There's also Threadripper patches that just came out that fixes other passthrough issues:
You may want to put the VEGA 64 AIO on the exhaust port on the rear panel, cause you need as much intake as you can in the front for your HDDs and for positive pressure going in.
Also, check out Looking Glass... It allows you to dump a framebuffer from your Windows VM to your host OS:
Truth is, only the controller needs a hefty heatsink. The flash chips themselves like to run hot, but cooling them down too much is actually a determent to performance.
Easy way to make sure of this is to only use the thermal pad on the controller portion of the NVMe.
I WAS referring to PUBG.
I did not question your ability to play other games at ultra settings.
This is some god-like cable routing skills. That's worthy of a feature alone.
That's more taxing on the memory actually. 8GB won't run ultra settings.
Good dumpster diver build. As long as you don't push the CPU too far it will be good for light use.
PUBG eats 12GB of RAM for Chicken Dinner. If you were gonna play any PUBG, 16GB is required.
That actually is a sensible vertical mount since you're giving your GPU enough room to breathe. You won't have thermal performance loss cause you gave enough distance between the side panel and the GPU.
You got a really bad deal on that 1070 Ti. You just about paid double what it is supposed to cost.
8GB of RAM will not run PUBG. You need 16GB of RAM for PUBG to run optimally. 12GB isn't even enough if you want to run streaming in the background.
The nameplate on the Enermax is reversible even if it's already installed. Just undo the 4 screws holding the nameplate in and just flip it rightside up.
Also, This case isn't really the best when it comes to airflow. You could look into getting Modmymods airflow panels for this case to improve your temperatures: https://modmymods.com/custom-services/phanteks-case-mods.html
I'm guessing with the size of the air cooler, the GPU couldn't be put in the primary X16 slot?
Go with Primochill Vue after flushing it out and priming it for just over 24hrs. Flushing the loop should not be rushed.
As a person from the Linux side of things, I have to ask one thing of Unity devs:
If you use a plugin, make sure it's Linux compatible. Lots of plugin devs and indie devs have ignored Linux and it's causing a lot of them to resort to trying to get Unity to run in DX11 in Wine... (and that's not fun right now)
With the Vive Pro coming out soon, that will probably need the extra GPU horsepower you have in this system due to it's higher resolution per eye.
UnRAID is basically Linux. Save your money and do it yourself with Linux and QEMU/KVM. UnRAID is QEMU/KVM with proprietary patches and customer support.
I can completely understand your decision to go with a 1050 Ti for energy efficiency, but a stock 1060 6GB is pretty energy efficient too, especially at idle. Seems the MSI Twin Frozr fans would fit those fan openings pretty well.
KDE or Cinnamon? Can't really tell from this distance...
I believe KDE has initial support for Wayland and won't be scrapping desktop icons like GNOME did. Wayland is the way forward, and unfortunately Nvidia dropped the ball on that.
If you could find a ITX compatible RX 570 or RX 580, that would be a better way forward. Either that or wait for Vega 28 or Vega 32 or whatever the mainstream VEGA cards are.
Let me tell you, when Linux 4.15 hits (it's out now) and Xen and KVM get up to speed, you can ditch Windows and use Linux full time to run our VMs from that.
Or heck, scrap Windows and Linux altogether as your hypervisor and containerize all your OSes with ESXi.
Someone here must watch Hardware Canucks. It's Fred's brother, Fernsworth!
But seriously, very nice sleeving on the system.
You are also really lucky to get a 1070 for the price you got it for.
Thank goodness you got that 1070 at the time that you did. Planning a similar build in a Define Mini C with a 1500X and a 1070 (IF I CAN FIND ONE) or a used 980 Ti (because 1070s are 3x their usual price. It's that bad.)
Just make sure to not apply the Meltdown patches. 1st Gen i7 loses about 6 points single threaded after Meltdown patches are applied, and this was overclocked too to 4Ghz.
You got EXTREMELY LUCKY to get that 1070 Ti for $450.
Only thing with no panels is you have to worry about dust filtration. May be worth it to invest in Silverstone ultra fine mesh filters.
Was gonna ask this too cause this card is actually discontinued by ASUS. It's a shame cause it's ASUS' only 2.5 slot GTX 1080 offering.
Very nice use of sleeved extensions to hide the ketchup and mustard.
Was there a free RGB header for the lighting on the cooler itself?
Even though the pictures aren't here yet, the 480 and a 1500x is quite balanced for a budget build. And I'm glad you moved off of the G3258 because of Meltdown.
