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What a long, strange trip it's been. I started off in the world of computers about a quarter-century ago, and have been through a pre-internet Tandy 1000HX running DOS, too many hellish versions of Windows, a few overpriced gimmicks of Apple, and labyrinth of Linux distributions. All of it has lead to this moment, coincidentally at the cusp of the VR era, it seems. I don't know if I should invest in the first generation, but at this point, it wouldn't be that much farther to push things.

I don't believe I have ever put so much work into something I wasn't getting paid for. But no major investment is without research. Google probably had to open another server farm just to hold the adsense data I racked up searching "5930k 980ti sli overclock", but in the end, I am grinning like a virgin neckbeard in a whorehouse.

I followed the Geforce Garage Overclocking Guide pretty closely, and for the GPU's that was perfect, but the CPU took some extra sleuthing. A couple hours, and a few dozen forum posts later, and I was confident in my abilities to not **** up too much.

It took a combination of Furmark, 3DMark, Unigine Heaven, Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, Asus GPUTweak2, CPU-Z, GPU-Z, HWMonitor, and some in-game testing to make sure I could waste my life properly without fear of simultaneously flooding and burning the house down.

Ambient room temps are approx. 24-28°C Stock i7-5930K: 3.5 Ghz@Idle:35°C(Load:43°C) OC i7-5930K: 4.5Ghz@40°C(65-80°C) Stock 980 Ti SLI: 1010Mhz@27/30°C(41/44°C) OC 980 Ti SLI: 1376Mhz@30/33°C(45/47°C)

XTU benchmark temps are maxing at 73°C so far, and if I push 7680x1440@144hz on something like Elite: Dangerous I can see upwards of 80°C, but I know with some tweaking of the core voltage and I could probably do a little better. I am at 1.34v on the CPU, and can load OS on as low as 1.23v but there is instability in tests on anything below the current value.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 7 points

"There's no destination. The journey is all that there is, and it can be very, very joyful."

-Srikumar Rao

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This quote is great! Why have I never heard it before!?!

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Clean build. Nice overclocks. I know the feeling about the research obsession! Looks like it has paid off for you here.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It has indeed, I know more about CPU architecture, how is affected by different activities, and realized just how much bad info can be out there, mostly from people who don't even have the equipment they are "experts" on. Thanks for checking it out!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

what radiators are you using???????????

Edit: Ohhh!!! It's Alpha cool....

BTW... I hope that you can answer me this... I'm planning to built a custom water looped system using this case. I'm planning to use 3 rads for this build: 1 piece 120 rad for the back , 2 pieces 360 rads for the top and front.... I'm not planning on push pull config due to space but I want to know if there is still space for the 120 rad at the back...

The height of the rads are 38 for 360 rads and 28 for the 120 rad...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I haven't been on here in a while, and although I do not remember measurements exactly, you can find the dimensions doing a simple search. If you are using all 120mm fans, you might have a shot. Only trouble is that the ends of the rads have to be accounted for when comparing dimensions. I used a pretty big rad and a standalone pump, which took up a ton of room at the top where two 360's would meet. Send me a link to what parts you were considering, and I can do some measuring if you are interested.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I almost thought this was a $6k build in a cardboard box. I was gonna weep to myself.

  • 46 months ago
  • 6 points

Come now, I would have at least used the hard glossy type of box, I'm not an animal.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Hard lines would look great! Maybe get some white coolant with it? Or another thing that would look great, if you can figure it out, is get some UV LEDs, and some light purple or white coolant. I would love to see something like that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I will probably go with a transparent blood red coolant. I'd hate to dye the lines, but damn if that wouldn't get you hard. The LED's in the Res could blind Helen Keller, so I'm thinking of moving that strip to highlight the board, and avert the diodes from thine eyes:P I might stick with the clear, silver and black theme, but I'm a sucker for red/black combos.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

One hell of a build. At 80C hot as hell. Na, your good

You made flexible tubing look cool +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I could be running stock clocks and see nothing over 50 with barely any fan noise, but this is why we go all out, to push things to their limits. 80 is just in extreme benchmark cases, actual hours of gaming temps are closer to 60-70. I was going to use black rubber tubing, and you can barely notice flow in the clear one anyways, but until I do hard lines, this is not bad for my first job.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

It's great looking.The clear tubing adds a pretty, fluid look to it. No pun intended there. It looks like how the coolant wants to smoothly flow.

I understand. I just cringe thinking the liquid is going to boil at 100C or at least be under a good bit of pressure. The higher I get the more I think I'm about to fry it. I chickened out on my daughter and college son's overclock and reduced both to 4.3 on each machine. My laptop was running World of Warcraft (poorly) at 83C until I cleaned the old thermal paste (looked more like oil and some bits of grey gum) and then it peaked at 62C afterwards. Not the same as that is an AMD laptop cpu with just a small copper cooler, but still damn hot. So that 80C will never be seen again by your system unless you decide to run another load test. I couldn't imagine building a machine that has the cpu expected to be loaded to 100% for any extended period.

I salute you for leaving your settings with the max at 80C.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

they are closer to 75 now with some tweaking. If the BIOS said to disable for OC, then I did, otherwise I just set RAM to factory, synced all cores to 45, upped the core voltage to 1.320v, and enjoy stability in pretty much everything with 40C on idle, and 75C or so on load. I didn't win the silicon lottery, but I got what I was hoping for. I'd like to squeeze a little more from the GPU's but they are already at something like a 15% increase, I just can't help myself:)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, man.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Props to you sir, awesome build and setup! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a labor of love:) For the love of frames!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

DAMN.That is all.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

All my free time for the past couple weeks, yes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to know how you're liking the monitors also why 3 of those instead of 1 and a X34

Also those temps are way too high.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

hot, no pun intended.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this case support the MSI X99A Godlike motherboard?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If it is of a standard ATX dimension, then I can't see why not.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW. Older thread but nice work. The Tandy 1000 is what brought me here. Good to hear anyone even mention DOS. Thanks for the story and nice build!