It's been three years since I've started this build. Now, it's finally complete.
The original build was running this 6600K with 8gb of HyperX Fury DDR4 2133, an Asus Z170-A Prime, stock cooler, 1TB WD Blue, Gigabyte Gtx 1060 6gb, and an Evga BQ 500W. Over the years, I've slowly replaced each part with what I would have purchased if given the budget. Most every component of Lucky Nine was bought used, or broken and later revised depending on the damage level. Brand-new, Lucky Nine retails for just under 4k, though when all was said and done I had only paid a bit over 1k out of pocket. Each item in the part list was edited to the price I got them for.
Back in the day, I didn't have the motherboard functionality nor the proper cooling solution to pull anything higher than an automated 200Mhz overclock on the 6600K. Once I picked up an amazing deal on the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium and the Evga CLC 120, I started messing around with overclocks curious as to how far I could push the combination. After some time regulating voltages, clock speeds, and temperatures, I ended up with a stable overclock of 4.98ghz averaging low-'40s in temps. Needless to say, I'm extremely impressed not only with the rare 6600k but also with the capabilities of that 120mm cooler. As for the rest, I'm running a mild/negligible overclock on the 1070ti and +600Mhz on the Corsair Dominator Platinum's (though they are perfectly capable of higher clock speeds).
I ended up hard overkilling storage on this machine (mostly just because the Evolv X can). I'm running 500gb's of M.2 (M) NVME storage as my primary boot drive, two 3.5" 1tb WD Blues (set in RAID 0) as a drive for game files, and six 2.5" 1tb WD Blacks (set in Raid Triple Parity) as backup storage.
The last and most recent addition to the setup was the MSI Optix MPG27CQ, which is an amazing monitor that I was able to reconstruct from several broken versions. Don't ask how, but after all the haggling was done, the total cost for the monitor was just over 130$.
In the future, I plan on painting certain parts silver to match the color scheme better as well as possibly modding the front panel/PSU shroud. Until then though, everything is together and set as I would've had it back in early 2016, and as I will have it in the times to come.
I got lucky... but it's still an amazing processor.
I've been thoroughly impressed with how well this AIO performs.
Sooo much functionality. <3
Some of the best in the business. Great for overclocking and hands-down the absolutely the best looking RAM modules on the market.
Averaging 3.5gb/s read speed up from 0.45gb/s. Sure I'll take that!
Lighting software is either broken or near impossible to use.
Best case ever.
Would've appreciated a few extra PERIF/SATA ports considering the retail price.
I have many issues with Windows 10, but most people like it so I'll keep my mouth shut.
If can get it cheap, it's well worth it. Otherwise, don't bother.
Love the RapidFire switches, but some colors are inaccurate and the software can be a pain to use.
Very well priced for what you get.
Exceptional sound quality.