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WIP: Vidar Mark II
by PhantomTaco
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Description

IT'S FINALLY DONE!!!!! So happy with how this turned out! It took a while to get the parts fabricated, ordered, and shipped, but I feel it was well worth it.

Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate836MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [18 Builds] 19 points 17 months ago

This makes my wallet cry with sadness, but my eyes cry with joy <3

 
 
Expo 6 points 17 months ago

Looks good, more pics tho! :)

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 5 points 17 months ago

Thanks, sorry but no more pics until it's done, consider it a teaser :P.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

this seems like a "price is not an option" build. why the 3570k? and holy mother of storage lol. other than the cpu I love the build

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Price isn't an option was the motto of the build yes, but it's all with logic. I got dual titans because the monitor I have (it isn't the dell, yamakasi catleap 2b)overclocks to 120hz and I want to average around 120 fps.

Thanks for the comments bud.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

i hate your logic lol. jp i do love this build though, i run a 3570k and love it

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xCloudyHorizon 2 points 17 months ago

Glad to see one of the monster builds. Looks gorgeous, especially with that sleeving. What brand is that exhaust fan?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks buddy, sleeving is courtesy of Reddit Build a PC's Jappetto, look him up sometime, awesome guy.

As for the fans, they're noiseblocker eloops, not listed on pcpp right now because it isn't on their retailers.

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Wow, looks great, and for that price point it should be! I love the cable management and how the cables match the color theme.

 
 
dalethezombie [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Those 2 titans are looking good!

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Will look muuch better when my midplate is done. Keep your eyes peeled for an update in the coming weeks.

 
 
MichaeL925280 2 points 17 months ago

Monster on the storage. awesome build.

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

wow, two Titans with a 3570K. i was honestly half-expecting a 3930K thrown in somewhere. what's this for, heavy-duty CUDA rendering?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

1440p 120hz gaming, media center. No need for i7/x79

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

sounds like a plan. can't wait to see it with the midplate. awesome cable sleeving and lighting done, too. even before the more pictures, this still deserves my +1 :)

 
 
Vidar2 2 points 17 months ago

Ok...Awkward.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 4 points 17 months ago
 
 
Really2n2 2 points 17 months ago

One question why go with a titan sli? but then a 3570k? Not that the 3570k is bad, but if you're going to go with overkill or powerfull, then finish it off?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

because for gaming beyond i5 yields almost no performance benefits.

 
 
Really2n2 1 point 17 months ago

I know, but if that was the case then why go with a 2x titans rather then a 780

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 4 points 17 months ago

A) 780 wasn't out at the time B) I'm already hitting 3gb vram on some titles @ 1440p.

 
 
Really2n2 4 points 17 months ago

Yea, that's true. Well Played Sir, I think I was speaking out of jealousy but enjoy them monsters.

 
 
hunter32tz [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Seen alot of kingwin PSU's lately, how's it holding up for you?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Fantastic tbh. Don't like the cables much but I use extensions. It's a seasonic rebrand.

 
 
hunter32tz [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

It is? Wow I never knew that, I thought it was some cheap time bomb lol. Lots of PSUs are seasonic rebrands then. I just think the name "kingwin" makes it sound Chinese and untrustable, but hey who cares if it works :D

 
 
Ggadget 2 points 16 months ago

There are some bad kingwin psus, but the Lazer platinum ones are good.

 
 
InitialP [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

a gigabyte sniper mobo would look super sexballz in here. but all black will always work too. pls tell me ur ram is some sort of green/neutral color.

looking forward to those pics.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Thanks buddy haha. I love the sabertooth because of it covering all the capacitors and stuff, that's why I went with it to start. As for the ram, it has white LEDs in it, sadly the photo I took doesn't show that very well, they kinda randomly pulsate, next batch of photos I'll make sure to get some with it lit up.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

hey if you want to better hide that inverter i would suggest wrapping it in electrical tape. I did that to mine and it looks way better. The blue is god awful ugly.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks for the idea, the cathode positioning is going to change though, they're both going to be mounted the window itself along with the inverter, which i'm hoping will render it invisible.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

The way you did the sleeving for the 8 pin and 6 pin are just beautiful by the way.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks a lot! Unfortunately I can't take credit for the work. Jappetto from Reddit BAPC made them for me.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

i masturbated to this

 
 
essence 2 points 17 months ago

Dat cable management... amazing. more pictures please

 
 
UntamedShadow [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Sick Build, Good Attention to detail and part selection cant wait to see the mid plate.

