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Hello,

This was a fun build I was hired to do. It is used for CPU and GPU rendering for an architect firm I do builds for. We anticipate the move to full gpu based rendering within the life of this system so we used a 1600watt EVGA power supply to be ready to populate this case with 3 more video cards when that happens.

The power supply placement was intentional since this system may be on the floor. I make these systems to be as reliable as possible so I didnt want to chance a PSU filter getting dirty/clogged before the system is maintained by their IT department. During stress testing the power supply fan never kicked on due to the low power draw (see below) but I decided to leave the fan in the performance mode rather than eco mode.

This was mostly a bolt on build except for drilling 2 holes for new standoff locations.

Temps were great with these coolers as well....keep in mine each 12 core 24 thread xeon has a base of 3.0ghz and boost to 3.5ghz, while in the California 80F ambient the CPU temps were 56c/57c with a quiet fan profile. This system on top of thta will be in a climate controlled office so it will not see anything over 74F ambient.

Total power consumption:

Asus Realbench 2.44 stress test (CPU+GPU): 570-591watts

Asus Realbench 2.44 stress test CPU only: 389-405watts

Cinebench CPU: 375watts

Cinebench GPU: 270watts

I hope you guys enjoy the build and I am glad to answer any questions to the best of my ability :)

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

"7.8/10 too much Xeons " - IGN

+1

  • 38 months ago
  • 6 points

I think thats a compliment? Thanks for the +1 :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

"7.8/10 Needs more Titans" -IGN

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I was LOVING this, then I saw your power supply was upside down. I've worked on systems of this spec before and my one piece of advice is that your Titan is already a really hot running card, but now all those case fans that are meant to be pushing air towards the GPU has been sucked up by the power supply, and therefore choking the GPU and your performance. If you are doing this for aesthetics, then I would recommend to take a heat gun and remove the label and flip the power supply the right way round, however I have not worked with this PSU before so I don't know if the fan has actually been activated while under load. Besides from my OCD, then I'd say you have a beautiful pc, the benchmarks are probably better looking though. :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually for function over form, believe it or not but this customer may be placing it on the floor. I don't want the power supply getting choked by a dirty psu filter someone may forget to clean or before the system gets maintained by their IT department.

Also the EVGA power supply stickers are placed so that no matter the orientation, the sticker is on in the correct orientation...just another reason to show this was a functional choice.

During my stress testing with all panels on, the gpu and cpu temps were great in 80F ambient which is higher than the 74F ambient from their climate controlled office. When I was benchmarking the system ambient was as high as 92F and still everything stayed cool. Basically same temps as 80F but with higher fan speeds (still not loud though).

Thanks for the commets :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, that was a very valid explanation and I feel 'trumped' no pun intended, still looks great. I'd love to talk to you about how you run a business out of building PCs

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries :) Yeah man shoot me a direct message or you can find my web page on my profile here; my contact info is on my page.

Thanks, Anthony

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished building something similar, but haven't posted it yet :) Why did you flip the PSU?

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh cool. They don't quite know who will be using it yet and they have some workstations on the floor.....yeah I know but out of my hands :) So I rather have the psu breath in the case air.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh there she is! +1

That IS a BEAST!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

:) Yeah I wish I had more time with her haha. All nighter to get her done

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

So clean. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

the back cable management is so sexy!!! <3

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I try my best to cable manage every build this nice :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

...and the next featured build is this!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

haha crossing my fingers but I think the Noctua BH2 will be there a while :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of curiosity, why didn't you watercool it?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

comments point to this being a customers build, probably to keep cost down a little bit.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Basically it was about spending where we needed to. I really wanted to go for 120mm AIO coolers from asetek to direct the heat out but I couldnt get the model I wanted within the timeline the customer needed the build done. I also wanted a super reliable solution and while I know AIO units are great, I just didnt want to risk a pump failing and causing a system BSOD mid way into a render. So that said it was a coin toss but I knew the phanteks coolers were up for the task so I felt there was no compromise in performance and we technically gain in reliability with the fan redundancy (tested with one fan and temps were fine).

