Description

My first build!

I plan on using this PC mostly for shooter games and video editing in 2K for the next 4 to 5 years with a GPU swap out in 2 or 3 years if necessary.


CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

            Overclock: 4.66 GHZ          Voltage Setting: AUTO

            Idle Temp: 22 C                   Load Temp (AIDA64): 62 C

I chose the Z170 platform with an Intel Skylake i7 6700K to have the latest RAM and Storage options, good temperatures, and an enjoyable overclocking experience.

I only plan on using two to three GPUs and do not need the additional lanes of Haswell. I emailed Gigabyte and they claim that I will have a full 32 lanes available for GPUs with three x4 M.2 SSDs installed and that they would have listed any limitations of the motherboard in the product description if there were any. I can verify that there are at least 16 lanes available for GPUs with 3 M.2 x4 SSDs installed, I will update on the actual number of lanes I am seeing when I get the second GPU.

I ended up using the AUTO setting for voltage when applying an overclock, as it has a very wide range and works well. I have seen the voltage to the CPU reach 1.417 V on AUTO, plenty enough.


CPU Cooler: EKWB Predator 360

There are are a lot of people who have had issues with this cooler on amazon but my experience has been a positive one. I am getting good cooling performance as you can see by my CPU temps above and the installation was easy enough. I do hear it making bubbling noises from time to time, but it is infrequent. I run my pump at full speed to get the performance I want. The fans seem to have little to no affect on CPU temperatures when running the pump at full, I essentially treat them as case fans.


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE EATX LGA1151

The Gigabyte Z170 SOC Force has everything I could ever want in a motherboard and more. The aesthetics are exactly what I was looking for.

I don't know if it is operator error or an issue with the motherboard, but I have not gotten any of the buttons on the motherboard to work for me (other than the CMOS button). I also was having issues with loading different BIOS profiles after a system crash while overclocking, I think I just wasn't waiting long enough for the profile to load though.

Update 4/11/16: I have discovered through my testing that this motherboard will support 4-way SLI (x8 per GPU) and 3 Samsung 950 Pro's (x4 each) at the same time with full bandwidth! This is an amazing motherboard!!


Memory: G.Skill TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3400

                  Speed: 3400 XMP

I chose the G.Skill TridentZ series based on positive reviews of G.Skill products in general and the great aesthetics of the TridentZ. I selected the 16-18-18-38 timing as it has proven the most consistently stable (as per the reviews on Newegg) and a speed of 3400 as that is about as fast as you can go while still getting some value for your money (this is based on a fairly detailed study I remember reading sometime after Skylake launched, although the cost of fast DDR4 memory has been falling recently, so things may have changed since then).


Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 SSD

I wanted the best of everything in this build and there is not much debating the power of the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSDs. See pictures for my CrystalDiskMark snip.


Video Card(s): EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB K|NGP|N ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI)

                        GPU Clock (Under Load): 1290 MHz            Memory Clock: 7010 MHz

GPU 1 (Top)          Idle Temp: 32 C* (Fans at 64%)     Load Temp: 64 C* (Fans at 100%)

GPU 2 (Bottom)   Idle Temp: 28 C*  (Fans at 19%)     Load Temp: 58 C* (Fans at 100%)

22.4 C room temperature, GPU temps set to throttle at 64 C, running Battlefront in Ultra at 2K

I was originally wanting to use two Titan X Hybrids, but decided they were too expensive and realized the radiators were going to take up more of the case then I wanted. I then decided I'd drop down to two 980 Ti Classifieds, but once I finished my build (less the GPUs), I realized that the rest of my build would outclass the Classifieds aesthetics, enter the 980 Ti Kingpins! More to come once I get the second 980 Ti Kingpin and start overclocking.


Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower

I chose the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower after seeing it on HardwareCanucks (Youtube).

