TL:DR Wanted to share my experience with a community that has helped me so much.

Wanted to share my experience with the community. This community was an excellent resource in choosing my components. Hopefully this can help others with their builds. I'm no pro at this. I build a new system every few years, but I dont usually stay up to date with the latest and greatest components until it's time to build a new comp.

CPU: Intel Core i7-6800K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor $309(6/24/16) My daily driver, running multiple virtual machines, programming, video editing, watch movies, light gaming mostly just Diablo 3, and pretty much everything else you can think of. Got it for a good price on eBay from Antonline $409-$15($15 off $75 paypal promo) cheapest price I could get it for . I wanted more than 4 cores. Coming from an Intel Core i7-3770k, it's been an absolute monster for over 4 years. I've had it running @ 4.5 ghz for about 3 years. Currently running @ about a 20% OC ~4 ghz. Ran it at 4.4 for about a week, it just gets too hot. If I wanted to run it that fast, I had to up the fan speed and pump which created more noise, not much noise but enough to bother me. I'll definitely revisit the OC later.

Motherboard: Asus X99-A II ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $249.99 (6/25/16) Best choice for me at the time, kind of entry level X99, had everything I was looking for at a decent price. M.2 slot, digital troubleshooter read out. It was newer at the time of purchase. Initial installation was a breeze everything worked great out of the box. Installed Windows 10 Pro from USB to M.2 drive in minutes. Come bundled with ASUS software that is very useful for overclock. I pretty much overclocked out the box and the ASUS software go it up to 4.6 ghz. I dont know how stable it might have been. It was just too hot and high in voltage to sustain. It lights up, that's cool if you're into that.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 $119(6/25/16) Got this bundled with the board. Good ram, fast, good price. Wanted plenty of ram for my VM's and everything else.

Storage: Samsung SM951 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $299(6/25/16) Kind of messed up on this, but I'm happy with it so far. Meant to get the 950 512gb which was about $330 at the time. Sorted the Newegg listing by "Newest to oldest" the 951's were showing newer, they were also cheaper, so I bought it. It's still pretty quick though. CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 Benchmark below

CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 Bench MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2240.637 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1562.758 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 438.109 MB/s [106960.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 370.906 MB/s [ 90553.2 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1720.437 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 1565.645 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 45.910 MB/s [ 11208.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 176.974 MB/s [ 43206.5 IOPS]

Test : 8192 MiB [C: 8.3% (39.5/476.4 GiB)] (x7) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/07/02 20:40:16 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10547] (x64)

Extra storage: (out of my old comp, paid $378 a couple years ago, working very well) SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

  • MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
  • KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 553.398 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 527.644 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 387.460 MB/s [ 94594.7 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 342.255 MB/s [ 83558.3 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 501.464 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 482.419 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 35.023 MB/s [ 8550.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 111.664 MB/s [ 27261.7 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [D: 74.0% (689.4/931.5 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec] Date : 2016/07/15 6:53:47 OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)

Video Card: ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1070-8G-GAMING $429.99(7/9/16) Wanted a 1070, 1080 was too much, 980 wasn't enough, 1060 wasnt released. I had a NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 for about 2 weeks, didnt really like it, returned it. It was from a local retail store so I paid about $540. Cant really comment on the performance of this GPU yet. I haven't really been able to test it. It looks cool though, it lights up and stuff again if you're into that. It's super quiet, it also stays pretty cool with all those fans. Currently idling 40C as I'm typing this. Easy to OC with the bundled software.

Case: Thermaltake Suppressor F51 ATX Mid Tower Case $119-$30 rebate (6/25/16) Wanted a case in the $100 range. Needed one with at least one optical drive(Bluray). This is an excellent case. You can remove the internal drive cages as desired. It has plenty of room for handling all your components which makes it very easy to work in. Very solid thick metal components. It has sound dampening on the front cover, the right side cover, and the top. It's unfortunate for the top though, I had to take out all three sound dampeners so my radiator would fit. Comes with a very quiet 200 mm fan in the front and a 120 mm in the back. It has 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 plugs at the top towards the front, this was also something I desired.

