What is wrong with the mobo? The Z170-A is an overclockable board with built in support that works fine for plenty of people.
Nice looking build! Question though - why did you not get the 6700K for overclocking when you have a liquid cooler and an overlocking mobo?
A moment of silence... lol.
So stoked for this! Here's my build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
I wanted to go as overkill as possible with an x99 chipset, while maintaining a subtle black/white color scheme that will be accented with RGB.
-x99 chipset with best bang/buck (6850K fit the bill nicely)
-Be as pretty as possible - S340 ELITE, X62 Kraken, MSI Gaming PRO Carbon mobo, 1080 MSI armor edition to match the scheme, 8x RAM slots filled with white LED's
-Compliment what I currently own - I only have 500GB storage because I currently own outside storage that would supplement it nicely. I also have peripherals that would support this build's capabilities in full, so I did not include those.
Let me know what you think, I hope you like it!
See your other post - a single gpu solution like the Titan X is almost always better than SLI, because SLI is unfortunately unreliable and sometimes works great and sometimes works horribly.
EDIT: Unless you have applications that benefit from SLI aside from gaming. Then your decision becomes more complicated.
A couple months ago I was lurking eBay for a few weeks for the Dell solution, and I was bidding two on auction that were great deals. One was $370 and (but needed a large price jump to bid on again so I didn't win it), and the one I somehow ended up winning was $380 (with shipping).
Not sure about prices today, but at least at the time the reputation of it was underground enough that the overall reputation of "terrible colors + hardware bugs" (that can easily be fixed with some tinkering) prevailed.
My advice would be to continue lurking on eBay, you may be surprised and find something at a fantastic price.
I read somewhere that manufacturers select their heavy OC chips based on the capabilities of the silicon in those chips. AKA, the silicon in the OC version will generally give you more performance (when adding an extra manual overclock to both).
Simplified - you might get more overclock performance from the already overclocked one compared to the non-overclock version.
I definitely don't have any metrics to back that up, but the logic makes sense - a manufacturer like ASUS needs to guarantee that their factor OC's will hold up just as strong as the non-OC versions, and as such need to down-select stronger chips for their OC versions.
For gaming, almost all research I have done has indicated that a single card solution is always better. Unfortunately, as I'm sure you're aware because you're asking the question, SLI does not guarantee 2X scaling performance. Instead it really depends on what applications/games you're trying to run in SLI.
Sometimes SLI (and crossfire) gives no and even negative performance. Sometimes it gives incredible scaling close to 2x. It all depends. Because it is so variable, and because even at peak SLI performance you'll probably equal a Titan x Pascal (or barely outshine it) I would recommend the Titan if that's the level of solution you are looking for.
DAAANNNGGGG. I logged in exclusively to up vote this. Very well done
Thank you!! That made my monitor look even better!
Daaaannnggg what a setup!! Congrats on getting the dream.
I have the same monitor as you, and I love it. Great option for the price point.
However, I'm always looking for better video settings on it since it needs tweaking to get to optimal. I'm curious because you're into video editing - what settings did you use on your monitor/geforce experience?
Thanks in advance!
Lol yeah he also has a super crazy build, I think he knows what he's doing.
Love the color scheme! Seems odd to be pairing a 970 with an APU though... isn't that a severe bottleneck?
Well that's wonderful for you. Clearly OP wanted a nice machine, don't poop on his party.
Beautiful PC, should last you a long while.
Curious though, why did you opt for the 980 Ti's versus 1080's or even 1070's?
Thanks to PCPP and NZXT for sponsoring yet another amazing giveaway. Good luck to all!
Wow, incredible hardware list! Hope they enjoy the near instantaneous responses it will give them. Good for you for taking care of them like that.
Hi! I've actually updated this build a little since I posted it.
I upgraded the stock fans to good ones from Corsair - this helped drop my temps dramatically when I ran them as exhaust. I run the radiator fans as intake from the front, and the other two fans are now exhaust.
I previously had the top fan as intake, too (so back fan exhaust, top fan intake, radiator fans intake). This was much less efficient. With my new setup, I now have my back and top fans as exhaust, and my radiator fans as intake. This honestly helped me drop my temps much, much lower. I'm running everything on silent mode and I never see my CPU even under full load above 45 C, and I never see my GPU on silent mode above 55. I can barely hear it and I have my GPU overclocked to its max and my CPU overclocked to 4.5.
Hope this helps!
Hope that helps!
Heads up, FreeSync is exclusively compatible with AMD GPU's, and GSync is exclusively compatible with NVidia GPU's. It's frustrating that that's the current state of the market.
FreeSync works via software to help your monitor talk with your GPU better (to put it extremely simply). GSync is an actual hardware addition to the monitor that allows it to precisely track with the GPU, circumventing extra strain on the GPU and allowing a more premium experience. This is also why GSync monitors are significantly more expensive than those without GSync, because of the extra hardware that goes into making them have GSync capabilities.
