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A build I did for my brother after upgrading my pc. Graduation gift and his first custom pc.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

im not a gnelf, im not a gnoblin, im a gnome! and you've been GNOMED!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

You should move the GPU up to the top slot it will increase performence a bit

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

it looks like the fan is overlapping it

probably not tho just the camera

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

He can't the huge cpu cooler is blocking it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

As a matter of fact he can install the GPU on top slot perfectly fine as there are no compatibility issues with that board and the NH-D15s.

https://noctua.at/en/mainboard/Asus_Z170-A

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

He can, I have the same cooler... What a pain in the *** it is to take the gpu back out though... No way to fit your hand between the cooler and gpu to depress the pci slot tab to release the gpu.

I keep my gpu vertically mounted but when I did use it that way I'd have to carefully use a stir stick to reach the tab and push the button.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's the big problem with big CPU coolers. There is no incompatibility with GPU in top slot, but if you need to take the GPU out, it becomes a nightmare.

But Noctua Chromax line is nice and that's the price we have to pay! :)

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Not quiet correct. While the board physically has 3 full length x16 slots they are not wired to provide PCIe GEN 3.0 x16 bandwidth which is what I think PCDude was trying to point out. Only the top slot is. The second x16 slot down is limited to x8 Gen 3.0 lanes and the bottom one is not even connected to the CPU directly and rather via the chipset and then DMI and is limited to GEN 3.0 x 4. No point wiring up the slots to all be able to provide x16 bandwidth when there is not even enough lanes from the CPU and the last slot going via the chipset is limited by the DMI pipeline.

With all that said it’s a moot point as generally your looking at very small % difference between a x8 slot and x16 slot for single card so is not an issue in this build at all as jathanorys post shows, but there is a difference electrically, even if physically they are the same slots.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't see why it wasn't installed on top slot as there is no compatibility issue with board and NH-D15s...

https://noctua.at/en/mainboard/Asus_Z170-A

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Good clarification.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Not to mention that a GTX 1070 won't max out the bandwidth of a x8 slot. Even a 1080 only varies a couple percentage points between x8 and x16, if memory serves.

Edit: It's actually about 1% or less from x8 to x16 on a GTX 1080. Found this article from Gamers Nexus.

https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2488-pci-e-3-x8-vs-x16-performance-impact-on-gpus

For a 1070, difference should be nonexistent. If the 1080 barely touches the bandwidth limitations of x8, then the 1070 certainly won't exceed them.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It would still bother me, though.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

In this particular build, the lowered GPU serves the overall appearance. The exposed motherboard chipset heatsink suits everything else you've done here. However...There's probably a performance hit and therefore I second the notion of moving it up.

Wonderful use of black and white sleeved cables.

Overall, I really love what you've done here. My old rig had the same CPU and the Asus Z170-S, nearly an identical motherboard except with TUF components and an arctic camo finish. A white build with attention to details is my favorite kind!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Was going for a simple clean look. Debated putting the 1070 in the top slot, but for aethstetics wanted to show off the chipset heatsink.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Pffft I've been got!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it, clean and simple. And nice upgrade for your brother no doubt!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What fans are those on the CPU cooler? Also, very clean looking build, I like it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll check it out!