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Hi all,

Just starting to research (and save for) a new rig due to a suspected blown motherboard!!!

Thinking of following in Polecat's footsteps with this as a starting point...all comments/suggestions much appreciated.

  • ASUS Z170-A (slight concern about reviews regarding heat sinks not using screws and that the board is wafer thin)
  • INTEL i7 6700K or i5 6600K (just spoken to my system builder - he has suggested the i5 6600K)
  • CPU COOLER - TBC (any help on this would be welcome - it needs to have a low profile as space is required for the side fan assembly) (again advised by system builder to go for the CORSAIR H50 but also considering COOLER MASTER Sedion 120V)
  • G SKILL "Ripjaws 4" DDR4-3000 (PC4-24000) 16GB (dual channel kit 8GB x 2) QVL approved ref. no. F4-3000C15D-16GRK
  • CRUCIAL MX200 M2 Type 2280 single sided 250GB (boot/system drive - not sure if this is possible or worthwhile to run raid 0 with 2 ssd (CRUCIAL BX200)

 

  • use existing COOLERMASTER Stacker 830 NVIDIA Special Edition (rear fan plus 6 x 120mm fans - 1 front 4 side and 1 top)
  • use existing OCZ Technology Z series 1000W modular power supply
  • use existing EVGA NVidia GeForce GTX 550Ti (2 x 2MB in SLI configuration) to be upgraded later
  • use existing CREATIVE X-Fi XtremeGamer Platinum Fatal1ty Champion (might not be needed but have always preferred a dedicated sound card)
  • use existing CRUCIAL BX200 SATA 6Gb/s 480GB
  • use existing SEAGATE Barracuda SATA 3Gb/s 500GB x 4 (2 TB) to be upgraded later
  • use existing LG Super Multi DVD Rewriter (GH22LS70) and Blu-ray Disc Rewriter (BH10LS30)
  • use existing SONY multi-card reader/writer

Regards

Bullitt

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Bullitt

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Looks good to me, been debating on upgrading my SATA ssd to M2 ssd

My case has 2 intake fans and 2 out fans haven't found the need to do water cooling but will eventually.

Edited by Jman

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That system will be "the balls" with a few exceptions. Please read on.........

To help alleviate your concerns I am currently using the Z170-A in three separate systems, Two gaming/business and one DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). I am modestly overclocking them and they are all rock solid stable. The CPU I am using in all of them is the 6700k but the i5 6600k that was suggested should be just fine as well. The boards are not wafer thin and they seem every bit as beefy as the previous generation Asus boards I was using (Z97-Pro).

Keep the X-fi and use Daniel Ks drivers they work great under Windows 7/8/10.

Get rid of those video cards as soon as you can. (for this system these are and will be the bottleneck). In this case SLI is just doubling the agony.......Get a single 970 or better.

GSkill is an excellent choice for the memory. I use this brand now exclusively for my and my customer builds and I am never disappointed.

I am using the Lepa Excllusion for my CPU cooler. I am also using the Corsair H series in a couple of the other machines. These work very well and require no maintenance. Also the Corsair liquid cooler cpu blocks leave plenty of room and do not interfere with larger memory modules as some after market coolers do.

All else looks pretty good to me. I think you are going to be very happy with that system.

 

Please let me know if I can be of any help with advice or opinion.

~Out

Edited by PoleCat

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Polecat, I am hearing reports that logitech gaming software/setpoint is causing BSODS on z170 chipset...I know you like Logitech and was interested to know if you have had any issues or how you overcame such problems

Bullitt

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I am very skeptical of this information. I use the Logitech gaming software (currently version 8.81.15). I have been using this software on all of my computers and updating it regularly for a long time. Three different machines all using Asus Z170-A. No issues, no BSOD's.You will find a lot of inaccurate information about hardware out there. Often it is driven by people who are misdiagnosing the issues they are experiencing. Happens all the time. You will not find an excellent piece of hardware out there that is not subject to this type of misinformation. Don't let it dissuade you. Take it from me the Asus Z170-A is an excellent choice.

Out

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