This is a customer build I did this year with the intention for someone coming from the Apple ecosystem. He saw another inwin805 build I did and wanted it to be similar but with a 6700k. He really just told me he wanted some of the fastest parts in each category but didnt need a lot of GPU; just something so he could try gaming if he found time. The result was one of my favorite builds I have done....And man Linux on this system is a beast! I havent been on Linux since windows xp and it still felt comfortable.
Case: Inwin 805 red: Customers choice and its such a beautiful case. There was a simple mod to allow the 360mm radiator to fit. It is pictured but there is a lip on the front fan bracket that needs to be cut. I used a pneumatic rotary tool but a dremel will work as well. I would say the only downside to this case is that the air intake is very restricted by all the glass. I hope they revise the front fan bracket so others dont need to mod it for 360mm rads or even just 3x120mm fan setups which this case can use.
CPU: intel i7 6700k at 4.6ghz (1.344v), the customer already had it and really its such an excellent CPU I had nothing but support for his decision on it. This CPU at 4.6ghz really just screams, its an excellent CPU for so many different tasks.
Motherboard: Asus Hero Alpha Z170. This choice came down to the fact that Asus makes great board, he loved the aesthetics and it had wifi which the non-alpha did not. I really love Asus boards for overclocking especially.
RAM: Gskill Trident 16GB 3000mhz. Again went with this ram for aesthetics and performance. The 3000mhz is easy for the 6700k to manage and is a nice balance of cost and performance. These RAM sticks felt so solid and heavy I felt I could use them for self defense as well haha.
Storage: This was the fun part, the Samsung 950pro is a drive I have used a few times and man its actually a bit noticeable with compared to the 850evo/pro in even normal tasks. I attribute that to the better 4k read/writes aside from the big numbers it puts out for larger files. Linux Mint on this drive felt so INSTANT, I mean l Linux tends to feel that way with good hardware, but I felt it was reading my mind it was so instant. The Data drive was an OCZ Trion 150 960GB drive which is an excellent value to performance drive. Toshiba has done good things with OCZ.
GPU: EVGA GTX 960 4GB w/back plate. EVGA makes some of the nicest looking back plates and with their excellent customer service, they have become my main go to gpu for Nvidia. This card just looked so good in this build. It was overkill for the customer but he wanted to make sure he had 4 monitor support to allow for future plans but also wanted to be able to try gaming in the future.
Power Supply: EVGA supernova P2 850watt is such an excellent PSU. While overkill, the customer and I decided on the 850watt should his future plans ever change to include SLI in high end cards. Now a days you rarely need more than 850watts for most SLI setups. As it is, this system only consumed 221watts during the Asus Realbench GPU+CPU stress test. Gaming might be a little more but I expect less than 300watts with the numbers I saw. The CPU only was 152watts overclocked on Cinebench. For those paying attention, yup I stress tested on windows 10 before loading Mint :)
Cables: These were a Bitfenix complete kit for the EVGA power supply, not a custom length set. Such an awesome part of the build for sure, especially when the rear panel is glass as well :)
Cooler: This was the star of the show in the customers eyes right behind the case. The swiftech h320 x2 cooler. The prestige model was what he really wanted but it was sold out everywhere so we got the standard version. Really the difference was just the fans and the lack of compression fittings. I feel the E-loop fans in the prestige actually make a difference as my last 805 build used the Prestige but that was also a x99 build which really needed it.
LED lighting: The Logisys RGB kit is honestly the best bang for the buck out there. Its wireless, has many colors to choose from, some effects and can be dimmed or shut off all for less than $20 at frys. Some builds may need extra extensions to run more than the included single LED strip but check out the home LED kits as you can get a good deal on a harness from that section at frys. This build being Linux based couldnt use something like the Hue+ which I would say is an excellent choice. The Logisys kit can actually add up fast if you need to add more than one LED like we did in this set up. We used two RGB strips, harnesses to add it in and ended up being dollars cheaper than the Hue+, but again its a Linux build so we couldnt go the Hue+ route.
OS: Linux Mint w/cinnamon. Everything just worked. The 950pro was located and bootable after installation which was an issue on the newest Ubuntu at the time of this build (06/2016). The GTX960 was easy to install, just needed to manually select the Nvidia driver in the Linux driver section and that was it. It was SUPER fast on Mint, just such a nice experience. I really am rooting for Linux now more than ever for gaming. I hope Vulkan can bring better gaming titles to Linux. Most people dont need Windows and Microsoft has been doing some shady things lately.
Hope you guys like it! Feel free to ask about the build.