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Update to Closed Loopy Ghost build. Retired my dual 580s with a single EVGA GTX980 Superclock. Re-engineering the build shaved about 10C off of the CPU temps now that h80i is properly configured for push/pull. 4.5Ghz is a possibility, but I will likely wait for a Broadwell chip as a replacement.

After the Broadwell upgrade, a new 144Hz monitor or 4K, second GTX980, and likely custom water cooling.

Update Second EVGA Superclock added. Temporary installation for baseline testing. Following components waiting for installation.

Swiftech H240-X XSPC Razor GTX980 x2 XSPC Razor SLI block XSPC 120mm radiator

Detailed build log to follow.

You can go here for the original build and closed loop hilarity: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/D89

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Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that case! ugh... nerdgasm

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice stuff. Solid build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the 980? I'm thinking about picking one up in December.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I only have a 1080 monitor so it is overkill. Most games I play are identical to my pair of 580s, BF4 is a little smoother, and Hawken handles transitions a little better.

Haven't turned on v-sync or anything, and I haven't turned on any FPS meters in game. 80C is a little warm for my liking, but it is fairly quiet.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one hell of a case. It's amazing.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 very nice build thinking of doing a similar build hows the case?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly the case has a few flaws, but overall I like the appearance and internal layout.

Cons:

Bottom fan placement is entirely dependent on where the cables come out on your power supply. Just barely able to fit a standard 120mm down there with a modular supply.

The cable management options are extensive, but hard to utilize. They didn't leave much room behind the tray for cables. Just enough for the 24pin cable to barely fit, and it takes some effort to get the side panel on. (Leaves indentations in the sound dampening foam). I recommend a extension for the CPU power, mine barely made it around the back. (As with many cases, try to run that first, it can be difficult to get the cable through after the board is installed)

Radiator mounting options are limited to the rear and top. Not quite sure a 280mm rad would fit, but it should. Thicker radiators are possible only in a pull or push configuration at the top. Normal thickness ones will work fine for push/pull. It may be possible to squeeze another 120mm into the front in a push only config.

Pros:

Built in hard drive dock is cool. dust filters work very well and are easy to clean.

Thoughts:

Air flow is not as good as other cases, but it is built for silence first. (though my machine is far from silent, haven't changed fan speeds since it was a pair of GTX580)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. What speakers are you using with the Asus Xonar DX soundcard? I'm thinking about getting the same card and wondering if my Logitech Z313s will be good enough to notice a difference between the soundcard and my onboard audio.