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1440p Air and Space

by Radiance89

109
24 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

980MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

Description

So some of this I got cheaper than listed below, like I was able to get the OS a bit cheaper through work and some of this I've had for a long time. This is my first real gaming desktop build, coming off using a laptop that I had for about 4 years. I've had desktops in the past but mostly second hand parts.

Anyways, on to the build. I'm pretty sure that a fair portion of you out there just look at these builds hoping desperately to see good cable management some day. I hope my cable management doesn't disappoint. The flat cables on the RM series corsair PSU were really nice to work with, and I think I got cable management as elegant as possible with this case and PSU.

The Kraken g10 bracket holds a corsair H75 cooler to the GPU, and the temps are pretty amazing. I haven't pushed the card very hard yet (I may not, it's a very fast card) but my temps are lovely. I struggle to get the card past 50C at even high loads.*

The CPU is going to be delidded when I get around to it. Maybe I'll write an update, but I doubt I'll have anything new to say about the delidding process.

I included some full battlestation pics in this build because I thought some of you might enjoy the completely makeshift joystick and throttle mounting brackets I made for my desk chair. The platforms are actually recycled bits of annoying mini shelf/cd rack things that were present on the crappy desk I have, and were in the way of the new big monitor. This is a super comfortable and sturdy feeling solution for playing flight sims. I use a track IR 5 for in game head tracking.

I'm mostly happy with this build as it is. As I said, in the future I'll likely be delidding the CPU. I am also strongly considering moving the HDD and SSD up to an empty optical drive slot and removing the HDD cages to improve air flow and looks.

Looking forward to Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous, hope to see you guys out there.


*The number one question about the g10 seems to be BUT WHAT ABOUT VRAM TEMPS. From what I understand it goes like this: at high load, they're a lot cooler than normal, and at low loads they are a little bit hotter than normal. This is because the GPU is being cooled so well that it's not heating up the parts around it, but the bracket fan itself is maybe a bit worse at what it does in terms of taking away heat generated by the VRAM itself. If you like the look of additional vram heat sinks, go for it. I may at some point use the ACX cooler's front plate as a sort of vram heat sink, but I'm not in a big rush to do so because the vram should never reach uncomfortable temps as is and some warranty destroying dremel work would need to be done on the acx front plate to make it fit proper with the H75.

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marhault18 1 Build 9 points 18 months ago

That's some MacGyver stuff with that chair....+1

MellowC 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

LOL

Psymon 8 points 18 months ago

+1 just for the chair

wizzer59 1 Build 3 points 18 months ago

Yep cables look good, nice build.

candy 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Sweet looking build. Super clean +1

plgdg 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

First build I've seen using the GPU bracket. Nice.

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

holy crap, what a great build!

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks!

actechy 6 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Nice! Like a full command station up in there!

Nurinder 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Not think about custom watercooling if your doing CPU and GPU ?

Painwithin 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

probably did this because its cheaper

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I did give custom some thought, but I went this way because it's a bit cheaper, less bulky, and I like the understated look of aio coolers (same general reason there's no basically no LED bling going on with this build.

But yeah, if you were going to build something similar to this but really take it to the next level of "Ultimate-ness" you'd probably want to go custom loop, SLI, bigger power supply, and replace the budget 1440p monitor with a name brand 4k monitor, maybe one of those $700 things coming out. A lot of flight sim enthusiasts really love their triple monitors too, but I just lack the desk space for that at this point. Not sure if you'd be needing a bigger case at that point, but that would actually be a negative for me. The corsair c70 is a super pretty case imo.

Turtlewaf 2 points 18 months ago

Dat cable management though. Very nice

MrImnotMLG 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

One of the best cable management jobs I've seen thus far. +1

rip_abbott 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Just a FYI, push pull configurations have been proven to not actually make any performance difference due to the air speed traveling through the radiator remains the same regardless of just push/pull or push pull. You probably know this, and maybe do it for looks, but I like to spread the word incase people think they have to dish out the extra $ for better performance with more fans. Basically think of it this way; two 77CFM fans attached to each other doesn't = 154CFM, and putting a radiator in the middle of 2 fans still won't change the CFM going through the radiator.

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I haven't tested it without the second fan, but I believe you. I didn't spend extra on the fan though. I just used all the fans that came with the case and coolers I already bought. I figure I like them better installed than sitting on my shelf.

DasXero 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Hows the cooling on the video card with the kraken? I might get that in my future build.

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

It's more than enough, even when overclocking. I run a pretty modest overclock. +50 MHz GPU offset, +100 Mem Clock offset, +12 mV My temps tend to get around the 50's C while mining doge with cudaminer.

Stock GPU cooling, especially on nvidia, is probably enough for most people, but kraken's nice middle ground if you don't want to have a reservoir and custom everything.

DasXero 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks. I think custom water cooling isn't worth the vast amount of money anymore. And I really think the kraken would help greatly with overclocking, and making sure distribution of heat isn't an issue.

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I recently added a backplate and a (had to be cut) ACX front plate to the card to make me feel better about rigidity and give it a super clean look. Liking it a lot so far (note that the plating is a pain in the *** and requires trimming the pad on the kraken and some tabs off the front plate, and the back plate requires use of a front plate to attach to.

Definitely worth it to me, thanks for asking.

jakehkills 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Dat chair do ????

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

it sure do

Rano29 1 point 16 months ago

How did you mount those 120mm fans on the hard drive cages?

Radiance89 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. They come that way with that case though. I REALLY love that case. You can remove them or swap them out if you don't want them there.