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Build: ABS i7-6900k 8-Core ASUS Strix 1080 Infinity Build

A case as mind melting as the In Win 805 Infinity deserves some serious power inside. The ABS In Win Infinity Build is a crazy looking LED case with layers of glass and insane construction. (you can spec out your own ABS Inifinity using their configurator here or buy a fully prebuilt version for $3049 here).

Now, a good PC is more than just pretty lights, and though this build has that and much more, it’s what’s inside that counts.

You can win this PC and an HTC Vive for a for a hyper-immersive experience with no compromise. Enter to win the ABS X99 Infinity system here.

Let’s take a look at the build components:

The main source of the brain is the $1100 i7-6900k CPU. This is the top 8-core processor, second only to the i7-6950x that’s another $500 more. The 6900k is a popular choice for big systems like this -- the single core clock can be bumped up for gaming while the rest of the cores can be tailored for video editing and the like.

For that powerful Broadwell-E CPU we need a serious motherboard, so we went with an ASUS Deluxe X99 II. The Deluxe is part of ASUS’s new Broadwell-E line of mobos -- this means 8 RAM slots, 40 PCIe lanes and buckets of fancy features like Thunderbolt 3, Aura-controlled LED headers and more.

As for graphics, we chose the ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080. This is ASUS’s latest GPU and the current top of their portfolio. During our tests, we really liked the double PWM fan headers on the front of the card, though we’re not using them in this case build.

ASUS’s Aura software allows control over the LEDs on the mobo and the card, so you can get some nice light shows going, in addition to the brain bending outer LEDs on the case.

Then we added storage, and decided on two Intel 750 series 1.2TB PCIe NVMe SSDs. With 2.4 TB of PCIe storage we've got room to spare, and performance is over 400% faster than a traditional SSD. By using PCIe instead of SATA you get blazing fast read and write speeds, plus the added benefit of simple, wire free installation.

For CPU cooling, we went with Enermax. This attractive 240mm liquid cooler chills 350 watts with some patented tech. They’re one of the best bang for the buck AIOs out there.

For RAM we went with two 16GB sticks of G.Skill Ripjaws RAM. It might look a little strange to not use all eight slots, but double 16GB sticks are actually cheaper, and now you’ve got room to get it all the way up to 128 if you’re so inclined.

To power it all we selected the Rosewill 850 watt model. It’s semi-modular and we’ve found it pretty reliable. We’re using the stock cables, though we would have preferred fully modular with custom sleeves.

Now, the most intriguing feature of this build is the case’s crazy lights. WIth the 805 Infinity Black Aluminum case from IN WIN, you can get some crazy awesome lights going.

Using In Win’s HALO software to control the LEDs allows you to impress anybody who sees it with not only it’s unique and trippy infinite mirror, but a lightshow of the color and pattern of your choosing.

We did connect the case LEDs to the motherboard for unified software control. Since all the LEDs in the case are 12v, they mate well with the ASUS motherboard LED headers. Once connected, the case LEDs, mobo and graphics card all worked with a single LED profile, typically rainbow or flashing in our case.

Overall, this system is pretty great without getting insane -- no SLI or custom liquid loops here. But as far as compliments go, this build has gotten more “daaaamn” remarks than any other build we’ve had in the office.

Enter to win this ready made VR system and an HTC Vive here.

And visit here to buy the full ABS In Win Infinity build

Photos By: Joel Moody