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Intel Core i5-6600K/NVIDIA GTX 1070 Gaming Rig

by MA1NFRAM3

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6 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 13, 2016

Date Built

July 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.63GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.4GHz

Description

HISTORY: My current system build is an evolution from my original AMD build. This build started in 2012/2013 with an AMD FX-8320 paired with a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 and 16GB of G.Skill DD3 1600 memory. The original video card was an MSI GTX 460 Hawk that was a carryover from a previous build. In 2013 the video card was upgraded to a single MSI GTX 760. The second MSI GTX 760 was added in 2015. The case was added in 2013 to facilitate the move to liquid cooling. The power supply was also added in 2013 to replace a defective Corsair power supply. The SSD was upgraded from a Sandisk 240GB model in early 2015. The CPU, motherboard, memory and 1TB HDD were all upgraded in January 2016. The video card and monitor were added in July 2016.

BUILD COMMENTS: The Corsair C70 is one of the best cases on the market for both ease of use and airflow. The build quality is premium and the case has ample room for large coolers and video cards. The backside of the case has the most advanced cable management system I have seen in an enthusiast grade case.

Flower is the OEM for this particular Rosewill power supply. After much research I would only recommend power supplies from SeaSonic or Flower to avoid dreaded coil whine.

Installing the H105 cooler into my C70 was uneventful, as this case has plenty of room to accommodate the radiator. The H105 works very well, but was louder out of the box than my Zalman CNPS9700. The fans that come with the H105 are very nice, but are high airflow fans that default to more than 2000 RPMS. I originally used the motherboard fan controller to operate both the radiator fans and the cooling pump. The resulting noise levels were too high for my liking, so I swapped the fans for Corsair SP120 Quiet with white LEDs and added the NZXT fan controller. I have the fan controller setup to control all fans' speeds (entire case) and use the motherboard CPU fan header to control the cooling pump speed. This setup is effective and quiet, keeping my overclocked 6600K (4.0GHz) cool (under 30C idle/60C load) and my rig quieter than with the Zalman air cooler. The H105 is mounted to the top of the case with the radiator fans mounted beneath in a push configuration. This was the best layout to accommodate the pump hoses and use the radiator fans to illuminate the inside of the case (white light shone downwards). I have one of the 120mm case fans that came with the C70 mounted on the rear of the case and another mounted on the front bottom. I added two additional Corsair SP120 Quiet with white LEDs mounted in the bottom of the case (white light shone upwards). This configuration (3 inlet/3 outlet) provides a slight positive air pressure, helping to keep my rig dust free!

The CPU, motherboard and memory all were installed and configured with no issues. Following the advice of others, who had installed this combination before me, I flashed the BIOS to an updated rev before I booted the system. This was key in to allowing the memory to run correctly using its XMP profile. I was able to achieve a 4.0+ GHz overclock on stock voltage. I have not had any issues with Windows 10 and the Gigabyte drivers.

The reason I chose the Gigabyte motherboard was value. My choices came down to the Gigabyte, ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO, and MSI Z170A Gaming M7. All three are excellent and receive high marks in reviews, but the Gigabyte offered the best I/O connectivity and integrated sound processing.

I paired the Sound Blaster Recon3Di sound processor with a set of Sennheiser HD518 and I am simply amazed and how much better the sound quality is compared with my previous Realtek setup. I cannot state enough how important it is that you pair a high quality set of headphones with this sound processor. Prior to the Sennheisers I was using Kingston HyperX Clouds. The Kingstons are a nice budget headset, but the Sennheisers are a significant improvement. The Sennheiser G4ME series uses the same drivers, but includes a microphone. Unfortunately, this is at three times the cost ($150). To create my gaming headset I added an Antlion Modmic to my HD518s for $42.

Most recently, I added a MSI GEFORCE® GTX 1070 GAMING 8G graphics card and an Acer XB270HU IPS display. This combination offers significant performance improvements over my previous setup of MSI GTX 760s SLI'd driving a 1920x1080 display. This graphics card has no issues driving an IPS 2560x1440 144Hz display. I am achieving very playable framerates (60+) in all of the games I play (MWO, FO4, COH2, BF4) with settings set to Ultra.

