She's a quiet kitty.
Well, I finally got to say goodbye and farewell to me ol trusty FX 8350', a good CPU she was.
But out with the old and weak, and in with the new and destructive.
Anywho, this is a PC upgrade, rather than a whole new build. But it was enough of an upgrade for me to want to bring this back to the front page again, considering I changed the major parts. I changed out a total of 4 parts as of now. At the moment with a fully sealed Define R5(as in the Moduvents), without the 760 in it I can BARELY hear it at max fan speeds, and I can't hear it at all once it's under or at 80%. It's the most quiet PC I've ever heard without a question. With the 760, I can hear its hum. It's annoying, but it's going to go to the chopping block(eBay) once the 980Ti/990 releases.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor||$384.97 @ NCIX US|
This is my second personal Intel PC, and the second Extreme Edition PC I've gamed on, but to see a direct comparison with my parts, and my overclocks, and my settings , my mouse/keyboard and screen, it's amazing to see the kinda difference it makes. And to be honest, I don't think I'll be buying any AMD CPU any time soon. Maybe they'll destroy with the Zen CPUs in 2016, but that is far too long and way to late, so my heart went only to Intel.
|Motherboard||Asus SABERTOOTH X99 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard||$309.99 @ Amazon|
This system was planned to be purchased a number of months ago, but I purposely held off once I heard of this motherboard. It's just so beautiful, sleek and black, while hiding all it's poo color. But no really, in this specific iteration and with my case/CPU Cooler it's super easy to hide all that nasty poop color. It's a really deep black, with a dark gray everywhere else. As of now, it's 100% stable, the fan control is great(though I'd love to be able to shut fans all the way off), it should overclock well and it's absolutely worth the money with a 5 year warranty. Even came with a certificate of reliability too! Totally worth the wait.
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory||$189.99 @ Amazon|
Uh, I needed memory. 16GB 2666Mhz low profile memory was perfect for my needs. Enabled XMP and it all works smoothly and up to full speed. Though it did change my CPU Strap to 125Mhz, so be mindful of that.
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler||$88.99 @ NCIX US|
This was my first Noctua cooler. I never want to install any other kind of cooler ever again.
But for realsies, this thing...was actually smaller than I thought it'd be. Huh. And to be honest, I'm not a fan of how it feels in my hand, the metal blades feel like they can be bent and crushed in the palm of my hand. It's the kind of weak metal feeling, oddly enough the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo I had felt a lot more sturdy than this thing. Strange, but this thing certainly makes up for it in performance numbers. 49-50C max on stock clocks, dead silence with the 2 Noctua fans, and a super easy install. A note though, normal sized 140mm fans don't fit flushly on this cooler. I decided to put a Fractal Design 140mm fan up to it for a comparison, and there's about 10mm of width difference. Certainly modable with different mounting mechanisms, but don't expect immediate support.
I bought this cooler purely to get my AIO out of my system. This is going to be a long term system, and I absolutely can not risk it dying by the PC electrical chair due to a water leak. I don't and won't have the money to replace something this expensive, and the AIO I had(CM Seidon 240M) probably wouldn't have lasted me 5 more years anyways. Heat sinks are forever. Also, this is a performance increase as well, cause dat NH-D15 doe.
I should mention, this thing cut it absolutely close with the GPU in terms of cleareance. With the Sabertooth X99 there is maybe 7mm of room in between the card and the cooler. It is so close, but it also makes it look really clean. I have a ASUS GTX 970 Strix that fits perfectly fine in here with about 4mm to spare, so that is compatible but barely. It should be compatible with any other card that has a similarly sized backplate/PCB location.
This PC is not 100% finished in terms of upgrades that I want to do. There are 4 things left:
1: A GPU upgrade to the GTX 980Ti/R9 390x(whichever is better)
2: A case mod that will bring the hard drive cage where the optical bays are
3: An addition of an M.2 PCI SSD + 3TB Hard Drive
4: Custom Sleeved Cabling (The current VGA Extensions are $8 Silverstone extensions, but ay they work and are better than the red cables you see at the bottom of the case)
Those will all be updated here with new Pics and Descriptions in the future!
Dead silent computing, amazing aesthetics, and a power monster of a kitty she is. A powerful kitty indeed.
Sorry for the shotty picture quality, I only have my cell phones camera (HTC ONE M8)
Completed overclocking, the 5820k is now running at a stable 4.3Ghz @1.1975 Volts @70-75C with a fully closed Define R5(as in Moduvents). The system retains its dead silence, even under these conditions. I found out that if I open up the Moduvents, open the front door and remove the side panel, and put the fans to full blast without the LNAs, I can get this CPU to 4.7 @ 1.3V @80-85C. Performance is important to me, but dead silence is even more important. I am content with 4.3Ghz, as that is a whole Ghz increase and I need this chip to last so I don't want it to run on the bleeding edge. Also, I've already noticed tremendous increases in Guild Wars 2, which is my current game of choice for a while. The game is super CPU dependent, so I actually jumped from an average of 70~FPS to over 110~FPS. Definitely a worthwhile OC.
Made the decision to grab another Asus STRIX GTX 970(have one in my other PC) since I am doing 1080p 144hz gaming, and everything over that seemed like it would've been overkill. I was considering getting a 980Ti for it's 6GB of VRAM and raw GPU power, but was concerned if it was gonna be too much. Which, it would've been. With this GPU oc'd to 1538Mhz I am getting over 120FPS in GTA 5 maxed out without AA, over 120FPS in BF4 without AA and a few unimportant settings on low, and every other game has ran excellently in 1080p with max textures and optimal detailing. The GPU is ridiculously quiet even under full load. My Xbox One is louder than my entire system now. Do recommend.
Added two more pictures and a screenshot.
Added a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD to specifically hold my games and alleviate my space issue on my HDD. I don't want to go dual HDD yet, so this SSD will allow me to free up 250GB worth of games and give me about ~300GBs to spare on my HD.
Also, added a Bitfenix Alchemy LED Strip to light up the inside of the case. I want to grab another smaller one to put on the side to stop the creation of shadows under(and light up) the GPU, but that can come later. Will add pics later.
College is starting for me soon, so I grabed 2 1TB WD Blue Hard Drives to throw into Raid 1 to archive all my notes/projects/important things. Had to re-install Windows 7 because the raid controller on my Mobo used the entire first SATA Controller for Raid, and Windows refused to boot. So, re-install. Works great now!
So, I decided to go the GTX 970 SLI route, cause I threw in my other GTX 970 from my HTPC that is now my Home Server. So now I have a lot more GPU performance than I will need for simple 1080p 144hz gaming. I think I might actually end up skipping Pascal/Polaris depending on the VRAM status of next gen games, the 3.5GB of VRAM is worrying me a little bit for long term stuff, since I like to keep textures and other settings up high. It'd suck to have the GPU horses to push it, but not enough space to keep textures.
$400 for 6 cores, 12 threads, easy OC ability and amazing performance!? Get me one!
Oh wait, I got one.
Absolutely beautiful board. Totally stable, weighs as much as a Sabertooth tiger, and eats children for breakfast. Would recommend. Would not recommend if you own children.