That cooler is only rated for 65 TDP cpu and you are using a 91 TDP cpu. Do you notice any issues with this or does it ~just werk~.
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Great build! One nitpick: it's not impossible to get the 6pin plugged in after you get the card in the case, just extra difficult and annoying, as I found out :D
Cables shouldn't affect your temps too much (cf. Linus Tech Tips video where they test cases with a lot of open air vs. the same cases with a bunch of **** stuffed inside.) I think my temps are good because it is in an office with great climate control/ambient temperatures.
My hint would be to stay patient and don't rush things because that will lead to bad results. Besdies taking it slow, you might consider wiring up the 6pin from the PSU to the GPU before fitting it in if you can manage that. I didn't and it was hard to connect the 6 pin after I had stuffed the GPU in because the cage inside the case slightly protrudes over the 6pin slot. Although there is enough clearance to make it fit after it's plugged in, plugging it in is very difficult without the room to maneuvre the 6pin cable. Kind of like a couch that could fit in a room but can't fit through the doorway scenario.
It's not modular and they're oversized for the case. Although it's ugly, the temps run great and it's hidden from view anyways.
I did try however I could not get the 20+4 pin to connect without an extension. I did not need an extension for the 4+4 although it was not easy to do and the cord is quite taut.
I was playing ARK at 'epic' or max settings in 1080p and it maxed out the gpu, 100% load, giving me about 30-33fps. The temp was steady at 69c to 70c even after 6 hours of nonstop playing. This was in OC mode (1.955ghz about) using the msi gaming app, no custom OC yet. I have never tried an atx psu and cannot speak on it. If you look at JMauretti's build on this website he has almost the exact same build as me and he said he tried an atx psu but it made his gpu temps way too high so he switched so a silverstone sfx psu. I agree that sfx psu are quite expensive and it is really lame that the cord is too short.
I can't tell the temp of the drive itself but my motherboard has three temperature zones and they sit at around 20-35c although one of the zones does sometimes get as hot as 40c.
Edit: I downloaded HWinfo64 to see the temperature of the ssd and I got 51c while playing overwatch.
No worries, I like your build!
You got a water cooled cpu but you aren't overclocking?
Right now it's sitting at 26c. During normal 1080p 60fps gaming (dota 2, overwatch) it goes up a bit to the 30s but even after long sessions (4+ hours) it never goes above 45c. I haven't benchmarked or stress tested it yet because I am waiting for new cables. I am really pleased with the effectiveness of the x61, it might have been overkill for just a 6600k but it is super quiet with the Noctua fans (I didn't even try the stock fans).
Yes it worked right out of the box for me and has never crashed. The rgb settings arent completely accurate imo, i selected FF0000 but it comes out a bit pinkish.
No I am planning to upgrade in a few months, for right now it's just 1080p at 60hz you're right.
In general, you want to have cool coming onto your radiator. The way you have setup the gpu radiator is backwards for this.
If you're using STRIX why does it list a blower style GPU in the part list? That's confusing.
It's so beautiful...
I was not sure which cpu cooler to pick and I came across your build, which I really like. In fact, we have the the exact same build except for the ram and psu. I am also going with a SFX form factor psu for the same reasons you outlined, it's a necessity with the gpu and case size. Do you like the Kraken and the Noctua case fans?