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Intel i7-6800k and ASUS Strix GTX 1080 O8G build

Hey guys,

it has been a while since I built something, so I wanted to know your opinion on this build.

List of parts: HERE

Also, I want to get a good monitor for this kind of power. I was thinking about 27'' screen, 1440p, 144Hz (which I think is ideal for GTX 1080) but I am unsure if I want TN/IPS and am not sure how the Freesync/G-sync might affect my experience. As far as I know, Freesync is used by AMD cards and it doesn't work with nVidia cards (right?).

The one with the freesync that i was looking at is the Asus MG278Q.
If G-sync is indeed better for my card I am looking at Dell S2716DG.

Both of these use TN technology and frankly, I have never used anything else. Is IPS really that good? Anyway, lemme guys know what you think of the overall build and what kind of monitor would you recommend. Cheers :)
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  1. yes g-sync for nvidia cards

    27 inch in my opinion is perfect for 1440p i wouldnt go any smaller

    i went from tn to 27 inch 1440p ips---yes the colours are far superior--the viewing angles better but given you usually sit in front of the monitor viewing angles didnt bother me
  2. That's exactly my point of view... why would I need better viewing angles right? :D I figured I can adjust the colors to my liking even with TN panel... as long as I don't see the IPS I won't know the difference anyway :D

    So do you think the DELL is alright? I am an ASUS fan, but this DELL just seems perfect for what I need. 1ms response time, 1440p, 144Hz, G-Sync... and the price isn't that bad... seems like a winner to me, but I am just checking in here.
  3. yes if you dont see a good ips panel you wont know what you are missing lol and it will look fine to you

    it certainly looks good and the reviews from your link look good also
  4. Thank you, one last question. Since I am from Czech Republic I really can't find a good price for the SSD Samsung 850 EVO. Would 750 EVO do just as fine? I will use it only for Windows and programs.
  5. should be fine samsung dominates the ssd/m2 market for good reason
  6. Maybe it's just me, but why not spend the extra $150 at this point and get a 4k IPS g-sync monitor? If you plan on staying with 2k graphics, I'd back off the video card to a 1070. your frame rate drops only about 10% (still leaving you over 100 fps on games like GTA5) and you could save $300+. The difference to your visual eye would be much better spent on a monitor and not a card at this point. Just my 2 cents.
  7. Best answer
    I presume this is for gaming.
    If you play fast action games , tn panels will be faster, and g.sync would be appropriate since you are buying a Nvidia monitor.
    g.sync matches the graphics refresh rate to the monitor refresh rate so there will be no screen tearing.
    OTOH if your games are more visual , like mmo, strategy and sims, then ips is likely better.
    If you can, go to a store to compare.
    On your build, I have some suggestions:

    1. You will find the cheaper i7-6700K to be a better gamer.
    The individual core clock rates are higher. And, since few games use more than 4 threads, the extra cores of the I7-6800K will not be used.

    2. No exotic cooling is required, even for a good overclock. Noctua NH-U14s would cool as well, be quieter, cheaper, and more reliable.

    3. Most any Z170 motherboard will do. They are less expensive than X99.

    4. For storage, I think wd is more reliable.
    Here is an article on the WD options:
    https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Understanding-the-WD-Rainbow-674/

    5. Your psu appears to be the G2 version which is good. You are good there.
    The base EVGA units are not the best.

    Samsung 750 EVO is fine, no real difference in performance.
    Many things go by default on the C drive. 250gb is minimum these days.
  8. geofelt said:
    I presume this is for gaming.
    If you play fast action games , tn panels will be faster, and g.sync would be appropriate since you are buying a Nvidia monitor.
    g.sync matches the graphics refresh rate to the monitor refresh rate so there will be no screen tearing.
    OTOH if your games are more visual , like mmo, strategy and sims, then ips is likely better.
    If you can, go to a store to compare.
    On your build, I have some suggestions:

    1. You will find the cheaper i7-6700K to be a better gamer.
    The individual core clock rates are higher. And, since few games use more than 4 threads, the extra cores of the I7-6800K will not be used.

