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The Rig
by DocDrydenn
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The Rig

Built June 2012. Upgraded in September, October, and December 2013. Additional upgrades in March 2014.

Upgrades made in March 2014:

  • +1 EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB (#3)
  • +1 Windows 8.1 x64.
  • +1 PCI-E Extender (needed for relocation of Wireless Network Card)
  • +1 Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
  • +1 Thermaltake 1200W Power Supply

New benchmarks will follow shortly. :-)

Upgrades made in December 2013:

  • +1 Logitech G13 Advanced Gamepad
  • +3 USB Game Foot Control Keyboard Action Switch Pedal HID

Upgrades made in October 2013:

  • +1 ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter
  • +1 LG W2452T 24" LCD (Aux Display used for Battlefield 4 BattleLog & Additional System Monitoring)

Upgrades made in September 2013:

  • +1 EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB (#2)
  • +3 Asus VN247H-P 24" LED
  • +2 Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" SSD
  • +1 Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • +1 Thermaltake SMART 850W ATX12V/EPS12V

Parts that were replaced/removed:

  • -1 LG W2452T 24" LCD (Reused)
  • -1 Thermaltake TR2 600W (Spare)
  • -2 Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC SSD (Dead)
  • -1 Razer Nostromo (Sold)
  • -1 Windows 7 Pro x64
  • -2 Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" SSD (reused as external drives)
  • -1 Thermaltake SMART 850W ATX12V/EPS12V

Some pictures are from the original build.

BENCHMARKS:

Stock CPU: 3.2GHz (3.8GHz)
OC CPU: 4.6GHz
EX CPU: 4.8GHz

Stock GPU: 1006MHz Core - 1552MHz Mem - 1085MHz Boost
OC GPU: 1048MHz Core - 1665MHz Mem - 1127MHz Boost

RAM: Fixed to XMP#2 (2133MHz)

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Stock

(Stock CPU - Stock GPU w/ 3-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: 5911
  • 3DMark 11: X8686, P19059, E22511
  • CPU Temps: Idle - 31c, Load - 42c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - 32c, Load - 39c

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CPU Overclock

(OC CPU - Stock GPU w/ 3-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: ????
  • 3DMark 11: X????, P?????, E?????
  • CPU Temps: Idle - ??c, Load - ??c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - ??c, Load - ??c

================================

CPU & GPU Overclock

(OC CPU - OC GPU w/ 3-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: ????
  • 3DMark 11: X????, P?????, E?????
  • CPU Temps: Idle - ??c, Load - ??c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - ??c, Load - ??c

================================

Full System Overclock

(EX CPU - OC GPU w/ 3-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: ????
  • 3DMark 11: X????, P?????, E?????
  • CPU Temps: Idle - ??c, Load - ??c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - ??c, Load - ??c

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BENCHMARKS (OLD):

(Note: nVidia beta driver version v9.18.13.2680 was used and was not supported by FutureMark at time of run.)

Stock CPU: 3.2GHz
OC CPU: 4.6GHz
EX CPU: 4.8GHz

Stock GPU: 1006MHz Core - 1552MHz Mem - 1085MHz Boost
OC GPU: 1048MHz Core - 1665MHz Mem - 1127MHz Boost

RAM: Fixed to XMP#1 (2133MHz)

================================

Stock

(Stock CPU - Stock GPU w/ 2-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: 5651
  • 3DMark 11: X6221, P15584, E19700
  • CPU Temps: Idle - 29c, Load - 45c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - 32c, Load - 65c

================================

CPU Overclock

(OC CPU - Stock GPU w/ 2-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: 6711
  • 3DMark 11: X6322, P16685, E22650
  • CPU Temps: Idle - 31c, Load - 50c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - 32c, Load - 65c

================================

CPU & GPU Overclock

(OC CPU - OC GPU w/ 2-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: 6722
  • 3DMark 11: X6816, P17850, E23532
  • CPU Temps: Idle - 31c, Load - 50c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - 36c, Load - 65c

================================

Full System Overclock

(EX CPU - OC GPU w/ 2-way SLI enabled on single monitor)

  • PCMark 7: ----
  • 3DMark 11: X6814, P17965, E23853
  • CPU Temps: Idle - 35c, Load - 55c
  • GPU Temps: Idle - 36c, Load - 65c

================================

Part List
Details
Date PublishedMarch 21, 2014
Date BuiltJune 1, 2012
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.66Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX8686
Performance Preset ScoreP19059
Entry Preset ScoreE22511
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LeMonarque [3 Builds] 6 points 10 months ago

Whoa, what are the names of those components you've got in your front bays?

