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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.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

It looks pretty good

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

-OC'd the CPU to 4.6ghz @ 1.3V. Ran Aida64 stability test for an hour and it said there was a hardware failure. Looked into it a little and it should be fine just leaving it like it is. Aida64 is still a synthetic benchmark and pushes components farther then they"ll ever get in "real world" applications. I can always increase voltage in need be.

if it's crashing, it's mostly likely a OC issue. you probably OC-ed it too much. however before you do anything, try running Intel XTU for a short period of time. if it passes you should be good. I've stressed out my computers with XTU from 10mins to 8 hours and when they all pass, i've had no issues with crashes or anything during normal use or heavy gaming.

though imo 1.3v is quite high for that clock speed as well as for Skylake. with my 4690k and 4790K OC-ed to 4.5ghz and 4.7ghz, respectively, the max voltage i used was only 1.25v. Skylake is supposed to use even less. I've heard people hit 5ghz on voltages people hit 4.5ghz on with Devil's Canyon.

other than that, like you mentioned, the psu is overkill. you don't need anything over 750W unless you are SLI/Xfire many cards. I am able to SLI two 970s on a 750w with plenty of head room. my fan also doesn't even spin with two 970s ;)

nothing wrong with 980 Ti nor 16GB of RAM :). though I'm curious why you got 4x4 instead of simply 2x8.

the build overall looks good. and the cable mgmt is good as well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

2x8 of this ram was out of stock at the time, and I needed LPX because its low profile and out of the way of the second CPU fan on the Noctua cooler :) Thats why I didnt opt for a different kit of 2x8.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok :) haha yeah low profile is way to go with big air coolers. Just heads up that future upgrade of ram will be a little harder cause all the Ram spots are taken now ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I googled the problem and found this: https://forums.aida64.com/topic/1581-fixed-stability-test-hardware-failure-detected-test-stopped/ Seems to be more of a problem with Aida64 than with my OC. And 1.3V was the the default voltage in my Bios so I decided to keep it simple and just leave it there; haven't bothered pushing any higher than 4.6ghz.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How much oc'ing did you actually do? Just went into the BIOS and put up a 46 multiplier and failed adia64 and assumed you were at a good overclock haha? You should really find a stable overclock and test it with some other stress testing programs. If the overclock isn't stable then it isn't stable. Assuming that it's okay because it will never be pushed at 100% load like that will really hurt your CPU. You may want to do some more overclocking research. There is a lot more to it that just changing your multiplier and being done.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love nothing more than a nice sli rigged x99 platform for futureproofing, but I think I am kinda getting a little warmed up to the idea of a nice skylake build like this.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! :-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it !

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Silent at idle, pretty loud at heavy load but even open headphones completely drown out the noise at what I would consider normal volume.