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Greeting fellow PC Building enthusiasts!

Originally this build started out as a simple upgrade to my old build Decidedly Last Gen but it soon turned into a completely new build that was revised about 3-4 times. If you're a big fan of long descriptions then stick around, if not then I'll put a TL;DR at the bottom lol

At first I just wanted to swap out my 770's for a beefy 3 slot 980ti, something like the Zotac 980ti AMP! Extreme edition. After searching for a bit on eBay I found one that had the option of giving a "Best Offer", so I offered what I saw other 980ti's were going for at the time (about $380 two months ago). Almost two days go by and I never got a counteroffer (but my offer was still waiting) so I started looking for other cards because I figured the seller was just going to let my offer expire. I found the same model (Zotac 980ti AMP! Extreme) that had about an hour left in bidding, I jumped on it. The bids go to $390 but I won the card! I immediately paid the seller and then to my horror I saw a notification pop up in my browser... The seller of the ORIGINAL 980ti that I had sent an offer to accepted it, with not counter offer! insert panic and profuse sweating here

So here I am a few days later with 2 monster sized 980ti's at a loss for what to do. I decide that I'll keep one of them and sell the other one locally to get some extra cash maybe for a shiny new monitor. Before selling the extra card however I tried installing one of them inside my Air 240 so I could sell the 770's as well... No dice. The card fits length wise (even with a radiator) but is too wide for the power cables to be plugged in with the side panel on. So now I have 2 beefy 980ti's that I can't even use in my build (in it's current state). insert higher level of panic here

That day I decide to sell my Decidedly Last Gen build and make an entirely new build based off the 980ti's in SLI. I run through a few options and finally find a motherboard and case that would fit these two in SLI (the EVGA Z170 Classified and Air 540 were my choices) at which point I start buying parts. First I bought the 6600k, another SSD, the CPU cooler and some fans... I'm really lucky that I did these first because that SAME WEEK the new GTX 1070's released; they had performance that rivaled my 980ti's, had more VRAM, consumed less power and had some badass aftermarket coolers. insert frustration here

At this point I'm at a crossroads, do I keep the 980ti's and continue to build a monster of a computer or do I sell them and free up some funds for buying into the new 10XX series? After looking at dozens of benchmarks, asking around on multiple subreddits and forums I decided to sell the 980ti's. I'm not going to list ALL of the reasons that led me to this conclusion but I'm 85% sure it was the right choice, feel free to criticize me (constructively of course) if you want to in the comments. I quickly sold the 980ti's locally (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and used the extra money to buy a P279Q, some sweet sleeved cables and a PSU! I ordered the other parts online while deliberating over which 10XX series card to buy... The new EVGA ACX 3.0 shroud has been a point of contention for a lot of people lately but I actually really dig them; I thought they might look rad in SLI so I went ahead and bit the bullet on two of them from Best Buy, they price matched Amazon so it wasn't a bad deal... Now if I could only get a HB SLI Bridge from EVGA that would be STELLAR!

So that's pretty much it! Like I said before, I managed to score a P279Q off Craigslist and the difference between my old 1080p 60hz monitor is HUGE. Playing Overwatch, Doom and other fast paced games is like night and day. I went with a Steel Series keyboard because I don't like how loud mechanical keyboards are but I still wanted something that felt good to type on, got the mouse to match it. I used an SSD from one of my old builds Portable Gaming Box so I didn't need to buy a new Windows license. The desk was from Ikea, it's the MALM fold out desk with a rolling cabinet, great for storing screws/tools/computer parts!

TL;DR - After going through a bunch of revisions (one of which involved swapping my GPU choice after I had already bought 2) I landed on a 6600k, 1070 SLI setup that I'm more than happy with!

Any comments/questions are greatly appreciated!

-Brandon

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice clean build +1 I was also undecided about going for 1080 or 1070 SLI, coming from a 980 ti. I finally went with EVGA 1080 FE SLI and i'm getting 10033 on Time Spy, 21891 on Fire Strike and 15701 on Fire Strike extreme. Still waiting for HB SLI bridge to go on stock. Not decided if I want the evga or nVidia bridge but from the forums I see most people saying the nVidia bridge is better build quality wise. Good luck with your great build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Those are some great scores!

After some driver updates, optimization and over clocking I'm at 8568 in Time Spy and 20511 in Firestrike. I'm pretty happy with my scores considering some people are getting only marginally better scores with SLI 1080's. I'm pretty sure I'll just leave it as is for a while, I don't plan on doing anything else crazy with this build; time for me to catch up on some gaming!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous build! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! =)

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Im really curious as to how my 1080 stacks up to 1070 SLI

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the SLI 1070s. How are they performing? :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

They're performing great! I've noticed some micro-stuttering while running benchmarks (which I'm about to upload pictures of now) but hopefully that gets resolved when I get my HB SLI bridge, or with drivers lol

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

From all of the benchmarks I've seen (and I've seen a lot of them) the 6600K performs just as well as the 6700K when clocked at the same speed for gaming, thanks for the comment though!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess I'll just have to take your word for it brother, thanks for the super constructive and descriptive comments, it really contributed to the conversation!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking pics. I have thinking about sli 1070s too once I have the fund. Why do you go with sli 1070 rather using the extra $ for a 1080? Sli 1070 doesn't seem to give too much improvement over a single 1080. Then again... sli does look much cooler than one gpu. =)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great question!

