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by Isidith



Date Published

April 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.48 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C


XD-1 is the main spaceship hosting hal9000 in 2001 a space odyssey. More here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_One.

As a result, I was aiming for a SilverIsh surface look with white / blue light.

I am using this build like a schizophrenic, on Windows for Gaming, on Arch Linux for software dev and machine learning. In both OS the hostname is hal9000, so the host is called XD-1 (Get it ? :) )

I had a blast building this, last time I built a PC was in 2001 when I was a student and I always wanted to build an high end machine.

I'll add some better picture soon.

Next steps are:

1. Mount the monitor with an arm (already acquired) and improve cable management. Done, very happy with the arm mount, will improve some of the cable management

  1. Deliding the CPU an applying proper tim.

3. Cooling the GPU with an AIO.

EDIT I installed an Accelero Hybrid III 140MM ont the 1080ti. Still need to run some benchmarks.

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lehmkuhj 2 points 24 months ago

Excellent Build! Glad you got another go at building computers... 16 years later! Im sure its changed a bit since then.

How are those crucial ssd's working out for you? Is the 3d NAND that much better than say something like this?


Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks, very happy with them. The cost to performance is great. The two OS are on the nvme drive, and I have them set up in a raid 0 array.

Things didn't change much fundamentally, it's just kind of easier, more convenient to build stuff now. The Phanteks case is surprisingly nice to build on, it's like those guys thought of all the annoyances you might face when building a PC and fixed it.

IcyPineapple 1 point 24 months ago

Great build. Would have been better if you didnt get a FE 1080ti though, Blower Style sucks (But looks awesome). Only suggestion is getting a new chair, please. That looks so uncomfortable over long periods.

Mike2015 2 Builds 7 points 24 months ago

Blower Style sucks

Well which is it? Do they blow or suck?

IcyPineapple 2 points 24 months ago

They blow. But they suck

ndivenyi 1 point 18 months ago

They are good for itx/micro atx cases because something about airflow.. But OP should have gotten a aftermarket 1080ti as it would have been faster.

Isidith submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks for the input, I bought the FE card because I was able to get it 200$ cheaper from where I live, and I am planning to watercool it very soon :) As for the chair, believe me it's way more comfy as it looks :), I spend 8 hours per day on it for work. http://www.madaboutthehouse.com/design-classics-34-the-wishbone-chair-by-hans-wegner/

lehmkuhj 2 points 24 months ago

Woa! Taking that chair game to the wegner/classic/wooden level.

Computers improve overtime, but what is classic stays classic.

Reactz 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Absolutely amazing build! Enjoy your new PC my friend!!

Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks, definitely will

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Why did you buy the $186 Strix Z270F with a 30$ wifi card when you could have got the 189$ Strix Z270E with wifi included in the board. And the wifi in the board is better than the wifi card you got.

Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Unfortunately the z270E is not sold where I live.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

That sucks, the 270F is still a great board

Boith 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Sure looks like a nice build there. Wish my 1080 Ti would arrive sooner than Thursday lol. The lights behind the desk look nice too. Btw, How's the monitor treating you? I'm desperate for a monitor upgrade and was looking at the panel you have and a regular 1440p144hz 16:9 display. And do you think 21:9 is worth it for the average gamer?

Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago


I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with this monitor. I love the aspect ratio / gentle curvature and the refresh rate. It is great for gaming, but I think it's only good a that. I also use this build for programming and the resolution makes it a bit painful for long sessions. So if you only plan to use the monitorfor gaming it's fine, but for other tasks I would recommend something else.

Boith 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I mostly game on this system bit do some work in between. I already bought one though (gonna arrive today). I'll have to see how I like it.

Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Congrats, let me know what you think ! For gaming I really love it !

Boith 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Welp, it arrived. I'm stunned. I spent like 5 minutes just moving the mouse around in awe of how smooth it is. Games look really nice (Subnautica, DOOM, and Project CARS are the best imo), and work multi tasking is great. I love it.

Isidith submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Btw thanks for mentioning subnautica, started playing and I'm hooked!

NazarGamil 1 point 24 months ago

What monitor arm mount did you use?

Fantastic build btw, looks great!!!

Isidith submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago
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Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks. The desk is a mix. I made the table top myself out of Chestnut tree planks I had left from building our house. (Same wood as our flooring). Holding it on the right,is a cabinet from IKEA's ALEX (gray version), on the left a Trestle from Ikea as well called LERBERG.

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Isidith submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

I do have a 4k screen (you can see it in some of the pics), but I honestly don't see a big difference in quality while gaming between 1080p and 4k. However having high fps on a 144hz ultrawide screen is IMHO such a step up in immersion. Also I was able to snatch that 1080ti during a business trip for the same price I would get a 1080 where I live, so it was a no brainer :)

xTwistts 1 point 24 months ago

I really hope that comment is a joke, legit 1080ti can handle about everything lol

Isidith submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

when I meant high fps, I meant 120fps+ while preserving descent quality settings. On that regard the 1080ti delivers. It's also a bet keeping a performant build for years to come.

xTwistts 3 points 24 months ago

I mean the guy who said that gpu is too much for that resolution. Legit can crush everything. Plus thats the way you wanted to build it. I'm with you in more fps over higher resolution.

Isidith submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I'm with you on that :) cheers !

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Cam84 2 Builds 0 points 24 months ago

Somewhat , even an i7 7700k holds the 1080ti back at 1080p but I mean lol it's gonna hit 144fps in most everything even being CPU bound ;)