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Prices are a combination of Microcenter and Newegg deals about a week before Black Friday. (MC already had their CPU deal out early, and Newegg had a 5% off code that ended up saving me more than I would have if I waited for BF)

I was targeting a reliable 1440p build for around $1000. I think I did alright considering the current GPU and RAM price hikes. This is my first time swinging for the green team since I couldn't find a Vega 56 at retail price. We'll see how that goes.

Originally I had an ASRock Pro4 board which was $30 cheaper, but I replaced with the Asus when troubleshooting a no post problem. The problem actually ended up being a bum CPU which was the last thing I was expecting (no bent pins or physical damage at all). Frustrating, but I'm lucky enough to live near a Microcenter and replaced it easily.

I could overclock more, but this case gets pretty warm since it's a soundproofed model with foam padding. Maybe I'll get more fans down the line and push it further.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

For the gammax cooler, did you need a separate bracket to install it?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's a clip on style cooler, so it works out of the box without a special bracket.

The fit is a bit tight though, I loosened the brackets already on the board to get it to clip on without too much force, and then tightened them back when it was on.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! Great cable management and everything!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking build! If you don't mind me asking, have you been able to get your RAM to hit 3000? I have the same RAM and MOBO, and I have no idea how to get the speed up past 2133. Tried the settings in the BIOS, but no luck. I'm a noob when it comes to overclocking and messing with timings. Any help you can give would be really appreciated.