Description

Decided to upgrade from my previous build, seen here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/PkYJ7P

I believe practicality and beauty go hand in hand. Just too many companies out there manufacturing stripped down cases, and other key components in favor of appearance and minimalism. I set out to build a rig with an abundance of features and give it some cosmetic justice in the process.

Few interesting features:

  • Have 2x USB 3.1 ports on PCI card, onboard thunderbolt & PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2 (32Gb/s) support

  • Onboard 802.11ac( AC1300) Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0

  • ASUS OC Panel - Direct CPU Overclock utility & PWM LCD Touch screen fan controller

  • Everything is linked together with Corsair link, via AX760i PSU. (For those of you who are unaware of what it is, it detects almost every component in your build, showcasing power usage & temps).

  • I have remote controlled lighting installed, this time directly to PSU.

  • Multi SD card slot, additional 5 usb 3.0 port PCI card & Bluray reader/writer

  • Custom designed braided cables

Update 08/06/2015: A few weeks ago I had installed another 2 fans on my kraken x61 for a push/pull config. I had them laying around so I said why not :).

Cooling results:

CPU is idle around 24-28C (depending on ambient. Usually my room ambiet is quite hot.) GPU idle is around 22-25C, and max load for single monitor is 43C and 46C for surround. (Tested with max settings on GTA V single monitor, got 60-61fps. Surround, I dumbed down the settings very little and obtained 48-50fps with surround.)

I'm happy with the results ;)

Please leave suggestions/questions below.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

How do you like your motherboard? I want to get the Asus Maximus VI Extreme and it comes with the tuner as well, but did yours come with a Wi-Fi antenna ( like a magnet sorta thing)?

I also thought you got your CPU for 220.00 and almost chocked on my breakfast. I grabbed my wallet so quick and then realized that you must have gotten it cheaper.... lol

BigBird

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Motherboard is great, and stupid advanced. This is the first time I had to actually go through the manual to get a handle on all the features. As for the WIFI, it comes with the antenna attachment which you screw in on rear IO of motherboard. And yes, CPU was obtained much cheaper than retail :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So, where did you get a 5930k for $220? I think I paid $499 at Microcenter...

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from Intel retail edge :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that work? Do companies get discounts or something?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

A quick Google search makes it seem that you have to work with the company, and have to be a certain "rank" in order to get those types of deals. This doesn't just include CPU's, but also Intel's SSDs apparently as well

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Can you show us Pictures of your LED kits, - how did you attach, how easy was it to set up? +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 4 points

If you follow the link and see the brick,

  1. I took it apart

  2. wrapped it in electrical tape

  3. connected it to PSU, and stuffed it under my PSU cables, out of sight

  4. mounted my IR sensor in front of PSU

  5. wrapped the LED strip around my case.

The hardest part about this was to find out how to power it since the kit link I provided makes you plug it into the wall by default. I found an adapter using this lighting kit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QAX8YPY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 which allowed me to hook it up directly to psu via molex connection. You could just get the one I just listed, however the LED cables are much much smaller than the LED kit I'm actually using which is listed in the part list above.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

do you plan to get another 980Ti for sli?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Won't need to.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

oh ok i just thought maybe you had that in mind cause the 5930k's 40 PCIE lanes. Great build though dude :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

also would you recommend that top dust filter you got for the case?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build, looks amazing. Wouldn't pick a white case with black/red internals, but damn its sexy. Also, I didn't see the 3 SSDs on your diagram of parts, but they are in your partlist. They mounted on the back of the motherboard, or did you not end up getting them?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I was tired of choosing black cases. All builds I have done have been the same color. This is why I chose the white 760T. I believe it gives it a unique appearance with the black/red internals.

As for the 3 SSDs, if you go through my pictures, you can actually see them mounted right next to the front rad which is cooling the GPU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

u can see them in pic 5 (well the sata cables). behind the front rad.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, wow surprised I didn't notice them. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

The only thing I'll say critically about this build is that for the price of the enclosed loop coolers and mounting bracket you were probably halfway to funding a custom water loop already. I would just went the whole nine yards! Nice build though!

Looks like you might have some audiophile leanings, how's that DAC working out for you? Do you have an amp for it?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

To do a proper custom water loop, it would have been literally 2.5-3x more expensive then what I spent to cool my GPU right now. After getting some experience with custom loops, its just not worth it in my opinion. Just the replacing/upgrade factor is a huge turn off.

Would like to mention I didn't buy all this stuff at same time, I had several of these components already ;) So reusing from previous few builds.

