Description

This is a high end gaming and development machine. I put about 30-40 hours of research into building this thing over about 2 weeks. I'll just go part by part with a short blurb on why I chose it.

CPU: New architecture, new socket, MOAR COARS. Roslyn and VS2015 come out soon, so I'm going to want this for the multi-threaded compilation advantages.

CPU Cooler: Most extreme aircooler I could find. Didn't want to deal w/ watercooling. Support for the 2011-v3 socket out of the box.

Thermal Compound: Made of micronized diamond, the most thermally conductive material known to man. @8 dollars this was a no-brainer even though it's kind of "overkill".

MOBO: Good reviews minus some DOA's/Infant mortality. 8 slots for ram (want 8x4gb eventually). Wireless support. Tons of USB/SATA ports. 3x-SLI capable. ASUS so you know it's solid.

Memory: Have had good experiences with G.Skill's Ripjaws series in the past. Went with entry level for now, will upgrade to higher clock later maybe.

Storage: Big SSD for OS/Games/Development. Big HDD for media and dev archive/artifacts location. Have had awesome experiences w/ both Samsung and WD in the past.

Video Card: Highest clocked dual-fan GTX 980. Best overall performance of GFX cards out today, excluding certain Titans that are far more expensive, and especially considering power-draw. I trust EVGA the most out of all the GFX Manufacturers (MSI is great too though).

Case: Put a LOT of research into this one. Decided on it because of lots of space, tons of fans, amazing dual compartment setup for HDD/PSU and cabling, great cable management features, high airflow capability, and a nice aesthetic. Loved the build-in and supplied velcro straps and well placed rubber grommets for cables everywhere. Easily removable, and ubiquitous dust filters were probably the deciding factor on this.

Power Supply: Seasonic is a trusted high-end manufacturer of Power Supplies for the likes of Corsair and Antec, with a great reputation. Wanted fully modular and with enough headroom for another 2 GTX980s and a few more hard drives when build is completely finished in a couple of months.

OS: Games. C# Developer. 'Nuff said.

Monitor: Was looking for a big 120HZ monitor. Read about this thing and G-Sync and figured I'd pay the premium to eliminate screen-tearing, even at low rez. Works quite nicely. It was constantly sold out, so I had to import it from amazon.co.uk and get a US wall adapter for 5 bucks from Monoprice.

Keyboard: Cherry Mx Browns? Check. Macros? Check. Absurdly excessive programmable 24-bit color LED-implanted Keys? Double freakin check!

Mouse: I like Logitec mice, there's plenty of buttons, absurd DPI, and macro capabilities. After using it, it's quite comfortable and the blue G-LED has a cool adjustable breathing feature.

In retrospect, I'm happy. My only gripe is a feature and something I wouldn't change - this thing is ridiculously heavy and was a giant pain to carry up 3 flights of stairs! Another centimeter or 2 of clearance on the cable management side for the panel would have been nice too, but I managed fine.

EDIT: I haven't started tuning anything yet, so it's all stock. If I get time I'll come back with some stats when I have them.

Started adding some stats. All temps are with full cooling enabled.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 5 points

I would lie if I said I wasn't jelly.

You should re-route that 24 pin though, it's a bit of an eyesore. :/

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I couldn't get it to work well in any of the vertical grommets unfortunately. The angles kept being a bit too much and the case is so damn big I couldn't route it through the gaps where the upper left SSDs are mounted because the cable wouldn't reach!

I'm going to try routing it through the vertical circular grommet meant for the watercooling line and then hide everything with the reservoir mount. I think its too small and the 24-pin is too big.

I'll probably just end up routing it up to the top vertical grommet and forcing the wire angle to work with a bit of firm pressure. >.>

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

omfg you made me laugh so hard on that first paragraph because i recently bought the case and its huge

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

It speaks for itself, you really outdid yourself +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

This thing is on bad Mothaaa Faulka ..... Always loved that case and once you add another 980 you will be able finally enable SKYNET... And start your computer on the long morally convoluted winding road of mechanical self awareness and single handedly incite the wonkey underlord uprising Wow.. Sorry sometimes early in the morning after a long night of mindless self indulgence my imagination gets the best of me one bad *** computer though well done well done.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

dat chair doee

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build +1. I had the NH-D14 on my X99 for a week but had to remove since I went with SLI. The videocard I have wouldn't fit in the PCI-eXpress 1 slot with that huge cooler. I see your video card doesn't have a backplate, maybe that's why it fits.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! I was concerned at first myself once I saw how massive that thing is in person, but it ends up having ~1cm of a gap between the board and the cooling towers!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

My god! Well done sir!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this is truly a monster build, but 1TB SSD? Haha could've used that money + the money for 1 GTX 980 and get 2 GTX 970's which is more powerful than 1 980. And also, is the Enthoo Primo that expensive? Dude you're rich as hell lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I have done the small SSD + huge HDD thing before and I'm so over it. It's a damn symlinking nightmare. I just want one drive for a ton of games and my OS and my source code/compiled executables.

