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07.09.18: I redid my delid with a solid copper, larger IHS. This brought a 3C drop in average temp. Nothing major, probably not worth it for most but I enjoyed doing it and that copper IHS looks sick! And you know that how it looks is very important since you can see it under the cooler lol.
This is an upgrade to my main rig that was a 5930K X99 system. I named the rig Errol after the Weasley family owl. I felt this was fitting due to the starting to age, but still respectable, platform. Even though the system has the latest hardware, it will always be Errol to me. So I give you, Errol Limited!
This was somewhat of a spontaneous upgrade. About a month ago I decided to upgrade my ultra wide, 60Hz monitor to something a little faster as well as my Razer keyboard and mouse because Synapse is trash. This led me to the Asus PG279Q, Bose Companion 2 speakers (because my phone is louder than the speakers in the monitor), Logitech G Pro Keyboard, and Steelseries Rival 310.
What a change this was! Going from 60Hz to 165Hz was unreal! From the moment I fist drug the cursor across the 165Hz screen, I knew I would never go back to 60Hz. My old monitor was a VA panel which was good but does not have the color reproduction of this IPS. Both my gaming and photo editing are so much more enjoyable now. My only complaint with the monitor are the speakers... Why even put speakers in there ASUS??? They are the worst speakers I have ever heard. I went with the Bose speakers because there were in-stock at my local Best Buy and are simple. As for my mouse and keyboard, I have been using Razer for years now (unfortunately) but between the horrible software, the even more horrible new software, and my Deathadder's wheel starting to squeak, I was done.
When it comes to keyboards, I prefer a tenkeyless to save desk space and I really liked how the USB cable was removable from my Blackwidow TE. This lead me to the Logitech G Pro. It is perfect! I think it looks better than the BW TE and I am loving the Romer-G switches, even though they are tactical and I am use to Razer's yellow linear switches. When it came time to pick out a new mouse, I didn't like the feel of any of the Logitech mice. So, for once, I decided to say ef brand loyalty and get whatever mouse I wanted. The Rival 310 is amazing. I didn't think a mouse could fit my hand better than the Deathadder but this mouse proved me wrong! It is so smooth and precise. Best part with changing peripherals is no more Synapse! The Steelseries and Logitech software have been trouble free!
Now... on to the important stuff. My upgrade itch was still there. Even though everything on my desk (other than my PC and mouse pad) was shiny and new, I wasn't satisfied. So, I began looking at upgrade options... which wasn't much on the X99 platform. It was basically down to a 6900K, 6950X, or changing platforms. After much debate, I choose the later due to price vs performance. It was the only option that would guarantee me (in my opinion) all around better performance with single core and multi core.
Ever since Coffee Lake launched, I have had an envious eye on it. A faster hex-core that cost much less than what I spent of my 5930K (which was also depressing). I also was impressed with the EVGA Z370 Micro from the day it was announced. I liked that it has an extra 4-pin for the CPU, 6 PWM fan headers, real-ish looking heatsinks on the VRM, and only two DDR4 DIMMs. Not to mention I have heard there costumer service is outstanding. I have had only ASUS boards and the one time I had to call ASUS was a complete waste of time. So once I made the decision to jump ship on the X99 platform, I knew just what to get.
I choose the 8086K over the 8700K because they seem to, maybe, be better overclockers and its a Limited Edition so why not lol. Thus the name: Errol Limited. Everything else for the build I already had from my old build, only things changed were the CPU and Motherboard.
The build went smooth with only one major disappointment. Those 6 PWM headers that I was were on the board, only 3 of them can actually be controlled... So it may be 6 PWM but it might as well be 3 PWM and 3 DC. Other than this, I have zero complaints. All of my benchmarks went up substantially. I will include a screenshot of a spreadsheet I put together comparing the 5930K @ 4.6GHz vs the 8086K.
I was able to get the 8086K stable at 5.0GHz on all cores at 1.31v. I then set it to adaptive with a max vcore of 1.315v and that is where I have been running it. Temps were a bit of an issue. My max core temp after stressing in OCCT was 89C. I already has the Rockit88 delid tool and liquid metal on hand so I went to work. The delid resulted in a 16C drop on my hottest core. Definitely a win! I am currently awaiting for the solid cooper IHS from Rockit Cool which I am hoping will bring temps down a few more degrees.
Looking past the technically only 3 PWM fan headers, the EVGA Z370 Micro has been great. Once the system post, the debug LED then displays CPU temp, I find this pretty cool. I love the boards simplicity. Nothing flashy, just functionality.
The Corsair Dominator Platinum SE was originally in a different rig. I moved it over to this rig to have 2x16GB sticks (X99 rig was running 4x8GB). At first, I was unsure of the colors and how well it looked in this rig. I feel it kinda clashes with the brown Noctua fans. But it has growing on me and typically looks good under my case lighting. Not to mention, I like just the idea of having a Limited Edition CPU and Special Edition DDR4 all in the same system.
Overall I am very pleased with the upgrade. My PC feels so much snappier and I notice a big performance increase when editing photos. The single core performance is so much better than Haswell-e and makes such a difference in my daily PC activities. I do not see myself going back to an extreme platform with the performance I am seeing from the Z370.
Please let me know what you think in the comments below and thanks for checking out my build!
So much faster than my 5930K! Even without an overclock I saw an increase in performance! Highly recommended to anyone going to the Z370 platform that wants to for sure see 5.0GHz on all cores!
Great cooler for its size! Combined with the new NF-A12x25 fans and I am seeing lower temps than I saw from my NH-D14!
Loved this RAM from the first time I saw. I just think it looks great! I am had it in two different rigs now, one Z270 and one Z370. No issues at all!
For a blower cooled card, this one is great! It isn't too loud and with direct airflow, does a decent job cooling. I have the fan graphed to run at 100% at 80C and with gaming with 100% GPU usage, I typically see 72-78C.
This is by far the best case I have ever used! And I have built in 4 other cases! I love how FD stays with simple but useful designs. I have a feeling that I won't own a case that isn't made my FD.
It took them a long time but Noctua did it! These fans brought a 3C drop in temp compared to the F12 fans! Not to mention they do not put off the annoying hum that my F12 fans did. Totally worth the upgrade.
I saw quite a few reviews for this monitor stating that some received theirs with excessive back light bleed and/or dead pixels. I am thankful to say that mine has been flawless! There is nothing like gaming at over 100Hz! The IPS panel (after some calibration) puts off very accurate, vivid colors! But be prepared to my PC speakers if you don't already have some! The internal speakers and complete garbage!
This keyboard is perfect for me! Tenkeyless, removable USB cable, and great switches! So much better than the Razer BW TE that I had before. Of course any software is better than Razer's Synapse...
More comfortable, accurate, and better software than the Razer Deathadder that I had before. I actually picked this mouse out solely off of Steelseries' good reputation and I was not disappointed!