Color Scheme works and cable management is neat.

One Question, Where are you going to put Two of the HDD's as only 2 can fit at the Bottom of the case?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Hey thanks for the comments buddy. Actually what I've done is I have an everclear dual drive bay that converts 2 5.25 bays into 3 3.5 hdd mounts. Three of my drives are in there, ssd is in the ssd rack, and then i have that last drive in the bottom. Either way I'm working on a midplate to cover that drive up.

 
 
UntamedShadow [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

OK, I understand now

Thanks for explaining and thats a smart way to use the space you have instead of just placing them randomly in the second compartment with velcro or something.

 
 
madscientist56 2 points 16 months ago

sweet build but why so many diffrent hdd drives why not a couple of the same ones???

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Pulled from different old external solutions, and a couple I purchased. I plan to consolidate to similar drives in a couple months maybe. I think a few 4TBs would be nice.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

why the 3570k at a budget like this. At this budget, you could of spent $100 more and got the 3770k

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I had no need for it, it gives me next to no performance benefit for an extra $100, why would I do that? I also use very few applications that have hyperthreading, and none often enough to warrant the premium.

 
 
Stratography 2 points 16 months ago

How far will you take the CPU 4.5 or so?

 
 
IBIubbleTea 2 points 16 months ago

wait 4 3.5" hardrives..? Where did you put the others?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I have an evercool 5.25 bay converter that takes 2 5.25 bays and makes it into 3 hdd mounts. Also, new photos coming up shortly

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

How is that RAM treating you? Thinking of picking up a set of Avexir's Core series, only there's not much info around on them. They look fantastic.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Fantastically, huge fan of Avexir.

 
 
TheGamerator [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

How do you like the K95?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

I actually have the k90, not the k95, I should probably fix that at some point lol. I like it a lot. Easily the nicest looking keyboard out there (IMHO, not so much the k95 but the k90 for the aluminium finish), and it's solid as hell. I kinda would like to make the change to cherry mx greens or whites though.

 
 
TheGamerator [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

thanks man!

 
 
Leg3ndary 2 points 14 months ago

Glowing plate looks cool, I was thinking I would try something like that in my build as well.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Finished product looks amazing. Nice job bro!

 
 
jonsy777 2 points 13 months ago

i loooove the lighting at the bottom of the case!!!! well done!!!! i applaude your build and your budget!!!

 
 
nlmaster 2 points 13 months ago

LOL, an i5 will be a serious bottleneck with two titans XD!

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

So many people say it, yet so few understand how wrong that is...:P

 
 
jimitreen 2 points 10 months ago

What kind of light is that on the bottom?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Custom acrylic lightbox

 
 
jimitreen 2 points 10 months ago

Really well done. As in you made it? Or I am able to buy one?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

I made it, but it's actually going up for sale soon along with the case, switched to something new and wrapping it up, keep your eyes peeled!

 
 
ztaft [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Dayum.......

 
 
noizboy 2 points 8 months ago

how did you make the bottom glass with LEDs under it?? i love it

 
 
Beastliness23 [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Can't believe I just found this. This is beautiful!

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I see you stalked me after the suggestions :P

 
 
Beastliness23 [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Well, I went back to see your Project Taco build, but I noticed this, and I don't know how I could have missed it! This build is amazing :D

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

It was very pretty, but too dark (barring the led mid plate), that's why Project Taco came about.

 
 
Glorious_Potato 2 points 6 months ago

Th-that's a lot of pictures...

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Had to take a bunch :P

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Beautiful! Though i see you have the carbide air 540 but you have listed the phantom 410

+1

3570k shouldn't bottleneck too much. Still will perform great.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

It won't bottleneck at all :P. Also thanks for pointing out on the phantom 410, thought I fixed that. That was mark 1 :P.

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fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

just one word: WOW.

What is this even for?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 10 points 17 months ago

Gaming, media center, something to stare into to validate my existence.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

haha "something to stare into to validate my existence." I feel ya! lol good for ya

 
 
Ortiz94x [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

For the price of all that storage... Why not RAID 0 4 solid state drives and use the speed?...

