Description

Hi guys, This is the first time building a PC. I have always loved the idea of building your own PC and selecting each part individually. I have decided to build a PC before the release of GTX 1080 and i really loved the journey of learning about different parts and their compatibility with the build that i had in my mind, and finally after the release of the graphics cards i have decided to pull the trigger and start my first build. This build is made to be 4K gaming ready(with +60fps), and used for video and photo editing as well as day to day tasks.

I have plans to overclock the CPU soon . . . its just that i haven't overclocked a cpu before and i don't want to rush it.

CPU

after looking around the forums i have selected skylake 6700k CPU for its performance and for it being unlocked for overclocking

CPU COOLER

Since overclocking is in my plan, i wanted to get a water cooling solution. The x61 performed great and it was easy to install, the temperatures while idle is around 28-30 Celsius and it does not exceed 55~ under load

MOTHERBOARD

While looking for motherboards with great overclocking features, quality and looks, i came across this one which i loved immediately, the rgb led looks great complementing the lights in the cpu cooler and the GTX 1080's. Also the fact that there is an RGB led header in the mobo is awesome, also the shield in this mobo looks great and it protects the components from damage while handling.

MEMORY

To be completely honest, i went for peoples reviews and looks while choosing the ram, which ended up in buying these gorgeous ripjaws v

STORAGE

I wanted it all, performance and enough storage, therefore i went for M.2 Samsung 950 Pro 512GB as boot drive because it is super fast omg, and added WD BLACK 2TB as storage for large files, movies and games.

VIDEO CARD

What can i say here, all i wanted is jaw-dropping performance so i waited for the release of these new cards and went for 2x GTX 1080 Sli. Since money is not really a factor here i went for 2 instead of 1.

CASE

Initially i was planning to get NZXT Noctis 450. but sadly it was out of stock at the time, so i went for the H440 since it had the same internal structure. It looks great with a solid build, and has a lot of room for cable management which i think that it is a very good feature for first time builders (like my self).

POWER SUPPLY

Fully modular, with zero rpm fan mode, and braided cables(Some not all of them) what else can i ask for? went for 750W because my build is rated for 580W i wanted little bit of headroom.

MONITOR

With all this gpu power i went for this beautiful 3440x1440 monitor. It looks amazing, and the ultrawide is very helpful for productivity as well as gaming. but i'll have to say that sadly some games doesn't support 21:9 aspect ratio, which leaves me with black bars on either side. Its not distracting at all so i wouldn't call it a disadvantage.

KEYBOARD

Mechanical keyboard with RGB LED's is what i want, so i went for corsair k70. And i have selected cherry mx blue switches because i want the tactile feeling and i don't mind loud keys. The rgb profiles i have downloaded from the forums is fantastic.

FUTURE PLANS

  • Corsair k70 lux RGB Keyboard ✔ Done
  • Acer Predator x34 Monitor ✔ Done
  • Overclocking the CPU✔ Done
  • RGB LED strip inside the case ✔ Done
  • RGB LED strip for the desk ✔ Done
  • HB SLI bridge ✔ Done
  • More pictures of the build (after the new parts arrive)

FINAL THOUGHTS

All in all, i feel very grateful for building and owning this PC, i hope that you guys liked this build. and sorry if i haven't explained something very clearly since English is not my first language.

By Firas Al Wadhahi

from Oman :D

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

I do have a single complaint about this build and it is a part choice issue

I believe the i7 5820k would have been a much better choice for this build, the i7 6700K only has 16 PCI lanes and you have 2 PCI based cards and an m.2 drive that I believe use PCI lanes, that means your cards are running at less than PCI x8 which is generally not good for such high end cards, that's pretty low bandwidth. An i7 5820k or i7 6800k has enough lanes to run both cards at PCI x8 with bandwidth left for your m.2 drive or even an i7 5830K or i7 6850k would allow both cards to run PCI x16

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

this is a pretty legitimate complaint, you are losing performance due to the m.2 drive, a ASUS WS board or a non PCI-E drive would be better, and actually improve boot times

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

On Skylake architecture, CPU has maximum of 16 PCI lanes in config (1x16, 2x8 and where possible 1x8 and 2x4) where as up to 20 PCI lanes would be coming from Chipset for storage drives. So, SLI of two graphics card would run from CPU directly whereas M.2 port would drive 4 PCI lanes from chipset. It will not interfere with the SLI.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't looked up anything for this board, but most high end z170 boards have another 4 lanes from the PCH. This gives you the x8,x8,x4 setup, same as it would likely be running on the 5820. Maybe you'd get an x16,x8,x4 with the 5820, depends on the board. Agree though, if I was going to go this all out on a setup I would have the 5930K or wait for it's Skylake-E equivalent.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe the boards that provide the extra PCI lanes were x99 exclusive but I may be wrong

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not a computer expert so bare with me here. . .

according to gpu-z the two graphics cards are running at x8 x8 and the m.2 ssd is connected to the motherboard through m.2 slot not pci slot. not sure if it uses pci lanes there or what!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe what rhanny13 said was right than, maybe your specific board has its own dedicated PCI lanes for the m.2 slot

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

M.2 is simply a style of connector. The actual bandwidth for the connection is either based off of PCIe or SATA...with the 950 pro connected it will be using PCIe lanes.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

My ultimate recommendation is to sell the m.2 drive (even though they're great) and purchase a Sata based 850 EVO I believe you could get the 1TB one at the price of your current m.2. You would not see any noticeable difference in boot times or load times, and than both of your cards would run PCI x8 (which is acceptable) and I have a feeling you will see quite a bit higher frame rates, your ultimate goal however should be to go to the x99 platform and try to get both cards at PCI x16

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

No need for this. The Z170 chipset has 20 pci lanes that is used for sata ports, usb, and m.2 storage. The pci lanes in the CPU is dedicated for use by the GPU's when in SLI configuration.

