This is my first full build and I am delighted with how it worked out.
It is primarily a machine for productivity running three monitors and multiple tasks at the same time. I also wanted something that could be processing video in the background while I went on about other tasks. I can do that with now with no effect on other general office work. I also use it for Photoshop as a hobby and the Samsung 960 Pro has made Photoshop and Bridge much more responsive. I store the working files on the SSD and then transfer them to the HDD when finished a batch.
The system is almost completely silent.
The fans are a little bit of smoke and mirrors! what you can see in the photos are 2 x front NZXT RGB 1 x 140 NZXT RGB rear 2 x NZXT on the H100i
That makes it look like everything is exhausting and there is no intake. In reality there are a further three 120 intake fans in the front, that cant bee seen. Two of them are matched with the NZXTs and blow through them (so the tese two NZTs are dummy fans only acting as expensive RGB lights (but they do look fantastic).The third intake fan at the front bottom position blows mostly into the basement, but as the basement is well ventilated into the case it creates a flow right through.
I have them set up with the bottom front fan on 40% permanently. The H100i fans also run permanently (controlled by the Corsair software). I have checked it carefully and even though there are two fans exhausting and one intake, there is positive pressure as the exhaust fans have to contend with the radiator. The Corsair software takes care of the processor temperatures (never over 70% on 100% all core torture test). As the temperatures rise in the case and the GPU fans kick in (effectively only recirculating air in the case), the profile in the bios is set to bring the top two front intake fans in next (now lots of positive pressure) and then eventually the 140 rear fan to help things along.
I have tested it with the Prime95 torture test running at 100% AND Heaven loading the GPU for about two hours and with an ambient temperature in the room of 22C, the rear fan never even needed to come in. Case air and board temperatures never got over 35. So I am pretty happy that all the airflows look well.
Total time to boot to settled Win 10 is about 45 seconds. Over 20 seconds of that is the X99 having a think about life before it starts Windows.
The case looks STUNNING. The glass makes the whole thing have a lovely 3D depth to it. It is impossible to show it on photos because of the reflections, but on the desk it is perfect.
I tried for a while to figure out the lighting and what to do. I liked the idea of having everything synced with Asus Aura. I am glad now that I did not. Asus have sorted some of their issues. The Mobo and GPU do sync, but the software is terrible. You cannot enter a hex code for a color and trying to get red was a long slow process with the hit an miss graphical controller. It also holds a separate color on the GPU when turned off (but with power supply on) which is nice. I could have just extended the Aura to some strips, but I am glad I didn't as they are analogue. The digital addressable NZXT RGB fans are so much more impressive with the potential for lighting chases etc, and you can set a color chase to run around each fan and on to the next one. Very smart.
The case was a dream to build in. Not a single issue (apart from the Phanteks label which mus have been stuck on with nothing more than saliva). Somebody in marketing must be having a canary. Apparently Phanteks labels falling off is a common issue, but an easy fix.
Sorting out the cable management on the back took a little work, but it worked out fine. Where I sit the machine you can't see it, but I would have known!
So all in all I am super happy with the way it turned out.
Hope you like the photos.