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This is a bit of a work in progress, the end goal is 4k gaming, but Im going to wait until the next generation of monitors with gsync come out. So until then I don't think ill be needing the other two 980's, the over the top amount of ram is for running virtual machines/having an enormous ram disk that I can pre buffer game files into for shorter loading screens. Up until September this build was going to be a slightly updated version of Ozymandias, currently top of the performance preset leaderboard, but new versions of the CPU, MOBO and nvidia graphics cards came out recently for roughly the same price as what I was going to buy. Key differences between this build and Ozy are that I went with the new nvidia cards, and instead of going for the extreme edition of the cpu I just went with the 5930 because I don't think the slight increase in performance and extra two cores was worth the $500 increase in price for what I would be using it for. I think it might be important to note that I wasn't originally trying to copy Ozy, but through the course of my research I came to a lot of the same decisions that Necronomiconomist did.

May or may not purchase the additional video cards, Im waiting on a good gsync monitor to come out for 4k resolutions, Im also waiting to see how this card performs cooling wise as it only has the ACX cooler. I am also still debating whether or not to go for a raid or just have the drives be separate, right now I am tending towards non raid. I plan on doing manual backups and in situations where i want a faster response time i have enough ram to buffer things through the ram disk utility.

The name is because I decided a while ago I was going to name my systems after Louis Carroll characters, however this specific system is being named after the Mad Hatter in Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.

Haven't started overclocking anything but the ram yet. Ram was set to 2666 haven't considered going beyond that yet.

To those complaining about cable management, Im sorry its not perfect but by the time I got home and had everything assembled it was midnight, so there is a small bit of cables that I have yet to zip tie and I'm working on it, your comments have been noted.

Update: Redid cable routing, unfortunately the lengths of some cables prevented ideal routing, so this is as good as its going to get. Will work on overclocking and bench marking over the weekend Firestrike Score http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2836800 Firestrike Extreme http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2836781

Update 2: Purchased the Acer XB280HK, will update with benchmarking results and performance when I get the monitor this Friday

Update 3 7/2/2015: upgraded to dual EVGA gtx980tis Firestrike 4k ultra score http://www.3dmark.com/fs/5283124 top 93% for 4k

update 10/27/2016 changed out pny 512 gb ssd for the samsung 850 pro series 512 mb had a drive failure, remember to back up your stuff more often than i did, and register your drives to make sure you get the extended warranty options. Also used this as an excuse to add 2 WD Black 5 TB drives for more backup space 9/27/2019 Update I've had this build for a while and something happened with one of the graphics cards, I upgraded to a 2080 TI and now I am able to play most games at 4k with max settings (tested on Borderlands 3 and Skyrim with a lot of graphics improvement mods)

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  • 67 months ago
  • 6 points

Spend this much money on a build and you don't even try with the cables... :(

The build itself however is very nice my friend, new DDR4, 6 core cpu and 980s in SLI, good go GAME!

Enjoy! I look forward to some future updates/more pictures for this

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for commenting on my cable management, I know this is a problem and im working on it, by the time i was finished putting things together last night it got to be midnight, so i snapped some preliminary picks and uploaded them from work, this should be fixed when i get home. I did try a bit with the cables, but most of that was in the back which isn't shown in the picture.

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

No problem man I completely understand, just fix em up!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

cable routing is fixed if your interested

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice man thanks for the update! +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Pretty impressive stats, but I'd hurry up and buy the other components before any price hops. Also, love the copy-paste message about the cables, pretty damn funny.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks, at this point though im kind of out of money, and im waiting to see the actual performance that I get from the 980's before I run out and buy two more.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, let me know how they work for you, because I'm planning to build a PC utilizing the 980, too, and I need to know if they're any good.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

so spent the past couple of hours playing ff14 at max settings and it looked amazing, going off of the firestrike benchmarks im in the top 97-99% of their benchmarks with 2 in sli, any games you want specific info for? If I have the game I can see how it plays.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You aced the Fire Strike? Damn, that's all I needed to know. I've decided. Thanks for that!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea.... I'd kill for those components... o.O

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, but if you want a gsync 4k monitor, Acer has a new 4k that just came out, PcPer just did a video on it on Youtube.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks I'll have to look into that

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude get a sexy Nvidia SLI bridge for that thang. Also how many time are you gonna copy and paste that answer about cables,

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

once for every person that decided to comment about it

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

damn, those scores are awesome!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you need more ram.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I do as well

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

How much watts did the computer use under load and why the 1600w psu?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

the psu is the way it is because I read good reviews on its performance and in case i decide to go for 4way sli somewhere down the road. Right now we have very power efficient gpu's but this might not always be the case, so its mainly for future proofing.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

okay i see

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus dude. That's sexy. Nice build. :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Clearly you havent benn on this website long enough to know what a "sexy build" is.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

"sexy" is subjective.

that being said, the cablezzzzzzzzz

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for commenting on my cable management, I know this is a problem and im working on it, by the time i was finished putting things together last night it got to be midnight, so i snapped some preliminary picks and uploaded them from work, this should be fixed when i get home.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

sounds great; hope you enjoy the finished result :)

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently not :(

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Really bad cable management, you should try to fix that...

