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This is my first build...Im not that savvy when it comes to this, but I researched for a week and this is what i came up with! My previous computer was a Gateway FX from about 8 years ago with I7 processor, and I have been very happy with it. It is still runnin strong(ish, only upgrades I have made on it over the years is cheap ram and a 240g SSD. now it needs a new gpu i think and should be solid again for an old rig) so I decided to stick with the I7. That being said, My components were pretty much chosen by price. most of the components came from Neweggs daily deal or other sale.. Newegg proved to be cheapest due to the free shipping with the free 3 mo membership by downloading the free app, and no tax!

The First thing I bought after deciding on the i7 6700k was the Mobo because it came on sale and I like the idea of playing around with clocking (need to do more research but this mobo made really simple, I currently am @ 4.6 with one simple change in the settings). One thing I did find is that if you leave the "slo mode" switch ON, your rig will SUFFER (im sure you all already know this, i found out the hard way). Since I went in the direction of clockability, I decided on a closed loop liquid cooling system...maybe custom loop next time, looks alot more expensive and like i need to research more on it...baby steps! Case I wanted a full tower, and this one came on a good sale.

So, Things I do understand are: I could have bought a cheaper mobo/cpu and upgraded my gpu for better performance today....But I wanted a solid core so I can easily upgrade in the future. I went a bit over budget @ $1,270.14 after all cost and MIR's counted. This being said, I do plan to upgrade when im able:

-RAM (4000+mhz 4x8=32g, not sure brand yet) -M.2 storage (Im seeing alot of positive about the samsung 950 series) -Gpu (GTX 980ti, again not sure exactly which one...maybe one with a high core clock?) -Max out/upgrade my case fans (i can fit another 20cm on top and 2 12cm's on bottom. overkill? maybe :D) -upgrade cooler fans (many things i have read they go out early) -spiffy lighting. thats just fun!

So, keeping in mind that I do know that I could of had better performance today by downgrading some and upgrading GPU, what you think about my first ever build (I had never even thought about doing one myself till about a week before I started ordering parts)? AND, any comments about the things I plan to upgrade would be AWESOME!!!!

A good temp/fan management program would be awesome in comments too- I know where to go to find my temps before bootup, but havent yet checked into a program for while running! Thanks!

*Update- I loaded MSi Afterburner, and Speedfan..Thanks for the link!

Speedfan: just using this for monitering temps for now

MSi AFTERBURNER: this one is pretty cool. I did mess around with fan speed, core clock and memory clock and benchmarked. I ran into issues on my benchmark when i did custom fan speed setting for gpu, so for now I set it back to auto.

Latest benchmark, cpu @ 4.7(just adjusted in the mobo setup), afterburner settings: core clock @ 200,memory clock @ 200, fan auto:

-UserBenchmarks: Desk 98%, Game 62%, Work 73% -CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K - 118.5% -GPU: Nvidia GTX 960 - 56.7% -SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB - 70.9% -HDD: Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB - 104.5% -RAM: G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB - 104.8% -MBD: Asrock Z170 OC Formula

http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/1148698

according to speed fan, on this test: my cpu reached a top temp of 70c and my gpu 58c. I did see a nice boost in performance in the GPU according to the benchmark, and will likely overclock further in the future, but for now I want to have fun with my new system (have yet to do any real world testing)!

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey looks pretty good! I don't see a problem with getting a powerful CPU and a lower GPU. If you aren't playing the latest titles then you really don't need a super high end graphics card. The processor will carry you for a long time though. For a GPU upgrade, I would definitely get a GTX 1080 over a 980 Ti. It runs about the same cost as a 980 Ti but will outperform it substantially. I wouldn't bother getting 32GB of RAM until a very late upgrade. Not sure what you use the rig for exactly, but 16GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming and most other applications. Its not until you get into video editing, CAD or running VMs that you really need a ton of RAM.

A lot of people use SpeedFan for fan management, but I've never successfully got it working. Although I didn't put too much effort into it, as my motherboard had pretty easy fan curve configuration in the BIOS. For GPU fans I would definitely recommend MSI Afterburner! When you have it open, click on settings and then the "Fan curve" tab.

Anyways, awesome rig altogether! The cable management looks pretty good from what I can see, and you have some really nice parts in there. Why did you choose a case with so many drive bays just out of curiosity? And just a side note, it's overclocking not just clocking :) Best of luck with your future upgrades!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

A quick update on the GPU, I had it overclocked @ +100 Memory Clock and +100 core clock using the MSi AFTERBURNER software...The rig benchmarked well but when I went to play games the screen would go black, and show a message saying that the GPU has recovered from a failure (I dont remember exact words). I noticed that when this happened, the readings on MSi AFTERBURNER showed that the GPU usage % spiked to 100 before falling. after a bit of research I turned down my core clock and memory clock to + 50 each (power limit % still @ 100 and fan speed on auto). So far so good!

Thanks again for your info!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Does Afterburner have the option to overvolt the card? It should be in a drop down menu around where the power limit % is. You may have to go into the settings and select options to extend official overclocking limits, or unlock voltage control. By bumping up the voltage you'll be able to achieve higher overclocks, but at the expense of more heat.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the Input! I currently use it mostly for gaming, but am looking into expanding into video editing/cad and hopefully VR games :D! I did see the fan curve in bios for the cpu/chassis fans, so I will check more on that if I have issues with heat. I guess I just need temperature monitoring software so I can see where I'm @ while its running! I chose the case based on sale price along with it has lots of room for upgrade, and it is modular so I can take those drive bays out if I decide(1 piece has 2 bays, and 2 have 3 bays)...I originally did remove some of them, but decided to keep em in for now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I didn't realize they were modular drive bays! That's always a nice feature. I just took my old case and put all the drive bays back in to make a server which was pretty sweet. And like I mentioned before, Afterburner is a good temperature monitor for your GPU! Two other programs I'd look into are Intel Extreme Tuning Utility which will give you a good rundown of your CPU and HWMonitor which will list off a lot of temps for the socket, motherboard, etc.

  • 44 months ago
  • -3 points

How Exactly is this upgradable when you cant upgrade the cpu?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Normally the Kaby lake CPU's will be using the same platform as Skylake (nothing confirmed yet tho).

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Im like a huge pc geek and yet ive never hurd of kaby?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

ya lol just looked it up myself Im probably personaly gonna go the x99 6850x processor though I got the 4790k right now.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

lol hurd

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

In my mind, upgradable parts: -Ram -GPU -Storage -Fans -Lights for fun!

I hit a wall with budget like most people...but listed are the parts that I plan to upgrade on this build (adding what I wanted would have doubled my budget). By the time I want to upgrade my CPU/Mobo, It will be time to retire this build as a secondary computer (movie/media storage, web browsing, company data, etc.) and start fresh...and possibly experiment with a custom water loop :D