Description

This machine was designed to be a multi-purpose desktop used for gaming, rendering video and also built to be used for day-to-day tasks.

CPU - There was really only one choice for this if I was going to be considering any sort of CPU-intensive task on the Skylake platform and the Intel Core i7-6700k was it.

Motherboard - This one was a last minute change. I knew that I wanted to do a push/pull configuration on the Corsair H105 AIO cooler that I was using and this board seemed to have all of the fan headers that I would need to make it happen. Previously I had the ASUS Z170-Deluxe as my choice, but due to all of the bad reviews and firmware issues, i chose to pass it up for the ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1.

Memory - I've always been a fan of Corsair's Dominator Platinum memory. This memory is fast and definitely fits the aesthetic look that i was trying to achieve with this build.

Storage - I may end up picking up a mass storage HDD, like the Western Digital Black series, but for now I am going to just enjoy the speed that M.2 has to offer and use the file server I have to store my other content (of course, this doesn't include any games, those will be stored on the Samsung 950 Pro with the OS).

Case - This one I had from my previous build and I really enjoy it. Sometime in the future, I'd like to try my hand at a custom water-cooling loop for the GPU and CPU, so this case was one of the best choices for a mid-sized case.

Video Card - While I don't game enough to feel the need for a GeForce GTX 1080, I did want something that would put really good figures for gaming on 1080p and this EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW seems like it is the perfect compromise between performance and price.

Power Supply - EVGA has an amazing line up of power supplies. When I started designing this build, I knew I would be going with an EVGA unit. The 750w seemed to be the perfect for for this build.

Other - I was really picky about wanting to have a good amount of airflow in my case and I also wanted to utilize a push/pull configuration on the AIO cooler, so I spent the extra money to invest in NB eLoop PWM fans and then chose Corsair Air Series AF140's to do the rest of the work.

Part Reviews

CPU

Another great Intel processor.

CPU Cooler

Great temperatures and an affordable price.

Motherboard

Who needs all of these fan headers, sheesh. This is definitely a wonderful board with great features and aesthetics.

Memory

Fast and visually pleasing, you can't go wrong here.

Storage

While the price is still a bit steep compared to the standard SATA solid-state drives, this one is much faster and I am looking forward to seeing just how impressive it can be.

Video Card

No benchmarks yet, but I am looking forward to getting them once all of my other software is installed and ready to go.

Case

This is a great case for a mid-sized build. So far, no complaints from me.

Power Supply

Reliable and energy efficient, can't beat that.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Build! I am planning to get the Sabertooth Mark 1 as well. Were you able to get the 3000mhz DDR4 Corsair Dominator platinums to work? I ask because the mobo indicates 2133/2400 capability. May I ask what you did to avoid issues using the 3000mhz. Did you also end up installing the two small fans on the mobo as well? I would greatly appreciate your advice for my build. You can see my proposed build below for your reference. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/9yQfhq

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Papparone.

Yes, I was able to get the motherboard to recognize the proper speed of the memory without any additional configuration. I have been a complete slacker and I have not installed the two fans that come with the motherboard yet; however, I am hoping to do that and the thermal pads for my EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW this weekend.

So far your build looks great. My only two questions/comments for you would be: 1. Why so much storage? Do you believe that you will need that much storage? If not, I suggest changing out the Samsung 850 EVO and one Toshiba 3TB 3.5" for a SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 (NVMe) SSD instead. The NVMe will have much better read and write speeds. Not to mention that the Asus SABERTOOTH Z170 MARK 1 has a dedicated M.2 slot, so might as well use it. 2. It shows that you chose an Asus DRW but you do not have any bays in the Fractal Design Define R5. I recommend changing that out for an external DRW instead :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK YOU! I've been searching for someone to confirm that they've been successful in using higher speeds than 2133/2400 on the Sabertooth Mark 1. Did you enable XMP in order for it work at 3000?

I look forward to building with this motherboard!

Great job on your PC!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Isn't the sabertooth amazing? It is honestly one of the best boards avaliable plus the TUF Armor Shielding looks amazing in all black and the white camo option.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I'am very impressed by this board and I'll definitely be buying more ASUS products in the future.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

How is your USB Wifi Adapter working for you? I'm thinking of getting one.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, the speeds seem to be 'as advertised'. I haven't really ran into an issue with that; however, I did run into an issue when I updated Windows 10 Professional (64 bit) to the most recent patch/security update.

The adapter was showing as disconnected in the Network Connections screen where Windows displays the available Ethernet Adapters. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the USB cable, I also attempted connecting the device to different ports (USB 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1) and this made no difference - it was still showing as offline.

Eventually, I fixed this by unplugging the adapter, uninstalling the device in Device Manager, rebooting my computer and then performing a clean install (with ASUS provided utilities/drivers)

So my only warning is to be wary of using this device on Windows 10 when applying patches.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fan headers does this board have ? no including the 2 assist fans .

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I think there is 9 without the 2 assist headers.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops, I named my pc Sabertooth also and used the same gpu! I used the white Sabertooth motherboard instead of the one your using. Nice build.