I'm pretty sure I had a faulty mobo or a bad seat, because it doesn't post if any ram stick is on any A slot. I want to try putting two more modules in there and see if it will post, but that requires me to purchase new ones.
This MOBO got me to 5.1 GHz @ 1.35V, so I'd say it's done a really good job. Reading reviews, however, YMMV. I don't have much advice for you, but if you're looking for something on value, don't get the 9600k; get a ryzen 5 2600 and your money that you can spend will take you much further.
wait, are you controlling the LL120s outside of icue?
You would need to use 2 commander pros to get 9 corsair fans working. I only have 6 in this build, the top 3 fans are the static pressure fans that came with the thermaltake water 3.0 ultimate.
The temp picture is on prime95, which is shown to the right of the hwmonitor temps. I wouldn't recommend my air setup, which you have correct; mine is more for aesthetic than functionality. I believe the best air setup was 3 top intake, 3 bottom intake, and 3 side exhaust. There was a video on youtube where somebody tried all the different setups with 9 fans and figured out the best one, i believe that is the one.
Good build, but quick recommendation: Turn that RGB strip in the bottom on it's side against the frame of the case facing inwards so it's not visible. The loose end looks terrible honestly.
Made a very similar build myself, albeit my CPU/GPU combo wasn't this high end. I know very little about icue and customizing fans, like if I want to have a rainbow wave like effect but choose my own colors. Do you have any info on how to do this and/or videos you used that explain it? I'm at a loss.
Actually, the back panel doesn't fit a 120mm fan. All 6 HD120s are currently configured as exhaust (the pretty side is the direction the air goes away from), with the 3 static fans on the radiator as intake. It's weird having more exhaust, but most PCs don't see an improvement with more than 3 fans as intake, and the fans were chosen just as much for looks as performance.
I loved building it and I love staring at it when I'm not doing anything!
Not really honestly. Make sure you realize there's plastic on the inside of the glass, and it's under the bezel. I didn't even realize until I thought I had scratches on the inside of the glass until they folded out and I realized it was plastic.
Be careful with the top screws. They're sometimes a little fidgety if your radiator screws aren't flush with the dust filter. In addition, you may need pliers or something of the like for some of the screws when you first get it. Some of the internal ones were damn near impossible for me to get out.
Also, DO YOUR CABLE MANAGEMENT AS YOU GO. The PSU and drive bays being in the back make room a little weird if you have a lot of cables. I had to spend way too much time doing cable management in the rear afterwards. Most of the cables will end up very close together because of the shroud/drive bay, and while the cable management for the case is great, it can be a nightmare if you don't plan ahead.
Getting a blower 1070 TI is hard at that price.
I didn't "skimp" on any of the parts, I made it a point not to. I got several of them on sale, hence the reasoning for getting them. For gaming workloads, I don't need high-end NVMe or SSD drives. The cooler is a beast and was on sale. As for the rest, I didn't skimp on a single part.
Sorry, I never really comment on these and didn't even notice the response.
Even if you aren't interested in overclocking, you can stock the i7-8700k and overclock it slightly to get the exact same chip and save about $50. If you're not interested in overclocking, why'd you buy the K chip anyways? Idk, I'm sort of curious on your decision making regarding why you chose the 8086k; to me it has no niche because it's overpriced for non-overclockers and it's literally just a factory overclocked 8700k for those that overclock.
If I were you, I'd honestly sell both 1080s, get a 1080 ti, and wait for the next gen of video cards. Anticipating AMD's step back into the graphics card competition (there's a huge opening after the flop RTX release), Nvidia's next generation of cards are likely to be a way bigger step. Even despite the flop, historically, each great innovation when it comes to graphics cards, CPUs, etc. has always had a first release, which is usually a concept with negligible major improvements over existing tech. Usually the 2nd release of a new technology is the one that effectively makes the technology mainstream, with major improvements in performance and price over the first version.
tl;dr that paragraph; stick with the 10 series cards, but get a ti and save some money, SLI is pretty much useless with 10 series cards and that's not going to change. The 2nd gen of RTX cards will be good.
Honestly, you only have 1 TB of total space on the 860; I would recommend picking up a 480GB ADADA XPG SX8200. It's about $100, a huge bargain, and if you wait another month and pick it up on black friday you can probably get it around $80. Using that as your boot drive and for your favorite games would be great.
Even as a bit of an enthusiast myself, I've never been that interested in water cooling graphics cards. It's never really seemed all that useful to me, and I would worry more about a spill than I probably should. It seems to be more a "liquid cooling enthusiast" thing more than a useful gaming improvement.
Why did you get an 8086k? It's literally just an 8700k with a higher stock speed, which for non overclockers is great but with that cooler I'm sure you're overclocking, especially since otherwise you would never get a K series chip anyways.
What's the idea behind using 1080s SLI instead of just a 1080ti or hell even a 2080 at that price?
Also, if you're looking for another upgrade to this, consider an NVMe drive over a regular SSD, the difference in speeds is comparable to the difference between an HDD and SSD, although you won't notice it as much because SSDs are already so fast.
Also shoutout to you for including mountain dew in your PC build. Probably need about half of those over the course of a build this big lmfao.
I love these fans and I'm desperate to get my hands on these. For whatever reason, they disappeared off of amazon not long ago and it's infuriating because I can't find them anywhere else. If you have any help there that would be very much appreciated.
What do you mean by the fans being "very touchy"? and more importantly, what is the "right order"? I've never heard that with regards to fans but with such cheap but good fans I wouldn't be surprised at a catch there.