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 13 months ago

Most of the HDDs were acquired from an old NAS drive or trades with users for parts I was selling, so it's a hodgepodge of parts. In the near ish future I'll be working on addressing this

 
 
brizzl 1 point 7 months ago

No benchmarks?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

I'm pretty lazy lol

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] -2 points 17 months ago

please consider going 1440, sli titans are way overkill for that monitor.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 4 points 17 months ago

oh, lol oops. But there are no true 120hz monitors at 1440p, what do you mean. phantom taco?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

There are true 120hz monitors. Overlord, Yamakasi, and Qnix. There just aren't any that come as 120hz stock.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

I am aware you can overclock them but those are very unstable and can have issues. I say wait for samsung or asus to release a stock 120hz 1440p. I don't know if dell will do one but i know asus and samsung might.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Well to date I've had 0 issues and no instability whatsoever almost 1 year in now.

 
 
DjArtifact -1 points 17 months ago

DVI doesn't have enough bandwidth for 1440p 120hz. The monitor can run at the speed but it won't look like a true 120hz monitor.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

I'd love to know where you pulled that from. That is blatantly not true.

 
 
DjArtifact -2 points 17 months ago

Look it up, DVI can do 1600p 60hz or 1200p 120hz.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Dual link DVI can do 1440p @ 120Hz...

 
 
DjArtifact -1 points 15 months ago

No. Dual DVI does 1200p 120hz or 1600p 60hz. If you could give me a source that would be great.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

It's not the dual link DVI connection that's the limiting factor.

It's the graphics card. Or rather, the inability of some graphics cards.

 
 
DjArtifact -1 points 15 months ago

Again, I'm gonna need a source.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Lol man, you're gonna have to get your own source! Whether you know this or not doesn't change my life - I'm just trying to give you a helpful nudge in the right direction.

I will give you a hint though - 500MHz RAMDAC GPU and thick gauge DL-DVI.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

he has gone 1440p... look at his monitors

 
 
okp11 -3 points 17 months ago

Why would you replace the SP-120s that come with the H100i?!?!!!?!?!?!?!?!?

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

lelno

 
 
DjArtifact -3 points 17 months ago

Nice build, definitely should have gone X79 and a 3820 for more bandwidth to those titans.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Don't need the bandwidth, they aren't impacted on Z77 in any way. If a 690 gets no bottlenecking on z77, a titan definitely won't

 
 
DjArtifact -2 points 17 months ago

Should have sent you this: http://i.imgur.com/4sYbB.jpg

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Psi's benchmarks are absolute garbage. Do a google search online, I believe it was either hardware.info or techpowerup that did an incredibly detailed review comparing x79 to z77, with less than 2% variance between them.

 
 
DjArtifact -3 points 17 months ago

Psi's benchmarks aren't garbage, 16x 16x is going to make a difference over 8x 8x.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

If you're so sure, do the reading first. It's bunk and there's absolute 0 evidence besides his questionable benchmarks to support it. Meanwhile there's been dozens of tests on pci lanes by reputable sources that disagree with him. Believe what you will.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

don't listen to this guy, he has been trolling everyones builds with the same complaint, you are good to go.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Yeah he seemed like another psi goon, some people will believe anything on a graph over multiple objective tests.

 
 
DjArtifact -3 points 17 months ago

How am I trolling at all? More bandwidth to the cards is better.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Only if you're actually using said bandwidth, which you aren't.

 
 
DjArtifact -3 points 17 months ago

The bandwidth even limits 2 680s, 8x 8x will limit it.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Not true again. This is PCI 3.0 which even in x8 mode is faster than PCI 2.0 x 16, which the tests I mentioned earlier were done on.

 
 
DjArtifact -3 points 17 months ago

8x is the same as 2.0 16x, not faster.

 
 
PhantomTaco [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

IIRC throughput per lane on 2.0 is 500mb, while 3.0 is 985 or something, though I may be wrong on that.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

actually, i talked to jj from asus and the way he explained it was : Hi JJ, please reply.? I have a question about pcie bandwith. WIll a 3770k and maximus v formula running 8x 8x with 2 gtx 780s in sli on a asus 1440p monitor have noticeable degradation compared to an x79 platform running at dual 16x. Reply · Vote Up Vote Down

asusrog asusrog 1 day ago No please keep in mind that you are running PCIe Gen3 which is the same? as PCIe Gen2 x16 but with better efficiency. 8X Gen3 cannot be currently saturated. The only time it impacts you and to a minor degree is under 100 utilization for GPU Compute applications or high end storage PCIe solutions. Thanks for the view and support.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Better efficiency