Description

My x99 build featuring h110 liquid cooling with push pull 140mm fan configuration and GTX980 graphics. I use it to create wicked spreadsheets.

I was hanging on to my old desktop for far too long. Since it lasted around 10 years all together (with some hand-me-down help), I figured it was time to build a new powerhouse rig. The rig sits on my desk, so i went for as minimalistic and simple as possible for my case design. I didn't want any lights to take away from my gaming and intense spreadsheet design. I also opted for a high airflow case to cutdown on the noise from fans needing to run at 100%. The H110 is amazing and keeps my i7-5930k at a cool 39°C - 40°C most of the time. Though I did run a stress test on the system and that brought my CPU Temps up to around 51°C, but the h110 didn't even kick up to high gear. It is wonderful.

The MSI GTX 980 handles exactly as one would expect. Like a flipping dream. Since I don't have a 4k screen (yet), there isn't too much out there that can really go up against this card. Especially since I've been playing older games.

I got the samsung 840 on an amazing sale when the 850s were coming out, so it was worth upgrading to that from the 120gb corsair Performance 3 that I had in my laptop. To this day, I firmly believe that SSD is the most effective upgrade that anyone can make. The performance increase is astronomical.

I went with 16GB of DDR4 mainly because... that RAM is expensive. The MSI X99S Gaming 7 can handle up to 128GB of ram (which is absolutely insane to even consider). I opted for two 8GB DDR4 sticks in dual channel since I plan on definitely upgrading to 64GB once the price comes down. With 8 slots, I wouldn't have to remove any RAM to get to that number.

The seagate drive was on a great deal on neweg. I honestly wouldn't recommend the hybrid drives over standard drives at normal price. The seagate hybrid just doesn't perform under pressure. But having the larger cache can come in handy, so since the sale price was the same as their regular 2TB drives, it was worth it at the time.

The case... The Corsair Air 540 case is a thing of beauty. So much space to work with. So clean on the interior. Space on the back side of the case to put your low heat components to keep them out of the air flow of the things that require better cooling. The fact that it can mount a 280mm radiator. Its just a great case for the price. My only gripe is that they mounted the motherboard a tad bit high, which makes it difficult to mount a radiator with 4 fans to the top. Now, you could avoid this by mounting to the front of the case and reversing the case fans push pull... Or you could be stubborn like me and just drill new holes into your fan to allow it to mount.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

X99 supports quad channel RAM. Your system would run more efficient in sets of 4. Buying 4 X 8GB of RAM right now can be expensive as you mentioned above.

If you thinking later on added additional 2 X 8GB, you would be doing the right thing :)

Enjoy your new machine!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

X99 does indeed support quad channel RAM, but from what I've read up/researched on quad channel RAM, the gains are negligible. That's part of the reason I chose to (2 x 8GB) vs (4 x 4GB). In the case of (2 x 8GB) I'm only using two of my slots. So when I add more RAM (and my goal is to add 6 more 8GB sticks as the 'need' arises, or it goes on a drastic sale), I won't need to remove sticks of RAM to reach the goal of 64GB.

But... in the end... sometimes goals and practicality don't always align so we'll see what happens!

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

IMO it was a better choice to start off with dual channel as well and have the mind to upgrade later to quad-channel 32GB which would have been beastly. Btw, great build. X99's a bit pricey at the moment, but totally worth the performance. It should do good for LOOONG. +2 if I could.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm hoping to go the x99 route as well. How long do you think this would last you? The build itself!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully forever! But realistically, I have no idea. My goal is to drop another 980 in it and move to 4k by the end of the year, so It will probably be an ongoing work in progress. As far as the actual parts for what I use them for, It would appear that it will last me well into the foreseeable future. Maybe I'll be able to get another 10 years out of this one?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious. Why did u go with a 1000W power supply? You would only need about 500 for your build, maybe a little more if you wanted to over clock.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Because Newegg Sales. That power supply was dang near half off when I purchased it, plus it came with a $40 rebate. The price was just too good to pass up. Plus if $1200 drops into my lap and I can drop in two more 980s + overclock without needing to upgrade the PSU.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and a good description to go with it! Nicely done.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Much appreciated.