Description

By no means is it my first gaming PC, but it is the first one I've ever built from scratch. I did encounter some issues installing the motherboard, as the I/O shield made it difficult to mount the mobo, and I made some innocent mistakes when it came to the CPU cooler standoffs, but overall it was a pretty easy build that performs well. Overkill for most people, but exceptionally useful for me as I tend to run multiple servers and virtual machines. I have yet to really push the CPU, and I think I have the best stable OC I can get out of the GPU for now.

And yes, I am well aware the LinusTechTips has their own "Compensator" build. I realized it after naming it, and I'm not changing it. I gave it this name because I'm compensating for the last computer where I wish I had never gone with AMD.

Updated 12/2/16: I have successfully overclocked the i7 6700k to 4.6GHz stable. Updated the Fire Strike link to reflect that.

Benchmarks? Benchmarks!

Fire Strike: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/10739737 Fire Strike (Updated! After overclocking the CPU): http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/16420429

Time Spy: http://www.3dmark.com/spy/780478

Part Reviews

CPU

Probably the best consumer grade high performance CPU right now. Installation was a breeze, and performance is great.

CPU Cooler

A little tricky to work with in the beginning, it performs well enough, but doesn't play well with motherboard fan control. Software could be better.

Motherboard

Overpriced for some flashy bells and whistles, but I got it mostly for the (buggy but functional) integrated RGB headers. Upgrading the BIOS wiped my settings, which is annoying. Lots of control options though.

Memory

No issues, it's RAM, and it works great. Much cheaper than Corsair Dominator Platinum, which was my first choice.

Storage

Bad *** SSD. Overpriced, but great performance.

Video Card

Eh, it's a 1080. I'm sure I could have done better for the money, but it's a stopgap measure for me until the 1080 Ti.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Your graphics card alone is worth more than my entire computer right now. Btw, nice case.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice name steal from LTT. Nice build, though!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly what I was thinking

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that a Kylie Jenner poster in the background of the first picture?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Kylie Minogue, actually. I'm not ashamed to admit I am a big fan ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the LED ram

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems to be working very well so far. I was a bit hesitant based on the lack of reviews since it's so new, but it's still Corsair memory with a lifetime warranty. Only time will tell how it holds up, but I simply installed it, set it to 3200mhz, and it's just been working without any problems.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

now dat cost moolah

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

this PC is not overkill!

you need 2 way SLi GTX Titan XPs

just kidding nice first build

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Still have some cable clean up but looking good! Kudos on getting it all together and awesome to see a combination that includes an ASUS board and graphics card. Thanks for being #TEAMROG & #TEAMSTRIX.

You even get more love as you are rocking the a ROG ( SWIFT ) series monitor.

Do you plan to do AURA SYNC and align the LEDs from the board to the GPU and maybe through in an LED strip? That is one of the great features on the ALPHA. One of my absolute favorite boards.

Regarding your upgrade of the UEFI this is true for any motherboard. Updating the UEFi will reset the board to default values.

As for the comments on the GPU you actually would be hard pressed to get a better 1080. The build design on the STRIX is awesome. Did you use fan connect headers ( not clear in the picture ).

Also note sure if you have connect the fans from the CPU cooler to the CPU and CPU OPT headers? Ideally you want them there so when you run the fan calibration which is one of the big reasons to get an ASUS board you can easily define a fan profile after the calibration and not have jump between applications to control different fans.

Best of luck with the build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm actually still waiting on the monitor, it should arrive today. Still using a crappy LG IPS I got 3 years ago (the wife is getting this one).

I have AURA fully configured now, and finally properly mounted the LED strips around the lip of my desk instead of on my wall trim.

As for the GPU, I'm still tinkering, but it seems good. I've gotten it to run at 1999mhz, just so close to breaking that 2Ghz mark!

The CPU cooler was properly installed and wired, the issue was the the BIOS Qfan control fighting with corsair link for control of the fans. Once I disabled Qfan control, and set my own custom fan curves, everything worked great.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know how the monitor is please. I want that monitor but am concerned with the QC of the BLB.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

There's a difference between BLB and IPS glow. All IPS panels have IPS glow, it's just the nature of them. That being said, it's no worse on this monitor than on my other IPS panel. If it's that big of a deal, wait to grab an OLED display, or just go with a good TN panel.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

There is already a compensator and a Compensator 2.0 from the YouTube channel LinusTechTips. Nice build though

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know. I realized this after I named it. Thought about changing the name, but decided against it. I called it the compensator because I'm compensating for the compromises I made on my last PC. Never again. The LinusTechTips compensator is total overkill tbh, this build was my attempt at building the best PC possible before diminishing returns (price to performance ratio) drops off sharply.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the name and it suits this build. Don't change it

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You know what they say about guys w/ expensive PCs ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

were the 4 titans at

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

How is windows 10 0 dollars?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it free via Dreamspark through my college.

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