A few months ago I set out to upgrade my system, and a friend decided to join in, but after some discussion we ended up with entirely new builds instead.
Vector. For the past two decades I’ve been heavily invested in PC gaming, with it I found my passion for computers, and overclocking, to gain that extra performance no amount of money could give you, having built systems dedicated to close ones for over a decade I’ve learned a great deal and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others to get the most out of their systems. I started to take it more seriously a few years back and began testing games with various hardware, and I realized I could really use an open case, so when I discovered the BenchCase by Vector Custom Design I was ecstatic, it remains unique by the fact that it also serves as a proper gaming case.
Qlimax. Seeing firsthand the evolution of gamer products, it’s never been easier to make your system look good, in recent years RGB has taken us by storm, no longer do you have to decide on a single color, it’s truly an intense and exciting time to build a computer. Being fans of the annual Q-dance festival Qlimax, with it’s sophisticated lighting and laser production, we thought the name seemed fitting with all of the RGB LED’s and the pinnacle of today’s computer hardware.
As for the parts I have chosen, it’s one of the most powerful systems you can build today, but the only way to truly get all the way is by overclocking, the i7-7700K is pre-binned 5.2GHz capable, ROG Maximus IX APEX motherboard to get the Trident Z memory well over 4GHz, two GTX 1080 Ti’s in SLI, and water cooling.
Sharing these unique builds with you means a lot and we hope to inspire! Though a couple of months are expected for it’s completion, right now most of it is up and running but there is still much to do and even more to show.
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The Vector BenchCase shipped in a rather small but heavy package devoid of any markings. After opening this mysterious package, it was time to carefully remove the plastic film without leaving any scratching.
Everything was neatly arranged inside with no room to spare, the edges of both side panels suffered from some minor bending and one LED strip was visibly damaged, likely due to the transportation and tight packaging; the former was easily rectified with a pair of pliers.
The ASUS ROG Maximus IX APEX is probably the most incredible motherboard I have ever laid eyes on, its various lighting modes are breathtaking in the the dark. Aesthetics aside, it’s one of the best suited motherboards for DRAM overclocking due to its two specially dedicated DIMMs.
They’ve included an unreasonable amount of stickers, love it! I will make sure to show each one of them at a later date.
Something out of the ordinary is the inclusion of a drink coaster, M.2 Riser Card and acrylic name plate.
I’ve spent a good amount of time overclocking a 3600C16 non-RGB kit, and at this point know that they overclock to 4133MHz CL17 on APEX, initially we were looking at the 4266MHz CL19 kit to overclock even further, but the 3600MHz CL16 RGB kit had its price lowered just days before ordering so we went with it instead, but there’s still a very likely possibility of getting 4266+ sticks in the future.
As we have two concurrent builds, four sticks are presented.
Samsung are a safe bet in my experience, they also look aesthetically pleasing in all-black with minimal orange accents. Regarding my choice of the EVO: I’ve compared SSD performance in many titles over the years and at a certain point you start getting diminishing returns and hit other limitations; since this is a gaming system first, I felt no need to pay the premium for the PRO variant.
As you can see, the second M.2 SSD covers a decent part of the DRAM, a slight inconvenience, but we’re only using one SSD for each system in the meantime.