This is our first build, a gaming computer for my son. We built it together as a learning exercise and because he's put in the work to be a competitive gamer. The case is spacious and easy to work in. We found a power drill and bits really helpful. It was stressful to try to be sure all the cables went to all the right places. We almost missed seeing the upper left power sockets for the Aorus Master. For art, we wanted the interior to be white where possible, to reflect the light in the many RGBs on the fans, board and GPU. It looks great, we love it.
Performance: 13,600 on 3DMark free, stays <40C. No instability. Overclocked on all CPU cores to 5.0GHz, memory at 3600. Didn't try yet to tighten the memory timings because we get 240fps at 1080p solid on Modern Warfare with ray-tracing and everything maxed.
Things we learned
- read the motherboard manual several times, looking at where everything will plug in
- CableMod cables would have been worth it; we thought about it but wanted to see what it looked like with regular cables but once its all set up it's hard to get excited enough to tear down and redo it
- magnetic trays for screws are great
- thermal paste is easy to put on with no air bubbles if you put a pea-sized dollop and then put the liquid cooler on straight down
- our case is bigger than we nee
- Aorus EasyTune was an easy way to overclock
- we now have to use four different programs to set the RGBs in the keyboard and mouse (Logitech), motherboard (Aorus), MSI GPU (Mystical something?), cooler and fans (iCUE); that's not at all ideal, it makes changing the look a big hassle and makes us wish for an uber-program to run the others
- a refurbished motherboard is scary to use because if it doesn't work there are so many potential problems and it's a hassle to set it up and tear it down without damaging anything
- the plastic CPU socket cover goes on top of the clamp mechanism, not under it; should be obvious but wasn't to us