Yesterday (01/24/2016), bought my first Extreme Gaming PC from Startech, Multiplan Center.
Special Thanks to Mr. Azharul Alam for providing me with a big (mela'r) discount without which I couldn't have afforded some of the parts.
Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
So far so good. Time will tell whether or not I made the better choice choosing it over the 5820K.
Cooler Master Hyper 212X 82.9 CFM CPU Cooler
Wanted the best and cheapest cooler to tide me over until I can save up for a AIO wc. Works like a char,. Ran prime95 for 1hr and temps never exceeded
85(Asus mobo auto setting sets voltage way up. I manually set it to 1.200v. Now temps are much lower) 73 celsius @4.2Ghz.
Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Board has all the stuff I need and no unnecessary bells/whistles. The bios was a little temperamental; first time I booted up set up windows, restarted and it went into a shutdown/restart loop. Had to reset the cmos and everything worked out just fine.
G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Worked right out of the box. Set XMP in bios and running at full rated speeds.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card
I wanted a 980 Ti so went for the cheapest+coolest one I could get out of the ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI... the G1 Gaming .
Coolest = coldest
Thermaltake Core V51 ATX Mid Tower Case
I value function more than looks in cases. The Core V51 certainly is just that. Not that it's not good looking. The stock fans are not good enough, but are silent. I could have got the "Nvidia Edition" but that didn't match with my board and GPU so I got this black one. It is a Mid tower but its bigger than some full towers
Cooler Master V850 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Bought it because of JohnnyGuru's excellent rating and since it is "Made by Seasonic." And it has a 5 year replacement warranty.
Cooler Master JetFlo 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan (x2)
Does the job well and more.
The only "con" is that they are loud... as much as a vacuum cleanersee update below .
Hopefully will buy the SSD and AIO WC at the end of this year / when I have saved up enough .
There you go! Any suggestions? Any critiques? I would gladly appreciate some feedback!
DO NOT use the adapters which come with the CM JetFlo fans. Instead plug the PWM directly into the motherboard chassis fan slot and set up a custom rpm and temp profile with ASUS FAN Xpert software. This way my rig is now much more quieter than before. And the fans don't sound like vacuum cleaners anymore.
I switched the CPU fan to the other side of the HS so that the top JetFlo fan can provide cool air for the cpu fan to pull through the HS and then blow the hot air through the back chassis fan out of the case. I think this is a much more efficient process.