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Skymonster - 6700k / 980 ti

by bobcat1123



Date Published

Oct. 30, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Hi folks. I've been using an alienware gaming laptop since I got it in 2011 so I decided it was time for an upgrade. It was/is running an NVIDIA GTX 460m with a 1600 x 900 monitor at 60hz. Ugh. I haven't owned a proper desktop computer since 2007 (see my other completed build for info). My original goal was to stay under $2000 including OS, peripherals, etc. but I went slightly over. You all know how that goes...

Most of you who are aware of current hardware will know why I picked the components I picked, so I won't ramble on about them. The main reason I built this was in anticipation of Fallout 4 this November. Despite this, I've been enjoying some games I already own (Starcraft 2, GTA5, etc.) in glorious 1440p at a rock solid 60 fps (seriously it doesnt even dip below like 58 fps) at absolute maximum settings. I struggled between the decision of 1440p 60hz vs 1080p 144hz, but I'm glad I made the choice I did. When I have some money I'm considering getting a 1440p 120 or 144hz IPS monitor. Until then I'm really happy with what I have.

I'll be doing some gaming, some casual computer use, and maybe some 3D modelling or coding for engineering related work. Overall I think this computer is way overkill for my intended uses - which is just the way I like it.

I haven't overclocked anything and I don't plan on doing it anytime soon - I know a bunch of you will rage over this fact. Go on. I don't mind. In the meantime I'll enjoy my CPU and GPU frequency scaling (which overclocking disables, by the way) and reduced power usage, etc. Maybe sometime in the future I'll fiddle with the clock speeds.

Thanks for having a read and hopefully you enjoy the photos.

Part Reviews


Incremental improvement over the 4790k, but works as intended. Thanks Intel. FYI: I have not attempted to overclock this yet.

CPU Cooler

Pretty good. Keeps my 6700k idle around 30-ish celsius. I haven't attempted to overclock with this so I'm not giving it 5 stars due to my uncertainty of this performance at max CPU load.


One of the cheaper 1151 boards I could find that had all the features I wanted. I refused to spend $300 on a "pro gaming whatever" board. Like some others have mentioned, the I/O shield and putting the motherboard in the I/O shield was a bit fiddly, but you'll only have to worry about that for all of 60 seconds and then you'll forget about it forever.


Nothing too special. Its a bit more expensive than DDR3 but has a higher frequency. I had a bit of trouble jamming in one of the sticks into my motherboard, so it could have been an issue with the RAM stick or the motherboard RAM slot. Otherwise I have no complaints.


I really like these drives. So far I have had a good experience with them and they are at a good price and typically slightly cheaper than the WD equivalent.

Video Card

This card is beastly. I've barely begun to scratch the surface of its performance. Hopefully when all the new christmas games come out in november I'll be able to take it to the limit. Limiiiiiittt.


Amazing case. Great price. Tons of storage drive bays. Great box of tools and screws. Giant 200mm fan in front for excellent airflow. Completely dustproof with many removeable dust filters. The only downside is its not designed for low noise. Otherwise its perfect.

Power Supply

I think these have like a 10 year limited warranty or something crazy like that. They always have a stupid mail in rebate so add about $20 to get the actual price. Otherwise its gold rated, virtually 100% silent to my ears, and barely puts out any noticeable heat even under load with the 980 ti.

Operating System

There are still lots of issues with Windows 10 (as of 29 Oct 2015). Displayport doesnt work between my 980 ti and monitor for some reason so I have to use dual-link DVI. I had trouble installing Office 2013 properly. The communication between the OS and power management from the OS is screwed up - meaning my computer never wakes up from sleep without a hard reset. Yes I've spent hours trying to fix this. Lots of privacy issues and other small things that STILL haven't been worked out. Also theres limited driver support for older devices. Most are still on Windows 8.1. Buyer beware - I knew what i was getting into with Windows 10 but make sure you are up to a challenge as far as fixing errors/bugs/incompatability/etc before purchasing this software.


Amazing monitor. A big step up from my previous 1600x900 at 60hz. I didn't think I cared about IPS panels until I bought this. Colors look great even at the lowest brightness setting. This monitor also works well with my 980 ti. Also its fricken huge and took me a while to get used to the size (previously used a 17" laptop screen).

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FhamieIV 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Its a stealthy build. An understated casing housing a beast of a setup. Good job.

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you for your comment! Yeah I'm not too big in the whole LED/flashy dealio. So far I'm mostly happy with how everything looks!

ComputerBubbles 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Nice cable management. I rly like that cpu cooler, but does it work well?

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for your comment. The cable management is really easy since you have over an inch of clearance in the back of the enthoo pro case. the CPU cooler is working well so far although I have not overclocked and have not really stressed the CPU at all. I know that a lot of people like that phanteks cooler which is why I bought it originally.

DS4130 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Really solid build. Curious about the sleep/wake issues your having, if you could elaborate on the symptoms sure someone here will be able to point you in the right direction?

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks! Yeah so I actually fixed the sleep issue like 10 minutes ago (not exaggerating). I think the issue was that the ability of PCIE cards to wake the computer through the LAN controller was disabled for some reason. I thought it was related to the power management but simply allowing the PCIE card to wake the computer fixed everything. (I.E. it used to not wake up from resets either).

