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Lots of Storage

by mike232232


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Date Published

Jan. 14, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 14, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.759 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


I went crazy with the storage, annoyed with not enough on my old machine... 3 SSDs 2 in RAID 5T WD Black. In process of building this, will post details as I go....

Part Reviews


this SSD is blazing fast, with my build it took 18 seconds to install windows 10 and it takes 3 seconds from power on to complete boot, very impressive


I won't bore you with details about this case as they are available online. Advantages are: Build quality and flexibility and overall look, some say it's boxy however I like to put stuff on top of my case and boxy is just fine with me. The orange color is just a touch in all the right places, not overpowering but making things look just right. Disadvantages: 1. The power supply holder is strange, the case comes with bracket and exhaust for power supply is located inside the case, there is about 3" travel time for the hot air to escape. Also power supply will block the location of the bottom middle fan. I ordered 5 extra fans and was only able to use 3 on top as specified by case capabilities but only one on the bottom instead the 2 as specified. So I have extra fan not worth returning due to shipping cost. 2. If you go with Asus Mother board as I did, the fan control on the back of the case is not fully compatible with ASUS. You can control fan speed somewhat from Bios, you can set the mode that the fans will run however you don't have fine control. Also the fan speed in bios is not displayed when fans are connected through the case interface to the motherboard. I connected all fans directly to the motherboard so everything works fine but the case interface for fans is useless for me, the button on the front of the case is also useless as nothing is connected to the interface but seriously who manually controls the fans with a switch located inside the case cover. Other than that it is a great case, plenty of room for everything, I disconnected extra drive bays for better air flow.

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Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I just built my first rig during the Holidays. I was told that with the new 960 Pros (NVMe in M.2 form) and the Intel 750 (NVMe in PCIe form) RAID is now obsolete. Is that right? Or, will your 850 Evo in RAID (which runs 500mb/s read and 500mb/s write) be faster than one 960 Pro (3500mb/s read and 2000mb/s write)? If it's not faster than one 960 Pro, is there another benefit to having two 850's in RAID to offset being 5x slower than the 960?

Icemaker 1 point 26 months ago

What temps did you get ?

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I have no clue what my temps will be. The build is not complete, I am still in process of hooking everything up. And I ordered 5 additional 140mm fans from BeQuiet, silent wing 140mm extended speed. I plan to mount 3 on the top of the case and 2 on the bottom. These will be additional to the 2 on the front and one on the back that came with the case, and 2 cooling CPU directly.

I am worried about connections. Maybe you can help me out. The fans in the case are hooked up to one control board at the back of the case and the speed of these can be controlled with the switch on the front, however the board has a connection to the PWM on the motherboard to control the fans via the motherboard control (if the case control module is switched to AUTO). Some people had problems using other than CPU fan PWM connectors on the MB, I plan to connect them to one of the connectors on the motherboard that is best for cable management and see how it goes. The fan control board on the CASE has also SATA connection for power so it should be able to control 4 fans. I will have 10 fans in the case total so I want to manage their speed effectively to keep the noise level down as much as needed. The case will sit under my desk on carpet so I can see things getting hot inthere in summer hence all the fans and I do not like liquid cooling at all, it is just noisy and not efficient in my view. The best bang for the buck is the very well built air cooled case. The MB has 6 Q Fan controlled connections and additional 2 full speed connections (these are for AIO pump and W_PUMP+ but I am assuming I can just connect fans to these 4 pin connections they will just run full speed and will not be controlled). I am getting 3 2 way splitters for my fans so I can connect two into one slot on the MB and run them in tandem as 1. I don't know about configuration right now I will just have to play around and see... keep posted and any suggestions welcomed

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I finally got to BIOS last night, idle temperature is 32 deg C stable when in bios. I have temp probes as I bought the ASUS fan attachment board and they all read 27 deg C ambient temperature, so 5 deg increase. Now waiting for PWM extensions to finish my cable management and I will run benchmarks after that to get better idea on the cooling performance.

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

The temp is 31C idle and never went over 50C on load so far...

NitroOG 1 point 26 months ago

How is the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 cpu cooler. Is it quiet when gaming?