 
 
Grazzert [2 Builds] 6 points 10 months ago

the bottom thing is an android (possibly nexus) tablet i think

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 6 points 10 months ago

Oh my gosh...you're right, that's a tablet! Crazy!

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Top: AeroCool Gatewatch2 - Black Fan Controller

Bottom: A cheap android TurboTab C8 7" tablet. Using it with iDisplay from the Play Store.

 
 
RyneSmith [4 Builds] 3 points 10 months ago

Niiiiccceeee haha

I'm assuming this is a bit older build/upgraded over time? Sorry if my assumption is wrong

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks.

System was built back in June of 2012. This last weekend, I had to replace my SSDs due to failure of the original SSDs. I also added the second video card and the triple monitors on Sunday, but everything else was from the original build.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Which SSDs failed on you and how long had you used them? Did you use them heavily or were they just bad?

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

2x Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" SATA III MLC SSD

Lasted me from June 2012 to last Saturday (Sept 14, 2013).

I ran everything from them. OS, programs, and games. I guess you could say it was heavy usage, but I'm not sure exactly. These were my first SSD's so I have no idea what I should have expected out of them, but getting almost 1.5 years seems pretty crappy. I was not pleased. Research told me I wasn't the only one having the same problem with these drives.

My suggestion is to go with the drives who have the least reported problems. i.e. Samsung 840's or Kingston SSDNow's. (not perfect, but way fewer reports of these drives kicking the bucket.)

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

This build is epic! Some great choices overall. I wish I could see pictures of the inside though, I wanna judge the cable management and see what all the parts look like on the inside. I have a question though, how are those speakers and that monitor? I'm considering getting both of those after looking at them and since you have them, I wanna know how they are. Hope you're enjoying your build!

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks.

I'll add a few more pics sometime this week.

Cable management with this case is beautiful. Can't think of how I would improve it. Video card power cables are always a pain, but that might just be the nature of it.

The three Asus VN247H-P's are amazing! They were an upgrade from a 4 year old LG W2452T (a total POS, IMHO). Best part of my entire rig, but maybe that because it the part I look at the most. Heheh!

As for the speakers (Logitech), they work. I couldn't really give an opinion on the speakers since the majority of my use is via the Razer headphones. Sorry. (If you're asking about the speakers in the Asus monitors, I don't use them at all.)

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Okay. I also have two headphones I typically use most of the time when I'm gaming (Turtle Beach X12 and Audio-Technica ATH-M50) and man do I love them but I just want to get some speakers on the side to watch videos, movies, etc and I'm sick and tired of my old speakers. And no, I didn't have questions on the speakers in the monitor, I was just wondering how they look, how good you think it is, things along those lines. I'm interested in getting that now, it looks fabulous!

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

ATH-M50 master race! What color you got? I have white ones :P

 
 
iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I got the black ones. Nonetheless, they're amazingggggggg

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

hey what do you have the mic volume set to on your megalodon? i had to set mine to the lowest setting and my friends say its still very loud and gives a lot of white noise.

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

In windows, I have the mic level set to 35. On the controller, both the vol and sen are set to three bars.

It is a total pain trying to get these headphones to play nicely. If I had known this about them, I would have chosen a different set. Whatever, I can deal with them... for now. The audio is great and the 7.1 works very nice in games that support surround sound.

I use them with TeamSpeak3 and haven't gotten any complaints.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I will have to change it in windows then, my friends can hear everything that happens when we're on raidcall or skype

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

All I can say is Good Luck!

With the settings above, my friends have quit complaining... or they've just gotten tired of saying anything about it - not sure which.

I'll ask them again tonight when we're playing Borderlands 2.

