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RoG Monster

by Scrollwheel

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Date Published

March 25, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.961 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.3 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

PC used primarily for media and gaming (1440p@165Hz); with a bit of work thrown in there too (3D Modelling - mainly AutoCAD, and general Data Analysis tasks).

Overall, very pleased with the build; and in my opinion the final product looks great. It takes pride of place in my apartment.

Starting from the top: the CPU was chosen for its performance and seemed like an easy choice; especially when getting a 5.0GHz overclock is so simple and would be comfortably managed by the Kraken x62 which was chosen for both its looks and pretty solid reviews.

Motherboard is complete overkill, but damn it's pretty and loaded with features; would love to run a full custom loop and make use of the EK support in the future. The onboard buttons are really useful for overclocking and the display gives codes for any errors which makes figuring out any issues much easier. One shortfall is the lack of multiple USB 2.0 internal headers; so buying a hub is basically a must if you want all the front I/O available and to be able to run the Kraken, Corsair link & hue etc.

RAM is RAM... it syncs with Aura and lets me customise my build.

The choice of storage was pretty straight forward, M.2 as my boot drive with enough room for all of my programs/applications; then raid SSDs for the bulk store (steam library mainly). Really snappy, never have to wait around for even large files to load/transfer.

Asus GTX1080Ti Strix OC is absolutely brilliant; runs all of the games I want to play at max settings very comfortably; only a couple need turned down to hit 165fps consistently - Overwatch for example.

The case was a little tricky to cable manage as the space in the back is fairly limited; but the PSU shroud has plenty of room to compensate and stash extra cables including the nzxt hub I mentioned earlier. The acrylic panel is by far the biggest disappointment; smudges are a real issue becuase even clean microfibre cloths seem to leave tiny stratches which catch the internal lighting. Plenty of radiator support, a great little fan hub built in, and the RGB lighting for underglow and internal ambience really adds to the build's aesthetics.

The PSU again is total overkill; but like I mentioned above, I'm tempted to run a custom loop, and if I do I would run SLI 1080Ti... so planning ahead. Great unit, modular of course; and the link software is very easy to use.

I guess I was lucky with the monitor, because mine was perfect first time; no significant backlight-bleed and no dead pixels (the pc I built for my partner shortly after this build unfortunately had several, but was RMA'd for a new one that was equally as brilliant as mine).

Keyboard and mouse are a bit of a personal choice; I liked the full size keyboard with media controls, and the mouse is one of the largest on the market at the moment so actually fits in my hand and doesnt feel like I'm trying to grab a marble. The additional buttons on the spatha are a godsend for 3D work in autoCAD and other software; macros galore on the keyboard too in a convenient 4x3 layout with a master swap between subsets.

Finally, the UPS; while its not nearly as proficient as the gigantic one in my office at work, this is more than sufficient to keep the PC running for an hour or two (depending on load and overclocks etc) so you'll never be caught short halfway through a render or finishing up a piece of work.

Upgrades made post build: Kraken fans swapped for 4 (push/pull) Corsair ML140 Pro. NZXT Hue lighting control and GRID+ V3 fan controller... build runs nearly at a barely audible level during normal use; and while gaming I wear a headset and even then the noise level isn't significant enough to be a hinderance or be picked up my the mic.

Speakers are Beoplay S3s in "orange" pairing mode (usb connected, aux paired). Headset is a pair of Astro A50s (Gen 3 I believe). The puck is a wireless charging pad for my phone.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid processor, overclocks to 5.0GHz no bother; temps are perfectly reasonable when cooled by a Kraken x62 (push/pull config with 4 ML140 Pro fans).

CPU Cooler

Brilliant cooler! I'm hard pressed to say I can hear any pump noise at all but flat out; aesthetically it wins hands-down over all the competition. If you're really pushing for a quiet build, or even greater performance; you can very easily swap out the fans, or go push/pull.

Mouse

For a mouse, this is really pricey; but, if you have large hands, and are working with applications, or games that can benefit from macros or additional hotkeys... then this mouse really performs well. 3D Modelling applications once you set up your macros are vastly easier to manipulate and just general day-to-day media consumption can be made smoother.

Wireless responsivity is flawless, battery life has never run short on me (even after gaming sessions that last longer than I would care to admit). Armoury software is a piece of cake to figure out and gives you easy access to all of the customisation that makes this mouse great.

UPS

Excellent "personal" ups solution for a home office or gaming area; easy to set-up, and alerts you when it needs intervention.

Comments Sorted by:

PotatechG 4 points 13 months ago

ROG for the win!

Ru4 2 points 13 months ago

Nice build

m52nickerson 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Very nice setup!

Relaxed_Mammoth 2 points 13 months ago

Hey, what kind of monitor arm are you using?

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It’s an F9 from Fleximounts. Edit: Just incase the picture showing it is a bit naff; there’s two usb 3.0 pass-through ports in the base... perfect position for quick access (that’s what swung it for me when I was deciding on a monitor arm).

roderick60 2 points 13 months ago

this build is a fantastic build that will last for a very long time

beardedmisfit 5 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Great build! What kind of speakers are those?

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

B&O BeoPlay S3 (usb linked to the pc, then daisy chained)... really pleased with the sound quality from such a small form factor.

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Nice job!

MrPi314 1 point 13 months ago

Wow - thats over 5 grand in USD...

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

It was my first go at building a proper PC; always had Apple products before then, but needed a significant bump in performance and compatibility for work... figured I might as well do it properly.

MrPi314 1 point 13 months ago

Nice. Wish I had that kind of money... Oh well, I'll stick with my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro! (I'm actually upgrading soon, though)

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Old MacBook Pros are where its at though; the new ones need a bag full of dongles... I love mine (it's actually in one of the pictures in a black clamshell case on a stand).

DeanoArmstrong 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Just wondering: Are you just using two different programs for the LED's. I imagine youre using Aura and Hue to control the different RGB items from different companies?

Scrollwheel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Correct. NZXT Hue for the fans, and Asus Aura for everything else within the PC.

BetrayedPredator 0 points 13 months ago

You don’t need 1000w for SLI :)

Alongside SLI not being worthwhile, wouldn’t recommend blowing $1000+ on another 1080ti just for some measly gains and massive headaches