I've been waiting far too long for this.
The last 5 years I've been "gaming" on an old laptop I bought in high school. i5 2410m and an Nvidia GT 520m. It's sucked to say the least.
Build a few friends PC's, always had some financial setback before I could do mine.
But I've finally completed this beauty, and, went way overkill doing it.
Most purchases on Black Friday or during that week/weekend.
So, it wasn't all completed at once, I didn't get the GPU until the 30th of December, ran the iGPU for a couple weeks, which still ran better than the dedicated Nvidia chip in the laptop.
Dates on the pictures are wrong, build date was the 20th.
Overclocked CPU to 4.5 GHz @ 1.33v, probably could do more, but I'm happy with it right now
The GPU Ran out of the box stock at 2025 MHz. After tweaking in, dialed in a stable +135 MHz overclock for the core and +500 MHz on the memory for around 2152 MHz core and 11 GHz effective memory clock. Never above 50c. It's a beast of a card.
Anyway, a breakdown of my part choices follows. Thanks for reading!
i7 6700k: This was supposed to be an i5, but then Micro Center decided to have a sale. Worth the hour drive there.
Kraken X62: Oh man, NZXT did a great thing, refreshing their whole lineup right before this build. Was going to get the X61, then this beauty showed up. And man, is it worth the extra money for the looks.
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura: This was, interesting, and went through a lot of revisions. My plan was always a black/white color scheme so I could match RGB lighting to it no matter what. I actually thought this motherboard had on board RGB headers so I could plug strips into it, but I found out it didn't right before purchase. Still went with it though, a bit of extra lighting, and $30 off with the processor at Micro Center.
16 GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 CL16: Not specifically the ram I wanted, but still really great. I wanted the CL14 variant of this speed, but after determining it really won't make that much a difference, I went with this.
850 Evo 1TB: Fast, reliable, awesome Black Friday price from Newegg, and tons of space for all the games.
WD Black 2 TB HDD: Mass storage, 5 year warranty. What more could I want?
EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid: Another choice that I initially was not planning. This was supposed to be the 1070 version. But the day I was going to buy it I got a rebate from EVGA for the PSU and it was on sale too. And I figured at this point I already had gone bigger than I planned, might as well go all out.
NZXT S340 Elite: DAT GLASS. Seriously. It's so pretty. Was announced right before I started buying parts, and got one on Amazon luckily as they seemed to be sold out everywhere at the time.
EVGA 750 P2 PSU: This was supposed to be a G2, but I figured, eh, might as well step it up. 10 year warranty FTW.
EK Vardar fans: After watching/reading reviews of people with the 1080 hybrid, determined I wanted to actually control my GPU radiator fan, and got one for it. Got a 140mm for the top fan to run as intake as well so it could run slower and quieter. EK shipping fees suck though.
Fan filer: Cause no dust = happy PC.
Tax and shipping added in to show true final cost.
An awesome processor that kills everything I throw at it!
It's so pretty! Worth the extra money just for the looks. Keeps the CPU most of the time no higher than 50c, in benchmarks I've seen it up to 60c. CAM software for controlling it can be a bit buggy at times however.
Edit 05/07: After more than a year of owning it, it's still does great cooling, however there are massive problems with it that you should know.
The pump died within a year of ownership, and NZXT support is horrid,. Took more than a month to get a replacement.
Cam is trash. It's terrible and it's the sole reason I will not build with or buy NZXT parts anymore. From crashing to not starting to shady analytics and tracking built into it. It's absolutely horrible in every way.
Cooling performance is still excellent, and it looks good, but that's where it ends.
A nice and stable board, no problems detecting hardware or running XMP profiles on it. The lighting is a nice touch, wish more parts of the board lit up.
Super stable, runs perfectly at 3200 MHz with the XMP profile enabled.
Spacious, fast, 5 year warranty, need I say more?
Its a WD black drive, so 5 year warranty, and no problems so far.
SO GOOD. I mean it. So so good. Overclocked to 2139 MHz, Memory up to 11Ghz. Came out of the box boosting to 2025 MHz. Haven't seen temps over 50c with it. Do yourself a favor though and use a motherboard controlled fan for the radiator or you won't get as good of cooling as you will have no control of the fan.
DAT GLASS. It's an absolutely beautiful case. You'll love it for sure. It's not hard to build in, easy to make your build clean with cable clamps and the cable management bar to the right of the motherboard. Lots of SSD trays, and good cooling options. Did I mention DAT GLASS? Cause it's beautiful.
4 stars for 1 reason. The HDD holder is trash. No padding, no tray, you screw the HDD directly onto the metal holder. It transfers every vibration, click, and noise from it to the case, and it's LOUD. Get some foam pads, rubber washers, something to put between it and the cage and it'll help. But I'd say this is it's only fault.
Never hear this thing, I had to take it out and test it to be sure the fan ran, cause it barely ever does. cables are all black and main ones are sleeved. Super nice, super efficient.
A 140mm fan filter. It filters well. Nice fine mesh material.