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The Rogue Dream
by Cyber_Akuma
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Description

(The images were uploaded at a very low resolution, look at the bottom of the description for links to the full-res versions)

Built throughout December of 2012, although overclock testing took a little longer. First build in a decade. Designed to replace my beyond-obsolete main desktop for gaming, emulation, video encoding, and really, just doing everything.

Never really intended to ad so many red lighting to it, but 90%the hardware I chose, even the soundcard, happened to glow red on it's own, so I figured I would go all the way, made sure the keyboard I chose was also red-backlit, and added a few extra red-lighted fans. I think I pulled off a somewhat industrial-furnace look rather well with all the black steel/plastic and glowing red parts. :)

Yes, quite excessive, but I was stuck with a Pentium-1 75MHZ system from 1995 until 2002, then with a Pentium 3 system from 2002 until nearly 2013.

While those systems were good at the time of purchase, they were never great, and even at the time I bought them there was software they just could not run, and games that quickly didn't even meet their minimum requirements just a few months after purchase.

The Pentium 3, it got to the point where I can't even access Youtube or Facebook on it anymore, too slow to run flash or all the scripts on Facebook.

I had enough, my next system was going to be top of the line (although, without going crazy and building some $5K+ system with thousand-dollar cards and Extreme Edition CPUs), and researched it since the days the Pentium 4 and Geforce FX were the latest hardware on the market, constantly updating my specs list. Sure, it would be fleeting as PC hardware gets outdated rather quickly, but I wanted to taste cutting edge just once after being stuck with such crappy systems for so long.

Finally had the time and money to pull the trigger a decade later, after most of the technology I wanted such as Blu-Ray burners, SDD drives being supported in RAID0 with TRIM, etc were finally available and affordable to the home user. I tried not to skimp on anything, the ram, the cpu, even the HDD access speeds and redundancy by going RAID0 SSD for the OS/App/Game drive. Admittedly, the 32GB of RAM is overkill, original plans were for 16GB, but the TMI used was very annoying to install and I did not want to have to re-do it when 16GB is eventually just too little, the cooler I used barely has 1mm of clearance over the ram sticks, so when the set I wanted was on sale for the 32GB version, I just jumped on that instead. Having filled up a lot of data rather quickly on external drives, I opted to go RAID5 just for the extra safety-net of redundancy (which of course, is no replacement for having backups) and as large as I could reasonably go at the time, the four 3TB drives configured for RAID5 give me 8.18TB of space after formatting them in NTFS. The SSD are at 476GB after formatting and being pre-overprovisioned from the factory.

So far, its serving me well for gaming, although I admit I am a little disappointed some games such as Arkham City can't hit 60FPS maxed out with VSync, but it eats most games for breakfast. Monitoring prices for my main card so if it ever hits $250 or less within a reasonable time frame I will replace the GTX 650 currently dedicated to PhysX and go SLI, that should help add more life to the system, the CPU right now should be enough to last far longer than the card will. Originally planned to have a capture card too, but there are no real free PCI-e slots left, the top-most slot usually bumps into the CPU cooler unless I can find an extremely short card. The design of the EVGA cards having the fan at the far-end of the card help immensely as any card with a fan in the middle would be blocked by the sound or raid cards directly below it.

First time overclocking, and even with the overclock of the CPU and GPU on air cooling so far the system has been fairly quiet even with the ridiculous amount of fans (1 PSU, 2 CPU, 1 for each GPU, and 6 in the case) but has been growing louder as of late, doesn't appear to be the case fans, going to have to inspect if its the GPU or CPU fans causing it. Was hoping to hit 4.5GHZ but voltages to keep it stable were starting to get too high, oh well, a 4.4ghz Ivy League i7 should keep me going for quite a while.

http://imageshack.us/a/img202/1636/dec2012buildoutside.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img90/1217/dec2012buildinside.jpg

Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load85.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.24Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.20Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX3045
Performance Preset ScoreP8712
Entry Preset ScoreE12746
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NUclearD3 [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Nice build and great job with the pictures. Also I have not seen many people run a dedicated PhysX card that's kinda cool.

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Did the SAS controller come with the battery? My raid-5 performance was crap without the cache enabled.

 
 
Cyber_Akuma [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah it did, I got a great deal on that thing.

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Did you run any benchmarks? http://www.hdtune.com/ is a good one.

 
 
Cyber_Akuma [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

The SSD-based RAID0 (which is running off of the motherboard) was designed for performance, I intended the HDD-based RAID5 for redundancy, not performance.

I tried HD Tune, but it wanted me to erase all partitions to perform the write tests and I wasn't about to do that, but here are the read tests. Keep in mind these were done while the system was running:

http://imageshack.us/a/img14/5743/sddread.png http://imageshack.us/a/img839/5151/sddrandomread.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img845/6640/hddread.png http://imageshack.us/a/img716/682/hddrandomread.png

I had performed some tests with other applications back when I was running the system on a temporary HDD to test different configurations before I installed it for real on the SDD array though:

Crystaldisk tests:

http://imageshack.us/a/img823/2585/crystaldiskraid0ssd.png http://imageshack.us/a/img839/5193/crystaldiskraid5hdd.png

Testing 32k stripes vs 64k stripes on the HDD RAID5:

http://imageshack.us/a/img844/8682/32kstripeasssdbenchsyst.png http://imageshack.us/a/img401/2523/64kstripeasssdbenchsyst.png

 
 
pavleap 2 points 15 months ago

So, how much **** do you have?

 
 
Cyber_Akuma [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Har har ;P

A large amount of my external drives are taken up by disk images, virtual machines, roms, and music/video, as well as several dozen gigs of family movies, which are going to get even bigger now that I am switching to a HD camera.

 
 
Javanode [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

The keyboard is on fire!

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randomjester 1 point 15 months ago

Damn, insane build! I like how you did your pictures, I do always want to see people's builds like that.

Is that 5ms IPS monitor not good for gaming...?

 
 
Cyber_Akuma [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

The monitor works great for 2D.

The 3D is very very picky, first of all because its passive, and also because you need to sit EXACTLY at the right angle for the 3D effect to work, but its still one of the best 2D monitors in it's price range, its great for gaming.

I actually had a discussion about which monitor to choose, you can read it here if you want to see why I chose it:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1731772

 
 
SIRmisterD 1 point 15 months ago

Why so many Hard drives when you could've gotten a better or second GPU?

 
 
Cyber_Akuma [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

The GTX 680 is $100 more than the GTX 670 and barely just a tiny bit more powerful (especially if you overclock the 670), the GTX 690 was way out of my pricerange. So thats why I didn't bother with a better GPU.

And I already have about 1-2TB of data scattered across my older PCS and external drives that I have been meaning to merge into one place, and that is me being conservative since I had no systems capable of playing HD video or anything newer than Half Life 2... on low settings before I built this. So I was definitely going to be using up more space, and wanted it to have redundancy for an extra layer of protection.

 
 
SIRmisterD 1 point 15 months ago

Ok, makes sense.

 
 
kirbyloveszoe 0 points 15 months ago

Great build, we have the same PSU!

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lenoz [2 Builds] 6 points 15 months ago

"overkill on storage" must be by far the most ridiculous overkill-based claim possible on this site. You literally have absolutely no idea what or how much of what this guy needs to store. 3 words: total nonsense statement.

 
 
Blazdav [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Are you saying one doesn't need 12.5 GB of storage? Pshhhh.

 
 
Cyber_Akuma [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Its RAID5, so 8.18TB after formatting for the HDDs, and the SSDs are 476GB after formatting.

 
 
Nendo [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Wrecked