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My last build was a Core 2 Quad (Thanks KOneJ) Q6600 built for gaming 10 years ago. In between I've mostly used a variety of laptops, I decided with the advent of VR I should build something new!

The build came together fairly easily. A little experimentation with where to put the AIO and the fans was fun.

The 970 was on sale when I purchased it. With Pascal/Polaris coming in the fall, I figured I'd just need something to play with while I waited.

I did a fairly lazy overclock, pushed it to 4.6ghz on the first try, tested it and found it stable. Didn't feel the need to keep trying to push the clock for now.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job. This setup looks like it will serve you well and if you want more gaming power just upgrade your gpu. How about some more pictures please.

Thumbs up

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Let me know what you want pictures of and I'll post them up..

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor, keyboard, mouse :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

From what I can tell that AIO has gotten him pretty good temps...

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is so similar to the one I am working on right now, it's frustrating. lol

But good job! Nice part selection and glad to see the Liquid Freezer 240 is treating you well.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you mount the 240 radiator? Is it on the top (I think it's on the front from looking at the photo)? Can you post some more pics of that and also what the outside of the case looks like? Just wondering since I'm considering this cooler and case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Chillstatus, my initial idea was to top mount the radiator but I didn't like how much of the board it blocked, I wasn't able to comfortably get to my RAM and fan headers. Since I'm lazy I didn't want to have to deal with the Radiator if I swapped memory or added more. Aesthetically I didn't like how the hose hung down over the MB either.

So my radiator is front mounted with the air getting pulled in. I have all 4 fans setup as a push/pull.

I'll get you more pictures of the case/inside when I get home tonight.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Still waiting on them pics =D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

"My last build was a Core 2 Duo Q6600" I'm pretty sure the Q6600 a Core 2 Quad.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Doh! You are correct :D Ninja edited the original

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad I could help. I have a few other things to note about your description. I can't find anything to complain about in your part selection other than the 6700K over the 6600K and the CLC, with the exception of perhaps obsolescence considerations from a budget standpoint. But that's nitpicking. It's solid, so +1. Now for my loooong analysis. "I did a fairly lazy overclock, pushed it to 4.6ghz" I'd leave it there until more juice is needed (if it is before being replaced) in a few years. I wouldn't bother increasing the voltage to achieve a higher clock rate. The way I see it is that I would rather avoid chip degradation so that when my CPU does need some extra boost in a few years, it will perform better then, thereby extending the life of the machine. To me it's better than having a higher overclock just for the heck of it when it currently provides virtually zero increase in performance, and later when you actually want it, it won't be there. Just my 2 cents. "With Pascal/Polaris coming in the fall, I figured I'd just need something to play with while I waited." I live in California, and know several people around San Francisco who work in the computer industry. From what I can gather, AMD Zen might be worth waiting for (Obviously irrelevant to you.). They pretty much have to deliver a 14nm lithography (As an aside, AMD's problems have been from my unprofessional analysis 50% from branching off GlobalFoundries in '09, 25% from focusing less on marketing and working less with OEMs and Microsoft than Intel did, and 25% from the resulting lack of market share leading software devs to focus on optimizing software for things like SMT over CMT, further exacerbating the problem with a feedback loop.). That said, when you throw in AM4/AM4+ with software evolving to utilize parallel computing more so and things like DDR4 replacing DDR3, seeing what becomes of Zen is certainly worth considering. Zen may still be a flop, but I have high expectations, unlike with Skylake for which I had low expectations outside of perhaps a performance improvement for budget mobile (Which has disappointed me with the Core Ms, with respect to their TDPs allowing for design flexibility, becoming premium chips.). On the other hand, for GPUs I don't think either AMD or Nvidia are going to pull ahead of the other in the next release cycle of Polaris/Pascal. I'm expecting it to be card by card. Looking at how software is evolving again... I tend to agree with TheBlackAdder that to quote, "i would do is buy another 970 when the prices drop." Considering how you've already got a 4GB card, your motherboard supports 3-way SLI, your power supply has plenty of overhead, and the resale value of your current card down the line... A 2-way SLI of your current card is the way to go IMO. "I decided with the advent of VR I should build something new!" I'm not excited about VR in its current stages beyond investment opportunities (HEAR with HyperSound if they would stop targeting old folks and go after the cinemas and auto manufacturers and the like & Disney with the content (more tenuous). I know HyperSound is like '70s lasers, but it will at the absolute minimum become compact disks (to be extremely conservative) as long as Apple or Sony or someone doesn't just buy them or we don't see Lotus 123 again. WTH they don't completely confuses me. Someone definitely should. It definitely has potential to go hand in hand with VR. The ability to localize sound... and isolate individual visual perception... in all things networked. So much potential.). I think VR still has a 2 to 5 year time horizon to become properly flushed out and integrated with everything else. Its not mature at the moment and for the proper and practical experience I think your better off with saving up so you can spurge when it is. I think people who wait will ultimately be much happier. But if you want to be on that limited edge, I'm not stopping you. I'm going to sudo SU (Shut Up) now. It seems that my group policies need adjustment. And the contents of my MOTD should be changed to "Hope this helps!" (If you are confused, just go *doze. =P)

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha.. Thanks for the Wall of text. From what I could garner...

