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Enchilada: Skylake 4K Gaming Rig

by chroman


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Date Published

Oct. 9, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This is my first build. This rig was built exclusively for 4K gaming. I really wanted a small mATX build so I went with a pair of 980 Ti Hybrids. No problems thus far with this build.

Side note: You will notice fixed/manual part prices, I had to add taxes/custom + shipping costs to Mexico. It was impossible to find the Hybrids in my country :(

I couldn't be happier with this build.

Questions or Comments? Feel free to post them below :)

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slingshot 2 Builds 15 points 43 months ago

great build, but why set all your fans as exhaust? running on negative pressure will attract a ton of dusts

chroman submitter 1 Build 3 points 43 months ago

Thanks! This was my main concern when building. I'm still a noob on this subject. Would like to know if you have good suggestions, thanks! :)

sgtSnyder 6 Builds 16 points 43 months ago

Running on negative pressure (all of your fans are exhausting air from the case) causes dust build up in all the cracks in the case. When the fans push air out, air has to enter the case from somewhere, so it seeps in through all of the edges around the side panels. Air will always have dust in it, so all the dust will stick in all the cracks of the case. If you have positive pressure (all fans are pushing air into the case) then it will be pushing air out all of those cracks and the dust will instead accumulate on the fans which are much easier to clean! Ultimately, if you have all of your fans doing the same thing they will fight each other and not be as effective. It's best to have a balance between intakes and exhausts to keep pressure neutral or just slightly positive! Anyways, I hope this helps and that it wasn't too long of an explanation lol. Love the build by the way! Looks incredible.

tpot11 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

supposedly there are benefits to negative and positive air pressure

although having more dust can attribute more heat having negative air pressure has better heat dissipation out of the case.

but i live in the neutral pressure family as well where you get the best of the both worlds.

Gkender 1 point 37 months ago

How did you manage that? Just a lot of time tinkering with fan controllers?

slingshot 2 Builds 6 points 43 months ago

In my experience, a general rule of thumb is to set all your radiator fans as exhaust while the rest as intake, you want the components that generates heat be exhausted while the other intake fresh cool air. I personally prefer positive pressure (intake > exhaust), this means less dust because the trapped air will have to find a way out through your case openings which stops dust from getting in. However, make sure all your intakes are filtered, otherwise it will defeat the purpose of having positive pressure

Gkender 1 point 37 months ago

So even the top fan usually used as exhaust near the rear of the case is intake? That's a really, really interesting thought. I'd really appreciate you offering more detail / pictures if you could.

slingshot 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Have done many builds and in my experience fan placement does not matter, and I would always go with more intake over exhaust as long as all your intakes are filtered. But please keep in mind that there are builds that looked like there is more exhaust fans than intake but its still under positive air pressure, this is due to radiator air restrictions.

For example, assuming all fans are the same within a case, 3 are set to exhaust but its on radiators and 2 for intake with no restrictions = positive case pressure = less dust build up.

There are many factors that also comes into play. Filters, radiators, power supplies (exhaust), hdd cages, fan specs and even having different kind of fans in a case with different specs.

The bottom line is as long as you do some planning and u'll be fine, there are much more important things in PC building than air pressure settings.

Gkender 1 point 37 months ago

Awesome; Thank you for your detail!

bmccarthy8989 10 Builds 4 points 43 months ago

I agree with some of the comments, but my experience with custom loops and CLCs is that the temperature difference from having an intake vs exhaust on a rad is negligible. That said, the best configuration depends on the case. Place items on intake where there is a dust filter, outtake/exhaust where there is not.

If possible I try to always have at least one fan more as intake than exhaust, but I would settle with an even ratio. When you are dealing with Radiators, static pressure is always better, but they require good air pressure to work efficiently.

Your case is nice because it has two compartments which helps with separating heat generating components, but you still want to maintain a positive/even air pressure, so that you do not have a negative environment which would attract dust.

For your particular build I would recommend the following. On the front side (mobo, gpu), I would have both front fans as intake. And I would put the fan in front of the radiator to push air across instead of pulling. Works better with static pressure fans, unless doing a push/pull(fans on both sides). You can leave the top rad and rear exhaust as is so long as they are exhausting.

For the back (PSU, HDDs), I would make sure the fans in the front( I'm assuming there are fans there as you have 4 Noctuas in your list and I can only see the 2 on the 240mm rad) are set to intake, especially for the sake of your HDD. Those Barracuda's can generate a lot of heat. For the top Radiator I would leave those two fans as exhuast and I would remove the rear fan all together. With the two at the top exhausting it's not necessary.

Your PSU has a 120 mm fan as an intake, but it exhaust strait out the back of the PSU so it doesnt affect your environment at all.

