Why did I make this? This build was created as my dream machine - I wanted the best in class components available at the time of the build (Feb 2019). After building several systems in the past and having to cut costs to match my budget, I finally saved up enough cash to go a little crazy and this is the result.
What did I want This will be used as my primary rig for everything - I am a computer programmer, do tons of gaming, HD movies, etc so I wanted power. I wanted to run any current game at ultimate settings at buttery smooth frame rates.
How did it go Overall this build was very smooth. I started with getting the CPU and RAM in the motherboard with no issue. The MSI mobo manual recommends using DIMMA1 and DIMMB1 when using 2 sticks of ram so I went with that. The 970 Pro SSD fit right into the M.2 slot 1 and it was a little confusing how the included thermal pads work but I ended up leaving one on the top and one on the bottom. Honestly I'm not sure that is correct but it's working. Getting the i9-9900K seated was a snap as it fits right in and then gets clamped down. With all that done my work was done with the easy stuff.
Next I started on the case - and let me just say this case is beautiful. Getting the tempered glass sides off only requires 12 screws and the sides pull right off. There is a lot of room inside the case and I removed the drive bays as I planned to mount my HDD on the back panel. I got the motherboard screwed into the case and was ready to seat the Thermaltake Floe Riing. This is also where I made my first mistake I put it in the front of the case facing out (as it is shown in many screenshots around the net). It looked really cool but when I went to connect the front USB3 ports to the USB 3 header on the motherboard, I realized there wasn't enough room with the Floe Riing there. I was truly bummed because part of the point of all the RGB parts was so they could be seen. I decided to move the Floe Riing to the top of the case where it fits great and gives me ample room for the USB and SATA headers on the motherboard. It cannot be seen as much which is a bummer, but the glow of the RGB lights its there.
Finally I went to get the EVGA 2080 Ti in there and was also sad to realize it was too large to mount vertically. Turns out the FTW3 card takes 2.5 slots and the vertical mount only will fit a card that takes up 2. That was also a big disappointment for me but I got over it and put the video card in normally.
After that I got everything plugged in, connected power and booted her up - amazingly everything worked right out of the gate. The BIOS was slightly outdated to so I flashed it to get the most current revision on there. Then I made a few changed in he Bios (XMP on, UEFI boot, and a few other tweeks), installed Winodws 10, installed the drivers (I got the most recent items off MSI website), and started playing!
This so far has been an amazing rig and I am very happy with my component choices. The system seems zippy fast and games look amazing on the monitor in 21:9/3440x1440.
Final Thoughts Love all the parts, love how it looks, ultimately wouldn't change a thing!
Lessons Learned - Wish I had known that I wouldn't be able to mount the floe ring to the front if I wanted to access the motherboard USB3 and SATA headers. - Wish I had known that I wouldn't be able to mount the video card vertically as I was really excited about that. The FTW3 is just too large to fit in the space the View 71 Case has for a vertical video card.