Just wanted to post up some teaser pics as some of the hardware has arrived. Mostly I just wanted to try out my new Nikon glass (got a new fast 50mm for my D750)!
MSI XPower Gaming Titanium X99 Motherboard...
And the 'peek through' window in the box...
Should be pretty clear why I picked it for this build...
But here is the real reason
I picked it... now if only the 24pin connector was a 90-degree too.
I think it's really sad that everyone still puts the regular USB3 headers on boards despite stiff cables and delicate pins/surrounds. Sigh
Man I love the depth of field on this lens... paper thin with beautiful bokeh!
I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of the dragon motif... but the colors are good at least.
Not your normal CPU, but an unlocked Xeon is simply something I had to have while they exist...
Right at home
And another angle just because dat focus
Although I really like EK blocks, once I saw this I knew it was the one...
Sold out everywhere but at least TitanRig had one on Amazon... the price was high, but it was worth it IMO!
Really can't imagine a different block looking better on this MB.
The pic above is how it's supposed to be installed, but based on research and the design of my loop... we'll be going with this instead:
(The matte finish on the mount is good... but I'm thinking that might have to get some polishing before installation).
And a different kind of precious metal... platinum!
I also ordered the upgraded light bars because when you overpay by 10-15% for memory for aesthetics alone...
then you certainly should have to pay another $80 just to make it look the way it should have to begin with.
Although to be fair to Corsair - they do have great products, and great service, and (in this case at least) a look that's worth paying a premium for!
Oh, and before anyone asks... yes only 2400... the 1650 is only rated for 2133 but it's known to OC some... but don't really care about RAM OC levels as I've never found it to make enough of a difference to matter - at least in anything that I do. If I were looking for top scores in benches... I obviously would have selected a different CPU to begin with.
One nice thing with the motherboard which was unexpected was a combo promotion which netted me these (although I don't expect much from them quality-wise, they should be good enough for occasional use).
Now to go back to work so I can start bench testing the hardware (before I start voiding warranties... or at least making returns difficult).