Description

I wanted to put together a VR ready system that would not only run video games at highest settings but also allow for running multiple VMs at the same time. Specifically Cisco's VIRL as that tends to have high system requirements. Budget was set as less than $3000 (including a 21:9 monitor, which I have decided to refrain from buying at the moment).

After looking at other people's build's here, I knew I wanted a white case and use RGB lighting. The hardest part was deciding whether to go for an i7-6700K or the newer Broadwell-E series chip. After much reading and video watching, I went with the Broadwell-E i7-6800K processor as I figured, it would help with multi-threaded applications more.

I knew I wanted a GTX 1080 GPU, but the question was, which one? Especially since these cards were mostly sold out everywhere and I didn't want to pay more than the retail price. At 11:30 pm one night, while checking 'nowinstock.net', I found the Zotac AMP Extreme 1080 and went with it.

Being my first build, I ran in to rookie issues like no video when everything was connected, cable management, optimal LED lighting installation etc. After everything was resolved, the system was up and running, needless to say, I'm pretty pleased with the build.

Let me know if you have any questions. More pictures coming soon.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I'm looking to build inside an s340 elite with the same GPU. Did you have any trouble installing the gpu ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the Amp Extreme since I know they are extremely hard to come by right now. Everything looks great with the overall build though. Very clean set up. And good choice with the 6800K. I was looking to put that into one of my builds for a friend but the owner decided against the extra $100. Went with the 5820k instead. Be sure to let us know how it does in benchmarks and overclocks. I'm very interested. Feel free to check out my build. I'm still changing it up so feed back in always appreciated.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. With the exception of GPU sagging towards the back, I'm very pleased with the build. However, being new to PC building, I don't quite feel adventurous enough to 'push the limit' on the CPU yet. I tried overclocking using intel XTU, but had a couple of BSODs. So reverted everything back to they way it was. Then I also tried my hand using the ASUS AI 3 to change CPU power phase profiles and LLC but saw my VCORE temperatures be around 20 degrees C more than the rest of the board's components. So changed that back to a more 'balanced' profile.

The GPU on the other hand, works like a charm when overclocked. Easy to do that as well using the included software from Zotac. I ran benchmarks with Valley and Heaven and saw GPU stay at 2.1 Ghz with around 110 FPS average. GPU temperatures peaked at 60-70 degrees C at max. But the fans quickly kicked in high RPM to cool that monster down.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. That's the only downfall to a card that size. The weight of that thing has to be insane so I'm sure there will be a little sag. Definitely not putting out bad numbers though.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. At some point he wants to swap for an 8 core. I said 5960x if I can get it for the same price I got mine but regardless. He is using it for gaming now but want to begin designing on it. He's looking to make video games.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that card is fat

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's huge! And also leads to the problem of GPU sag. I'm buying a bracket to support the weight. However, the backplate is painted well and looks stellar in the different RGB light.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah dude first thing i noticed +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to flash the BIOS on the motherboard before it would recognize the Broadwell-E chip? I know that was an issue when they first came out, but I assume they've started shipping with an updated BIOS that supports it?

Aside from that, I am very jelly. I really wanted that mobo and a 5820K for my rig. Your system is beautiful, which makes me more jealous.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I received my board with the BIOS already updated to version 3004. So thank fully I didn't need to flash the bios. Also, they have this flashbios push-button on the back (next to where the rest of the output ports are) of the board that somehow eliminates the need for an older processor when attempting to use a newer spec'd one.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. I forgot the nicer motherboards had that button! And it's nice they're shipping an updated BIOS.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job dude! I hope you enjoy it. I'm really digging the LED lighting bro.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Since I posted the initial pictures I've learned how to customize individual LEDs (Corsair logo, Zotac Logo and 'push the limit', RGB LED strips). And I think I've got nothing short of a disco in there now. Haha

Will be posting updated pictures soon.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

one question... HOW DO YOU HAVE THE MONEY

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

A stable, well-paying job as a senior network engineer helps. ;-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

XD Lol yeah that does just a little bit ;) I wish I was older to get a job :(

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I am in the exact same position you were, going 5820k over 6700k/6800k because...well it was like splitting thousands of little hairs. Kept me up nights lol. I'm not a big fan of the aesthetic on the zotac gpu but it does some fun stuff with your case lighting on, I'll have to take that into account for future builds. Really well done!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I know exactly what you mean. I did the exact same thing. I was watching video reviews for hours every day for many days. I researched every possible combination within my budget. Zotac Amp Extreme, looks good only because of its backplate which lights up. Other than that, I wouldn't have bought it for its looks but because of its performance and overclock potential.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

******* hell that 1080 is more massive than my FE 1080 god damn that is huge (but gets amazing temps. Nice build btw!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't expecting it to be that massive but I think it especially stands out since my case is a small NZXT S340 and the GPU takes up most of the room in the case. But, the Firestorm software that comes with Zotac makes overclocking simple. But most of all, even with THREE fans on it, it runs very quiet even at 100% RPM.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build...monster of GPU +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing your build.

I was wondering how a Zotac 1080 AMP Extreme fits inside a S340 as I have the very same case in Black. Now I have my answer.

Above all else, awesome awesome build. Enjoy!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you planning to upgrade yours as well? I see your build is very nice as well. Why did you choose the GTX 950 though?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I do. I will upgrade to a GTX1070/80 soon. Just waiting for payday.

I bought the GTX 950 just to hold me over till the Pascal came out. Plus, it was black and white. Goes well with my rig, which was GPU-less when it was finished. LOL

Anyway, just sold it off recently.

Thanks and happy gaming! :-D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

its more of a gaming built than Cisco's VIRL.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS IS A NICE BUILD (i have one too XD) +1

By any chance could you tell me how you fixed the problem with not displaying anything in start up ive got the same build pretty much as you and have run into the same thing

and i cant for the life of me figure out why this behemoth of a graphics card cant power my tiny monitor.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi There

Great build!

I have very similar also getting VIRL soon for my lab studies. Although my build has a 1060 card can't wait to get myself a 1080

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I also bought an APC for uninterrupted, regulated voltage. I think the EVGA power supply should do for now. I might switch it out in the future when I upgrade to a bigger case.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It does. But even more so, you can pick different colors for the 'Push The Limit' and the Zotac Logo on the top of the card. I have the logo turned off as it is very bright even when brightness is set to lowest.