This build has been my passion project all the way back to 2014. This is why I decided to call it EVOLution. It does not even come close to resembling what it originally looked like back when I started on it. My last run of upgrades literally had me down to re-using my storage drives and my PSU (which was way overkill when I originally bought it for this exact reason), otherwise everything has been built from the ground up.
This is the first time I have used AMD for anything. I have been a diehard Intel/NVIDIA guy since I started building computers a few years ago. Aside from a bad call on my original choice for an X399 motherboard (the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon), my Threadripper 1950X has been phenomenal. I had to RMA the MSI board twice after both of them had the exact same issue, and after fighting with Newegg to get a refund, I decided to switch to Asus. This is literally probably the best motherboard I have ever owned. Very little tweaking was needed out of the box to get everything stable. After this experience with MSI, and past experiences with their braindead customer support people, I think I'm going to be an Asus guy from now on.
If anyone is curious, eATX motherboards will work in the Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 as long as the mounting holes are in the standard ATX layout. You do lose a few cable routing holes as the motherboard pretty much covers them up, but that didn't bother me too much.
Update: My first custom loop is complete! Pics have been updated. I also added some pictures of the space behind the motherboard tray to show my (attempted) cable management, lighting/fan control hubs, and pump/res placement.
Update 2: I think in the next few months or so I will be moving my build into the Fractal Design Define R6 and possibly adding waterblocks to my 1080ti(s) towards the end of the year. I will probably be doing a new "build" on the site here so people can still see this one and use it for reference. Happy 2018 everyone!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to comment or PM me. I love talking about this stuff.
The single best CPU I have ever owned. Low temps, and higher performance than any Intel chip I have ever used. Bravo AMD.
Possibly the best motherboard I have ever had the pleasure of using. Pretty much good to go out of the box.
Absolutely blazing fast and easy to use. No proprietary software for fan control unlike EVGA's iCX technology. Stable OC of 2025MHz using MSI Afterburner.
Building in this case was a breeze and actually relaxing for a change. Plenty of room for cable management, and the fact that my PSU is out of sight and out of mind is a bonus. Great cooling performance as well. I just wish there was a bottom fan filter.