Move off of that PSU. NOW.
A Corsair 2017 budget PSU will do miles better than that Raidmax.
If you do find a ASRock mATX X79 board though, definitely go for it, cause it will allow you to OC your Xeon.
You could try to push for 4.2Ghz cause this Xeon has an unlocked multiplier. Especially if this is under water. Just be VERY CAREFUL with the System Agent voltage. Anything above 1.05V System Agent is the danger zone. Anything above 1.2V VTT is danger too.
If the BIOS has extremely limited options though... you're out of luck there. You may be better going with a Asrock X79 Extreme4-M in that case.
Double check your warranty in that case. If it was sealed, you're good. If it was opened, definitely double check your warranty.
Looks pretty optimal layout wise to me.
Only thing I might add is to consider 2 slim 120mm intake fans (1 on the right fan spot where the 240 rad bracket would go, and one beneath the GPU) to add positive pressure where needed, and reverting to your original config on the Cryorig cooler with the dampeners on the additional fan to the rear exhaust fan spot. Sometimes you can take care of the vibration by taking out the magnet on Cryorig fans. It's removable underneath the exhaust side sticker.
Not a fan of the Cryorig fans cause they're basically sleeve bearing with a removable magnet under the sticker. If you're doing top facing exhaust, peel off the fan sticker on the exhaust side and remove the magnet. It will reduce rattling sounds. Side intake or exhaust works with the magnet though.
Gamers Nexus called it Pasteripper.
You are extremely lucky to get a STRIX 1070 for a decent price right now. A 980Ti on the used market is cheaper than a 1070 new right now.
Some people "claim" to have flushed the loop properly with the preparation fluid and still encountered gunk. YMMV is all I'm going to say.
I think the E5-1660 clocks higher cause Ivy Bridge had a OC headroom regression for little IPC gain. The only reason to use a E5-1660 V2 is PCI-E 3.0. E5-1660 doesn't have PCI-E 3.0.
Cleanest loop I've ever seen. Now if only you could bend glass tubing to make it shinier and cleaner.
This is the definition of true dumpster diving. ;) Don't load Windows on that, use Linux. You'll get much better mileage out of the Athlon with Linux.
Open faced GPU heatsinks tend to dump a ton of heat into the case. I'd probably adjust the fan curve on the STRIX to be above 31% always so all fans spin at all times. Anything above 60% will get quite noisy.
Very similar Mobos we have for our builds. If you could get a Xeon E5-1660 with that mobo, you could basically get a 3960x with overclocking capability. (though you can't push the memory frequency as far, but if you stick to DDR3-1600, you won't have problems)
You are also very fortunate to have a 1070 right now in the midst of a cryptocurrency wave snapping up all the 1070s in existence.
ITX TR4 is but a pipe dream. ASRock already had enough issues gettting TR4 working in a mATX form factor.
"Did I tell you guys you have to boot it?" -Fractal Josh 2017
WAY CHEAPER right now... OCing gets it to 1070 performance. It's practically the only option right now for a cheap card with similar performance cause of another wave of cryptocurrency mining.
Don't watch what Bitwit did to this case on a boat. He "made" EATX work in the Meshify C with consequences.
Thankfully the Define R6 finally supports EATX again.
Ironically, the message to say "Your processor is unsupported" uses the same codebase as "Get Windows 10." They can easily make the close button "consent" to upgrade to 10 again if they wanted to cause it's the same code.
I was highly tempted to add a Pickle Rick sticker to cover up some scratches in the acrylic. Alas, I want to keep the outside of the case pristine...
If I really wanted to theme this off of Rick and Morty, I'd put that sticker on the radiator. I'm broke after building this though...
I plan on using Linux QEMU KVM.
I'm still figuring out if the build video for this will be independently released or released elsewhere...
I use Dynamic Super Resolution with the Nvidia driver to render games at 4K. With the 2 GPU setup, it is also possible to use NVENC on the 2nd GPU with OBS with almost no encoder overload.
Everyday use and trying to learn overclocking on a readily available chip available on the used market. Because I went through 4 CPUs learning the ins and outs of the architecture, I learned all there is to know about OCing these Sandy Bridge-E chips.
There's only a couple of ways to make this build better... Glass, PrimoChill Vue, and a CPU monoblock...
Since the hard tubing isn't bent, glass might make more sense for tubing cause of the shine it produces.
In the very least, if you can't do glass, do PrimoChill Vue and the CPU monoblock. There's gotta be a monoblock for this mobo.