You're definitely right about the raw gains as of right now but I'm banking on the fact that with driver updates and optimization the story changes over the next few months. I wanted something that would be on equal footing with SLI 980ti's and from what I saw online these should do the trick lol

Also, I couldn't find a single EVGA 1080 (SC or otherwise) in stock through best buy and I was using a best buy credit card to purchase a lot of this so I decided on two 1070's. Kind of a rash decision but I think it makes the build stand out, hopefully it stands the test of time!

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, you are a coast guard. Thank you for your service sir. Nice build once again!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I am indeed in the Coast Guard and thank you! I'm coming up on my 9th year in the service, loved every minute of it! =)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wondering, is the 6600k bottlenecking the 2 1070s? Nice build btw, +1 for sure

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How to build a pc:the slide show (parts not included)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow beautiful build man. +1 for the GTX1070 and the Phanteks case =)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I see what you did there ;), also I think I have the same chair, also the one I'm sitting in right now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Ver clean +1

Ver nice setup!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean, plus perfect colour coordination.

The PSU cable pattern is very nice and the clear combs you have are a match great.

Only having 8 pins on the GPU make the cables so much cleaner, I also have a 1070 (one) in my build. Awesome job. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

What a beauty! Clean cable management very nice on the eyes. I'm on almost there with my build and will be using the same cable sleeves of black and white. I can't wait! Great job once again

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

great build. I also have a 6600k and 980ti. First I was planning to have it SLI until I read a lot of threads that i5 is not advisable for an SLI. Can you enlighten me?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I've seen in multiple benchmarks I can't be one of the people perpetuating those false claims. The 6600K (and the 4670K, 4690K for that matter) are just as capable with an SLI configuration as a comparable i7 clocked at the same speed. Until I see irrefutable evidence showing significant gains with an i7 (something more than 5-10%) then I'm sticking to my guns on this one lol

I do however plan on upgrading my wife's streaming build with a new 6700K within the next few months so before I drop it in her build I'll put it in mine and keep everyone posted on the results.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. If your system will run smoothly within 5 month, keep me updated and I will buy another cheap 980ti.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a heads up, I've seen a lot of super high 3D Mark scores from 980ti's in SLI that rival 1070's in SLI and come close to 1080's in SLI with a 6600K. Just head on over to the 3D Mark site and you can search for scores with different components in them lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this Ikea Malm Desk ? Nice build !

Edit : Sorry i just read in description...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That desk! moans

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you think, with a similar build to yours, a H100 CPU Cooler would fit above the motherboard?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh most definitely, the radiator mount above the motherboard even slides out for easier installation! Some of your motherboard will be blocked visually once you put fans on the radiator but it should be fine clearance wise!

Kind of like in this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/v23bt6

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1070 is such a solid card. Nice build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, I'm curious about your decision to SLI the 1070. I've been thinking about getting another 1070 for my build (a second Asus 1070 Strix Gaming OC) but I wasn't sure if it would be worth it. I've been holding back and considering just waiting for the 1080ti then buying that and selling the 1070 I have now to make up for some of the cost.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I just got a 1070 and thinking about it too. I would assume that the 1080ti will be about as good as SLI 1070's (although I may be wrong). But not every game has SLI capabilities, and going with the 1080ti over SLI 1070's would be quieter and cooler (temperature).

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build +1. Advice: think three times before doing something.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you experience any bottle necking with duel 1070s and a i5?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, I overclocked my 6600K to compete with a 6700K so really the only thing it's lacking is hyperthreading... Which I don't need for a dedicated gaming rig. If I were streaming, video-editing AND gaming (all at the same time) then MAYBE I would want the extra 4 threads but right now 4 cores is plenty lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

do you play games with no sound or something? I don't see any speakers or headset

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a set of Audio Technica studio headphones that I use for gaming, they're tucked away in the cabinet of the desk lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhhhhhh I thought you were gaming without audio which will be horrible

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

very solid build. i just bought 2 evga 1070 sc and 6700k. i really wanna know that 750 w power suply is good enough to overclock everything?(ram cpu and 2 gpu) ? did you try it ?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I've overclocked the CPU and both GPU's with the 750w PSU I have and it does just fine, never pulls more than 500w from the wall even at full load lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah its really good to know that 750 w p.s.u is enough. i will go with the same psu. and how about your cooling ? what is your max degree on cpu on max load? and one more 6600k is good enough to not bottleneck with 2 1070's?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Geekazoid! Thanks for the well thought out comment! It's always good to see what you have to say about my builds, I appreciate the kind words!

And yes, it is indeed the Malm desk, I really like it! It works well for the small space in my living room next to my piano that I have to work with. My wife uses our guest bedroom as our office so I have to make due with the living room lol

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I do play! I've played classically on and off for about 20 years now and I got into jazz about 10 years back. My little brother is much better than I am (he's pursuing a masters degree in music education) but I've kept up a certain degree of competency lol

It's always fun to see people's reaction in the military when they find out I can play, they're like "Dude, why are you in the Coast Guard?"

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Not loud at all, the Fractal Designs fans are super quiet and the custom fan settings I have setup keep everything cool lol