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Massive. Overkill. So Moist.

PC used primarily for 1080/60p & now 4K video editing and rendering. PC will also see heavy gaming ranging from ARMA series, DayZ SA, FSX, X-Plane, LFS, etc...

I had no budget. I continue to have no budget. Might add more RAM, but don't see the point just yet. There is also a need for a few massive HDDs due to my need to store ridiculously large video files.

I'm not experienced enough for a custom water loop, but that will most likely become a future project as well. This is why I opted for the two Hybrid Titan X in SLI and the Corsair H110i GTX.


UPDATE October 21, 2015: I've now spent a better part of two days experimenting with different overclocks for the i7-5960X and SLI Titan X Hybrids. Some preliminary results:

i7-5960X is running a stable 4.5GHz through MOBO BIOS Adjustments. EVGA TITAN X Hybrid GPUs are in 2-Way SLI and slightly overclocked. 3DMARK Fire Strike Ultra v1.1 returns an overall score of 9373 in this current configuration. http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6281110


UPDATE November 13, 2015: Dialed back CPU and GPUx2 Overclocks for better stability. Longer gaming and benchmark sessions of a few hours - over night proved to be too much for the settings in the last update. Will hover around the 9000 score in 3DMARK Fire Strike Ultra v1.1 for now. CPU is around 3.8-4.0GHz, GPUs are mildly overclocked, RAM in XMP1 @ 2666MHz.

I purchased four (4) Noctua NF-A14 3000RPM PWM Fans, having fun experimenting with settings here. With the side panel off, and fans at full blast, I can feel them moving air through my entire living room, no joke. Yes, even at low settings (around 1500RPM), they are still quite loud. I would not recommend them for your "silent" build. I knew what I was getting and don't care about noise. I have bypassed the Corsair Link program and have two of the Noctua fans plugged into CPU_1 via a Noctua Y-Cable. The Corsair Link Y-Cable wasn't providing enough power for the Noctuas. The other two Noctua fans are plugged into CPU_2, also via a Noctua Y-Cable. I let the system handle all fan speeds, so far it seems to do a better job than Corsair Link. I did not, and do not plan on replacing the factory included fans on the EVGA Titan X Hybrid radiators. I have yet to see either GPU break 55C on even the most strenuous benchmarks (rarely breaking 50C honestly).

Acer XB270HU 27" 1440/144P IPS Monitor on the way. Once I get it and have used it for a while I'll add an update here.

Should I go for a 3-Way EVGA Titan X Hybrid SLI? Hmm :-)


Update 12-09-2015

Corsair 900D!! Finally found a 900D for a "decent" price and decided to jump on it. This will allow plenty of HDD space that is sorely needed, as well as opens up space for one more Titan X Hybrid (not purchased yet). I had originally planned to build a second PC to use as a file server, but this 900D has enough HDD bays that I will not need to build a second unit now.

There are some drawbacks that I have noticed already (just transferred all hardware an hour ago). First off this thing is heavy, but you all know that already. It isn't nearly as large as some reviewers made it seem though. With all hardware installed, this rig is right at 62lb, wow! Second drawback compared to the 750D, is I'm already noticing higher GPU temps. CPU seems to stay about the same, with its radiator is back up top now. GPU radiators have been relocated to the "basement", if you will. They are down by the PSU now, and the exhaust/intake airflow seems a lot more restricted in this case. As far as the GPUs are concerned though, I'm seeing 55-56 degrees now, when I used to see 51-52, so not a huge issue and still massively cooler than any air cooled Titan X in similar conditions (these temps are under load). The 900D does seem to have a bit better sound insulation. It seems slightly quieter than the 750D with the fans going. I'll get pics up asap. Though I feel like doing some gaming first ;-)

Acer XB270HU - So far.. FANTASTIC!!! But ok I have some issues... Though I believe these are issues with NVIDIA and their drivers, or something, blah. Here is my original plan: One to Three 27"-34" 1440p monitors in surround, with a 65" 4k Television in the background. I'm sure now that this won't work. Using just the Acer monitor, I can enable SLI and G-Sync and maintain 144Hz. As soon as I try to add a second monitor, all hell breaks loose. The only way I have been able to get multiple monitors to work is by disabling SLI and G-Sync, and running everything in 60Hz... This is a HUGE disappointment, as I have gotten used to multiple monitors. Anyone have any tips? I need to maintain SLI, G-Sync, and 144Hz on my main monitor, but would like to run other monitors as well, though at a reduced 60Hz. Is this possible? Thanks!

