This is my second build and I planned it to be as overkill as possible since I'm crazy enough to do so. I wanted no compromises and went for the best components available today. My goal was to have the highest tier PC with great aesthetics. I have had the system running for about a day now since it was finished and I do have to say, it really is blindingly quick! This whole build took me three months to finish from start to end.
The PC will mainly be used for gaming, but with some workstation and general desktop tasks on the side. I was really torn between the 5930k (x99) and 6700k (Z170) processors as both bring a hell of a lot to offer. But seeing as the 6700k has better single core performance and higher clock speeds, I went for that route. It is being cooled by the Kraken x61 AIO watercooler, and I have to say I am mighty impressed with it! I've ran multiple benchmarks and the CPU never goes above 60 degrees, which is stellar. I do plan to overclock soon.
The Maximus VIII Formula motherboard was a love at first sight. Ever since it was announced in late 2015 my mind had been set on it and nothing else. The features like the RGB LED's, Armour Shielding and onboard Wifi made this a very desirable board for me. The number USB ports are a big thing to consider for me, and with 7 on the IO (+4 on the case), this has me fully covered.
The RAM also was a love at first sight. Although not quite a highly recognized brand, Avexir's Core Series RAM takes the cake for me. 2400mhz, Blue breathing LED's, (not sure on CAS timings), it seems like it was made for this build. And boy, does that seem true. Can't fault the RAM at all, performs just as well as any Corsair RAM. +1 for Avexir.
I went for the highest performing storage devices, a 128gb Samsung 850 Pro SSD for the OS and a 4tb WD Black HDD for the rest. After reading some raving reviews about them, I bought these drives. I have nothing negative to say about either. The SSD is lightning fast with boot times of 13 seconds! The HDD is perfect too. Very pleased with both and I very much recommend the drives.
The graphics card. The G1 Gaming 980ti truly lives up to all the hype. I reached a clock speed of 1544mhz according to Unigine without any overclocks. (Have I just won the silicon lottery?) Needless to say i'm extremely impressed with that!I haven't attempted to overclock it yet, but even at stock speeds the card is extremely impressive! Averaging 90fps on Extreme preset on Unigine benchmarking, and received a score of 3029. Very good indeed! I'm a fan of Gigabyte cards, and I didn't go for the Xtreme Gaming edition (I did consider) because it looked far too thick for my liking. I really like the LED features on the G1 and it fits right in to my build.
The PSU. Now I know what you're all probably thinking, "1000 watts and only one Video Card!?" Well your answer is yes, for now. I plan to add another 980ti in SLI very soon. I went with the HX1000i for pure wattage, power efficiency and quality. You can never go wrong with Corsair PSU's. Not much to say on this really. It does its job and I couldn't be happier with it!
The NZXT H440 was a case I had been eyeing up for a while. With no real competitor for me, I went ahead and purchased this case which was the first of many purchases to have been made. It also was the thing that made my mind to go for a Black and Blue themed build. The LED's lighting up the rear IO is a nice touch. There's plenty of space for cable management (especially in the PSU shroud and despite what people say, the airflow is great. I have an AF140 as an exhaust as well as the two 140mm fans from the Kraken x61, with 3 120mm fans as intakes. No problems there. If I had to make a bad point about this case, it'd be the material used for the case. It scratches very very easily, so take care when handling it! Anyway i'm very pleased with the case and its many features.
Cablemod Blue Sleeved cables. Nothing much to say other than they're very aesthetically pleasing to look at. They're much tidier than the standard cables bundled with your PSU and are a great deal easier to manage because of the lack of those ugly heatshrinks. Add combs to the mix and's the icing on the cake; makes the whole system look a lot neater. Downside is the price though, coming in at £70 for the full kit plus an extra ten pounds for the combs, it does leave quite a hole in your pocket. Though since you're forking out 500+ pounds for a graphics card, it won't make much difference. Great cables overall, still would recommend to anyone.
THINGS TO BUY (NOT ESSENTIALS) NZXT Hue+, NZXT USB Expansion Card
Overall, i'm extremely happy with this monster of a PC It should cover me for years to come and I won't have to upgrade for a considerable amount of time (hopefully!) In my opinion, all the components tie in very nicely with eachother with the Black and Blue theme. At this current time I have no regrets on any of the components and I wouldn't change a thing thus far!
Thoughts, opinions and comments all welcome:)