I needed to tick this project off the bucket list. I've always lurked partpicker and put together umpteen million lists over the past 5-6 years, but never had the opportunity to build. This began with the idea of a sub-1k "budget build" using an i5 6500 and gtx 950 until i could upgrade in a few months to the i76700k and the gtx 1080. Well, luck and impatience helped me decide to pull a few stops on the way.
With this awkward time of GPUs we are in, choosing one was pretty difficult. I spent about 3 weeks fighting amongst my self and a few friends about which 1060 to buy. We were at a split between the FTW+ series and the ROG. In the end, it came down to personal preference and the disregarding of research altogether when money was available to opt up for the 1070. I can say to this day still, buyer's remorse has never even crossed my mind. This thing is a monster. You know the benchmarks.
The name "Mardi Gras Rig" just comes from a dumb comination of colors that ended up on the rig from sale sniping. I got a couple green LED fans from corsair on the cheap at Micro Center, and my peripherals are purple and gold. Upon seeing it my friend from Louisiana exclaimed that these were in fact the Mardi Gras Colors.
CASE MODS: I did those myself with about 25 bucks worth of supplies. beat the crap out of ordering kits from rackets like MNPCTECH or something.
So glad i convinced myself to upgrade to the skylake flagship. This is a stellar CPU, both from peer reviews and personal experience. It overclocks effortlessly and will not need to be upgraded for quite some time.
The Chevrolet of coolers. they're everywhere. theyre easy. they're cheap (not in a bad way.) With my positive pressure setup it keeps temps great and within normal safe ranges, even overclocked to 4.7ghz (peaked about 80 under heavy load over time.) I will upgrade soon to the h80i or some liquid system just for aesthetics mostly and maybe slightly lower temps. Not disappointed. I did get a few wonky temp readouts a few times after startup but they seemed to have worked themselves out.
Great all-around board. very easy to work with, i did have some issues with drivers and not having a disk drive made an extra step. Had to trouble shoot for a while before i transfered drivers via flash drive 4 stars for XMP not really cranking my RAM like the video says it should. Probably just me but I really don't know what I'm missing about clicking a profile and saving it.
This ram is low pro so the EVO doesnt hit it. It performs really well, though the mobo clocked it at 2133 stock. however i cranked it to 2667 and they are still running perfectly, no issues.
Small storage, I know but more will be added soon in the form of the 950 PRO m.2 for OS and gaming. Samsung data migration>all
Silent, quiet, and tons of power. boosting is effortless, though i leave it at base clock because it EATS nearly every game ive played at 1080p 144hz. Stellar card, might SLI next year for S+ Gs
its a 45 dollar case. I had every intention of chopping it up and making it my own, which is what I did. no heating issues, easy cable management (despite mine in the pic, i got impatient after the 1070 got there) and it holds some serious goodies. If shipping werent an issue, I would get the grommits offered by corsair in some of their better cases.
fully modular. invertable. gold rating. EVGA. love it.