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This is the very first PC I've built by myself (The PC I had been using was a prebuilt from Mid-2011 built by a company called Digital Storm, and served me well over the years). I did extensive research beforehand, and came up with these parts.

Intel 5820k: Love this CPU. Great value for what you get, and has plenty of PCI lanes for my uses (Not to comfortable with overclocking it, though. Tips, anyone?).

H100i GTX: Great cooler, no complaints thus far. CPU temps are well within nominal range. I personally like Corsair link, although I know many people who don't.

X99A Sli Krait: Black/white scheme goes with my build, has all the features I need and some extra. End of story.

16gb LPX: Went with a 2x8 kit because I plan to upgrade to 32gb in the near future (giving the ability for quad channel).

Samsung 950 Pro: Blazing fast M.2 NVMe drive. This thing absolutely rocks, and I have no regrets about making this my primary drive.

850 Evo: Secondary drive, does its job very well.

GTX 980 Ti: The star of the build. I love this thing to death. I haven't played to much with it yet, but the little that I have teases excellent performance for the rest of my library (I have Arma 3 installing as I type this :p).

Define S: Love the aesthetics, but cable management was a *****.

EVGA 850w P2: Great PSU (I believe it got a 9.something on Jonnyguru). Has a fanless mode which cuts down on acoustics.

NZXT Hue+: Has yet to arrive, since it was out of stock when I ordered it. I'll be sure to add more pics when it does, though ;).

All solid state storage, fanless modes on the GPU and PSU, and Corsair link all contribute to lower acoustics. I barely notice when it's on without my ATH-A700x headphones on, and there's no chance of me hearing it when they are XD.

Temps were tested while the PC was on "quiet mode" (I started the benchmarks while it was on this mode in corsair link... whoops XD). When I switched to performance mode, CPU temps went to 55-57 degrees, and the GPU temps went to 68 degrees.

Feel free to leave thoughts/tips/criticism... I'm glad to hear all of it :).

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Great rationale makes a great build! Congrats! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the Warhammer figures next to your build :p

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You planning on OC'ing that CPU?

I had a 5820k in my last PC that I sold. I was able to get 4.55GHz at 1.3v stable for 8 hours.

The benchmark results will skyrocket with a OC on it. If I remember right I was seeing anywhere from 20-30% improvements over stock. It doesn't get as much love as it deserves IMO. I believe results aren't overly crazy for a 6 core CPU that costs $400 until you OC it. I know for a fact my 5820k with a GTX 970 did just as well in FPS on any game as my current 6600k 4.8GHz with a 390.

Yeah, I just looked. It was 28% improvement on multi threaded performance over the stock 6700k and 24% over stock 5820k. Single thread was 22% over 5820k and 8% over 6700k.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of interest how come you sold the X99 rig and moved over to Z170?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a really good offer and just wanted to build more! Building is half the fun so it's just how it played out. I had a month with the x99 and really liked it but I knew my money could be better spent if I went with skylake. The x99 was definitely more than I needed anyway so I went with the 6600k and was able to do everything aesthetically I wanted and had enough money left over to purchase a new Pascal card when it comes out. Hopefully it's similar in price to the 980 ti or I may have made a bad decision because I don't want to be stuck with the 390 for much longer.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah fair play, building is half the fun after all! Pascal is looking interesting, although so is Polaris...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, nothing really mot to like here!

First post in this thread should provide some useful reading...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1510328/asus-x99-motherboard-series-official-support-thread-north-american-users-only

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very useful reading! Thanks for the link.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Most welcome :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI usally have OC Genie which does an Auto OC I think. Other than that, lots of videos on YouTube

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Tried OC Genie right off the bat, but the OC never stuck (it would always return to stock clocks after I tried to apply it). Gonna do a manual one instead.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

question, why not move the Corsair H100i to the top and have fans from the front blowing in? Just wondering

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably going to end up doing that, but waiting until the Hue+ shows up to open it back up again. The GPU is definitely suffering from this decision :/... RN there's only one "cool" intake at the front and one exhaust fan.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you noticed an improvement on pc and program startup using the 950 Pro? Is it mainly OS only or do you keep specific programs on that m.2?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

950 pro definitely makes it start up quicker. I haven't timed it, but it flashes the mobo splash screen and then the login screen, no windows screen in between. As to your second question, I keep the OS and very frequently used programs on it (Steam, chrome, etc.).