I'm even talking the President of the World Wrestling Federation...yea...
If there's anything to say, this has been a dream come true to build and to hold. I build PC/Server systems for a living but this one was truly special to build. After my first build 4 years ago and having saved up plenty of cash, I knew it was time for a hefty upgrade. Previously I had an Athlon x4 760k (dual core) and GTX 660 graphics card. While they still play most games on medium/low it just wasn't cutting it for my taste. Now that I have my new PC, I decided to lend my other one to a close friend of mine so that he may better pursue his graphic and java coding endeavors. He was previously using an extremely dated and under-powered laptop for his projects.
- Now I can play all my games at 200+ fps in 1080p high/ultra
- Destiny 2: 181 FPS average, High preset, 2k Resolution
- Warhammer II: 172 FPS average, Ultra preset, 2k Resolution
- Watch_Dogs_2: 62 FPS average, Ultra preset, 4k Resolution
- Civilization VI: 200+ FPS always, Max everything, 4k Resolution
- Rainbow 6 Siege: 89 FPS average, Ultra preset, 4k Resolution
- Divinity Original Sin 2: 71 FPS average, Ultra preset, 4k Resolution
- I absolutely believe you should get a monitor that supports Free-sync (AMD)/ G-Sync (NVIDIA) if you have a high-end graphics card and that will be my next upgrade I'll be looking forward to. I experience screen tearing quite a lot if I don't use V-sync (60Hz refresh on my monitors) so I really don't get all those tasty frames as shown above, only the peace that I will be forever above 60 FPS. Other than that, I need to hop on the HTC Vive Pro when that is eventually released.
My PC is pretty mint so I haven't tested every game I have in the highest graphics preset possible, but I'll get there eventually. I can say for certain that saving up all this time has been worth it and I'll never go back!
- I couldn't be happier with a CPU upgrade. Going from a 2 Core "Bulldozer" AMD 760k to a 6 Core i7-8700k is a night and day difference. While both have a fairly similar single core Cinebench score, the multi-core/threaded performance is miles apart.
- Keeps my CPU nice and cool at 26-28 celcius idle. So far the highest I've seen it hit is 54 C. I took one star off because it is fairly audible, but that's understandable since it has 4 fans. So far there hasn't been any leaks, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
- BIOS is easy to use, has pretty lights to configure, has WiFi in case I'll ever need it (hopefully never). I haven't tried overclocking on the board but I'll try it some day...
- Works at the 3200MHz frequency after editing in the BIOS.
- Upgraded 1/13/2018:
- My first ever SSD, and an NVMe one at that.
- System boots to desktop in less than 10 seconds (all background programs/features and Rainmeter skins loaded).
- I still need to run benchmarks for it.
- Loads games and OS files extremely fast compared to my HDDs.
- Should really get an SSD for Windows soon, but it still works after all these years.
- Steam Games, Videos, Music, Other Games, Garbage.
- Wowzers. All I can say is that this guy trucks. I may or may not have teared up a little when I saw the FPS marker go to 200 (capped) on Destiny at 2k resolution on High. Lowest it hits on that game is 154 but is mostly sitting at 200. Huge upgrade coming from a GTX 660.
- Very pricey as I bought it at the wrong time, but I needed a fully modular PSU in case I wanted to get custom cabling put in. I figured it would be smart to go with a Gold or Platinum efficiency one at that.
- Easy cable management, nice build quality, comes with 2 140mm fans. Has a PSU/lower chassis shroud cover any mess down below. Also has a nice glass/acrylic side panel. There's 3 SSD mounts that came assembled on the chassis so I can use those when I get a 2.5" SSD.
- I didn't think this would make a huge impact on thermals, but to my delight the heat sink significantly lowered the temps of my 970 EVO. I was getting nervous as I was transferring files the 970 EVO was throttling it's bandwidth due to high temps, but now I can throw anything at it with this heat sink! I will say the installation was not as smooth as I thought it would be, but it didn't take much longer than 15 minutes to clean any thermal contacts and finish the assembly/installation.
-No heat sink Idle: 60 C
-Heat sink Idle: 30 C
-No heat sink under load: 81 C
-Heat sink under load: 60 C