Description

This build is now replaced by Zensible (1070w)

Upgraded my gaming rig, made purely to give the best possible gaming experience for a reasonable price, without going bananas.

This is the 2nd version of this build because my graphics card original was a 980 that did not really fit in, it was lacking in terms of the rest of the builds potential.

Now upgraded to the most extreme 1070 card I could find for a reasonable price, the Zotac 1070 AMP! Extreme! Part is also because I need it to have a beefy cooler as my case is a stripped down frame from a Aerocool Xpredator case, inserted into a locked closet!

The door of the closet it open when I game, but if im only surfing or doing light things its pretty cool to leave it closed and be sure no hardware is harmed in the process, temps with these extreme coolers on both the CPU, GPU and a ton of fans give me very very good cooling. Benefit of closing the close is that even though all fans spin a little faster its whisper quiet. Therefor Zen. Reasonable Zen ~ Zensible.

Part Reviews

CPU

Primary bought this CPU because I could not wait for the 7600 or 7700 non K variants of Kaby Lake, but now when I have it in it's actually much stronger than I thought it to be and don't really need replacing. Easy OC to more than 1GHz on top of what Intel gave it to begin with, that's VERY impressive!

It have not failed me yet, I really like it.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is a monster...... Beware of that if you buy it.

It is HUGE and extraordinary heavy! It cools way better than anything else I have so far used (in combination with Corsair ML fans) but I really hate moving with it if i toy around with my PC, this block alone is a BIG part of the overall weight in the completed system.

Love the shape, that it cools big parts of the VRM, RAM and motherboard around that area + the CPU it self, pretty genius.

Thermal Compound

Looks like this is the easiest to apply and also the one paste I have used trough time that gives me the best most consistent temps.

Nothing else to say, this is the paste to beat. I am a fan.

Motherboard

I have had 3 ASRock motherboard trough the past few years, never let me down but so far this is the one I'm the most surprised by. WOW it have a ton of features! I love Gigabyte and Asus and they feel so great in terms of build quality, a small thing you can't really say about ASRock, their PCBs seems thinner and flex a bit more, but not to the extend of breaking and not working, so I don't really care. Especially when this board cost A LOT less than other cards with the same amount of features.

I was especially looking for NVMe support, uATX and DDR4, plus Intel LAN and optical sound out. Actually not many boards tick all those boxes.

Also quite impressed by the BIOS, even when switched to Advanced mode it never gets too Advanced and have just the things people like me needs.

Love the looks too, cobber, black and gold, not a combination you see often but fits anything.

Memory

I have looked at the Dominator Platinums since they first came out and never bought them because of their higher than usual price. Now when I changed to DDR4 every mayor brand and high quality set looks like they cost about the same, so now was the time.

And I must say, they are pretty awesome!! I have not really pushed them into something they don't do, i'm not much of a RAM OC guy, but a little OC here and GREAT temps there and you have a winner in this set.

Storage

This is my first NVMe SSD and it is absolute EPIC!!!

Its sososososo fast you just can't go back to SATA3 discs after this. Sometimes when I move files or download things, Windows don't even realize it have to show a timer, because the disc is already done doing the job before the timer shows up (also thanks to a 100mbps fiber connection when I download).

Its a little downside that Samsungs SSD tools don't so far supports this drive, but its pretty much just plug and play so not a big deal. Do yourself a treat though, look it up on Google to find newer drivers than those Windows finds on its own, its well worth it in terms of speed.

If it should be improved, it could use a heat shield/sink of some sort, its sometimes toasty hot and brings windows to its knees, but a restart and its back up in speed again. Maybe again a driver issue, but its in general too awesome to really complaint about.

Power Supply

This PSU is not just Gold certified, it is hardware gold. It just rocks on and never gets too hot or gives up.

The 750 watt model is the sweet spot between price, performance and need for a enthusiast build like mine. More would be overkill and less costs almost the same.

The only reason I know I'm one day switching it out, will be to get a better rated model, just to be eco-friendly.

Operating System

In general I hate Windows, really hate it. Rather use OS X. Love toying with Linux. But this version, the 10, is actually rather nice. I like a lot of the things it does.

