The 1080 2-Way SLI Extreme Gaming Build for June 2016
This is another of our custom requested builds from our premium parts list service
- we've made this public (with the permission of the reader who ordered the build) so hopefully others building a similar machine can learn something from this example.
Reader's Build Requirements
David E from United States (May 2016)
Please provide details on what you'll be doing with this PC, including any specific games/applications/performance-aims etc:
This PC will be mainly for gaming. World of Warcraft, Doom, Battlefield 1 (when it releases), Call of Duty, any of the new release games really.
What is your maximum budget NOT including rebates/taxes/shipping? Or do you have a budget range (eg 600-700):
2700-3300. Can go more if need be. Don't really have a budget.
Which components and/or peripherals do you want included in your list of parts:
Tower (CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Card, Power Supply, Case)
SSD (Solid State Drive)
Aftermarket CPU Cooler (if you'll be overclocking)
Operating System (Windows)
Any other parts/accessories/features you want included in your build?
For the graphics card, I'd like to run 2 Nvidia GTX 1080 when they are released. Would like to have 4 spots all together to add more graphics cards if I wanted. Would also like 32GB of ram.
Do You Have a Processor Brand Preference?
Do you have a Graphics Card Brand Preference?
Please provide any preferences for your storage, such as size of hard drive and/or size of SSD (SSDs not recommended for cheap builds):
For the SSDs I'd like two. Most builds I've seen has a 256GB Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe and a 500GB Samsung 850 Evo 2.5-inch SATA. But I plan to do a lot of gaming so whatever is best if those do not provide enough memory.
Will you be overclocking (only for experienced builders)? If so please provide details on which parts etc:
I would like to overclock but I have no experience doing this or what I should overclock. Hope you can help me out with this.
Any preferences for your case, such as size/color/clear-side-panel/etc?
Case size does not matter. Would like it black. a clear side-panel with green lighting in it would be ideal if possible.
Any other details we should know about?
This will be my first computer I am building myself. I'd like to go all out so I do not have to upgrade for a while. Hope you can help and thank!
The 1080 2-Way SLI Extreme Gaming Build (May/June 2016)
: All prices listed below were correct at the time of writing and may fluctuate day to day.
This is an absolute beast of a system with the absolute best of the best components across the board. First of all you've got the i7-6700K processor which is more than enough to handle any game for years to come. I've paired it with one of the very best, top of the line CPU coolers in the H100i which will keep it very cool even if you plan on overclocking your i7. It comes with very decent thermal paste, so it's not necessary to buy any if you were wondering. Speaking of overclocking, you mentioned you'd like to know a little bit more and instead of me turning this build commentary into an essay check out these well-written beginner guides to get an overall feel for it:
LifeHacker's Introduction to Overclocking
Gamespot's Intro to Overclocking
The ASUS motherboard I've opted for is a very stable high-end gaming platform for your new SLI beast and has a ton of features. For memory you've got a nice set of 32GB super-fast 2666 MHz RAM which means you'll never need to upgrade your memory. Ever. Unless you live to 100 :P
Your case is, surprise surprise, an absolute beast and a full-tower meaning that you have all the room in the world. However keep in mind you must also have all the room in the world on your desk to accommodate your new big pal...I wouldn't downgrade to a smaller sized mid-tower though when it comes to a build like this - although technically you probably could get away with it. It also has green LEDs as you asked with its multi-colored (red, blue or green) LED fans which you can easily change with the built-in fan controller. Also, this case is widely considered as a very sturdy, feature-rich case that'll make you proud. It also looks seriously cool (with a nice see-through side panel too as you asked).
Now to the best part - twin GeForce GTX 1080's as you requested. A gamer's new dream setup come May 27th (release date). Ok, here's the thing though. You mentioned you want to potentially add more cards to the mix, however NVidia has recently announced they're not recommending 3 or 4-way SLI anymore. Sure, it's still possible with a slight workaround (involving getting a special key from NVidia to unlock your system for 3/4 way SLI), but not recommended by the manufacturer anymore.
And so it's not something I can recommend myself either - but at the end of the day it's totally up to you as with the "workaround" it'll still be possible. If you DO plan on getting more than 2 1080's in the future, you'll need a more powerful power supply too. In that case, I would switch the 860 watt PSU I've included (which is a top-tier Platinum-rated Corsair by the way - regarded as simply one of the best models money can buy) to the 1200 Watt version of the same Corsair model which will provide enough power. But like I said, I don't see any need (in terms of gaming) for more than 2 1080's for the foreseeable future. Just my thoughts, but again it's your call. Personally, I wouldn't do 3/4 way because the performance gain for the money spent is not worth it in my opinion.
As for the last thing, your storage, you asked for two in your requirements however I've included a single large SSD. First of all, for a build of this caliber I'd forget about old hard drives altogether. As for why I've included one single large SSD instead of two smaller SSDs - the performance difference with 1 vs 2 in a RAID setup is actually hardly noticeable and plus it makes things more simple (and slightly decreases failure rate). Check out this good article on TomsHardware
to learn more about this. However, if you still want to get two SSDs for whatever reason, then go for it. As for the size, again it's your call in the end but I've suggested a 1TB as it's more than enough for most people.
That's it for your 1080 2-way SLI gaming build - I hope you like it and it's been a pleasure to compile it for you.