I would have paid out of pocket for the AIO if these coolers didnt perform to my spec rather than charge the customer after I quoted the build. I feel very good with the end results on temps thankfully haha.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Also +1 for CPU Cooler orientation. Sooooooooooo many people would have rotated them 90 deg counter clockwise and would cause my head to explode.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah I agree :) Even with the Titan Xp in the top slot they can both get all the airflow they need. Only downside to this case is that I needed to drill two mounting holes for the motherboard but for the clearance and "small" size; the 750d was a win all around.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I Realllllllly wanted to go for a consolidated build in either the 750 or 900 with parts from both of my PCs and go with a complete water cooling loop(s) but I just couldnt justify the cost .... yet!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally!! The new xeons :'D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks, I was bummed about not going with 2400mhz ram but with the timeline I was given we needed to go 2133mhz.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Frikken neato. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

All this just to play Minecraft

Thumbs up. Awesome pc.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

All this to multi-tab chrome browser :) haha

Thanks man

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. Awesome

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I Love this build. The cable management is gorgeous, it's got 2 Xeon's for facks sake. Well done sir. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man I appreciate it! Yeah now that I built this I can't look at my caselabs itx bh2 build the same lol

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Best cable management in history of mankind

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it. My goal is to do awesome cable management with stock cables to show people you don't need custom cables for these results....but hey custom cables are awesome too :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

so much win with this build. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

great hardware! but any reason why you didnt go with windows 10?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, went with 7 because the customer prefers it. I forgot which program had issues but when they tested earlier in the year; one of their programs didnt like 10. I just hope he has me build another one of these soon :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

THE POWER LEVEL... IT'S OVER 9000!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks man! Super Saiyan!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, glad I found this. I'm buying parts for something quite similar to this. I was considering E5-2687w over E5-2690 cpus to have a bit more clock speed for tasks that are not optimized for multicore. I'm bit worried about the TDP of 160w for the E5-2687Ws as opposed to 135w as I'm probably not going for watercooling (scared of leaks ;-)). Judging from this build, air coolers with two fans apparently manage the heat from the 2687Ws well?

Great job. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah these air coolers did a great job and were not loud. During CPU stress testing I peaked in the 57c range with I think ambient of 78-80F at the time, I can check my notes if necessary. The office it is used in is set to 74F so temps are perfect. I dont think I would change a thing on this build. Customer feedback has been extremely positive as well.

It is used by an architect firm so when using revit the 2687w was ideal with its clock speed over the 2690 for this build, plus when rendering I wanted to make sure we were hitting at least 3.0ghz.

Glad you liked the build :) I can answer any other questions you have about this build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I finished mine :-)
https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qWGG3C

Thanks for the inspiration! Th.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I am humbled that my build inspired yours! Thanks for sharing, I commented on your post as well. You did a great job

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

how u see computer with no monitor??????

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant build there mate. I'm in the process of building something exactly the same. My only variation would be 2 Geforce 1080 cards instead of the Titan and maybe the Corsair CPU Hydro coolers.

Can I ask how you found the ASUS motherboard in the Airflow case? Did it fit ok?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah nice to hear and thank you! The case fit perfectly, it is wider than intended so the cable management holes are covered.

If you do nothing to the case, two center and center right motherboard mounting holes will not have a standoff. I drilled one hole in the motherboard tray of the case to mount a standoff. The other one had no metal behind it due to being in front of the opening of a cable management hole. The board was still sturdy and well supported.

I will say that these air coolers did an amazing job though. I would not hesitate to go air on them. I included my temps in the summary and they were below 60c at full load in my warm ambient temps.

It was truly a beast in performance, you will be happy with your setup

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, i want to say you did it great, this is a nice build... even with the aircooling system, because Xeon can't or maybe won't be OC'd, i actually getting this MOBO and i was wondering if you can tell me wich model of CPU Coolers you used on this build, because i see they fit really nice.

