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Well finally got around to getting this done and I couldn't be happier. Actually, I'm sure I can but not right now.

I was torn between the 5820k and the 6700k and I likely should have gone with the 58 but screw it. I built it and I love it.

Went with a black and red theme which has been done but it happens to be my favorite color combo.

This is an interesting build based on the Corsair Carbide 600 case. You'll see the window is on the right side, not the left. Due to this, everything is inverted. The motherboard is upside down and all of the cards are also upside down. The ports in the back? You guessed it...upside down. That said, it's not a big deal as I really like the Corsair case. It's sleek and clean and looks great IMO. I do wish it were a bit smaller though.

I went with the ASUS Z170 Deluxe MB which has just about every bell and whistle you could need. The install was easy and I liked that it was ready for the Samsung 950 Pro SSD without the need for an adapter. The other nice thing is it has an adapter that will accept another M.2 if I decide to put one in. (And I will)

Speaking of the 950. That sucker flat out moves! I have Windows 10- 64 loaded as my boot drive. You'll see some of the benchmark testing in the photos.

The MSI 970 is a great GPU as well to round out the build. While it was a bit of overkill for my purposes in editing, it should still serve me well in Photoshop. It's got a good look and you can make cool LED adjustments to the MSI dragon logo on the side, changing it from pulse to breath or flash with multiple color options.

For the DDR4 RAM I just went with 32GB of Corsair Vengence 2666 and will likely move up to 32 GB of G Skill but I'm in no rush right now.

Holding down the CPU fort is the Cooler Master V8. It is one wicked looking thing! I loved that it glows red which helped compliment the build. It was a little challenging to install given the size. The screws holding it in were tough to fasten as the I/O on the ASUS MB didn't leave much room for my fingers. Ultimately, with way more than I care to think about in dropped screws that needed to be fished out, I got it done. I also installed two 120mm Cougar red LED fans up front and kept the three 140mm Corsair fans moving two to the bottom and keeping one in the back. The air flow goes in from the front and back and exhausts through the base fans. So far the whole thing runs nice, quiet, and cool.

I haven't really had a chance to test out the Sound Blaster as I built on the kitchen table but I will tomorrow when I move it into it's home in the office. UPDATE I tried to get the card to work with my Bose Companion 5 speakers but didn't even think about the fact they are USB. Trying to think through a workaround but short of plugging in a male/male jack from the volume dock to the card, which sounds like crap, I am stuck. U{DATE 2 I ended up setting up my Harmon/Kardon wireless speaker by way of a male to male 3.5mm cable and it works. Still not the final solution.

Finally the 6700k. What can I say about it that hasn't been said. It's fast and I ended up going with it and the Z170 form factor so maybe I can get a few years and an upgrade or two out of them.

The build took about three days for me as having never done this before I took more time than I expect most would. I maybe buy a few longer cables so I can tuck them way a bit better but all in all I think it looks pretty clean. I'm just really glad it fired up. That's a tense moment flipping that switch for the first time and waiting to see something on the monitor! I didn't have any issues except when restarting, it would lose the Samsung as the boot drive and ask me to pick a new one. I had to go into the Bios a few times to over ride it and finally let windows take a stab at fixing it and it's been fine since.

I've done no overclocking yet as I need to do a bit more research first. The MSI MB does have a handy program that walks you through an EZ mode to increase performance which is cool.

I did some bench marks and you can see the results. I ran them at a couple of different points as at first I had Norton and some other resource suckers turned on. Once I removed them it got a bit quicker.

Looks like the CPU went for a max load of 4535 MHz. UPDATE The CPU is now running comfortably at 4.4 GHz. With a max push to 4800 MHz. But once I got up in that space messing around the system kindly told me to cut the crap and restarted itself for me as punishment.

UPDATE 2 She's now running stable at 4800 and 80 degrees not pushing over 1.332v and holding. This chip really rocks!

Take a look and let me know what you think.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! Would you mind doing me a favor and measuring the bottom inside of the case from the front to the back where the 360 radiator mounting location would be? Also, can you please measure from the inside bottom left up to the bay shroud where the 2 intake fans are?

I'm trying to determine if this case is capable of running a 280mm radiator in the front and a 360mm radiator in the bottom at the same time. Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll take a look when I get home in a little bit and send along.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much. I greatly appreciate it!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the measurement from left to right across the 360 mount is 16.5".

Now that was measured true front to back on the case, not front to back as you're looking in from the side. If you were looking for the distance from the clear side panel to the motherboard side it would be about 8 1/8".

Top to bottom to the bottom of the shroud is 13 1/8" and if you went no shroud you'd have 14 3/4" to work with.

Right now I have no shroud because the braided PSU cable to the radiator fan wasn't long enough and the shroud won't seat with the extra thick cable in between that and the frame.

Let me m kW if you need anything else.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem at all. Have four 8gb sticks in there with no apparent clearance issues at all. Been running it since day one without any problems.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if I was the first but guess since I finished installing drivers this morning I would have to have been close! Time to fine tune it now and see what I can squeeze out of her!

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  • 49 months ago
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Appreciate it. Wasn't sure what to expect from my first one but it turned out okay in the end.

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