Description

About ARK:

Project-ARK is my main computer, my dream project that I used to dream of owning! Back in 2004 I remember flipping through PC magazines seeing ridiculous builds and I've always wanted to put one together. This project made that dream come true. I actually started this PC back in November 2013 when Ivy-Bridge-E came out, and finished it off with the 970s this past November.

3DMark 11 FireStrike: 19298 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3770974

-- Part Selection:

CPU:

Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core

The i7-4930K was the perfect processor for ARK. I do lots of gaming, video editing, photography, and occasionally mess with 3D models. I work with some encrypted files too. I do tons of multi-tasking, so this processor couldn't be anymore perfect. It's an upgrade from the i7-920 that I was previously using. With it being an Intel CPU, I expect this processor to last me quite some time.


CPU Cooler:

Prolimatech Megahalems Gelid Solutions FN-FW12BPL-18 75.6 CFM 120mm

I got the Prolimatech Megahalems as a gift! It is seriously the best looking air cooler on the market IMO. It does an excellent job of keeping the 4930K nice and cool. I have two GELID Wing Fans on it in push-pull, very quiet fans. The only issue I have is with push-pull there is an audible whistling sound at higher RPMs. I'm used to it now but it was bothersome at first.

Motherboard:

Asus P9X79 PRO ATX LGA2011

I picked this board because it not only looks great, but it's higher end without breaking the budget with the ROG line. It has all the knick knacks for overclocking, and lots of features to help stabilize overclocking. My disappointment with this board comes from the crappy Marvell controllers. My operating system had randomly stopped working every now and then until I switched to the Intel controllers. The spacing of the PCi-E slots was also perfect for SLI. I wish it had the ability to carry a TPM module though.

Memory:

Corsair Vengeance 24GB (6 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

I know, I know. My motherboard has quad-channel capability on the RAM, but is it really necessary? I got this kit because the two GELID fans block the RAM slots closest to the CPU. 24GB is perfect for After Effects and Photoshop. Those programs can get very RAM hungry on larger-scale projects. I've actually run out a few times stitching panoramas together :(

Storage:

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" SSD

Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM

I wanted a 1TB SSD for all the games and software that I run. It makes everything snappier now, not just the OS. Both games and programs alike boot up much quicker.

I used to have a bunch of hard drives but I wanted to cut down on the SATA power/data cables. It was getting ridiculous, so I consolidated everything into one 3TB HDD. I know, it's a bad idea to keep all your eggs in one basket but I regularly backup this drive to the other hard drives that are now serving as backups.

Video Card:

2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0

The horsepower the two 970s bring is incredible. Absolutely none of my games can make these cards break a sweat. I game on 1080p so this is way overkill, but the overhead is nice for the games that support it. The CUDA core acceleration on my video editing/photo programs is also very nice. Not only are they fast, but they are fairly quiet and efficient.

Case:

Silverstone RV02B-EW-USB3.0 (Black) ATX Full Tower

What a beautiful tower! I have gone through so many cases. Rosewill TU-155, Sunbeam Transformer, NZXT M59, NZXT Phantom, and now this. This case has been the home for Project-ARK since 2012. I absolutely love this case. The design is subtle, yet sharp. The inverted design is magnificent. It makes accessing peripherals much easier than traditional cases. The inversion also allows for principle of heat rising to work - heat exhaust at the top, while pulling in cold air from the bottom. The concept of positive pressure with the 3 x 180MM on fans works, and it works well - I hardly have to dust this computer. I really love this case. It has been a joy to work with and I plan on keeping it for a very long time. Solid construction too!

Power Supply:

Corsair 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX

Thinking about it now, 1000W was probably a little overkill. Better safe than sorry though right? I love the new HX line! Zero RPM fan mode is fantastic. It reduces noise and dust with this design. I can monitor the PSU draw, load, fan speed, etc with Corsair LINK too. It is rock solid stable and has given an excellent source of clean, stable power. It looks great too!

