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Its finally... FINALLY done.. I will clean my desk up and maybe do a finale video showing it finally running

So at the end of it all heres my final specs:

NZXT H440 Black/Red w/ 3x Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 2000 PWM intakes, 1x Corsair AF140 exhaust
Intel Core i7 6700k @ 4.635ghz
Asus Maximus VIII Formula
32gb GSkill Trident Z DDR4-3200
eVGA GTX 980 Ti SSC @ 1435 core
500gb 850 EVO
500gb 840 EVO
600gb WD Velociraptor
2TB Samsung Ecodrive
2TB WD Green
5TB WD Black
Corsair H110i CPU Cooler w/ 2x Noctua NF-A14 iPPC-3000 in a pull config


Peripherals:

BenQ XL2730Z (Which now has a big old strip of bleed on the bottom.. unfortunately it seems being moved on/off desk repeatedly borked the panel frown.gif)
Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard (Old Version with the tapered keycaps)
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
Sennheiser Game One Headset
Phillips Fidelio X2/27 Open Hi-Fi headphones


What all happened to make it take so long? I've built a dozen or so computers in my 28 years of being here and this is the first one in a very, very long time to give me such a headache (I remember my attempts with a K6 II and K6 III system that were similarly frustrating, they didnt like applications I really liked at the time and it ended with me buying a Celeron, thats beside the point)

First the M9 ACK was a bad choice in motherboard, disappointed in every way imaginable, the audio was bad, the networking kept giving me problem after problem, and it constantly crashed... Trading to the Formula was the first good decision I made (Albeit i should have done it from the start) I also had a lot of issues with the H440 case and the amount of drives I was cramming into the thing...

Then getting things running on the Formula was still a headache, it was more stable, but still not there, I went through everything, even replacing EVERY fan in this system (Which entailed ripping most of it apart) with Noctua pro-series PWM fans across the board, This helped acoustics AND thermals (Not that my thermals were too bad to begin with) but that still didnt solve the problems, Even at stock speeds my 6700 was simply unstable, and doing even a mild stress test caused one core to jump to 90 degrees... just the one... and thats just not right

Checked and reapplied thermal paste, No dice, Continued crashing, delving into crash logs and ETC kept indicating said core was having a malfunction.. time was running out, I exchanged the CPU to newegg

New one comes, Quick stock speed stability, Much better temps, Low 60s if i remember right on all cores, Screw around pushing it, Try 4.8 and no dice, boots but wont run a simple stress test... 4.7 will run albeit at a high voltage (1.42) and i just didnt wanna go that hard.. End up at 4.635 and 1.38 volts after a few hours, End up satisfied, passes stress tests.. Now Ive been using it, not one crash no matter what ive thrown at it, it runs colder and quieter than the other CPU so now im perfectly happy

I also caved and ordered Corsairs custom sleeved cables for the PSU so that the cable routing was FAR easier in the H440

Oh and in the middle of this my fairly new K95 RGB went completely kaput on me, wont stop being in the demo mode, keyboard isnt recognized at bios OR in windows... So its basically completely dead, Thus the G910 replacement

Hows it run? Great, its definitely a snappy rig, not that my old one was "slow", overall I'd describe the experience as "more consistent" around the board.. im not necessarily "Faster" i just see more stable frames in many situations, and ther system is quieter.. the on board audio isnt half shabby, Though I want to add a Vali to the mix down the line (I've always wanted tube sound) Definitely glad I ended up with Wi-Fi in the system as due to some remodeling the wired connection to the computer room is disconnected.. Thankfully my desktop is having zero issues and I'm having zero difference in performance on wireless...

If I had to do it all again... I'd have started off at the Formula motherboard, I'd have gone to a different case (The Phanteks EVOLV ATX for instance..) and id likely have gone for replacement fans from the start for the CPU CLLC... I may also have from the start invested in some different storage solution to ease cable management, Most cases seem determined to do away with the ability to EASILY route wiring for 6 drives in the system...




What do I need to finish? an RGB lighting strip to complete the lights would be good. Also maybe one of these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A3N60A2/ref=s9_simh_gw_g147_i1_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-4&pf_rd_r=14CJ16N0QWE87DVVCYAW&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2437869522&pf_rd_i=desktop

or one of these

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R45XH86/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3IUM3N87U6ZYX&coliid=I2Q4AA50TVUMR5&psc=1

Also want one of these

http://schiit.com/products/vali-2
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
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