UPDATED THE BUILD WITH 3DMARK RESULTS AS WELL AS THE OVERCLOCK DOWN ON THE CPU*
It's been a while since I've been able to put something together that really really rocked. My last rig was an i7-2600k with 8gb of ram and what started with an EVGA 560 Ti; that later got upgraded to an EVGA 780 Ti Superclocked. I've been dreaming of building something awesome for the last year or so but always held off.
Then Star Citizen came out.
I kept thinking to myself "I want to be able to play at 1440p. I'm not one of those 4k guys who insist on 60fps at 4k resolutions! What can I build myself that can accomplish this? What can I build myself TODAY that can accomplish this?".
Originally I was looking at running two EVGA Titan-X cards but I was told by a good friend to hold off for a few weeks as something was coming down the pipe. He couldn't really tell me what because of his NDA agreements etc but he did say that "something big is coming soon(tm)". Normally the Soon(TM) really makes me pause but I trusted him and so I waited.
BAM! The 980 Ti was released! WOW!
Almost the performance of a Titan-X at just under 2/3 of the cost? I'll take two please!
The parts list you see before you has evolved as I have gotten more and more in to the learning about what parts do what and how to use them all together. This is only Ti Fighter Mark 1; the Mark 2 will be coming soon, will be housed within an SMA8 case and will be a liquid cooled overclocked beast.
CPU: I didn't want to go for the 5960X because that is insanely expensive for what you get and I didn't want to go with the 5820k because well I could do better than that. I went with the 5930k to be just under insanely expensive!
GPU: Originally I was going to go with the Titan-X and run two of them in SLI but here in Canada that would have been around $2800.00 CDN after taxes. Crazy! I waited and was rewarded with the EVGA 980 Ti. Originally I had the SC with ACX coolers on them but my colleague at work was like "If you are going to water cool them eventually get the reference because it is easier to take apart". I also spoke with Joker from Joker Productions and he schooled me a bit on reference blowers versus after market coolers. Wise words from a fellow gamer!!!
MB: Because, why not? Seriously, the Asus Rampage V Extreme is regarded as one of the best boards currently on the market and I really did want to build this system to be a beast with the potential for more. The ROG board definitely delivers that. I'm still learning to OC but I have the tools for when my knowledge gets there.
SSD: 250gb for my OS and apps and 512gb for my games and steam stuff. Pretty self explanatory.
HDD: Because everyone needs a good solid data drive right? This allows me to store movies and tv shows or render my youtube stuff without actually stressing the SSD.
CASE: I went with the 780T originally because I thought "damn, that looks pretty cool". I still think that but the Ti Fighter Mark 2 is going to run with a Case Labs SMA8 with liquid cooling so this is a temporary house for this beast of a machine. A YouTube acquaintance of mine gave me some great starting points for the aesthetics based on his own rig. I took that and gutted the inside for my own internals.
1080p MONITOR: I've had 1080p for years now however my last monitors were a 19" and a 23". I wanted to go bigger! I wanted something that was 27" to watch videos on or do my web surfing or help when I'm running OBS for my YouTube channel. Also, why not right?
1440p MONITOR: I wanted something that was better than 1080p gaming and I needed something that would match the 27" monitor I have beside it. Unfortunately the bezel is slightly smaller than the 1080 version so they don't flush beside each other completely. Close enough that it doesn't matter but my OCD may get the better of me in the long run.
PS: 1200 watts should be enough to cover my needs for a good time to come. So why not?!?!
NOTES: I swapped the two stock Corsair SP140L fans in the H110i GT with two Noctua NF-P14s 900s in pull configuration at the top of the case because the fans that came with the H110i GT are EXTREMELY loud under load. 2200rpm and crazy noisy (42db). Because these Noctua are so quiet, and the PC is doing a good enough job of cooling the CPU even with the moderate overclock, I removed the other two Corsair fans I originally had in PUSH config. All the other Corsair Quiet Edition fans are very quiet and so far serve admirably.