Wireless Network Adapter
Project Phenom is back, this time being cleaner, better, and faster. For those of you who haven't seen v1, it is located here - http://pcpartpicker.com/b/HYf
I spent some time upgrading my GPU's, motherboard, fixing my cable management, adding a few aesthetic changes, incorporating my AC network adapter inside my build, and finishing up my entire battlestation.
Here are the desktop images with some descriptions - http://imgur.com/a/IbCNr
Here is my battlestation with some descriptions - http://imgur.com/a/OvJrS
Few interesting features:
Everything is linked together with Corsair link. (For those of you who are unaware of what it is, it detects almost every component in your build, and lets you control most of them, while showcasing the temps.) This is provided by the Corsair AX760i PSU + H100i)
I have remote controlled lighting installed. [Ghetto mounted under PSU, cant be seen after side window is put back on, however. Just the IR receiver. ;) ]
LCD Touch screen fan controller.
Multi SD card slot, with front red LED strip control scroll switch.
Sound dampening foam installed where ever possible.
Dust filters on the front, sides, and bottom. + Optional magnetic dust filter for top, specifically for 300R.
Custom cut full clear side window on Corsair 300R.
Custom laser etched name + signature.
Custom designed braided cables.
Benchmarks (GPU/CPU temps taken at ambient room temp 64 Degrees/17.7 C):
3DMark 11: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7871080?
Unigine Heaven benchmark 4.0: http://i.imgur.com/FEasxur.png
Geek Bench: http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/363927
GPU temps I achieved at these fan speeds:
100% Fan usage
GPU 1: 69C
GPU 2: 66C
75% Fan usage
GPU 1: 81C
GPU 2: 75C
50% Fan usage
GPU 1: 78C
GPU 2: 75C
CPU temps I achieved (according to RealTemp, if I read it correctly. Picked highest temp in both min/max):
One of the biggest reasons why I have changed the motherboard ( and somewhat ruined my color scheme) is because the UD4H failed on me TWICE. For whatever reason, it was not capable of basic overclocking and the bios had failed on me, prompting me to take apart my build and replacing it twice. Not a fun experience, but now having the asrock motherboard, I have had nothing but a positive experience. In my last build I had the last generation z77 asrock mobo and also had a great experience with it. Not the best looking motherboard, but in terms of performance and features, it is comparable to some of the highest end (and most expensive) out there.
As for the graphics cards change, I sold them off in the bitcoin rush and made a decent profit. Not only for this reason, however. After doing some benchmarking and listening to the users here, I found out my gpu's to be way too close and hence not being able to cool down properly. Luckily I got my GPU's during a sale with all 3 nvidia games each, which I sold for a overall gpu discount.
Finally, those of you who are wondering how I got some cheap components (some free), none of them are used/refurbs. All brand new. Just got them at great deals. I kept this list pretty accurate.