This is my first build in over a decade, but you know what they say "Good things come to people who wait." I named this build the WidowMaker because if my wife knew how much I spent on this build she would literally kill me! The main purpose of this machine is my gaming/content creation rig. The main concerns for this build was space and noise. I don't have a lot of space so I needed a case that would not take up a lot of room and at the same time be easy to work with and look sexy while sitting on my desk. I went with the Evolv from Phanteks and I'm glad I did. The build quality is amazing along the engineering that went into this thing. They thought of almost everything and made cable routing a breeze. It can be a little cramped at time for people with big hands but I think I was able to realize the full potential of my build. The corsair AIO system is a very noisy at full blast so I ordered Noiseblocker fans for the Radiator. I changed the behemoth front 240mm front facing fan from phanteks with two Noctua 140mm fans and they are whisper silent at full blast. I was dead set on purchasing a Titan X for graphical duty but something told me to wait a week or two. I'm so happy that I did because I was lucky enough to snatch up a 980 Ti on launch day. This baby is a little monster, it chews through benchmarks and games without a stutter. It definitely gets loud and real hot during extended gaming sessions but I plan on throwing another corsair AIO water cooler on it once their new HG10 N980 shrouds are released. I went with 32gb of ddr3 2400 memory because why the hell not? I got a smoking deal on a samsung 850pro 512Gb as my main drive and a couple of mechanical drives as secondaries. I think the main problem at this point is CPU temps under full load. I plan on doing a delid on the processor which should drop temps by 20C. I plan on updating this thread as I go along but the plan is just to tweak her to perfection at this point.
Update #1: Decided to lower the OC, just didn't feel like the performance was worth the added temp and vcore. I lowered the OC to 4.5ghz from 4.8 with a 1.246 vcore hitting 75C at full load. Still tweaking the vcore to see how much lower I can go.
Update #2: I changed out the noisblocker radiator fans to the noctue NF-F12 industrial fans and let me tell you these fans move and immense amount of air. They are not silent but the sound that they make is not annoying. They move an immense amount of air compared to the stock corsair fans and they are quieter than them as well. I have found my new go to radiator fan they are highly recommended. On the Overclocking front I have kept her running at 4.5ghz but have gotten the vcore down to 1.8 and hitting temps at 65c at full load. I'm really pleased so far!
Update #3: Well I just pulled off a delid and it thankfully went off without a hitch. I used Cool Laboratory liquid pro directly on the CPU and put Arctic MX4 on the lid and my temps have dropped an average 15C which is phenomenal. It was a super easy process and I recommend it to anybody looking to drop their temps. My next update I should have my EVGA hybrid AIO cooler ship in for my 980ti sometime later today. I can't wait, stay tuned people! Here is the link to the youtube video, it's kind of long feel free to fast forward it https://youtu.be/erbhskSHRPc
Update #4: A lot has happened since the last update. I finally decided on a triple monitor setup. I love these 144hz monitors from Asus. They are a bit old but they do the job nicely. I had no idea things would look so beautiful as opposed to 60hz. I also converted my gigabyte 980ti into an evga hybrid by slapping on the cooler and flashing a custom bios. My temps have dropped an average 20° C drop in temps and i was able to achieve an extra 70mhz core overclock after being under water as opposed to air cooling. The biggest reason though for me to water the cool the card was the noise. Now things are much quieter and I am very happy with the end result. I'm not sure where I will go next with this. I can see myself eventually getting another 980ti to run in SLI in the future.
Great CPU with excellent overclockability
Beast of a motherboard with a immense amount of options.