Description

This machine is the result of about 1 year of research and reading. I could have made this build much earlier, but I wanted to make sure that I got to a point where I could easily make decisions and fully understand PC parts. Plus, with the whole Asynchronous Compute fiasco, I wanted to wait out and see if I should have gone with team red or team green. Though now, I present to you my first build: Afterburner. This build was started on December 12th, 2015 and finished on January 15th, 2016.

Let's run down the parts:

i7-6700k: While the main purpose of this build is computation and gaming, I went with the 6700k instead of the 6 core x99 CPUs. At the time of making this build, the 6700k was considerably cheaper and offered only slight lower performance in gaming. CPU based computation was a different story, but the 6700k still held up quite well considering it only has 4 cores. Apart from all of that, the 6700k was exactly what I needed for a mainstream enthusiast situation.

Swiftech H220-X: The regular Canadian price is around 250-300 dollars. I got this on sale for about $150, and I can proudly say that it was an excellent purchase. I love the look of it, and the fact that its highly customizable. My original idea was to make my own liquid cooling loop, but when I first saw this I instantly fell in love with it. It provided the convenience factor that I didn't need for say, but appreciated a lot. I might expand this loop I the future, but I have no desire to right now.

Z170 Extreme 4: I initially thought this was a gaming motherboard, but after purchasing realized that this was in fact made for workstations. I was pretty happy with how it turned out to be, especially with how it was competitively priced. I was able to get my CPU to 5 GHz (although slightly unstable) on this motherboard. It has a healthy number of PCIe slots, and it was also aesthetically pleasing. Side note: the audio was also incredible. My laptop has a sound blaster audio system but the Asrock audio system defiantly rivals it. The front bay thunderbolt port was kind of useless though, since my case doesn't have any bays.

Kingston Hyper X Fury: I went with 4 sticks of DDR4 ram. Nothing much to say about it. Its been reliable and it looks dashing.

Sandisk Z400s: It was relatively cheap and the reliability of it seemed great, based off how well it had been doing in a friend's build. I plan to change this SSD, since it isn't really high performing compared to other more expensive ones.

Seagate Barracuda: This was a 2 month old hard drive I had at hand. I planned to reuse it for this build, and so far I have no complaints at all.

Fury X: The GPU I picked was a bit of a controversial choice, since it has a relatively strange place in the GPU market. Compared to the 980 Ti and Titan X, it only edged out slightly or lost against the two in synthetic or real life benchmarks. By no means is this card a slacker in graphics, but the Fiji architecture shines in computation (not to mention DX12 performance). This card can nuke a Titan X (even one that's been overclocked) in computation and number crunching based benchmarks. While there aren't many situations out there to take full advantage of it's power, softwares like solidworks can really benefit from GPU acceleration. I plan to crossfire this in a few years.

Noctis 450: The aesthetic of this case is gorgeous. Not to mention, it has support for 2 360mm radiators and 1 140mm radiator.

SuperNOVA G1 750w: This PSU seemed pretty reliable and it has proved to be able to handle anything that's thrown at it within it's limit. It is almost dead silent, and the cables included are very high quality. I just don't have anything bad to say about this part. Sadly though, I may need to get a new PSU if I plan to crossfire.

For my first build, I'm quite proud of how it turned out. Its great and I hope I can do a lot of fun things with it.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The Fury X is pretty good. I'm glad I had one to play with, but int he end I resold it.

As for crossfire Fury X's... not worth it. I was very VERY disappointed in it. I had previously been running crossfire 290's and loved them. Never had a single problem with them in crossfire... but the Fury X cards... constant issues.

nice looking build +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh really? Could you maybe give some examples of what happened in crossfire? Also thanks.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

yes sure, gladly!

  1. During 2k/4k game play on multiple games (DOOM, Witcher 3, WoW, Fallout4, Sleeping Dogs, Dark Souls 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Division, and a few others) I would get constant frame drops. So for example... running Doom: i'd be running 60fps+ and every 30s - 45s I'd get a sever frame drop down to 15fps - 20fps. This frame drop only lasted a second or two but was enough to have a CONSTANT stutter. Was down right annoying. To the point it made gaming unbearable. As soon as I disabled crossfire all frame drop/stutter problems disappeared but so did the high fps thus requiring me to drop some quality settings to play in 4k.

  2. In Fallout 4 and Dark Souls 3, two games that only have profiles for crossfire/sli but don't directly support crossfire, I'd be able to play for 5 - 10 minutes before experiencing sudden performance drop resulting in 15 - 20ish fps. This problem would require an exit of the game, reload, or disabling of crossfire to fix. I experienced this issue to less of an extreme in warframe, wow, heros, Firewatch, and a few other non AAA titles.