Edit: Or maybe you can make me a BIG favor, i want to know how many distance are between the coolers in mm (radiators). Im sorry for my bad grammar/english.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks,

The coolers are Phanteks PH-TC12DX units. I dont have the clearance between the two though. It was a client build so I do not have access to it. These coolers easily kept this cpu cool while rendering though. The upgrade to this cooler would be a noctua u12s but I am not sure if it is wider and have clearance issues.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for the answer Do you remember if there were space for a low profile heat spread RAM's like the Corsair Vengeance LPX? because it seems that the cooler couldn't fit with them..

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Man I was just at that client today, I will see if I have any photos during assembly but I think the ram just barely clears. The LPX heatsink is pretty low profile and MIGHT work. I do recall hearing some boot issues with this motherboard with non ecc ram but let me know how it works for you if you dont mind.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building the same machine but going for dual Xeon e5 2670 and a 1080ti FTW3. I'm hoping to upgrade to a max of 3 in the future.

My questions are: Will I need more fans with the extra GPUs? As this is my first build, can I work around having to drill through my MOBO? Any other advice?

Thanks, Mo

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Mo,

Technically you should be ok without drilling the hole but maybe instead go to the local hardware store and find a rubber cushion to provide some support. I know Home Depots and Lowes in the USA have little rubber feet for appliances you can get that already have two sided tape applied to them. I would get one of those that closely resembled the height of a mobo standoff. You can add two sided tape if it is too short or trim some of the plastic/rubber if it is too tall.

If you have plans to run more than 2 video cards in a case I would recommend getting founders edition cards/blower cards. That way they dump all the heat inside the case. The fan amount in here can handle 4 founders cards and Im sure 3 gpu like you plan but one of the GPU will run hot since it would be sitting on top of another gpu.

good luck!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply Anthony. I just have a tech question. If I were to switch the z10 for a z9, would the setup work the same? Can I still use the same ram, PSU, etc..?

I'm asking because I have the choice of either buying new CPUs because the Z10 only takes e5-2600 v3-4 CPUs and I have v1. Or buying an Asus Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard and save my current e5-2670 v1 CPUs and a bunch of cash at the same time.

I'm still hoping to fill it up with 4 founder's edition cards in the long run, so I'm hoping to have a setup that'll last me for a little while and that I can upgrade eventually. Does the z9 allow me to do that or am I better of upgrading now?

Any help would be much appreciated!

Cheers, Mo

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go with the 12 core Xeon E5-2687W V4s instead of the 22 core monster, the Xeon E5- 2699 V4. They cost $1,850 on Amazon right now. https://www.amazon.com/INTEL-PROCESSOR-E5-2699V4-2-2GHZ-SMART/dp/B01DTYQH4G/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

We needed clockspeed and cores not just cores. This system was built about 7-8 months ago too so even pricing to duplicate this system today versus when I built it would be different.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I follow you on Instagram and you do great work. It's funny I ran into you on here when I was researching dual socket Xeon builds to help someone build a workstation.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks man, I know I am late to reply but I appreciate the feedback!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need to update your bios?

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

but can it run crysis?

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha I was waiting for one of these. A buddy said "finally a PC that can run Arma"

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe on low but its nothing compared to my pentium beast

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

lol raw single threaded power FTW....I actually had fun on a g3258....4.4ghz on the stock cooler! Stress tested and didnt over heat either!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Now I need to build a dual pentium computer!

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

A laptop at this same price has a 1080 and mobile processor...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the funny thing. It's nice we have these beastly laptops but I always think of the system I could build for the same cost! Personally I like having a medium spec laptop but a great desktop. Of course there are many scenarios that would warrant a beast gaming laptop. I'm glad I don't need one though.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Same, I'll buy a good $1000 laptop every two years and I have the same thing as you, I can never look at a high end laptop without thinking of what I could build for that same price!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that applies to every PC builder haha!

  • 35 months ago
  • 0 points

Another sweet build for me to be jealous of haha!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm doing a build similar to this lol

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!

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