My criteria for a case was simple:

  1. It fit under my desk
  2. Looks nice (IMO)
  3. Support for 4-way SLI if I wanted to be crazy (well, crazier, I guess)

It didn't hit the mark on number three (only 7 expansion slots (three graphics cards)), but neither did anything else that met requirement one :P So I sacrificed the ability for one extra card I will likely never install, so be it.

This case has great fit and finish, save for a few scratches I made while building and a sizable gouge from the factory on the bottom of the case.

Cable management is fairly easy in the EVOLV ATX, with a sizable opening behind the right side panel and around the PSU to work with.

Other than the gouge on the bottom of the case, the only other issue I had was with one of the motherboard standoffs which did not align well with the hole in the motherboard; I ended up screwing the screw in and out until I opened the hole up in the motherboard enough to compensate. I don't know if it was the motherboard or the case that had the alignment issue.


Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

I chose the EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W PSU because:

  1. Its EVGA
  2. Its a P2
  3. It has everything I need.

1600W will give me more than enough headroom to do 3-way SLI if I so choose.


Pictures taken with Lumia 950 and lots of lights.



Guide for installing Windows 10 OS in RAID on Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSDs:

Here is how I did it...

Step 1: Prepare your PC for OS installation (complete your build, add SSDs, backup data currently stored on SSDs, etc. all that apply to your build)

Step 2: Use a 5GB or larger USB stick to create GPT formatted Windows 10 installation media, (note all data will be lost when creating installation media) I used Rufus.

Step 3: Turn on your PC and press the Delete button to enter the UEFI BIOS. Follow the pictures above (12-20) to prepare your BIOS to accept a RAID volume (the pictures are in the proper order). After saving and exiting the BIOS after the 20th picture, reenter the BIOS and continue with the 22nd picture. Picture 23 was borrowed from PCPerspective's guide.

Step 4: After you have saved and exited the BIOS for the second time, you can boot from your installation media. You will need to load the Intel RST driver from the folder you created in your installation media USB stick in order for windows to install.

Step 5: Follow Windows installation prompts and you are done!

This is the first guide I have made, let me know how I did and what I can improve upon.

This RAID installation process is also detailed in the motherboards manual on pages 69-73.


Tags: 980 Ti, Kingpin, Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD, Evolv ATX, TridentZ, trident z, AF140, SP120, XB271HU, Acer, EKWB Predator 360, DXRacer, Deep Cool RGB Color LED, Cablemod E-Series, Xbox Elite Controller, Windows 10 Pro Full, Gigabyte GA-Z170X-SOC Force EATX LGA1151, insane, crazy, high end, water cooled, The Force, K|ngp|n

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 6 points

Me when I saw the inside

I like it alot!

You have my upvote.

If you use it for FPS's you may want to give it a better fitting name, like...

.50 CAL!!!!!

I like that a bit better, but hey, that's me.

And please don't tell me that FPS games are gonna be all you play, this rig has so much more potential.

:)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I love the gif :D

I'm planning on making a build using the same CPU, MoBo and SSD's but I'll probably just use my 270x's in 2x crossfire untill Pascal / Polaris launch in June.

i plan on using it to play and record Star Citizen :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx, I like this build alot.

That would be a good idea man.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

More pictures it's almost 7k! I wanna see the beauty!

So far from what I see def a beast of a system!

+9999

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Build complete and pictures updated!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the update! The build looks amazing. I didn't realize the first time that those 980TI's are the KINGPIN edition!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The computer will be more like $5500 on its own, I am including my entire desk setup in the parts list. I will include a picture of my entire setup soon.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Still! 5.5K and 3 pics with out everything included :(

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, the wait is no fun for me either :( I was just excited to share what I have thus far.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

2 980ti kingpins, I think I need a new pair of pants

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Now I can't afford any more new pants :( ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks beast.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love the looks of the SOC Force motherboard.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that thing looks realy amazing.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Beast of a PC! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Erm... u only have 20 lanes for PCIe connection, suppose the SSDs use 4x each, you are stuck with 4x max for your GPUs, which I'm not sure if it'll work at all, and even if it does, won't be optimal. IF YOUR PC DOES NOT WORK AS DESIRED AFTER THE BUILD, THIS IS THE PROBLEM Do return 2 SSDs so that ur GPUs use 8x connection each and 4x for the SSD. Even better, use some money( which I'm sure you have tons of) to go to x99 platform, so you can use the 3 SSDs in RAID 0 and GPUs in 8x.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

16*

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I installed the first GPU with no issues and it is running at 16x.

