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Update (version 2.5): Finally got rid of the 900D and replaced it with a Phanteks Evolv X for that compact feel. The biggest changes includes the ability to put it on my desk instead of using multiple IKEA boxes as a stand. The EKWB Supremacy had a crack in it, not sure where it came from but I also replaced it with a newer EKWB Velocity D-RGB - used the D-RGB plug to the available D-RGB header from the case to mimic the effects on the case to the waterblock itself. Was unexpected but turned out very nice. I also added the Evo 850 500GB SSD back for more space and doubled the memory (since it's cheaper nowadays, we'll see how long that lasts) to 64GB of DDR4 3000 Corsair Dominator Platinum DIMM's, and recently purchased the Cablemod heatsink mod to black to match current 32GB modules. I don't feel that there's any need for a GPU upgrade at this time, though Borderlands 3 at ultra settings using 3440x1440 was pretty taxing on my 1080 Ti. Perhaps in the future. Also in the works is a possible Samsung Evo 970 2TB M.2 upgrade to be my primary boot drive as well as a possible soundcard to reduce the noise levels from the onboard sound. Haven't really had much issues, plus I don't really have my music that loud so it might not be an upgrade until I really need it.

Update: Took the last 500gb out for a 1TB drive, up to 3x 1TB SSD's now. Hopefully that will hold me over as I have no more space to cleanly install more SSD's. Thinking of maybe downgrading the case from a 900D to an Evolv X - perhaps. The only other change is that I added a Dell swiveling monitor stand for the AW3418DW as the original monitor stand took up too much of the real estate on my already-narrow desktop.

Update: I ended up taking one of the 500gb 850 Evo to fit the additional 1TB version. I've also switched out the PG279Q for the Dell AW3418DW for some more real estate for video editing while sacrificing the refresh rate from 165 to 120, but tbh it didn't make much of a difference. I've also sold my Strix 1070 OC's for a single Strix 1080 Ti OC. :)

Original Post: This is the on-going upgrade project from my original Black Widow 2.0 build; the only changes are switching the i7-6850k/X99 Strix to the monster chip/board i9-7960x/x299-XE Strix, and the ROG HB RGB SLI Bridge. The new processor and mobo supports x16/x16/x8 when the 3 x16 slots are being utilized - not that it makes a huge difference over the x8/x8/x8 but it makes me happy. :D

The rest of the PC remains the same, though I tried my hardest to clean up the cables in the back - without much success lol.

I get this question pretty frequently - I'm just waiting on the next generation Nvidia card to finally get away from the SLI setup. There's a lot of negative connotation when speaking of SLI, but to be completely honest with, I really enjoyed having these cards. I did buy a Strix 1080Ti but went through about 3 of them before I decided to go back to the SLI setup due to crazy coil whine. I also thought about going with the Poseidon to just add to my EK loop, but ultimately decided to save the money. The SLI 1070 Strix OC setup uses very little power and outperformed the 1080Ti in most cases by a small margin when SLI was supported. The only downside (in my opinion) to SLI is that the NVM-e Intel card had to be at the bottom slot which blocks off a USB 3.0 header~

I'm planning on just a couple more things down the road:

  1. Upgrade the 1070 SLI setup to next-gen Nvidia single card
  2. Add that card to the water loop
  3. Possibly upgrade the Intel 750 NVM-e to a 1TB 960 M.2
  4. Add more SATA SSD's (I've already purchased another 1TB but trying to find a solution to add it)
  5. Looking for a different case - maybe something a bit smaller (love the 900D but it's just too big)

Thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions!

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

What a monster.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

It weighs just as much too.

I thought I was gonna pop something picking this beast up. lol

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet rig

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

but can it run Crysis

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt it. Nothing can run Crysis.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! It gives me some inspiration to upgrade my x99-6850k to something better in a couple years and keep everything else!

How are your Temps looking like with the current setup?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same cpu before this upgrade too! I really loved the 6850k but with the adoption of 16 cores I had to upgrade as I render video for my youtube channel! :)

The 6850k's temps were like in the 24-26C range but this one is around 27-30C; this thing cooks under load though. Like thank-goodness-I-have-a-big-water-loop temperatures.

Honestly though, unless you're rendering video or doing a lot of computing in general you probably won't have to upgrade (unless you want to of course :D) for a while. I used my i7-970 for a looooooooong time; like 7 years long and it's still running like a champ!

If you do upgrade be sure to let me know - I want to see it! :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

As per your stinky and catchy title this indeed one ginormous and expensive turd man :) lol's very nice !

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

super turd it is :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build and set up (I have nanoleafs too). How are the temps on your vrm. I have a 7820x on the same MB and went full monoblock. But I delidded without realizing that delidding and monoblocks are a bad idea. I was thinking of switching up to a cpu block and then leaving vrms air. Wanted to know how this holds up?