Quick Video: https://youtu.be/pqYo8AEtgvk

-uswg01

Part Reviews

Storage

Purchased and installed two of these at the same time. One drive failed within an hour with less than 400GB transferred. Clicking, delayed boot, failed WD diagnostics test... That's why four stars instead of five. WD replaced the failed drive immediately and without question, awesome warranty and customer service experience saved the day. I'll buy more in the future as needed, based mostly on the warranty and service.

Some of my experiences: I use these as storage drives for 4K video files and as a storage drive for Steam games that take up a lot of space, that I don't play very often. My main games and video editing software remains on my SSD. CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 showing 229.5 MB/s Read and 245.9 MB/s Write speeds. Around 5.5TB usable space. No noticeable noise from the drives, even when running CrystalDiskMark benchmarks.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy dominoes! you know, if you dont have a budget, how about you build me one and sent that to me? lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the Ripjaws V

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have anything to really reference the Ripjaws V to. All I can say is I have had zero issues with the RAM. It has run flawless from day one in XMP1 through BIOS.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok Thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you post a pic with the updated sli build please?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics #9 & #10 show the latest build state (SLI Titan X Hybrids). Sorry it took so long to get them uploaded. I had (what I thought) some issues with RAM but turns out to be NOOB error. I wanted everything working 100% before I uploaded any more pictures.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Your case setup is almost exactly what I'm planning on doing for my first build (except 980ti hybrid instead of titans - i do have a budget lol) and i was wondering if you're happy with the temps and sounds of all of the fans? Any problems with your radiator at the front of the case? Sorry for so many questions :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

The temps are incredible with the hybrid setup. Pushing it as hard as I can in benchmarks I haven't yet seen GPU temps over 60C. And that is really as hard as I can push them, even slightly overclocked. Gaming they rarely break 50C. This is incredible to me since some of the air cooled Titan X reviews I watched easily saw 80C+.

With all of the factory fans, the computer was a bit quieter than it is now. I changed the CPU radiator fans and two intake/exhaust fans out for Noctua NF-A14s and they are quite loud when run up to full speed, actually very loud hehe. One drawback with the Noctuas is I can run them at a lowest speed of around 40%, so even at idle the computer stays a bit noisy. If I try to set them lower, they stop spinning haha. With the stock fans that came with the case and the CPU radiator I'm sure you could turn them down a bit more when you don't need full cooling to save some noise. I had no temperature issues with the CPU using the stock fans that came with the radiator, I just wanted to try something different. The Noctuas only saved a few degrees C in a full bore CPU test, so I wouldn't suggest the stock ones need to be replaced.

I haven't noticed any advantage or disadvantage with the radiator mounted up front vs being at the top of the case. At the time I'm writing this, I have the CPU clocked at 4.4GHz, and it can pass a very strenuous Intel Burn Test with stable temperatures under 75C. It was about the only place to put it once I got the second Hybrid card. The radiators from the GPUs wont reach the front of the case, so I needed to position them towards the rear, which meant moving the CPU radiator. I "think" I can get another Titan X Hybrid in here, and put that radiator in place of the rear exhaust fan. That would pretty much fill out the case though.

So far I'm very happy with my setup. I don't think the 980ti gets as hot under load as the Titan X, so you should have very reasonable temps if you choose the Hybrid 980TI. In fact that is a much more practical build than two Titans, and probably what I should have done! Good luck!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How much better is the airflow in this case compared to when you had the 750D?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU temps are pretty much identical, though the GPU temps have increased. I relocated the GPU radiators to the "basement" area of this 900D, and the exhaust flow is heavily restricted down there (with my current setup). If I'm running a benchmark, or going to be gaming for an extended period I will pop open the lower door on the GPU exhaust side to give it better flow. With the lower door closed I see about a 10 degree C increase in temps over a long gaming session, though still in the 60 degree C range. Over all though, there are a LOT more options for fans and airflow management with the 900 over the 700. I am thinking of some more fans in the basement area to help with GPU cooling. I have seen some pretty amazing setups.