Description

Summary: I wanted something I could game on, work with Adobe CC and make music on. This does all of those flawlessly.

Details!

The Monitor: 27in 4K 60hz IPS Display w/80% Adobe RGB, perfect for gaming and design/video work!

GPU: The EVGA GTX 1080 FTW is a monster. Can easily run new titles at 4K 60, tested Battlefield 1, DOOM, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Resident Evil 7 (interlaced), Recore, Black Ops 3, Arkham Knight, Garden Warfare 2, Rocket League, Dark Souls III, other games like Rise of The Tomb Raider or Deus Ex wont hit a stable 60 without bringing down some settings, they easily hit a rock solid 30 if you REALLY want everything maxed out and consistent. However most games, Ultra isn't much of a visual difference from high, other than a massive frame-rate drop. Games prior to 2016 will easily run at 4k 60 if the port is decent.

The Processor/Cooler/RAM: Fast AF. Cool AF. What else is there to say?

P.S. The Stock CPU Cooler fans are LOUD on wake, even if you set it to quiet mode in Corsair Link. Fixable with corsairs quiet series fans. This will still keep your CPU under 50c, even when overclocked to 4.4ghz.

SSD/HDD: SSD boots Windows 10 in a wink, and programs open FAST, even RIGHT after a fresh boot. The HDD is quicker than a traditional 5400RPM, faster loading times on games, and other heavy reading tasks, the WD Black comes with a 6 year warranty too!

Motherboard: Asus has the best ITX board I could find, great sound features, USB C & A, easy cable managing, built to be pushed to the limit, AND it has a repairable bios, even when powered off. Only issue I've had, no Internal USB 2.0 for my NZXT Hue+, I had to run a usb through the hard drive cage, and plug it into a regular usb. (See last photo)

Keyboard/Mouse/Pad: RGB, Durable, Tactile, Smooth. I've never used a better set of peripherals

NZXT HUE+: Magnetic LED Strips with fantastic software (CAM) to control it. CAM can also be monitored/tweaked through a mobile app.

Headset: Audio Technica ATH M50x's are some of THE best headphones money can buy. Incredible range, not too expensive either, highly recommend.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm using the M50xs as well :D The build is great, +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I own the Strix 970 as well! How's it working out for you?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good, has a LOT of value. I'm Surprised I could push any games at all at 4K. It Performs like a 980 when overclocked to the max. and you?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for Muse. Oh, and the pc.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

High 5

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Origin of Symmetry and Absolution are better...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Those two are tied as my all time favorites haha. Then Black Holes and Revelations, then Drones. I happened to enjoy Drones quite a bit.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

High 5 broooo

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

really love your setup, just wish we got more pics of the pc itself

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a couple. As well as a comparison next to a prototype Steambox from Valve

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow talk about running cool. Awesome temps. Must be cold as ice in that room.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I took this after leaving it overnight off, in winter, so yes, it was freezing! It really does stay cool though. No part ever even thinks about passing 50c (besides the GPU) even when pushed to the very limit.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Audio Technica ATH M50x: I don't need to tell you how magnificent these monitors sound. The bajillions of reviews there are will tell you how great these are.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they are so good they ruin you for a bit while you think of them...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about getting those corsair peripherals, you like them?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Love them, I chose them over Razers peripherals because of the build quality, it's fantastic, and the lighting software is EXTREMELY customizable. Takes a bit of learning though. There's a handful of presets too, eg the rainbow I currently use.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet. Thanks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the OP said, the build quality of the corsair peripherals is top notch. Before getting the M65 you should try it in person as I found it really uncomfortable for my grip and so change to the M95 which, for myself, has a better shape :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks! Do you know of any retailers that has that kind of stuff out to try? Semi new to the pc building and just built one for college work and gaming. I have a steelseries apex from my brother and an etekcity mouse that seems pretty basic.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I know places in the UK that do if that's where you're from!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope! Live in the States, but I have visited the UK, beautiful place! I'll look around. Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I immediately thought of Yes or maybe Phil Collins album cover with the triangle refracting light desktop. +1 oops make that Pink Floyd Dark side of the moon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, nice build +1. I would like to know from you, how you did those minimalistic Icons for your OS?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Found them online, these are the only 2 I have that look this way (Groove Music looks this way already). Would you like the Chrome and Steam icons I have?

