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Crystal Clear : Z270/i7-7700K/GTX1080 Build

by victormach

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142 Comments

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Date Published

Jan. 6, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01GHz

Description

Been a while since I built something new, and when ASUS announced their new ROG motherboards and Kaby Lake was looking like it could overclock to 5ghz+ on the easy, I decided to put something together :)

The end goal is to go with a dual radiator custom watercooling system and a 1080 Ti, but of course, 1080 Ti isn't out yet, so that will have to wait .

Unfortunately, ASUS does not seem to yet have official drivers for the Z270 on their website, so I'm just using whatever Windows pulled. Also still no word on the BIOS update with the 5ghz OC profile -- but I did tweet them so they can hopefully have those up soon.

This is also missing my sleeved cables. Unfortunately, they couldn't arrive quite as fast as everything else, but they'll go in when the (future) 1080 Ti and watercooling blocks/rad/pump/tubing/etc do.

I'm really baffled by the beauty of the 570X's all-clear design. Not only that, but with all the glass panels removed, it was a join to build in. I'd been mostly a mITX fan, but after seeing this case, I might have become a convert. Now all that's left is for them to make a cube-shaped mITX case in this same design..pretty please?

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Lyrix 5 points 5 months ago

Ohhh damn! 2cnd cabylake Build and its awesome!

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks dude!

MjolnirThunder 2 points 5 months ago

First PCPP Kaby Lake build? Nicely done!

ziggurat666 4 Builds 3 points 5 months ago
MjolnirThunder 1 point 5 months ago

Oh dammit, just when I thought I was ahead of the game.

ziggurat666 4 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

In all fairness... first Kaby Lake build I like...

MjolnirThunder 0 points 5 months ago

I wasn't gonna be the first to say it but I concur. It helps when you post more than one picture and bother to make it look presentable.

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godeejay 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

So much power in that CPU!

Zacke_s 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Man... That motherboard and case. Gorgeous!! Seriously thinking of upgrading my case to either the 570X or the 460X.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

The 570/460X must be some of my favorite cases out right now! I'd say do it. It's also really easy to build in once you have the glass panels off, and they're super easy to remove with the thumbscrews.

SirMints 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Gorgeous MB. Yay Kaby Lake!

Dawsoncody 2 points 5 months ago

Really nice build +1 Was looking at the case, but it seems rushed with the lack of a psu shroud ect

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

It does have a shroud, just not sure how perceptible it is in these pictures!

Dawsoncody 1 point 5 months ago

I mean it doesn't follow the full length, so at a front angle the cables show

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Ah yes. True!

Dawsoncody 1 point 5 months ago

That motherboard doe! I'm looking at it too. Is the thermal Armour easily removable?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yup! It's ~10 screws in the back and then it pops right off.

I took it off at first to mount the M.2 drive in the concealed M.2 port (under the armor), but mounting it in that position seemed to "bend" the NVMe's PCB when I re-fastened the armor, so I just attached it to the bottom M.2 port with the included bracket instead. I'm just going to wait until more people have the board to hear what the talk is on mounting M.2 drives in that port and bending with the armor.

SilverWolf149 2 points 5 months ago

This deserves a feature! It has everything a featured build has. Tempered glass, rgb, modern components. This is in the bag.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! A man can dream :)

K3rmit94 2 points 5 months ago

how you liking the new asus mobo? i plan on using it on my first build dont know which one though

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 5 months ago

Great build, +1 for the 7700K #kabylakeftw :)

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! :D

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 5 months ago

No problem :)

SilentBlayd 2 points 5 months ago

woah

StrikerX1360 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I SERIOUSLY want that motherboard! I think I'm gonna wait until Cannonlake comes out towards the end of this year to upgrade because that's where I'll see a large improvement over the 6700K.

