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Monster GPU Render Rig "The Monolith"
by haknslash
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Description

This is my new dedicated GPU render rig for work use. Unfortunately it will never see a single game played on it :(. This machine is built for rendering and 3D applications. I love the massive yet sleek understated look of the 900D. I may add some CCFL lighting when I feel the need to show off the guts. Hope you enjoy!!

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load56.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load82.0° C
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lt-smith [2 Builds] 10 points 4 months ago

those components are begging to be water cooled in an open loop. #datcase

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 3 points 4 months ago

Yes.

 
 
Artimaeus 1 point 2 months ago

I don't know what that means. Is that like a custom water loop?

 
 
CanadianPenguin [1 Build] 1 point 17 days ago

Yes

 
 
ABJ117 6 points 4 months ago

How in the world does one get $5000 to spend on a computer...

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

Haha I know it seems like a lot, and it is, but compared to other workstations I have had it's not that expensive. My Boxx machine was nearly twice that amount when I was done spec'ing it out a few years back but it also uses Quadro and Tesla cards so those alone make up a ton in the cost. $5000 is a fraction of what a GPU render farm costs to build ;). As the old saying goes you gotta pay to play.

 
 
ABJ117 3 points 4 months ago

Wow. Intense!

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

That's what my boss says when I show him the PO j/k

 
 
Mr_Jake [1 Build] 5 points 4 months ago

Holy mother of god, one of your graphics cards is the same price as the entire rig I am building -_-

 
 
Daisyahoy [1 Build] 3 points 4 months ago

man you have 4 sticks of money and, wow, 3 monies in sli! All neatly fitted in a glossy black money powered by 1200w money suply. Nice!

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

haha thanks man!

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

Thanks for the comments guys!

Yes work paid for this build I made. I also have a Boxx 4920 Xtreme that I tried to make it be an all-in-one CAD / render machine but it just couldn't cope with the size of animations and renders we were throwing at it over time. The projects grew larger and larger and thus the reason for me needing to build a dedicated render rig. I still use my Boxx machine for most tasks but save all the GPU intensive projects for the new rig.

And yes I know this thing is begging for a custom water loop :). I may end up making one but it just depends on how my temps go once I run a long render. I will say though that I've been very impressed 900D's ability to keep things cool with lots of positive pressure in the case. If I toss a sticky note anywhere near the basement vent door for the 4 SP120's it will suck the thing right to it like a magnet hah.

TG440766, my initial build I spec'd out a 4820 but by the time I found a board I liked with the spacing and options I wanted on the GPU side, it actually cost me less to stick with Z87 chipset. I run a 4770k on my home gaming/backup work rig and it's been great so I liked the performance I get from it in the software I use. As far as compute performance, the 4770k is not too far off from my 3960X in real-world performance. It's also much more efficient.

 
 
larainzlo07 [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Source on that?

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Source for? The benchmarks against the CPU's? There are plenty out there for 4820k vs 4770k. If cost difference is what you meant , I was looking at the 4820k with ASUS Rampage VI Extreme for LGA2011 but that configuration costs more than the 4770k and Maximus VI Extreme board does. I didn't see the need unless going six core and for that I have the Boxx machine. Not sure what source or info you're looking for.

 
 
larainzlo07 [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I am asking for this source: "As far as compute performance, the 4770k is not too far off from my 3960X in real-world performance. It's also much more efficient." because in any multithreaded application the 3930X will shred the 4770K.

Only in single threaded applications are they close. Not to mention Sandy Bridge E is known to overclock pretty well with the right cooling setup so it could easily beat the 4770K in single threaded applications.

Also those gpus are crippled on the LGA1150 platform since they are running at 8x,4x,4x.

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haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Apologies as I should of clarified when I said real world. I meant relative to the software I use the most in CAD there is little difference in performance between the two processors. Yes the 3960X will beat the 4770k in any multithreaded compute tasks. I won't be using this rig for any serious CPU intensive work more than GPU related tasks. That's why I have two machines, one for CPU (3960X) and this one for GPU with a nice quad core.

