This build had a major upgrade recently, new completed build can be seen here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Wsd6MpA
Corsair Carbide 540 reinforced with pure titanium :D
Coming from a i5 2500k and a noisy, very hot HD7950 crossfire setup, i figured its time for a new build. This is my new Z170 gaming rig, based on the new ROG Maximus Hero VIII color theme (Black/Grey/Red). I tried keeping it as clean as possible, i am not a fan of LED and other blingbling at all.
The rig is currently running on 4.5Ghz at 1.31v and she seems stable so far, obviously i haven't had the time to really stress-test yet so that will happen in the following hours/days. From 4.5Ghz, i try to work my way up and we will see where this journey ends.
The GTX 980Ti runs stable on ~1450/7500 (ASIC 77.2%) with some added voltage, the plan for the future (somewhere in the next couple months) is to add another GTX 980Ti.
I will keep adding some more info on performance etc.. as soon as i know more. Thanks for the feedback, really appreciated :)
I replaced the stock BIOS on my EVGA GTX980Ti with a custom one that removed the throttle, boost and increased the voltage/powerlimit a little. At the moment of typing, the card is rock-solid at 1515/7500 Mhz. Temperatures are all well within limits, highest i've seen was about 74c.
EDIT - 21-02-2016:
I replaced my Corsair H110i GT with custom water cooling, all from EKWB.
I went for a EK supremacy MX cpu block, a 240 radiator in the top of the case and a pump/ress combo that i put in the rear chamber of the Carbide 540. Because of that, i had to find a spot to mount my HDD. Right now, i mounted my HDD in the 5.25 inch bay in the front, next to my fancontroller. To give it some room to breath, i made a grill/mesh that matches the rest of the case. I haven't seen the HDD get warmer than 35 degrees celcius so far.
For now i went with a CPU loop only but i'm planning on getting a 360 radiator and a GPU block in the following weeks as well. Also considering to get another 980Ti right away as well, we will see.
I added a couple more photos of my rig.
EDIT - 11-03-2016:
Ordered an EKWB Titan-X waterblock for my GTX980Ti, a 360 radiator for the front and a dozen fittings/tubing. I'll be upgrading my build in the next couple days, progress will be posted here.
EDIT - 17-03-2016:
Modded the case, completely re-did the loop and added a GPU waterblock and a triple radiator to it. Old photos replaced with recent ones.
EDIT - 26-03-2016:
Upgraded this build and re-posted it here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Wsd6Mp