Calberkeley 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I'm adding the IX Formula and the 7700k tomorrow morning. Any updates on drivers? Any suggestions to make it go smoothly? Thanks for any advice you can give.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

No updates so far, tweeted them twice. The good news is the drivers included in Windows 10 seem to be enough to get you up and running, either that or at least the NIC drivers were there (I use wired ethernet) and it downloaded appropriate drivers via Microsoft.

If you're installing an M.2 NVMe, I'd use the included bracket and mount it in the bottom M.2 port. It seemed to me removing the armor to mount it underneath meant the PCB for the NVMe was bending once I put the armor back on. Either that or I did something wrong there.

Good luck! Don't hesitate to shoot me a message if you have any other questions.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

The reason I decided to upgrade from the Hero Alpha to the IX Formula is because the Hero Alpha would disable the m.2 that the 960 Evo was in so the BIOS would only detect the Intel 750 in the PCIE x4 slot. Hopefully the IX Formula can use both. I really wanted to mount the 960 Evo underneath.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yup, 960 EVO. It looked/felt to me like the NVMe's PCB was bending when mounted and the armor is installed over it, but it's not unthinkable that I was being overzealous and/or did something wrong. As for using a PCIE NVMe and M.2, I haven't tried it, but I'd be surprised if this board didn't support that. They make a big fuss about how you can use multiple M.2 drives for an M.2 RAID setup in the marketing material.

Do let me know how it goes, im super interested in hearing your experience trying to mount the 960 under the armor!

Calberkeley 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I just got off the phone with ASUS, they said it increases the height of the armor and that's how it's supposed to be. They said it's ok if it bends "a little" but they're going to keep looking at this issue. So, it IS best to use the bracket and mount it in the bottom m.2 until more people use the hidden m.2 and experience/don't experience issues with the bending of their SSDs. THANKS Victor!!! I would not have even thought about this at all.

So, everything else went smoothly?

Darren3076 9 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Nice build, A+

Paolopro 2 points 5 months ago

Wow! Good job bro!

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks!

Obamas.mama 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Almost the exact same build as mine except a little newer .

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Congrats on the first kaby lake build on PC Part picker! And I'm the first comment on the first kaby lake build!

Wadseraptor 1 Build 4 points 5 months ago

A moment of silence... lol.

DevvM 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

lul

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

fuq

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

congratulations for being the one person with the very first and not the last kaby lake build.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 0 points 5 months ago

thanks! feelsgoodman

enewtabie 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nice. I think I watched this on the live stream last night.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Pretty sure! At least until my power went out for one of many times .. finally finished it at 2am :)

cmn65 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Crystal Case? First Kaby Lake Build? LEDs?

Nice build, will you update photos with sleeved cabled and completely finished build? +1

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Most definitely! I'll update for sleeved cabling and for 1080 Ti/watercooling. I have the CPU block/pump/res ready to go, as soon as the 1080 Ti is announced I will get an EK block for it and start working on the acrylic tubing :)

cmn65 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Oops! Lol.

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MannyPCs 2 points 5 months ago

yes, but the other guy who actually posted the first build is then gonna be left out as the third wheel

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MannyPCs 1 point 5 months ago

I agree

Sockens 1 point 5 months ago

I see a Kaby Lake build here. Congratulations on building it so soon.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 0 points 5 months ago

Thanks! I was lucky to have a local retailer that was stocking the Kaby Lake processors and ASUS Z270 motherboards yesterday :)

Sockens 2 points 5 months ago

If only it were that easy for all of us. I barely lucked out with a half-assed bargain when I was buying parts for my soon-to-be PC.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I hear you dude! I used to live in Florida, where the only upside was being close to PerformancePCs, so watercooling parts were delivered basically overnight on the cheap. Living in Silicon Valley now has its own set of perks.

Good luck with your build! Would love to check it out once it's done.

Sockens 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks, and enjoy Kaby Lake. (I'll be sticking with the Skylake stuff I already have. Oh if only I could refrain from being an impulse buyer!)

Faizan 1 point 5 months ago

Ugh. I just wanna be right one time...

