Description

I set out to build a gaming desktop based around my incredible Whitefox Keyboard from designer Matt3o (Matt3o.com)

First off.. The Whitefox is incredible.. I've been waiting for it since I ordered it on Massdrop back in December 2015.. This formfactor coupled with 67g purple tactile Zealios switches are just magical.. (It's available on Massdrop again until August 6th.. shipping out in the end of November if people are interested)

So far haven't touched overclocking the 6700k or 1070.. That will be soon :)

Overall a great build and everything worked out of the box and fired up the first go (whew...) Only change in plans I had was the Kraken radiator placement as between it, the motherboard I/O shielding, and the small clearance at the top of the R5. I had to move it forward in the case so it could clear everything which isn't that big of a deal but I lost my 2 5.25 drive bays (even though I don't have current plans to put anything in there)

Updated to add a pic of my new Acer Predator monitor (and temp using my Novatouch with MiTo DSA Caps since my whitefox is at work :) )

Part Reviews

CPU

What can I say?? Great chip.. Haven't gotten to OC it yet

CPU Cooler

The cooler is great.. Easy to install. I recommend removing the thermal paste included and add something like Arctic Silver 5 or the like..

Major issue I have with it and why it's 4/5 stars is the CAM software to change colors is basically worthless. I'm still fighting with it to get it to work..

Thermal Compound

Highly recommend and use this on all of my builds. Just check the recommended application method for the chip that you are using.

Motherboard

This was a key piece of my build as I really wanted to go with as much white as I could to fit into my "whitefox" theme. This delivered!

The white/blueish PCB looks incredible. The amount of features this has is great and should fit the need for almost anyone out there.

I will say that I didn't catch the "Languard" that is a cover over the LAN port to keep nasty things out of there.. I had already assembled the entire thing before I noticed and looks like I will have to take it back out of the I/O plate to remove it.

The software for updating BIOS and making changes is really nice and makes it easy and user friendly to keep things up to date

Memory

Nice, fast memory. Had to change BIOS to go to 3000mhz instead of 2133 as default. Again.. I wanted to white LEDs to go with the "whitefox" theme. However I feel that it's going to be a tough ask to get the LEDs from this, the Kraken, and the Asus Strix 1070 to all match up. If I had to change one thing it would likely be this to either non-LED or go to blue LEDs as I think I could match those up better.

Video Card

Loving this thing.. Still working on the OC for it.

The Asus Tweak software seems pretty easy to use and has some "profiles" that will OC for you or you can go into an advanced mode and change settings to your needs.

The AURA software to change the colors works well (much better than the Kraken/CAM software)

Right out of the box with all default settings for my rig I got the follow scores from 3dmark Cloudgate - 33,207 Skydiver - 35,141 Firestrike - 15,379 Timespy - 5,729

Case

Overall this is an incredible case. I choose it over the H440 since I atleast had the option to but 2 internal 5.25 drives if needed (although I found out the Kraken didn't work well with this case + Mobo combo so I had to remove the drive bays to fit it where I wanted it..)

PROS Love this thing

It's so quiet with the noise dampening panels.

Built in Cable Management is great

Door can be changed to swing both ways...

Many water cooling radiator and fan placement options (NOTE - one issue in cons)

Modular drive bays give a lot of options for placement of components

Included fans are silent, and can be controlled by the built in fan controller

CONS If mounting a watercooler rad on the top, you will likely have issues with space. I originally had planned to have the Kraken x61 radiator mounted towards the back but it was too thick and would not clear the top of the motherboard. Granted I have the "TUF Shield" which covers the I/O components of the motherboard but those two did not play well together.

The top panels and front panel are a slightly different shade of white compared to the rest of the case.. Barely noticeably but some people it may trigger their OCD

Power Supply

Great powersupply.. Platinum and fully modular.

Note - The cables are short and the 8pin barely made it to the top of my mobo even in a mid-size ATX case. If this was a fullsize this would have been a problem for sure. Also the awesome looking individual sleeved cables for this (I wanted white ones) are more expensive than the PSU itself.. :(

Operating System

Only for games.. otherwise blah.. So many privacy issues to me.. I made sure to NOT have it online and changed all my privacy/update settings so that it wouldn't go crazy downloading or sending things.

Wireless Network Adapter

This is a great wireless card. Almost no difference between this and wired for downloads.. Uploads are lacking compared to wired however.

Case Fan

Great silent fans. I wish I had researched a little more to match the blade design to the ones that were included with the R5 (these have more, smaller blades than what's included). Not that big of an issue but again, one of those OCD things for me.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the minimalistic setup.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build, looks great. I have just ordered the Sabretooth S, Vengence LEDs (White) and a Carbide 400C (White) to do something similar myself. I have also been wondering what the effect of a UV cathode tube would have on that mobo....maybe I'll give it a go before my next Lan event. You have now inspired me to take photos during the build and to put it up here when its finished. :-)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I am still loving it.. I wanted to add in a NZXT Hue+ for RGB lighting (a friend has the Hue and it's good) but I've just heard so many bad things about the Hue+ that I'm holding off for a bit.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I recently bought the same cpu cooler and gpu :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

the 1070 is a beast ;) enjoy it!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats that keyboard that you're using?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's called the Whitefox. Links in description

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks man

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What makes that keyboard better than a normal mechanical one? And how much was it?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

$230 with the zealios switches.. and it's personal preference.. I wanted the zealios switches and a small layout but so dedicated arrow keys

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice color coordinated part selection. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

35k on firestrike??

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Is m.2 ssd needed? What's the purpose of it. I know you didn't use it but im curious.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not 100% sure on this but my general knowledge is m.2 ssd on pci-e lane is worth it.. much faster in theory.. m.2 ssd on sata3 is going to be the same as a standard 2.5" ssd on a sata3 port.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

A white mechanical keyboard seems to be a real unicorn. The Whitefox has to be one of the few that merits a build designed around it. It's almost a shame to cover up the SABERTOOTH with a GPU. Very eye-pleasing all around.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the Kraken going for you? Does NZXT Cam use a lot of CPU?

Also, great build

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like we have some of the same parts, this is a nice build my friend. The R5 is a pleasure to build in- you should check out my build! I kept in the drive bays cause the trays are gold now >:) +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I like on this comment is one pet for that fox in the background

+2

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!