Built this to be quiet while idle/light gaming load and perform well under high load.
-850 EVO is for the OS and programs
-MX200 is for games that run better on an SSD
-WD Black is for games that do not benefit from running on an SSD + additional programs and mass storage.
-GPU OC'd pretty well. Froze in Heaven when I pushed the core past 1475mhz and the memory past +450mhz. Decided to dial it back a touch just to be on the safe side, any performance lost by not cranking it slightly higher is negligible. Current speeds are 1465/7800mhz. Can't remember exact numbers and I'm not on my PC currently but in heaven I got about 36-37 min FPS max settings without tweaking tesselation @ 1080p, max was 190-193 avg 93 and score was ~2330 (I will post pictures later)
-OC'd the CPU to 4.5ghz @ 1.375V. Pretty disappointed in this cpu for overclocking. Dialing the voltage back even to 1.35 gives me blue screens.
-Having trouble controlling the case fans right now because Gigabyte SIV (System Information Viewer) wont show up in the App Center when installed/uninstalled both of them multiple times. I just have them set on silent mode in the Bios and they hardly ever spin. Fixed this. Fans are silent on idle and quieter than they were during load using the bios' silent fan mode.
-The case does a pretty good job at quieting down the rig.
-One of the case fans gets thrown off balance once in a while and makes a buzzing sound. Probably the one I messed around with before building. Lighly bumping the case fixes this. Don't mess with your fans.
- The only thing that bugs me is the Hdd. You can hear the heads hit the disks when it's doing something and it's pretty annoying w/o headphones on, but they're on 95% of the time I use this anyway so not a huge deal.
-Yes I know the PSU is overkill. The system only draws about half the rated wattage at load. But that means the fan never spins :)
-Yes I know the 980Ti is overkill for a 1080p monitor. But my minimum fps in many games is ~75FPS :)
-Yes I know I don't need a 6700k or 16gb of RAM for gaming. I dabble in some video editing though and the system will last me ~5+ years so I decided to just go with never having to upgrade until It's time for a whole new build.
In the future I plan on switching completely to flash storage for noise and especially speed reasons, I also plan to water cool this system or the next with soft tubing, mainly to bring down noise during load.