Description

This rig is used entirely for gaming. I decided to build it around the time the Z170 came out, as an upgrade from my older Sandy Bridge system. Overall, I'm happy with the build, but I plan on swapping the liquid cooler out with a Hyper 212 EVO. It just isn't giving me the cooling I expect. A friend who runs a similar build averages about 10-20 degrees cooler CPU temps while playing the same games. Additionally, I'm not sure I would choose the Gigabyte motherboard again. I'm essentially unable to do any overclocking with the included software without my system becoming unstable. I'm not sure if that's partially due to the inferior cooling provided by my water cooler or the motherboard. Some of the sensors on it throw completely incorrect readings (my PCH shows negative temperatures in HWiNFO64) and memory compatibility seems to be laughable. I tried to upgrade the memory to Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 and the computer just wouldn't boot, even with default settings in the BIOS. It's really disappointing, considering my previous experiences with Gigabyte being pleasant. I recall additionally having some issues getting the M.2 drive to function as the boot drive, but got it to work in the end.

Other than those minor issues, I'm pleased with the build. Some would argue that 27" is too big for 1080p, but that's mostly preferential.

EDIT (3/22/2016): Swapped out the previous AIO water cooler (CM Seidon 120V) with a Hyper 212 EVO, and the CPU is already running noticeably cooler. Where I would previously hit 80+ while playing games, watching Twitch streams and chatting in TS or Discord, it now stays below 65, and the thermal paste hasn't even fully set yet. I'm not sure what the issue was with the CM Seidon, but it simply wasn't working the way it should have been. I will add new pictures of the interior, as well as the actual desktop area with monitors and such when I have a chance.

EDIT (4/10/2016): Updated with new pictures, including desktop.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the color match between the mobo and the Thermaltake case! Nice one!

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, I reused the Thermaltake case from my last build. I've thought about replacing it with something that matches better, but haven't felt like spending money on it. The new Thermaltake cases look nice. :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! ;-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's an awesome looking case! I really like the blue

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the case a lot, it just clashes with the mobo, which is unfortunate. I wish gaming motherboards didn't have to be red and white and colors that aren't black.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Should I call this a blue setup? I plan on getting the G910 with cylidrical keycaps and the G502 Proteus Core for my blue setup. How do you like the peripherals?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It used to be more of a blue setup. The two large case fans are RGB, and I had them set to blue. When I got the new mobo, I changed them to red to match the motherboard. As I mentioned above, I've thought about replacing the case with something more neutral colored. Aside from the coloring, though, I really like the case. Cable management is a bit lacking, and the slack in my cables is kinda smushed between motherboard plate-thing and the right case cover. Airflow is decent, and the removable filters make cleaning it easier.

I really like the G910. When I was doing my research on it, people were complaining about the shape of the keys (mine are kind of rectangular-ish?), but it has never bothered me. The G key features are kind of neat, but I've never really used them. I don't play many MMO type games, so all I every really use them for are mute/deafen shortcuts for VoIP programs like Teamspeak.

The main reason I got that mouse is because it was shaped similarly to my previous Performance MX. I don't really feel strongly one way or the other about it. The side buttons are nice for some things. I used them for emotes in Smite, so I could easily spam the emotes.

Hope it helps!

EDIT: The keyboard keys are blue because I had just rebooted my computer. Before Windows loads, the keys default to blue, but I normally have it set to RGB cycling from center outward.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah. I was planning on getting that case too. Blue theme and everything. I plan on replacing the RGB fans with some more efficient ones with blue accents on them since the only blue color seems a bit too dark to match the rest of my theme. Logitech is selling cylindrical keycaps on their website, so the keycaps won't be a problem. I've never had a doubt about the G502, but your input is really useful with the G910 and MK-I. Thanks!