This will be featured. +1
Watermaster34 1 point 5 months ago

Your Pc looks awesome and based of specs probably plays games like a dream! Also Congratsnon the first Kaby Lake Build on PC Part Picker and definetly not the last. I just gotta ask does the 7700K Run well for streaming and sutch because if it does i may get one. Also it is overcloakable so have you done that and if you have has it had any impact on how your build runs over all? Also i saw people talk about streaming and stuff do you do that if so i would love to check you out!

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks for the kind words dude!

I'm sure the 7700K will run very comparably to the 6700K for streaming performance, unless any of the new technologies have a large impact there. I haven't gotten a chance to test gaming + streaming to see what the overhead is, but will have some time to do so this weekend.

As for overclocking, that is one of the allures of Kaby Lake. ASUS has stated that, with a preset profile, it is possible to overlock 80% of i7-7700Ks to 5ghz+ using their ROG MAXIMUS line of motherboards. Unfortunately, ASUS has not yet pushed the BIOS update with this profile, and I didn't have enough time last night when I got done with the build to tweak and overclock manually. I will dive into that over the weekend, for sure, and report back with overclocking results.

As for streaming -- I briefly (1hr-ish) streamed the beginning of my build last night, up to getting the NVMe mounted and motherboard in the case, but then my power went out and my stream went along with it :/ I do play to stream some Overwatch one the build is up and running! My (barren) twitch channel is: twitch.tv/GentleEclaire

Watermaster34 2 points 5 months ago

Oh great thanks for the info don't want to buy something i may not need. I will remember to check you out on twitch i like overwatch so i will watch. Thank you so much for the info sometimes people on here are not as open as they should be :)

victormach submitter 3 Builds 0 points 5 months ago

Any time dude!

thetortuga747 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Definitely keep us updated with temperatures once you get 5 Ghz working and swap out the cables for sleeved ones! All around great build man.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks dude! Will most definitely do.

AuraNightheart 1 point 5 months ago

Ah, darn. I wanted to be the first 7700K build (which was unlikely, because i probably won't post my build until the end of January, but I still hoped).

Really nice build! I love the aesthetics.

Aspret315 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Dope dude, I really like the 570x I had gotten the 460x before I knew about it. The only thing I would recommend is some cables from cable mod I just grabbed some myself. Otherwise loving it, enjoy.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 0 points 5 months ago

Thanks dude! CableMod ModFlex cables are on the way, slated to arrive Monday :) Will update then.

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Disappointing Kaby Lake what I read on the site to do a new update of your PC otherwise it is if a new build go No difference between Sky Lake for Intel performance has no more inspiration :-( No evolution for Pc in 2017 if not always AMD promises on paper

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

W-O-W... your rig looks so advanced it looks like it would be released as a special issue in 2020. You're 3 years ahead of your time... amazing!!

btw - what's the little box between your monitor and rig?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nice! Thanks for the update dude. It seemed sketchy to me putting the M.2 under the armor, but, then again, I might have been being overzealous, or maybe I should've just left the armor looser.

Anyways, let me know what your experience is!

And hah, thanks dude! I'm quite pleased with it, love looking at it, just can't wait to get my sleeved cables.

As for the monitor, that's a Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface. Serves as a DAC/AMP for my headphones and an audio interface for my AT2035 mic!

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Was that English you just spoke? I didn't understand a thing you said haha. So, you plug in your headphones into that little black box to help with quality? And your mic to help with quality recording? I literally just learned all of this computer stuff in November =)

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hah, yah, it was once gibberish to me too.

A DAC is a Digital to Analog Converter, fancy name for a sound card, usually external in this case.

An AMP drives more power to a headphone in order to make it sound better/louder.

An audio interface can include both of the above, but also have inputs for recording audio from mics/instruments. In many cases, it also provides power to the mic so it can work properly.

