-Mother Board Replaced X99A Raider MSI
-PSU upgrade are picky!!!! EVGA 1000 GQ PSU do work, unsuccessful with Rosewill, and corsair .
-980TI amp extremes work perfectly in sli with only 1/2 slot between them.
-NVME Boot have mixed results for a start up disk. Many unsuccessful, pick up the 850 Pro for a hassle free boot + the Rapid mode
-32GB 2400 MHz works like a champ. Mixing the Samsung OEM Ram is picky (tried it, failed)
-Sound Blaster Z makes a hug improvement, works well in the R2
-Mid fan.....Remove the stupid black panel. Order VNPD3 Holder,P-FAN-120,CENTAURI. $30.30 (ask for free shipping) and add LED fans 😃
-Remove the shipping bracket for the graphic card...It installed by blind rivets and a few screws, it does nothing but block air.( Challenge me...I have two of the biggest graphics card on the market without that bracket and I move my case all the time. )
-Removed stock fans and added cool LED fans they are way quieter.
-Alienware stock CPU cooler is okay. I added corsair H55 and made 5-7 degree difference and way quieter (doesn't have that rattle noise)
-Installed Noctua as the radiator fan for H55....Totally worth it, no noise . added 10 degree difference
-Sli Bridge, can only speak for 2 way, SLI EVGA works great, and LED lights up (60mm LONG)
-Route all wiring to the other side (HDD side), the wiring is long enough
I bought the base model knowing I was going to upgrade. Selling the components on ebay also offsets the price on these components .
OEM Components Left:
Tried the ax series psu, no Ida why it wouldn't work, the mb would not turn on ..I use 8 pin connectors Bc the Evga psu I have uses 8 pin vga cables , I use 32 gb corsair vegeance 2400 ddr4 ram.