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Just finished my first build since 2003! WOW IT'S A BEAST!

Hey Everyone!

Couldn't have completed this as smoothly as I did with out all the great work of the community here. The blog, builds and comments, helped me out immensely.

I knew I wanted a large case that I could grow into and boy is the 750D that. While some may want something more flashy, this thing is an understand monster with ample room for everything I could ever want....for now.

For the MB and Processor, I chose the Maximus IX Code and i7-7700k. I wanted to hit 5.0ghz so it was the logical choice, didn't seem based on the reviews I read that the Formula would be worth the extra coin.

Installation of the processor was a breeze the MB feels sturdy and has all the bells and whistles I currently could want. What a difference 14 years makes!

LEDs on my memory!? What a world we live in! Got a good deal on the Vengeance LED 32 GB (4x8). Pletty of RAM and pretty lights!

For solid out of the box cooling, I threw on the Corsair H100i v2. Can't hear a peep from this thing over the case and GPU fans, let's me easily crank to 5.0ghz while keeping temps within reason.

I have worked in storage for the last 4+ years and was excited to try out an M.2 drive. SCREAMIN FAST. Going back to my work laptop with a regular 'ol SSD this morning was brutal! I plan on using the 950 pro as my OS drive and eventually adding in a M.2 960 pro for games/cc once I can find one at retail in stock without a markup.

Asus ROG STRIX GTX1080 was down to $619USD with a mail in rebate so seemed like the best choice of the 1080s avaliable. Plus I can sync more pretty lights with the pretty lights on my MB. "The colors, Duke, the colors!".

Threw in a couple of drives I had lying around for now. A 3.5" 4TB Barracuda HDD (not on the pcpartpicker list yet?) and a 2.5" 1TB Firecuda SSHD (also not on the list?). Plan to add in another 3 of the 4 TBs and run in RAID 1 and replace the FireCuda w/ a set of 2.5" SSDs.

Powered it all up with the EVGA SuperNOVA 850W Platinum (mostly cause it was the blackest of the power supplies, shhhhh don't tell my wife I paid a bit more just for the color!). Powers everything with room to spare.

Added the Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire, cause lights and this is the most gorgeous keyboard I've ever seen, who knew keyboards could be gorgeous!? Razer DeathAdder Elite for the speed and lights!

Took about 2 hours in total to build, still trying to find a truly stable 5.0GHz clock, have a great clock at 4.8, but will have to play around and see if I can get that elusive stable 5.0!

Will add some additional photos tonight/tomorrow. Plan on building out a next phase in a month or so, to include a custom loop + some of the additional storage and Aura Sync RGB LED strips.

Thanks for Reading!

-Shark

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Is there any reason the other 6 pin power isn't plugged into the GPU?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wasn't plugged-in in that picture, great eyes!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Now, my only question is, why the K70 with Deathadder? For most of my friends, they're either die hard Razer, die hard Logitech, or die hard Corsair. I don't really care match, but the conceited teenager in me still cares about brand mixing. My corsair friend would die if he saw this though lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I am die hard for good hardware. I personally think the K70 is killer, but wasn't really a fan of corsairs mice. Honestly I probably would have gone for the G502 from Logitech, but it was back-ordered at the time. Unless I'm gaming, I'm using an MX Master anyways.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i cannot speak for Corsair people, but I got a Blackwidow Stealth recently. Compared to the K70, it is virtually the same thing. Really, the only difference are the keys being a bit lighter (less actuation) on the Razer Oranges than the MX Browns, and Chroma being overall better software. Can't also speak for my loud-key bretherin.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

K70 has that sweet brushed aluminum backplate, real classy! Also I much prefer the Cherry MX switches vs. the Chinese made switches marketed as Razer switches. The Razer switches also have a shorter actuation which in my personal experience can lead to more errors when gaming (some people likely will not notice the difference), although Razer asserts the opposite (marketing fluff IMO). Really it comes down to personal preference on switches and build style, can't go wrong with either.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Once more, a build that renders my (would be) brand new PC entirely obsolete. And I agree with your other commenter about some higher res (and more in general) pictures.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, it's way more power than I need, but....boys and their toys....

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang... This build is a beast. The only thing I would suggest is getting a Thermaltake water 3.0 Riing because that is a very effective water cooling fan, and at almost 5 GHz, You need a high-performance CPU cooler so your computer doesn't overheat and crash. Other than that, very good build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on doing a custom loop. From what I have researched the Corsair h110i v2 performs almost the same as the TT Water 3.0. About a 1-2 degree diff. Obviously having a 360mm vs 240mm of surface area is preferable. However...for the colors, I should have done it, honestly I went back and forth and decide to save a bit since I plan to do a custom loop in the next couple months. I have also heard that the controller on it is junk, if it was Aura Sync enabled I would have done it for sure.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a 4k monitor?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Not yet, wife might kill me if I dropped for one right one the heals of this. But, I do have my eyes on that newly announced ROG Swift PG27UQ from ASUS at CES. I am terrified of the price tag. Any current recommendations?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the Samsung U28E590D in 2014. I'm happy with it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought a Samsung U28E590D in 2014. I'm happy with it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

orgasm would've like to have seen a corsair psu tho

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the IX Code have more than one USB 2.0 internal header? The IX Formula only has one so I needed to buy a hub to connect three more USB 2.0 devices (i.e. Corsair's HX850i power supply, H115i liquid CPU Cooler and my two USB 2.0's on the front panel).

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, same issue, they are essentially the same board minus the extra armor and built in IO sheild

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If you look at my completed build, you can see the NZXT hub I use. It works PERFECTLY!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought, thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how's the noise with the strix 1080? I've been debating wether I should go with it or an aio watercooled one.

Btw, sweet build dude!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's honestly a quieter build than I expected, if all the fans are cranked, the strix is the loudest, those baby's hum, but I usually have some cans on, so it doesn't bother me

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Question, is there a difference between the EVGA and ASUS GTX 1070/1080? I'm new building PC's. I built my first one last month. Just curious why people choose one over the other besides colors.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

1080 is the newest from Nvidia, really only necessary for 4k multiple monitors and future proofing VR. 1070 is still a very capable card. As for manufacturer, you will find a broad range of opinions but, really you can't go wrong with any of the major players. MSI, ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte are all good choices. At that point it is really up to aesthetics, pricing and personal preference.

I went with Asus since I could sync it with the Aura lighting on the MB and it also happened to be $20 less that the other 1080's at the time.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU is 75 degrees under load at 5.2Ghz with an open air video card and a top mounted liquid cooler. I don't believe.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Computer p0rn!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely, the pics don't do it justice. I'll bust out the DSLR and give it some love!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics. I second and third that motion!

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a good song though!