here is my latest build. It was time to let go of my old machine, which wasn't capable of running titles like GTA or Fallout. From the beginning I was clear to spend some extra-money for nice optics: "Clean" build with a small range of "simple" colors. After getting some inspiration here, I decided to go for a black and white colored rig, so first priority was to find "best-in-slot"-components in these colors, respectively parts which can be illuminated white.
CPU and Cooler: The X41 is my first AiO-cooler ever. My first impression wasn't the best after experiencing some problems in combination with the mainboard. A wrong configuration in the bios-fan-options led to very annoying, crackling noises of the pump. I fixed it, but I'm still not one hundred percent convinced, because the pump seems to be noticeable louder, when the liquid temperature is below 35°C. Maybe some of you guys have the same impression, altough I never read something like this on the internet.
Right now I managed to run the X41 permanent on 30% (fan-rpm = 840, pump-rpm = 2500), while running e.g. GTA on FullHD (monitor-upgrade follows...) and maxed out details. In the meantime I had an issue that the CPU crossed the 50°C mark, which I didn't like (I hate "high" temps, even if 50°C is nothing to worry about). The NZXT CAM-Software increased pump- and fanspeed to >50%, which led to (for my perception) a fridge-like soundscape. So I decided to undervolt the CPU. Right now it runs stable at 0,8V in idle and 1,15V under load. Playing GTA for three hours results in a temperature peak of 48°C (average is 45°). I suppose with a push-pull-configuration it would be possible to bring down the average temperature to the low forties. Furthermore it could be helpful to change the mounting position of the radiator (I mounted it on the back), to pull cold air from the outside (front) or push air to the outside, without beeing localized above the GPU as the main heat-producing part (top-front).
GPU: For weeks I had the Palit GTX 980Ti in my configuration, because of it's silent cooling system and, of course, the white layout. Just before I ordered I scrolled through the 980Ti's and found out that Gigabyte released their "Xtreme"-Cards some days ago. So I switched to this GPU, because of the higher clockrate and the LED (White!). I'm very happy with this decision: While playing Fallout the fans aren't active for 50% of the time. When active they run at approximately 1000rpm and aren't noticeable. Even on maxed out GTA they sometimes go inactive. Even with HDD cages it should fit in the H440.
Case: I'm very satisfied with the case. I was worried to come across thermal problems because of the small ventilation slits. After solving the CPU-temp-"issue" it's OK for me although I would be scared if I would consider to overclock CPU and GPU. Case fans are always running at 30% speed.
Monitor: I decided to go for the Asus PG279Q. After FOUR RMAs (different panel problems) I now have one with one pixel error, which is OK for me. For all of you, thinking about buying an 1440p-monitor: Go for the Dell S2716DG. It uses an TN- instead of an IPS-panel but is cheaper and the panel is much more developed than the panel in the PG279Q. Don't get me wrong here! The Asus is awesome, when he "roll" a well build panel in the first run.
Board, PSU and SSD are nothing special. I just picked some standard stuff.
Don't hesitate to comment my build, let me know your experiences with the X41 and the i7-6700k, or ask me for further experiences with the mentioned parts!