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The Hags
by Andrewx991
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Update 5/7/2014

  • So the Corsair Link software is still not fully functional, its got lots of bugs and Corsair isn't keeping up with it as much as they should. I would not recommend the H100i anymore sadly.

Update 12/16/2013

  • Added two close ups of the top where the cooling unit fans are.

Update 11/28/2013

  • Added in the monitors to the part list.
  • The primary monitor I bought years ago, so I marked as $0.
  • The secondary monitors I got free when my workplace gave away old monitors.
  • My primary is simply a dynex tv, 1920x1080. Has some funky HDMI behavior now and then but otherwise its alright.
  • The side monitors are 1280x1024, Dell UltraSharp Digital Flat Panel Displays, Model No. 1907ftp.

Update 11/27/2013

  • Employer gave away old monitors (again). I managed to grab another one of the dell monitors, exact same one as before.
  • Newegg had a good sale on the SSD, so I bought a second for $80.99
  • Also adjusted the memory to 1866 from 1600, boot time is now at <5 seconds. Shutdown is <2 seconds.

About the Paintings

  • My girlfriend made them for our tech-cave. She is pretty awesome.

Purpose:

  • Software Development
  • Gaming (LoL, Minecraft, GW2, FFVII)
  • Potential for 3+ monitors.
  • General Use

What worked well:

  • The SSD is pretty amazing, seeing 4-6 second boot times and haven't tuned anything yet.
  • The motherboard is great, the BIOS is robust and easy to use. Also came with a lot of goodies, plug caps, SLI connector, etc...
  • The graphics cards were pretty cheap and definitely exceed what I probably needed.
  • The PSU is very nice, completely modular, came with two fancy carrying cases, one for wires the other for the unit.
  • The CD drive did its job (Loading the OS). Maybe I'll use it here and there...
  • Despite the size issues, the cooling unit is great, have not tried overclocking yet.
  • The i7 performs as stated, no complaints.
  • The case looks very nice, but not bulky or obtrusive, also its raised up of the ground which is nice. Dust filters on bottom. Also the drive slot on the top is pretty convenient.

Frustrating bits:

  • So the bios has PCIE disabled by default for whatever reason, so upon build completion and first boot I got the successful 'beep' however no video displayed. Removing the GPU's allowed me to boot and see the bios, and then enable PCIE. GPU's worked fine after that.
  • The Corsair Link software isn't compatible with Windows 8.1 yet (11/27/2013).

Problems:

  • The case itself could be a tad bigger, wiring was a tight fit in some places, and some places a bit hard to reach.
  • The motherboard didn't have enough USB headers to connect everything, but only because the cooling unit took up one.
  • The cooling unit didn't fit via default configuration. However, the radiator unit fits inside just fine. You can mount the fans above it outside the inner frame of the case, but its an extremely tight fit. You will have to use the small screws and cut out some underlying plastic (see picts) but its really not as bad as it sounds. Beats having to order a different cooling unit.
Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate980MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Swish2000 6 points 10 months ago

Looks like a nice build, however if I were you, I personally would have gone with one card at the price of the two SLI'd, like a 760, 670 SC, or a 280X/7970. Either way I hope you enjoy the build.

 
 
zlogs [1 Build] 6 points 10 months ago

The 650 ti boost is known to be on the best scaling in cards in sli. It gets better performance than a single 680, so I think he made the right choice. It's a great price/performance value as well.

 
 
Swish2000 1 point 10 months ago

Interesting, I wasn't aware! Thanks for telling me :)

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 10 months ago

I came pretty close to doing exactly that, but my reasoning was that I'm more interested in screen real estate than performance, with two cards I get more ports for monitors if I decide to get more. The sli cable came with the motherboard so I figured I'd try it out.

It's my first build and so far I'm enjoying it a ton. Thanks!

 
 
Anthozoa 3 points 10 months ago

Very nice, solid, all out well-rounded build. Off topic, I'm currently making a man cave in my house and I'm looking for some things to put on walls, where did you get those paintings/poster-like things you got there?

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

My wonderful girlfriend is into art and she painted them. I'll let her know she may have a client haha. They cost somewhere between $10-$20 to make she said.

 
 
Anthozoa 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, that takes skill. They're perfect and I have a few bald spots on my walls xD

 
 
Prime_Paladin 2 points 10 months ago

+1 for the One Ring wallpaper...plus cool build

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! Since you mentioned LOTR and another guy mentioned the paintings, I uploaded a photo of the next piece of wall art my girlfriend is making for our tech-cave. Work in progress according to her.

