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.
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.
Good performer but a bit heavy and blocks the first memory slot.
Great motherboard with all the bells and whistles. With SLI config I couldn't shut down the computer without letting everything cool down first.
Good, low-profile RAM with low CAS latency. The ones I got has 14 but couldn't find them in the list.
From the previous build. A bit small but I had Windows 10 on it already.
Very nice specs. I'll probably buy another and run them in RAID 0.
Silent, powerful and with light effects. The top card runs 10-15 C warmer, see update.
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.
Reliable, modular with descent cables. Very good rating on JohnnyGuru.
Replaced the original fans. For silence and looks.