With Win10 and Skylake here, it is time to replace my 4 year old i7-2600k. Now the initial rush is dying down and availability of parts is up, I finally managed to order the bits from suppliers I don’t hate for previous reasons at a competitive price.
Asus Maximus VIII Hero
G.Skill DDR4 3333MHz 4x4GB
Corsair Carbide Air 540 case
Corsair Hydro H110i GTX CPU cooler
Corsair HXi HX750i PSU
Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 SSD
This marks my return to watercooling, enabled in part by the case with it generous space. I’m hoping the new closed loop systems are zero maintenance compared to the home brew systems I tried in the past.
I’m not really into old school overclocking although this setup will provide some potential especially once it gets cooler. The ram was chosen specifically as past experience showed some crunching projects I’ve tried were bandwidth limited on Haswell (less so on Sandy Bridge). So I hope the 50%+ extra bandwidth compared to standard DDR4 will give it a boost there.
I’m gambling a bit on the Samsung M.2 SSD. It has high transfer rates but unremarkable IOPS. I was going to go for an Intel 750 PCIe SSD which does have much higher IOPS but I’m currently confused as to the overall compatibility here. I might still get it since the Samsung wont be enough storage by itself as this time around I want to put the OS and all programs on SSD. With my existing box the 240GB SSD is only enough for OS and selected programs, but I had to move games to a traditional drive. My Steam folder alone is 640GB! For bulk storage I’m undecided if I should physically move the drives over from my current system, or finally go networked storage.
I’ve already got thermal compound. No idea what’s hot or not nowadays and randomly picked Arctic MX-4. Also have a DVD drive for installing stuff.
Still need a new GPU to go with my new monitor. I already ordered and received an LG 34UC87 34" 21:9 ultra-wide running 3440x1440 and neither my R9 280X or GTX960 is able to maintain 60fps at high quality and full resolution. Normally I’d prefer nvidia over AMD, and the GTX980Ti would likely do the job nicely. But since I already went water cooling with the CPU, I thought it would only make sense to do the same on GPU too. I still need to shop around but the Fury X seems to come in watercooled as standard thus would be easier.
Oh, and I’ll need a copy of Win10 too. So far I’ve not managed to establish exactly the difference between home and pro, other than the corporate networking stuff I don’t care for anyway. Ram support of home is still far in excess of anything I can even fit onto the mobo.