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So this beast came to be as I'm sure many can relate to on here; the desire to upgrade a few components of an existing rig leads to the inevitable desire to go "all in" and pretty much do an entire new build.

My previous rig was a Haf X case wrapped around a phenomenal Sandy Bridge 2600k. The CPU had been overclocked from day one to 5ghz, and in the more recent year or so down to 4.9ghz. No particular reason mind you just felt at the time like easing off it a little.

I had already been sprucing this system up and got the 980Ti at launch, followed by the ROG Swift and a 500GB Samsung Evo 850 for my games. These components were what came with me for the new build, everything else was purchased new.

Besides my trusty keyboard and mouse. I was gonna upgrade them, but tbh, I love my mouse and keyboard just fine, and despite not being a mechanical board which seem to be all the rage I've always enjoyed my keyboard for function and aesthetic value just fine.

Put a lot of thought into this configuration, was really agonising over x99 or Skylake, 6700k vs 5820k. Obviously there is immediate benefits for video rendering etc to the hexacore, and then there is the potential future gaming gains. But in the end after a tonne of research I saw the latest Digital Foundry i7 faceoff video and that pretty much sealed it for 6700k. In the right here and now, with its superior IPC it offers the better gaming performance, and that's what I use my PC for 95% of the time.

Have already played a tonne of games, performance is lovely, as to be expected. But then, my SB system was almost equally lovely and tbh it is hard to tell a difference most of the time. GTA V is a notable exception as that game clearly has higher minimum fps, which is great cause I love the game to death.

To be clear though, this wasn't a build done out of necessity, more because I just wanted a change; a sleek new look, a new platform and some measure of future proofing.

I'm using the 950 PRO for OS, one 850 EVO for Steam, one 850 EVO for the others eg Origin/GOG/Uplay and a 3TB WD Black for mass storage; pics/videos etc.

Not a whole lot more to say really. Yes the PSU is massive overkill, sue me lol. I like a big beefy looking power supply and this one has ridiculously good review ratings and is wonderfully efficient. Dual Pascal may be in the future and although it will still be overkill it will be less so then I suppose. Tbh though I do like having a powerful single card as opposed to 2 weaker ones. I have dealt with many issues previously with two card configurations and when it's performance is sub optimal it stings how much it cost to buy. A single 1080Ti should suffice :-P

Both CPU and GPU have healthy stable overclocks applied and I'm very happy with thermals.

Hope you enjoy the pics and thanks for looking at my build!

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Amazing job building this thing. The cablemanagement is flawless. And man, seeing those two Samsung 850's in the back there...Sweet mother of storage-lord.

10/10

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha thanks mate, appreciated :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I just have one word. Beautiful.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I used to have that keyboard. Served me well for a few years, but ultimately couldn't reconcile the fact that the ESC key was in the wrong place. Even wrote an Amazon review about it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your build +1. Great pictures which shows you have a lot of pride in your work, which you should since it's an amazing and beautiful setup. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build!! Really impressive!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice work on the cable management. Like the case choice and color choices in the build as well - looks pretty sweet.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Another awesome PC build. Great job! :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how the color scheme just fits. it looks amazing! i kinda feel like the gigabyte graphics cards don't really fit with the z170 mobo they have. (IMPO), but the white LED fans and mobo with the red white and black really look great in this case. Epic build... What happened to your desk tho? lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I know it's fairly old school. But it fits the space well where I have my PC and i've had it forever, a certain level of sentimental value. I only just upgraded my chair after 2 decades and that was a painful parting lol. Thanks for looking :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I am very very impressed. Great build and excellent work with the cable management. I just have two questions: (1) What is your fan setup, i.e. intake, outtake and cooler configuration? And (2) what is up with the white light coming from your mouse pad? It's amazing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello and thank you for the kind words. :-)

Front fans and bottom fan are set as intake, rear is set as outtake. Cooler is set in a push/pull configuration, with the two colored led fans at the bottom pushing air into the radiator and the top two included fans (with h110i gt) pulling it out the top of the case.

The mousepad is the Razer Firefly Chroma. I LOVE this thing. It is just such a lovely mousepad. It has full RGB color selection and multiple ways to configure it, reactive, static, breathing etc.

I used to have it red with my previous build as the whole look was red/black, but for this one I figured white was a no-brainer. Highly recommend it if you want some extra looks and a great surface for your mouse.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. I'm drooling looking at your cable management. I've always wondered - how loud are the Corsair LED fans?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely amazing. Good job!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

nicee very nice build maeby some information about the wallpaper i find somethink similar but not the same

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

great build, wallpaper link?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words people, I do appreciate it.

A couple of folks asked about the wallpaper, it can be found in this thread here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/3mznin/wallpaper_megathread/

It is http://i.imgur.com/NNZ1VMp.jpg specifically, but there are other variants in the thread with different placement of the wording, so all are worth grabbing. Enjoy :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Excellent build.+1 from me. I have just built mine. We have the same motherboard, case, cooler and graphics. I moved my radiator from the front of the case to the top and since then I have been having a beep on shut down. Only after the computer has been used for gaming. Do you have anything like this happening? I can't seem to find the answer. Also I have the stock fans and 2 led fans on the radiator as exhaust, the fans for the radiator are plugged into the fan connections coming from the block. Where did you plug the connection from the block, into the CPU fan header or the CPU/OPT header? Where did you plug your led fans on the radiator? I find the whole system to be surprisingly quiet though, except when I have it on performance. Nothing a pair of headphones can't fix. BTW, I love your cable management, I'm drooling right now. I am waiting on red/black cables, can't wait. It is good to find someone with similar components, at least we can swap notes. I am happy with this setup except for the beep.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks spectacular. However, why did you decide to put the tower to the left of your peripherals? I would think to put it on the right so I could look over and appreciate my work. Just curious.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

spoiler alert hes ******* rich