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Went with the 6600K in case I want to have some fun overclocking and to be on the latest and greatest processor/motherboard.

For cooling I initially started with the good old Hyper 212 EVO but switched it out for two reasons: one, the idea of hanging all that weight on my motherboard just turns my stomach. Two: why the hell not go water cooling; it just sounds awesome.

The graphics card: I really just want to be able to play with the oculus when it first comes out and I'm pre ordered for March so couldn't wait for Pascal. I'll probably sell the 970 and get a new card once the prices settle. The lack of HDD; eh, I'll probably put one in later, I have an old one laying around.

Finally the case; I started with a Corsair 200R, then read that the 300R had better performance, but (in my opinion) just could not hold a candle to the looks of the R5.

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  • 47 months ago
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Wow, I appreciate your photos being so lovely. Very clean cable management and a great build! And I love your dog too. You most certainly have my one.
  • 47 months ago
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Thanks! First time building, I was basically giddy doing it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point
I could not tell for it being your first, looks great. :)
  • 47 months ago
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I read the title as "Putting the i back in Oculus". I was just about to comment and say there is no I in oculus and then it hit me lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha... My wife said the same thing. I thought I was being clever; she took one look and said, but there's no "I" in Oculus; I felt less clever...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done! I'd suggest though mounting that rad on top and adding a nice 120 or 140 to blow some cool air directly onto that gpu of yours. Otherwise I'm liking the build and the dog.

Oh and what voltage are you running that 4.7 OC at? I'm at 4.6 with 1.325 on my 6600k. I couldn't get it stable at anything less than 1.4 v...and that was just a little too high for me.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I put the rad as an air intake on the front since I wanted to draw cool air over it, see my (admittedly long winded) Reddit response to this https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/470ng7/build_complete_first_timers_fun/d0ai97f.

I used Asus's software to OC so am a bit unsure what the voltage is, I think its around 1.3 V though its been pointed out I should go do it manually since the software tends to run it a bit high.

There is a 140 mm fan at the front towards the bottom, but I agree, I've been thinking about placing one directly on the under the GPU facing up to blow air right on to it.

  • 47 months ago
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Ah okay, well I would think that you would still be able to draw cool air in from the top of the case if the rad was mounted there. I'll have to go back and look at it, as I'm considering going with the Define S or R5 for a future custom loop build! Great cases. Oh and I'll check out the link...as soon as I'm not at work lol...

As for the OC, yeah I'd say check this video out from linus tech tips and just do the overclock yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjIweExETlI

I agree that the software pushes the voltage a little too high. 1.3 V is way too low for a 4.7 Ghz OC, that puppy won't last long on a stress test if that's the case. If it really is at 1.3 it's not going to be stable and it's probably closer to 1.4V and you really shouldn't go above 1.45 with Skylake even though intel says it can go as high as 1.52...that will kill your cpu. Go with ROG Real Bench v2 in my opinion as far as stress test applications go it's a middle of the road one that will tax your system but not generate ridiculous amounts of heat like some of the other stress testing programs.

Good stuff!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the YouTube link, that's really helpful, it just happens to look like my BIOS, will make it really easy.

That being said I'm actually having (or think I am) great results with the software overclock, I added another screen shot to the pics, it was taken while I was running RealBench 2.43. It seems like the OC is actually 4.6 GHz, but the voltage is way down, around 1.2 V, I have no idea if this is accurate though.

Finally, would you be using the fans as an inlet or outlet? I checked out your build, I love the custom cooler, I might have to eyeball some from the website you linked.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's just crazy to me how your voltage can be so low with such a great overclock. Yeah I mean it looks like it's rock solid, 1.275 volts all day so if it's working and stable then that's great. Less heat, less strain on the the CPU. And your temps are great at load...low 60's is awesome. Honestly you must have hit the silicon valley jackpot with your chip or asus's software is just amazing. You could push that cpu to 4.8 probably even 4.9 all day with a 1.395 vcore would be my guess.

This is another great resource for overclocking skylake chips. http://www.overclock.net/t/1570313/skylake-overclocking-guide-with-statistics

As far as the rad/fan I'd leave it just how you have it setup with the fan pulling cool air (intake/inlet) over the rad but have it mounted at the top and stick another 140 in the front. That way you aren't blowing warm air from your rad onto your gpu. My build is kinda weird because of the small form factor case...I had to mount the 240 rad in the front instead of the top where it belongs because there isn't enough clearance for anything but a really slim radiator/fan combo. But seeing as how I'm going to upgrade to a pascal GPU and add it to the custom loop it won't matter if it's getting the coolest air blown onto it so the 240 rad can stay in the front, though I probably will have to add another radiator somehow...

Generally you want to shoot for positive air pressure in the case. (More air coming into the case than leaving at any given time).

Either way I still think you've got a rock solid build there!

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  • 47 months ago
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Yeah my concern is probably unfounded, it was during moves that I was most concerned about, when the box is lifted and set back down, it could jolt the system, and having weight hanging that far creates a level arm that could amplify any movement. Though again, I've never heard of it being a problem, really the concern was a good justification to spend more on water cooling.

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