OP nice build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points
  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There are actual differences in load times, but I do recommend the Sandisk X400 M.2. The performance is practically the same, and it's 1 T. Also it's cheaper.

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points
  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Omg!!!! So nice ! Great job !

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

The hate is strong in this thread.

They are just jealous!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

True

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

they are

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 for the overkill and under 3000. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the motherboard?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

so far so good, i love it but i do have one small complaint, that is the 5 mode optimization auto overclock thing doesn't work well, at least not for me. i have tried the auto overclock and the pc just crashed and i had to reset the BIOS to default settings before i can boot again. but it isn't a deal breaker for me! i would recommend it to any enthusiast

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah. I'm thinking about getting it in this broken build :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build looks awesome, wish you all the best with it

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

How much more performance does the second 1080 give you?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

it doesn't scale up and gives x2 performance, instead i would say it gives about 150% compared to single 1080

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Build looks great!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! I really like the pictures and the description is thorough...this needs a feature!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it, thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Now all you need is the High Bandwidth SLI Bridge that's releasing soon, +1!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 i can't wait for HB SLI to release

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually have a question with regards to the HB SLI bridge, I'm using the same case + motherboard+ and cards as you are in the build I'm working on now. How many slots are between your cards? I'm unsure if I need to get the 3 slot or the 4 slot HB SLI bridge from Nividia

Link for context: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series/geforce-gtx-1080

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

there is one empty slot between the cards, so the 3 slot HB SLI bridge should be good! and they say a picture is worth a thousand words. so here are some close up pictures http://imgur.com/a/7gO4D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is exactly what I was needing, thank you! I haven't been able to order the cards yet because the Asus OC ones just can not stay in stock long enough for me to get one, but I do hope to have everything ready once they are in stock.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

glad to help.

Good luck on your build!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You my friend are doing IT right

I applause you

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Someone is a photographer LOL +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ow stop you lolz Thanks man

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing. Just need a hb bridge

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, your build looks amazing too!

i will be getting sli hb as soon as it releases!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I actually sold that build and I'm currently buying parts for a new one

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 I'm calling it this is gonna get featured

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it means a lot

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean, and great job! Also, don't worry about what people are saying for the PCI-e lanes. There's an additional 4 lanes on the Z170 chipset in your motherboard setup especially for M.2 storage. It's true the CPU only has 16, but the additional 4 on the motherboard will allow all 16 to be used by the GPUs. Intel had some foresight on this point. You're good if you don't add any other PCI-e devices :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, i really appreciate it!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man, love the pictures, are the red, blue and green colours supposed to represent the coloured wires of a bomb?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

to be honest, the mobo led was set to cycle through the colors at the time, and it was blue :)

still haven't decided on a color to set yet lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lol what a coincidence.

Oh and I don't know if you know this but Acer announced a new x34, same as the last but with default 100Hz + OC, a more aggressive curve, new stand and some other features.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

is it the predator x34? https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WDcMnQ/acer-monitor-umcx1aa002

because i am planning on getting this one

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it is, I think its called the x34p or something like that, don't know when it's coming out but it might be worth the wait.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey really nice build. I just have a question concerning the PWM fan hub on your H440 case and the cpu cooler. Is the cooler connected to the fan hub? Secondly, is the fan hub connected to the motherboard? (i am new to this so bear with me).

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, thanks for coming by :D

The fan hub's PWM Cable is connected to the motherboard in the CPU_Opt header. and the cooler was connected following this guide and to be honest, im not sure if this is the best way to do it, maybe someone here would suggest a better way?

but the important thing is that i am getting low temperatures while idle and under load. so i'm quite happy with it

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Tnx

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Beut

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of FPS are you getting with SLI 1080s and the 21:9 monitor? I'm looking at going a similar route. Nice build man.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Im getting pretty much 60+ FPS on all games that i have tried on max settings 1440p including witcher 3, DiRT Rally, overwatch and GTA V.

and sorry i cant give you the exact fps because i dont rememeber it and im out of the country currently. if you need exact fps i would be happy to test the games and update you once i come back home!

and good luck with your future build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have a hard time fitting the cooler up there? How much room left over did you have?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I barely got it in there. so it is pretty tight fit

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The x62 is 3mm thicker than the x61. Do you think I will have trouble getting it in there?

I am getting the same motherboard and case.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that it will not fit because currently the screws that attach the fans to the radiator are rubbing with the motherboard shield. Maybe you can find any slim fans (If they are available somewhere) and attach them to the radiator this way you will get more clearance. Or maybe this will not be an issue for other motherboards? Browse the site for some builds that have similar setups but with different motherboards.

And wish you good luck your build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

small tip about your setup i would recomend a headset stand to make it look cleaner and i would advice an extended mousepad so you can put you keyboard on it to avoid it from scrathing your desk.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tips, an extended mousepad is definitely on my wishlist, i just didn't buy it yet lol!

as for the headset stand, I was thinking about it but my headset is wired so I'm not really sure how good will it look with a wire hanging in there

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i think it will still be better looking tho

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep it polite.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man i appreciate it

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you