Update 7/2/2018: -added EVGA Hybrid SC2 Gtx 1080 TI
a bit of overkill but worth it in the end.
RAM: no problems what so ever. running smooth at 3000mhz via XMP.
CPU: previous PC (with a full tower HAF 932 case) was 3930k OC @ 4.1 ghz. With the new build here, I didn't notice a whole lot of difference with 6700k OC @ 4.5ghz. but still, its a solid CPU..
z170 mobo settings for 6700k 4.7ghz OC:
1.41 V with asus 5 way optimization targeting 4.7ghz freq. 47x
CPU cooler: H100i V2. struggled between getting this and H60. the thought process was something like... Well if i get the smaller radiator with H60, i can mount my watercooled rad in the front of the case too, along with the CPU rad (H60). But on a hunch I went with H100i v2. Temps are nothing to RAVE about.
H100i v2 required a backplate to be installed under the mobo first. After securing the screws on top of the mobo, it seemed secure, but the whole backplate wobbled slightly. I read other reviews online and people said this is normal, and that it will tighten up once you use thumb screws. So I tightened the thumb screws and used my screwdriver to ensure they are tight. Installed corsair link software and set it to run under "balanced" mode.
Not sure if I should run it under "Performance" mode in Corsair link software -- as it just runs both fans at full speed and its loud at that mode.
Note, both fans on the cpu RAD are blowing air outside.
Motherboard: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming small mobo, but thats a given. a little struggle installing as I placed the backplate on FIRST then followed to push the mobo in afterwards. Note to self. Do not do that! Afterall, its literally 4 screws, lol.
more importantly, everything worked in first try. If it wasnt for the bigass mobo parts up top i may be able to use the topportion of the case to mount a fan or something :(
Case: Fractal Define NANO S
It's small, exactly waht I wanted. Hate how cube form factor cases looked so opted for this one. I also had a watercooled msi seahawk x GTX 1080 from previous build that I wanted to use in this. I have the GPU Rad fan mounted in back of the case blowing air outside. I removed the "moduvent" cover from top to allow for additional air. DUST? sigh. yes. dust will gather, but a sacrifice to allow better temps.
power supply: small , but effective. Power cables are from the 15th century. tight as hell. IF any of you know of better psu cable kit I can get for this, please let me know :)
for now, I bought the following "orange" extension cable kit from amazon: Phanteks 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin (6+2) PCI-E Extension Cable Kit 500mm Length, Orange (PH-CB-CMBO_OR)
GPU: Msi seahawk Gtx 1080 X watercooled.
lost on the silicon lottery, set me back 724 bucks. max stable OC I get is 2050 mhz. used msi afterburner to set voltage to 100%, max power slider to 105% and max temp slider to 92. Setup custom temp/FAN speed curve which only controls the onboard GPU fan. I disabled Q-fan control on mobo to allow the 3-pin rad fan to run at full speed.
removed both stock fans that came with the NANO S case to make room for H100i v2 and gpu rad fan
SSD drives: had two samsungs and a hynix ssd laying around. used them all. bought Electop SATA Power Y Splitter Cable 6 Inch from amazon as well.
userbenchmark site reports this PC as 130% for gaming as -UFO. I dont know if getting an M.2 drive would be worth it at this point...