Operating System:

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit

I've always been a Windows guy, and I jump on the new Windows every time it comes out! 10 has been a treat so far, and is a must-have to take advantage of DX12! It's snappier and quicker than the previous OS' on the SSD too.

If you guys have any questions, let me know! I’ll do my best to answer them. Thanks for visiting my page! Be sure to check out my other builds if you liked this one.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 11 points

It's beautiful...

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

It's gorgeous...

  • 55 months ago
  • 7 points

it's SEX!

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you guys!

  • 56 months ago
  • 8 points

My lord we come here today to see the mother of all blue builds

Infinity+ dude it looks better than anyone else could have done it

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks so much! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 7 points

ohmygod the pics are such nice quality. The blue lighting and subtle coloring theme. HNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehehe thank you :D I like your build too! :O I will probably be using a red/black/white/grey color scheme for this other build I'm doing for someone

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous Build! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet baby jesus

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy sh...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

nice keyboard by the way

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My USB port is dead on it :(

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

does the keyboard have usb ports on it?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Just one, and mine died -_-

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

thanks for the info. is it still a nice keyboard though?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry I thought I responded,

Yeah it's not bad. I miss the original G15 though. Haha

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oooooooh baby.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing, I wish I had the freedom of selecting parts that matched together for my first build. Oh well, here's an upvote!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries, I have been building computers for a decent amount of time (2007?) I still remember my first build. You will get to the point where you can pick and choose your parts for both aesthetics and performance :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 That looks sick. How do you like the GPU(s)? I want one! (Well, 2 but yeah...)

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you! They are amazing, I love the price/performance ratio. It is well worth it and priced very aggressively. I originally was going to go single card again (coming from CFX 6870s) but once I saw how well these cards did, I went ahead and got two. I get 60fps in just about every modern game (at 1080p), with the exception being Crysis 3, and the drop is minimal in that game.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build! I love the color scheme and the pictures are great. How many monitors are you running this on?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!! Just two 1080p's at the moment, will be adding a 140hz 1440p panel here soon.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

ROG Swift?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Something along those lines!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah! I got the Qnix perfect pixel instead for 350$ Didn't want to fork out 800+ for the monitor just yet

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I will check that out, still haven't really looked a whole lot yet. Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey we stalk the same forums good sir. I just got done drooling over your piece of modern art over on buildapc or it might hav been pc gamings sub either way ill say it again. Good god that's beautiful !

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! I posted this on /r/gamingpc :D Thank you! You have some nice builds yourself!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

and here we see morgan freemans birthday gift

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. Where did you get those cables?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I sleeved them myself using LC Teleios Aqua Blue + Black Sleeving in 4MM from Mod Bunker / Lutro0 Customs.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats pretty neat. So pull out each wire one by one? How did you manage getting the pins out, using some small tool?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That's correct, it was a tedious but very rewarding task. The depinning tool I used actually broke on me, so I used staples which made the whole thing a breeze.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this...this is how you take pictures! Effing phenomenal build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw this on Reddit the other day, but I rarely if ever comment there. This is amazing! You did an excellent job with the colors to make sure they didn't overwhelm the other. Bravo sir!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate it! I'm glad my hard work and attention to details is paying off! :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, you have some gorgeous builds yourself! 18 Builds!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm a bit addicted :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I am too! It's an expensive addiction :S

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous!!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I got tears in my eyes. +10

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Another +10 for that dramatic lighting.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks!! Nice choice on the Phantom by the way, I've used that case before. It is an excellent case!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ik.You get the best bang for your buck. Plus that sexyness is real too.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, I was so happy when I saw the 970s color scheme...it was like it was meant to be :O

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Glorious Gloriuos Glorious!!!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

PC Master Race! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my days, that's... Wonderful :0

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You're wonderful ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like promo shots for a big company!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I did send it to Silverstone, now if they'll ever use them, I have no clue. :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything about this build is amazing- the pictures, the near perfection of the cables, and the blue and amazing blue and black color scheme. It is a great representation of a blue build, without being cheesy at all. This seriously is changing my opinion of my build I am doing after Christmas.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thank you so much for your compliments! I really never knew my computer would draw this much attention, really I didn't. There's WC builds with way more custom work and "cleaner" work than mine. I thought mine was just another decent build in the pack.

