I have not done a good build for myself for a long time. A couple Frankenstein builds over the last few years and some laptops have been holding me over; primarily for work purposes, but also some limited gaming. I decided it was time to do something about that - this is the result.
This is my Welcome to Texas Summer Build, aptly named because my family just moved to Texas. I am another work from home type, but I had to dig deep to get back to my gaming roots as well, so this build reflects both my professional and adult-child needs.
More details ASAP...
7/24/2015 @ 3:11 PM Central: I have a few minutes right now, so a little more story and some initial benchmark results. I have not done any tuning, poking, voodoo, or any other thing besides the 4.7 GHz overclock. When I have more than a few minutes I may start playing around some more, but this thing will probably treat me pretty well regardless.
My six year old daughter helped me build this thing, mundane tasks like removing the protective film from things all the way up to securing the Kraken block on the CPU (okay, I had to tighten it a little bit). She is my little nerd child and I love it; she had asked not less than 2994 times if she can now "explore the old big case," a reference to my current Frankenstein VM host computer.
Alright, a couple benchmark results to tide y'all over! I will get 3DMark Advanced and run some Fire Strike later...
7/24/2015 @ 6:30 PM Central: I want to write up some things about the components - hopefully tonight or over the weekend - but I did get 3DMark Advanced and I ran Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme. Still have not done anything else besides CPU to 4.7 GHz, so not bad I suppose for "plug and play" at this point.
Aside from posting about my components, is there anything else useful to know about? I have read through some of the recent builds here but haven't had much time to determine what is helpful to the community. Any feedback is, of course, accepted!
7/30/2015 @ 9:25 AM Central: I've had Windows 10 installed previously from preview builds, etc. but today I updated this system and ran the 3DMark API Overhead test; if you are unfamiliar with that, you can read about it here.
DX12 will make even more amazing things happen! DX11 multi-thread can do about 2.5 million draw calls per second before hitting 30 fps; DX12 hits over 18 million per second, as seen on my test. Good times ahead, plus the wife (aka the boss) said towards the end of the year I can probably grab another GTX 980 Ti and two more Swift monitors... <3 that woman!
Nothing bad to say about this CPU, and nothing really new that hasn't been said before now. Currently holding 4.7 GHz very well and more than enough power for my large VM infrastructure that I run for work.
Overall very pleased so far. Probably on par with high end air coolers, but definitely no custom loop competition. Five stars because I find it hard to imagine a similar AIO performing better to any large degree, but I have not personally tested any others.
Works well for my needs, though brief research indicates some better options if you really need the best!
Beautiful, solid motherboard that looks good and performs equally well. This meets all MY needs perfectly and I have experienced no issues at all outside of those caused by me poking around with OC settings, though YMMV depending on what you need to do.
Everything was easy to install, and there are some nice header extenders that can be used to attach all the case wiring to first, then attach just one piece to the motherboard - kind of a nice touch.
The mPCIe combo card needs to be installed - no problem, except that it appears the mounting hole is on the motherboard... oops. Rush build saved - it can also be mounted to the I/O dust panel. Yay.
Nice that there is an air/liquid cooling option for the MOSFETs - good for now with just an AIO for CPU plus expandable for inclusion in a custom loop later.
Holds my GTX 980 Ti flawlessly; I guess I need to add another one soon...