 
 
Prime_Paladin 2 points 10 months ago

Nice contrast! Old and rustic Middle-Earth with new and urban tech, I like what you're doing!

 
 
Prime_Paladin 1 point 10 months ago

Nice contrast! Old and rustic Middle-Earth with new and urban tech, I like what you're doing!

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

i dont know if 2gb of vram is enough for 3 monitors, other then that +1

 
 
TheGreatJoshua 1 point 10 months ago

its 2GB per card. There's 2 cards, 4GB total. My only complaint is that his girlfriend doesn't sell her paintings cuz i would absolutely buy some.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

sli doesnt stack he still can use only 2gb of vram

 
 
bringtheicecream 1 point 10 months ago

It is more than enough for light gaming. Allow me to do a quick calculation:

  • 2 monitors at (what looks like) 1600x900 = 2.88 million pixels
  • 1 monitor at (what looks like) 1920x1080 = 2.07 million pixels
  • Total pixels in a frame: 4.95 million pixels

  • 24 bits per pixel (16 million colours) = 188 million bits per frame = 14.8 megabytes per frame

  • Based on refresh rate of 60Hz and assuming 1 second frame buffer: 888MB per second used

By simple calculation, we are looking at 888MBytes bandwidth to create simple frames for a single second. No real issues there. This then gives approximately 1GB of headroom for extra rendering and calculations and all the fun stuff your GPU needs to do. Meaning that for most cases, these GPUs with their 2GB of VRAM should be plenty.

tl;dr: With just the basics, ~1GB of headroom is available per second in the frame buffer. It can handle light to medium gaming with ease, but should have a memory boost for more screens :)

EDIT: With new numbers (2 x (1280x1024) screens) we are talking ~845MBytes. Very close, you get the point :)

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

wow thanks for that

 
 
bringtheicecream 2 points 10 months ago

No worries. 2GB generally covers it but intensive graphic processing will push it to its limits. As long as he doesn't play minesweeper he should be fine

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Interesting calculations, thanks! Also the two side monitors are actually only 1280x1024, but close enough from just eyeing them up. :)

 
 
Adelitas [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Totally amazed you were able to fit the h100i fans without cutting the case to pieces like I've seen almost everyone do. Was it really as simple as using the shorter screws and cutting that honeycomb grill out? How did you get the top cover on? Did you bend it yourself beforehand or just forced it on and let it shape to fit the fans? Any pics from the side showing how noticeable it is? Awesome build by the way!

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! It definitely is a really, really tight fit. By cutting out the plastic honeycomb grill out AND using the shorter screws you just barely are able to squeeze the top on. Luckily, I didn't have to bend it before hand. You can snap the front of the top on first, and then simply pull down the back just enough to slip the back screws in which will hold it down. Its pretty secure too, so its not like the top is just waiting to burst off haha. The metal mesh warped a little for me in this process, but its barely noticeable, I'll try to upload a close up picture of the top when I get home later.

 
 
Adelitas [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

awesome, definitely would love to see those pics whenever you have a chance. Also, I heard that a push setup is recommended by corsair for the h100i for best performance. I'm guessing though that you are running the fans in a pull setup? How did you setup your other fans and how is your OC and temps with the 4770k?

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Ok photos are up, had to take them with my phone so the quality isn't great.

The cooling unit fans are in a pull config, and I haven't overclocked yet because I'm waiting for Corsair to make their software Windows 8.1 compatible and I don't want to risk it yet.

My other fans are as such:

  • Two pulling in from the front.
  • One pushing out the back.
  • Left side fan pushing in (Towards the 2 gpus)
  • And the 2 cooling unit fans pulling up through the radiator.
 
 
generaltaco19 1 point 10 months ago

+1 build from what I can see. What was your inspiration for the name?

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks, is there more you'd like to see? I was going to do some benchmarks sooner or later.

The name is a play on my last name, also some of my work buddies call me Hags.

 
 
generaltaco19 1 point 10 months ago

At first I thought Hags was suppose to be offensive XDE. Is the thing on your main monitor a speaker (dumb question I know)? And how'd you get Windows for free?

 
 
Andrewx991 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Yes its part of the Logitech speaker set. And I got Windows free through my university because of my major.

 
 
LostNinJa 1 point 1 month ago

Should have gotten a bigger case like NZXT Phantom or a Micro ATX board to make it easier to fit the water cooling but very nice build...