I'm definitely open to criticism, but in my experience this would be the best config for you. If it were my build I would actually flip the rear fan on the PSU/HDD side as an intake and install an additional air filter on the back side of the case($10). This would give the whole case a positive air pressure while still removing the heat and supplying fresh cooler air to the case.

I'm not sure with this case, but if there is a fan filter on the top, you could also put the fans on the 240mm radiator as intake and leave the rear fan as exhaust. This would be even more ideal for positive pressure. Sorry for the long reply, +1 on your build!

avpk 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Very useful. Commenting for future reference.

Yadro 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Checkout this link for a good description on positive vs negative pressure builds: http://www.demcifilter.com/cu1/Optimizing-Performance.aspx Hope this helps. You have a lot of hardware packed into a compact case, yet it looks very clean -- NICE Job!

AWholeLotOfLag 1 Build 7 points 43 months ago

This is one of the most powerful mATX builds I've seen thus far! Please post 4k benchmarks when possible (: +2

chroman submitter 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

Thanks amigo! I'll provide an update with the benchmarks soon.

TheBestOtaku_ 5 points 39 months ago

Soooooo? how's it going

AWholeLotOfLag 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I look forward to seeing what it can handle!

elybren 6 points 38 months ago

I have a great curiosity... How did you use the WIFI card + two video cards in SLI on this motherboard?

Jkqazxsw 1 point 35 months ago

I am stuck on how he did it also

elybren 1 point 35 months ago

I'm afraid it really is disconnected from the PCI . I think it is only fictitious...

Marnitz-Roux 1 point 31 months ago

The wifi card is underneath the bottom GPU, you can see the steel slot showing under the thumbscrew in the second image. The default placeholders on this case are white.

elybren 1 point 29 months ago

yes, I have seen, but the cards should not cover the the pci slot?

Marnitz-Roux 1 point 29 months ago

It doesn't look like they are though, isn't it just the perspective of the camera that makes it look that way?

HenryZhu 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

You best off to get a 4K monitor instead of using a 4K TV as your monitor, the difference is day and night.

chroman submitter 1 Build 9 points 43 months ago

I bought the 4K TV before all the pc components and unfortunately, the lack of 4K content is disappointing, Right now PCs are the only realistic way to enjoy 4K so I started to research about 4K TVs for gaming. The Samsung JS9000 is one of the best 4K TVs on the market for gaming (according to http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-usage/video-gaming/best?uxtv=8151466000c1) with a low input lag (23.6 ms), and a low average response time of 11.1 ms (Full tests http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-test-results/input-lag?uxtv=8151466000c1) and it runs 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4:

Doublebow 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

please explain.

I cant tell the difference between tv's and moniters, my cousin has a 4k moniter and I have a 4k curved tv and I have to say, the tv looks much, much better. So what am I missing?

VonKessler 1 Build 7 points 43 months ago

Mostly response times.

You would also notice a difference in a 4k G-Sync Monitor compared to a 4k TV.

Doublebow 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I understand the difference with g-sync/ free sync, but with the way people go on about monitors being better I was expecting for it to be something more, not just that the image is a milisecond faster. I personally think tv's are better, simply because they are bigger and not so expensive, 27 inch is far too small for me :) but and the only moniters which are of the right size are always like £700+, I havnt even spent that much on my pc never so I wouldn't pay that much for a bloody screen.

Anyways thanks for clearing that up.

VonKessler 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I tried using my 50" Toshiba TV and the delay was horrible/noticeable compared to my 27" Samsung Monitor. A 1ms response time compared to a tv with a 5-8ms response time really is noticeable when playing games that require timing. I've had my 27" for 5 years now and it still is the right size for a desk, wouldnt want to have a 42-50" wiggling around on my desk.

But to each their own.

dcofjapan 1 point 36 months ago

never had an issue with my 42'' hd vizio so I still don't get the need for a monitor. maybe it matters more when you get a more powerful pc dunno.

ankousmachine 2 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

hmm 3 watercoolers in a mini atx build, seems like a 1+ from me :D

riomist 2 points 43 months ago

Dat momen wen ur monitar cos moar than ur coar combain componans.... (That moment when your monitor cost more than your core combined components)

Nice build but can we have data on temps? +1btw

RunMeerkat 2 points 41 months ago

You spent +1500$ just on head phone? HOLY **** Almost 3500$ on a monitor/tv? kWEJFNIFN3IOMASMD2ÇIPWWOIM O++

staples93 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Wow, this is awesome. +1

What are the temps you're seeing for the GPU's??

