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Preface:

For over 6 years I've wanted to do a full build for myself, that dream starting back in 2013 when a prebuilt DELL XPS system just wasn't giving me enough juice to run newer games running out. Upgrading the GTX 650 Ti it came with to a GTX 960 / 4GB helped alleviate some of the problems of that prebuilt, but I still wanted a top-of the line PC.

Years later, after squirreling away enough money and graduating middle school, high school, and starting university - I finally reached my goal and just finished my first complete build, with only the knowledge from manuals and probably hundreds of hours of Bitwit, Linus, JayZTwoCents, Tech Deals, Hardware Unboxed & Gamers Nexus swirling through my head.

To the people on /r/PCMasterrace, /r/Overclocking & /r/BuildaPCSales - I can't thank you enough for all the free help and insight they've given me. I've learned an unbelievable amount, and have evolved from an aspiring young teenager simply wanting a high-end, expensive rig to an adult with the knowhow to build one and, more importantly, comprehend why certain parts work and why others don't. Overclocking is still a new and unventured territory for me, but one I am anxious to hone my skills in and tinker further with the dream PC I've finally managed to build.

Thank you, to everyone in PC community, you guys & gals are unbelievable! Keep up the great work, and good luck with your own builds!

-BBIowa

Photo Notes:

1) Putting the Noctua cooler on the CPU, installation was a breeze. Little worried about the clearance of the front 140mm fan with the RAM, but as you'll see it fits - if just barely.

2) Replaced the stock & rear 120mm Fractal fans with x2 140mm Noctuas on the front and x1 120mm Noctua on the back. Moved the stock Fractal fans up top blowing out.

3) Testing clearance and lining up the rear 120mm Noctua and front 140mm Noctua with the CPU cooler for a straight-as-possible airflow through and out the CPU cooler.

4) You can see how I scooted the Fractal 120s as far over as I could above the CPU cooler. With the front 140mm fan mounted on the cooler, the Fractal fan to the right shouldn't be sucking much air away from the cooler that the front-mounted 140 is pushing into the case.

7) You can really see how close the clearance is with the Vengeance RAM. The front 140mm CPU cooler fan barely fits, I was worried I would have to scoot it a bit over to make room for the RAM heatsinks, but fortunately that wasn't the case. It's a close, but perfect fit.

10) GPU upgrades down the road. Top is a 650 Ti (1GB), Middle is a 960 (4GB) Windforce by Gigabyte, and bottom is the monstrously big 2080 Ti FTW3 by EVGA.

11) Showing the sag/bowing of my old 960. This poor card was used for over 4 years without any support holding it up, and especially in the middle the sag is pretty noticeable. This card is solidily built with a back plate, but even that wasn't enough to stop the sag.

12) Leveling the 2080 Ti before I attach the support bracket to it.

13) UpHere support bracket installed. The card rests upon it perfectly level, and this should (hopefully) reduce or completely nullify sag. Hoping for the later, this card is insanely big and really needs extra support. I'll check on it regularly and if I start to notice slight bends I'll get more support for it.

14) All cable managed. Wasn't too bad at all, the Fractal case has great points for zip-tying cables down.

15) Completed build. I was going to run the GPU power cables down rather than over the top initially, but running them over the top looks way more clean. Decided to leave them like that. If you look hard you can see all that hard work I did making the cables look nice above the giant CPU cooler and top fans, which kinda block all that effort. Oh well!

18-20) More views of those cables running over the top of the GPU

21) Really hoping that support bracket works out. It feels and looks better with one than without, and any support is better than none.

EDIT #1 (12 July 2019):

Corsair PSU bit the dust. No idea what happened, and 850W should be more than enough to power this build even overclocked and running full tilt. Guess it just gave up. Currently in the process of RMAing the old PSU for a new one.

EDIT #2 (20 July 2019):

Corsair sent me a new PSU after RMAing the damaged one, PC is working fine. Fortunately no components seem to be damaged.

EDIT #3 (22 December 2019):

Upgrading RAM from 16 GB to 32 GB. Still 2 sticks, same RAM specs, manufacturer & model. Added an additional 1 TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus.

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Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 6 points

Great, thanks for making dual tower air coolers look dirty to me.

What are those two heatsinks doing to that fan?!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

You know exactly what they’re doing ;)

  • 11 months ago
  • 5 points

Great build and hilarious title. +1 for makeing me laugh.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Well besides the creative title, everything else looks neat af. Since you seem to be doing a black and white theme, have you looked at using Chromax parts / fans? Also, in pic 12, what was that iPhone doing there?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I was trying to do a white theme with small brown accents, which unfortunately, are two very uncommon part colors. Brown accents being on the fans and milk chocolate colored sleeved cables, which ultimately I could not find for my PSU model.

I'll have a look at Chromax, but the Noctua fans are likely to stay! I actually like their cream and brown colors.

Making sure the GPU is level before I winched down the UpHere brace under it. 2080 Ti is so heavy it sags really bad, so I got a brace to help keep it level.

If you see a photo of my older graphics card you can see the sag in the middle of the card where it was unsupported. Had that one for about 4 years.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

FD, noctua, no RGB +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Some parts have RGB, but I didn't build with any RGB in mind. Good components just happened to have it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn’t see any in the pic. And wouldn’t really count the GPU, not like you can buy em without some sort of lights anyways.

I actually have the same GPU, but I blocked it because mine would get in the 80s at 100% fans speed. I see your gpu temps, what fan speed is that at ?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure fanspeed, I'm using EVGA's Precision X1 software with the fancurve on "aggressive." The lower Noctua fan mounted to the front is also controlled by the GPU's temperature on a pretty aggressive curve (every other fan is controlled by the CPU temp). Just the GPU itself produces quite a deal of noise, which is especially noticeable as it's at a higher pitch than the rather deep sound of the Noctuas.

The fans make a whining sound while at max RPM while the Noctuas (and fractals) have a much lower blowing sound. Admittedly, the GPU fans (according to Precision X1) are spinning at significantly higher RPMs.

I'm working on an overclock for it, got a good range and just trying to zero it in a bit more. The temps I reported on the side are the current ones for the stable range I found so far.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Download hwinfo64 and have that running and after a bench or gaming session you can see the max everything was at.

I like the way PX1 looks, but it was so buggy for me. Fans randomly ramping up for no reason, and it could never decide which settings it wanted to save. Sometimes power, sometime fan speed, sometimes OC. I use after burner now, but that's because I don't have any fans, so your kinda stuck with PX1. Maybe its better now though.

Use a benchmark like superposition or time spy extreme, or the witcher 3 to get your GPU to max wattage and set your fan speed to 100% to see what your max temp is. For me it was like 83c, which is ridiculous for having the biggest heat sink. Not everyone had temps as high as me, so I don't know whats up. I even put a rajintek Morpheus with 2000rpm noctua fans and still had the same problem.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using HWInfo64 along with Cinebench R20 (on a 1-hour loop) and RealBench 2.56.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

what are your CPU and GPU temperatures?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Idle:

CPU @ 30-35 / GPU @ 38-41

Stress (maxed out load):

CPU @ 83-87 / GPU @ 73-76

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

is this at 5ghz all core?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your Vcore set to for 5GHz all core?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

VCORE @ 1.320 V

VCCIO @ 1.150 V

CPU System Agent Voltage @ 1.150 V

1.320 V won't bluescreen my computer after hours and hours of stress testing, however it will incur WHEAs after several hours. Ultimately I gauged how I would use this PC - and I will never ever strain the CPU even close to as much as the stress tests do. 1.320 V is more than enough and I've had no crashes, WHEAs, or CPU problems for ~2 months now.

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