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Skylake 980 ti

by rikit122

36
26 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 13, 2016

Date Built

March 18, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

Description

I was previously running an i7-3770k with an EVGA 780 SC meant primarily for gaming purposes and I figured it was time for an upgrade. So I went with the new Skylake i7 processor and EVGA 980 ti FTW graphics card. I also chose to go with the new Phanteks Eclipse P400s case because I felt it would strike a nice balance between clean and quiet, while still giving off that gamer vibe with its windowed side panel and front LED shining over its logo.

Installation was a breeze with this case. Cable management was very simple with the pre-mounted velcro straps behind the motherboard tray and the shroud that covers the PSU is fantastic for hiding your excess cables, especially if you're someone that doesn't have the patience to deal with that sort of task. I also purchased the Phanteks RGB LED strip, ran it along the inside and connected it to the existing LEDs. Now I'm able to control both the front lights and the strip lights with the same button which is built into the front of the case.

My previous case was a Cooler Master HAF922 and the temps were always extremely cool because of how open the case was for airflow. I can already see the differences in temperatures when moving to a more silent case like this Phanteks Eclipse P400s. The only thing I would do differently next time is go with a reference design GPU to help exhaust the hot air out of the case more efficiently, versus having the non reference card which disperses the hot air into the case.

Hardware wise I had no issues with anything not working properly, which is awesome because I can't say the same for some of my previous builds. Everything turned out great though. I personally love the finished look and overall this was a fun system to build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid cpu! Especially coming up from an i7-3770k.

Memory

Runs as advertised with XMP profile. Happy camper here.

Storage

Stupid fast and plenty of storage.

Case

Sexy case with great cable management. Easy build. Love it!

Comments Sorted by:

Atron 1 Build 4 points 36 months ago

Nice build but I have to say that this is the most generic high end build you could possibly make apart from the board and that you have 1TB SSD not 500GB and a 3TB HDD not 2TB, looks good all the same though

Anthraxx 2 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Generic? Why because there's no custom parts? It's a weird critic. Looks awesome to me.

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Appreciate that! Thanks :)

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yea, I suppose it is pretty generic :(. I'd really love to build a full tower setup with sli and custom water cooling for my future build. I didn't list or take pictures of it, but this build actually has two 1TB Samsung Evo 850 drives, one 3TB seagate, and one 2TB Western Digital Black installed.

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Love that case. Nice and sharp.

dwcomet07 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

That is a sharp looking build! Excellent parts selection!! +1

Craftsman_2222 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Good looking build. I noticed that you have around 83 degrees under load for GPU, you might want to consider creating a custom fan curve in MSI Afterburner. I have the same GPU and maintain at least 70 degrees.

All that just to say +1.

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks for the advice and +1! I actually have been playing with the custom fan curve on evga precisionx, but Ive just been a bit bummed out with how loud the fans have to be just to keep the card in the 70s during heavy gaming. I've sort of sacrificed a bit on the curve to keep the fan sound levels down at this point. I need to play with it a bit more because I know I can find a happier medium.

Craftsman_2222 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah, I don't really know how loud it gets because one, wear headphones. Two, my A/C is broken so I have my window open and fan on. XD

I have a real steep one to not make it go above 75

vekspec 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB FTW $666.98

otherwise known as the evil "F### the world" edition xD

just had too lol. anyways, great looking build! +1 :)

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Lol thanks! I didn't even notice that xD

dragonhearttheone 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

I have that same MoBo!

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Yes! I love it!

NitroOG 2 points 36 months ago

Nice build.

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you! :)

ryanautry 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nice job!

ryanautry 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nick to meet you today, Rick.

ryanautry 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Rick, here is a link to my co-workers build.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/T94CmG

rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

That is a really good looking build! I'm obviously a huge fan of black and red themes. :)

Fez___ 1 point 36 months ago

+1 Amazing build, love the LEDs! How are those Corsair fans? I'm planning on getting them myself.

sniperpro 1 point 35 months ago

how high can you OC your cpu, is the MOBO good

dolfan058 1 point 35 months ago

Great build! I'm also looking at the Phanteks P400S for my rig. Question -- How many inches from the bottom of the rig is the side window? I'm guessing about 7".

Thanks and +1!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

omg gorgeous +1, be careful with those sata power and data cable though.

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rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

The background was a last second choice before I took a picture. Didn't put much thought into it before I chose. But I figured ehhh! Why not!? Lol thanks! ;)

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rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

That's funny because my dad worked for Lockheed as a contract admin for a long time lol.

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rikit122 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Lol not that I know of xD. He use to bring us home these cards from work that had all the different planes on one side of the card and a description with some history of the plane on the other side.

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