First off, thank you for viewing and reading about my build. This is my current gaming rig, it was a fun and quick build after receiving my parts. I appreciated the effortless compatibility and had no problems assembling any of the components. I play all my games on High/Ultra settings 1440p. Ill likely add another SSD for more storage. I like the looks of a pc just as much as the power. This pc build is quick and handles everything I throw at it. My last pc build was over 8+ years ago with a Core2Duo E8500, GA-P35-DS3L Mobo and 8800GTX. Big upgrade. I will be using this rig for gaming, graphic editing and general everyday use.
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VIII Hero ATX 1151 I chose this motherboard for the pleasing aesthetics, ease of use and trusted ASUS name. I was pleased to see how easy it was to update the bios and run the XMP profile to set my memory to the appropriate configuration. The BIOS are very detailed and easy to use. All the appropriate headers and ports are labeled and the manual was very descriptive. The board has software for easy overclocking and also comes equipped with the ROG RGB logo that you can customize for your color scheme. It came with everything required as expected. I havent had any issues so far.
CPU: Intel Skylake I7-6700K I was going back and forth between just getting an I5-6600K since I will be mainly gaming, but I had the funds and decided to splurge. The chip runs cool so far, on idle it sits around 23c in 21c ambient temperatures. During gaming loads the maximum it reached was 48C. My overclock on my processor is a modest 4.6Ghz @ 1.29V, LLC Level 5 and running stress test on Real Bench has my temperatures maxed at 58c 100% load. Im sure I can go higher on my coreclock and I think I have some room to drop the voltage even a little. Im satisfied, I am not regretting spending the extra for the quicker stock clock speeds with the quad core and hyperthreading. This processor did not come with a stock cpu fan/heatsink. Overall very pleased so far.
CPU Cooler- Corsair H100i GTX Liquid Cooler At first I was a little hesitant to get into liquid cooling over big air, but I read many user reviews and decided to take the plunge into a new adventure. This was simple to install, came with all the necessary parts and I had no trouble mounting the fans and radiator to the top of my case. The block sat easily on my CPU for installation. The block even features a nice RGB led that can be customized with a few color settings. My only gripe is the way the fan cables and usb were making it difficult to route cleanly. Although I managed. Keeps my cpu nice and cool. Although I havent changed any settings and fans are on auto. It is not loud at all like others have mentioned.
Memory RAM- 32GB (4x8) Gskill Ripjaws V DDR4-3000 I chose Gskill for the solid ram that it is, i had no problem with install and is currently running at the specified frequencys in dual channel after setting the XMP profile on my motherboard. No issues and the red stick goes well with my build.
Video Card GPU- 2xSLI EVGA Nvidia 980 TI K|ngp|n 79.7% And 74% ASIC* Wow! These cards so far has been absolutely amazing, I play BF4 on Ultra Settings, CS:GO, BF2, ACS, Division, ROTR and no problems whatsoever! The fans dont kick on until it reaches a certain temp. I applied a custom fan curve so the temps stay below 65C. Theyre super quiet up to 70%, after that it starts getting a little louder. I run my display on 1440P and everything is great. Came with a Sleek backplate installed and has the K|ngp|n logo with RGB leds on the card. Theyre customizable to any color. Im quite happy, and I should be for the price. I played with the overclocking on EVGA Precision X16, I achieved a 1525Mhz Core and 8000Mhz Memory OC.. Since it will be on air, I wasnt expecting huge numbers, but I will likely order a EK waterblock So I can achieve a good overclock. I purchased the 72+ ASIC card and got a 79.7 and 74 ASIC score which was pretty nice. Not sure why or how they have people spending more for the higher ASIC cards when I received one higher then I paid for. Luckily I didnt spend the extra $$. The copper on this card makes it even more beautiful. I originally purchased the FTW edition, but I had some artifacts even running stock clocks so I returned it and bought the K|ngp|n. I decided to buy the higher end card for the higher power phase (14+3) and the higher clocks and the beautiful aesthetics of the card. I was weighing my options of the Asus matrix, lightning or Amp! Extreme but they are not as pleasing to the eye and Im a big EVGA fan. The card also runs cooler then my FTW, it sits at 30C idle and 60C under load.
PSU- EVGA SuperNova 1300W G2 I chose this fully modular powersupply for the stability and reputation it currently has. It came with plenty of extra power cables, velcro cable ties, and a 24-pin PSU tester. Oh and did i mention a 10yr warranty? I am extremely satisfied and happy knowing my investment in my computer is being supported by a reputable PSU. I purchased New EVGA red PSU cables to add some more personality to my build.
Case- Corsair 780T Full ATX This case is HUGE! I didnt realize how big it would be. But its a thing of beauty. Absolutely love the way it looks and had everything tool-less to install drives and several routing points for cable management. So much room! It has plenty of USB ports, 3 fans included with an additional 2 that can be mounted. *I just purchased new Corsair red led fans to swap out the white and radiator fans. So a total of 7 fans to keep my case cool. It included a fan switch with 3 settings. I removed 1 HD rack since I wasnt utilizing it and wanted more airflow. This case allows me to add plenty of extras. Very happy with the build quality and the price wasnt too bad. Ive always liked corsair cases.
Storage: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB and WD Blue Caviar 1TB Hd I absolutely love the speed of my PC when my OS boots up, literally takes less than 10 seconds to get to the login screen and then the main windows. Easy to install both drives with Sata Data and power. The WD 1TB is more for storage and SSD for boot times and quick loading games. Total of 1250gb will be plenty.
Display- ASUS ROG PG278Q Love this display, very vibrant colors and great details for a TN display. Would have preferred an IPS screen like the PG279Q but it was significantly more and I didnt feel the need. Gaming on 1440P with 144hz and 1 ms response time is amazing and matched the criteria I was looking for. Gsync is a nice feature to have although I cant say that I notice any difference except no screen tearing. Everything was easy to setup and I am currently using the display port adapter to achieve the 144hz. Very happy.
Keyboard- Corsair K70 RGB Cherry MX Brown just purchased this keyboard, havent received it yet. I am replacing the Razer Blackwidow Chroma with this one. The reason I am changing them is that I am not a fan of the super clicky keys from the Chroma. It was a nice keyboard but impossible to type without waking up my wife if I am playing at night. I avoided having to type anything, let alone trying to be softer on the keys while gaming. My understanding is the MX brown keys will keep the tactile keys but less clicky which is what Im after. I dont want a too smoothe (Mx RED) key to where I bottom out while typing but keep that audible sound. So I will update when I receive.
Mouse- Logitech Wireless G602 I chose this mouse because of some of the reviews i read and that it has a great battery life. Fits my palm well however theres alot of unnecessary buttons. Doesnt bother me much and im sure some can make use of them. I know, i know, wireless mouses are not meant for gaming, however I cant stand having a wired mouse for some reason. I like less wiring on my desktop and dont want to keep pulling at the wire when it gets snagged. I was looking into the wireless razer as well but chose this one. Overall Im happy and it was cheap.