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If you can believe it a few weeks ago I was still using an ageing LGA775 CPU (Q9650) & GTX460 as my main desktop. Video-editing & gaming had been a little painful for a while. The last few months saw a series of great products came to market and I finally stopped waiting for the 'next thing' and jumped for an upgrade. I wanted a great gaming (1440p @ 144hz) and video editing PC.

Case: I was lucky enough to win a Silent Base 600 in a competition via the beautiful folks at bit-tech and be quiet! Super grateful. It's a great case which is quiet, spacious and well-set out. Easy to build in.

The Maximus VIII Hero/6700k combo work really well. I can overclock easily and performance during video editing is unbelievable.

The 980Ti would normally be overkill for 1440p, but I was looking for a high refresh rate monitor. The combo with the PG279Q is great. Super smooth (144hz w G Sync) hi-res graphics (1440p IPS) leads to fabulous-looking gaming. I was stung a little with the GPU price though. I guess that's what happens when you walk in to a bricks-and-mortar store rather than ordering online like I did with the rest. The fan noise on the 980Ti is inaudible most of the time, though there are some flare ups at certain points in some games. I'm not troubled by it though.

After some research I found that the Dark Rock Pro might offer me a quieter computing experience with performance enough to rival certain AIO coolers. It copes easily with the mild overclock I'm running and I like the simplicity of air cooling.

I have a NAS for bulk storage of photos, videos etc. However I wasn't convinced that the 512GB capacity on the 950 Pro would be sufficient on its own over the longer-term; hence the two drives. The performance of the 950 Pro is outrageous as a system/boot drive.

Conclusion: I've left it a good while between upgrades & I certainly noticed! It may not be the best value-for-money build I've done but performance-wise it's in a different league.

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  • 48 months ago
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show you setup

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Done. Thanks.

  • 48 months ago
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Looks good. A finished picture and setup would be nice, but a great build with wise pickings for the 1440p territory. +1

  • 48 months ago
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Thanks for that. I've added a couple more pics.

  • 47 months ago
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Excellent looks! +1 again

  • 48 months ago
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Question for you, MouseCatcher:

I'm planning a build with the same mobo & 4x4 16GB memory kit, but became worried when the memory QVL for MAXIMUS VIII HERO did not include this exact Corsair kit, only the 2400. Have you had any issues? Have you OC'd your memory at all? Or are you at stock voltage?

Thanks for any help you can offer, peace!

  • 48 months ago
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The Maximus VIII Hero has picked up the XMP profile from the Low profile Vengeance kit nicely - I have it running at its stated 3000MHz - even though this RAM kit is not on the QVL list for this motherboard. The higher speed kits from Corsair which are on the QVL list for this motherboard are almost exclusively Dominator Platinum kits. I'll let you draw your own conclusions from that but I don't think you should necessarily feel pushed into forking out for Dominator Platinum.

I haven't OC'd the RAM beyond 3000MHz, and not even sure that I will. I'm pretty sure that OC'ing for a few extra 000's Mhz beyond 3000MHz will not yield much. Good luck with the build. The Hero's a great platform and I'd say 3000MHz RAM is about right price/performance-wise right now. Assuming the pricing is equal, you might want to consider 2x8GB rather than 4x4GB - more space for future upgrades.

  • 48 months ago
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I too noticed that the Dominator Platinum were all over that QVL, that kit looks great but it's expensive and doesn't suit my planned build as far as aesthetics. I am happy to hear your 3000mhz kit is performing well. Thank you for replying to me! From my limited research it does seem though that the frequency has little bearing on gaming performance, but I think I will go for the 3000mhz kit for two reasons: 1) It's ~$3.00 cheaper than 2400mhz and 2) 3000 is a bigger number than 2400 and bigger numbers are more impressive.

Thanks for your input, I love your build!

  • 47 months ago
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Hey can you switch out the fans on the case? It seems like you cant

  • 47 months ago
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The rear fan is quite accessible. For the front fan, you will need to remove the whole front panel first but both can be replaced.

  • 47 months ago
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A bit late, but how quiet is it? Can you hear it while just browsing, with no headphones?

  • 47 months ago
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Very quiet indeed when browsing. I have to listen very carefully to hear any fan noise. Not inaudible, but close. The GPU fans just idle along around 800rpm and are often drowned out by other household noises.

Gaming can be a different issue. You can really hear the GPU swinging in to action when called on. It's almost intrusive. I can crank up the speakers, use headphones or simply put up with it. But it doesn't annoy me enough to warrant the £000s I'd need to spend on watercooling to silence it.