Part Reviews

CPU

Intel > AMD for gaming. After upgrade I got a 20+ FPS boost in Fallout 4. I am able to overclock to 4.0GHz on stock voltage. I am confident this can be pushed much further, but I have not had the time to play yet. I have this CPU paired with a Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 and G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB DDR4-3000 memory.

CPU Cooler

Cooling performance is superior to air cooled. Fans that are paired with this cooler are PWM (good), but are high air flow with a default RPM over 2000 (loud=bad). I replaced the included fans with Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm fans and noise levels are now lower than with my Zalman CNPS9700. OOTB cooler can be configured in a push or pull configuration. Adding fans allows for push/pull configuration. The LED Corsair symbol on the pump is a nice touch.

Motherboard

The reason I chose the Gigabyte motherboard was value. My choices came down to the Gigabyte, ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO, and MSI Z170A Gaming M7. All three are excellent and receive high marks in reviews, but the Gigabyte offered the best I/O connectivity and integrated sound processing.

The CPU (Intel i5-6600K), motherboard and memory (G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB DDR4-3000) all were installed and configured with no issues. Following the advice of others, who had installed this combination before me, I flashed the BIOS to an updated rev before I booted the system. This was key in to allowing the memory to run correctly using its XMP profile. I was able to achieve a 4.0GHz overclock on stock voltage. I have not had any issues with Windows 10 and the Gigabyte drivers.

The only issue I have experienced with this board is the sound processor will periodically output distorted sound and can only be remedied with a system reboot. This has only happened twice in three months, but is annoying none the less.

Memory

DDR4-3000 provides plenty of overclocking potential to match with Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core processor. I have used G.Skill for multiple generations of systems with zero issues or failures.

Storage

Best "bang for the buck" SSD on the market. I highly recommend 500GB for a gaming rig to avoid having to install/uninstall games to save capacity.

Storage

Superior performance and warranty (5 years), when compared with other HDDs at similar prices.

Case

The Corsair C70 is one of the best cases on the market for both ease of use and airflow. The build quality is premium and the case has ample room for large coolers and video cards. The backside of the case has the most advanced cable management system I have seen in an enthusiast grade case.

Power Supply

Flower is the OEM for this particular Rosewill power supply. After much research I would only recommend power supplies from SeaSonic or Flower to avoid dreaded coil whine.

Case Fan

Corsair fans do cost more than their competitors, but they offer customizable color configurations paired with colored LEDs to make customizing your rig simple.

Fan Controller

Simple design offering basic fan controller capability. Supports up to six 3-pin fans, which is important if you want PWM fans. LED colors are adjustable.

Mouse

Most comfortable gaming mouse I have used. Includes basic gaming mouse buttons (5-buttons) that are programmable. Speed and color are also programmable, but requires installation of Razer cloud-based software. I installed software, set speed and color, and then uninstalled software. Once your speed is set, Windows drivers work perfectly for daily driving.

Headphones

I paired the Sound Blaster Recon3Di sound processor with a set of Sennheiser HD518 and I am simply amazed and how much better the sound quality is compared with my previous Realtek setup. I cannot state enough how important it is that you pair a high quality set of headphones with this sound processor. Prior to the Sennheisers I was using Kingston HyperX Clouds. The Kingstons are a nice budget headset, but the Sennheisers are a significant improvement. The Sennheiser G4ME series uses the same drivers, but includes a microphone. Unfortunately, this is at three times the cost ($150). To create my gaming headset I added an Antlion Modmic to my HD518s for $42.

Comments Sorted by:

paintboy131 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build!

PCIntake 1 point 18 months ago

What were you using before this computer? +1 on the build

MA1NFRAM3 submitter 1 point 18 months ago

AMD Phenom II 955 on an AMD 770 chipset. Previous graphics card was an MSI N460 Hawk.

PCIntake 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome, what are you doing with your old build?

Wegason 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I too have had that distorted sound with this motherboard. Thought my ten year old speakers were finally giving way or something before I decided to reboot and it fixed the issue.

If you ever add an M.2 card see my advice on my build on where to put it (bottom slot) if its a PCIE 4 lane one that is, top slot disables a host of SATA ports.

Nice build, the 1070 is a beast of a graphics card. +1

Justiceinacan 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Like that UPS buying logic. Never had to experience those but the downtown portion of my city does. Good work.