 
 
Herobrine [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Here, have a +1. Nice build!

Tablet on the front looks wicked- is it a permanent fixture or a mounting position? What is it displaying in your photo?

The only thing I have to question is the SSD setup- two 60GB kingstons? Granted they are (hopefully) striped but a build like this should really have a large single SSD, there isn't a lot of benefit to be had by striping smaller SSDs over a larger, single drive.

Also, $3500 and only $33 speakers? :( nah, kidding. Mad love <3

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks?

In the pics, the tablet is just affixed to the front, but since then I've framed it for a cleaner look. In the photo, it is displaying a bunch of Windows Widget Bar widgets that display system specs (cpu/gpu freqs and temps, network traffic, drive stats, etc...)

As for the SSD's... I originally ran a single 120GB SSD. "Aquired" a second a short time later and decided to give it a go in RAID-0. Ran benchmarks before (single) and after (RAID) and found that the gain wasn't extreme, yet there was a gain. Left the setup at in the RAID-0 config and ran with it. Last weekend those drives dumped hard. BIOS could no longer see them and inside a USB enclosure, they were not recognized. As far as I'm concerned, they gave up the ghost. Researching for new drives, I found that Samsung's 840 series and the Kingston SSDNow series all had very high marks and very few reports of drives going bad. A quick trip to my local BestBuy (Remember, this is a Sunday and if you think I was going to order online and wait three business days for delivery, you're nuts!) and found that they had both instock. Simple math was required: 2xKingston 60GB = $130, 2xSamsung 840 120GB = $300. Hmmmmm... Decided to go with the two Kingston's and add a 1TB Seagate = $70 and call it done for a total of just over $200. Is it ideal, no, but it works. Benchmarks are slightly better than they were with the old setup, so I'm good with it.

When you put it that way, it does sound off, but the truth is that I spent $155 + $33 for audio... the Razer Megalodon's are what I use. I have kids and a girlfriend who don't want or need to hear what I'm playing or what my friends are saying... from the back yard.

No offense taken, Bro. We're good.

 
 
cannon4747 [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Wow pretty awesome. Is that a rubiks cube on your desk? I couldn't help but noticing it, I'm a speedsolver of those things and own like 50...

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks and you are correct, Sir. She is a Rubik's Cube! I love those things!

 
 
ilian11 [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Sick sick sick!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Temps and benchmarks when you get a chance please

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks.

I'll try to get this info and additional pics up tonight after work.

 
 
PatGil 2 points 10 months ago

How is the Motherboard nobody sells it on here anymore. In your build you have the newer released Deluxe board listed. You may want to override.

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Good call. I didn't even notice it. I've fixed it. Thanks.

 
 
PatGil 2 points 10 months ago

what do u think about your board I was thinking of using it in my build I know it has more 3.o USB than the Pro and a newer Bluetooth What is your opinion of board Why do U think it is not a very popular board for builds on here?

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

I have no idea why others don't use this board. There is nothing wrong with it at all. Overclock friendly, 2, 3, & 4-way SLI, built-in Bluetooth w/ WiFi, USB 3.0, etc... The list goes on.

My only complaint is that the built-in WiFi 802.11n is 2.4GHz band only.

In the four months I spent researching my parts, I found nothing that said 'do not use'. It had top reviews at the time, so maybe it was the price that prevented it from being used.

I have no regret in picking this board for my rig.

 
 
PatGil 2 points 10 months ago

the price is a little high at $349 and stuck there for months I think I will hard wire ethernet so WiFi shouldn't be a problem. I like the board a lot too Just a bit leery since few use it and the price$$$ Do you use the second ethernet port or any plans for it?

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

If my situation allowed, I would be wired as well.

As for the second ethernet port, I can't figure out why someone would need this - servers, yes, but a game board?

Anyway, I have no plans to use it.

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Correction I got carried away in the above response. This board is only 2-way & 3-way SLI. Someone looking for 4-way will need to find another board. Sorry.

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Final Benchmarks w/ Temps have been updated! Links included.

