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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.

~Extras~

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:)

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice color coordination! love that ram, it's a shame it's not used more often.

  • 46 months ago
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Thank you! And I totally agree. Avexir need more recognition for their great RAM! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice arctic blue and black feel, good job mate!

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks a lot, bud!

  • 46 months ago
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Noice! +1. And did you just say screw budgets or have you been saving up for a bit and just had a ton of cash?

  • 46 months ago
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I spent the money I earned though my job. No budgets, just if I wanted to purchase something more expensive i'd have to wait until I get paid to do so, hence why it took 3 months :)

  • 46 months ago
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Ohhh.

  • 46 months ago
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Wow! Really impressive build! I would of gone with atleast a 250gb SSD though.

  • 46 months ago
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Thank you! And i've dedicated the SSD for the OS and other vital software like Java , so its capacity is fine for me. Everything else i'm dumping onto the HDD :)

  • 46 months ago
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I just noticed your massive WD HDD haha, but like I said very beefy gaming build! well put together :) Also how is your ram performing? dont see many people using that brand, or that size

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol. Thanks man! The RAM is great! 32 gigs is overkill I do admit, but i'd rather have an abundance rather than a lack of ram. Does exactly what it says and performs even better with XMP enabled. So far so good from Avexir, they do need more recognition as a company :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

overkill is great! I'm putting together my parts in South Africa so it's very difficult to get items seeing as I'm not close to the big cities like cape town or Johannesburg (even then I'm paying like 60 USD more for my i7 6700 cpu than I would in the US) and paying handling fees from shipped items oversees is stupidly high so I doubt I could get Avexir here.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, that does suck! Shipping fees are spawn of the devil! Haha. Best of luck with your build, man!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of nice parts. The sleeved cables and color scheme look good. What monitors are you using here?

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks! And I believe they are Acer G246HLGBID and G276HLGBID (24" and 27") 1080p monitors. Not the best in the world, but they are next on the upgrade list. Perhaps a couple of Asus ROG pg279q's. That'd look nice :)

  • 46 months ago
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Yeah you need to do a little bit over time. Otherwise it gets really expensive.

  • 46 months ago
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True that!

  • 46 months ago
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Perfect.

  • 46 months ago
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:')

  • 46 months ago
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Very sharp machine

Love the description, pictures and parts. Also the Led backlighting looks great

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot dude! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Forget do you lift

DO YOU EVEN CABLE MANGE BRO

But seriously great build +1

  • 46 months ago
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Lmao! Thanks man :)

  • 46 months ago
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What desk do you have, was kind of hard to see

  • 46 months ago
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Just a standard black glass desk, nothing too spectacular :)

  • 46 months ago
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Is "Black Ice" a reference to Rainbow Six Siege?

  • 46 months ago
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Not intentionally, nope. I was torn with either 'Arctic Night' or Black Ice. Obviously I chose the second :P

  • 46 months ago
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That motherboard glows.

THAT MOTHERBOARD GLOWS!!!!!!

o.O

  • 46 months ago
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Must be magic!! :o

  • 46 months ago
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Amazing build. In fact I'm gonna make it :D. In the part list you haven't listed a case fan. In your pictures there is a case fan? Is it built into the case or what? P.S amazing build man. Could you take a picture from a little further back and capture the whole PC please? Thanks

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks a lot dude! Do it, I really recommend it, all the parts play really nicely with eachother. I only listed the essential parts. In hindsight I should have listed everything really, oh well. The rear exhaust fan is an AF140 by Corsair and the three intakes in the front (behind the front plate) are the stock fans that came with the case. And I'll take some more photo's and add them in after I finish work tonight :)

  • 46 months ago
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Cool thanks :D

  • 46 months ago
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Uploaded a few. It's all wired up under my desk so couldn't get the best angles, but I hope they'll do :)

  • 46 months ago
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Love the color scheme <3 +1

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks! :)

  • 46 months ago
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How would this fare as a workstation? Also, I'm guessing air cooling would not be an alternative? (Sorry, I'm new to all this)

  • 46 months ago
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Oh it's okay! Workstation-wise it'll perform quite well, much better than any AMD processor even despite the 6700k being a quad core. The x99 series of i7's (5820k, 5930k, 5960x) will perform better than the Z170 series of processors/chipsets simply because it's got more cores. The more cores, the better it'll perform as a workstation PC. Air cooling would totally be an alternative, but you'll need quite a good one to suffice, a Noctua NH-D15 for example

  • 46 months ago
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Any idea if this would work as a hackintosh?

  • 46 months ago
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I really have no idea to be honest

  • 46 months ago
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Did you get the name for this build from the ICE3 build comments? lol nice build

  • 46 months ago
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Lol nah I didn't, haven't seen it yet.

  • 46 months ago
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I'm like 95% positive I'm buying your exact build. Its too gorgeous!!! I love the cable mod sleeves your using instead. But I am on the cable mods site trying to figure out which Series you got for yours? If you mind letting me know, I will be forever thankful.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Do it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed! The cables are the Cablemod C Series kit (AXi, HXi and RM), comes at a hefty price for the full kit but well worth it, or you can get the basic kit which has just the essentials and is a lot cheaper. I do recommend having an LED strip of some kind for added awesomeness (Blue or RGB), I have mine hidden around the window and it just looks so sweet! :)

Just uploaded a video of the LED's in motion :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lA4qGzm-uQ

  • 46 months ago
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Wow thank you for the reply I really appreciate it!

  • 46 months ago
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No problem! Feel free to ask me any questions :)

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  • 46 months ago
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Ahahah :') The VIII Formula is perfect. Everything works perfectly on the board (In fact, I didn't have to RMA anything) Yeah it's well worth the money, I highly recommend it.

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  • 46 months ago
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Thanks!