Description

Said goodbye to an i7 2600k system that was running a 1000MhZ overclock for the last 5 years stable. It's going to a good home. One of my first rigs was powered by an AMD 80286 cpu. In fact, I was building all AMD for years until the CORE series from Intel came out. I can say I'm happy to return: welcome back AMD! This new build was exciting, looks great and very smooth gameplay. I boot from windows logo to desktop in less than 4 seconds (if that matters). My ram runs at 3200Mhz no problems. Everything is rock solid stable. Running BIOS 1201 and I might just leave it. The only problem is the temperature is reporting about 20C lower than actual as far as I can tell. A bios update might fix this but break something else. I'll wait and see.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent CPU. I was on the fence about a 1600X or the 1700. Spend the extra and you won't need to upgrade next year. Do yourself a favour: Turn the fan around so the AMD logo is facing the correct way. It's just 4 small screws, there is a video on youtube on how to do it. Looks 1000% better. I just might keep this stock cooler for the summer. First stock cooler I've kept in over 10 years!

Motherboard

Thought this was the best mobo out there. Everyone liked it. Until I read the HardOCP review and almost died, as I hadn't built the system yet. Geuss what? ZERO problems. If HardOCP killed 3 CH6's, it's something they did wrong. Disregard their review totally. This is the mobo to get.

Memory

It was on the QVL but it is not the famous Samsung "b"" die memory. It's actually Hynyx but it runs at 3200mhz on DOCP XMP profile on the CH6.

Storage

Kick *** drive. No one can believe it's an actual HDD! Worth every penny for the expressions.

Storage

Decided to give Seagate a try after many years. It actually runs cooler and quieter than the WD drive.

Video Card

Purchased this card in May 2016 for $1100, re using for this build. Sorry about the model #, I selected the wrong part in the build and can't seem to change it. I actually have the Strix GTX1080-08G-Gaming

Case

Hands down the Phanteks line if cases makes building a breeze, for veterans and newbs. Anyone, and I mean anyone can do a clean build here. Excellent quality and design through and through. Best mid-tower tempered case on the market right now.

Power Supply

Johnny Guru recommended. Works great so far.

Optical Drive

One of my first burners was a Pioneer back in the day so I thought, why not? I had to paint this drive. No drive comes black and it looks like crap inside the case otherwise. Some Krylon and masking tape saved the day. Obviously this voids the warranty, but I think you'll agree it's worth it.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build op +1.

Do you game at 1440p?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

One question is that the 1080 with 11GBS? cause i dont see it say on your box

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My mistake, sorry. I have the 08G-Gaming model of the Strix 1080. How do I change my build? I'll look into it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure as i have never post a build, but how is the card if i could ask? Cause i was insterested in the 11gb version

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

There are 2 versions with the "11"on them. One is the 11Gbps"" version, which is basically the GDDR5X is overclocked to the "11Gbps"speed. There is still only 8Gb of the ram on the card though.

The second one is the ti version which has 11Gb of GDDR5X onboard. The stupid marketing department is making things more confusing for everyone. Yes, 11Gb of ram on your videocard is great, but not necessary. All of the Strix cards can o/c the ram to 11Gbps in software without any problems. How do I know? I run at this speed, have since new.

If you can afford it, get the 1080ti . It is more future-proof than the regular 1080's. I spent $1000 CDN on a 1080 last may. At the time it was the most powerful card by a large margin. They said there would not be a "ti"version. Guess what? They lied. The "ti"came out, and it is much more powerful than the regular 1080.

Or, you could wait to see what VEGA has to offer for the price, and maybe may your build an all-AMD build. I would if I could, but not this year. I like to go at least 2 years on a GPU.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the size length the same as the other asus strix 1080? Im just a bit worried cause i wanted to get this

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The GTX 1080 08G-Gaming (my card) is 11.73"or 29cm long. The GTX 1080-08G-11Gbps is 11.73"long, or 29cm long. The GTX 1080ti-11G-Gaming card is exactly the same length as the above two cards The GTX 1080ti-011G-Gaming is the exact same length as the other cards listed here.

Just FYI: the Strix/ROG GTX1070 series is also the same exact length. Hope that helps.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I never thought I could say a stock cooler looks fantastic, but the Wraith Spire truly does

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

what monitor are you using. can you give us FPS examples. i plan to build a rig like that. Thanks for your time LAN.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I game at 4K res for all games. I play UT, Fallout 4, SWBF, Bioshock, Doom etc. Everything is very smooth and I don't need to turn down any settings for the games I play so far. I bought a Korean 40"4K (60Hz 8bit Samsung panel) from Amazon last year: https://www.amazon.ca/Perfect-WASABI-MANGO-UHD400-3840x2160/dp/B01DKP8NA0. Paid $800 CDN to have it shipped to my door. I've been happy with it so far. I did try out a 144Hz panel at a friend's place the other day and I think I might make the switch when I can get a a 40"model for under $1000. Thats a long way off though.