Description

Note: re-uploaded the build because I couldn't edit it for some reason. I promise I'll put up better pictures ;)

Build Goal:

This was my first computer build ive ever done. All the same, I wanted to make a computer that would get really good performance at the lowest price I could get. Thanks to the suggestions of friends and members on the forums, I was able to create a computer that does remarkably well in benchmarks and actual use, all for under 1400 dollars.

Use:

I primarily use this PC for AutoCAD, inventor, gaming, video editing, photo renders, and game design. For this reason I wanted to go with a good CPU, as well as a good GPU, as I did not want to lag or wait at all anymore for any operation to complete.

Parts Explanation:

  1. Graphics card: I went with the MSI 980ti 6g edition. Mine was a limited edition gold edition, which not only looks sexy, but performs even sexier. I was able to avoid the price premium for the special edition thanks to Massdrop. Originally, I had a gtx 970, but over time as I optimized my build was able to switch to the gtx 980ti.

  2. CPU: I wanted ddr4 RAM and a lasting build, so I knew I wanted skylake, as it supports ddr4, and uses the newest Intel LGA 1151a socket. This way, as newer skylajws come out, I can always upgrade. I went for the i56600k, as it overclocks like a beast, while remaining relatively cool. At the same time, the 6600k also has great single core performance, and its four cores are more than enough for any application I'd be running.

  3. RAM As I use a lot of RAM intensive applications and have historically been limited by what I could do as a result, I went with 32 GB of RAM. I also wanted the RAM to be as fast as possible, so I additionally made sure to get the highest clock I could get without over-budgeting. Because I do plan to continue updating the computer, and I wasn't sure if any future cooler might have specific RAM tolerances, I went with low profile RAM. This made vengeance lpx 2666mhz my best bet.

  4. Motherboard: I went with the Asus z170a lga 1151a board, as it includes multiple PCI expansion slots, supports overclocks up to 5ghz, supports ddr4 and GPU SLI, and because it's white accents fit very well into the theme of the build. It's also future proof, as it supports up to 64 GB RAM, and the second graphics card.

  5. Storage: I went with a 240gb ssd for my applications and operating system, so that I can boot quickly, and load files and applications without long waits. I also went with a 2tb mass storage hard drive for all my files and documents.

Build:

Building in the s340 case was a dream. The only real issues I ran into was getting the HD audio pushed in all the way for the front port, and the back of the case did not have sufficient room for the neatest cable management.

Ambient temperature at idle with a room temp of 26 degrees was a solid 24 degrees, with CPU at about 25 degrees, and GPU at about 27 degrees. Under load, the CPU hit 49-53 degrees, while the GPU hit 60 degrees.

Benchmarks:

  1. Cinebench: Cpu: 750 CB score with cpu@ 4.1ghz GPU: 192.43 fps @ 50mhz over clocked

  2. Witcher 3 Ultra, hairworks, mssa- vsync- 60fps@ 1920*1080

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Strong build and well put together but give us more photos bro.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I will, I just need to get a better camera for it :p

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I uploaded some new photos!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the name. \m/ \m/

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good.

Your case airflow will improve if your cpu cooler does a 180. As it is, it's blowing against the current.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That might be very true. I just realized that I screwed up.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

New photo's, fixed that little issue ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

are you gutted the GTX 1080 outperforms the 980ti?*

*from most of the benchmarks ive seen

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and no... I got the parts before the 1080 came out.. It's still better than or equal to a 1070. Considering it was 100 dollars cheaper than the nvidia 1080 will be at launch I'm pretty OK with it.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah :p the 980ti is still good but all the benchmarks so far are stock clocks and coolers

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  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Who honestly cares at this point this build is magnifeco I loves it I'm so SICK of everyone talk about the next gen GPUs let's talk about including them in someones build when they're actually released? Constantly bringing up 1070s/1080s is pretty redundant unless someone specifically puts something in the description stating they want one later on.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you haha

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't hear my card at all.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good name, the colours do look like lava. I like it!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I uploaded some new pictures!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor are you using?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

HP pavilion. For now: p

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

great build:)

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The power supply does its job, so no complaints there. The extra money for the 6700k would have gone over budget, and I don't really need the extra threads for most of what I do.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't want to play a wait game. I can wait until July\ august for a good third party board maker, or I can have the system 3 months earlier. With the 980ti out for so long now, I can get flash deala and eventually buy a second one for SLI, hence why I went with a PSU that costs barely any extra but provides me with 750watts. Again, the 6700k is over kill- no great in game performance gains (0-1 fps) and the 6600k overclocks way better. The 4 extra threads don't hell in anything except video editing, or multi tasking, which I won't be doing much of. By getting the 6600k now, I can save 130 dollars, and eventually get an insane 450 dollar CPU, or wait for the second round of skylake cpus to come out.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

AutoCad, Inventor, and game design are all single or two core optimized. Four cores/ four threads is all you need at that point, and it's more about single core performance, where the 6600k absolutely kills it.

Buying an over-powered cpu a year after it comes out is also a bad investment- we're at most a year away from much more powerful Skylake CPU's, and i can get a more expensive one then. The CPU i have now still has retail value then- I can sell it at a loss of only $50.

There's no point in mentioning the 1080 yet at all. Buying a reference graphics card is always a waste of money, as they do not come bundled with free games or optimized cooling systems. Down the line, the 1080 will have many, better, variants made by board partners. Maybe I will invest then.

Also, at the moment, the 980ti (when over-clocked) is actually doing very well when bench-marked against the 1080- it reaches about 90+% performance of a 1080, again, for $100 less.

Finally, why do i need to defend my decision to build a cool, OP computer a few months earlier, and enjoy it for the summer, when I will have the most free time anyway?

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I've since turned it around. I mistakenly put it the wrong side around. It's a sweet cooler, and I can easily overclock the i56600k to 4.7 GHz or higher. No ram clearance issues at all either!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive hit 5.1 , but I don't like keeping it that high because of the temps:p probably would t be stable in games as a result:p