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her name is Penny

by thegremlin



Date Published

Jan. 13, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 7, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.354 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


This build was put together for music production, specifically with FL Studio in mind. I also wanted the ability to game, or at least run Minecraft at 120 FPS / infinite chunks ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) -update, got an EVGA 1080 ti SC. Minecraft infinite chunks have been enabled

Got it for a little above $1700 with well-planned Black Friday deals.

The huge projects that burned out my Macbook Pro don't even push this thing past 30%, so I actually don't know how hot it gets on max load.

I didn't invest in a sound card, since I already use a couple Focusrite interfaces.

I know Firewire is outdated (one of my interfaces uses Firewire)

I'm using the SSD as my main storage, and the HDD for daily backups.

I was gonna go with a liquid cooler, but I'm moving places a couple times in the next two years and didn't want the extra spillage risk.

Planning on upping to 64 gigs of RAM next Black Friday to take advantage of quad-channel memory.

for some reason, the bottom PCie slot doesn't work. It can't be a defective mobo, since I returned my first one and got a brand new one with the same problem. If anybody can figure out why this specific build would cause that to happen, please please please let me know!!!

Part Reviews


Runs just as well as I hoped for


Worked great while it did... But crashed after 8 months. In the process of getting a replacement now...

Optical Drive

Kinda loud but i dont care, It rarely gets used and does its job

Comments Sorted by:

DanielCsillag 1 point 22 months ago

With x99 motherboards there are some pcie limitations due to some cpus (5820k and 6800k) having on 28 pci lanes compared to 40 of the chips. This means that some motherboards disable certain pcie slots when cpus without sufficent lanes are present. This can also occur with m.2 drives and other pcie based systems. Consult the manual of your board for PCIe configurations with and without 40 lane cpus. Yours is not 40 lanes Nice build

thegremlin submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

thanks for the info. was thinking I'd be fine as long as the cards I use don't go past 28 lanes in total.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

So many cables everywhere, makes me sad :(

thegremlin submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

the only cable that I think I could've done a better job with was the SATA data cable to the CD drive. I did the best I could with everything else. do you have any ideas for the others?

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

At the bottom of the mobo, there should be some slots to run cables through, that's where your molex cable should come out of. All other cables should be routed through the grommets and behind the motherboard tray. That bottom hard drive cage can be removed to route the sata power cable for the ssd. You can always put the cage back after. Take your time with it and see what works best.

addiv2005 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

1050/6800k? that 1050 will bottleneck everything!

thegremlin submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

i'm not really gaming, i'm a music producer! (who plays a bit of minecraft)

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weavv 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

The 1050 is the best "budget" option and since he didn't build this as a gaming rig it makes sense.

thegremlin submitter 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

exactly. my CPU doesn't have onboard video, but I run multiple monitors and wanted more than just a $30 video output card