  3. I could not get eyefinity to work properly in crossfire. I was going to use 3 4k monitors (exact same models) side by side @11520x2160. The software/system refused to do it. I also tried 7680x1440 and 5760x1080 with no luck. But as soon as I disabled crossfire I was able to do the latter 2 resolutions. I did not have this issue with my old 290's in crossfire, but couldn't really do anything at the 4k surround resolution.

  4. Freesync sucked *** with these cards. Specially in crossfire. If freesync was on not a single game was playable at 4k with either a single card or crossfiire. @ 1440p things were ok, but I still felt performance was better with Freesync off. This was JUST the opposite of what I experienced with the 290's. I had a much smoother experience @ 4k with my 290's in crossfire than I did with freesync off. And at 1440p the game play was smooth as silk with freesync on.

Those were my top four complaints. All games installed and played from a fresh install of windows and a fresh install of the latest crimson drivers. Firestrike scores were on par with the crowd and I bench marked both cards in a test bench to verify they were in perfect working order (which they are). At the end of all of it I decided to go to a single card solution playing at 1440p. And a week after doing that I realized I was unhappy with that as I wanted to play at 4k so I put both up for sale.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds like a rough experience. I'll take that into heavy consideration, thanks so much for letting me know.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

There are several review sites that experienced similar issues, but it was during the original release of the Fury series. The stutter issue was by far the worst of it.

The single card @ high frames 1440p is well worth it. Great build anyways! Have fun with it!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving it, can not stop coming back to this build, cannot wait to build the same build, (Might use different colored fans instead)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! If you do decide to change up this build, some sleeved cables could look nice. Side note, this case's cable management is legendary, I would always go with this case or an H440 for my main build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

such a clean and lovely build, but i gotta whip out my standard comment here: get yourself some sleeved cables or extensions to really put the proverbial cherry on top of your rig

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is the rad for that fury X?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I mounted it in the front of the case, in between two other fan intakes. It isn't visible in the pictures I provided.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I wonder if it would be better in that exhaust position just above it. Better temps inside the case and perhaps marginally better performance. Might not look as good though. Good work on the build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually did some testing prior to keeping it in a fixed position (by mounting the rad to the far rear exhaust, and comparing it with a front mounted rad). Since my whole system relies on water cooling, it made pretty much made no difference with CPU and GPU thermals. The inside of my case rose by 2 degrees (peak temperature of 32 degrees Celsius) which I think is an acceptable sacrifice for a better look. Thanks for the recommendations though!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Remember though that your CPU/GPU aren't the only things that need cool airflow. The VRMs and RAM need decent cooling as well especially if you are overclocking them. That's why I mention it. Glad you did your research though, very thorough.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The logo on his RAM is white I like your white/black themed build then.... jkjk.

Awesome to see that Fury X again, +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was pretty close to getting a 980 Ti, but then that early adopter part of me kicked in and I went for a GPU with HBM that's liquid-cooled haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really nice colour coordinated build. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

5ghz? You hit the silicon lottery

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely, although I do crash after about 2 hours of gaming or just doing hardware intensive stuff.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You should definitely take it down some then. It's not worth it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you make a completed build? Btw nice build, looks very cool. How does it perform?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you elaborate your first question more? Also thanks, and it performs really well at 1080p. At 4k, I was able to run Black Ops 3 at max settings at a stable 60 FPS (although with motion blur it went to 50). This is all while my GPU was overclocked to 1172 MHz.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. I meant like how do you upload a completed build to this website, and post all the parts to the completed builds

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

All you have to do is go to completed builds, and then click on the top-left button that's says "Created a Completed Build". Hope that helps.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay thanks for the help. I was confused

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey where did you get your cpu cooler?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It got it from NCIX Canada. Right now though, it doesn't seem to be available anywhere.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Fury X can NOT "nuke" a Titan X in any workstation or professional environment

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How did it take nearly a month. You could get it done in about 4 hours

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The CPU got delayed in shipping by about 3 weeks, and I got my GPU at the end.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

But nice build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Fairly sexy build +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is gorgeous. Excellent job with color coordination and everything. I agree that if you got some red sleeved cables it will look perfect. Im on the green team right now but I love fury X builds, might go get one now that I saw this. This thing will look amazing with two Fury X's in it, cant wait to see it. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation! Hopefully in the next few months I could get so sleeved cables. Though the second fury x must wait for a while haha.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that waterblock. Looks like something straight out of Tron!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally someone that loves black and red

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Dude your build is great, good parts choice, good color choice...congratz

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Gigabyte Sticker: no good. Everything else: very good.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

the matte black looks really good. nice build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That's another way to put it. I appreciate that haha.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

All hail HBM.

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