Description

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.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

970 SLI Facepalm 2 500gb SSDs intead of a 1tb Facepalm

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Very neat and tidy would like to see some more pics.

  • 44 months ago
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Thank you very much. Will work on getting more pictures asap.

Edit: maybe tonight if im not lazy.

  • 44 months ago
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I've never seen a fan positioned like that before, is it to give airflow to the cards? I think that is pretty smart! +1

  • 44 months ago
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yea haha, overclocked my top card was hitting 90C instantly during benchmarks. the fan helps keep the top card around 80C. I have all my parts coming in the mail for watercooling, so that fan will be gone soon.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you considered using the audio card to put a gap between the SLI'd cards for better airflow?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

not sure i follow you. on the z170FTW you can only use slot 1 and 2 for SLI as far as i know.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Normally a motherboard that is a full ATX doesn't cram the slots intended for SLI next to each other. I went to the manual and turns out EVGA did this for some dumb reason. In this config, reference coolers would've helped. Oh well.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, reference coolers would have been a much better choice for this board. live and learn. Theyll be underwater hopefully in the next couple weeks though.

  • 44 months ago
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So with this build I have two choices. I can disable the nuke or leave it and blow it up miles away earning negative karma? Haha

Nice build! I'm surprised the Temps are so high and you can't oc anymore, esp for skylake. Anyways looks great! :)

  • 44 months ago
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HAHA, good ol fallout 3. Thanks! Not sure on why my CPU temps are so high, hopefully with watercooling ill be able to reach the normal skylake overclocks.

  • 44 months ago
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Hmm what are your voltages at? Have you tried reseating the cooler? Not that you want to haha. Even with a hyper 212 temps shouldn't be that high :/

  • 44 months ago
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at 4.4GHz im pushing 1.213V, which i believe is pretty normal. Havent tried re seating the cooler, kind of afriad to see if my chip is bending under there hahaha. I should go back and edit my description on the cooler becuase i do make it seem like the cooler is to blame when really it could just be something else entirely....like thermal compound, or poor application(this was my first build soooooo yea haha), or just a combonation of lots of things.

EDIT: i should also note, my ambient temps are over 22c usually, my girlfriend likes to keep the house warm.

  • 44 months ago
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Hmm yea that could be an explanation. If the room temp is warm then the air being sucked in is already warm. The voltage is actually pretty good for that oc. I think given your situation the temps are pretty normal then :)

  • 44 months ago
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I'm just gonna ditto Shmatty!! +1

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks man. What other pictures would you like to see? i've never took pictures of a computer before so dunno what everybody wants to see.

  • 44 months ago
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Maybe some pics with the pc running games.

  • 44 months ago
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alrite, Ill get some up tonight.

  • 44 months ago
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Honestly I retract my statement....I like all the pics you have up! Nice rig! +1

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks very much, had lots of fun building it. I'm itching to build another.

  • 44 months ago
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How's the performance on gaming. Should be insane right?

  • 44 months ago
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Yes and no. once i have the system underwater and i can fully uncork everything it'll eat games alive. As it sits now though on air my top card will melt itself with heat becuase it doesnt have enough airflow, so i dial back my settings or remove my overclock until temperature is reasonable. All that said, if i play witcher 3 maxed out ultra 2560x1080 with no fps cap im over 100fps in some areas and have yet to drop below 75fps, but again i cant stabily play at that due to heat.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a solid build. What type of water cooling kit did you order?

  • 44 months ago
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Thanks. Ill be using an EK predator 240 AIO for my CPU and an EK predator 360 AIO for the gpu's along with alphacool nexxos gpx m10 waterblocks.

  • 44 months ago
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i swear i saw this build on overclock.net today any way awesome build +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yea im on overclock.net, username is johnd0e. Think i just made my "new members" post yesterday? maybe. ive been on there for a little bit now trying to get the highest clocks i could on my cards with a custom bios.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you configure RAID to work with an NVMe drive at the same time? Were there special settings? I know that older AHCI drives wouldn't get the full benefit of AHCI when in RAID mode in the BIOS rather than AHCI mode. Is there a trade off between NVMe and RAID? Looking to do something similar. Please help!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

i might not be the right person to ask this question as this is my first time using both an NVME drive as well as RAID0. however setup was pretty straight forward, for me at least. i enabled raid in bios and then in windows i setup a new storage pool that consisted of both EVO's in windows version of raid 0. i have not test my performance so i cant tell you that 100% truthfully. trade off's id say are, for NVME you sacrifice storage space for speed, and for raid0 you sacrifice reliablity for speed. for me this is a non issue becuase i keep somewhat non important things on the raid and also back everything up to my WD black. sorry im not much help.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The first GPU goes into Pcie slot 1? how much is the clearance to Dark Rock 3 Pro? Did you need to bend the pins of the Fan's for it to fit?