Power supply: EVGA 220-G2-0850-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 850W ECO Mode $119-$20 rebate(7/3/16) (DO your research people!) I didn't do enough research and bought a power supply with only one EPS12V power outlet. The Asus X99-A II ATX LGA2011-3 requires 2. The first PS was a CORSAIR RMx Series RM750X 750W 80 PLUS GOLD, would have been 89.99 after rebate, but I returned it for this EVGA 220-G2-0850-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 850W ECO Mode.

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme $109-$10 rebate(7/3/16) I started out with the NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01. I really liked, but unfortunately I received a bad unit. The pump started to make a gurgling noise about 2 days into the build. I didn't want to mess with it. The Cam software was a little buggy, at the time of usage around 7/1/16, CAM was not reading the core temps on a 6800k processor. Some quick forum checking showed that many other users had this problem. I submitted a bug through NZXT support, it was kindly replied with a "this is known and we're working on it" message. It's probably fixed by now, but those were a couple of factors that convinced me to return it. Both of these units are excellent coolers. The temps are barely any different. Both units have loud stock fans. I bought 2 of these Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 107.4 CFM 140mm fans to replace the stock ones. The Noctua is a premium fan and it's better than the stock in just about every dimension, but they also come with a steep price premium. The CPU usually idles around 31C, it gets up to 50C pretty quick under light load because of my OC and low fan speeds. I have the CPU moderately overclocked to about 4 ghz, about a 20% increase. Ambient temps by the comp are about 75F, 24C. I like keeping the Corsair under a "Custom" controlled fan mode. I keep the fans at very low speeds (~600-800 rpms) to reduce any noise. The pump I keep quiet at ~1950. Corsair Link software is my opinion a little more refined than the CAM software of the NZXT.

Operating Sytems: Windows Pro 10 (free from work) I wanted Hyper V, Home doesn't have that so I just picked the next one up.

Monitors: Asus VS247H-P ~$320 4 years ago I bought these a few years ago and they are still going strong. I really like the real estate of two monitors. I plan on getting 2 1440's with a decent response time, but they come with a premium. Maybe some 24"-27", my desk just doesnt support much wider.

Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Wired Gaming Keyboard ~$100 year ago I think Awesome feel, a few macros I use for programming and Diablo. Cool lights if you like that, it has a mic, headphone, and usb plug on the right side, that's kind of cool, but I dont even use them.

Mouse: Logitech G700s Wireless Laser Mouse ~40 Logitech 40% off sale couple year...I think Cool mouse lots of buttons, can go wireless. I put a macro on every button, so it works fine.

This started to get really long as I trying to explain everything. Thanks for reading, hopefully this can help somebody like all the other builds that helped me.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

What VM's are you running? What software are you using?

Great build, love the cpu/gpu combo!!


  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I run a few different Windows 10's a Pro, Home, and I think an Enterprise. One is for general testing. One I use for programming, and I think the other is just to mess around in. I use Hyper V that's bundled in Windows. I also use VirtualBox because it's free. Thanks for looking!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you having issues with your sm 951 pro? Slow? Driver support issues? I'm waiting on stock of the sm961 512gb m.2 and wasn't sure if I should have just got the 950pro instead in case of driver support issues

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple months in and it is blazing fast still. No issues so far. I use it at least 4 hours per day, and much longer on the weekends. It's my main drive so I write everything to it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build.

Will a EVGA SuperNOVA 550W PSU connect to the x-99 A II ?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that 550 only comes with one EPS(CPU) 8pin (4+4). You're going to need two of those. I did run one just to see if it'd work. It worked fine, but the instructions say to use to 2(one 4 pin and one 8 pin).

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

When you were forced to switch Power Supplies, you went from 750w to 850w. I'm about to have a Build quite similar to yours, did you think you needed more than 750w? Just for peace of mind, or maybe for future SLI GPU upgrade?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It was more of a price point. There was a rebate, it was a good bang for your buck purchase. It's a solid PSU with the features I wanted. I'm pretty sure the 750 would have been fine. I dont calculate the power usage on my systems, never have. I just get something that has plenty of wattage. I dont really plan on upgrading except maybe another SSD, but that doesnt have much power draw.