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Version 2.0

by LethalEnchilada

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Date Published

June 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.657 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

Description

@migs_xD, huge shoutout for a beautiful build. Inspired me to make this. You can find their build here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Pd3Ff7

And thanks to Redditors /u/jamvanderloeff and /u/cr0ft for your help when I cam across some issues while building this beast, it was much appreciated.

Now, onto the beast.

Alright, I built this back in November, December, and January (I'll get to why it took so long later) after accumulating the parts over a month or so shopping various sales and looking at the always informative camelcamelcamel

CPU I went with the 6-Core i7-6800K because the bump to a 40-lane has negligible performance increases (a few percent), and the 6800K is already a small increase over the 6700K in gaming applications. After a little tinkering around I have my CPU at 1.275V running 4.0 GHz, I am planning on messing around with it a bit more to try to pump out a little bit more.

CPU Cooler / Fans It works. Replaced the fans on the H115i with the Noctua's, and even on a open case running ultra settings in game and in benchmarks at 3440x1440p, I can barely hear these things.

Motherboard Went with MSI because I had previously built with a MSI board and had no issues with it. It fits the color scheme which is always a plus. Was initially planning on going with an Asus board, but a number of people complained about the boards having issues. I haven't had any issues with this board, but the BIOS was a bit difficult to navigate at first (different setup than the last one I had), but after a few missteps I got the hang of it and it hasn't been an issue since.

Memory "Why do you need 64Gb of memory???" For absolutely no reason. I had 32Gb on my last build because I had maxed out 16Gb using Photoshop, but 64Gb is entirely unnecessary for me. So why do I have it? Because filled slots look nicer than empty slots.

Storage Okay. This is why this build took three months. Initially I was planning on using the Samsung 950 PRO 256Gb M.2 SSD with a 850 EVO 1Tb SSD, but that god-forsaken M.2 drive was a pain to try to get running, and I got tired of trying to get it to work running Windows 10 so I returned the two drives and bought the 850 EVO 2Tb SSD. I had tried about five different "fixes" for the M.2 drive, each of which lasted about a week before sending my PC back to being un-bootable. Have not regretted the decision to replace it.

GPUs Overkill? Yes, a tad. I wanted to run ultra-everything all the time in 3440x1440p and be able to utilize the 100Hz refresh rate of the monitor. SLI hasn't been too bad—knocks on wooden desk. Initially it worked great, and then randomly after a few weeks Battlefield 1 would crash mid-game every time I booted it up, but about a week after it started, new drivers were released and I haven't had any issues since—knocks on desk again. Battlefield 1 was the only game I have encountered issues with SLI—still knocking on wood.

Case This case is beautiful—and makes a lovely space heater. Once I saw Monochrome v1., I knew I had to build my next PC with the Core P3. I didn't get the version with the PCIe extension cable, because I had heard of people frying their systems with 'em, and didn't want to do that. If there's ever a cable which doesn't have many issues and doesn't slow down the GPUs, I'll most certainly get it. All that said, the case is amazing, love how it looks. Be warned, though, the manual sucks. Not informative in the slightest.

PSU It's a box. It works.

Monitors & Other Peripherals I love them all. The monitors, they're beautiful. The Corsair peripherals, they're beautiful. The stand is surprisingly sturdy, but for good measure I used some good 'ol duct tape to secure it to my desk. The guy behind Ensourced does some beautiful work—I highly recommend his cables. I personally went with black, white, and "touch of gray" for my order. Wireless PCI-E card is great and quite fast—the antennas are rather large, though. The Logitech headphones are amazing, but the earpads are rather uncomfortable. Bought some leather replacement ones from ZMF after seeing this Reddit post.

TL;DR: It work. It pretty.

Comments Sorted by:

Lyrix 1 point 18 months ago

DAMN

looks amazing! 1+! wow! i really like it! the aio cover is a bit messy but the whole pc is amazing!

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

ohuhuhhhhh this is too sexy

CheekyPotato 1 point 18 months ago

Will you upgrade when x299 comes out?

LethalEnchilada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I say I won't upgrade, but it only took about a year and a half for me to replace my first build so... I hope this one lasts longer.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 18 months ago

Great build, always gotta love black and white. +1 :)

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

A beautiful build. Well done with your color scheme, it turned out lovely! +1

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Great build, but one question about it, where did you get the SLI bridge?

Chubbby 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I think he painted the nvidea one, so just go to nvidea's website and look for the sli bridge on there

LethalEnchilada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah I bought one from Nvidia, took it apart, taped it up, and painted it with plastidip.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

now after looking at it, I see that, thanks for the answer

gromitbear91 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

it looks great! but you should take the label off the psu. it would look better without out.

LethalEnchilada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I agree. I've been trying to find a way of covering it because I don't want to void a warranty.

gromitbear91 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

what you could do is just take a few pieces of painters tape and cover it with black marker or something and just put that over the sticker. you can always remove it if needed to expose the original label.

Chubbby 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Wow. Thats all i can say. That is probably the cleanest build, without any major mods, ive ever seen. Now you just need dome ekwb black back plates and you are set. +1

LethalEnchilada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Did not know ekwb made those. On my last build I had a custom made one on the back of my 980. Will look into those.

Chubbby 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, they are a bit pricey at about 40 a piece but they look awesome and would definitely be the cherry on top for this build.

SANKTEG 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Holyyy. what a great build. perfect cablemanagment and consistant color theme. 2 questions do you have any problems with dust in that case? if that is the case. how do oyu deal with it or dont you deal with it at all

LethalEnchilada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Not as bad as you would think. Cleaned my build about a month ago, and even after nearly six months in an open case there wasn't much build up. All depends on where the PC is, though.

SANKTEG 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

ok. thank you for the reply i have struggles keeping my case (with dust filters) dust free. i have to clean my dust filters like every 2 weeks.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The lack of backplates hurts me deeply but +1 from me nevertheless good job!

timless 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I don't always +1 five thousand dollar builds (or much over $1,500 for that matter)...but yours definitely deserves it.

Xyxer 1 point 18 months ago

Dat SLI bridge looks OP and awesome open air case! +1

FilthGod 1 point 18 months ago

Um you forgot to buy a case my man. give it to me i can fix it for you.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

"I had maxed out 16Gb using Photoshop, but 64Gb is entirely unnecessary for me. So why do I have it? Because filled slots look nicer than empty slots."

Trust me, when you start to run several VMs on the same machine, the 64GB helps a lot. This would be a amazing VMware or unRAID machine.

UNKKI 1 point 17 months ago

Just stunning mate!

Do you have any pictures of the back? Curious how you sorted the cables.

ItsJustTurtles 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build but you NEED To get some 8+6pin cable combs for those gpu cables

Liera21 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I have been build browsing lately and your build is one of the very few that sparked a DAAAAAAANG, it's the best executed white detail on black build I've seen, everything is flat black but detail is still visible everywhere, the white highlights are evenly spread and balanced, this is one of those builds that doesn't need any light at all to show off but what I like the most is the potential to change the color of all white details with some discreetly placed RGB LEDs. Awesome build.

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