When I started taking an interest in the world of computing the first thing I got involved in was building and troubleshooting PCs, in fact my first custom PC build was based around a 600MHz Intel Pentium III CPU and 128MB of SD RAM using a 3FX Voodoo GPU!
From there I continued to build my own PCs whilst switching back and forth between Intel and AMD CPUs, NVIDIA and ATI GPU as all comapnies battled against each other for the crown of performance, which sadly we don’t get anymore on the CPU side.
For around the last 5 years I have running on a 2008 era Intel X58 platform with a Core i7 920 D0 nicely overclocked to 4.20GHz, 24GB of DDR3 etc (specs listed on the About page) and apart from a motherboard swap from EVGA to ASUS due to a failure this system has been totally rock solid.
Now with the recent launch of Intel’s X99 platform last month sporting an 8 core desktop CPU and DDR4 RAM I decided it was time to make the move and upgrade! So on the 30th of August I logged into overclockers.co.uk and ordered up the following components:
- ASUS Rampage V Extreme Motherboard
- Intel Core i7 5930K CPU (6 Cores, 12 Threads)
- 4x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2666MHz RAM
For the rest of the build I will be keeping some of my other components such as SSDs, hard drives, GPUs, PSU and my case, with a plan to upgrade the GPUs when the NVIDIA 800/900 series arrives.
Of course, as with all my other systems I plan to do a hefty bit of CPU overclocking and will be water cooling the Core i7 5930K chip with the following:
- EK Supermacy CSQ Clean Full Copper CPU Waterblock
- XSPC RX360 V3 360mm Radiator
- Alphacool VP655 Vario Pump with 1/4″ threads top
- EK Single Bay CSQ Reservoir
- Masterkleer 1/2″ ID 3/4″ OD UV Dark Red Tubing
- Alphacool 1/2″ ID 2/4″ OD Compression Fittings
- 3x Corsair SP120 Fans
- Distilled Water + PTNuke
Due to the high demand of orders I have only received the CPU and RAM currently, however the motherboard and other parts should arrive this week.
I will update this post with pictures once all the parts arrive, and hopefully provide a build log for those of you who are interested 🙂