The Build starts; first components picked up at pchub gilmore
fitting in case. looks smaller than it actually is
already thinking of cable management.
Should've added the cables while installing. doing so after was a b*tch
bracket in place. plastic felt a bit flimsy for my taste.
Rubber grommets not as robust as I would like
intermediate cabling done
one chassis fan power cable routed underneath the board to keep things clean. Would eventually relocate after adding additional fan at rear for exhaust
i7 Branding. somewhere discreet
couldn't resist the matching size. in hindsight should've moved further to the left.
PSU branding matched perfectly on the shroud.
looks like it was there to begin with.
was worried those tall heatsinks would get in the way of something...
OCD annoyed with uneven spacing
RAM heatsink barely clearing AIO Fan
AIO Fan+Radiator top mount clearance was looking pretty tight
AIO tubing looking like it'll get in the way of at least one of the RAM sockets
RAM fits, but just barely.
First power on. only hiccup was CPU 4-pin power wasn't plugged in, so was getting no POST.
Panic over, everything checks out.
Just needs Boot SSD and GPU
RAD seemed pre-dusty from factory. hmm...
Won't use everything. still feels good to have them anyway
Modmesh were stiffer than expected
stock vs modmesh. No regrets.
AIO sleeving comparison With vs without
Cable Management OCD in full swing
Had to negotiate SATA power needs between HDDs and Chassis accessories; lucky this extension made the connections look neat and interesting
AIO Sleeving and ATX power in place.
These were a lot smaller in person than i realized
backplate plastics must go
reminds me of a stick of gum
More branding. ROG plate's adhesive was frustratingly weak
First boot with GPU and SSD
OS installed. RGB all still in rainbow unicorn vomit mode.
Dark Rainbow with my previous daily driver: Alienware M17x R4
configuring AIO Pump lighting
Same with the GPU Logo lighting
Smaller than my previous 32" LED TV, but superior in every other way.
FPS games on 144hz: consider me a believer
Gaming chair, because why not? +15fps
Can't help but feel the Strix design causes an optical illusion of slight sagging...
...and I thought the 1080 was huge...
fan blades has a nice sturdy feel to it... unexpected but most welcome
will get a VR headset, maybe?
design is less clean than EVGA...
a dvd? really?? IN 2019????
clean, but sparse of giveaways
Space is a premium, so weird placement for 2nd monitor (just for stats, graphs, etc while gaming