Ive slowly worked my way through all the major issue and the only issue I have now is that displayport doesn't work for my monitor. Currently I'm using DVI dual link - which is perfectly fine for 1440p at 60 hz. Its more of a matter of princple to get the displayport to work, especially since the 980 ti has 3 displayport connections. I've heard some fixes along the lines of flashing the bios but I'm trying to avoid that.

Anyway thanks for your comment and have a good one.

MooshroomForest 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Nice build. What happened to the Alienware? D:

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for the compliment! My alienware laptop has been delegated to printer duty since my printer is upstairs. Also I use it for general computing tasks when I'm working at my desk; my desktop is set up downstairs at my kitchen table. Having a gaming computer at my desk where I do work is not a good idea for me :P

MooshroomForest 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

My alienware laptop has been delegated to printer duty since my printer is upstairs

I want to be like you one day. I'm using my 2009 MacBook as my main computer.

noap7 2 points 23 months ago

Great build. +1. How well does skylake perform? Would you recommend it?

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

So far its working great. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of its performance. its still running at the stock 4 gHz. I don't own any super new games but I've been playing some GTA5, Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm, and some Diablo 3. Diablo 3 and Starcraft I'm running at 4k DSR resolution on a 1440p monitor and I'm not even getting close to maxing out the 6700k in any way.

I think I would recommend it; you might want to go for the 6600k if you're planning on just gaming and nothing more intense (like I am).

noap7 2 points 23 months ago

Yeah i ordered the 6700k a couple days ago. Will be here by the 15th. I'll use it for heavy coding and web design in html. Thnx for the reply!

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I think its funny you ask for a recommendation after you already purchased it. Ha! I dont know anything about html web design but I'm assuming the process would be great for running heavy codes, depending on what you consider "heavy". I have guys at the lab I work at running millions of calculations with codes with thousands of lines or more, but I think they have a dedicated computer to run those, or something.

Anyway, good luck with your build and let me know how it all works out!

noap7 1 point 23 months ago

Just like to hear peoples experiences with the processor. Most assignments consist of pages-long html functions and javascript. Next semester will prove all the more tedious/lengthy i'm sure :/

cpenland 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

+1 Nice build! No exhaust fans for the top? Its looking bare up there! :D Although probably not needed on this case considering theres so many small openings on it. These cpu coolers crack me up with how large they are :P

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Hi there! Sorry for the late response; I've been really busy. I think I'm OK with the case fans as of the moment. I'm just using the stock fans that come with the case. I haven't experienced any temperature issues and adding more fans will just add more noise...so....yeah. Maybe at some point I'll replace some of the fans with noctua ones but in the meantime I'm happy.

And this CPU cooler isnt THAT big. You should check out the Noctua NH-D15 and have a nice chuckle :D

Turbo83 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I'm getting the Samsung 950 Pro for my first build but I don't know what motherboards are compatible. Will the 95o Pro fit on this board?

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

From what I understand any M.2 SSD will fit a M.2 slot on the motherboard. It might be worth asking in the forums to see if this is true with 100% certainty.

The other thing is that I'm pretty sure using that M.2 SSD will utilize some of your PCIe lanes, I.E. the card will use some of the data paths that would otherwise be used by a PCIe card, so you cant use the associated PCIe slot for anything else. Its definitely worth checking out to make sure you are getting exactly what you need in terms of the motherboard.

Lionvader 1 point 21 months ago

Nice build man! but you could help me out with something: I planned to do a similiar build with the same Motherboard & CPU Cooler. but is it possible to use all 4 RAM Slots while the Phanteks Cooler is installed? i cant really tell how much free space there is from the Pictures. Seems pretty close to me...

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

If you plan on using the same motherboard and CPU cooler the closest RAM slot would be a little tight, but I think it would work assuming you install the RAM first. Unless you have some ridiculous heat spreader or something. Also if your RAM is low profile enough (like mine) you might be able to fit it under the cooler. I say go for it.

Simsam1885 1 point 21 months ago

How is that wireless card working curious my router is on a different story so there isn't much I could do

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Hey sorry I haven't logged onto here in a bit. So far the wireless card is working fine. I live in an apartment with a loft and I had my router/model upstairs and the wireless card had good signal through the wall.

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vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

More ram is starting to make more sense. The Star Wars Battlefront beta used ~7 gb of ram and the new Batman needs 12gb to run smoothly.

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Are you talking about Batman Arkham Knight? That thing is a mess on PC and I'm pretty sure the issues are related to optimization. Requiring 12 gb to run smoothly is ridiculous lol

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

This is true, but it doesn't seem like they are planning on fixing these issues. If you feel like playing that game then, sadly, you will need the 12gb.

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah I was surprised when they actually pulled it off of steam. I'm not a huge batman fan but I gave up on that game when I saw a month after it had been released they didnt fix anything.

bobcat1123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah I'm liking the phanteks cpu fan. And yeah doubling the ram I am definitely considering. So far I've never capped out my 8 gb of ram but we will see with the new games coming out in November-December. Its an easy change and fairly inexpensive anyway. Also I always forget about the extra features like the M.2 compatibility. I have no idea how much those SSDs cost but I'll definitely check them out!