EX CPU - OC GPU w/ SLI enabled @ 1920x1080 on single monitor

Benchmarks are complete. I'm back to gaming... for now.

 
 
captcool 2 points 9 months ago

yo docdrydenn can you show more of the radiator and fans cuz am trying to figure out how you did that

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Additional pics uploaded. Enjoy.

 
 
Tyl3r 2 points 7 months ago

Did you run into any problems fitting the h100 in there? I had to physically alter one of the fans to fit my h100i in mine. I'm surprised you don't see this problem around the web very much; the thor must not be that popular.?

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The single large fan that was in the top of the case had to be removed - 4 screws and done. The best part is that the case has multiple sized fan and/or radiator holes machined in it. It was nothing to install the radiator.

The only possible issues I could see would be that the radiator and fans might 'hang' too low for some motherboard components, but that depends on the motherboard. The P9X79 Deluxe fit perfectly.

Check out the pics of the radiator install and you will see what I'm talking about - you'll be able to see how close the fans are to the top of the motherboard and around the CPU power connector. It was tight, but there is no binding or stress on any part. Like I said, it fit perfectly, however, I would not have been upset if there was a little bit more wiggle room.

 
 
Tyl3r 2 points 7 months ago

Ah yes now I see. Wow it really did fit perfectly! The cpu power header on the m5a99fx is about 1-2mm too high so I took a hack saw to the stock fan from the h100i, safe to say she fits quite "perfectly" now. Good looking build!

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Nice. Perfect is in the eye of the builder. We do what we have to... to make it work.

 
 
Swainey97 2 points 5 months ago

Amazing build :D

Is the Asus VN247H good? How are the colours on this monitor and how you found the gaming on this monitor? How are the viewing angles because many people say TN panels are not too good.

Whats the monitor stand you have the monitors on ?

 
 
thelastbeoulve [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

I have two of these monitors and I'd swear by them. Incredible color, no ghosting, and reliable image clarity. Viewing angle isn't very wide, and cuts off very poorly vertically, but I only ever had an issue when I was using one as an emergency TV. For PC use you'll never have an issue.

The initial settings are pretty bad, and the buttons are not as well placed as I'd hoped. The stand is also pretty flimsy feeling, but the actual display panel, what you're really buying the monitor for... is fantastic. The thin bezel is nice too.

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks.

I don't remember the exact name of the stand and can't remember where I got it from. Maybe it was eBay or Amazon... I'm not sure. Think I spent about $75-$100 on it.

As for the monitors... they are amazing! I'm not sure about the viewing angles for them, but in my triple monitor setup, there isn't anything I can't see. A really great feature of these is the tiny screen bezels - Makes for a tighter viewing of all three into an almost seamless experience.

 
 
GaldedRaw 2 points 5 months ago

Nice build! Where you get the cool skull thingies?!

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks.

I picked up the skull cups here: http://www.budk.com/product/Realistic-Fantasy-Skull-Coffee-Mug-Tankard/156507.uts

Picked up some cheap science flasks and some led lights off ebay.

Fill the flasks with water and food coloring. Drop the lights into the bottom of the cups and set the flasks on top.

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DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

New Benchmarks w/ Temps have been updated! Links included.

Stock CPU - Stock GPU w/ SLI enabled @ 1920x1080 on single monitor

More to follow...

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

New Benchmarks w/ Temps have been updated! Links included.

OC CPU - Stock GPU w/ SLI enabled @ 1920x1080 on single monitor

More to follow...

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

New Benchmarks w/ Temps have been updated! Links included.

OC CPU - OC GPU w/ SLI enabled @ 1920x1080 on single monitor

More to follow...

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

New upgrades!

  • -Third video card added to system for 3-way SLI

  • -PCIe x1 extender added (to relocate wireless network card so three video cards could fit.)

  • -Upgraded to Windows 8.1 x64 (not sure if this is an upgrade or downgrade)

Completly new benchmarks will be run ASAP.

(Old benchmarks will be kept for reference in this build's description.)

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Upgraded Power Supply and switched over from the RAID array to a single Samsung 840 Evo.

 
 
DocDrydenn [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

New Stock benchmarks have been completed and posted with links.