So was looking to build a gaming PC and have fun doing it, not a big gamer as of yet just like building things and like PC's. Have a "standard" type pc for running the house, media, music, downloads etc but wanted something to go into the "man cave" and keep me occupied ( i.e distract mind whilst preparing for marriage in 4 months)
Case: Went for the Thermaltake Core P5 as it just looked cool at the time, was different, and I would be able to see everything. Also figured it would be a "easier" case to build on. Had a vision of a monochrome monolith.
MB: ASUS ROG Maximus Formula VIII: Decided the Z170 was best platform for my use, X99 with a wild processor may have been more powerful but even I could not justify it .. and I justify allot of un-needed toys! The board comes with onboard RGB but I just run with white when on, its the black look I liked about the board.
CPU: i7 6700k .. best you can get for Skylake.
GPU: At the time the 980ti was the best, well except for the Titan. The Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming 980ti suited the build best being mainly black with a metal accent and also appeared to be one of the best from a performance point of view. Thoughts of SLI were in mind too.
Memory: 32GB Corsair Dominator 3000 DDR4. Looks cool, suited the build and whilst 16GB would do, I figured 32 was a compromise between filling fully up with 64gb.. I don't need 64.. or 32 really.
Storage: Went to town here as wanted to use the M.2 slot on the MB and have the fastest possible boot, so the Samsung 950 Pro fitted the bill. 2 x Samsung 850 Pro's in Raid 0 hold the applications/games and also the working directory for video files compression, recoding etc. A 2TB drive I had spare from NAS upgrade is used for data storage ( docs, music, pics etc) and another 2TB from same NAS upgrade is used for backups and system images, this drive is synced to the NAS. Do I need such a complex storage system? No, but enjoy making it all work.
Cooling: The big reason I built this rig was to try my hand at custom water cooling. When deciding to build a PC I spent allot of time researching on Youtube, and Jayztwocents channel and Pauls Hardware channel were fantastic resources, Jays in particular inspired me to give custom water cooling a go. Only cooling the CPU and the MB with the built in block from EK plus the Supremacy block from EK too. Tall 240mm EK reservior so I could fill the spaces plus white 360/60mm Radiator from Alphacool. Went for 360 as I had a idea of building a custom power and rest power button panel at bottom case with two covered switches ( didn't do it yet)
Things I learnt:
Loop planning is key. Visualize, draw, measure etc allot.. then re do it. I used a kit from Monsoon for bending and measuring, excellent choice and made the experience really enjoyable. I think I had one tube bend that needed to be binned.
The Case is huge! Dominating the table and its open air, it need allot of cleaning and due to lights etc it shows all the smudges.
Previous toy purchase was a 3D printer from Printrbot I built. I used this to print out plastic stackers for the SSD's to be mounted on front of case without the need for a drive cage. Looked good and did job, but I thought they would need to re done as the finish was not great. I ended up removing them and mounting one of the drives in back of case when I found the turn on the sata power cable was too tight in case pass through hole ( with two of them stacked) and it had pinched causing a short.
This case is huge!
If you get a new case now you should be fine but I believe some of them had dodgy PCIE riser cables for the vertical install. I think I had one, took a while for the stability to come but would see occasional issues with graphics card with no OC. I dont like the extra bit that can go wrong with the riser cables, but the result is nice. Thermaltake as acknowledged there was issue for first batch of riser cables and has since changed supplier and will replace if you are having issues.
Distilled water is unobtanium in Singapore! coming from Australia you find it at every petrol station, but in Singapore I could not find it in bulk. Managed to find 500ml bottles at a large supermarket ( GIANT) after a afternoon of driving around the island looking for it .
This case is huge! And when I say big, I know there a bigger cases, full tower system with basements on the bottom and extra chamber on top etc. The thing with this case is that is huge but not exactly built to contain allot. With a large tube res, MB, one drive on front you will fit at max a 460 Rad. That is enough Radiator space, but cases of this size in a normal configuration can fit 520mm top and bottom plus stack of storage and maybe even 5"1/4 front bays.
So the system was built and worked great. Fell back in love with PC gaming and learning how to OC properly etc. I managed to get a stable 4.6 out of the CPU using built in ASUS 5 way OC but I think 4.8 can be done if you put some time into it. Got a the GPu up to near 1500mhz stable but started playing with memory and that caused issues so just put it back to "stock" OC that comes from Gigayte, boost to 1467 I think. In next build it will be OC'd more.
Then I looked at build and thought what would I change, what don't I like. Size was issue, cleaning was issue, and it lacked a "tight" look about it. Then saw the Phantek Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass. Have bought this case now and am planning the build completion in about 2 weeks once some more parts come ( am doing a separate build log for that). I am hoping what I learnt from the P5 build will let me build a even better looking PC for its second incarnation!! so look out for "Tempered Tantrum" coming soon..
Hope you like it so far.. its about learning the next thing.. like don't do system pics with the acrylic still on! unfortunately I cant take more as this system no longer exists and is stripped down ready for new build