So I went out the door on a deployment with the Army not too long ago and the desktop I had was an AMD FX-4300 and a 1050 Ti with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. I decided it was time for an upgrade. At first, I only wanted to get what I absolutely needed. Maybe an i5, 8GB of RAM and a 1060, maybe a 1070. And then I realised, "Well, I can afford it... F*** it. Go big or go home." And so I did. At first it was just supposed a white-themed build, and then I stumbled onto jmmods.com after looking at another user's build and I knew I had to make the most of that info. So I got in touch with the folks at jmmods and got my parts ordered - they arrived the day after I got home.
So far everything is up and running okay, other than a stick of RAM being faulty(which is being RMA'd and replaced) and the Adata SU800 1TB SSD I originally ordered also being bad, so I just returned that and ordered the 860 EVO instead and am awaiting the arrival of both parts.
Temps seem alright to me. So far I've tested in Fallout 4, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and F1 2017, as those are the first games I pulled off of my old hard drives. That and the only internet I have until Friday is USB tethering with my phone. I'll post 3DMark Scores once I have them, as well as temps from that.
The cables I ordered from CableMod were all-white replacements for the factory PSU cables, with 50mm of length added to each one, plus the Blue Thumbscrews and SATA Cables you see in the pictures. Really high quality parts; very satisfied with that purchase.
Once again, shout out to the team at jmmods.com! The fan grills, combs, GPU backplate and bracket you made me are absolutely perfect and I can't thank you enough for that. My only regret is that I'm a pretty crappy photographer, and I simply can't do them justice.
I manually maxed out all of my fans, including the AIO's pump and the GPU fans, and ran the PC through some of 3DMark's benches. I ran the benchmarks back to back, only taking a break to snip a pic of the results, and capped it with the Time Spy Extreme Stress Test. The CPU capped out at 76C and the GPU capped out at 64C, and the system maintained right around 30 fps throughout the stress test.
I mean it's a CPU. A beastly, 6-Core, 12-Thread powerhouse of a CPU, but still a CPU. It's strong enough to bulldoze through anything I've thrown at it so far and hardly break a sweat.
Looks great, and it handles my 8700K pretty well, even under load. It lost a star for not having the ability the change the Lighting on the block, which is a constant Breathing pattern.
Honestly not really impressed. The utilities it came with are annoying and it constantly wants your CPU at Max Clock, even at Idle, the combination of which led to me uninstalling the utilities it came with. Otherwise it does its job just the way it should.
Had a bad Module when they arrived, but Crucial and Amazon are taking care of that problem without putting up a fight about it.
Wicked fast. From power on to sign in takes all of about 7 seconds(and the motherboard has a ridiculously long window for entering BIOS).
Got it in, got it installed, and hey, look at that! An SSD that works the first time! cough AData cough
Always my go to Hard drive for my personal builds. They're quick and dependable and have earned a lifelong fan.
Wicked fast, wicked good looking, wicked loud. It's a 1080 Ti, so it can obviously handle just about anything. If you're looking for a quiet card, either don't buy this one or liquid cool it, because man, those things are LOUD! It drowns out four case fans and the pump noise when all of those are maxed out.
Beautiful case, has a full-panel tempered glass window and loads of space and routing holes for cable management. Has an enclosure with quick-release mounts for 3 Hard Drives and another SSD Mount on the backside of the motherboard tray. My only complaint is the fact that it supports Asus' Aura Sync exclusively. I could probably manufacture a workaround for that fairly easily, but how hard can it be to include a couple of adapters...
Nice, quiet, powerful PSU. Has plenty of ports to plug in all of your goodies, and the factory cables are nice, quality cables, even if I didn't use them.
Absolutely beautiful display. It has a fully adjustable stand for swiveling Right/Left and Up/Down and sliding Up/Down. Built in speakers sound nice and the user interface/menu system isn't completely pants-on-head retarded like some other manufacturers'...
Absolutely wonderful keyboard. The lighting is spectacular, the effects are spectacular, the programmability is wonderful, the tactile and audio response is perfect and the keys feel great, although a few people weren't too fond of the shape of the keys(they're slightly concave), but the G910 Orion Spectrum has normal keys if you're into that sort of thing.
I really wanted to go with the Lightspeed Mice, but honestly I wouldn't even use all those features. This mouse has everything I need, it feels nice, the white compliments the build and it does it's job just fine.
Lovely headset. It looks good, it sounds amazing, the pads are nice and soft and it's much lighter than I expected it to be. Corsair's CUE software offers some nice EQ Options for it.