I started building this rig back in summer 2016. Coming from an i7 920 / GTX 660 Ti, I really wanted to wait for (Ry)Zen, because I remember the golden age of Athlon XP. But after anouncing the Polaris lineup, I was a bit disappointed, that there weren't any real new high end AMD GPU's and nobody knew when Ry(Zen) and Vega will be released. I resisted so long to get new parts but I really needed something new for playing games like 'The Witcher 3' on 1440p and higher or to try this new 'VR-Hype'. So I gave Intel's enthusiast platform X99 a chance and built this rig over the last half of a year..
Some pictures and comments refer to older / other parts.
Very pricey but 40 PCIe lanes (to fully utilize my SLI config), good overall performance and oc ability.
Pricey but super sweet looking, highly customizable unit and it is operating quiet. I don't like all the non-sleeved cables running to the cpu block, the non-copper radiator and the crazy cam software (which is running a bit better now).
For me the best 'bang for the buck' X99 'cringy rgb overkill' board on the market. I like the bios, its overall build quality and the customizable leds. I don't like the slow Aura software and the fact that many people have RMA'd it. I hope mine will last forever.
Middle '16 RAM was so cheap compared to nowadays but real RGB RAM (like trident z rgb, geil evo x) was not available, so I have chosen kits with neutral white led's to fit any color sheme. I bought 4 dual channel kits on a quad channel board, using XMP settings without issues. High quality looking and nothing to complain about.
Super fast, super hot. I bought an alphacool passive cooler to get down the temps a little, to prevent throttling and to get rid of the upside down sticker.
Very fast 3D NAND + TLC storage with 5 years of warranty for a reasonable price.
Got this for cheap and it has a very good price / performance ratio. I wanted to get rid of HDD's but to install all my games. So this one is ideal.
Super fast, very good and high quality looking, good and quiet cooling ability, customizable leds. I really like my gpus for staying cool even in an oc'd SLI configuration. Under load they are noticable but not annoying. Maybe I will never go on a custom loop..
In my eyes, one of the highest quality, best looking cases on the market. It is very easy to build a super clean looking rig with this case. Good cable management capability and for the components there is much space to breath. Unfortunately it is not possible to remove the PSU-shroud (for swapping cables on the psu for example). The sliding 'fan/rad-mounting-grid' in the top is not the best solution for (thicker/sandwiched) radiators. There are several Tutorials how to use this limited space better. With one front mounted radiator not a problem at all. To bring down the temps a little more, I swapped the factory front with a custom front from mnpctech. The original almost closed front is not ideal but 'enough' for airflow.
Silent operating and reliable PSU. When I started this build I was not thinking about a SLI setup and got this for a single gpu configuration. After getting my 2nd 1080 for 'cheap' I tried it and it works perfectly. Even if I OC the S%&!T out of my components the 750 Watts are enough.
I really got nine of these fans in my rig and I really like its quality appeal, bright led's and they are running quiet. I wish they were software controllable, daisy chainable and supporting more modes / colors. I am using two controllers in a group of 3 and 6 fans to run them in different settings. I prefer them over TT rings or NZXT Aer for the looks. Noone knows when Inwins Aurora's will come around the corner.