Description

I've assembled this computer mostly for gaming with max settings at 1080p (or higher depending on the game), 3D modeling, general usage, freaky Japanese games, and eventually I'll get to overclocking. This rig was designed to replace my old cheapo HP box from 8 years ago. This rig is a massive improvement over that old box, it takes about 14 seconds to load windows over 2-3 minutes of my old rig. Thanks to my 2 980 Ti's my games run at a much higher fps and can look much prettier due to the fact I'm not running my games at 640x480 at rock bottom settings. I plan on this rig to last me until those ~magical graphene chips~, or something similar starts coming out at a high-but-reasonable price.

Everything on this rig works beautifully, far better than I expected. I've had no problems with the EVGA board that I bought. It's big enough to fit both of my GPUs, the closed cooling loop, and my drives. I did have trouble connecting my Chassis's USB ports due to how it's on the bottom of my board, it's kinda squished by my PSU. I wish the board wasn't black,  it's hard to see the circuits with a black board. :C

I have my fans set up for positive air pressure, with my 3 front 120mm fans as Intake and my rear 140mm as intake. My exhaust is my 3 radiator cooling fans. The top of my computer is pretty warm, I bet it'll defrost food very well.

Overall this computer is absolutely fantastic! I bet I could run most games at 4k medium settings if I'd overclock my CPU and GPU (which I'll probably do very soon), and if I had a 4k monitor. While it is kinda loud with 7 fans going at medium and high speeds, my headset drowns out the noise unless the GPU fans are going at full speed. I don't plan on upgrading this rig anytime soon.

Part Reviews

CPU

Intel's 6700k is plenty fast. I'd buy the octo or deca-core Skylake if Intel would make them, I'd probably get higher frame rates in ARMA 3, or custom ARMA 2 cities with more cores me thinks. While my processor is idle the temps are usually at 25 degrees Celsius, If I recall correctly it'll hit about 40 degrees Celsius under heavier loads with some good liquid cooling loops. I haven't overclocked the processor yet cause I'm pretty lazy, but 4000 Mhz is still pretty good.

CPU Cooler

After about 7 months of usage it hasn't failed yet, it's a good closed loop cooler for it's price. It keeps my 6700k cool when I play ARMA or any other CPU intensive games. The radiator fits nice on top of my 780T, it was a little dinged up when I got it though. The fans are pretty cheap in my opinion, but they do the job. It's a good closed liquid cooling loop in my opinion.

Thermal Compound

It was very easy to apply. I made a very small line then I smuch my heat sink on top of my processor, it seems to work very good cause my computer is cooled! :D

Since I got 2 1.5g sticks, I plan on using these in future builds.

Motherboard

Like I said in my review, the main gripe I have with this board is how my chassis USB 3.0 ports do not have that much clearance with how my PSU is on the bottom the my chassis and the USB 3.0 ports are on the bottom of the board. I also had problems attaching the supplemental PCI-E power, due to how it's not the bottom of the board smuched between my PSU and the bottom of my board. Even with those minor problems, I think this is a fantastic board, it's big enough to fit both of my GPUs, the closed cooling loop, and my drives.

I wish the board wasn't black, it's hard to see the circuits with a black board. :C

Memory

Pretty looking heat spreader, plenty of RAM. The red fits with the red, white and black theme of my computer. Some of the games that I play are VERY unoptimized. Some of those very unoptimized games run on the Unity Engine, those games are very RAM intensive due to how it dumps and pours all those textures, models, light info, and world info like a waterfall into my ram, and loads it from my ram. I personally could probably use a little more ram, maybe a little higher frequency and lower latency. This RAM does the job very well.

Storage

This SSD load data so fast, it's not funny. I can load large model files very fast, I can load large funky game data in a fraction of a second. It's kinda frustrating how it wound up between my 2 GPUs, those GPUs can get kinda hot. Aside from the heat issue, I'm careful with the SSD. I try not to write data on this frequently, and only write stuff that I'm going to load frequently. It's very expensive for 400 GB (almost 1 USD per GigaByte), but that makes up for the ridiculously fast read time. I think a PCI-E SSD is a great idea, and the Intel 750 does a great job.

Storage

I have my OS on this Drive, it boots windows up at about 14 seconds. It's way faster than my old HDD from my old 8 year old computer. I loads up my Steam games pretty fast, it's not as ridiculous as my PCI-E SSD, but it's much faster than my Toshiba HDD which spins at 7200 rpm.

