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So the idea was to take my Dark Knight rig and upgrade it to 4K. It started with the Asus monitor that I bought back in May of this year and then I added a 1080. I got an opportunity to review a Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Designare for Newegg and I will be putting that review up shortly. So here's the rationale behind the part choices:

Core i7-6700K: I had originally wanted to i7-6800K and the Asrock X99 OC Formula and do an entirely black and orange theme. After getting the Designare for review, I jumped at the chance to get a 6700K, which is a no brainer for the Z170 chipset.

Cryorig R1 - This is a part that I recycled from my Z97 Dark Knight rig. Still works incredibly well. I am a supporter of Cryorig.

Designare - One of the more interesting motherboards I've seen in quite some time. The SATA port layout is highly unusual and running a Samsung M2 drive I wasn't sure how to get my motherboard to recognize the other drives I have connected. Took me a while but got it figured out.

RAM - Always been a fan of G.Skill. Trident Z is very solidly built and I think the red adds a nice touch rather than going with the black and white Trident Z.

Storage - Love the Samsung M2 drives and this one seemed like it was a no brainer as well.

GPU - Easily the most expensive GPU I've ever bought or will buy for some time. I wanted to go 4K and have been wanting to go for quite a while, and when the 1080s were announced this was the first one I could buy, and it has not disappointed so far. My long term plans definitely include SLI but I'm not buying the second G1 for a while. I also may explore going with a full CPU - GPU liquid cooling setup.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous motherboard!! Nice system overall! How is the 1080 doing at 4k, fps wise?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't really had a chance to play any games yet, I've been crazy busy the last couple of weeks.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Enjoying the 4K gaming??

Asrock X99 OC Formula and do an entirely black and orange theme.

Be glad you didnt pic this "GOLD" colored motherboard :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you some problem with xmp profile? the RAM works well at 3200MHz?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been trying to enable XMP but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Your BIOS up to date?