Description

While I have extensive PC building experience, I had not built myself a PC since my 2009 build which was an Asus Maximus III Mobo with Intel I7 860 CPU. It served me well, and I really liked the idea of building the same level of PC with the new versions of my old Hardware. I have to say that the build went great, and I did not run into any problems at all....something which does not normally happy, but I was more than happy to put this system together quickly and with no serious issues. As a disclaimer I will say that I bought my parts over the past 3 months as sales came up. This was good, but also risky.....I bought all the parts locally here in Ottawa at either Canada Computers, or NCIX. They made it clear to me that the exchange policy came into effect on the date of the sale and not the date of installation. As you can see I still have not purchased my GPU, and I am waiting to see what happens with the RX 480 and GTX 1060 before I finally decide which GPU to pick up. I may even get a GTX 970 if the price is right. I will be sticking with 1080p gaming for the next 24 months at least so I am not looking for anything crazy like a 1070 or 1080.....still it will come down to best price/performance for my specific useage.

I had considered going with the Corsair H100i V2 AIO cooler, but in the end the fact I decided to get the I7 6700K instead of the I5 6600K and the fact that the H110i GTX was only $129.00 I had to get the later. I am glad I did....my temps have been really low. I have been able to OC my CPU to 4.7 with zero issues at all.....and that was at a higher voltage than I would normally have used(the Motherboard was auto setting the voltage and I was not keeping track at first, but it had pushed the voltage to over 1.45 Volts, however the temps were still under 50c while running Benchmarking software. When I did notice the Voltage was running too high I set it to manual in the Bios/UEFI and now I am slowly OCing with low voltages...and temps are even cooler.....I have not yet gone past 1.285 Volts and have hit 4.5GHZ with no stability issues and have been able to run at around 44-47 C under load.....so things could not have gone better for me in that regard.

In addition to my CPU cooler coming with 2 140mm fans I also bought 2 be Quiet 140mm fans for exhaust on the top of the case, and the case came with one 120mm fan on the rear for added exhaust. I have the CPU cooler running in a Pull configuration with a Balanced profile in the Link software...and it is staying nice and cool :)

I got 32gb of ram as I am planning to take advantage of the Asus Ram disk, I thought it might be nice to install programs or games to the ram disk and the price was right so I went with the 32GB instead of the original 16GB I was planning to go with .

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I did alot of research on the ram thing because I was going to do the same, but after looking at benchmarks (alot of them) they ran just as well as they would on a mid range SSD. I don't know though maybe I should have just tried it for myself, let me know how it works! and buy the way man I have the 1070 and it is CRAZY it runs super high overclocks at super low temps! It ran in heaven at 2050MHZ Clock, +250 Memory, +15 Power for four hours and never broke 60 C and thats the founders edition, alls I'm saying is that if your going to go with the extra ram, an ssd, and an I7 6700K then you might as well get a GPU that will last you as long as your last build did.. just my input. Amazing build though and some great deals on all your parts!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Get the RX! :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I will try the Ram Disk out and let you know how it works.....Thanks for the info on the 1070....man I would love to get it, but I am not sure I can justify the extra cost. Who knows maybe it will go on sale or something and I can pick one up too:)

The RX is very nice too.....but it runs hot...and does not seem to be OCing very well. Still I will wait and see what the 3rd party vendors can offer.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you go with a discreet graphics card? The specs on this build tell me it is for gaming, so i would suggest a rgb gpu like the asus gtx 1080. Nevertheless this is an awesome build and I hope it serves you well.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!, I am buying a discreet GPU. I was waiting to see what the RX 480 and GTX 1060 had to offer. I do plan to Game on it, however only at 1080p, so the GTX 1080 would have been overkill for my application.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 4x8GB or 2x(2x8GB) of RAM in your case not 2x16GB? People have been telling me to get 2 modules because the ASUS Maximus Hero VIII is a dual channel board and will put less stress on the mobo and cpu.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally was planning to get only 16gb of Ram, so I bought a kit with the two sticks.....later I found out about the ASUS Ramdisk and thought it sounded cool. As a result I ordered another identical kit to have lots of ram to set up a 10GB ram disk to run Games from...or install programs too....it was mostly for my own interest at that point. I could have gone with the Bigger Ram but honestly it was past the return date, and I don't think I will ever need anymore RAM in this Computer. As for the performance I can tell you it is plenty Fast.....I have run a variety of Benchmarks....such as Sandra....and Aida 64...ect...and my system comes up quicker than the reference system with the same CPU and same speed memory.