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I used to be a hardcore PC gamer but I dropped out of the hardware race years ago. The new DOOM renewed my interest and I can't play consoles worth a damn, so I decided to build a balls-to-the-wall system for gaming. It is overkill for DOOM (playable on my 4-year-old i5 system) but I was bored and wanted to have the latest & greatest again...for a few months, anyway ;)

My first purchase was the Fractal Design R5. I bought it on a whim during a Newegg promo, without even knowing how badass it really is. It is the most well-thought-out case I have ever seen, almost over-engineered. If you have owned a German luxury vehicle, you will know what I mean. The R5 is the Audi/BMW/Mercedes of computer cases, a masterpiece of hardware design.

Choosing a motherboard was toughest decision, but I got the Asus Maximus VIII Hero because of its overclocking & monitoring features, plethora of fan connections, Intel NIC and Realtek 1150 audio. The colored lighting is nice if you are into that.

I got a i7-6700k that is stable at 4.8GHz on air. I initially planned to go with a AIO watercooler, but after viewing dozens of videos and forum posts, I went with a Noctua fan because I prefer quietness. During Aida64 testing, I could barely hear the Noctua fan over the ambient room noise, which is partly due to the R5's excellent sound dampening.

I got the G.Skill memory on a Newegg sale. I've been happy with G.Skill in the past, no reason to switch.

The Asus GTX 1080 Strix (OC Edition) is an absolute beast, in terms of performance as well as size. I plan to do SLI eventually, but I feel lucky having just one of these monsters. I haven't taken the Acer Predator out of the box yet. I am about to move, so I'll wait until I get into my new place to mess with it.

The Samsung 950 Pro is the boot/OS drive, and the 850 Evo is for everything else. I know standard or hybrid drives offer much better value, but I hate waiting for stuff to load. I need just enough local storage for a few games since I keep all of my photos, videos and other crap on an external drive and in cloud services.

I got the EVGA power supply on a Newegg promo (see a pattern here?). I wanted something with plenty of juice for SLI, and this will do the trick.

The Asus Blu-ray drive wasn't essential, but I have some movies that I may eventually convert when I get bored. I also have Team Fortress 2 on DVD, maybe I'll fire that up one day.

I have been using a Ducky keyboard for the last 4 years, and it has held up exceptionally well. So well, in fact, that it still looks and feels like new. However, I wanted a TKL for my new system, so I got a MK Disco TKL, which is essentially a TKL version of the Ducky Shine 5. I am not a big fan of the font on the Disco, so I may get different keycaps. Update: The Disco "KBT brown" keys are too mushy for my taste. I thought they would feel like my old Ducky Shine cherry MX browns, but the Disco keys have a much softer travel and are less clicky. I will probably put the Disco on craigslist.

I picked up a Razer Deathadder Chroma because I liked the feel of the demo unit (I am a claw/light palm guy) and it looks cool...plus it was on sale. Update: I LOVE this mouse. I had been using a Steelseries Diablo III mouse, which was fantastic...but I like the Deathadder even more. Now I see why it is so popular :)

I got Windows 10 Pro from a reputable ebay seller that I found in a forum. You can get a license for cheaper if you know where to look, but I didn't want to take a chance on sketchy web sites.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build +1

Just wondering what are the temps with the NHD15S?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

12 hours of Aida64 showed these temps:

Core #1 max 90, avg 71.5

Core #2 max 86, avg 67.7

Core #3 max 84, avg 65.8

Core #4 max 83, avg 65.8

It is stable but I'd like to see a few degrees cooler. I will probably get an extra Noctua case fan, and I may delid as well.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Did the CPU cooler block your ram?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Any problems with fitting 4 RAM chips with that fan?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how is the gpu?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It laughs at everything I throw at it. But right now I am using a 1080p monitor, which is no sweat for GTX 1080. Anyone playing at less than 1440 resolution will do fine with GTX 1070 or RX 480. I should probably test the Acer Predator for bad pixels. I'll get around to that later this week and post an update.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

what voltage do you have on your cpu in order to have it overclocked on just air cooling

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

1.4

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Money pit eh? You should code name your build "Oak Island". ;)

+1 to anyone who gets the reference.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

treasure hunting....money pit.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build. Have similar build. Strix is so sexy

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, I checked out yours. Very nice!

The Strix GTX 1080 is a beast. Amazing piece of technology. I just realized my system looks like I am pimping Asus lol. But the motherboard had everything I wanted, I happened to check Newegg when they had the Strix in stock, and the optical drive was on sale. It is just the way things worked out :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Wish i had gone all strix... my mobo is sabertooth. Bought it cause it had good reviews, solid unbreakable build and great looks...

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Superb parts, great build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I could have saved a few bucks by going with a regular drive for secondary storage, skipping the optical drive, and the monitor was 1/3 of the total cost...but I wanted to go all-out since this is my first new rig in 4 years.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you test your ultra wide yet?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The GTX 1080/SLI will provide lots of eye candy for a while, and the 6700k should be enough until games require more than 4 cores.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but 4 actual cores + 4 HT is no substitute for having more physical execution units. I debated between 6700k/5820k for almost a month, and finally decided the extra cost for X99 would not offer any real benefit (for me). If I did something that used 6 cores, then it would have been a no-brainer. But even today most games still only use 1-2 threads. DX12/Vulkan may change that, but for the time being an overclocked 6700k still dominates in most games.

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