Over a period of three months or so I've built on it. I took a lot of notes on some PC builds within your all's builds and I appreciate the guides and videos. I learned a lot!
First started with the case, and bought piece by piece until I finally finished it. Honestly when Kaby Lake came out, I wanted to swap it out for the new i5, but after having the computer already paste applied and pretty much built, I decided the struggle to take it all out just for a very small increase in performance simply wasn't worth it. I did a lot of research online for the 6600k vs the new i5 and it was marginal to say the least. It may be a little better for 4k rendering or what have you, but I don't fool with video editing or any kind of that genre. Just gaming, Netflix & chill, etc.
I simply wanted a pc that would prevail on max settings on 1440p for a couple of years. And so far everything I throw at it on max is running like a breeze on my Acer 1440p 60mhz 25" monitor. Which I decided not to overclock the monitor, because I'm fine with 60. I'm not into online fps, so I'm not fussed .
One thing that I noticed is that at first I wasn't getting any picture coming from the hdmi on the 1080 until I had to manually uninstall the i5's video driver which seemd a little weird.. But that seemed to do the trick I guess, not like I needed it anyways. Funnily enough though, when I was waiting on my gpu to get in, I actually overclocked the intel's embedded gpu to 1350mhz stable from the 1150 that it was originally and it actually grabbed me 5 more frames on GTA V which I thought was hilarious haha. But it was lowered back down after the 1080 came in. Which I got to remain stable at 2145mhz but I lowered it down to 2085 because I wanted to lower the heat a little. That all being said, I was lucky enough that every single part that I ordered worked flawlessly, and the build is completely silent unless I'm playing Dishonored 2/witcher 3 on max 1440p. Which The fans will kick on, but it seriously isn't that loud at all. Not to mention, that zero coil whine is a blessing.
The GPU will sometimes hit 70c-73c on full load, which you'll see in the picture, but I've given it a fan curve that keeps it silent until it hit 50-60, so it idles around 50'ish I'd say.
But all in all, I'm satisfied with my build. It runs great on games, it's stable on all the overclocks that I've tested for up to 24 hours, and it's very silent unless I'm gaming. Which case, it's most certainly a low db and I keep my speakers on low-mid when playing and can't even hear them unless I'm paying attention to them only.
Complaints? The price haha. But imo, I've always wanted to build a good rig, and hopefully this will last me a little while. And thanks crew, for giving great advice on the site, because it helped tremendously! .^
Great card, silent with no coil whine whatsoever. Plan on keeping this for a couple years if it holds up in performance in the next gen.
Really good LCD 1440p monitor. Great price, color saturation is nice, and the motion blur looks non -existent in gaming.