PC 2016 Build Log

I decided to build a new PC. It’s been over five years since I did my water-cooled rig and technology has made some serious leaps. After weeks of research, the goal is to build a high-end gaming rig in a compact form factor. This rig will be built around having the option to Crossfire or SLI. This will be a combo CLC and air-cooled rig. The CPU will be on a CLC and the video card will be Air Cooled (as of now).

Here are the parts:

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.00 GHz LGA1151 $415
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100i GTX $105
Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus VIII GENE Intel Z170 (Skylake) mATX $230
Graphics Card: Asus AMD Radeon R9 NANO 4GB HBM $510
RAM: 32GB (2x16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 (PCA 19200) $240
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO Series 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD $330
PSU: Corsair AX1200 (The only part I am reusing from my last build!)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 mATX $90
Case Fans: 4x Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM $70
OS: Windows 10 Professional $120

Total cost: $2110

It’s crazy that this build won’t be using a single SATA device! With new PCIe SSD technology, I can finally have the same SSD performance I have been getting on my Mac Pro but now on a PC! Apple was way ahead of the game when it came to PCIe storage technology. Typical SSDs get 500 read / 500 write performance. These PCIe M.2 sticks get 2500 read / 1500 write!

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Another big leap in tech I wanted to take advantage of was in graphics cards. I picked the ASUS Radeon R9 NANO because it is the first video card to have it’s RAM on die, called HBM (High Bandwidth Memory), so bandwidth is increased between the RAM and the GPU. And because the RAM is on die, this allows the card to be half the size of it’s equivalent card without HBM!

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Keep following my blog these next few days to keep up with my build out!

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3.07GHz OC’d to 4.2GHz like it was nothing!

I didn’t think I could hit 4.2GHz so easily! (The Core i7-950 stock clock is 3.07GHz). Waterblocks definitely took heat dump problems out of the equation! At 4.2Ghz core temps didn’t get past 72C under load! Amazing! I’m sure with some tweaking I could get to 4.6GHz but I am very happy with the results so far!

My official validation: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1593664

We did good, guys!

I was sweating a little with my decision to go with Core i7-950 Bloomfield (LGA 1366) processors (not to mention all the hefty advice I have been giving others) knowing that Intel would release a bunch of processors in Q1 2011, but my hunch was correct!

There was a reason why there was a huge price difference between the i7-950 Bloomfield ($300) and the i7-960 Bloomfield ($600) – it’s because none of the new i7 Sandy Bridge (LGA 1155) processors ($200-$300) are going to be any faster than the i7-950!

In fact, based on this chart from Tom’s Hardware, the Bloomfield line of processors will still continue to be for the “enthusiast” market while the current line of Sandy Bridge processors are more for the mainstream. So all us X58 Bloomfield users are in good shape for the rest of the year until Intel releases Sandy Bridge “enthusiast” class processors, which will probably be called “Ivy Bridge”. I speculate the chipset being dubbed as X68 or something similar…but I doubt we will hear anything about it until the end of the year.

I really feel sorry for those who bought Clarkdale or Lynnfield processors (LGA 1156) because the form factor came out only a year ago and is now obselete.

The i7-980X Bloomfield (LGA 1366) still reins supreme. And we can still take advantage of it if we want to drop $1000 on the processor 😉 Good to know we still have that option. Those on the LGA 1156 form factor…sorry dude.

Sorry to geek out on you.

Round 2: SheryAnne’s PC

I built SheryAnne’s PC around the Sabertooth X58 board I already had. Her build is very similar to what I started with for my PC build.

Here are the specs to her new computer:

Inter Core i7-950 3.07 GHz Processor
Asus Sabertooth X58 Motherboard
6GB Corsair XMS3 1600 RAM
Diamond Radeon HD6870 1GB Eyefinity Video Card
Crucial C300 64GB SATA III 6.0 SSD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA II 3.0 HDD
Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675W Power Supply
Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case

I have a little cable management to do before I start snapping pictures of the build 🙂

PC 2010: MkII V-spec Revision B

Recently added or modified items in bold:

Intel Core i7-950 3.07 GHz Processor
Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard
12GB Corsair XMS3 1600 RAM
2 x Diamond Radeon HD5870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Video Card in Crossfire
Crucial C300 64GB SATA III 6.0 SSD
Western Digital Black 1TB SATA III 6.0 HDD
Thermaltake Toughpower XT 875W Power Supply
Corsair H50 CPU Cooler
Corsair 700D Full Tower Case w/800D Window