That being said, you can find great GSync 1440p 144hz solutions that are only "expensive" as opposed to "ludicrous." What I ended up settling on was the Dell S2716DG. I trolled eBay for a while and was able to nab one for $380. There are a number of bad reviews and concerns with it, namely around its malfunctioning "deep sleep" mode and washed out colors. Basically all that's required is changing a few quick settings and then spending 15 minutes tuning the colors on your monitor, and suddenly it looks fantastic.
tl;dr - You are probably just seeing the effects of 1440p 144hz, and none of FreeSync. Try checking out the Dell S2716DG, you won't regret it.
Thank you very much! Build runs like a champion, blazing fast with absolutely no issues. The v2 was definitely a struggle to get to fit in the case - see how I had to fenagle it in there! Haven't had any issues with it though, so I'm very happy :) hope it works out for you!
+1 for fluffy kitty
And oh yeah the parts/what you have of the build look great too :)
+1 for Corona
Really though, great price point for a good amount of power in a small form factor. Did you look into the mini-ITX 1070 or 1060 cards that recently came out? I'd be curious to see what they would do to temps/cable management.
+1 for BF1 (all aboard the hype train woop woop!)
I made a very similar build to yours, same case/cpu/(different brand) gpu/almost mobo and a couple minor upgrades using same brands elsewhere. I agree it is a wonderful combination! I would be wary about overclocking with the cooler you have listed, as the 6700k needs a little extra love for reliable overclocking (just watch your temps). But the GPU is primed and ready to OC!
You also may want to look into upgrading your monitor from a 1080p setup to a 1440p one. I love gaming on my 1080p monitor with this don't get me wrong, but it was so blatantly overkill for it I decided to hunt for a 1440p monitor as the 1070 handles it like a champ. Personal preference, I like feeling like I'm pushing my hardware to the limit.
See you on the battlefield 8)
Hence me recommending a hard drive... lol. No disagreements there except that game storage on SSD's is really only worth it (and even then debatable) for competitive multiplayer games. Not that I don't store my favorite games on my SSD myself, but I think it's a luxury and not a necessity.
Very nice build, especially for the price point. However, most people do not have friends at Intel who can hook them up with a deal like the one you got. Glad you got to do that, though, the 6600k is a great chip.
For the storage, 240GB is not very much nowadays. I'm assuming you will need much more? You can pick up a great 1TB Drive from Western Digital for ~$49.
People seem to really dislike the PSU you got, citing noise issues. Yours giving you any trouble?
I am relatively new to the PC world, but even I can recognize how incredible this is. Would be a great tool to teach people about the history of computing and how far things have come in a relatively short time.
Yeah, I could see how a single vs multi-monitor setup could make a huge difference. Agreed on the expensive - that's why I'm so keen on looking at this one! Good luck with the discoloration improvement, it's a shame to be experiencing that with a system as glorious as yours.
Incredible, beastly build. +11111111
I've also been looking into getting the monitor you have listed, but I saw on some reviews that people had issues with the colors it produces. How have your experiences with it been?
To hop in this conversation, I can say that zip tie slots would certainly not hurt at all.
Amazing craftsmanship on the case! I am also interested if you would consider selling these.
Is the GPU space specifically designed for the Gigabyte 1070 ITX, or are there other ITX cards that would also work?
Also, have you considered testing with other CPU's? Say a 6700 for instance?
EDIT: Also meant to ask - what are the chances you could cram an SSD in there?
Great custom PSU shroud. +1
Nice build! I helped my friend build a very similar budget build with a 1060 - it's a fantastic card, will destroy anything at 1080p.
My only questions - why did you get an i7k and not an i5k? At least it lets you guarantee that you won't be replacing it for a long time..
+1 for Hue+! Also component-wise your build is extremely similar to mine, so I clearly love most of your part choices. I'm planning on doing something very similar RGB-wise with my build soon.
Nice! Great to hear. I know the 6700k can OC like a boss, I just haven't had a reason to yet so I have not done so. I'll definitely be OC'ing if/when I make the transition to 1440p.
Thank you! Here's hoping!
I do recommend the cooler, but like I mentioned in the review up above it is VERY bulky. I had some issues with fitting it in this case because of the fan slots that were available and so I had to put it on the side, where I would have preferred to put it on the top.
However, the software it comes with is great for temperature management, the LED's are fun, and the cooler itself keeps my CPU very cool. I have yet to truly stress it with overclocking the CPU, but that will come in time (why I got the liquid cooler instead of a fan in the first place). I'll try to post some temperature benchmarks soon.
EDIT: I should also mention, the stock fans it comes with are very loud. That's why I got a couple Noctua fans (the big ugly brown ones in the pictures) to replace them. The noise is the most common complaint about this cooler, and with the Noctuas I have not even been able to discern the cooler noise vs other fan noise. So no complaints there with that very easy fix.
Finally, on the MOBO - from my research the only difference between those seems to be that the AR has the VGA and DVI ports removed.... it's confusing. But the AR is also a very aesthetically pleasing white so that's a plus!
Thank you! Agreed on the future proofing, crazy how fast things advance. This should stay fast for a good while though :)
I have a very similar setup to yours build-wise, I'd be very interested in what kind of benchmarks you can pull using the 1070. Happy gaming!
Gorgeous setup! How do you like the monitors?