This was mainly indended as a high-performance Hackintosh build. I installed OSX on the Samsung SSD and Windows on the other SSD for the times in life that one can't avoid using Windows. In order to install it, I needed to install the OSX partition while booting from the Clover bootloader with the FakeCPUID spoofed to be that of Skylake i7s and installed Sierra to a temporary SATA SSD, then installed the Rehabman patch in order to make the NVME driver work, then copied the entire installation to the main SSD. After installing the NVidia web drivers and VoodooHDA audio driver, everything works except sleep. This isn't a problem though because leaving the LEDs on all day looks pretty cool, even if I can't control any of the aura stuff from MacOS.
I was going to get the Cablemod LED strips, but I ended up making my own LED strips with some 5050 LED strips I had lying around. Combined with the illumination on the GPU and mobo, it makes for a very cool build.
The Fenvi FV-T919 wireless adapter works perfectly in MacOS, but it does not seem to install any drivers in Windows.
I took advantage of the 3D printing abilities of the motherboard and other components by printing an M.2 fan holder and an ATX power connector holder. I also printed a cover for the SLI port on the GPU and a support for it because the card is so long.
In the future I hope to add an ASUS fan extension card, temperature sensors for both SSDs, another SSD fan, and RAM cooling fans. Also a third SSD for a Linux partition, which would require a M.2 PCIe adaptor.
I put the radiator in the front of the case with push and pull fans. The included Corsair fans are pushing into the case and the Phanteks PH-F140MP fans are pulling the air through. There are two more PH-F140MP fans exhausting out the top and one PH-F140SP intaking through the back.
Even at full CPU usage at the full 4.5ghz turbo frequency (tested with the Cinebench CPU rendering benchmark), it doesn't get above 62 degrees C with this watercooler. Idle is around 30 usually.
Update: I set up a simple 4.8GHz overclock and now the full load temp is around 86. The speed is worth it though. Geekbenck scores 6334, 22486: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3055497 and the stock GHz benchmarks were 5768,20216: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3000809
What a great CPU! Runs great under Mac OS with some work (spoofing Skylake fakeCPUID), and I don't have to wait for anything to load now.
Good looking AIO. Cools my 7700K very well even at full load.
Good motherboard for the new Intel CPUs, especially useful with the dual M.2 slots for my 2 SSDs.
Lots of ram and quite fast!
Good budget SSD and very fast for the price.
Mind-blowingly fast drive for Mac OS (needs work though because it's not supported natively).
Good, reliable, fast, quiet storage drive.
There's nothing quite like a 1080. Apps and animations run smoothly and heavy graphics applications never seem to slow down visually. Works well with the new Mac OS drivers.
Very good looking case. Went together well and all my components fit well, except the HDD needed an extra bracket to fit in the bottom of the case because the original brackets needed to be removed to fit a front 280 radiator. I give it only 4 stars because every time I turn a screw or take it apart, I always get the impression that it is a budget case. The parts aren't of the highest quality, but it is a budget case. Also the acrylic window has already gotten a few scratches.
Great clicky mechanical keyboard if you don't need expensive RGB illumination. It also works well with Mac OS, unlike the Corsair keyboards I've tried. I use it mainly for typing and it works very well for it. I however recommend the HyperX Cloud headset if you want to block out the sound sometimes.
Good budget mouse with a few issues. It is pretty solid and I like the feel of it. However, the red LEDs that are on all the time are a bit annoying. Also, the DPI adjustment needs to be redone every time it loses power, which it does a lot when I turn off the USB hub to kill the LEDs. Also, sometimes in Mac OS if i press the middle click button and accidentally scroll at the same time, it will stop working properly and I need to unplug it for a second.
Good sound, good noise cancelling, feels good to wear for long periods of time. I haven't really used the microphone much but I tested it and it sounded pretty good. I like the included extension cables.
Very nice monitor for anyone looking for a low cost 2K monitor. It has a very adjustable stand unlike the competition, and very nice matte display finish. I have noticed no light bleed from it, and the IPS panel makes the colors look really good. The small bezel is also useful if you have more than one. I'm considering getting another.