Hey guys! This is the latest build my friend/assistant and i did for a client, and all I can say is "daaayum" lol. The pics aren't the best cuz i didn't really focus on them, instead i took lots of footage and edited it down to a 3 minute video so if that's something you're interested in then check it out @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnKyCUxd2Vc i just made the channel 2 weeks ago so new subscribers are welcome too!
Before you scream cable management, just note that this specific case was severely limited when it comes to custom watercooling. Like so limited i had to mount the reservoir on the rear 120/140mm fan slot due to crossflow 120mm radiator not being able to fit there due to clearance issues. Also, i couldn't screw in the bottom 240 mm radiator because the power supply was too large. Like you can literally see the power supply right up against the honeycomb mounting spot for the bottom rad. Reallly crammed. Either way the system turned out great and the owner was absolutely estatic with the result :) the owner was there during the entire build process anyways, that's why people like my service. It's not like i built it like this then presented it to him LOL. Once he get's the 750D or Enthoo Luxe and we go do the hard tubing i'll actually be able to do better cable management!
In terms of part selection, it was pretty much buy the best of each component you could. And well if you can afford it then why not? He's a hardcore gamer and wanted a system that could chew frames while running cool, quiet, and looking sexy at the same time. Solution? Custom loop w/ LED's and a nice custom motherboard armor paint job. He's actually using the components to their full extent which is crucial when working with systems of THIS caliber. Lots of flexibility and customization the true enthusiast can take advantage of.
Overall the build went well, only consistent issue was the compression fittings giving a hard time haha. As i said, the 120mm Crossflow radiator couldnt be isntalled in the rear 120/140mm fan mount due to clearance issues, so i came up with a creative idea to take advantage of Cooler Master's implementation of their modular drive cages. I removed the fans and changed the orientation so i could house the drives and install the radiator in a place that it can be included in the loop without causing any trouble. If i didn't own the same case myself i wouldn't have known i could do that though haha.
Can't really think of any other problems during the build process. We weren't able to put back on the original backplate as the Heatkiller IV Waterblocks prevented the screws from catching threads. We ran outta almonds halfway through the build process so that was a bummer.
LOL anyhow, we Used prime95 and maxed out Unigine Heaven for stress testing and becnhmarking.
The cpu is overclocked to 4.5 ghz at 1.225 volts, the hottest core was at 75C with an average of 65-70C across all cores. Gpu's power target is at 110%, hottest gpu is 42C with an average between 38-41 degrees celsius. 1445mhz clock stable on valley ran 5 times and furmark, along with shadow of mordor and other game benchmarks. Valley started crashing at 1450+ , though ctual games dont crash til 1470+ but it's sitting at 1445 cuz that's still a great OC for a 980ti in general.
I'll be posting all client builds from now on as this New year starts off. Gonna have to get a camera that's good for pictures and not just video though LOL
If you're in Toronto/GTA and would like to inquire about my computer building/modding services feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Powerful processor but fairly power hungry for the clocks it produces lol. Not a big deal though. Chewed through prime95 while staying cool and is a monster at multitasking.
Sturdy high end motherboard, definitely worth it if you're looking for something that'll last just as long as the processor. Also the armor can be removed and painted to better suit your theme! Crazy amount of fan headers, and great overclocker.
Stable at XMP 2400 and 2667Mhz, great if you're looking for subtle ram that can still reach higher speeds!
sooo fast, though it didnt show up when i first booted the pc. it already had windows and programs installed, i changed the port i plugged it into and it was recognized and booted just fine though. Could be a faulty port as i couldnt detect it in the bios after plugging it back in and rebooting. Though no way to truly know unless i plug a different sata device in the same port. But yeah it's still blazing fast. Doing a RAID with these would be pretty nice.
Great drive with no compatibility or boot issues. Price/Gb ratio isn't as appealing as a Seagate Barracuda's but you do get the reliability with this drive over others.
I actually wanna give this card 10 stars. Like. It's looks great with it's stock cooler, and runs really cool with it, but for the enthusiast its even better! Being reference design it's compatbile with a lot of nice waterblocks and the screws weren't torx, they where PHILIPS! THANK YOU ZOTAC. One thing they gotta do though is increase the thread side of their backplate to improve compatability with waterblocks though. But yeah these cards are fricken monsters.
I actually didn't like working with this PSU too much. They shoulda added SATA/PATA/PERI labelling on the psu itself like the evga NEX series do. And the cables should be labelled the same rather than type whatever. Like it should be standard, especially from something this "high end." Plus it's MASSIVE, took up room at the bottom so the 240mm rad couldnt be mounted its just there chilling. of course its not gonna be move but yeah, size matters. lol. In terms of the PSU quality and the supply itself, its great though. and its not like its incompatible with everything, just do your research before picking one up.
Absolutely Gorgeous display! Ran Unigine benchmarks and the g-sync really got its chance to flex its muscles. Also a great monitor for video editing, I could see myself wall mounting one of these and using it as a secondary monitor so i can have my video timeline all spread out. just nice to have a lot of pixels to work with.