Description

This was my first ever build. Prior to this I was using a 5 year old Dell purchased from Best Buy, needless to say it was junk for video games. The buying process began in December when I got the Intel Core i7 from the Intel Retail Edge program. It took me approximately 6 months to buy all the components constantly checking and comparing different websites. I put the build together by the end of June, but at that time I only had 8gb of RAM, one GTX780, and 3 hard drives. After Black Friday and all the holiday sales I now have a complete build that will last me for at least 3 years before I need to upgrade.

The biggest downside of this thing is that it is hot as balls during the summer. Both 780s running at once with all the fans cranked up to max still causes temps to be around 90C. Might have to take or disable one of the GPUs every summer.

Thanks for reading. Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same issue as you with my temps in my build!

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ztNNnQ

I see a critical flaw however. You have only a single case fan pulling air in and 4 high-quality fans pushing air out. Do the math :P Check out this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NYHC3DXynM

Also, I would recommend placing 2 140MM noctuas in the front. They're going to need to run high to keep the GPU's cool.

I see that the HDD rack is high and there is nothing underneath it... can you push it down since it would provide a better direct airflow to the top card (the hottest card).

This is exactly why my build is watercooled haha... very fun but it hurt the wallet! :p

Edit: I see that you have 2 fans on the bottom now.. fix the two in the front aswell if you can, ifnot move the bottom fans to the front and fix the HDD trays if you can in that case!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

If I move the HD cage down it'll prevent the two Cougar fans from being installed. So that's out of the question, but adding an additional two 140mm fans is something that I will consider doing. Once the damn prices of Noctua go down!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What if he used the 3 top fans along with the front for intake and used the bottom and back fans as exhaust? This was he can can cool air pushed down to reach the gpus.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I think the Noctua CPU cooler will block most of the air coming in. That thing is blocking nearly two thirds of the GPUs. Also the hot air that exits of the cooler will be blown downwards as well. Its always best to have exhaust to be upwards because hot air rises.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, I overlooked that.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the banana

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew someone will get the reference. Imgurians unite!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

"Little"

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah...little.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the banana being used for sized reference +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 your +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Both 780s running at once with all the fans cranked up to max still causes temps to be around 90C.

How many more fps do you get from OCing the GPU?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No clue. I don't plan on overclocking my GPUs. Scared that they'll overheat even more!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you not have gotten the Noctua Redux's?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time when I started the build the redux just came out and were extremely expensive, not to mention hard to come by. The fans that I got were on sale on NCIX and amazon so I got them instead

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

90C does not sound good, CPUs usually shut down the system when they get to 90C that is the most common critical temp.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

but I do not know the capabilities of GPUs

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct, 90C is usually the max temp GPUs go to but it depends what game I'm running and if both cards are running simultaneously. Usually i disable one of then if I'm not playing anything crazy.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

To combat the GPU temps, why not install a kraken g10 plus a corsair h50, h75 or whatever it supports.. The temps will rapidly decrease :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Call me paranoid but i don't trust water cooling that much. Granted that water cooling has come a long way and is much safer than before but with my luck something will burst and fry my PC to kingdom come.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose that's a valid excuse :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Banana for scale?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Banana for scale.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it when it first came out and it is worth every penny! I love this cooler and highly recommend it. The only thing that a lot of people do not like about it is the fan color, but to me its fine. i don't care about the color I care about performance and Noctua is amazing at producing high quality products. The biggest thing you have to watch out for is the size and weight. Make sure your MoBO and case can support this beast.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, my case is Nzxt Phantom 530.

My motherboard is MSI z97 gaming 5.

will i be good?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you should be fine. Your case dimensions are (H x W x D) 22.52" x 9.25" x 21.38" My case has a few millimeters more in depth (21.06" x 9.25" x 21.65") than the NZXT case but it should be fine. The only foreseeable problem is the ram. Try not to get too high profile ram because you're going to have to raise the the front 150mm fan on the cooler. The higher the ram the higher you will have to raise the fan and then your case may not be able to support it. G Skill sniper series and Corsair Dominator series are two examples.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I just bought g.skill ares 1600 ..

are those good?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are fine. I looked over your saved parts and if I may make some suggestions to your build. If you don't plan on overclocking too much forgo the D15 and get yourself a cheaper cooler anything from a Hyper 212 Evo by Cooler Master or a single fan cooler from Noctua. Take that money and invest in a SSD for booting up. You'll be blown away at how fast they are and they're relatively cheap nowadays too. Also your board has the capability to run dual graphics cards so if you are planning to run Corssfire i suggest you get a higher wattage PSU. Something along the lines of a 850W.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

the universal measurement. never leave home without it.