Pogapog 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

nice build, are you gonna get the new covers for those evga cards?

aliencds 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

awesome and super clean build! the 980TI hybrids are beautiful!

av8rarky 6 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Holy crap that's a massive amount of power in that thing. Awesome rig and great photos, love it! I'm curious also, what are your temps in there?

dagreendooky 1 point 43 months ago

Like what you did with your tube management there. Jealous about your headphones, too! +1

Does it work well with the 4K TV? I'm kind of curious how that would compare to a 4K PC-use monitor.

chroman submitter 1 Build 0 points 43 months ago

Thanks amigo! It runs 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: and the TV is one of the best gaming 4K TVs on the market: http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-usage/video-gaming/best

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Your making me hungry. :D

That build is gorgeous! Love seeing all that tubing! :D

Doublebow 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I do like a good enchilada, but if it cost that much I don't think I could eat it :)

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

What amp/DAC do you use for the HD800s? Would have to pretty beastly to make the most out of them

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Awesome rig but......I wanna see the mega tube bro! How you gone list it and not show it.....

Frednm 1 point 43 months ago

Espero que no vivas en monterrey porque si no... "I will find you... and i will kiss you" :3 esta increible tu build!!!

drekavac6 1 point 43 months ago

Love this build. Are you planning on getting the free replacement shrouds from EVGA? http://www.evga.com/articles/00962/EVGA-HYBRID-Face-Off-Program/

GregAllen95 1 point 43 months ago

I love the build man. The only thing that would bother me is the network adapter. It isn't running 802.11AC so the wireless capabilities are capped at higher end spends.

MARAMBAS 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

very very very cool build bro good work

miikson 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

HD800s :-O , One day! I still have my 558s and a dragonfly DAC . One Day Tho!

dashhex 1 point 43 months ago

I have a question. On Intel's website it says that the CPU can only run 20 lanes. How are you getting this to work with two 980 ti's?

CthulhuArgos 1 point 42 months ago


darklegacy083 1 point 42 months ago

Love how when you're looking through the parts you see them headphones and just question the sanity of the builder, then realize it's a 4K build.

+1 sick build.

Must_Play 1 point 42 months ago

Awesome Build Bruh! +1 ! Pls do some benchmarks, and post them XD!!!! (no one in youtube haves a Sli of EVGA 980ti hybrid, so i can't see the perfomance of them :( )

johnayyboyy 1 point 42 months ago

i wanna see these headphone and tv.

Chimpanconnery 1 point 42 months ago

I would love to know your firestrike scores! or other benchmarks. I have a very similar build.

RandomKid 1 point 41 months ago

I would add a M2 slot ssd and replace the ram with black ram. Example (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx426c15fbk432)

M2 SSD (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-internal-hard-drive-shpm2280p2240g)

Great build Wish i had that type of money!

s247kim 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Impressive! I would like to know how you managed to fit wireless network adapter into the last PCIe slot. The separation between 2nd PCIe (2nd GPU) to third PCIe seems very small... Could you upload the picture to show 2 GPUs and Wireless adapter placed all in the slot?? I can tell you installed it somehow from the outside view, but I would like to know how it looks like from inside (on the motherboard)

akula2 1 point 40 months ago

There goes your 100th vote for delivering a good job!

wildkinglion 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Nice build. Just built a gaming pc with this case and gpu. What temps are you getting on your EVGA 980 ti hybrid under load?

weinbee 1 point 39 months ago

Butthead already said it perfectly: "This is the coolest thing I have ever seen."

2002whitegt 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Very nice. I'm getting rid of my Corsair Air 240 case for this one. Nice to see all that AIO liquid cooling in there. You're making me have bad ideas, lol.

PAPB0007 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Thank you so much for showing off this beast of a machine. I have a similar build with the same mobo and was having problems finding 2 gpus that would fit correctly. My Sapphire R9 390s are just a little too wide, even with the back plates removed, to fit properly so I have purchased the EVGA 980 hybrids and will be selling the 390s. Now I just have to figure out where to stuff 2 more radiators :D.

MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

HAHAHA. I'm buying one of these and putting a 4690k and a 970 in it.

I secretly hate you :(

LethalEnchilada 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

+1 for name :D

dcofjapan 1 point 36 months ago

4k tvs are no joke o.o that's ridiculous that's all of the cost right there lol. no way those headphones are worth it either. those 2 just seem really uneccessary. I actually thought a mini would be less but you made it as expensive as you could. my new pc(atx) AND monitor will be less than just your monitor.

CrimzonSlayeRx 1 point 36 months ago

Not sure why you'd want a Small mATX build....but sure Great parts (no great build; as previously pointed out: Negative Pressure.. and for 8,000 Bucks....i think i'd go for more SSD or More RAM)

This is the most bizarre build.... 8/10 tho... Great System.