    2. No exotic cooling is required, even for a good overclock. Noctua NH-U14s would cool as well, be quieter, cheaper, and more reliable.

    3. Most any Z170 motherboard will do. They are less expensive than X99.

    4. For storage, I think wd is more reliable.
    Here is an article on the WD options:
    https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Understanding-the-WD-Rainbow-674/

    5. Your psu appears to be the G2 version which is good. You are good there.
    The base EVGA units are not the best.

    Samsung 750 EVO is fine, no real difference in performance.
    Many things go by default on the C drive. 250gb is minimum these days.


    Yes, it is mainly for gaming. Also for streaming (hence the extra cores) and video editing.

    I play all kinds of games tbh. Currently spent like 150 hours on Witcher 3, I love RPGs, however I also play a lot of Rainbow Six Siege, sometimes even sport games, hell sometimes even MMO. TN always worked for me and I am just kind of afraid to change to IPS (unknown is scary right).

    On the cooling issue. I read a few articles and posts claiming that you should switch to water cooling if you plan to hit 4 Ghz mark, which I would like to, even with 6800k.

    The HDD is the same I have in my old PC tbh, never had any issues with it so I just picked it again, although I have always been a fan of WD.

    Yes, I spend a lot of time on picking PSU, figured that G2 is good. Just not sure if 750W isn't too much.

    Last but not least, so is SATA still better deal or is M.2 better choice?

    So, with that said, what would you suggest? Sticking to 6-core or switching to 4-core? Also note that I picked the OCed Strix version... if that means anything. Would you elaborate on all the components then if you have some time? This post got me thinking even more, thanks :D
  9. Jesse_20 said:
    Maybe it's just me, but why not spend the extra $150 at this point and get a 4k IPS g-sync monitor? If you plan on staying with 2k graphics, I'd back off the video card to a 1070. your frame rate drops only about 10% (still leaving you over 100 fps on games like GTA5) and you could save $300+. The difference to your visual eye would be much better spent on a monitor and not a card at this point. Just my 2 cents.


    Don't really feel like going 4K. I want this PC to last and I prefer higher FPS than 4K res. hence the 144Hz 1440p monitor. I actually think it is the sweet spot for 1080 even for future games
  10. sata is still the better deal price wise will be a bit longer yet but personally i see m2 killing off 2.5 sata ssds in the long run

    a normal sata ssd is so fast its hard to notice the difference with a m2

    i have both and cant really tell

    unless you have 2 x m2 drives and are copying from one to the other then they just kill my 850 evo
  11. On cooling, water cooling is really air cooling; the only difference is where the radiator is located.
    14nm runs cool. You will run out of safe overclocking vcore before you run into thermal limits.

    If you overclock, here is what you can expect:
    I7-6800K overclock potential @ about 1.3 vcore
    4.2 96%
    4.3 79%
    4.4 44%
    4.5 11%
    4.6 2%

    As of 5/2016
    What percent can get an overclock at a somewhat sane 1.40v Vcore.

    I7-6700K
    4.9 2%
    4.8 17%
    4.7 59%
    4.6 93%
    4.5 100%

    The core speed matters most for games; few can make use of more than 2-3 threads.
    The i7-6700K will be better in games.
    If, however, gaming is not as important as multithreaded batch apps, then there is a case for the I7-6800K.

    My thought is that it is easier to tolerate elongated batch apps than it is to tolerate hickups that might be caused by slower core speeds.

    The budget difference might be enough to justify a TitanXp

    I have no problem overprovisioning a PSU a bit. Say 20%.
    It will run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently in the middle third of it's range.
    A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.

    m.2 comes in two flavors, sata and pcie.
    The pcie version will give you faster sequential operations when attached via a X 4 connection.
    I have mixed thoughts.
    My son wanted my 500gb Samsung 850PRO so I installed a m.2 950PRO on my motherboard.
    Sequential benchmarks were wonderful, but I really did not feel a "wow!" benefit.
    And I do not particularly like the inaccessibility of the installed location under the graphics card.
    Still, it has performed very well so I do not know which way I will go in the future.

