What a great build, fantastic! Just came across this as I have just gone for the Gaming 7 Aorus Motherboard. Your Son must be so happy...
Just took a look at your system...powerfull, tops mine with your 8700K and 1080Ti...mine is the 8600K and 1080....The 1080Ti married to the 8700K is a kiiller combination...
Sorry about the delay in getting back to you but a big thanks for the feedback on my questions...
Just thought I would throw my view on this motherboard into the mix. I have had the Gigabyte z370 Ultra Gaming pretty much since launch and it has been very good. No problems overclocking at all and I am running a stable 4.9GHz on a i5-8600K @ 1.295v this is the max upper limit as I have it in Offset mode. Overall, this motherboard had no problems on initial setup with XMP working fine for my Corsair Vengeance Ram at 3000Mhz. The VRM issue has not been a problem at all as this was highlighted in reviews but I have monitored this during benchtesting and gaming and it peaks at around 65 to 70 degrees. I do have an AIO at the top of my case which probably helps as the fans are very close to the VRM's...but I can confirm no temp issues at all.
I have just updated the BIOS to the new F7g Bios which is the Meltdown/Spectre microcode update and again absolutly no issues and no performance drop that I could see.
The only downside to this motherboard is the APP Centre software from Gigabyte which I find is buggy and I just do no use...I can do eveything from BIOS instead from fans, LED's control etc..Yep, very happy with the motherboard especially for the price as you get a lot for your money with a nice bonus of a USB 3.1 Gen 2 header on the motherboard allowing for an extra connection and most important, great overclocking with 5GHz more than achievable on a AIO...
Thanks PickEught, it does the job very well..
Thanks, love the case..
Never more than 70 degrees C as I have two Corsair 140 Madlev fans beneath the GPU blowing air up and into the GPU....There is a pic showing the 2 fans..
Great build for a first go....Nothing wrong with your choices as I can more than understand on the re-using parts ALA WD Green...its a must unless you have lots of money...The motherboard looks really nice and with the white GPU and Power supply, perfect. The M.2 will make a huge difference as well and you wont have to worry on RAM as you have 32GB...you can never have enough is my view...Well done. PS you can never go overboard!!! so long as it makes you happy...
Fantastic build and love the colour...And what a setup you have..
No problems at all...Enjoy your great buld..
No problems at all...Just go into your bios and you should see a setting that says 'XMP profile' set it to Profile 1 which should have recognised your ram as 3000MHz. Save and exit and you should be running at 3000MHz speed...Just have a look at CPUz and your speed should now read 1500.0 MHz...the 1500 should not confuse you as you have to double it...which makes 3000 hence the DDR...
Hi just mentioned this to you on another post...But just to make sure, its not the CPU support speed that matters, that is just an Intel support rating of gauranteed to run at 2666MHz...The Ram manufacturers provide higher rated speed RAM which hapily works all the way beyond 4000MHz...otherwise as you were saying, why buy RAM at speeds of over 2666MHz..its becouse they will work at there rated speed be it 2666, 3000, 3200 and all the way to 4000MHz plus.
I have a 8600K with 3000MHz DDR4 ram at it runs hapiliy at 3000MHz. All you have to do is go into the BIOS and run the XMP profie...
Okay, I dont care...but thats the dog's you know what....Fantastic beast of a system....I want one.
All I can say is that is one hell of a good job. Looks fantastic, and super clean with the pipe and cable work...
Woah....great build and I wanted to see a build in this case as I am looking to buy it. 2 questions, How was the build in the case, any problems? How are you finding the TT Floe Ring as I am also looking to get the 360 version you have.
That Gigabyte card just looks great facing out...Good job all round..
Hi Jackb898, So that I am not confused with what you are saying, but the Ram will run at 3200MHz provided he sets his XMP profile. The CPU is not the issue here stopping the Ram from running at 3200MHz.
