BUILD A POW­ER­HOUSE E

Piece to­gether your own wn dual-GPU mon­ster PC

Maximum PC - - FRONT PAGE - ZAK STOREY, RE­VIEWS ED­I­TOR

THE CON­CEPT

WIN­TER IS HERE, the cold dark nights have firmly fixed them­selves upon us, and as the bit­ter chill of the north wind bites into the flesh in those dark and somber hours, it’s im­por­tant to have some­thing to com­fort the soul, as we come out of the snow and into the warmth. Some­thing? Well, this is Max­i­mumPC, so it has to be a sys­tem. In short, the aim of this is to be the ul­ti­mate up­grade. Af­ter a year of fan­tas­tic re­leases and phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance in­creases, our re­views ed­i­tor de­cided it was about time he pur­sued an up­grade of his own. So, what are we up­grad­ing from? Well, at the heart of the sys­tem was an In­tel Core i7-6700K @ 4.8GHz, 32GB of Kingston HyperX DDR4 @ 2,400MT/s, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, one Sam­sung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 SSD, and a 1TB OCZ Trion 100 SSD. There are a few other de­tails: The Cor­sair Hy­dro H100i GT cool­ing the CPU is kept chilled by four Noc­tua NF-F12 iPPC fans, and the power is sup­plied via a Cor­sair AX1200i in­side an NZXT Manta chas­sis.

It’s a re­spectable rig. Al­ready quite the pow­er­house of tech­nol­ogy, but not with­out its flaws. The fans are too loud, they spin at too high an RPM; the GPU, although pow­er­ful, isn’t enough to sat­is­fy­ingly game at 4K; and the Asus Z170i Pro Gam­ing is hav­ing trou­ble boot­ing from that Sam­sung PCIe SSD, with load times reach­ing into min­utes in some cases.

The so­lu­tion to all th­ese woes came from two de­sires. One, to swap out from a 28-inch TN 4K Iiyama Pro­lite B2888UHSU (se­ri­ously, who thought of that des­ig­na­tion?) to a 27-inch IPS 165Hz 1440p AOC Agon AG271QG. And the sec­ond to uti­lize the ab­so­lutely stun­ning NZXT Source 340 Elite chas­sis.

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