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Mack's 580 Gaming Build
by mack_au
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Built quite a few years ago now, built around a GTX 580 that replaced a busted ATI card. Brought over the drives from a previous build to make a Raid 0 with the 300gb drives, with the 3x1.5tb drives as storage. Bought the U30 before 120hz drives because the norm because I also use it for running websites and doing other work, great monitor for general use.

I know the inside is pretty messy (not to mention dusty since I haven't cleaned it out fully in a few months), but there are just so many cables, there are 14 cables for all the drives, then another 2 for the PSU, 1 for the Xonar Essence, another set for the Cathodes, all the motherboard power and case fan cables and the USB bay in the bottom, also note that the cables are already special 4 in-line Sata connectors. There is just no room left at the back either.

If I wanted to take it apart I could probably improve it, but it gets the job done, and the back of the case was already bulging with all the cables.

As for overclocking, it can crack 4ghz but not 24/7, and it's stable speed was 3.8ghz, although I don't run it OC'd because doing that screws with Battlefield 3.

Pictures taken on a Galaxy Note 2 with a Otterbox Defender Case.

I'm thinking of getting a 770 when BF4 comes out. If I had the money I'd build a NAS box to replace the storage inside, and if I had a load of money, I'd buy a second system to use as a 120hz Lightboost 2 dedicated gaming rig.

Interesting little factoid: My system scored P6666 3DMarks in 3D Mark Eleven... :O

It also doubles as room heater in winter.

Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.06Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate772MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP6666
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xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 3 points 16 months ago

Nice setup. Any chance of a few pics of the insides?

794 [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

I agree with this guy, let's see it's interior!

mack_au [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Done. I wasn't sure if the lights in my room would give a good view at night, then I remember I have a flash on the phone. Thanks for the comments.

794 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah cable management could be a tad better but besides that it looks pretty nice! Cool build.

mack_au [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you :)

mack_au [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I went and redid the cable management tonight, the last picture is new. It's still not uber, but I still have all those cables required. I could barely fit the back panel onto it, so I doubt it'll get much better. One of my cathodes is dying as well which sucks, as the bottom of it is far less bright than the top.

mack_au [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Updated the wiring a couple days ago, with a full cleanout. Looks a lot better, even better than the pictures do.

lt-smith [2 Builds] 0 points 16 months ago

dude, your power supply cables are like tentacles raping the airflow inside the case.

mack_au [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

If I need airflow I can crank up the fans at the front, I know it's not ideal but there's not a huge amount I can do because of the lack of spare room at the back, and the sheer number of cables required. I already use extensions and 4in1 style in-line cables.

On other thing I should point out is that the fan that blows into the GPU isn't obstructed at all. There aren't any drives in the second cage. It just blows straight onto the GPU.

It's an extremely good design for air cooling. The NH-D14 takes care of the CPU, and the fans at the top and back exhaust effectively.

I should probably try taking it all apart, but it would require a total rebuild, don't have the time.

ryman [3 Builds] -2 points 16 months ago

Your wireing is crap

RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

As his cable management is poor, this isn't a polite or constructive comment.

mack_au [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

lol yep