Description

Having always been somewhat of a moderate gamer, I've been wanting to make a build for several years now so I finally decided to take the plunge. I know had I practiced more patience, I could have constructed something better (ie Skylake build, G-Sync monitor, etc...), but isn't that always the case? Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with it as a first timer. It was fun and I learned a lot along the way. This site was super helpful along the way and I am forever grateful.

Monitor: Basically my whole build was based on being able to handle the Dell U3415W that I fell in love with while at Microcenter. Although it is not a 144Hz monitor, I find that it still changes the whole gaming experience and Microcenter was able to price match it for a great deal

CPU: I mainly just wanted something that would be future proof and because the i7-6700k's were so scarce at the time I just decided to go with a build that I'd be able to find more support on. I settled on OCing it to 4.4GHz at 1.285V - couldn't seem to find a stable point beyond that and I wasn't quite comfortable with turning the voltage higher than 1.3. I was hoping for 4.6 initially, but such is life. Doesn't really make too much of a difference for gaming either way.

CPU Cooler: I originally went with the H100i GTX based on all the great reviews but my temps under load would constantly creep into the 90's with it. I tried using different thermal pastes to troubleshoot but ended up swapping it out for the 110 and although it was more difficult to fit into the top cage, it comfortably keeps my temps under 70 C. Swapped out stock fans for quieter ones.

Motherboard: Basically picked something that had potential for SLI and was built to handle gaming

Memory: Didn't want to get anything too fancy here, just took the first recommendation from the sales rep. I'm not overclocking it more than the XMP settings, and I only get 2666Hz out of them with my mobo anyway.

Storage: Fast boot times! No complaints here. I'll just get more external storage as I need it along the way

Video Card: I wanted something factory overclocked so that I didn't need to tinker with it too much. The 980 Ti seemed to have the most bang for the buck. Running Crysis 3, for example, even with dual SLI I have to limit MSAA to get 60fps at native resolution but hey, how greedy can one really get?

Case: The only complaint is lack of more sound dampening. Granted, I needed to remove the top covers to put in my cooler but I feel they could have done more with the side panels. Otherwise, it's pretty versatile and has a low profile.

PSU: Seems to be handling everything with ease so far but I'd be hesitant to add any more major components to it .

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The fact that you are running SLI tells me you should've gotten a 5930K as it has more PCIE lanes to utilize the graphics cards

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a great build though +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course, that would've been nice to experiment around with. When I benchmark with things like Firestrike it shows you that ppl running 5930k's have all the top scores. But the price difference just wasn't worth the performance trade off IMO

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to hear XD but it's still a great build that should be able to smash all games and is also a great machine for editing and rendering stuff

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Unfortunately Mariomash is right. PCIe x16 3.0 supports 15754mb/s. With the 28 PCIe lanes of the 5820k it leaves 8 lanes for the second GPU, therefore 7877mb/s. Even more unfortunate: in SLI the slower GPU will limit the performance of the faster one. In real life terms: makes a difference of round about 10% depending on the software used. It's not that bad, but upgrade to 5930k is still recommended.
Great build anyways. ; )
+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic build! Was gonna ask how one of those 980 tis performed but not sure how you could know...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I started my build out with one 980 ti originally. It actually handles most games pretty well but games like Crysis 3 and GTA V really highlight the need for more power.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man there's nothing wrong with that, haha.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks sweet man. Haha glad you went all out. Should last you ages! Yeah don't worry too much about the PSU. That's a very good PSU. Great choice on parts.

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, this site was super influential in my choices, would've been lost without it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the performance mate, comparing a few rigs atm that run the 980ti platform and definitely curious how these monsters are going

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the cooler easy to install in that case? Apparently the Define R5 has a thickness limitation of 55mm with 280mm radiator . The H110i GT is 57mm. Did you run into any problems?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build sir! +1.

How well is that PSU doing with those 2 puppies? I want to run 2x 980 Ti's but that would mean a new monitor to actually get the max out of them, so will be sticking with one but still choosing this PSU just in case I go for both GPUs.

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