    On the graphics, the strix is factory overclocked and needs some 75w more than a normal GTX1080. Likely about 600w.
    You are ok there.
  12. geofelt said:
    On cooling, water cooling is really air cooling; the only difference is where the radiator is located.
    14nm runs cool. You will run out of safe overclocking vcore before you run into thermal limits.

    If you overclock, here is what you can expect:
    I7-6800K overclock potential @ about 1.3 vcore
    4.2 96%
    4.3 79%
    4.4 44%
    4.5 11%
    4.6 2%

    As of 5/2016
    What percent can get an overclock at a somewhat sane 1.40v Vcore.

    I7-6700K
    4.9 2%
    4.8 17%
    4.7 59%
    4.6 93%
    4.5 100%

    The core speed matters most for games; few can make use of more than 2-3 threads.
    The i7-6700K will be better in games.
    If, however, gaming is not as important as multithreaded batch apps, then there is a case for the I7-6800K.

    My thought is that it is easier to tolerate elongated batch apps than it is to tolerate hickups that might be caused by slower core speeds.

    The budget difference might be enough to justify a TitanXp

    I have no problem overprovisioning a PSU a bit. Say 20%.
    It will run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently in the middle third of it's range.
    A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.

    m.2 comes in two flavors, sata and pcie.
    The pcie version will give you faster sequential operations when attached via a X 4 connection.
    I have mixed thoughts.
    My son wanted my 500gb Samsung 850PRO so I installed a m.2 950PRO on my motherboard.
    Sequential benchmarks were wonderful, but I really did not feel a "wow!" benefit.
    And I do not particularly like the inaccessibility of the installed location under the graphics card.
    Still, it has performed very well so I do not know which way I will go in the future.

    On the graphics, the strix is factory overclocked and needs some 75w more than a normal GTX1080. Likely about 600w.
    You are ok there.




    Alright, would you be willing to take a look at THIS build then?

    I had Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO in my old rig and since I wanna try to OC as much as possible I would still prefer (and I'd like to try) water cooling. If you really think it's not a good idea would you be willing to send me a nice looking cooler please (yeah, I don't want that ugly Noctua please...)?

    I decided to go with the 6700K then, I will give it a try. Still chose the OCed Strix 1080 ofc (which I already ordered btw).

    The mobo I think is a good choice, I want to have a WiFi and Bluetooth implemented and it looks cool, lemme know what you think please.

    I have also decided to switch my HDD for the WD Blue (1TB) which I think is enough, considering I got the 250 GB SSD 850 EVO.

    Last but not least, I decided to go with the Dell monitor, 1ms response time, 144Hz, 1440p, G-Sync... I think it suits my needs perfectly.

    I would like to hear your opinion geofelt (and other people's too ofc) if you find some spare time. Thanks for the help so far :)

    EDIT: Forgot to mention again, I plan to stream/create videos quite often, are you sure 4 cores are still better for that?

    EDIT2: Also, I believe thermal paste is already pre-applied to the NZXT cooler right?
  13. I like the build, with the exception of an AIO cooler.

    Beauty is on the eye of the beholder.
    For me, pretty is, as pretty does.
    But, some are put off by the beige fan color of noctua.
    Most any air cooler with a 140mm fan will be more than enough.
    Phanteks has some good ones in different colors.
    Here is one in black:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709038
    I like Asus, I think the motherboard will be fine.

    WD blue is good. There is a 5400rpm version and a 7200 rpm version. Either will do for storage, 7200 rpm is better for performance.
    I7-6700 has hyperthreading,
    It looks to windows like 8 cores. I doubt you will need more.

    Most coolers will come with a tube of paste. On the newegg photos, I do not see paste included in the accessories.
    It is worthwhile checking. If the paste is pre-applied, you will want to buy paste in the event that you need to remount the cooler.