Storage

14.1591796875 cents per Gigabyte is great bargain in my opinion. The disk doesn't rotate at a ridiculous 10,000 rpm, but 7,200 is still very fast for an HDD in my opinion the drive fits nicely in my 3.5" drive bay. It's pretty hard to use up 5TBs so I partitioned the drive into 5 931 GB parts, I mostly use it for storing videos, images, and backups.

Video Card

This GPU stays very cool when the fans are running at the full 3050 rpm. It also gets kinda loud when running at full speed, however sound is a small price to pay for a GPU that can run high end games and high or even max settings on 1080p. Paying the price twice was a pretty hefty price to pay, but it was worth it in my opinion.

Even though the 1080 Ti will outclass this GPU, it's still a fantastic GPU. I think 2 of these would outperform 1 1080 Ti. I'd upgrade my GPUs once 8k gaming at high or max settings becomes viable.

I am paranoid about these large GPUs bending, or these GPUs bending my board. There are screwed in tightly to my chassis, and are connected by an SLI bridge, so it's hopfully a non issue.

Case

I like my chassis, it's big, and has plenty of airflow. I have some gripes with the 2 USB 2.0 ports in the top of my chassis considering my board has only USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 chassis ports. I needed to get an adapter to make use of my chassis USB 2.0 ports.

There is plenty of room for cable management, but as you can see, my cable management kinda wonky. The glass plate is nice, I can see my computer without having to open my chassis. I do have a problem with the glass plate expanding under heavy loads, it makes noise even when my computer is off due to the temperatures of my room changing.

Power Supply

The PSU is kinda overkill, but It's very high quality. I bet it'll last me through my next computer.

I don't use the ECO switch, I like having decent airflow in my rig and I heard with the low power draw on, it'll only activate when the computer is at about 80 degrees Celsius. If the air inside my computer is at 80 degrees Celsius my board is probably way hotter and dead.

Optical Drive

This Blu-Ray drive can read CDs, and write Blu-Ray discs. It's 100% worth.

Operating System

Windows 10 is Windows, pretty wonky sometimes. It's better than Windows 8 IMO.

Wireless Network Adapter

I like how it fits nicely into my board's PCI-E 4x slot. I got this for when I don't use my Ethernet cable. The external antenna is a nice attachment, but I like having a lower latency with the signal. It does what it's supposed to do.

Case Fan

These fans were kinda pricy, but they don't feel cheap like the stock fans from my chassis. I like them.

Case Fan

Kinda pricey for a 140mm fan, but that's the cost of quality.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 7 points

Good part choices, but the cabling needs an overhaul

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, try using the rubber grommets included in the case there and push-up the cables through them and behind. It will help a lot in asthetics and air flow. Other than that, cool build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

The problem is the rear cables are kinda putting strain on the rear of my chassis. :C

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

That is 100% fine as long as you can get it to close and they shouldn't be crossing over that much to the point where the back won't go on since there is quite a bit of room back there.

  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

**** cable management m8. its like barfing out cables.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

just buy a sleeved cable pack. Trust me, It makes cable management worth it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. Those cables. This is a fantastic build if you clean them up. Use that space behind the mobo!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just beginning and my cable management isn't the best, but this is one of those cases where I think it's so bad that it's probably affecting your rig in one facet or another. Aesthetics are one thing but the airflow is probably cut down at least a little bit by the Great Wall of Cables (TM).

Otherwise great, but yeah...those cables are pretty wretched.

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

Cables in a case this size won't have much an affect surprisingly. Too much space

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't know why you were downvoted mate, because you're right.

Cable management is a beautification thing, not a cooling thing.

  • 38 months ago
  • 4 points

LTT even made a video about cable management in cases and guess what? In the mastercase 5, all the cables on an AX1500i, a t-shirt, tape, snoopy, and a Santa hat didn't drop temps so before anyone else down votes me how about you know what you're talking about

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

I'll upvote both comments to keep you in above 0!

:)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Im hoping and I mean REALLLLLLLLLLY hoping that this was an initial pic and that at some point changes were made. That top HDD cage can be removed since he only has 1 2.5 & 1 3.5 drive that can be placed both in the bottom cage, grommets arent even used, and that PCI-E NVME SSD can get very hot if used for more than just standard storage so this case and all its components NEED airflow and plenty of it so this needs a masssssssive overhaul. But aside from that its very nice, great choice of parts and components. If it were me, Id want almost $6000 worth of PC parts to last as long as possible instead of dying prematurely due to heat.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had any heat issues even with my horrifically bad cable managment. It's fixed now, and partially cleaned. It's very frustrating dealing with dust and repeatly cleaning my computer.