Please share your build once you are done, I would love to see it! Good luck, and have fun!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build my friend +1.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! You've got a nice looking build yourself :o

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

holy s***, it's like a mix of old school and new school batman haha. too sweet +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn the photos are just simply stunning and a nice build with 970 sli where the perf/money ratio is awesome. Also slow clap to you for waiting a year to complete and I hope your wait was worth it and it's time for you to enjoy the gaming bliss that comes with it

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Can anyone answer something for me? What's better.... SLI 970's or a single 980? I've looked everywhere but everyone gives mixed answers...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

That depends on a few different factors.

SLI 970s will give you generally better performance in games that support SLI, otherwise it'll revert back to one 970. In some cases with SLI you may experience microstuttering, although drivers for SLI are much better today than they have been before.

A single 980 would be less of a headache overall and most will recommend a single high end GPU solution. Plus, less heat and less noise.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang thats nice! How do you like that GPU? I'm thinking of getting that vs MSI vs Gigabyte vs Asus

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Sorry I took a bit to respond to your comment.

They are great GPUs, very powerful. I stand behind EVGA because of their fantastic customer service. I don't know about MSI or Gigabyte, but ASUS's customer service is horrid.

They are truly 1440P cards, I have not had any games except maybe Crysis 3 drop below 60FPS at max settings. It stays cool compared to other cards (maybe 70c max over a few hours of playing) and idles at 35c or even lower. I can easily recommend them if you don't think you'll need the full 4GB, which I'm sure you've been reading about the 3.5GB issue.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of cables did you use mate? Beautiful build :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I sleeved them myself using Lutro0 Custom's Sleeving! Thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

is this thing only aircooled?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

My GOD! This is the most magical pornhub premium link I have ever seen! In Project-ARK we trust. In Project-ARK I masturbate.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

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will this motherboard fit in the case because it says it has a max for atx but i have seen cases that go more than the max so i dont know whether this will fit

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No way, that is a full ATX board. This case will only support mini-ITX. Even the bigger MicroATX version of this case cannot accommodate for this board.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

aright thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, sorry I am an idiot. I thought this comment was on my Project-FROST build which is a mini-ITX build. My mistake.

The Raven RV-02 can accommodate up to 12 x 11 max ATX motherboards

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

aright thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, i've just nicked a few ideas for my upcoming build :)

Could I ask for a link to the black/blue cabling please?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Idc if I'm 2 years late, this build turns me on...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thank you!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm late but how good is that CPU cooler?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I swapped it out with a C7 due to video card clearance issues. They both seem to do the job but I didn't overclock, so I can't give you feedback on that. The C1's fan did seem pretty loud though.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Well then, how's the C7 working for ya? Temps? And did you have fans on the prolimatech?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man. I should probably read which build you're commenting on next time. The C7 was for my FROST build.

I didn't realize you were commenting on my primary build. The Megahalems is great. It stays under 70c with two Gelid Wing fans in a push-pull config OC'd at 4.7GHz.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, thanks man

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How is dust?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Dust hardly builds up in this PC because of the positive air pressure inside the case combined with the filters. I only dust it every 6 months, and even then, dust is barely perceptible.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished my build with this case, if you want to check mine out and give me any tips about it?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a great PC! One question though: what has been your experience with the 180mm fan? I'm getting one for my next build, which is SFF, and I was wondering how loud it is? I've always cared about how loud my computer will be, and for my next build this will be the only fan in it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

It's pretty loud at the higher speed settings, and in my personal experience, reliability seems OK. I did have one fan go bad and needing replaced, but the others have been solid so far.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanks. Good to hear your experience! I reckon I'll go with a quieter fan if I can find one.

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