1. You're wondering the choice of the 6700k over the 6600k and the AIO    CLC. 
2. Leave my overclock at 4.6mhz... not worth pushing the chip more if I don't need the performance. 
3. I should get another 970 for SLI when the prices drop.
4. Zen seems interesting... but doesn't apply to me :D
5. VR won't be consumer ready for another 2-5 years... will need to see what hardware is available then :D
  1. In addition to gaming... I dabble in video production/photography.... my day job has me spinning up VM's a lot to learn new technologies or to do some development... The extra $100 for the extra threads was a pretty easy decision for me. As for the AIO cooler... HardOCP had a pretty good review of the unit I purchased and the price was a few dollars more than the top performing Air coolers, while providing better performance.

  2. I plan to leave my overclock at 4.6 mostly because I'm lazy... if I find instability I'll pull the over clock down a little further. I haven't touched the Voltage and I'm not planning on pushing it any more than I have. If I need more performance in the future... I'll purchase whatever is next for the lga1151 platform :D

  3. I'll take a look at the performance/price numbers when they come out for the next gen cards and make a decision there.. I wasn't really thinking of running SLI till I read the comments here. I suppose that would be a great way to bump my performance for cheap. I'll keep it in mind when I make my next GPU upgrade decision

  4. Zen... I'll take a look and if it's that much better than the competing Intel platform or the next gen... maybe I'll build a new system then :D I've got the system building bug..

  5. I agree that VR won't be consumer ready for another 3-5 years. However, many of the people I interact with currently have hardware ordered or have already received theirs. On the off chance they wanted to let me borrow their new toys.. I didn't want to be stuck without a computer to use it :D

I figure if you were going to take the time to leave me a wall of text.. least I could do is respond!

Thanks for your input!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

"In addition to gaming... I dabble in video production/photography.... my day job has me spinning up VM's a lot to learn new technologies or to do some development... The extra $100 for the extra threads was a pretty easy decision for me." Though the cost benefit is questionable, I can't argue with that. :)

"As for the AIO cooler... HardOCP had a pretty good review of the unit I purchased and the price was a few dollars more than the top performing Air coolers, while providing better performance." I think spending $20 more for a Corsair 100-range cooler, or a top-of-the-line Noctua air cooler for the same price, would have made more sense, but if you're happy with the cooler, I should shut up.

"Leave my overclock at 4.6mhz... not worth pushing the chip more if I don't need the performance." WAIT!!! 4.6 MHZ!!! ARE YOU SURE YOU DON"T WANT TO PUSH IT FURTHER??? XD But really, I think you've got the right idea.

"If I need more performance in the future... I'll purchase whatever is next for the lga1151 platform" By then, LGA 1151 will almost certainly be long gone. And you will be better off getting whatever is new instead of going from the 6700K to the 7700K or whatever.

"I'll take a look at the performance/price numbers when they come out for the next gen cards and make a decision there." Maybe Pascal/Polaris will be revolutionary, but otherwise... SLI.

"Zen... I'll take a look and if it's that much better than the competing Intel platform or the next gen... maybe I'll build a new system then :D I've got the system building bug." As always, never build a new computer until the old one isn't working well enough. And when you build a new one, get whatever provides the best performance for the cost and longevity without getting too little performance and get whatever type of chip is best for your usage. Right now, if someone was making a Gentoo box, I'd say get an FX-8/9xxx with a 750 Ti. It depends on what you use your computer for. If QCOM should start making the best X86 chips for what I do, I'd use that. Brands don't matter for CPUs (Well, except for Allwinner and the likes.). It's whatever is best at the time. But you already know that...

"I didn't want to be stuck without a computer to use it :D" Considering your line of work and gaming tendencies, I wouldn't be concerned about that. I was just trying to warn you against wasting your money. If someone is throwing out their Rift in 3 years time for whatever is new... I'm sure your machine will be ready.

I wasn't going to respond until I saw the 4.6mhz, but it exploded from there. =P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Dam

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I made it like 2 lines down then saw something about lasers in the 70's and stopped attempting to read it...

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great pc

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

About daggum time!!! :)

(not familiar with that cpu cooler...so keep an eye on it) Otherwise I could confirm very nice parts list. Good job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha.. it is about time... I had a few laptops since the old desktop was built.

I read through a lot of AIO cooler reviews, the HardOCP review of the Arctic Cooler intrigued me. The combination of cooling performance, fan sound level and price were too good to pass up.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great with all the lighting! I would suggest getting some sleeved cable extensions if you really want it to pop aesthetically. It's amazing how much of more badass the sleeved cables look. Very nice build though, I like it!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... I've seen builds with some nicely done sleeving. I figured it could be something I would add in the future if I felt the need to fancy up the built some.

Had a bunch of RGB LED lighting strips, figured I'd put them to use... most of the time the case light is turned off :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

First off nice build! Secondly KOneJ is very helpful ... although you'll need your reading glasses and a cup of strong coffee to read his/her responses. LOL

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Were you able to use both fans on the arctic liquid cooler or did only one fit in the case?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm confused why a different AIO manufacturer? Do you have experience with the Arctic Cooler line of AIO's? Did you have a failure? From what I read in reviews, it seemed to be a great price/performer. HardOCP found that it had better cooling than many of the more well known companies.

As for the 970... I'm waiting to see what kind of performance the new chips will provide, if it's not too much of a jump, I'll purchase another 970 and run SLI as suggested. If the performance jumps... then I'll purchase something new! Thanks for the input.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the scoop on this cooler? Is it a pc destroyer?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd also like to know the logic on this comment, cause it's a pretty dope cooler.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I thought the same. Maybe the other commenter had one fail, but anything can fail.