There are still a bunch of bugs and silly strange things I don't understand why they did it like that, not a whole lot of Microsoft's products make sense. But it's ok, better than any other Windows I ever used (and I have used it since it was called Windows 3.1)

Case Fan

BEST FANS EVER. Simply that. Silent, efficient, deadly towards heat (the whole purpose of a fan, to cool something down). EPIC!

Case Fan

BEST FANS EVER. Simply that. Silent, efficient, deadly towards heat (the whole purpose of a fan, to cool something down). EPIC!

Monitor

Not a great screen, I will not lie. But a good value 144 frames gaming monitor, YES!

Don't expect too much, don't use it for color grading, video editing or high profile photo work. Use it for gaming like I do. This is were it really shines.

I would love a new screen that can do it all, and still be above 100 frames, but I'm not rich...

Mouse

I have tried a bunch of mice, and once or twice a year try out the newest models on the marked to see if I should upgrade. But I keep coming back to the NAOS 5000. Wish I have bought a backup copy as its impossible to find this version anywhere I look.

Its all about the shape and weight, I just cant find anything resembling this. I love it!

Headphones

Extremely good surround experince!! When you look at it most titles are still 5.1 surround, even now when 6.1, 7.1 and even more channels are possible. Therefor it gives an astonishing realism in games and movies to exactly hear were details in the soundscape comes from.

Build quality scream build like a tank. Its very sturdy and looks like its going to last me years. I like the details like the way the earcups are hollow inside, so there is a small ridge holding them on your head and let your ear sit in its natural possition in the void inside. I never seen it done like this in any headphones but makes a ton of sense and feels very nice to wear. Even when the build quality is like this they are not really heavy. Sits well on a medium to big head. These cans are not small so people with small head or kids in the younger category most likely will not like the fit like i do.

Sound quality is good, but not great. My bar is most likely way higher in that regard as i been working in the audio business for 10 years, before switching to another field of work. When that is said they actually sound terrible out of the box, but be blessed is the software possabilities, when proper tweaked they sound real nice.

Have to tell you about the wirering as many reviews say its strange and annoying. I think it makes good sense. The wires are hardwired, can not be changed. Because a lot of normal people dont understand surround and dont care, it makes it all super easy to support from Roccats perspective when they as a company have full control over how its build. No loose plugs, no confusing setup just plug and play. Wires are a good lengh and a nice rubbery feel.

With so many nice things to say, why only 4 stars Daniel? Because they absolute SUCK at playing 2.0 stereo. I tried playing music and no matter what I did it sounded terrible terrible terrible. So please if you buy them buy them like I did, to use them for surround. I already have a great stereo speaker setup and a DAC/headphone solution for music.

Higly recommended surround headphones. Thumbs up ROCCAT

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds scary leaving it in a non ventilated closet, but your temps look ok.

Thumbs up.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps are only good because its thought trough. used to have a combination of 80 and 120mm Noctua fans but they did not move enough air, now with 140 and 120 Corsair ML PWM controlled ones its very manageable.

I have a Phobya PWM splitter all the fans connect to so they follow the PWM signal from the CPU temps and that works like a charm.

Also, I have a Silverstone PCIe card that have RF receiver and a remote to turn on the PC when I only need to do light things, so I dont have to unlock the closet. Could never get WOL to work so this is the next best solution and it is super nice have a PC you dont hear at all but have all this horse power.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Love seeing other non K overclockers. What are your current settings for that monster oc?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

BCLK @ 138.0005 MHz, and then manually dialed the RAM back to 2400 MHz. That gives a steady CPU clock of 4,432 GHz.

I have been running 21 hours Prime without any errors, when the closet was closed! I would never ever do that normally but to extreme test it, gave me temps of about 92C but was running smoothly like nothing was going on... Also ran Intel BurnIn for a really long time, plus stress tested with 3DMark and a bunch of other programs, no errors as a result.