Worst case scenario: I install the second GPU in the second slot so that it will share the 16 lanes with the second card leaving 8x for each. I'm not concerned with giving up the small performance gain from 16x.

Best case scenario: I install the second GPU in the third slot and the system automatically drops the 16x slots down to 8x because it recognizes the lack of the necessary number of lanes. I don't understand enough about pcie lanes yet to know whether that would happen. I sent an email to Gigabyte asking them the question, we will see what they say.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's best u check ur MOBO manual, I'm sure that you can only run 8x each for the GPUs since ur CPU only has 20 lanes for PCIE, which definetly is NOT a problem, as you will see little to no performance hit. BUT, factor in those M.2 SSDS Taking up 4x lanes EACH, you basically have 4x left for the each of the GPUs, which I'm not sure will even work properly. My advice is to either leave out 2 SSDs or a GPU, then, ur PC will be fine. C what type of workload u work more with. Leave out a single GPU if u r doing video editing and the SSDs if u r using the PC mainly for gaming.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The SSD's are running off the Z170 chipset which has 20 PCIE 3.0 lanes and the GPU is running off of the CPU which has another 20 PCIE 3.0 lanes, for a total of 40.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

oh okay

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the three M.2's installed and both GPU's are running at x16 for a total of 32 lanes available for GPU's when all M.2 slots are filled, 4-way SLI will work!!! This motherboard is awesome :) :) :) My CrystalDiskMark scores are still the same.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow gd for u m8

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Beastly rig, +1 for the name

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I wanted to use "First Build (The Force Awakens)" for the name but didn't want to run into any copyright issues, I don't know those rules and didn't want to take any chances, so I decided against it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude nice rig but ... Enough with the bios pics we wanna see the rig!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I should be getting the second GPU today, more pictures of the completed build will be added within the next two days.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures updated.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Corsair case fan are overpriced, but damn this build looks amazing

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just updated with pictures of the completed build :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Props for the build and it's very clean. You went with EK Predator 360 which is very nice. What's your thoughts on the EK 360 kits if you didn't go push pull config?

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you install 3 950 pro m.2 drives

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I will post pictures and a step by step walk through within the next week. Search: "Triple M.2 Samsung 950 Pro Z170 PCIe NVMe RAID Tested" in the meantime to see PCPerspective's rundown on their site and youtube.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I just posted a rough guide of how I did it. I used the Motherboard manual and PCPerspective as my resources for setting up the RAID. Check my build decription and pictures for the guide.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Those Expensive quality parts +1 For those people like myself who is a student and doesn't have that much money, a simple samsung 850 Evo on Rapid mode can compete with those M.2 ssd. This is my samsung 850 evo 250gb benchmark on CrystalDiskMark

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

True, the 950's are an absolute overkill!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

just curious can you enable Rapid mode in one of those M.2 ssd?(through the samsung magician program) or rapid can only be enabled in sata ssd's

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It must be annoying to have the GPUs come last, but still a great build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, bothersome. But I am using cash only, so I'm not paying any interest, it is worth the cost savings in the long run :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU's added, pictures updated.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, glad you got them in there.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a technical question; 6700K has 16 PCI-E lanes plus 4 from chipset, right? NVidia card needed minimal 8x lanes to work, isn't it? That ssd requires 4x each, isn't it? So the real question is, how do you get all of those pcie pheriperal to actually works at the same time?