But yah, overall, using an audio interface/DAC/AMP will improve your playback and recording quality over using the onboard soundcard. There's a ton of variance in how much of a difference it makes depending on the quality and price, and my setup is pretty entry-level. Audiophile gear gets expensive fast, and I'm definitely no audiophile.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, I was able to OC the 7700k to 4.9GHz, is that what you got? Also, are you on BIOS 2202?

Bobaloohoo 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

How is the 7700k performing over the 6700k? I'd like to know what differences you can see as of now. I know drivers are probably not in their best state right now but I'm highly tempted to nab one

Bobaloohoo 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Well that's kind of dissapointing... at least they're about the same price I guess but you'd think it would've brought more to the table.

Blacksm1le 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I hope that Amd is going to hurt them, king INTEL died to live king AMD

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Most reports have it performing identically, clock-for-clock. The gotcha is that it can reportedly overclock to 5ghz+ easily. I haven't tried OCing yet, but I will dive into it this weekend and report back.

Bobaloohoo 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Let's just hope the 5.0ghz OC is more than just say so unlike the 6700k they claimed would OC to 5.0ghz. Many reported that false, I have mine running at 4.7 but no matter what I do its not stable above that whatsoever. If more claims come out showing it performing a cool 5 I'm definitely going to get it.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I'll report back later today once I've taken some time to try an OC :)

DoltonTheComputerNoob 1 point 5 months ago

sad thing is you don't even need to oc for amazing results tell me if you ever hit under 100 frames in a game without an fps cap

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Very true, I'm locked @ 1080p/300fps in OW , feelsgoodman.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I OC my 7700k to 4.9GHz. Is that what you got too?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Yoooo what's up dude..so I took a lot of naps today, and still haven't OC'd my **** lol. maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow morning, but I'll report back. Is that at stock voltage or did you bump it up at all?

Muckles 1 point 5 months ago

1080 7700k $400 Motherboard

And not a single sleeved cable to be seen.

TRIGGERED.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I ordered them simultaneously, but they won't be here until Monday :) I'll update then. Trust me, I hate the non-sleeved cables too.

Muckles 1 point 5 months ago

Good. I get triggered when I see expensive builds without em. They look so nice

DoltonTheComputerNoob 1 point 5 months ago

I just **** myself NICE BUILD MY DUDE

acsalvador 1 point 5 months ago

You've got yourself a beautiful build. I noticed that the ROG logo on that removable plate underneath your GPU is lit, but for some reason it isn't on mine. I wonder what's up with that.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Did you download the AURA software? It should be in the "Support" section and then "Drivers" for the MAXIMUS IX Formula. You might be able to adjust it on there, but yah, mine did light up even before I configured it in AURA :/

Nater650 1 point 5 months ago

Looks like I'm not the only who discovered the new Kaby Lake CPUs after they hit store shelves

existencelies 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I just updated my old 4770k to a 7700k and Asus Hero IX board. I was able to hit 5GHz @ 1.275v on a full custom loop. I did not update any bios drivers. Figured they came already up to date since being a Z270 board.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I'd look into getting it updated -- the pre-loaded BIOS on my board was from 10/16, and the latest was released 1/4. Awesome results though!

existencelies 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Guess I will do that when I get home. Will register the board then set everything back to factory specs and redo my clocks. Hopefully it won't be worse. Though the temps are different from what I expected. They spike up rather quickly and randomly.

Lucky482 1 point 5 months ago

Do you like that MB? I'm torn between getting that one or the Gigabyte-Z270 Gaming 7 or 9. Depends on how much I want to spend since I have to get all new memory since the 32GB I just got a year ago for my existing board is DDR3, not 4. Really want to update my processor even though it's still holding it's own since it's a 1st gen i7.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Love it so far -- absolutely fantastic features, easy to navigate BIOS, and overclocking to 5ghz was a breeze. Also an amazing amount of tools. I've had gigabyte boards before and they're great, but I think ASUS kills it in terms of tools and features.

jdhcon 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Very nice build! Was looking at this case but all reviews/builds I saw had issues with the cooling AIO at the top with high profile memory. One build only used one fan on their AIO because of clearance. I see you were able to mount your AIO at the top - can I ask your experience with that?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hey, thanks! Yah it was pretty straightforward -- I mounted the H100i as far towards the front as possible in the adjustable rails. I can't see anyone having issues if you're only using 2 fans, but I could see 4 fans (push/pull) being problematic.

jdhcon 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you for the tip! Awesome build again!

