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
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)!