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Build originally created back in 2016. It's gone through several small increments; but I wanted to hold off posting until I was really content with it. The name comes from a time where a friend accidentally called a 'GTX Titan X' a '1080X GTX'. I personally found it pretty funny, while also a little cool sounding; so I decided to name my PC after his mistake.
Originally I was just using a single GTX 1080 and 60hz 1440p IPS display (I actually ran off of integrated graphics for a week and a half, and bought the ASUS Strix 1080 day one. GTA 5 gets a good 26fps at 700-something-p). I started mining on my card whenever I wasn't using it a couple of months before I upgraded. A couple of months after GPU prices started going haywire, I sold my screen and 1080 to a friend. I used to money from both the card sale, and the mining I had done with it, to get a new liquid cooled GTX 1080ti. I only got ~$325 for the old screen, so most of the money for the new screen came out of pocket. A couple of weeks ago, I got the second 1080ti, along with the HB bridge to SLI them. I originally wanted the EVGA HB bridge, but the market for their '1-slot HB bridge' is ridiculous right now (last one I saw went for over $100); so I went with ASUS's. Honestly, I'm extremely happy with how the ASUS ones looks. Given the option to swap, I think I would actually keep the current one.
The second card doesn't offer a huge performance increase in most games, but it is noticeable in a couple. I mostly got the second card for mining; but I only mine on it overnight, and do use it for gaming so please don't hate me.
Overall, a pretty solid CPU. Stable overclock 4.5GHz at 1.315v. I would be more likely to get an i7-8700k in today's market; but for a 2016 purchase, I'm very content.
Running prime95 overnight, the most I've seen my OC i7-6700k (stock speeds) hit is ~47°c. Looks pretty good, IMO; and does it's job well.
The overclocking options are more than adequate for me, and the error number display can really help for debugging; but the board does have some issues. Getting it to recognize both of my GPUs took two days of re-starting and re-seating, but it did eventually work. I also had to give up on booting from a NVMe drive, after a couple of days of no success.
Very capable card; but very overpriced in today's market. I would also recommend getting the SC2 instead, unless you have some sort of discount on the FTW3. As for the liquid cooling, my single fan card has a max temp of ~71°c, and my push/pull card has never gone past 45°c. The on-board fans have never spun up, except for manual tests.
The modular cables are nice, and the efficiency is really helpful for situations where you're using +700w for 12 hours strait every day. I've had a lot of problems with the 'Corsair Link' software used to measure wattage passing through the PSU. Whenever I start it with my PSU connected to my MB through the cable, Window's 'System Interrupts' task continuously takes up more and more of my CPU. After a couple of hours, all of my programs are extremely unstable and jittery, and my PC requires a restart. Hopefully the problem gets fixed, but it's been ongoing since I got my PSU back in 2016.
It may be 70% spyware; but the 30% gets the job done for me. Not enough games support linux for me at the moment, so Windows 10 is my go-to choice until then.
My first monitor with G-sync. It makes such a difference for the smoothness of a game; especially when the monitor can handle 165hz, and it's nearly impossible to hold a steady frame-rate that high. The colors are good, the refresh is buttery. I'm in love with this monitor.
Not glorious, but it does it's job very effectively; especially for the price.
The 5.1 surround really helps for immersion, and it's shockingly cool to hear shots being fired behind you in games. The mic quality is apparently pretty good; but I never really hear it myself.