No offense kay? Just curiousity of a noob... oh +1 btw

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My understanding is that the PCIE lanes for the M.2 drives are stolen from all but two ASMedia controlled SATA ports, so GPUs should still have all lanes available. Thanks for the question, I will look into it further and update once I am certain ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It appears no matter what else you have installed on your motherboard, you will always have 32 lanes available for GPU's (4-way SLI will work (x8 per card) with three 950 pro's installed). Each of the two GPU's I have are running at PCI-E 3.0 x16 @ x16 3.0 even when both storage and graphics are at 100% load, verifying full bandwidth at all times. This motherboard provides many extra lanes through its extra chips Gigabyte added on, there are 32 lanes for graphics, 12 total for M.2 SSD's and SATA ports, and however many lanes (if lanes are used) for the ASMedia SATA ports.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, so thats how... btw now that you mention it, how many lanes can that board (PLX chip) add to the system? Anyway thank you very much for your answer! :)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

WHERE ARE THOSE HOT GPUS?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU's added, pictures updated.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

YUM

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

do raid 5 for redundancy and speed

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you actually put the water-block on the correct way....

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is amazing.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Build completed, pictures updated.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Faboulous..... what asic do the GPUs have?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I ordered 72, but it just tested 76.8 :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

They have a T2 version of the 1600 and T > P > G > S > B > ?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on making a build using the same CPU, MoBo and SSD's but i'm thinking about using a Cooler Master, Master Case 5 Pro. That being said pcpartpicker is telling me that since the MoBo is EATX and the case is ATX it won't fit, so i was wondering since your case is listed as an ATC mid tower case if you had any problems with clearances.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew the motherboard would fit in the EVOLV ATX because Phanteks specifies E-ATX compatibility up to 264mm wide on their website and that is the width of this motherboard. I see no such distinction on Cooler Master's website for that case, so I don't think so :(

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

A quick search just brought up a forum discussion on the issue and they claim a maximum fit of 11", if that is true then is should fit without modification and with room to spare, although you have probably already found that page. Good luck!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ty for getting back to me :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Your welcome!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Im really interested in using the motherboard for my first build. I saw some reviews claiming strange mouse and keyboard performance. Have you had any issues with the board? Also, 3 M.2 cards? Holy balls!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The only issues I have had is: the CSM Support switch in the BIOS switching to enabled on its own on occasion, the hardware buttons on the motherboard not working, and more recently the BIOS losing all my saved BIOS profiles and settings after connecting a g sync monitor. Most of the time I needed to use the clear CMOS button if I over clocked the CPU to the point of a hard lock, as the BIOS would freeze when trying to load my saved profiles. I had no issues with the keyboard in the BIOS, but the mouse requires a lot of travel to get movement.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, have you submitted ur pc to booted on Kyle's chanell. Cos if not someone stole ut pc pics and enteRd a show with a prize of 500$

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I submitted :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build alot. I wonder if you can put another ek predator 240 on top with ek predator 360 in front ?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me first start saying that your build looks fantastic! I do have a question: Is it possible to flip the 360 predator in front so the pump is on the bottom side? do the screwholes on the predator/fans still line up with the case in that config or isn't there enough clearance in the bottom to accommodate the extra length of the pump/reservoir.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your build and it is very similar to one that I am planning.

Do you think you could fit 3X120mm fans on the top, or would they run into the Predator? What if you moved the Predator to the top, do you think you could put 3X120mm fans on the front?

I am trying to find data on this, but am struggling to get a definitive answer. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Just beautiful.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

is it possible to add more 950 pros to the raid 0 configuration via a m.2 to pcie adapter?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig I liked the red and black theme. Do you know the measurements for the costume cables?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the most insane LGA 1151 builds I've seen, +1 for the specs. Colour scheme is great, I'd have used ROG components.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the push-pull configuration in this build. And not too much red. Great job!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I only see one TERRIBLE!!! thing about this build.

You need a new desk. It has to be considered a sin to hide that beauty under the desk!!!

I know this build was done a couple years ago so i can only hope that its now in a better spot.

Other than that its an amazing build, very clean.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

GPUs will be added, give me time :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU's added, pictures updated.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Build complete, pictures updated.

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