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A little backstory is probably required for this one...

I was planning on upgrading from my previous build and wanted to go with a cookie cutter i5 4690k/gtx970. Before i bought the parts though, i decided to browse craigslist for some deals, and boy did i find some. I found a guy who sold me a gtx980, an i7 4930k, and ASUS P9X79 (vanilla), and 16 gigs of Corsair Vengeance Pro all together for $930. Retail, that is ~$1,600 and much better than what i was planning on getting. With that out of the way, ill go into the build itself.

CPU: Jesus. There is a reason i called this build Arachnid, and that is because it has more threads than i will ever need (I'm sorry, I love puns). Although i will be using this for mostly gaming, i will be video editing once and a while so its not all wasted. Interestingly, turns out the previous owner was an extreme overclocker and this thing got up to 5.8GHz at 1.68v, with cooling bringing it down to -20°C. That worries me a little about the longevity of it, but that was not a 24/7 OC and he kept it at what i currently use which is 4.5GHz at 1.312v, which is insane for this chip. 10/10

CPU Cooler: Amazing air cooler. Was going to get a Swiftech H220-X but they were sold out and was questioning if i really had space in my case for it. Glad I went with it though, build quality from Noctua is insane. (Note: I couldn't fit the second fan on the cooler, ram was too big) 10/10

MOBO: Decent for what it is, though i would have loved to have a USB 3.0 header instead of 4 USB 3.0 slots in the back, as now i have to order a converter or go without front USB ports, which is not a big deal just inconvenient. 8/10

RAM: Its ram. Fast, Corsair, quad channel, the works. Wish it wasn't so high profile, but eh, its ram.

SSD: GET ONE NOW. Overclocking is soooo much faster when it takes 10 seconds to boot rather than 1 minute and 30 seconds. I no longer dread having to restart my system, just a push of a button and bam, booted. 10/10

HDD: It stores files. Its quiet. 10/10

GPU: A sexy reference cooler clad full GM204 overclocked beast. stupidly powerful 10/10

Case: I love this case. It looks nice, has a great form factor, easy to cable manage, built like a tank, has nice handles for LAN's, hot-swaps are convenient, all around great case. Only thing I can think of as a negative is that with my sleeved cables they are a bit rigid and with the hot-swap bays right in front of the PSU it was a little difficult to plug them in. Otherwise, 10/10

PSU: OMG the QUALITY. Fully sleeved cables are really nice and look great. A bit overkill I know, I just wanted headroom to be able to SLI without needing a new PSU, and thought the quality would carry this PSU with me for many years. 10/10

OS: Coming from 7, 8.1 seemed scary. Im getting used to it though, so far is a vast improvement on 8. 8/10

Case Fan: Quality Noctua product 10/10

Misc: The extra GPU inside is my old 650ti that is for dedicated physx. Probably doesn't do a whole lot, but it cant hurt. The mic is a Blu Yeti, 10/10, great USB mic though i was having some problems with it plugged into USB 3.0, works great in 2.0 though. Built in headphone amp is both convenient and sounds great. Headphones are Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80Ohms, 99999/10 best headphones i have ever heard, love them. Great for gaming too, one of the best for directional hearing. Super comfy. Mouse is a Logitech G400s, gift from my girlfriend, love it though it is a bit light for my taste and the cable is weird. But it fits my massive hands with a palm grip, so 9/10. Keyboard is a 1997 special that came with my first computer, been meaning to get a mechanical but i love this thing too much, 10/10. The 2 monitors are a 1080p dell that is my main monitor (Its kinda crappy but it was free), and a 720p tv that is much crappier that I use for monitoring temps, etc.

I think that about covers it. If anybody has any questions/concerns about the build, feel free to leave a comment. 9/10 would build again (10/10 with rice)(im so sorry i had to)

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for the 650ti with the 980 lol

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have it might as well use it right?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha yup

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you use them at the same time or is it separate from SLI?

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

I LOVE your keyboard. I have the same mouse pad with a R.A.T 7, and then an apple keyboard from the 90's that's re-sticker-ed to Dvorak. Well done. :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. It may not be mechanical, but the key presses are long enough for it to be nice and comfortable. Never heard of Dvorak, seems interesting. Hows it working for you?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great, it's a lot faster an convenient for typing for long periods of time.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The luck that is you is OVER 9000!!!!!!!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

RNGsus and GabN smiled upon me

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, but arachnids have 8 legs -_-

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking less about number of legs and more about the number of threads this thing has (12) and that is wayyyy too many for my usage, similar to the sheer number of threads that are in a spiders web. Would have been perfect for 8 threads though...

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, I'm just nitpicking.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not that ugly at all, though if you are going for a certain color scheme it can look very out of place. I am very happy with the performance of the cooler, keeps temps nice and comfortable at 1.312v and 4.5ghz over 6 cores, average about 120w of heat. Very happy with it, no regrets.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems you have a mesh top. Do you know if there is enough space for a 200mm fan at the top without problems with the NH-D15? I am thinking on building such setup for my NH-D15 but I really want a 200mm top fan.