Instructions: You have to right click the pinned icon in the taskbar, right click on the program/name, hit properties, and hit change icon (under the 'shortcut' tab) Then just browse to wherever you saved the icons. You'll likely have to sign out/in to see the change.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the black levels like on your monitor such as how dark are the black bars when you're watching a movie? I am considering this monitor as oled monitors are going to be very expensive when they arrive and will be aimed at professionals.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It can get very dark, for example, the black bars are the exact same as if the monitor was off. Remember it's an IPS display so there's no color distortion at nearly any angle (black doesnt turn blue or green!), and the colors are very nice (especially with some color tweaks in Nvidia/Intel control panel). and 4k...ahhh 4k looks amazing, just make sure to use display port if you want a smooth 60hz.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know. IPS displays usually have poorer black levels compared to va used in TV's and Oled especially, but since Oled won't be coming out or affordable for a long time and this monitor looks to be good value.

Have you tried an all black screen at night with some white text (eg during the windows 10 installation) with the lights off?

Have you also tried using the displayport out from your motherboard to see if you get 60hz?

Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll let you know how they are at night, though I've never been bugged enough to realize it. My motherboard only has hdmi, so it can only push 4k 30hz. But yeah this monitor has incredible value. I'll probably post some pics of the blacks later tonight if that helps.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's okay thanks, I think all IPS monitors are around 1000:1 so it'll be similar to mine, I think yours has backlight which may give the impression of darker blacks in all black screens. For most computing uses the low contrast of IPS screens are not a problem.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to bother you again, but since you have an i7-6700k and a 4k monitor, I was wondering if you'd be able to try playing back some videos in 8k in vp9 on Youtube in Chrome 64bit? Even on a 4k monitor you'll see a benefit as video is encoded in 4:2:0 meaning there's only 1/4 the color information compared to contrast/luminance.

Youtube has made 8k available for a while, but at very low bit-rates in h264 which isn't really capable of the resolution, now they have made it available in vp9 at monstrous bit-rates roughly 4 times that of 4k. You'll need a fast internet connection or to buffer it for a while.

I previously posted a stress test on the forum which I used to test the stability of my overclock This is 4k60p https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXZ3qWAvbVs I expect your cpu to be pushed but pass with flying colors i.e zero dropped frames.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPdWJeybMo8&authuser=0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChOhcHD8fBA&authuser=0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXUdY5P0VJA&authuser=0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGZwH26IwA0&authuser=0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KoGjIDAFk8&authuser=0

Here are a selection of videos in 8k. Make sure you're using chrome. I'd be grateful if you could have a look for me and let me know what the cpu usage is like so I can better decide between a z170/x99 system. I am sure you'll enjoy watching the stunning videos.

Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How were you able to connect 3 fans to the Mobo. I just bought this mobo and I only see one for the CPU fan and Front panel fan. Thanks for the help!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the same cooler (Corsair h100i (NOT GTX))? If I can remember, the two fans/radiator act as a single unit powered through the cpu fan power. The front fan takes the front panel power.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I was able to figure it out once it got here. The V2 version comes with a splitter, so that made it easy

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build mate! :D Would've loved to see a build video for this!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to drop in and say I really like the lighting. I have a similar build in a 250D case and I'll be getting me some Hue+ action for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Hue+ is fantastic :) you won't be disappointed. Post pictures when you get it!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the Hue+ and installed it today. You're absolutely right about it being fantastic! Most of the day I had a red/green motif for Christmas, but have settled on a static rainbow pattern to go along with my keyboard profile. I've posted some pictures of the result on my build: 4K Gamecube

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you connect your Hue+ to the motherboard? I have the same Motherboard and am wary of buying it and finding it incompatible.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Had to wire a usb cable through the HDD cage opening to plug it into a regular USB port, pretty unfortunate, but eh. I screwed on the HDD cover partially (all the way in for top screws, mostly in on bottom screws) and it looks fine. I can upload a picture if you'd like. Not as bad as it sounds haha. Wish the mobo just had a USB 2 header to begin with though, such a good board.

Just curious, do you have liquid cooling, and if you do, how do you get rid of the CPU Fan error that pops up on boot? I have the H100i and I plug directly to the psu since I can't cram the fan plugs onto the cpu fan header which is why I get the error.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Update Added a photo.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, for that comment I'm adding the 'pre-cable-management' photo I took, it was so awful. Edit Check the last picture