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Ever since I was 12 years old, I have always dreamt of owning an insane gaming PC.

Prior to the 3 month lead up to this build, I had absolutely no clue about the inner workings of PCs. I didn't know what a motherboard was for, how to use RAM sticks, what was thermal paste, hell I even mistaken the PSU hanging off the top of my old PC to be the optical drive...pft yeah, some hardcore PC gamer I am right!?

I used to just buy pre-built machines, used purely for gaming, didn't even cross my mind to understand the rigs I bought to a deeper hardware and software level, hence why every time I came across a problem, you guessed it, I had 0 hope of performing a diagnosis.

My first ever gaming PC was a Dell XPS rocking a GTX 280 graphics card which has served me well these last 9 years. I eventually upgraded to an Alienware M18x R2, which was the worse mistake of my life...a £2500 laptop which died after 2 years of use due to its notoriously pathetic build quality which I only found out too late. For that price I could've built a custom PC 3 times its power...after this horrible experience, I vowed never to buy pre-built **** ever again, and the next time I decided to upgrade my PC, it will be made completely from my own 2 hands.

I am 24 now. Yes, it has taken 12 long years, but I have finally built my own monster of a gaming PC!

What you need to understand about me is that when it comes to doing ANYTHING, it's either GO BIG or don't bother at all. I don't normally build PCs, but when I do, it is going to be the most powerful beast that I can afford.

Building the Warlord was pretty straightforward. Since it was my first build you would think it would be a true head splitting, hair pulling, strenuous process right? Naaaaah. Before I gave the green light to go and start ordering in all the parts needed for the build, I had to be damn sure that I knew what I was doing. If you are going to blow up $7000, you got to do it right, and so I spent the 3 months leading up to this build watching and reading every PC building tutorial under the Sun on YouTube.

Shout out to LinusTechTips, Bitwit, JayzTwoCents, Carey Holzman, and Paul's Hardware! You guys were my bible throughout this entire process. I learnt so much from these guys, and it was thanks to them that made this build go incredibly smooth.

But I must say, to those who can build PCs in 2 hours of less, mad respect to you all! It took me 18 hours from start to finish for my build, but then again I am a clutter freak and a perfectionist that wanted everything to be done right, checking, and re-checking, and the bloody cable management...my God...that alone took about 13 hours!!!

It also took so long because I kinda spent a VERY long time staring at each individual component that I was about to install into the case before actually installing it. Remember that the parts that I picked out are not only insanely powerful, but they are some of the most sexiest looking pieces of computer hardware out there, who wouldn't spend a good 15 minutes gawping over each piece when they come out of the box :D

After the first 11 hours of the build, it was time for my first POST. If there was a time to bring some brown pants, it was now. Time to see if everything I had done so far was correct, and hey presto! It was the fastest and smoothest POST ever!

All that was left to do now was install the crown jewels of my build, the two mighty Asus Strix 1080 Ti graphic cards, along with the HB SLI bridge, and the monster would be complete!

When the PC was fully assembled, it was time to set up my triple VESA mounted monitors. I decided to go for the Asus PB287Q due to its 4K capabilities. Although many argue that the monitor sucks, I disagree. Sure, a 144-240 Hz refresh monitor would be insane for gaming, but I'd much rather own a 4K monitor just cuz 4K :D

And there is currently no high refresh 4K monitor out that I know of, and if there were, it would be somewhere in the range of £700-£1000, that is just far too expensive for me at the moment, especially since I want 3 of the same monitors for a perfect matching triple monitor set up.

With the monitors all set up, the triple monitor stand installed, my new gaming desk set up, and the PC built, it was time to fire this bad boy up, and let me tell you, it was the most orgasmic experience of my life. When all those RGB lights turned on, it was like my PC roaring to life!

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All that was left was to install the OS, all the drivers, anti-virus software, any other everyday programs like Google Chrome, Steam etc., and then the benchmarking and overclocking could commence!

After 2 days of short and long periods of overclocking stress tests and benchmarking, here are the results:

CPU: - Core i7 7700K overclocked to 4.9 GHz caps off at 77 degrees C at 100% load over 3 hours. - Cinebench score of 1089 (best score)

GPU: - Asus Strix 1080 Ti's overclocked to 2000 MHz clock and 5600 (x2) MHz memory - Cards cap off at 78 degrees C when running Crysis 3 at 4K resolution and max settings for 2 hours. - Crysis 3 running at an insane 120 FPS average at maxed out settings - World of Warcraft running at 289 FPS (LMAO!)

I've also included some Fire Strike, Time Spy, Heaven, and Valley benchmark scores in the photo gallery. All in all, this machine utterly crushes every game and test I could throw at it! According to 3DMark, the Warlord performs better than 99% of PCs on their database, which is mindblowing!

