I did not use water cooling, Though that is a built in option with the MOBO, I did not have any experience with that as an option, and my chassis probably doesn't support anything too modern like that...
Fun story I ended up with a 1080Ti in the end.... Now I see they've come out with the TitanXp...
Lol, thanks, puts my mind at ease, though I should have known that on my own, I'll have to remember to be better at keeping track of hardware limitations.
Yeah, this also happened to be about 50$ cheaper than it's skylake counterpart when I was searching. ;-)
I wasn't concerned about how much noise it made, and it works pretty good, especially for the price, for noise concerns I would've likely gone with a different CPU cooler, but I wanted the performance, (and believe me, I got performance).
Some nice commentary here, yeah, Ryzen took me by surprise, but it was also pointed out the reason why I went with the 7700K, Many of my games are not optimized to work with high core counts, (SKYRIM, Minecraft, Some Emulators, and many others), hence why I didn't go with a 6000 series intel processor.
Yeah, I already had this GPU, that upgrade is planned for the future, (hence why I got the ridiculous EATX MOBO.) I'm looking forward to Pascal Titan X.
I haven't tried OC on the proc yet, but so far it's great, I like it because I can manage airflow direction with it, and because the copper has great heat dissipation, I'll try OC when I get home and see how it runs.
I was at work, (and still am, will get pictures soon)