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I built this machine for Gaming/3D Maya work. Originally it started with one GTX 770 back in may, but this month I threw in another one when I decided to upgrade to a "4K" QHD Monitor. Also threw in two more SSD's when they were dirt cheap on Black Friday, I intend to put them in RAID 0 when I get the SATA cables for them later this month. Maya works flawlessly, although it could use more CPU power for rendering, and the interface only uses one of the GTX 770 cards....

Regardless, it works as a 4K gaming rig (BioShock Infinite 4K at High Settings near 60FPS), eventually I might toss on a better CPU, but I have overclocked this to 4.6Ghz (using one of the built in presets in UEFI), although I did have it at 5Ghz for a while, but occasionally it crashed and I didn't want to bother for the extra 0.4Ghz, plus, adding the 770 puts me dangerously close to not having enough power.

More pictures coming when I get around to it. (Just bored @ work, lol) Let me know what you think, and what upgrades you recommend. Again, I want to make this a better 4K gaming rig that also has the render power to churn out decent FHD renders. I'll use the render farm at my work to do a final product, but I need a good working and previewing machine for home. That's part of why I chose the 2011 socket, because it has all the XEON processors for mad rendering, and I knew I would have money to upgrade in the future, just didn't know this early, lol.

Almost forgot, for the green glow I put in two BitFenix Alchemy led strips (30 CM) they're really bright as you can see, I highly recommend them, but I would only get one to light up your build.

P.S. The 1080P monitor isn't what I actually have, but I couldn't find the exact one that I have from like 6 years ago. The CD drive isn't the same one either, but who gives a crap? I unplugged it to add one of the SSDs, lol.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. Can you take some more pics of the interior? Thanks :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great man, add more pictures

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Reminds me of a Borg cube, +1.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

why 770? what about the 900 series?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking back it was a mistake. I should have gone for the 900 series, but at the time of building (May 2014) I had just gotten my job and didn't have the money saved. I felt like the 770 was a good HIGH level class between the premium cards and the mid-level cards.

I added another one to try and compensate when I also upgraded to the 4K display.

Short answer, you're right, the 900 series would have been better. If I built it today, I would use a single 900 series.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

he only added one. He did his first build back in may and kept 1 gtx 770. I wish everyone would read the description. Its not even along desc

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have trouble turning the hdd case 90 degrees so the fans are facing forward? i just did a build with this case and i had troubles with the fans sticking out because the mounting plates where stopping it from going back and when i fixed that it was really hard to put the 5.25" drive covers in https://pcpartpicker.com/b/4JPscf

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really, but I did use the cougar fans instead of the stock ones. I moved one of the stock ones to the back radiator and am going to add another back in on the bottom to push out the extra gpu heat. I'm not a huge fan (pun intended) of stock fans and usually replace them with silent ones. Without getting scientific, it looks like they're about the same size. Although I remember something about a vertical rod that I just strait up pulled out of the rig because I had no idea wtf it was for, and it was causing trouble. I'm having no issues w/o it, so it must have not been important. Hope that helps.