The Asus ROG Strix Motherboard will support DDR4 at over 4000Mhz, the CPU in the 8700K will also hapily work with the RAM at 4000MHz. The 2666MHz limit is not a limit, it is just the Intel rated to speed i.e this is the speed they support but RAM manufactures happily provide overclocked RAM from 2666 all the way to 4000MHz plus. The 3200MHz RAM will work on this motherboard with the 8700K...provided you set the XMP profile to 1 in the BIOS.
I only say this becouse of the wording and of course you may already know this...if so my apologies, just trying to clear up that the RAM will run at the speed advertised by the RAM manufactures regardless of the upto 2666MHz CPU support rating.
PS: great build Littled4...
Looks really nice...Very clean build and love the Auros details all the way to the ties that hold the tubing together...The 1080Ti looks a beats!!
Awesome build...I have the P3 and love the case...but what you have done with it is amazing...Cant believe the cabling at the back...My cabling could do with lessons from you..Great job..
Really nice build, great clean lines and the colour just sets it off..good job.
Well I hope you dont mind but I am going to copy your machine pretty much completly...
Gosh...what a build. One word Awesome!!!!
Without a doubt one of the best builds I have seen. Looks absolutly fantastic. Love that motherboard. For me my next upgrade will be the i7-7820x and with seeing this, that Gigabyte motherboard is a must. I currently have the Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 7 which has never put a foot wrong. I didn't think the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv had that much space...
Always wanted to see a proper build in this case.. And you have done a great job. Love the colour combination which really standsout very well.
That case looks so unique with the triple fans lined up at the top...
Great setup...I love the P3 (I have one, and the build is on here somewhere). With regards to the Riser cable, I to had the same problem. I emailed Thermaltake and they were great. They sent me a new one out within a week and it works great. For that alone I take my hat of to them.
That setup looks great, especially in that case and that RAM!!! Wow....I'm all for, if you can afford it, then why not! Enjoy your build it looks and I bet it performs like a monster..
On a side note, I picked up a 3 pack of the Corsair HD 120 RGB fans and can only say that they would look and perform amazing in your build...just a thought if you feel like spending more...Though the MagLev's are awesome anyway..
Good to know as that will be my next easy upgrade...
I have the same CPU but on a Z170 board..Just wanted to know whether you were on a Z170 board and then upgraded to a Z270 and if so, were there any problems with the 6700k Z270 combo?
6700K, matched to a Z270 with a 1080 Ti watercooled must be POWER!!!! Very nice and clean build...Looks like a good case to build in..
Thanks jouvash...Part of me wishes I got the White P3 case as it looks awesome..
Really nice and clean build, love the colour combination and great work on the cable routing. The case looks absolutely perfect with the parts chosen..
Agreed on the Airflow...So I stuck a NZXT 140mm fan just behind the graphics card and between the motherboard, you can just see the top of the fan in one of the pictures (5th picture I think)... This has made a huge difference to temps, especially around the M.2 NVMe and the GPU, the GPU never goes above 60-65 degrees under load as the fan is constantly blowing air to the back plate and it is running very quiet as it is set to 30% on the fan curve..
Awesome build Pico...Love the white theme. I have the P3 in black and a have a red and black theme going. The Galax just looks amazing and touching it of with the white Deepcool Captain is great...okay, more importantly, sit the system on your desk next to the monitor.. I have..https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/VWtgXL
Very nice setup and more than understand the Core i7-7820x route as they are faster on both the Gaming and Productivity front...and if you have the money why not!!!
In answer to Nicker950_HD. The AMD Ryzen's are tremendous value and excellent buys but if you want more performance (and have the money), then the i7/i9's x299 is the way to go...at least until ThreadRipper arrives.
It would be great if you could provide an update at some point on how your x299 platform is performing as I too will be looking to go that route at some point.
Very impressed with the start. I have the P3 in Black and am contemplating hard tubing for my build as the next step...the one thing that was worrying me was how to remove the fans to clean them with the hard tubes possibly getting in the way...Your solution looks great so I will be taking your lead. Cant wait to see the build progress..
