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Update: Was away for a couple of weeks. When I returned I noticed that the heatsink had developed an alarming amount of sag and feared that the motherboard had warped. After removing the Dark Rock 3 the mobo seems to be OK. So now I'm deciding between a Predator 240 or a Kraken X61.

Also decided to get rid of one 1070. The SLI config worked well but the heat was difficult to get rid of. Had to resort to high fan curves, and more noise, for both cards and chassi and the top card still reached 78-81 C.


This build was some time in the making. I realized that I hadn't built anything for many years and in spring I started a small ITX productivity build with an i5-6600K. Finished it in June but now I had the bit between my teeth so that one was passed over to my brother who needed a new PC. I got on PCPartPicker and started to put together something with a bit more oomph!

I started out with the intention to build in the Define S but this changed to a Phanteks 400S and finally to the Evolve ATX. Wanted 1080's but they are very difficult to get hold of, and very expensive, so changed that to 1070's. With everything sorted the parts were ordered and assembled. Overall it was an easy build without surprises. Plenty of space to work in was a bonus. Just about everything worked on the first try.

The one problem I had was with the orientation of the LED contacts. Had to guess and they didn't work the first time but turned the connection between the Asus adaptor and the CableMod LED around and presto! Just one LED for now, waiting on another.

Part Reviews

CPU

I wanted to build a competent Skylake machine so the i7-6700K was a given. Fast and easy to overclock. Tried the ASUS 5-way and the automatic BIOS variants but both resulted in way to high voltages. Dialed in 4,6 manually without problems. Lowered it to 4,4 for now.

CPU Cooler

Good performer but a bit heavy and blocks the first memory slot.

Motherboard

Great motherboard with all the bells and whistles. With SLI config I couldn't shut down the computer without letting everything cool down first.

Memory

Good, low-profile RAM with low CAS latency. The ones I got has 14 but couldn't find them in the list.

Storage

From the previous build. A bit small but I had Windows 10 on it already.

Storage

Very nice specs. I'll probably buy another and run them in RAID 0.

Video Card

Silent, powerful and with light effects. The top card runs 10-15 C warmer, see update.

Case

My final choice after some pondering. Really good looking, fingerprint safe (barring the window) and with the practical utility box for parts. The Phanteks sticker on the PSU cover keeps dropping of but thats a minor gripe.

Power Supply

Reliable, modular with descent cables. Very good rating on JohnnyGuru.

Case Fan

Replaced the original fans. For silence and looks.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

dope clean build. +1 More pics plz!!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll try to take better pictures tomorrow.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

A question för anyone, going for custom PSU Cables (CableMod) but not sure about the best color to choose.

Black to fit everything else? White for contrast? Or something patterned?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Black would be great but white is great as well. </3

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I think something that will give it case some contrast. Black/white or black/blue black /green or black yellow. You can really add anything to the mix and give it some contrast.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought Cablemod's white cable kit so will change them out soon.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the dark rock install ? Did it give you a problem with the ram sticks ?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Dark Rock 3 when it comes to RAM clearance and install ?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Not good. The first slot is blocked with the fan in it's normal position. It can be raised some but the cooling will suffer.

I want to add two more sticks so I'll probably switch to the Dark Rock TF.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I was hoping you wouldn't say that haa haa.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you provide the clearance of your CPU cooler? And did you have to raise it at all to fit the RAM?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

For two sticks it's not needed. If you want to have stick in the nearest position the fan would have to be maybe ½ inch higher. I switched to the DR TF.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean with dem cables nice :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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