Description

I originally built this in 2012 as a fully solid state desktop. The only noise it made was a click from the power button. Recently I replaced all but the case, mobo, and processor, and the storage. I considered upgrading the CPU, but my i7 3770k is still going strong and I'd need to replace my mobo to put any faster processor in this rig. So I saved the money for now.

The Cooler Master V8 GTS is a great CPU cooler. Getting it attached to this Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H without removing it from the case was a nightmare. I almost gave up on the nut closest to the I/O ports on the mobo and was ready to disassemble my case, a non-trivial task with this older H Frame. It turns out that the cooler prevents me from putting the other side panel back onto the case. I might get some standoff screws so I can put it on, but I like seeing the inside. If I cover it back up it will be with a custom cut piece of plexiglass.

The EVGA Supernova 1600w G2 PSU was too big for this case. I had to get out my Dremel and cut most of the plates of aluminum that form the case. It was time consuming and a bit tedious. In the end I made enough room for the PSU and the connections I needed, but the front of the PSU sits a few mm higher than the back at a slight angle. Oh well.

I love/hate SLI. The performance gains, when optimized, are fantastic. But the limitations are maddening. No Nvidia DSR with a surround setup. The "Maximize 3D Performance" and "Span Displays with Surround" buttons are mutually exclusive and cannot both be enabled. Fortunately, spanning displays DOES make use of SLI and will utilize both cards as long as the software you are using is prepared to do so. This, however, is the source of the limitations around DSR and possibly other settings.

The EVGA GTX 1080 FTW has RGB lighting. Neato. Only EVGA Precision XOC offers any ability to set the cards to any kind of lighting effect involving more than one color. And the EVGA Precision XOC does not have any activity visualizer capability. So I can have the cards (and the SLI bridge, that's extra neat) flash or "breath" or a few other (not particularly impressive; I'd like the "random" and "electric" modes to be less obviously a very short repeating pattern) effects in beautiful unison and in response to fan speeds or GPU usage or other metrics using the LED Visualizer inside the Geforce Experience application, or I can have them cycle through the colors slowly and smoothly using the EVGA Precision XOC. Instead of any of that, I set the cards to light up green, the SLI bridge to red, my CPU cooler lights up red, and the case fans front and back light up blue. I'm pretty happy with the appearance.

The monitor stand came with a bent baseplate. It was WAY too thick and strong for me to ever hope to straighten it. I thought about exchanging it, but instead I removed the baseplate and drilled holes in the desk. Now all the monitors only actually use up a few square inches of desk space. The baseplate was HUGE and was kind hard to work around anyway. This install is far superior.

I removed the bezels from all three monitors and covered the aluminum on the edges with black electrical tape. Keeps the screens as close together as possible. Added pics showing this and the underside of the desk. More pics coming still.

No optical drive because, well, why bother?

I can only put in one set of temps for the GPU. Upper card runs at about 35 degrees idle and 75 under load, while the lower card runs about 38 degrees idle and 82 under load.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

lol turtle beach

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

that's a top kek

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. It's what I have for now. I moved the speakers to my dedicated racing sim room (It's a tiny closet under a set of stairs).

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Imo, it's a very good headset for the price

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I get much better quality sound from my Marshall headphones, but they don't do the surround thing these do.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Who told you that you needed 1600W?! Because err.. you don't.

+1 for the OG H-Frame though. That thing's amazing. + another 1 for the 3770K nice to see someone else running Ivy Bridge!

Great build though dude, looking forward to those extra pictures.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably would have been fine with 1300w. I like the extra overhead for future upgrades.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, thanks! I hope to get pics up tonight. I'm traveling all next week so I gotta do it before then!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Gonna post some better pics of it soon. I'm lazy and it's late.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get that case???

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

They can't be found anymore. In Win makes some really cool cases in relatively small numbers. Might have been Newegg back in 2012. Can't remember anymore.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I ******* love In win <3

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, I really wanted that H Tower frame with the transformer motorized action. But I couldn't justify the cost. Nuts. Maybe I'll do something like that with my next bonus from work.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Esa marca es excelente, un poco cara, pero bien vale la pena jeje

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

???

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

I thougth you speak spanish too bro hahaha

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a few pics. More to come still. The pic with the wheel is old and shows a previous iteration of this build. But it's close enough for now.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an awesome monitor setup!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! One display was damaged beyond repair during my last move and it was a little hard to find a replacement. If it happens again, I'll probably replace all three monitors. I'm real happy with the desk mounted install. It's been great. Height adjustment can be a bit finicky.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Photos of cable managed final (Probably not, who am I kidding?) setup and lighting added.