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for commenting on my cable management, I know this is a problem and im working on it, by the time i was finished putting things together last night it got to be midnight, so i snapped some preliminary picks and uploaded them from work, this should be fixed when i get home.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

=D then it will be great +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

There is not 4 GPUs, there is not 8 RAM slots. I only see 2 GPUs and 4 RAM slots. It doesn't look like there are 5 hard drives install. I am thinking that this is fake, either that or he is very bad at inputting parts. He also copied and pasted the same response four times.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry that it took me so long to get back to you, The build was originally designed to be able to accommodate 4 graphics cards, I stopped at 2 980 Ti's as that was enough for me to do 4k gaming. Due to a recent failure on one of the graphics cards I'm actually down to 1 2080 Ti, which is working great for 4k gaming. I do actually have 5 hard drives on the pc now. The reason for the copy pasted responses was that there were a large volume of complaints about the cable management and I was frankly sick and tired of the complaints.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Some of the parts you have listed here aren't even in the machine (a 32gb RAM kit, two of the 980's). If the price is calculated based on the parts you own, and are currently in use in this system, it is worth approx. $4792, not $6492.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

that would be correct the ram is a definite upgrade that I plan to get in the next couple of months, the graphics cards are a maybe depending on the performance that I see with the two I currently have.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Regardless, you shouldn't list parts that aren't in the computer. If you purchase the parts, then add them. Also good work with the cable cleanup, looks much better.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You forgot to remove one of the RAM kits too.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You should also get a better case and powersupply with sleeved cables!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm happy with the case, but yeah if I had it to do over again id buy a different one. I see no reason to purchase a different one now.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude little over spent on that PSU, prob could have ran with 850 cause of the new Maxwell.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

probably, this is a carry over from when i was going to be getting 2 r295x2's. If i went with 4 980's the power draw is something like a thousand watts. I view this more as future proofing. Right now we have the benefit of power efficient graphics cards, but i would hope that this power supply is still performing a couple of years down the road when there may be better graphics cards that could possibly require more power to function.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah dude no doubt buy a better psu, future proofing FTW.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

1.CABLE MANAGMENT! 2.PSU is way too much, 1000W for OC is the max you need, if no OC's then the AX860i would have done the job 3.Could have got a better case like the 760T but this is just my opinion

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the feedback, i've worked to get the cable management to a point that I'm comfortable with, Unfortunately some of the cables weren't long enough to go through the back of the case, second I understand that the PSU is overkill but I may be upping the number of GPU's to four and who knows what the power requirements of things may be in the future, third yeah if I had it to do over I would go with a different case but I am still pretty happy with the one I bought.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

My jaw just dropped when I saw this build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No need for 64 gb of ram. But Nice build!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

its not a need, but more of a convenience, this is primarily a gaming rig, but i do some programming and occasionally use virtual machines. Also I can preload entire games into ram using the asus ramdisk utility which should increase load times.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry that should read decrease load times, I think I originally meant to say increase performance

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the processor working for you? I'm looking into X99, and maybe the 4790K if I don't really think i need it...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried a lot of 4k gaming yet? Are two GTX 980s enough to hit 60hz?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

not 60 hz, and it does kind of depend on the game, best so far has been dragon age inquisition, running everything on ultra, using ssao (pretty sure its this one would have to check when i get home) and 4x MFAA at 4k resolutions, generally I get 40-50 fps which is very playable because of my Acer 4k gsync monitor. The worst game so far was AC Unity, which i had to actually play at 1080p resolutions to have it be playable. On other games Im generally able to find a balance point where the graphics settings are reasonably high but im still getting FPS in the 40-50 range.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

TLDR: this build can only really play 4k resolutions because of gsync and games that are semi optimized to take advantage of SLI.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is a WOW! +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows that SSD ive been thinking about getting one considering the price for almost 500GB

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any problems with it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get it to run so cool with two nonreference SLI and no watercooling? Did you not overclock the GPU's? Curious because I'm trying to do the same setup.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried overclocking them any more than what evga has them preprogramed to.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How has your experience with that mobo been? I've read horror stories in reviews.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I havent had too many problems, but the ramdisk built into the mobo kept crashing and i ended up not using it.

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

All that coin you spent and a full tower and your got a rats nest. You don't have 4 video cards, you should remove two of them from your build list. Add them when you actually have them.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for commenting on my cable management, I know this is a problem and im working on it, by the time i was finished putting things together last night it got to be midnight, so i snapped some preliminary picks and uploaded them from work, this should be fixed when i get home.

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

I hope she made lotsa spaghetti!

  • 67 months ago
  • -3 points

We might get the 980ti or 990 once the 4k gsync are out. Those GPUs will be the better choice.

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  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

lmao

  • 67 months ago
  • -1 points

rekt!

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Electrical Engineer

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

basically go for any engineering depending on what you are good at

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for commenting on my cable management, I know this is a problem and im working on it, by the time i was finished putting things together last night it got to be midnight, so i snapped some preliminary picks and uploaded them from work, this should be fixed when i get home.