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First build in 20 years! This rig is geared for running a Vive with no compromises and it certainly delivers!

I tried to stick to a white and black theme (with touches of silver) and managed it for the most part (there's a horrible multicoloured Molex connector in there, but it's barely visible).

If I had to build it again, I'd go for an 850W PSU (1000W is complete overkill) and slower memory (the 3200MHz Dominators won't hit their full speed without instability, even with XMP).

Will be looking to add another GTX 1080 in there in the future, as well as some overclocking.

Edit: successfully overclocked the 6700K to a stable 4.6GHz. Could probably push it a little harder, but the temperatures are good hovering at a touch over 60C. Also boosted the RAM speed slightly, but still under 3200MHz.

Edit: added another two sticks of Dominator DDR4 to bring it up to 32GB. Had to back the speed down to 2133MHz due to instability (damn you, MSi!). Oh, and threw in another EVGA 1080 FTW while I was at it, together with the EVGA high bandwidth SLI bridge. Still waiting for the Powerlink connectors to tidy up the GPU wiring.

Edit: it is finally complete! Thermal mod applied to the GPUs (thanks EVGA!), PowerLinks attached, extra 1TB SSD installed while I had the cards removed. Horrible ketchup-and-mustard Molex cable replaced.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

20 years?! Wow! I wasn't even born then lol.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

The last PC I built was a 486DX2-66. Was more complicated back then, having to fiddle with DMAs, IRQs, jumpers and DIP switches to get things cooperating :-)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol what the heck is that I don't even know XD, anyways welcome back to the PC Master Race,I'm sure you had fun building that dang nice PC :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Me likey. Does the 1000W PSU imply you are planning on SLI?

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Indeed! I intended to get two GTX 1080s for this build, but the prices are ridiculous at the moment and I only really need one for a smooth Vive experience. When they start coming down in price I'll order a second EVGA 1080 FTW.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like a plan! I approve of your strategy! ; )

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, great part list you got there!

If you want to spice up a bit more LEDs in there, get a pair of those fans for your radiator, same ones I use except they're red: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7RD3A13438&cm_re=Thermaltake_Blue-_-35-106-329-_-Product

They are really quiet, come in all sorts of colors, have a very unique LED design and gets the job done very nicely. Just want to say I'm not being sponsored by them but they are worth checking out. If you have a second I have them posted on one of my builds, must-have.

Other than that, +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Had a peek at your build - holy moly, it looks incredible! :-O

I was considering adding in some additional lighting in mine before I built it (perhaps even a NZXT Hue+), but decided to wait and see what the native light show looked like first...and thought it looks good as it is. Having more light would probably be overkill at the moment...until upgraditis kicks in!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, also came close to buy a NZXT Hue+ but went for a LOGISYS LED strip instead, really cheap and lights up pretty much my entire build inside. Was looking for a solid color so I didn't go for fancy LED systems.

I'd say your build would go off very good with Hue+, with all the FXs that comes in it's godlike :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Does any one know if the motherboard used in this build is worth buying?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on what you're looking for in a board? This is probably near the top end of mid-range Z170 boards in terms of features and overall quality. It's certainly not the cheapest or even the best value, but it's not near being the most expensive either. You do definitely pay a small premium for the striking aesthetics though. Plenty of reviews online :-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! How does the GPU fare with the X34 display?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well indeed! Most games I've tried have run at full detail 3440x1440 at 60+ FPS without breaking a sweat (heavy-duty titles may drop to the low 50s occasionally).

I'd say this is probably the optimum resolution for a single GTX 1080 with the current set of games available (4K would need a Titan or two 1080s). And with g-sync enabled, it's buttery smooth...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the one 1080 performing? Have any benchmarks?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, not bad at all! I've uploaded an image of the standard 1080p Heaven benchmark result (running at stock speeds on the card).

Will post a few more soon...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we please have pictures of the upgrade? This is one of my favorite builds on the site btw.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Done! :-) The last image shows the two GTXs (thermal mod applied), bridge, powerlinks, the full memory and an extra 1TB SSD. It's getting cramped in there, but the cooling is still good.

I'll try to add and more pics with less harsh lighting this weekend (this was just what I had on my phone at the time and shows off the parts quite well).

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

dude it looks even more amazing now.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! :-) It's not quite as flashy as many of the awesome builds I've seen here, but I think it looks relatively clean and tidy!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build is amazing! Well done!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my 0$, what are you, God?

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so confused, I was joking about how PCPP doesn't count the dollar values for something not in USD so the total cost was 0$ USD and said that it was amazing he got this PC for 0$.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Sadly it wasn't $0. The system without the monitor or GPU came to around £1650. Including the GPU brings it to around £2375. And with the monitor, £3275.

(these are mostly before the post-Brexit price hikes)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, btw I dig that F-14 you've got on top of your case. Coincidentally I just changed my profile pic to that yesterday.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, it should last for at least a couple of years, maybe more when I throw in a second GPU and some more memory. :-)

It's really my interest in VR and the new headsets that got me wanting to build a kick-*** PC again to experience it (and wow...what an experience!)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's about £760 here as well, although I got mine for under £700 just before the pound tanked. It's an expensive piece of kit, but well worth saving for IMO - there's simply nothing that comes close (well, other than reality!) And I'm sure the next generation will be even better :-)

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