I needed a non-K version because of the lower TDP, next step will be a i5 7600 or i7 7700, non K-variants. Before re-assembling this machine I used to have a 3570K but it was too damn hot to be used inside the closet. Tried water cooling and many different air coolers but never got satisfied. This one here is my best machine so far.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

VERY nice! My 6100 is currently clocked at 4.514 ghz. BLCK @ 122, ram at ~2166mhz. I, unfortunately, was not able to run at stock volts. I had to jump to 1.375v to keep it happy. Nothing I could do would get me over the 2166mhz ram speed unless I down clocked the cpu. There was little difference in performance from 4.366mhz @ ~3000mhz ram vs what I have now. So I went with the higher clock speed.

Temps have been ok for me. Day to day gaming use (which is 99.99999% of what it is used for) sees temps flux between 65c and 69c. If I stress test those numbers go higher. But as I've had 0 crashes or lockups I haven't felt the need to do them. I do a little Folding@Home and that brings temps to the high 60c's.

It will be very interesting to see if Kaby lake non K chips can be BLCK overclocked!

Again nice rig, great OC! Thanks for posting!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the sauce colored cables

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sauce? I guess you ment source... but yes, colour cordinating anything here have not been a priority, its all for the functionality. Easier to see what goes were and alreadyhad the cables :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

No i meant ketchup and mustard "sauce" ;) but im glad you went for performance over looks, you really don't see that very often honestly

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh yes that makes sense. Haha have not thought about it as such

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Why you have to change a gtx 980 for a gtx 1070 bad decision from me If you do a bios update You can continue to do an oc or not

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 1080p 144Hz monitor and want to feast my eyes on ultra settings whenever possible. It was starting to get more and more rare with DX12 titles coming to the table. So therefor. Very high or high settings is not the same as Ultra, even still when the res is 1080p there is a differance.

By ordering the 1070 at cyber monday i ended up being able to sell my 980 with very little price differance. So its also all about timing

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not try a oc and yes the gtx 980 supports direct X12 (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook-gpus/geforce-gtx-980) After Christmas the RX 490 will be available it is between the 1080 and 1070 and much less expensive ''price performance'' with DirectX 12 support

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I am aware of that. Could not wait getting something better. I have tried OC the 980 but my FTW model had a pretty basic cooler and with fact the PC is in a closet with a more confined movement of air, compared to normal setups on the floor or table, it never really got any better.

The 1070 is perfect as I have it setup now, I'm really really happy with it. This is my best PC the past many years.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It is what matters after all the satisfaction :-)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the i5 6500 bottleneck the 1070?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Not as far as i have noticed.... but my plan is still to upgrade to a 7600 or 7700 non k whenever i can, just be sure evrything is on level. Non k because of much lower heat

  • 32 months ago
  • -1 points

So many unnecessary parts... It hurts my eyes to read the parts list.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I think a complete build list should include what monitor, keyboard and mouse I have, because I have them for very specific reasons.

I have a minor defect in one eye, makes me extremely susceptible to headaches and blurred vision if my monitor is anything less than 100Hz.

The keyboard because I absolutely hate RGB keys, wanted a sturdy solution with great key press feel and simple white light, and never use a keypad at home.

The mouse because it feels like giving a handshake to a good friend, I have had so many many many gaming mice, and sometimes buy a new one to try out, but keep coming back to my trusted Naos, its a personal preference but it feels right for me.

Plus the fans and thermal compound is part of my great temps.

The CD/DVD writer actually is not currently attached, because my kick *** huge graphics card is slightly too big, but I use the drive from time to time as part of long term backups (because the drive have lightscribe for easy labeling).

Don't really see the unnecessary parts??

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooo... explain yourself. Don't just put an obtuse comment. Leave some creative feedback, no need to troll.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep seems some people are just cruel with their comments! I do agree that OP could have save some cash on cheaper stuff but again no need to be rude. Its still a nice build! :)

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a 12 meter Display Port cable running along the wall of the gaming room to the monitor, plus a really long USB 3.0 active cable running to a USB 3.0 hub on the wall were my mouse, keyboard and a few other things connect to.

The closet is build into the wall were one of the surrounding walls is the outer wall of my house, so pretty cold there, plus the back wall is against the bathroom thats also pretty cold as its in the northern end of the building. I always keep the door of the closet open when gaming, but when just general smaller things the temps are good enough (around 50C on CPU).

Mind you that the whole cooling solutions is way more than normal people would ever need, thats why its possible.

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