Overall, it was a super fun experience! Building PCs actually turns out to be a hell of a lot of fun, and I would happily build another PC in the future! Even though the cable management process was long a tedious as heck, the feeling of building your own super computer instead of buying one of those crappy, overpriced, and horribly built, pre-built systems, is indescribable!

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, if your gonna build your pc, gotta get it right ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Picking out all the parts for the build is like a bride picking her wedding dress (takes FOREVER) lmao :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, nice build though +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

This is indeed an insane gaming PC!

well done and enjoy!

+1

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers :D

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

i wish i could cm this.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the lack of knowledge on accronyms.

Cm is?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable Management.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry bro...

There is only so much I can do when my PC has a **** ton more accessories than a standard PC.

3 storage drives, 1 optical, 2 GPUs, Corsair Commander Pro, Lighting Node Pro, 6 fans which all have extra RGB cables as well as standard PWM, the fact that the sata power cables can't reach 2 or more items per cable and so each piece of hardware has its own cable...etc etc.

To be honest, I am happy with it, for my first build and with the ridiculous amount of cabling I had to deal with, in the end, everything was tidied up reasonably well and bundled together, and most importantly, all of the cables hug flat and tightly to the back of the case and gives a clean flat fit to the back panel.

So I'd say that is job done.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I just said i would like to do it. ; )
Tought this build would be worth it.
If you're good, you're good. : )

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. What a great build

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

Glad you liked it :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, 26 myself and just now going to build my first PC when I get back from deployment. Wish I had the extra cash to go for two 1080 Ti Strix but just gonna have to go with one for now and add another later. Love the build. +1

Just please for the love of God move that HDD somewhere else

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh...you saw that huh? :|

Believe me, I tried every possible place to put that hard drive, there is just no where else to put it.

This all happened because for some reason, the 120mm RGB HD fans don't fit on the outside of the front of the case, even though I seen numerous builds and videos of people putting x3 120mm fans on the outside front, mine just won't fit. So I had to install them inside instead, which meant I had to remove the HDD cages which are no longer in the case as you can see in the photos.

I tried to the the HDD flat on the floor of the case towards the front near the fans but no orientation would work due to the SATA and power cables. Where I have put it is literally the only place available.

At first I knew it was going to look kinda crappy, but I am starting to come around, it's not THAT BAD >.>

Maybe on day when I upgrade to TB SSDs for the last 2 SSD cages, I can just take out the HDD :p

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck, with the numbers this beast puts out and how nice everything else looks I think anyone could get over it sitting there for a while until time to upgrade.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not much, but it's mine

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing you forgot the link?

I'll just visit your profile :P

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build mate, well done especially if this is your first build! I've been building pc's for a lot of years now, but it's still a thrill when you start it up for the first time :) Gonna do another game build for a friend tomorrow.

Also love the screens with the triple VESA mount. That's one thing I still wanna do. WoW looks nice hehe. BTW you're nearly @5GHz, I reckon you can reach that with a little more V!

Oh and uhm For the Alliance ;)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I could probably get to 5 GHz if I added a bit more voltage, but to be honest, I am more than happy with 4.9 and rather not go through the hassle of stress testing the CPU again for half a day to check for stability.

I actually dialed the CPU back to 4.7 GHz after concluding 4.9 was stable. I am not much of a benchmarking enthusiast so there is no need for a 4.9-5.0 GHz 7700K other than bragging rights :P

Even 4.7 is far more than enough for my everyday activities. Plus I was uncomfortable with the temperatures at 4.9. I think the CPU capped at 79 degrees C, and that was only a 30 minute 100% load test. If it had gone longer, it probably would've gone past 80 I reckon.

While some people say the 7700K can operate for long periods of time at 80+, I'd still feel a lot more at easy in the mid 70s, and since it's brand new, I am still in the phase where I want to be extra safe and not break anything xD

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I find this as a very common problem when using to GPU with an SLI bridge. You have implemented it well although investing a little bit more money into a longer SLI allowing for more space between the different GPU's would be a great option especially as you have a $7000 PC. Doing this would give the top GPU more airflow as the fans are on the bottom (As you probably already knew) but this would also lower the temperatures of the top GPU and allow it to "Unlock its full potential when it isnt as hot and has more airflow throughout the card. But other than that small issue very interesting and well manged build good job. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm building a similar setup but I'm worried that the hoses from the x62 touch or obstruct the first trident z rgb ram stick. In you pictures it looks really close. Did you have any problems with that?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn dude hell of a nice PC, by any chance, do you have steam if you do please add me my steam name is kill_em_all3456, I would love to play PUBG with you.