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This is a completely new build to replace my 7 year old PC that just wasn't cutting it anymore. I designed this to be a machine for gaming, video editing and content streaming. The ASUS solution turned out to be a great decision, it's easy to OC and runs very stable.

The CPU is a 4ghz Intel Core i7-6700K that I have running stable at 4.6ghz. I was able to squeeze out higher clock speeds but ran into some issues while stress testing. With the voltage and bios settings I settled on, the 4.6 (46 * 100) is giving me the higher benchmarks than trying to boost the base clock over 100mhz and using higher CPU core voltages. I was originally just going to load up the machine with 32gb of DDR4 but I found a great bundle deal on NewEgg and saved $129 by buying the ram with the WD5001FZWX drives.

The boot drive is 2 Intel 750 Series 2.5 SSDs in Raid 0, this took some tweaking in the bios but I was able to get Windows 10 installed from a DVD. Since I went with SSD Raid I needed to add a SATA controller card since the U.2 port shares the system bus with the Intel SATA ports. The Vantec card works great and uses the same ASMEDIA chip that controls SATA ports 5 & 6 on the board. I added a copper heatsink to the Vantec card but it didn't actually need it.

The star of this machine is the ASUS STRIX GTX1070 OC, this card kicks all kinds of @$$ and I was also to lock it in early on Amazon for $481.49, the price has jumped up by over $50 since I received my card.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh the things I could do with money...

  • 42 months ago
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Yeah, all in total that's a pretty hefty chunk of change but I had initially allocated 3K for my budget. I did go over by splurging on HDs and memory but overall I'm okay with that.

  • 42 months ago
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What are you going to do with around 17tb of storage? :p lot's and lot's of HD por...

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No comment! ;-)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

One damn sexy GPU.

  • 42 months ago
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I'm currently leaning towards the i7 6700k cpu - how does the cooler pair with it? (in terms of keeping it cool and functioning within your case) Did you consider other cooler brands/models? I don't plan on overclocking.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

if you don't plan on overclocking just go with a 6700 instead and save about 60 bucks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So you think the stock cooler on the 6700 will be enough if I don't OC?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Stock cooler should be sufficient as long as you have good airflow going through your case. It's always a good idea to monitor your temps and fan speeds, the Corsair parts come with an internal USB connector which gives me a great readout of all my temps.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you both! Very helpful :) Probably going with the stock cooler after doing some more research. Looked into the i5s as well, but I think 6700 will be better for my video editing purposes.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I did consider other CPU cooling solutions but this one fits perfectly in the Mid Tower. If you go Full ATX there are bigger/better cooling solutions but this one works just fine. With the 4.6 OC I ran a two hour long stress test and temps peaked at 80 degrees C. If they went any higher I think I would drop the multiplier to 45. Idle temps on the CPU are around 30 degrees C which is normal.

if you don't plan on overclocking I think you can safely go with CPU Fan/ heatsink solution.

  • 42 months ago
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I don't really know what max voltage is with Skylake but to be safe you may want to try to get the voltage under 1.3. I heard that leaving processors over 1.3v for long periods of time could be damaging to the chip

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I only manually set the voltage to test the stability at a 4.6 overclock. I.3v is not that high, when I tried the 5-way optimization tool ASUS provides it's set my core voltage to 1.4, which is pretty high! While running the stress tests I also saw spikes up to 1.4v.

I agree though, you shouldn't leave your CPU voltage set manually, once you find the sweet spot for your OC go back into your bios and use 'Adaptive' mode with the offset to set to the minimum voltage you used for your OC testing (you can add .01 for some headroom).

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I just don't understand why it would bump yours all the way up to 1.4 though? I've seen mutiple people with the 6600k and the 6700k get overclocks from 4.4-4.6 while not going over 1.3-1.35v, I myself have a 6600k oc'd to 4.4 @ 1.248v (sometimes spikes to like 1.298 though this only happened when running Prime95). I am very new to overclocking so I was sure to look up any max thresholds for these CPU's, most of the information I could find was saying that Skylake could handle up to 1.4-1.5v but it was best for the chips lifespan to be left around 1.3-1.35v, maybe I'm wrong I just thought I would throw what I heard at you to see what you thought of it, also I'm not entirely sure if overclocking a 6600k and a 6700k are the same or even have the same thresholds.

Regardless of all the technical mumbo jumbo, nice build =).

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

This is my first build in a really long time so I had to rely on the expertise of others in forums to figure out all these new BIOS features. I configured my board identical to this video and my CPU required .01 more voltage than what was achieved in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZe26lv7lJ4

The required minimum voltage all depends on the CPU, you can have a dozen identical chips that all OC differently. Since the manual setting was only for benchmarking I'm not too concerned, using Adaptive mode for your voltage gives you the most efficient use of your CPU. You can read up on it on this forum:

https://rog.asus.com/19262015/overclocking/guide-overclocking-core-i7-6700k-on-the-maximus-viii-extreme/

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is the gpu?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For an OC'd card this thing runs super quiet and cool. It takes heavy benchmarking just to get all 3 fans to spin. I was going to get a GTX 980 but I'm glad I waited on this guy. I can't even imagine how fast the 1080 is or what these cards could do in SLI! The 1070 is plenty fast enough for what I'm doing at the moment.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think of that MB and that Ram, I've been looking to that Ram in particular and can't find reviews or opinions anywhere.