Description

Building my own PC has been a long time curiosity and aspiration of mine. I've always been a console and handheld gamer. Many hours of counter-strike on my laptop over the years, a few indies or strategy games too but never any serious PC gaming.

I finally built this machine as a reward to myself for passing my professional engineering exam (mechanical) this spring. After much research, patiently waiting for the new GPUs to hit market, and amassing part-by-part over a few weeks, I was ready for the build. Each part is listed as paid including tax and shipping (if any). Peripherals and software not included in the price.

I split the build into three sessions. First I put everything together in the case and got to the BIOS successfully (that feeling when you press power for the first time -- see the fans spin and the motherboard boot LEDs -- and finally a splash screen -- so great!). The second session I installed windows from the USB, updated all hardware drivers, and downloaded all utilities. I was a little nervous about installing all the software, but I wanted to embrace the digital age and leave an optical drive out. Pretty stoked when everything was installed and I did some benchmarks to convince myself the components were working correctly. The last session was spent re-routing fan and cooler cables, managing the cable runs with a few straps, and closing everything up.

Only ran into 2 1 minor issues for my first build. I couldn't exactly fit the motherboard on the standoffs at first because 1 of the CPU cooler fans was just barely blocking the internal white i/o shield thing on the MB. I installed the cooler to the case already so I had to take off the cooler fans (shown in picture), cut off a small corner of the fan housing, and reinstall 1 of the fans with only 3 screws (also shown in closeup picture). Wasn't planning on any custom fabrication but minor hiccup overall. The second issue is the RAM. I haven't been able to OC above 2133 mhz. I set the speed to 3200 in the BIOS but every few times I turned on the machine it would boot to BIOS and say the memory OC failed. I set it back to 2133 and haven't had the same message again. I'm pretty sure it isn't fully compatible with the MB even though there are almost identical g.skill part numbers listed in the MB manual under 3200 mhz.... a co-worker warned me of this too! Not too big of a deal overall though. RAM is running at 3200, thanks user mpopejoy77.

Gaming with the GTX 1080 SC on this 1440p/165Hz monitor is insane. Maxing the FPS out on DOOM with everything set to ultra is a pure PC gaming experience. Rise of the tomb raider also looks bananas, gsync makes the picture soo damn smooth (even at max settings/SSAA 2X/pure hair). Super excited to have this powerhouse serve as a foundation for many years.

Very pleased with the performance and aesthetic overall! Feels good to have accomplished my own build without major setback or disaster. Hope to post some benchmarks and photos of the workspace setup soon.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Great post, I have almost the same build but with H115i, which clashes with the same motherboard in the same case.

Your comment about sawing off bits of the fans helped to give me comfort so i went on and saw the bits off, since I really want to place the radiator / fans towards the back as I also need room for optical drive. Thank you for that!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I have the same memory and motherboard and they have never given me any trouble at 3200mhz

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird, maybe I just got a bad stick of RAM? Are there any other settings in the UEFI BIOS that you changed besides setting the DRAM Frequency to DDR4-3200MHz?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I just put it on the XMP profile for 3200 and it was good to go. Do you have the latest BIOS for the board?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The XMP profile was disabled, seems to be running fine at 3200 now. Thanks for the tip!!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe get another fan for the front? You now have major negative air pressure

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion. I do plan to get another fan for the front and probably swap out the stock cooler radiator fans at some point. Currently the front fan and CPU cooler fans are set as intake, and the rear fan is set as exhaust.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

It's a great build, the only thing I can say is that you probably could've got away with the 6600k for gaming. Also, how did you find the 1080 for under $700?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kudos!

I agree the 6700k is a bit overkill at this moment but I wanted to future-proof my first build. Also I was able to grab one on sale for $315 (no tax or shipping). Maybe a game like Civilization VI will put it to good use.

For the 1080, I used NowInStock to get one from Newegg -- it was $649.99 + $6.99 shipping at the time (tax free!).

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me if the W_PUMP header was enabled by default on the BIOS? Also was it difficult to get the Corsair Cooler on as the cables are quite stiff?

Thanks!

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