Upgrades in ~March 2017
SSD: Samsung 960 Pro M.2
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti
Monitor: Acer Predator X34P
For how much I truly use my computer and my current needs (mostly gaming) I opted to go with the Skylake chipset over the X99 platform. Although the extra cores would be nice looking in hindsight I'm very happy with how efficient Skylake is. I'm also very happy I went with a mATX set-up. I can see myself using more than one PCIe slot so I couldn't commit to mITX.
Also, quite pleased I held off getting all my parts until these last five days. There was a lot of good deals that met my needs.
At full load, the Corsair RM650i was needing just under 300 watts and essentially doing platinum efficiency ratings: Screenshot
CPU: 4.8GHz @ 1.375v (adaptive) / Idle 22c Load 74c
GPU: +220MHz on Core / +500MHz on Memory Bus / 112% Max Power Limit / Idle 25c Load 78c
DRAM: Default XMP profile
Very impressed with the efficiency of this chipset. It was a breeze to OC to 4.6 at stock voltage. The reviews you find online are consistent - single core performance is awesome and it still tackles heavy workloads well.
My final overclock is 4.8GHz @ 1.375v. I really tried for 4.9GHz but even at 1.425v Realbench didn't want to run. I might revisit it and try 1.45v but I've decided the extra temps and wear n tear isn't worth the .1GHz increase. At that point it's simply a number lol.
I ran lots of stress tests of 4.8GHz at 3.5v and was able to game several hours without issues but finally after about 6 straight hours I did see BSOD so I added .25v just to be safe. Placed it in adaptive mode and have been good since.
Pretty easy to install. The hoses were stiff to move but the block can actually twist so you can position things nicely for where you want. It fit well in my mATX case although I did need to configure it so the logo is upside down. I wish you could flip it around. Oh well... it handles my large overclock very well and keeps me from worrying about temps. When it came down to it, the decision to settle on my 4.8GHz 6700K came down to not wanting to push more voltage into it and not the temps. It always kept it below 80c during stress tests even with high voltage OCs.
I am VERY glad I went with a ROG series mobo. This being my first build I wanted to make sure I went with a solid manufacturer. The POST process is excellent and reassuring. Asus has a nice utility suite and the documentation was great. The BIOS flash process was simple and I had no problem installing Windows 10 even though there are no USB 2.0 ports.
Super satisfied with how this handles overclocking. I don't see myself getting anything other than a ROG mobo now :D
The real deal. Just as I imagined they'd be - build construction and quality is so solid. They feel great, look great and perform great. Simply applied the XMP profile and might try overclocking after a few weeks. Opted to stick with two sticks for single Dual Channel performance; no regrets there.
Working great as my single drive for the moment. Great performance and looks. The added reliability tests and warranty made this an easy decision.
I plan on getting a 1080Ti when they release in a few months so I wanted a "cheap" 1070 to hold me over until then. I honestly wasn't expecting much out of this card but I'm pleasantly surprised. I had fears of it making some whine noises after reading other reviews but I've done multiple benchmark tests and played a lot of games and I've yet to hear anything like that. The one downside to the card is what you'd expect - fan noise. At 100% they're definitely noticeable but luckily not so annoying. The +200 core clock and +500 memory bus block modifiers have performed flawlessly and I plan on pushing it further in the coming weeks. Works great in my mATX case.
Very pleasant to work in. The cable routing on the back is simply amazing. The one thing I wasn't too fond of is the 2.5" mounting location as it covers the back of the motherboard and I know the importance to keep the back of the motherboard cool is often overlooked in builds (for overclocking). Luckily there is another 2.5" mounting solution which is a cage in the shroud below which can also fit 3.5" HDDs. Even though it made things crowded with the cables it still worked great. I was hoping to do push/pull in front with the rad but I juuuuust barely couldn't do it (posted an image of how close it is). My GPU is fairly standard at 267mm so if you get one smaller then that then I'd go for push/pull. Technically you can mount the fans on the outside of the front but then you can't use the filter and I don't want to do that. The most challenging thing doing by myself was mounting the radiator because I wanted to do a push config for the static pressure fans which meant placing the fans in the case but they sort of float there until I could mount them to the radiator. But alas, I managed to do it with only my two hands.
Props to Fractal Design for including a filter in these newer cases for when you take the moduvent thing off on top. Very pleased with how well it does at dampening the sound. Love how quiet it is!!!
Man are the cables stiff which made for an interesting time getting the 24-pin CPU cable connected but when all is said and done I'm satisfied with how it performs. In hindsight the EVGA P2 Platinum PSUs might have been a better option but having the Link software (even though I also have it on my CPU cooler) is actually nice for measuring efficiency and load. It was doing Platinum rated efficiency at 300 watts which is awesome!