Playcool92 1 point 35 months ago

Hello, was wondering how much does that little piece of sexy tech weights?

hogofwar 1 point 34 months ago

How hard was it reaching the h100i's tubes around the backs? I've been trying to do it and with the way you have it around, the tubes get kinks in them. I moved it so the cpu hose connectors are at the top, but now I can't fit the top right screw in.

Maybe you just have smaller RAM...

stax 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Slick clean build, great quality photos. +1

TacoSandwich1000 1 point 34 months ago

You know that having 2 of those graphics cards doesn't mean you have 12GB of vram right? The ram is cloned across that SLI card when there is a multi GPU setup. Having those 2 GPU's working together would effective still give you 6GB. I personally would have just gone with one of those, or toss both and get a GTX 1080. :P

Y0SH1 1 point 33 months ago

Hey could you please explain how you fit the wireless network adapter in an SLI setup, like how did you have space for it?

ugly_homie 1 point 32 months ago

a better name for the build would have been Elote :)

BENWE 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Please, tell me if you're using optical drive that can fit inside case?

Cr1ms0n 1 point 29 months ago

drops 9k on a pc, too cheap to do a custom water cooling rig

w8 nvm the 9k is from an overpriced 4k tv and 1.5k headphones. I still would have gone for custom liquid cooling though.

Lyrix 1 point 29 months ago

170th upvote! Its dope af!

moise37 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I wanted to be able to sli and be able to use my wireless card with the board but how were you able to sli if the wireless adapter at the bottom would interfere with the bottom gpu?

moise37 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

how'd you manage to get that wireless card in there.

moise37 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago


Zolaxo 1 point 24 months ago

definitely inspired my current build.

jonbuttcheeks 12 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Hello great build. You're inspiring me to do a dual 1080Ti build with this. Can you fit both rads at the top of the case? Or is that not possible so that's why you mounted them the way you did?

cuschieg 1 point 7 months ago

Hello, I have built a very similar PC. same case. but instead with 2x 1080ti hybrids on an x299 mATX from evga. Anyway, to cut the long story short, i was wondering how you managed to slot the tplink wifi card into the 3rd pcie slot...

JuniorVid 1 Build 0 points 43 months ago

I have one question for you: Why a $1500 pair of headphones? You could have gotten much better and cheaper headphones. Other than that, this is an amazing build and those pics are awesome

AWholeLotOfLag 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Sennheiser HD800's are considered one of, if not thee, best pair of headphones on the market. I don't think you could find something for much cheaper that would rival them in terms of quality.

riomist 3 points 43 months ago

I second this, also in the audiophile headphone realm, from what i've read, HD800 considered to be the most value (best performance / money) compared to most $1500 + headphones.

Ozbourn 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

And without a proper headphone amp, you're hearing about 25% at best of their ability.

riomist 2 points 43 months ago

Even tough ASUS ROG board have nice on-board sound card, yeah, guess it will not as good as dedicated one...

Ozbourn 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Seriously, not trying to be rude but, onboard sound of any motherboard is horrible compared to a really good amp. I'm assuming you're listening to lossless music though. Otherwise you way overspent on cans. They're still a pleasure to own, and everyone gets to make their own decision, but they're one of the most analytical headphones available and are made for serious reference listening on appropriate dedicated hardware. Check out headfi.org for good information about amps that are worthy of the investment you've made.

TacoSandwich1000 1 point 34 months ago

I would prefer a $300 pair of 363D Sennheisers 8P

chroman submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

There is a reason for that: I've literally been dreaming of an audiophile setup for years, not just for gaming. As @AWholeLotOfLag and @riomist mentioned the HD800's are probably the best headphones on the market right now, and its massive soundstage makes gaming exponentially more immersive. Thanks amigo!

Jesuis89 -4 points 42 months ago

Just a weak build

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chroman submitter 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

Remote software developer living in a third-world country (Mexico) and working for a US based company, there is no way I could afford this build in the US though :(

tpot11 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

basically he is saying he be saving dat money.

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Doublebow 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Must be the leader of a Mexican drug cartel, I hear there's alot of money in that position :)

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riomist 2 points 43 months ago

You have to see the "monitor" price. Its more than his rig, tough only differ under 50 bucks, but still XD

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Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Most audiophiles claim that these are about the best headphones you can buy, and just below the point of diminishing returns apparently...

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tpot11 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

if i had the money i would buy those headphones,

i upgraded from iphone free earphones to a 500$ pair

and when you can definitely notice the difference, its worth to pay more if you have it.

Bornfreematt 1 point 2 months ago

Is there a reason you ran your aio to the top of the PSU side as opposed to running it in the front and keeping both HDD trays in the top?

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