This motherboard has an onboard PLX chip so it runs PCIE 3.0 at 8x/16x/8x on a Z87 chipset in 3-way SLI. So far this machine has performed 400% faster render times than my Quadro Fermi rig so I'm happy. Knocking out noise free renders in seconds compared to minutes is a blessing!

 
 
larainzlo07 [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I hate PLX, I personally would've gone for X79 and a LGA2011 processor. Otherwise everything looks good.

 
 
YodelingTerror 2 points 4 months ago

Welp

 
 
changerrs 2 points 4 months ago

I might be wrong... but isnt the TITAN better at rendering than the 780ti?

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

A Titan has less CUDA cores than a 780 Ti and that matters for render engines that rely on CUDA technology for render times. The only real advantage to a Titan would be if my scenes required the 6 GB VRAM a Titan provides. My scenes are never that large so it makes sense to pick the faster and cheaper card in the 780 Ti.

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Holy Jesus! AHHH! That is ridiculous! I am jealous. That's awesome, man. Nice work :)

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 2 points 4 months ago

What an exceptional build. It is absolutely gorgeous.

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! Despite the massive size of the 900D I love it's understated aesthitcs. Fits in nicely in a work/office environment but I'd be lying if I didn't also want it for home lol.

 
 
Rakirs [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

This... this is sexy

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
Alagamasha 2 points 4 months ago

Crysis? ***** please Hahahah

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

haha yea I would love to see it run Crysis engine. Maybe my work won't notice if I load Steam on it afterall.... I wish! :)

 
 
GreenLego [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Not even minesweeper ? :D Verry nice build i wish my work would give me $5000 to spend on a machine!

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
Damaged142 2 points 4 months ago

i really don't know what to say about this, it is just awesome...and one of your GPUs costs about 3/4 of what my current build costs http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Damaged142/saved/3UiX good job +1

 
 
Poav 2 points 4 months ago

your set-up and parts are amazing 1 :D

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you glad you like!

 
 
Keralis [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

But will it pla...

Okay never mind

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 16 days ago
 
 
actechy [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Holy GPUs, batman! Very nice, I'm sure it plows through 3d tasks. +1

 
 
tg440766 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Why not 4820 or 4830 if you are not going to use the onboard graphics and take advantage of more memory and quad channel not sure if you have the need?

 
 
anoori9000 [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH OOOOOHHHHHHHH and boom goes the dynamite... (if you know what i mean) :P

This is monster.

Just curious, did work pay for this?

+1

 
 
Mech 1 point 4 months ago

Do u print money?

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GMAN-DV8 1 point 4 months ago

Holy cow, nioe build

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks!!

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I understand why 3 cards but I don't understand the nvidia choice, ATI cards are way better for 3D applications.

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haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I use render engines that capitalize on CUDA core technology, thus the reasoning for using Nvidia cards. ATI cards won't work on them.

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Nice, what programs though? Because now even Adobe uses Open Cl and Open Gl.

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I use pretty much all of the Autodesk 3D modeling programs, Mudbox, Blender, Octane Render, Bunkspeed, CFD, FEA, etc.

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

Oh nice. Do you happen to use CAD?

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Yes I use Inventor, Alias, Mudbox and 3DS Max for CAD. Thanks!

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haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

This motherboard doesn't come with any OS, unless I guess you buy it bundled with some package from newegg or something. The mobo states it is "Windows 8.1 Ready" on the ASUS website but all that means is that it supports Windows 8.1 ;).

As for why Windows 7 over 8.1 it's because at work we are not using 8.1 and still are using Windows 7 Professional.

 
 
TechnoGarrett 1 point 2 months ago

Where did you get those HDD bay stickers?

 
 
haknslash [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

They conveniently came with the motherboard along with a bunch of other identification labels. A nice touch!

 
 
GhostPyro 1 point 2 months ago

im a car mechanic and i cant even make $5000 in a year

 
 
lemonademolotovz 1 point 11 days ago

so beastly yet no games?