My first PC build since 2006. I made sure everything flows. I am very proud of this build! And is a decently powered machine for mainly gaming and editing work.
Currently running Windows 10 Pro and booting up on a 2.5inch 500GB Samsung SATA drive. Which I have my main games such as CS:GO, Overwatch, World of Tanks, and World of Warships installed. I have my primary document files and the rest of my game library on a 7200RPM 6TB HDD from Seagate.
I used an aftermarket de-lid tool that I found on Amazon to safely crack open the IHS on my 8600K. I applied Grizzly Conductonaut Thermal liquid metal on the bare chip to improve thermals. (about 10-12% cooler!) I then used Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Paste on top of the IHS to mate to the Cryorig H7 cooler. Air Cooling FTW! I did not want to deal with potential leaks and or pump failures in the future.
I was able to overclock the 8600K to a stable 5.2Ghz @ 1.376V. And get the 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM to 3.2GHz @ 1.504V. This ASUS HERO X board makes overclocking very easy to do. The 850W SeaSonic Titanium PSU helps provide clean stable power to the components. I also have a CyberPower 1400VA / 900Watts Uninterruptible UPS to further clean up the power coming in from the wall. I currently average about 350watts in full powered overclocked gaming mode.
I bought a Corsair Commander Pro to control the speed of the Corsair LL fans in the case. A total of 5 fans configured for positive pressure in the case. 4x 140mm for intake and 1x 120mm for the rear exhaust. And a Lighting Nod Pro that came with the fans to control the RGB lighting feature. Very simple to configure. I have the settings set to zero fan speed if the CPU temps are below 40c. And then rapidly ramp up to control temps. Never getting hotter than 65c for the CPU and about 71c for the GPU. In the near future, I'm going to replace the factory paste in-favor for some Kryonaut paste on the GPU chip. Hope the temps drop even a little for more FPS and prevent any thermal throttle on the GPU.
My wife recently bought me a QHD BenQ EX2780Q 27" 144Hz gaming monitor for my Bday! It was designed with a Nano IPS panel. The seemingly perfect balance for G-sync compatible gaming. With smooth frame rates and color accuracy, plus amazing viewing angles.
This machine should last me many years before I do a big upgrade in changing out motherboard and CPU combo. But my future upgrade path before I do would be to replace the 8600K for the 9900KF. Upgrade the 1070ti for a 2080ti or whenever "Big Navi" drops. Change out the 500GB SATA for 1TB Samsung m.2 drive. Then this build should be maxed out.
Thanks to my wife for sponsoring half of the overall cost for this setup!
Solid CPU. I won the silicone lottery. I was able to OC to a stable 5.2 GHz. I guess the delid with LM helps! Installed in the ASUS HERO X board and powered by the Seasonic Prime Ultra PSU helps get me these numbers.
Keeps my delid with LM 5.2 GHz 8600K cool under load! Fully powered in windows power setting. CPU idles @ 35c and hovers around 65c when in full power gaming load.
Amazing thermal paste! Better quality than the previous Artic MX paste.
Keeps my delid with LM 5.2 GHz 8600K cool under load! Fully powered in windows power setting. CPU idles @ 35c and hovers around 65c using and Air cooled Cryorig H7.
Before the delid my CPU would get upwards to 80c + and idles around 40-45c.
A fantastic board! The VRMs are built with quality and is able to support a delid, LM 5.2 GHz 8600K! Fully powered in windows power setting. Powered by a Seasonic 850W Prime Ultra PSU.
Great set of RAM. F4-3200C16D-16GTZR. My first kit of 2 x 8 GB was built with Samsung chips and was able to OC to 3.4 GHz. Decided to buy another for my second kit. And was built with SK Hynix chips. So with two different memory manufacturers. I cant OC anymore, I have all my RAM running on a stable 3200 MHz as advertised speeds.
Amazing SSD! Not as fast as the latest m.2 drives. But far faster than my 150 GB 10k RPM WesternDigital Raptor it replaced.
I Love the looks of this case. It provides good air flow. I have the fans configured for positive pressure. And is able to contain my entire gaming build. ASUS HERO x motherboard with a 8600K. Seasonic Prime Ultra 850W PSU and an EVGA 1070ti.
I love this PSU! It is able to provide clean stable power for my gaming/editing rig. Should last me for at least a decade or more! And well into my next future build in the farther off future.
This PSU is able to power my 8600K to 5.2 GHz delid with LM of course. An OC EVGA 1070ti; 1x Samsung 500GB SATA SSD; 1x 6TB 7200RPM Seagate HDD; 5x Corsair LL fans; 4 x 8 GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM. With my current setup. I am hovering around 350W during full gaming load.