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.