MGilbertDesign 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

finally! someone who knows how to take proper photos of their PC without flash - Join the 7700k group on PCPartPicker! :P

IPhoenix_DownI 1 point 5 months ago

Were you just saving money for Kaby Lake?

ComGuardsElite 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I just purchased 570X case, was on backorder before and I finally snagged one. This is one hell of rig you got there. I am in the process of building my first PC and the i7-7700 is at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome! They were all backordered when I got mine, luckily I found it locally :) good luck with the build!

ComGuardsElite 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

So i am constantly reviewing your build and choice of core parts. I have shared this with some people as i have chosen the mobo you have. Some say i dont need to spend that much on a mobo for gaming, so out of curiosity, what made you select this mobo? I have committed myself to the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card but the mobo is currently on my "next to get" list. Suggestions?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

People are right, you definitely don't need this mobo for gaming! I chose it for a combination of looks and the ability to integrate it into my custom watercooling loop down the line. You could easily get one of the $150-200 Z270 mobos and have near identical gaming performance.

theboss8686 1 point 5 months ago

can i ask u what website do u buy your sleeved cables and do u use full sleeved cables or extentions? do u think dominator platinum are worth the bucks over the venegance and also is it worth buying and m.2 ssd over a normal sata? (for ex 950pro vs 850evo)

cdizzle60 1 point 5 months ago

Hey man you can't put an exhaust fan in the back with the h100??

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I could probably fit it, but it's kind of a tight fit against the I/O part of the motherboard's armor (the H100i doesn't get in the way), and it covers it up. I actually have a ton of extra ML120s and HD120s laying around but probably won't bother for the time being :)

cdizzle60 2 points 5 months ago

thanks for the response I got a deal on a fractal arc xl so I ended up going with that so I didn't have to worry about any fitment issues :) that case is gorgeous though

jakesno 1 point 5 months ago

Definitely inspired by this build. It's simple and screams power. However, fellow pcp'er, theboss8686 asked a couple questions that I'm interested in. Specifically, "can i ask u what website do u buy your sleeved cables and do u use full sleeved cables or extensions?"

and...What length of PSU cables to the motherboard did you buy?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hey dude! The sleeved cables I buy are CableMod ModFlex, in the U.S. they can be bough through Performance-PCs or Newegg, and in Canada I believe their retail partner is NCIX. You can also just google their website and there will be more info :)

I bought the regular length, not short or long:

CableMod E-Series ModFlex™ Full Cable Kit for EVGA G3, G2, P2 & T2 - Black

Hope this helps!

jakesno 1 point 5 months ago

Fantastic, thanks bro!

Wading thru cable mods can be a challenge for a noob. I really like the smaller form factor of the G3. I don't know if it'll help at all with the lack of the enclosure for the PSU on the back end of the Crystal. I'm hoping to be able to tuck some of the other cables in and if something is exposed they're good looking sleeved cables.

Lemnosbig 1 point 5 months ago

That cable management though.......effing perfect

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks dude! I just got my sleeved cables and need to repost the build with fully sleeved cabling, but been lazy :) Hope to do it some time tomorrow

Lemnosbig 2 points 5 months ago

First I saw picture 11 and was like "he can't be serious, in that case?", then I saw 17 and was like "damn, he's serious"

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Haha -- I was surprised at how well so many cables fit behind that column :)

American187 1 point 4 months ago

Lets go! Post them pics. I cant wait any longer. Love this build. Almost identical to my shopping cart.