As for the audio equipment, my uDAC-2 is both a headphone amp & usb dac. I don't have a single amp unit or anything. This functions quite well for my needs.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get the 5930k for that price, and why did you go with the 5930k over the 5820k?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the 5930k because I was able to obtain it for a great price. It was obtained from my friend who works with intel retail edge.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Great parrts, great build

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Why 980 ti for 1080p?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

It's justified especially if they're using it for surround.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

You mean, 1080p x 3 ;) I will be playing in surround mostly.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Aight, aight. Not how I would spend my money, but to each his own.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you elaborate on how you would spend your money? :P

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had the money to spare for 3 1080p monitors and a 980 ti, I would prolly wait a year and get one 4k monitor instead of 3 1080p as well as an Oculus Rift. But to each his own.

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

Except problem with 4k is that there is literally almost no media, and not all programs and websites have the ability to utilize that resolution. 4k has a long way to go. It's more of a gimmick than anything else right now, not to mention even 980 TI can't even push 60fps 4k on many games. But yeah each to his/her own ;P

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like that diagram in the second picture. It looks very nice, and I get a solid explanation of where everything is. Nice cable management, and solid build overall. But how did you get those SSD's for TWENTY-NINE DOLLARS? Are they cheap and crappy, or just an amazing steal?

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, glad you liked it. As for the SSD's, they were available to purchase for an extremely appealing price point so I pulled the trigger. They are definately not the greatest SSD's in the world, but hell, in raid, they offer great performance for incredibly cheap price. And as we all know, SSD's are crazy reliable, even the slower/cheaper models. I would also like to point out that I will not be storing anything important on the SSD's in raid. :P

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

They're decent SSD's — probably a sale

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have heatsinks on the VRMs on the graphics card? Not sure if overheating is a problem with your card, but I've heard of VRMs overheating on reviews on the G10...

Also, how did you get a 2TB drive for $15?

In conclusion, a very nice build!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. This particular EVGA card came with a heatsink plate or whatever & a backplate. I just took off the backplate, kept using the regular VRM heatplate, bought 25mmx25mmx1.6mm copper shim, and mounted it. I bought a better fan, which I connected directly to GPU with cable adapter. So it runs full blast cooling the heatplate.

Now I get 26-28C idle, and 42C max load (single monitor) and 46C (surround).

Now keep in mind, there was a lot of trial and error. Initially I didn't know I could use my heatplate, so I had gotten the heatsinks, and the pads but they never stuck on properly. When I realized my mistake, It was much more simple. I feel bad for anyone who doesn't have that heat plate. Just takes more time.

When I got those drives, I was a retail employee so I used coupons and such.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Very clever and resourceful!

I think I need to get a job somewhere I get discounts on computer parts... I would love to get a $15 2TB HDD... LOL.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

That's it. I will never dream of designing a PC build equal to or better than this. This is a godly rig I would do immoral things for.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thank you very much.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting to see a very negative air pressure build, any reason?

I would have thought positive air pressure would be better given that the vRAM still needs air cooling on that G10.

Nice build +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. This was what was recommended to me and seems to be decent. Currently getting near ambient 21-22C on CPU and decent temps with GPU. I can always try switching the fans and seeing if that makes a difference though.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Postive airflow is better, in all cases (pun intended). The air flow won't be as good and the internals are now a dust magnet

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that gpu perform?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a shame you didn't do a custom water cooling loop, It would have looked so much nicer and given you such a better result. :b

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I get 26-28C idle, and 46C max (tri screen surround, and 43 without). Looks decent, fraction of the cost, and pretty much same results ;)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty good stats. :b

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy those cables?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build and hey where did you get that picture for the set up? did you use some software to design your pc layout?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I designed it in photoshop.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What program did u use for the fan setup

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Fan setup? You mean the diagram? If so, I made that myself.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay what program did u use if used any

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Photoshop

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank u awesome build btw

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a silly question, but how did you add a video card cooler?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This particular EVGA card came with a heatsink plate & a backplate. I just took off the backplate, kept using the regular VRM heatplate, bought 25mmx25mmx1.6mm copper shim, and mounted it on the NZXT bracket. I bought a better fan, which I connected directly to GPU with cable adapter. So it runs full blast cooling the heatplate.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Thanks! Lol I didnt mean to make a joke there.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the light on the deepcool captain be set to solid? every review i have seen says it breathes and im personally not a fan of that effect, but i love the aesthetics of this thing.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you can try and turn the LED off entirely, but to my knowledge, I don't think its possible to change it to solid light.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks, i will never understand why companies do that. My asus gpu has to be blinking or off and it was an expensive 980 ti like if im spending that kind of money shouldnt i be able to choose my own lighting...

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Reason? As you mentioned, the price ;)

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! As for the sleeved cables, they are actually not by CableMod :P

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  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably because he got it cheaper than a 4690k?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I got it because of the price I was able to get it at.