I use this machine for gaming mostly, though because of my choice in displays it also makes a great media consumption device with great speakers too.
It is an overall nice build, but why a 980ti? a Sea Hawk EK X 1070 from MSI could outperform it overall if you really want a close loop cooling GPU, especially in VR without too much cost dif.
Did you OC the CPU? how far did it go?
Hey, I went with a 980 TI because the hybrid that I had been watching finally fell to a decent price ($680) and so I jumped on it. This was only months before the 1080 was released. I had upgraded from an EVGA GTX 970 SSC to the EVGA GTX 980 TI Hybrid and after having just purchased it I could have done the upgrade from EVGA which allows you to recoup some of the cost but they only refund the amount of the base edition of the card so it would've been a loss. Otherwise I would and probably will in the future upgrade to a 1080 Hybrid, or whatever comes next.
I have messed with the overclocking of the CPU quite a bit, especially since my motherboard practically encourages it, however, I'm either really really bad at it or my CPU has too many '#NOPE' cards to hand out. Overclocking has always lead to instability and so I leave it at a base clock.
2 mice! I have two because I originally acquired the Razer Naga Epic for my gaming (mostly Minecraft, honestly) but ended up trying out the other one as I had become quite fond of it. I don't actually use the Razer anymore but will likely upgrade to all SteelSeries stuff in the future. I also have an Asus Gladius mouse I got with the MOBO that I also don't use xD
I see, the GPU makes sense, though luck with the releases I guess, but I'm still wondering why you went for liquid cooling if you were going to stay at stock CPU clock in the end? Have you tried using the ASUS AI suite for overclocking? it is incredibly simple to use and will show you what clocks are stable for your CPU.
I have the same CPU and got lucky on the lottery with it, it's capable of 4.7Ghz below 1.3volts, I lowered it to a very temp safe 4.0Ghz since I don't use liquid cooling, but I understand that a 5820K should be easily capable of 4.4-4.5Ghz, If you haven't used the suite I suggest you give it a try, you have a set-up that lends itself to overclocking, seems like a shame not to take advantage of that invested moneys.
Hey man sorry for the super late response to your very kind and informative post. Yeah I attempted overclocking in a few ways. I'm not very familiar with overclocking but, as you said, definitely have a rig setup for it as I had planned to do it some.
In addition to messing with the overclock manually in the BIOS I also tried the Asus Overclocker utility within the BIOS which is supposed to be a preset that should work, however, I ran into stability issues even from what would have been a "safe" level. Perhaps I wasn't so lucky in the maximum overclock on the clock speed and might be very limited, that or my inexperience in overclocking has made it very difficult to attain a higher speed.
I cannot say I have tried the Asus AI Suite as it has been a while since I attempted the overclock. Might have to give that a try again to see if that works for me.
Thank you for you post! :)
No worries on the late reply, if you are new to overclocking doing it via bios might be a bit much, I know it, I fear it too haha.
But I tried the suite from a recomendation and it automatically does a gradual test of increasing overclock, until it crashes and goes to the latest detected stable preset, and if you want to go lower just let it run again until it reaches your desired OC and tell it to stop there.
My first OC was seamless with that, bios voltages scare me xD.
I just let it go, it crashed at 4.8ghz, then i tested 4.7 and re-ran it to go to 4.0 instead. My cooling would not be able to handle 4.7, nor did i need it yet.
Cool build dude! I'm jelly of your CPU cooler!
how do you like the HTC VIVE? thinkin about getting one around Christmas.
Wow sorry for the late reply, I'm not on here very often. I definitely recommend it especially if you'd want to share it with your friends, however, as the market for longer titles is pretty small right now I find most games to be fairly limiting in their gameplay. Most seem like really cool tech demos but lack the longevity to keep you interested for a long time.
Summarily, yes! If you don't mind waiting for the good titles. Otherwise I recommend playing a friend's first for a while.