Description

Please note: following components were taken from an old build: Evga 980Ti, HDDs & SSDs

This is my first PC build in years. I had an old Workstation with an i7 980x and decided to finally upgrade.

Usage

The machine is used for following applications:

  • VR gaming
  • Video rendering
  • Coding (mostly Matlab Simulink Simulations)

Experiences during the building process

I am absolutely blown away at how much the technology has advanced not only in terms of processing power but also in terms of cases and custom lightning etc. I have to say that I am absolutely in love with the Phantek Evolv ATX tempered glass case. Everything in this case is well thought out and so easy to put together. I also love the built-in LED control so I can also turn it off if need be. The M.2 SSD installation was a bit of a hassle as the screws did not fit after installing the drive (based on the TUF casing of the X99 Sabertooth). Therefore, make sure to have backup screws ready. I decided to put the cover back on. So far the SSD is very cool as it is only used as a system drive.

Reasoning for chosing certain components

I went for an X99 Sabertooth to make this build more durable and also capable of running tasks for many years to come. This is also my first water-cooled system and I am amazed at how quiet everything is (after calibrating idle fan controls with the AI Suite). I know that the PSU is a bit over the top but who knows, maybe there might be SLI upgrades and an i7 6950x on the way :P. I also recommend to buy custom sleeves. I went for the Alchemy 2.0 set and it is amazeballz! The 980 TI is a leftover from my old system. I know, I need to upgrade to an 1080 (or 1080 Ti if they will exist soon). As this is EVGA's overclocked 980 Ti I am doing totally fine in VR games, even with increasing the rendertarget to 2 (supersampling). The hard drives and SSDs are also leftovers from my old system. They work totally fine, that is why I included them as well.

Overclocking

At the moment I am running the system very stable at 4GhZ @ 1.1V. The RAM is set to X.M.P. @ 3000 MhZ. For now everything runs like a charm, also longer renders. I am super happy with the performance and stability, although Broadwell-E is a hot chip! Temperatures are at 55 Degrees Celsius under full load when testing with AIDA64 for 10 min plus :)

Final thoughts

X99 is a truly amazing platform for enthusiasts who need a hexacore that is also capable of gaming, especially the 6800k doesn't dissapoint. I am super happy with everything in this build and I have to say it was rather easy to put together. I hope you like it as much as I do :)

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the 980ti, but for that price you could've bought a 1080, it has better performance and would do better for VR. It's still a great build though, +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh well I'm dumb, I just read the description and saw it was from an old system, pardon me :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

People who possess gtx 980Ti do not buy of gtx 1070 or of gtx 1080 are rather going to wait for the gtx on 1080Ti

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

i thought that he just recently bought it

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

True

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I used the 980ti from an old build. Sorry to confuse you ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

My fault man, lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get the table from?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

IKEA :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

is it possible to turn all the case-lights off completely? :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the case has a controller button on the front panel for the light show. Then only RAM LEDs and the CPU cooler LED are active :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, I have a question regarding the fans. On the Phanteks website, they display 2 140mm fans placed in the front. However, I've seen numerous builds of this case with 3 120mm fans in the front. Do 3 120mm fans fit properly and is it just personal preference between placing2 140mm fans or 3 120mm fans in the front area?

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you are right, I need to tweak it more. Can go down on the voltage for sure :). I used the i7 6800k OC guide on EdgeUp Asus as a reference. There they recommend around 1.2V for 4GhZ. Any recommendations from your side?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

1.1V if you have a good chip. 1.2V if you have a bad one

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know. I need to test this more. In any case, I have Adaptive mode enabled, so the maximum voltage is 1.2V under full load. Will post updated/final voltages after further testing.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I tested my voltages again and performed stability tests. The chip runs @4GhZ stable with 1.1V :)

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I tested my system now more thoroughly. I can run the system @4GhZ with 1.1V. The system runs stable with AIDA64 stress testing and other benchmarks. Temperatures are around 55 Degrees Celsius under full load :)

As updated in the description, the 980 Ti is from my old build. Waiting for something like a 1080 Ti for future upgrade :)

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