Agreed on AMD...I still remember the great Athlon days when they were on top of there Game...good to see them back.
Thanks Lyrix...It's the P3 case that I love, so easy to tinker with the PC, change things, oh and it looks good too..
Very nice indeed and I bet it goes like a rocket!!!!. A lot of talk on the battle between AMD and Intel but I have to admit the x299 with the 8 core 7820X looks like a strong proposition compared to the equivalent AMD 1700/1800x, especially if you have the money.
Also like the Sea Hawk 1080 Ti. and the Gskill Trident RGB!!!..drooollll, these alone must be fast...
Price notwithstanding, The best thing is that there is an 8 core from both sides that are good and pretty much fit all price points from low to high.
Hi Dirk, The rated speed of my Corsair LED series is 3000MHz and through XMP via the bios it worked straight out of the box and is running at that speed with no problems at all. Corsair ram is very good and always seems to work with most major motherboard manufactures and with this Gigabyte z170 Gaming 7. I have had no problems on any hardware conflicts including the x4 PCie NVMe SSD M.2 drive which I was worried about, but it is running so fast, I could not believe it!!
I think you have 3 choices at this price point on motherboards, the Gigabyte z170 Gaming 7, The Asus Maximus Hero V111 z170 and the EVGA Z170 FTW all of these motherboards are close in price, kickass and should be great.. for me the Gigabyte was the choice purely because of the Colour, great Sound from the Soundblaster 3d sound including changeable opp amp, and the 2 x M.2 lanes so I can have 2 M.2 drives and play with raid via the nvme protocol..Also I preferred the native usb 3.1 intel controller. But all in all, they are all great motherboards.
Wow...another P3 case... beautiful job, clean, excellent cabling and just all fits together... As to the riser cable...absolutely agree, pile of crap as after a while mine just stopped working and I have set my graphics card the same as yours... Though I am ordering a better riser cable.
Also, your cabling is so good i'm going to copy!!! Cant believe how good the cabling at the back is as well.
Great job and way cool in white...Also someone else with a Core P3 case...love this case, so easy to build in and looks great. Built my systems on it which almost mirrors yours witha black/red and white theme. Take a look at my system when you get a chance as I removed the back over and put RGB LED strips around the case so that you get a colour glow coming of the wall... badly explained, but the pics will explain..
Apologies for the delay but was overseas in LA for work..I had no problems at all with the ram on this motherboard. Worked straight away and the XMP profile did the job straight away. Very happy with the motherboard and I will be adding to more sticks of Corsair LED RAM but in white!!! so red and white....should be fun... Let me know how things go and if you need to know anything that I can help with...just ask.
Okay, Okay...I give up....what a cool build!!! great job on painting the motherboard and the cable sleeving, colour match is fantastic and of course the cable management is exceptional....Jeeze, do I have a long way to go..+1
Brilliant job and I was immediately going to ask how you did the sleeting until I read your post on it. Really sets everything in the build of with those sleeved tubes!! The whole black and silver looks great...
Yep they do..did not realise i could do that until by mistake I was pulling a stick out when the cover moved...so I thought (always a dangerous thing is thinking) will they come off...and yes they came of easy and slide back on easy..
Very nice and clean... like the ARCTIC Freezer 13...adds a bit of Pizzaz to the build.
All I can say is well done and my best wishes on success.... like the idea and you seem to have made the right connections!! Love to get involved so keep me in mind when you are flying... I think there is a great market out there for custom built PC's that are more affordable than the ones from OC/Scan/PC Specialists etc... especially if you can add some extra value.
If you are ever near Staines - Surrey let me know..
More than understand on the ram... if and when you do , the covers just slide of and slide back on... there is nothing to unscrew or anything... Take a look at my rig and I have pics of the on and off...https://pcpartpicker.com/b/4wGfrH
Yet another awesome job... The Cryorig CPU cooler really sets everything of in the build a perfect match...
Another great build... very clean, all the pieces fit along with the colour scheme...have to admit..top job!!!