Not rich, just was very financially responsible this year and accomplished my goals, and had a little more left it my emergency fund than I needed, so I decided to go beast mode. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Jamba, I was wondering If I could use the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo For the i7 5930k. Will It work? Will It get to hot with that fan or stay in the normal mid range temp?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure it would be fine. Until now, I've used that in every computer I've built in the past few years (5 in total for various folks). I think it's a great cooler, but don't overclock too much, and make sure to have plenty of airflow. It has worked great for me in the Intel 3XXX and 4XXX series of processors. I recommend a high air flow case like the Cooler Master HAF series. I really like the 922.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, it'll work. The stock coolers will even work, too, but the Hyper 212 EVO offers slightly more overclocking, better cooling, and is quieter than the stock CPU fans. Like Megaman said, don't overdo it on the overclocking, if you do plan on doing intense OCs consider getting a better CPU cooler.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah i'm going to be getting another 1 or 2 GTX980s in a couple of months. I'll probably do a teardown and rebuild and repost the finished thing in Mid-Feb/Early-March.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, you should probably move it off the carpet. The bottom fan is probably not blowing in much air or maybe it is (can't tell if there's open space under the case).

Please benchmark and post.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting a hieght adjustable desk soon and it will go on that stainless steel desk on the floor, but with the legs removed.

There is some space under there. The interior floor is raised a little bit and there are removable filters (push to lock/unlock) on that floor that the air pulled through the side and front grates goes through.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarked and posted. ;)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you play BF4? I am curios about the performance with a single 980 on that monitor...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't, but I've been playing FarCry 4 on absolute maximum settings @1440p and getting between 40-60 FPS. I turned on and off G-SYNC to do some tests, and the visual difference is honestly stunning. Everything is silky smooth and there's absolutely no tearing, and it's a lot LOT easier to actually see what is happening when moving the view port quickly.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask if you used Prime 95 to stress your CPU under load? If so did you have the cooler, and fans on max output? I am asking because I have a build around that processor and I am researching the various CPU cooling temps. I will have enough to buy it in 2 weeks, and I want to be sure I have an adequate CPU cooler. If you do respond, thank you.

On another note you should be able to run Far Cry 4 ultra at about 73 FPS, on 1080p. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/far-cry-4-benchmark-performance-review,4019-3.html

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running on completely full ultra @ 2560x1440, which is why I'm seeing lower numbers there. G-Sync mostly makes it unnoticable though, no tearing, stuttering, or unneeded blurring. Gonna be picking up another 980 or 2 soon though.

As for Prime95, no I did not. I can try that and report back w/ a number for you.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, WOW, that took it up into the low-mid 70s! Seems the AVX2 instructions use a lot of power and consequently get really hot! I'm already planning on filling up ALL the case fan slots on the Enthoo Primo this weekend so I'll report back if that changes anything.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I really appreciate it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How close is the CPU Cooler to the Video Card? I've been going back and forth if it's going to touch it or not.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really close, but I'd say there's probably something like ~1cm of space. I'm not seeing any rubbing or temperature issues so it should work if fine if mounted w/ airflow towards the back.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How much room clearance did you have between the memory sticks and the CPU cooler?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

A good bit. The bottom of the Noctua cooler has notches cut into it on the outer edges to fit memory comfortably. As long as I take out the other DIMMs, I can easily insert new DIMMs into even the inner most DIMM slots comfortably.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a beautiful case (one that I will be purchasing in the near future for an upgrade), but it just seems wrong not to utilize the watercooling potential (as I will be for my upgrade). Otherwise great build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't worry, I'm making good use of all the space and airflow/pressure potential. I will likely post an updated build with new pics of the Noctua Industrial fans all over the case, a second (or third!) gfx card, and the minor changes from the stock case setup I did to mount my motherboard's fan extension card to support so many PWM fans.

I'm also not ruling out a simple WC for the processor in the future, but the GFX cards are hella over clocked and run @ <66C or so all the time in game, but the CPU can get quite a bit hotter if artificially taxed, but is very nice for my daily computing/gaming.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice :D I would definitely recommend setting up a loop in there!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build ;)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. I was actually going to in my original plan, but then I realized I wouldn't be able to run 2 GFX cards in 16x/16x or 3 in 16x/16x/8x since the 5820k only supports 28 PCIE lanes :-/

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You realize thats been tested and shown to not make a difference on any modern card on pcie 3.0 right?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not. Alas. At least I got it for as cheap as possible since I have a MicroCenter near by. Can you link me to the test that shows that?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rctaLgK5stA Linus did a whole video on the subject. Its a pretty common misconception. It might have something in pcie 2.0 8x vs pcie 2.0 16x but only slight if anything. But pcie 3.0 is 2x more bandwidth per channel vs pcie 2.0 so there is no difference at all with gfx cards. Highest end raid cards maybe but thats about it.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference was within margin or error for those cards ;)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What about using two different video cards, say a quadro and a GTX?