I planned on this rig to last a long time.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive been saying the same thing for 16+ years. Im always changing SOMETHING in at least one of my PCs at almost any given time.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

So, your dust issue is due to..

A) You have one of your exhaust fans, the 140mm you mentioned, set for intake... With no filter whatsoever; it is basically pulling all the dust that falls around it into your case. You should flip that around, allow the hotter air to rise and exit out naturally via that 140mm while the other three focus on moving air through the radiator. Right now, you are relying on fans to not only push air through the fins of the rad but to exhaust air too. That is a lot of work and heat that can be sent elsewhere via that 140mm, that fan should be reducing the effort of your rad fans and reduce the armount of heat from entering the rad as it can.

B) I looked over the case and I did not see an actual dust filter on your case's intakes, that grid is not the same as an actually screen that can catch smaller particles. You may want to look into possible filter solutions for your case. Also, I would try to find a way to move your build off of the floor and onto a table/desk to mitigate the exposure to the amount of dust, dust may float around to some extent but it does experience the effects of gravity and fall towards the floor.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though the 1080 Ti will outclass this GPU, it's still a fantastic GPU. I think 2 of these would outperform 1 1080 Ti. I'd upgrade my GPUs once 8k gaming at high or max settings becomes viable.

Yeah no and that's an idiotic thing to wait for.

Also that CPU Cooler gets no where near custom loop temperatures.

The PSU is pointless as it's not even a 1300W system.

Also you bought 2 980tis for 1080p what kind of idiot plays on 1080p with 980tis

The 980tis are 1440p Cards not 1080p

Pathetic excuse for cable management

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

w8... 1080 max setting w/ 2 980s? Get a 1440p widescreen or a 4k monitor! trust me it's worth it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for having some sense.

[comment deleted]
  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

While you're at it fixing everything else, clean those air filters...

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Air fliters cleaned! I've been occasionally using my air canisters on my computer, but I live in a carpeted apartment, there is dust everywhere no matter how much I vaccume and clean. :C

All I need now is another 8 pin power connector for my processor.

I'm very ashamed of how I handled my cable managnent.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all good man, luckily with PC building, you're never really finished. Something to just plug away at. Just fix it up little by little and before you know it, you'll have a proud build on your hands! Every build has something that can be improved

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, don't go too hard on yourself, after all, it is your first build.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Use the cable routing holes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I would watch some videos on how to cable manage, because its hard to tell the difference between before and after lol

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're brave enough to do it and willing to invest the time necessary, EK does make water blocks for the Intel 750 and DC 3700 Series PCIe SSDs and, if you can find them, their GTX 780 Classy water blocks will fit GTX 980 Ti Classified cards. It would take some hunting, and about 700-800 bucks for the full loop, but you would see a dramatic improvement in temps.... especially worth consideration if you intend on pushing any serious overclocks.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

Damn, those custom sleeved cables look great! Where did you get them? ...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

They came with my motherboard and my PSU. IIRC they are available on EVGA's website, but I'm not 100% sure.

  • 38 months ago
  • -1 points

Haha the sarcasm

[comment deleted]
  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I re-did the pictures, it's still not pretty. I'm still pretty ashamed of myself, I should've built something cheap.

It works great, but it's very ugly. I'm going to overclock once I get a 4k monitor, I'll probably get one in a couple months.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Great improvement on cable management

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't be too hard on your self. If you still want to improve your cable management, search for other builds with the same hardware as yours, see how other people do the cable routing, try some zip ties too.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Whelp, it looks like I'm going to move my HDD to the bottom, remove the next 2 top trays, make use of that 2nd 8 pin power connector, and route all the cables to the back.

I was paranoid about having all those cables bulging out the back of my chassis, and maybe putting strain on my motherboard, but it's probably not that big of a deal. :C

I did a pretty bad job at building my first PC, I'll try to do better next time.

Edit Whelp it looks like I'm out of 8-pin connectors, that must've been why I didn't make use of my 2nd connector. :/

Time to buy another one! :D

  • 38 months ago
  • -2 points

Cable management is a beautification thing. Unless the cable is actually wrapped around the fan; it will have next-to no difference at all. It's a cable, not a brick wall.

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]
[comment deleted]