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I don't build new PCs nearly as often as I like, So when I do I try to go as high end as I can. Thus Big Blue was born. Big Blue was built on February 12, 2016, by myself on a nice cool day. Each component was chosen for a reason, whether right or wrong.

         The Intel I7 6700k was chosen because I mainly game, with some video editing. Of course with any I7 daily computing won't cause any issues. It overclocks well, but also quite efficient when stock. I myself on a day to day basis leave it at 4.2Ghz which is the stock turbo boost, but leave that for all cores. Doing this I can also undervolt by approximately .150 volts. While this isn't much, it keep wear and heat to a minimum.

       Cooling The processor I chose the H110I gt. Being a dual 140mm radiator it cools the processor fantastically. However this IS one place I would have made a different decision if I did the build again. The pump Is louder than I would have preferred, and only has two speeds. A large reason I chose this cooler was due to looks, to keep the build looking as clean and tidy as possible. If looks was of no worry, I would have gone the Noctua NH-D15 to keep it as silent as possible, and still have fantastic cooling.

        The Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 was chosen for many reasons. The biggest is long term life and durability, with the "TUF" armor, Excessive VRM cooling and design, and fantastic overall design. The cooling is fantastic with many fan headers negating the need for a fan controller and additional fans for the VRM and EVERY component under the thermal armor, though it's effectiveness is debatable. The M.2 slot was nice to have, but almost all Z170 chipset boards have one. The last reason is once again aesthetics. Immediately the armor gives a clean look, and the color is very neutral so it will fit most builds nicely, with the ption to remove it and color it as you wish.

     The ram chosen was down to price to performance\capacity, as well as coloring. I wanted just a little contrast but nothing extreme. The G.Skill ripjaws V was the ticket for me. The Silver coloring was just the ticket and 2 DIMMs allow me to upgrade later when 16GB DIMMs come down in price, but gives me more than enough for current use.

            Samsung 950 PRO was at the time the king of performance, and to a point still is. It's tiny, tucks away tidily, and works well. I would have liked some kind of heat sinking option, whether aftermarket or included, but it didn't. You can get ram heat-sinks to help, and I may do that in the future.

             The Mushkin ECO2 was chosen solely for price to capacity and had a reputation of being reliable. It didn't need to be particularly fast as it was for games and general storage where speed wasn't paramount. This drive stays cool, has reasonable speed, and just works.

            The Seagate Barracuda 3TB is for mass storage. It's in a external enclosure tucked away so you can't hear it, but kept reasonable cool.

              The Zotac GeForce GTX 980ti AMP! Omega was chosen for quite a few reasons. It's a 980ti, which was the king at the time of the build, and quite efficient. This particular choice of card was, once again, atheistic, and performance. It's nearly identical to the "extreme" edition, down to the cooler and setup, With a lower initial core clock. The cooler does a fantastic job of cooling this GPU and when IDLE it keeps the fans off, so nearly dead silent. My personal card overclocks fairly, going to about 1450 MHz with stock voltage, though I wouldn't mind a little more. All in all very happy with this card. 
               Thermaltake Core V71 was chosen for it's relatively understated look outside, and the performance. The cooling is fantastic, with relative silence. The 3 200mm fans are moving quite a bit of air, but can be slowed to keep the system quite. In my case I did not use the case's fan controller, instead connecting them to the motherboard so that I can turn the fans even slower, or speed them up at will. Turned down to about 40% fan speed they are nearly inaudible, being quieter than the waterpump in the H110I or the spinning disk of the external drive, while still keeping a fair amount of air moving. Turned up they get noisey enough to hear but not obnoxious, and keeps everything very cool in the system. Build quality is fantastic for the price, though I have noticed some vibration from the top panel that can be noisy if you turn of the fans and get a resonant effect.

              Last but not least the power-supply. I went with the Seasonic X1250. The cables are all black and blend in well, is supremely reliable with very tight voltage regulation, and is very efficient, even bordering on 80+ platinum levels, though officially Only gold rated. As with everything else in the build, near silence was great. With the hybrid fan mode, at low wattage it turns the fan off. Some people with critique my choice because the wattage is far more than I need, by over double. They are right in a way, but I chose this because the 1000W power-supply was actually more at the time of building, as I got a good deal, and not heavily loading the power supply aids in longevity and stays so high above what my system pulls allows the fan to stay off on all but extreme gamin sessions, or benchmark runs. I will suggest that you remove the fan grill when able, such as when in a bottom mounted position in the case as it adds restriction going through two different grills(case and power supply) and noise. With the grill ion you could always hear it when the fan turned on but without it on i can never tell if the fan is on or not, and since they power-supply is never stressed even when it turns it's fan on, it never ramps up.

                 There are other reasons not mentioned for many of the components in the build but these have been the main ones and should give insight into the parts and their applications. Any questions I Will be happy to address. Good day.
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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great GPU! I have the same, it's a monster. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

hey i have the same case! what do you think of it? why did you get such a big case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I really enjoy it. There is some vibration at certain fan speeds but other than that it's fantastic. Allows for a nice clean build. I chose a large case because it goes in my computer room, and is more the "center of attention" as well as wanting to have a nice silent build. With the fans connected to the motherboard I can have nearly dead silent with the loudest thing being the external 3.5" hard drive.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting. I'm a silence fetishist as well, that's why I got the case. 2 200mm fans at 400 rpm are pretty silent and the 3 140mm at 900 aren't exactly loud too.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

At idle my 200mm fans are barely moving but the fans don't give a rpm readout I can't say. The 2 140mm fans on the h110 run at 550 rpm. The last 140, the one that came with the case turn signal off at idle and slowly ramps up starting at 40c. It does bug me how loud the water pump is.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

sounds pretty good. i have a custom loop and the pump is the loudest too

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment I agree, as I really like the card, but only time will tell, I've had MSI cards, ASUS cards and HIS cards before this, and the HIS card was the worst of them so far, starting to fail after only 2 years. This Zotac card i dont see any reason for it to fail in the near futur but we shall see.