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

The Dark Rock Pro 3 is an excellent cooler, very large though, almost blocks some LED on motherboard and inserting memory in the future for upgrade can be an issue without taking the cooler off that's how large it is. Also if you want to go with it, get a LOW PROFILE memory modules, nothing fancy with LED lights, it may not fit and the lights may be blocked making the thing look awkward.
Installation of this fan was very smooth. There is a guy on youtube building 4200 dollar rig in my case and tried to use this cooler but had different CPU and tried to to install 1151 attachment, didn't fit so he just went with water cooler and made a funny face at Dark Rock Pro 3. The laugh is on him. So if you get it, read the manual and get proper connections and brackets according to the CPU slot. I will post some pictures of the MB with fan installed shortly so take a look and ask any questions you have

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

the CPU cooler is extemely quiet. The idle processor temperatures I am getting are 33 deg C. the fan speeds of cooler never go above 800 rpm for either fan. I plugged fan 1 to slot 1 and fan 2 to slot 2 so I get independent readings for each fan, one is in the middle of the cooler and the other on the front side, both blowing to the back.

NitroOG 1 point 26 months ago


mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

thank you, will start enjoying it after I do my cable management, I didn't know it was such a pain to get 24" PWM extension, go figure, 2 week wait

Gooplux 1 point 26 months ago

Id love to see more pictures, esspecially of the motherboard, this looks like an amazing build and motheboard. update us please?

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

The pictures of MB with and without cooler will be updated shortly. The build is not complete. Connected everything except SSD and HD. Also ordered 5 more fans which will be here on wednsday so have to hook these up. Will try to update when I can, and feel free to ask any questions....

Gooplux 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! I'll look back regularly for an update.

Edit: i see they are up, thanks!

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I just posted more pictures of the completed build with cable management, tried to to my best. RGB lighted pictures to follow... so far happy with the build

ibnalfreak 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Really looking forward to the final product. I am also going to use the Maximus Code along with a STRIX card.

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Just posted pictures of the rig with cable management pictures. RGB on pictures to follow...

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

get Be Quiet 900 Pro case, excellent choice.

Ryfi 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

out of interest, do you know if the IX Code has dual NVMe slots?

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

you can look at the specifications. One slot is horizontal (which I am using) and the other is vertical, weird but I guess they run out of room on the board. Slot 1 disables SATA1 port and Slot 2 shares bandwidth with SATA5 and SATA6 making them slower.

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

yes, dual slots but one of them is vertical with a bracket, I am not using that one...

Muckles 1 point 26 months ago

Based on the amount of storage, I think it's fair to assume you store your **** locally.

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

all my important stuff yes, I don't trust cloud for security reasons, many things get compromised as we know, yahoo.com most recently, but I do use cloud for movies and insignificant stuff, all important stuff and stuff I don't feel comfortable loosing is local, and I agree, it is a lot of storage and fast storage at that, thx

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Does the IX Code have more than one USB 2.0 internal header? The IX Formula only has one so I needed to buy a hub to connect three more USB 2.0 devices (i.e. Corsair's HX850i power supply, H115i liquid CPU Cooler and my two USB 2.0's on the front panel).

refused9150 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Doesnt look like it. Newegg lists its onboard usb connections as follows:

1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector 1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports 1 x USB 2.0 header supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports [ via ROG_EXT header]

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

this is right. I don't know what the USB 3.1 front panel connector is for, since none of the cases as far as I know support that connectivity, I would prefer 3.0 or 2.0 USB instead but oh well I will get the ASUS 3.1 capable 5.25" insert when it will become available and have 2 3.1 USBs on the front of the case. For now that slot is a waste...

Hack2Override 1 point 25 months ago

More clarification, just did a similar build but used the Maximus Hero board. In regards to case fan hub, I have the 3 case fans hooked to it and the PWM connection going to CPU_OPT on MB. In bios it shows my RPM of CPU (DRPro3) but no other RPM. You said you have some control, I know using the Q fan trends I can change the setup for the CPU fan as it is responsive, however I haven't gotten to install the ASUS software. Is there more control using this for the other fans outside of bios. Also would changing location of the PWM cable from hub to another MB port, such as H AMP or CHA_1, change results in bios control?

Getting reading to do some trial with connections, but may just go to MB directly and put tops fans in for front case control. Seeing as you have been here, you may have a heads up for me


mike232232 submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

if you have it hooked up like you do, you have to disable PWM control in Qfan control and you can control fans ON/OFF but that's it. Best thing is to plug in the fans into motherboard directly. I have enough headers to hook everything up to MB but that makes the little control board on the back of the case useless and also fan control on the front of the case useless.
Also if you choose to keep your current setup, the fan control switch on front of the case needs to be OFF in order to control anything for these fans in BIOS. Hope this helps.

NovaTastical 1 point 24 months ago

You are doing a huge mistake with the monitor With that 1080 you better get a 2k monitor with 144Hz

mike232232 submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I had that monitor already, and didn't buy new one. I will get a wide monitor 4K when they become available.

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