Made this PC for fun, was looking to get into the custom PC world for awhile and finally decided it was time.
I use this PC for everything, browsing internet, gaming, editing, benchmarking, etc. etc.
Onto my experience's with the system.
CPU: I chose the 6700K because it showed huge promise for being a great CPU for overclocking as well as being able to do heavy multi tasking with the hyperthreading. It did not disappoint in either of those areas. Overclocking was a breeze and despite having to settle for 4.4GHz due to heat, i know that once i go watercooled that i can push even further.
CPU Cooler: the Dark rock Pro 3 is BIG, but it does keep temperatures in check and is also pretty much silent....so much so that i run the fans at max 24/7 and i dont hear them at all unless i put my face against the case. The cooler did start to struggle once i started adding voltage to the CPU and ran prime95 stress tests, but instantly cools everything back down in a matter of seconds(this could be caused by user error as it is my first time doing all of this).
Motherboard: the z170 FTW is a very capable board. it is jam packed with alot of usefull hardware and i am not displeased with it in anyway. however i have ran into one issue with it and it is something that should be considered by those who also might want to run SLI, the spacing on the cards is WAY to close for overclocking on air with good temperatures. My top card will easily reach 90C during benchmarks at my overclocks and about 75-80C at stock speeds.
Memory: 32GB is overkill, not needed, waste of money. All that said, Im happy with my choice and the knowing that i shouldn't have to upgrade ram for quite some time.
Storage: What else can be said about all my drives that hasnt been said already? they're all great, the m.2 is lightning fast and my two Evo's in raid 0 are nothing to laugh at either. the WD black is there for random files and back ups.
GPU: two 970's in SLI are not to be taken lightly, i managed to overclock these cards to 1520MHz/8000MHz on air and they have no problems keeping above 30FPS at 4k even, and over 100FPS at 2k and 1080p.
Case: i love the way it looks and it fit everything i wanted to put in it. Its super stout, and easy to work with.
Powersupply: Needed something that would never become an issue with overclocks and power usage, i went with the EVGA simply becuase they have unbelievably good customer service and make great products taboot. win win in my book.
OS: This is were my fairy tale almost turned nightmare for a little. upon first building the system i had to update my motherboards bios to allow for the m.2 to be recognized. So i installed windows on one of my evos and proceeded to install devices in order to get online to download the new bios. within maybe 5 minutes of my fresh windows install i crashed during an audio driver install. rebooted finished that install and went on to my bios update, again as soon as my bios was deleted and it was about to start re installing windows crashed....this time taking out my motherboard. thankfully EVGA has superd customer service and i got my board back up and running. NOW with all that said, i have been runing windows 10 for about 3 weeks now and have not encountered any issues, aside from all the privacy crap. i still have a bad taste in my mouth from the initial problems but for right now im enjoying the OS.
Wireless adapter: i needed wireless since my internet source is across the room and my girlfriend doesnt like wires running across the house. This is a very well reviewed card and i must say i have not had any issues with it at all, works just as it should.
Ive written enough, thanks for reading hope you enjoyed, hope my spellinmg errors arent a mess, and happy new year to everyone.