Adeux 1 point 5 months ago

I have almost the same build but your MB beats mine by FAR. Amazing build and cable management alot better than mine lol, did you by chance consider switching the cpu water loop to the other side for less stress on the curve?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks dude! I considered it, but I liked the look better this way and the H100i is temporary until I get whatever nVidia's next GPU is and a waterblock for it (already have my CPU block and radiators/pump/res from previous build), so it stayed like this :)

Adeux 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome, I'd like to see an update with that upgrade!

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

The IX Formula only has one USB 2.0 header. So, I needed to buy a hub to connect THREE more USB 2.0 devices (i.e. Corsair's HX850i power supply, H115i liquid CPU Cooler and my two USB 2.0's on the front panel). Did you need more than one USB 2.0 header on the mobo?

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I didn't use any of the USB2.0 headers as I'm controlling my H100i fans via the built-in motherboard fan headers/don't care for pump control, but I can see your point.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I thought the only way to control the H100i fans was through Link? No? Are you able to set a profile for the liquid cooler fans in AI Suite 3? I'm not able to on the IX Formula mobo.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Just plug in your fans to the motherboard CPU_FAN CPU_OPT headers instead of into the Link, and plug in the Link's pump header into the AIO_PUMP Without the USB controller, I believe the pump runs at 100% all the time, but the fans are controllable via the AI Suite just like any other fan. The AI suite is kind of a mess, however.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks for the advice. Even with the h115i plugged into the CPU_FAN header, I still need two USB headers: one for the h115i CPU water cooler and the other for the front panel with 2 USB 2.0's. My mobo only has one USB header. Am I understanding this correctly?

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

This is my first time buying gaming headphones. There are three Sennheiser HD 598 headphones: SE, CS and regular HD 598. Is there a reason you decided on the SE version vs the CS and HD 598? Thanks in advance.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

My understanding:

598C: Closed back instead of open back. Smaller soundstage and worse for gaming positional awareness/immersive sound, but also doesn't allow any sound to leak out. Good if you need to use your headphones in public/in an office/around people you don't wanna bother.

598SE: Just the 598, but in black.

598: Open back, same as 598SE but in the cream color that personally doesn't appeal to me.

Calberkeley 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks

PantherrYT 1 point 5 months ago

I love this build. But, there is one thing that bothers me. WHY WOULD YOU NOT GET CUSTOM CABLES? I mean, you dropped 3.5k on the computer alone. Just saying. Otherwise, well done! Loving that 1080 Strix.

victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! I did. They're actually in the build now, but didn't arrive in time with everything else and I wanted to post this as one of the first Kaby Lake/Z270 builds, which it was. I haven't updated pictures, and I think answered two other people who asked this very thing. In fact my write up even says I'm waiting on custom cables.

"This is also missing my sleeved cables. Unfortunately, they couldn't arrive quite as fast as everything else, but they'll go in when the (future) 1080 Ti and watercooling blocks/rad/pump/tubing/etc do."

BasicallyNuclear 1 point 4 months ago

How did you maintain the messy cables at the bottom?

tck6909 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Nice work man. Definitely would like to talk/message a little more about your experiences with this setup. I would like to know how you're making out with OC'ing.

LifeBaneRobb 1 point 4 months ago

very nice build I'm currently working on almost the same build for 2k But I'm using the NZXT Kraken CPU Cooler You coulda saved a Little by going with corsair LED memory 2-16GB DDR4 3000 or 3200 leaving room for expansion later plus they would look way better

milkyranks 1 point 4 months ago

The 5Ghz oc profile is out on the strix series motherboard... checkout techdeals on youtube... his newest system build

jsp1985 1 point 3 months ago

nice build sim. to mine i'm gonna build https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jsp1985/saved/ykqXLk

Noire58 1 point 2 months ago

How do you connected the 2 External USB 3.0 to the motherboard?

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victormach submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hah, close enough! Just happy to be amongst the first few :)

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