Overkill x99 system built for gaming and compute heavy tasks. I built this computer in the winter of 2016. Pretty much no expense was spared, I wanted absolute scalable performance.


I bought a 6950X, because.... (insert reason here) OCed to 4.2 GHz @ 1.25v getting idles around 37C package and average 27-30C on the cores.


I originally purchased an Asus Rampage V Extreme for this build. After about 2 weeks of smooth performance with a slight overclock the on-chip voltage regulators i7-6950X decided to fail causing the board to return the dreaded "bd" Q-code on startup. Thankfully Intel authorized an RMA that saw a new one arriving within 2 days. I was a bit worried about the board at the time since I was unsure of the cause of the issue. (Intel later got back to me once one of their team had a chance to inspect the problem chip.) I decided to just go ahead and get the Edition 10 to be absolutely sure. I still have the Extreme sitting around and maybe I'll put it in another build one day.


So, I have a pretty unconventional storage setup in this system consisting of four 960GB Corsair Neutron XTi SSDs in RAID 0 using the on-board Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology). I decided to try IRST out since this board contains a very robust chipset. I chose this method to maximize single pool storage and throughput (I have 10TB of space on a NetGear ReadyNAS RN102 that I image the whole system to for backup so parity isn't really a concern). I was a bit "iffy" about using a RAID setup like this without a dedicated RAID controller but this setup has performed fantastically for nearly 2.5 years.

  • CrystalDiskMark Results:
  • Sequential Read (Q= 32,T=20) : 3360.167 MB/s
  • Sequential Write (Q= 32,T=20) : 2092.985 MB/s
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T=20) : 748.361 MB/s [ 182705.3 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T=20) : 644.338 MB/s [ 157309.1 IOPS]

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  • 20 months ago
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Awesome build!

  • 20 months ago
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Hi, I have never built a pc before can you give me any tips?

  • 20 months ago
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"I spared no expense"

XD, seems to me like you recently watched Jurassic Park (above ^ quote).

Great build. Totally deserves a feature. And man, you really did spare no expense!

  • 20 months ago
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Nice build what do you use it for?

  • 20 months ago
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Pretty cool build, however I have to criticize lack of water cooling on gpu's at this price point, I have Zotac 1080 amp, which has better cooler on it than reference cards, and it was still throttling enough to limit performance, after I water cooled it rarely passes 40C and never throttles and thats with max overclock, these gpu's with nvidia boot 3.0 need watercooling just to get peak performance out of these cards. If you ask me its totaly ridiculus that gpu starts to throttle at 60C, but thats reality now, reduces number of RMA cards Nvidia has to cover.