    FWIW,
    My canned rant on liquid cooling:
    ------------------------start of rant-------------------
    You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
    How much do you really need?
    I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua or phanteks can do the job just as well.
    A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
    in a well ventilated case.
    Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
    The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
    If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
    If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
    And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
    google "H100 leak"
    -----------------------end of rant--------------------------

    Your pc will be quieter, more reliable, and will be cooled equally well with a decent air cooler.
  14. geofelt said:
    I like the build, with the exception of an AIO cooler.

    Beauty is on the eye of the beholder.
    For me, pretty is, as pretty does.
    But, some are put off by the beige fan color of noctua.
    Most any air cooler with a 140mm fan will be more than enough.
    Phanteks has some good ones in different colors.
    Here is one in black:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709038
    I like Asus, I think the motherboard will be fine.

    WD blue is good. There is a 5400rpm version and a 7200 rpm version. Either will do for storage, 7200 rpm is better for performance.
    I7-6700 has hyperthreading,
    It looks to windows like 8 cores. I doubt you will need more.

    Most coolers will come with a tube of paste. On the newegg photos, I do not see paste included in the accessories.
    It is worthwhile checking. If the paste is pre-applied, you will want to buy paste in the event that you need to remount the cooler.

    FWIW,
    My canned rant on liquid cooling:
    ------------------------start of rant-------------------
    You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
    How much do you really need?
    I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua or phanteks can do the job just as well.
    A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
    in a well ventilated case.
    Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
    The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
    If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
    If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
    And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
    google "H100 leak"
    -----------------------end of rant--------------------------

    Your pc will be quieter, more reliable, and will be cooled equally well with a decent air cooler.




    Okay, you convinced me... :D

    I am getting the Noctua NH-D14 then, because Phanteks are not available here sadly (it feels like living in a third world country). It seems to have Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound in the package as well, so that should be alright I guess.

    The WD version is 7200rpm ofc, I would never go back to 5400rpm.

    I just hope it all fits into my case, gotta do some research :D

    Thanks again for your inputs, you helped me quite a bit :)
  15. c1bas3k said:
    geofelt said:
    I like the build, with the exception of an AIO cooler.

    Beauty is on the eye of the beholder.
    For me, pretty is, as pretty does.
    But, some are put off by the beige fan color of noctua.
    Most any air cooler with a 140mm fan will be more than enough.
    Phanteks has some good ones in different colors.
    Here is one in black:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709038
    I like Asus, I think the motherboard will be fine.

    WD blue is good. There is a 5400rpm version and a 7200 rpm version. Either will do for storage, 7200 rpm is better for performance.
    I7-6700 has hyperthreading,
    It looks to windows like 8 cores. I doubt you will need more.

    Most coolers will come with a tube of paste. On the newegg photos, I do not see paste included in the accessories.
    It is worthwhile checking. If the paste is pre-applied, you will want to buy paste in the event that you need to remount the cooler.

    FWIW,
    My canned rant on liquid cooling:
    ------------------------start of rant-------------------
    You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
    How much do you really need?
    I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua or phanteks can do the job just as well.
    A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
    in a well ventilated case.
    Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
    The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
    If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
    If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
    And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
    google "H100 leak"
    -----------------------end of rant--------------------------

    Your pc will be quieter, more reliable, and will be cooled equally well with a decent air cooler.




    Okay, you convinced me... :D

    I am getting the Noctua NH-D14 then, because Phanteks are not available here sadly (it feels like living in a third world country). It seems to have Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound in the package as well, so that should be alright I guess.

    The WD version is 7200rpm ofc, I would never go back to 5400rpm.

    I just hope it all fits into my case, gotta do some research :D

    Thanks again for your inputs, you helped me quite a bit :)


    I might suggest the NH-U14s. The s variants have been reengineered with an offset to clear the backplates of graphics cards in the first pcie x16 slot.
    And... the s variants are redesigned to clear tall ram heat spreaders.
    Go to the noctua site where they have detailed diagrams and measurements.
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