Dubbed this build the Phoenix as my last build needed to be replaced. I liked the case, Define R5, so much that I went for the new R6. Also, I was fortunate to build this as GPU's were hard to snag. I was almost prepared to go with NZXT's BLD service. If they would have had a 1080Ti in stock, I would have. Just so I can get back up and running.
The primary goal with this build was to be as silent and cool as possible. Right off the bat, I know I bought more cooler than I needed. But, I had hoped to turn the fans down low while maintaining a cool running system. As you can see, I was fairly successful.
So far, I have only pushed it for about 1-2 hours and even then not hard. I'll update as I go with any new findings.
I also haven't completed cable management as I wanted to give the build a good week to ensure no returns or changes before I zip it all down.
EDIT I have edited the build to reflect a new cooler, the Noctua NH-U14S. I highly recommend this cooler over an AIO or at least the EVGA CLC 280. The temp management of the EVGA was great, but if you're like me and you hate hearing your machine, then you'll be disappointed and spending more than you need to. I also adjusted prices as I used a Newegg gift card for the Noctua and then Newegg price matched the CPU while having it on a flash sale. Thanks Newegg!
I originally had the EVGA CLC 280 installed. Temps were fine on it, but the fans were way to loud. The AIO regret was real.
Swapped to the NH-U14S because I wanted a trusted cooler but not something to big that it dwarfs my case. This seemed to be the perfect compromise. Wish I would have started the build off with it. The comp is sitting about two feet from me when using and about 1 foot away while using my work PC (L shaped desk). I can't hear it on idle. Temps on idle hover between 33-35c per HWMonitor. MSI Command Center shows it to be in the low 20s. On load, using Prime95. The highest I saw it go was in the mid 70s, this was before I adjusted my fan curve and was just using default settings in MSI CC. Adjusted it some, and max temp I saw was 67c.
Installation was a breeze and very straight forward. This isn't my first Noctua, and it most definitely won't be my last. I highly, highly recommend this over an AIO.
Giving it 3 stars for a big miss in my opinion. The onboard audio. It's downright horrible. The Nahimic software is a joke that barely made a difference. I came from an Asus Maximus VII Hero with Supremefx. Not the best audio in the world, but good enough for me and my Logitech X-540s. Youtube videos sounded flat and ingame positional was so bad that if you're not directly facing the NPC you can't hear anything. Other games where I knew there was dialogue, I can only hear a mumble. This was after messing with Nahimic, before then I couldn't even hear that. The killer was listening to a podcast. It sounded like the guy was recording it underwater. No changes to Nahimic helped. Loaded up the podcast on my work computer and it was crystal clear. Went back to this comp, changed from 5.1 to stereo and everything sounded better albeit weak.
Bought an Asus Xonar DGX for $30 and solved the problem. I was tempted to sell the mobo and go with the Maximus X, that's how bad the onboard is. But, the other pros kept the mobo for me. Especially the bios, fan controls, and temp. Which, lets be honest, that's why we invest in a good mobo and not the cheap ones. The Asus loaded the same podcast above and had no issues. Ingame seems fine. Hard to believe a mobo that advertises its audio quality has such a miss, but oh well.
I would recommend this mobo but you will need a sound card.
I have had G.Skill in every build I've ever done. Not once have they ever given me an issue. These are no exception. They worked out of the box and my the speeds were recognized by my motherboard. What more can you ask?
This is the first time I went all out on a GPU and even though my 970 it replaced was still a solid card, the details in games that I was playing was immediately noticeable. I can't wait to continue to push the card. It's pricey, admittedly, but I hope to get years of max settings with it.
Fans have a horrible whine to them at 1100-1200rpm, any higher or lower is fine (have noticed a slight whine at 2200-2300, but fans rarely kick onto that). EVGA advised it needs to be RMA'd but that they don't have the inventory at the moment. So, I am holding onto it for the time being. I adjusted the fan curve to avoid those speeds and haven't had an issue. Gaming in a 75-78f room for a few hours has a stable temp of 75-77c and is silent for the most part (fans spinning at about 1400-1700rpm), well below threshold so I'm happy. Once inventory clears up, I'll probably RMA it for peace of mind. EVGA support is amazing, so no concerns there.
My previous build was in a R5. The Fractal brand has been a pleasure to build in. I appreciated the already placed ATX stand offs as well as the offerings to modify the case to your needs. I went with a m.2 complete build this go around, so I removed all drive bays to maximize my airflow. Compared to the R5, I like the top and how that dissembles. Only issue I ran into was that he HD Audio cable was unplugged at the top. I had to get a pair of tweezers to help plug it back in since it's so narrow.
I went with the G3 over the G2 due to it being newer and the reviews solid. I had a G2 in my previous build. The G3 is smaller but fully modular and just as easy to work with. I haven't heard the fan at all. Only thing I don't like, and this is an issue I've seen with Corsair and my previous G2, is that if facing the fan down, the logo is backwards. Looks strange in a build. Wont deduct a star for nitpicking though.
I've only used the drive for about 20 minutes in testing a bluray, however it worked out of the box without issue. It is louder than my old Asus DVD drive during use, however not terribly so. However, unlike my previous drive, it doesn't spin up or make any noise on boot which I like.