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Edit: 11 March I did some tidying in the case today while I was planning placement for V2.0 of this build, seen in images 2,3, & 4


Edit: 10 March I've decided to max out what I have available with the case and motherboard. I should have known that this would happen, as it always does with building and modifying things. The exception will be that as of right now I will not be buying an aftermarket card with a GPU cooler already attached IE: 980ti hybrid.

I'll be posting a revised build once everything is done - the goal will be maxed out, or near maxed out, graphic settings in current games @1440P, fast rendering times in AE, ID and PS, and an overall fun machine that will be fairly future resistant.


Edit: 4 March Uploaded a few more photos, if there is anything specific you'd like to see let me know.

I did a little more cable tidying and rotated the corsair heatsink (which allowed better tidying). I also picked up a keyboard and mouse for about as much as I will ever spend on those two items, haha.

Next up is deciding on the 1440p display - I think with GSync i'll be able to run most titles at acceptable frame rates, even if settings are not completely maxed out.

As of right now the OC is working well


Edit: 3 March Sorry, no photos tonight - I got home a little too late and dont have adequate ambient lighting for clear photos without throwing floodlights in here.

I did manually OC @ 4.4ghz with 1.35v per the oc.net skylake oc thread, and this is likely as far as I think i'll go. I will lower the V as much as possible, though.


I have wanted a good desktop for many years now, but have always done well with a "gaming" laptop in the mid-late 00's and recently a Surface Pro 3.

After browsing the likes of ibuypower, cyberpower, alienware, and such, and having seen a few of the Maximum PC builds I finally pulled the trigger. I was originally suggested to look at the MxPC stuff about 3 years ago but the time was never right for me to just up and spend money on a "fun" PC.

I saw one of said Maximum builds towards the end of 2015 and decided that was the way I wanted to go.

Having never built a computer before it took me far longer than I originally anticipated, but if working on cars taught be anything it's plan for double the time.

I ordered everything on the 25th, originally ordering a 5820K. Yeah, good job. Once I realized the chipset differences with the motherboard I hemmed and hawd over getting the only X99 mobo (ASRock itx) available, but decided I didn't need the benefits the 5820k brought, got the RMA started and ordered the i7-6700k. Yay.

I chose the GTX970 SSC over a 980 flavor to keep cost down, I can always upgrade that later on down the road as needed. After reading reviews I feel comfortable with the CPU being OC'd to 4.5ghz and running 2k resolution, time will tell.

Last night I buttoned everything up, did a brief smoke test and acclimated to the bios environment, and today i'll be installing windows and the required drivers for the components. I will say the cable length for this PSU had me concerned about routing issues, but I think I did alright after all.

I'm very excited to have done this and can't wait to use it to its potential.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

If you upgrade don't get a 980. Just go staight to the 980 TI. Best performance for your money.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, just bought a 980 ti FTW and it is a monster. Plays any game maxed out with nothing under 60FPS

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I'm looking at it to play most games maxed out and Skyrim with 4K Textures and an ENB.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be getting a 980ti FTW ACX 2+ :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great! I promise you won't be disappointed!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. Have fun gaming at 1440p, or 4K.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll give this an upvote as it's perfect and has excellent wiring. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That h80i looks comically massive in the ITX chassis XD. Love the build +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for cable management and clean-looking build!!

Why no backside fan though?
And yes, more pics please!! :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Backside fan, as in over the mobo? If so, I honestly was/am unsure of the cooling needs with what's already present in the case; if needed I will be adding a 120mm fan to the rear. : )

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't hurt right? As it stands the only thing carrying heat away from your GPU is the front intakes and the PSU fan (judging from the PSU label).

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... yes! Rear fan... :-)
There doesn't seem to be anything moving the hot air from the GPU/PSU outside of the case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The corsair pulls it from within and vents upwards, but another pulling out of the rear may be beneficial. Temps seemed pretty low last night but I wasn't doing anything under a heavy load. Im considering getting the corsair commander mini, adding another 120mm and having that module control that and the h80i.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got some goodies coming for V2.0 (should have known I couldn't leave things alone), fans being part of it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Can't wait to see it! :-)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man!

It bugs me a little bit that you didn't match the LED colour on the AIO heatsink to match all the red around it.. :P

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

budget YEAH RIGHT only a i7 with water cooling youwant to see budget cheak out my AMD build

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

even downloading fire strike to my laptop was a stress test XD

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

wonderful build

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I will upload more photos tonight - I took those last night just before I moved it over to the desk for the "smoke test".

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did some better tidying of the cables