I primarily use this for gaming and extreme overclocking.
This is the first build that I've done in about a decade, my last build was an AMD Athlon 64 X2 with 4GB of RAM and a 1GB ATI 5770. It lasted me about seven years before it opted out of life.
I went through some growing pains with this build however everything turned out perfectly in the end. I'd first started this system out with an AMD 2700X that tir Ed out to be problematic from the start. After three motherboard changeouts, four sets of RAM and finally a second processor, through my frustrations and RMAs I decided that AMD was not a good choice for my application. I was faced with constant application crashes, BSODs, and poor performance across the board which was a surprise to many as everyone else I know with a 2700X has absolutely no problems. I'd concluded that it was a matter of supremely bad luck with parts.
This is my first water cooled PC that I have ever done and decided to straight for rigid tubing as I find soft tubing unpleasant to look at.
I currently have my CPU overclocked to 5.2GHz and it's thermals are 27C idle and high 40's to low 50's under load.
My GPUs also rarely reach 50C under load and are in the ballpark of 2,100MHz on the core.
Sorry about the blue light in some of my photos, my other hobby is a coral reef tank.
This CPU is absolutely amazing. I got lucky with my chip and managed a good low temperature with reasonable voltage at 5.2GHz.
This boars not only performs beautifully, but is in itself absolutely gorgeous. It makes for easy stable overclocking with the use of the training AI and overall broad range of control options.
This is some of the best RAM I've used, it's currently overclocked to 3,466MHz with 4 DIMMs on my Maximus XI Formula and holding stable.