Description

So very happy with this build! This the first build I have done in ten years and certainly my first with ROG products as the Republic of Gamers brand wasn't really a thing yet back in 2008. The Aura Sync lighting is great with so many options for different effects to choose from. Plays pretty much any game without any sort of lag or other problems.

(UPDATE) Turns out two of the DIMM slots are defective! That's why I was operating in only the "A" slots and not A2&B2 as the manual suggests. I have since RMA the board and am currently waiting on return.

(UPDATE) I have finally received my repaired board and my pc is running better than ever! The problem was a bent pin in one of the DIMM slots. The RAM I have now is installed in slots A2 & B2 just like it shows in the manual and is running in dual channel.

(UPDATE) After a year of holding on for dear life, my graphics card finally has a brace!

Part Reviews

CPU

It's Intel 'nuf said 🙂

CPU Cooler

Had this thing for a year now and still cool. Temps on my i7 8700K run about 30°c Idle and between 60°c - 70°c full load

Motherboard

Really like this board! It is a solid board loaded with features. Just a thing or two that erks me: the large silver heatsink that goes over the bottom m.2 slot is a bit too thick. I actually had to remove it because it contacts my graphics card, which makes me nervous. There is still another heatsink underneath that for the Z370 chipset which stays attached when you remove the silver one. I also wish there could have been just two more rear usb ports.

Storage

When I bought this a year ago it was the fastest on the market now it's still not far behind. Blazing fast and highly recommended! Good to see WD is making their comeback into the gaming industry.

Case

Very neat looking design on this case however, I do not recommend this for AIO builds. There is just not enough room for a top mount radiator even with low profile fans. I barely had room for the 120 and 140 Aerocool DS fans I put in, so I mounted the aio in the front and now the hoses barely reach. It's such a tight stretch that the hoses contact the ram and put pressure on it.

Keyboard

Arguably the best rubber dome keyboard available for gaming. I was using a G910 but my kid spilled soda on it so I got this one because it's spill proof. Not something I'd want to take to a tournament, but at home I know it's safe from children. It's also much more quiet than a mechanical board.

Mouse

Best mouse I ever owned. Very comfortable to use and very fast and precise. The LMB developed a double clicking issue after a year. Sometimes it would double click and sometimes it wouldn't register the click at all. Logitech more than made up for it however, by not only sending me a new mouse but they let me keep the defective one and all its accessories so now I have an extra charge cord and weight!

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Just so you know, your ram sticks are in the wrong slots (either 1 and 3 or 2 and 4). But nice build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Just to update you on this build: Turns out there was a bent pin in one of the "B" DIMM slots, that's why I had to use only the "A" slots. I have since had it repaired under warranty and am using slots A2 and B2 as it shows in the manual. It's now running flawlessly in dual channel.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Works fine like it is but thanks. Besides, if I move the ram too close to the cpu, the aio hoses put pressure on the ram. 🤷‍♂️

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

please read up on what dual channel RAM is and then you will understand that you are forcing your RAM to run at less than what it is capable of. what you have done is install one DIMM in channel 1 and one DIMM in channel 2. Like jayisaperson said, you want them in either 1 and 3, or 2 and 4 if you have two total DIMMS. Slots 1 and 3 are likely channel 1 and slots 2 and 4 are channel 2. You will get the most out of them installing them properly

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to update you on this build: Turns out there was a bent pin in one of the "B" DIMM slots, that's why I had to use only the "A" slots. I have since had it repaired under warranty and am using slots A2 and B2 as it shows in the manual. It's now running flawlessly in dual channel.