fan as exhaust and the 3 radiator 120 mm fans as exhaust as well for a fairly balanced air flow. I have noticed a little bit of dust already along the front edge of the tempered glass and on the PSU shroud. I think there is enough of a gap between the glass and the case housing to allow air flow to bypass the front dust filter, so I'll keep an eye on it.
One last thing is the RGB. This isn't something I've ever worried about, and I kind of decided to go for it, because why not. I have been having a lot of fun changing the schemes and patterns and all that. I haven't gotten too fancy yet. But I already have learned that in the future it may be worth keeping everything in one family of products if possible. I have the CAM software for the case LED strips, the corsair software for the CPU pump RGB, the Asus software for the motherboard RGB and RAM, and then the MSI software for the little bit of RGB on the GPU. It's a bit much to have to mess with 4 different programs just to change the colors - and of course the lights don't really sync together perfectly. Oh well, live and learn. I also was a bit annoyed that at present there are only 2 USB 2.0 headers on the Z390 board, and the corsair cooler required one and the NZXT smart device required one, so I had to leave the front panel USB 2.0 ports disconnected for now until i get some internal expansion ports. Not the end of the world.
I would definitely recommend all of these components - everything worked flawlessly from the first boot.
Edit: Added a pic of the right side to show cable management. nothing too extraordinary, but I do think it is an easy case to do cable routing, and I did try to make use of the included channels, which were reasonably helpful, if not a little bit narrow in some cases.
I also added a pic of the CPU fan connector to address a question on the build.
9Jan2019: Just added an updated pic - added Phanteks Halos digital fan frames to the corsair H150 fans on top, and a Hals Lux digital fan frame to the 140 mm NZXT fan in the rear. Added an MSI spectrum RGB backplate to the MSI RTX 2070 GPU, and sleeved PSU extension cables to the GPU and CPU cables. The backplate and sleeved cables were from V1Tech.
I had to add a phanteks digital RGB controller for the halos frames and connected to the ARGB header on the Asus motherboard, so the 4 fan frames, the motherboard IO RGB and the trident Z RGB RAM modules are all synced and controlled with the Asus Aura Sync software. I ordered an XSPC 5V ARGB splitter, which will allow me to connect the RGB backplate and the phanteks hub to the ASUS RGB header. I've also read about simple mods to make the NZXT LED strips compatible with this splitter and if I do that I'll have nearly everything controlled by one software interface. I'm a little worried about fitting yet another controller in this case - I could barely manage the cable routing with the sleeved extensions, the phanteks controller and all the fan cables. I will likely remove the NZXT smart device and put the XSPC splitter in that spot. I'll still be stuck with the corsair AIO RGB and the MSI GPU logo rgb not synced with the Aura software - which is quite annoying. Next build I am 100% going to choose components that all work off the same ecosystem. And I'm going to get a motherboard with more than just a single addressable 5V RGB header.
Here is a video of the rgb backplate that gives a better idea of how cool this looks: https://imgur.com/gallery/sM2oJqy
Amazing overclocking beast. Easily have hit 5.0 GHz on all cores, and not even close to thermal throttling. The 360mm radiator is probably a must have for this if you want to push above that. I'm deciding if it's worth it, but for the price I think this is the best gaming CPU you can get right now - although it's debatable.
Easy to install, amazing RGB. Wish the fans were RGB as well. The cables are pretty bulky and I anticipate some space issues if I want to use all 4 memory slots. But it's amazingly quiet even with the pump and fans all maxed out. It has kept my i7-8700k below 75 deg C under load at 5.0 Ghz easily.
Amazing feature set, and while it isn't a value board by any means, it is good balance of performance to price. I decided not to mount the VRM fan, but I'm debating if I should change that once I start pushing my overclock higher. I'm using a i7-8700k with this board and everything has been flawless. I love the RGB - it's not overdone and looks amazing. The 802.11 ac wifi adapter has performed exceptionally on my gigabit wifi - giving me upwards of 700 Mbps downloads without any fiddling with drivers or adapter settings.
Love the RGB. Has worked great at the advertised speeds and timing settings. I haven't tried to overclock yet, but will try to eke maybe another 100 Mhz out of this kit if I can. No complaints at all.
Went from a GTX 1070 to this so I could jump up to 2560x1440 @ 144 Hz and boy has it been worth it. Spending more than 25% of my budget on this GPU was a tough decision, but at the end of the day $500 for this should mean I can run any current game maxed out easily at 1440p and continue to see great performance for years to come. We'll see how the whole ray tracing thing works out, that was definitely not a driving force in this choice.