I've assembled this computer mostly for gaming with max settings at 1080p (or higher depending on the game), 3D modeling, general usage, freaky Japanese games, and eventually I'll get to overclocking. This rig was designed to replace my old cheapo HP box from 8 years ago. This rig is a massive improvement over that old box, it takes about 14 seconds to load windows over 2-3 minutes of my old rig. Thanks to my 2 980 Ti's my games run at a much higher fps and can look much prettier due to the fact I'm not running my games at 640x480 at rock bottom settings. I plan on this rig to last me until those ~magical graphene chips~, or something similar starts coming out at a high-but-reasonable price. Everything on this rig works beautifully, far better than I expected. I've had no problems with the EVGA board that I bought. It's big enough to fit both of my GPUs, the closed cooling loop, and my drives. I did have trouble connecting my Chassis's USB ports due to how it's on the bottom of my board, it's kinda squished by my PSU. I wish the board wasn't black, it's hard to see the circuits with a black board. :C I have my fans set up for positive air pressure, with my 3 front 120mm fans as Intake and my rear 140mm as intake. My exhaust is my 3 radiator cooling fans. The top of my computer is pretty warm, I bet it'll defrost food very well. Overall this computer is absolutely fantastic! I bet I could run most games at 4k medium settings if I'd overclock my CPU and GPU (which I'll probably do very soon), and if I had a 4k monitor. While it is kinda loud with 7 fans going at medium and high speeds, my headset drowns out the noise unless the GPU fans are going at full speed. I don't plan on upgrading this rig anytime soon.
Intel's 6700k is plenty fast. I'd buy the octo or deca-core Skylake if Intel would make them, I'd probably get higher frame rates in ARMA 3, or custom ARMA 2 cities with more cores me thinks. While my processor is idle the temps are usually at 25 degrees Celsius, If I recall correctly it'll hit about 40 degrees Celsius under heavier loads with some good liquid cooling loops. I haven't overclocked the processor yet cause I'm pretty lazy, but 4000 Mhz is still pretty good.
After about 7 months of usage it hasn't failed yet, it's a good closed loop cooler for it's price. It keeps my 6700k cool when I play ARMA or any other CPU intensive games. The radiator fits nice on top of my 780T, it was a little dinged up when I got it though. The fans are pretty cheap in my opinion, but they do the job. It's a good closed liquid cooling loop in my opinion.
It was very easy to apply. I made a very small line then I smuch my heat sink on top of my processor, it seems to work very good cause my computer is cooled! :D
Since I got 2 1.5g sticks, I plan on using these in future builds.
Like I said in my review, the main gripe I have with this board is how my chassis USB 3.0 ports do not have that much clearance with how my PSU is on the bottom the my chassis and the USB 3.0 ports are on the bottom of the board. I also had problems attaching the supplemental PCI-E power, due to how it's not the bottom of the board smuched between my PSU and the bottom of my board. Even with those minor problems, I think this is a fantastic board, it's big enough to fit both of my GPUs, the closed cooling loop, and my drives.
I wish the board wasn't black, it's hard to see the circuits with a black board. :C
Pretty looking heat spreader, plenty of RAM. The red fits with the red, white and black theme of my computer. Some of the games that I play are VERY unoptimized. Some of those very unoptimized games run on the Unity Engine, those games are very RAM intensive due to how it dumps and pours all those textures, models, light info, and world info like a waterfall into my ram, and loads it from my ram. I personally could probably use a little more ram, maybe a little higher frequency and lower latency. This RAM does the job very well.
This SSD load data so fast, it's not funny. I can load large model files very fast, I can load large funky game data in a fraction of a second. It's kinda frustrating how it wound up between my 2 GPUs, those GPUs can get kinda hot. Aside from the heat issue, I'm careful with the SSD. I try not to write data on this frequently, and only write stuff that I'm going to load frequently. It's very expensive for 400 GB (almost 1 USD per GigaByte), but that makes up for the ridiculously fast read time. I think a PCI-E SSD is a great idea, and the Intel 750 does a great job.
I have my OS on this Drive, it boots windows up at about 14 seconds. It's way faster than my old HDD from my old 8 year old computer. I loads up my Steam games pretty fast, it's not as ridiculous as my PCI-E SSD, but it's much faster than my Toshiba HDD which spins at 7200 rpm.
14.1591796875 cents per Gigabyte is great bargain in my opinion. The disk doesn't rotate at a ridiculous 10,000 rpm, but 7,200 is still very fast for an HDD in my opinion the drive fits nicely in my 3.5" drive bay. It's pretty hard to use up 5TBs so I partitioned the drive into 5 931 GB parts, I mostly use it for storing videos, images, and backups.
This GPU stays very cool when the fans are running at the full 3050 rpm. It also gets kinda loud when running at full speed, however sound is a small price to pay for a GPU that can run high end games and high or even max settings on 1080p. Paying the price twice was a pretty hefty price to pay, but it was worth it in my opinion.
Even though the 1080 Ti will outclass this GPU, it's still a fantastic GPU. I think 2 of these would outperform 1 1080 Ti. I'd upgrade my GPUs once 8k gaming at high or max settings becomes viable.
I am paranoid about these large GPUs bending, or these GPUs bending my board. There are screwed in tightly to my chassis, and are connected by an SLI bridge, so it's hopfully a non issue.
I like my chassis, it's big, and has plenty of airflow. I have some gripes with the 2 USB 2.0 ports in the top of my chassis considering my board has only USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 chassis ports. I needed to get an adapter to make use of my chassis USB 2.0 ports.
There is plenty of room for cable management, but as you can see, my cable management kinda wonky. The glass plate is nice, I can see my computer without having to open my chassis. I do have a problem with the glass plate expanding under heavy loads, it makes noise even when my computer is off due to the temperatures of my room changing.
The PSU is kinda overkill, but It's very high quality. I bet it'll last me through my next computer.
I don't use the ECO switch, I like having decent airflow in my rig and I heard with the low power draw on, it'll only activate when the computer is at about 80 degrees Celsius. If the air inside my computer is at 80 degrees Celsius my board is probably way hotter and dead.
This Blu-Ray drive can read CDs, and write Blu-Ray discs. It's 100% worth.
Windows 10 is Windows, pretty wonky sometimes. It's better than Windows 8 IMO.
Wireless Network Adapter
I like how it fits nicely into my board's PCI-E 4x slot. I got this for when I don't use my Ethernet cable. The external antenna is a nice attachment, but I like having a lower latency with the signal. It does what it's supposed to do.
These fans were kinda pricy, but they don't feel cheap like the stock fans from my chassis. I like them.
Kinda pricey for a 140mm fan, but that's the cost of quality.