Description

This was my first custom rig in years. It is fantastic. Any questions ask below

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a beast of a processor no doubt. Can be overclocked pretty easily, though with most games on the market today, there is not a huge reason to.

CPU Cooler

Pushes a lot of air out and is whisper quiet, even at full bore. What more could you ask for?

Motherboard

Really solid, well built mobo. It feels premium, has enough connections for everything and anything, and is completely solid. No built in Wifi is a pain but a small inconvenience.

Memory

Pretty looking, lightning fast DDR4-3200. With a nice XMP I am getting ridiculous speeds.

Storage

Hands down the fastest SSD on the market. Read speeds are insanely, write speeds are insane, it's all insane. If you can afford it, go for it.

Storage

It does it's job. Nothing special, but then again, does it need to?

Video Card

It is among the fastest out of the box 980 Ti's on the market. Stock clock speed is well over 1200 Mhz. Can be OC'd for a lot more. Nice fan setup, surprisingly quiet too for how cool it runs.

Case

Get this case. The premium build quality is amazing! The separate PSU area, the built in cable management, and overall materials used means this is a quality case for high end builds. Only downside is the size, which is massive.

Power Supply

Is 1000W overkill for a single GPU system? Absolutely. But it has connectors for everything under the sun, can run multiple GPU's without a problem, and is future proofed. Look it's like 50$ more than an 850W supply. Spend the money!

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you need the 1000 W psu unless you are cross-firing another one of your gpus

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The plan is to get there one day! just wanted to see how hot it ran with one GPU and go from there

  • 40 months ago
  • -2 points

If you do 2 way gpu. You should really invest in a custom water cooling loop. It's really worth it

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

^ agreed

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

cross-firing i think is the term used for amd cards not nvidia's

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Then using the sli bridge from the motherboard. Either way, same idea.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

CPU Temp Idle, and under load?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

How easily did the OS install on the M.2 drive?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Like butter. Under 5 minutes no problems. That's start to finish from an optical drive not USB too. It was lovely.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

That M.2 drive is ludicrously fast.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

That's amazing! I gotta get me one of those! Do regular 2.5in ssds feel slow in comparison to the m.2 ssd? Like does the m.2 spoil you? lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It has spoiled me to no end. Read speeds in real life are almost 2.3 gb/s it's not even fair. And it takes up so little room.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Dammit haha, I was afraid of that!!! I guess I'll be getting the 512gb version and not the 256gb lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

You really need to. I am eventually going to get another one...and do dual 512.s. Overkill? Probably...but who cares

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

+1! Good to hear on that Samsung 950! I'm ordering parts in the next week and will be using that as my boot drive and storing oat applications and games there. I'm going to pair mine with a Samsung 850 EVO 500gb to store movies, music, and other misc files

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points
 I'm wondering about the space for the RAM. I was looking at the same RAM, but I understood that it would not fit underneath the Noctua.
 Also, was it a tight fit with the Noctua and Video Card. I am installing an MSI 980ti Golden.

Thanks.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry I am a bit slow to respond, work took over my life for a few days. No, everything fit fine! To my knowledge we had no issues. Had a friend help me build it. I'll be honest during ram installation I was out getting Korean BBQ for us.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Another thing I forgot to add, the Video card will have to go in the X8 PCI slot instead of the X16, the Noctua blocks the X16. That is a problem if you SLI however for regular 1 card use the performance drop is 1% at best so totally worth it for the cooling

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm getting the MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING motherboard soon and im hoping you can answer this, how many hdds can it handle and what size? I was planning on useing a 120GB -500GB SSD for the boot drive(may go for a M.2 after what i read here tho) and 2x 4TB or 4x 2TB WD black HDDs for game/video/backup. I filled up 3TB a lot faster then i thought i would and 4TB dosnt sound like enough for long

and a side question, how are you liking the Orion Spark so far

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  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

wow...very nice build, +1..