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(Cable management has been improved significantly since the pics, though there is still more to go. I also got 9 external DVD drives for loading large amounts of data quickly, which I didn't add here since they're external.)

First build and as you can see, I didn't quite start slow.

I got the 3930K because this machine performs OCR (optical character recognition) 23 hours a day, and I play games the other hour. I've been running OCR processes on 9 threads and leaving the other 3 for other processes, putting it at 75% CPU just about 24/7.

I've got 4 3TB drives to store the results of the OCRing, not RAIDed or anything, plus one SSD for Ubuntu and one for Windows.

I'd appreciate some feedback and advice from you guys:

*OCing: I haven't overclocked yet, but planning on doing a mild overclock of the CPU since it's cooled by the H110. This is a $500 CPU, though, and it's going to be at close to full load 24/7--pretty atypical usage. Will its lifespan be damaged at all if I keep temps low, or is it only high temps and high voltages that can shorten its life?

(Update: Getting instability in Prime95, etc, at past 4.2, which is too bad. It should be able to go higher. Don't know what to do about that.)

*GPU: Got the pair of 780s right before the TIs came out and the price reduction. Bummer. Looked into doing litecoin mining on them with cudaminer, but couldn't get it set up on Ubuntu 13.10.

Get 45-60 fps with Eyefinity on BF4, Metro: Last Light, Crysis 3, etc.

*AIRFLOW/COOLING: I sure did need all that room in the big case. I was thinking about watercooling but I probably won't now since there's no room for a loop that includes the SLI GPUs and since I already shelled out for the H110. What sucked is that there were several places the H110 rad would have fit, but the closed loop is so short that I had no choice but to take the 240mm fan out of the top (actually break it out, because the screws immediately stripped) and put it there.

The graphics card temps were brought down a lot because I mounted a fan to one of the HDD cages, but when I get more HDDs I'm going to have to move it.

*Other notes:

-Kind of annoying that the top handle on the case isn't removable; it limits options as far as rads and fans up there.

-I am absolutely in love with Microcenter, where I bought everything in this build except the monitors. Really impressed by their selection, knowledgeable staff and low prices. I hope they stay in business and succeed.

-Since this is not just a gaming rig but a computational workhorse for work purposes, and the GPUs are totally going to waste (strange that OCRing doesn't use them at all, it seemed like a likely candidate) are there any cool ways (programming is cool to me btw, I do a lot of statistical analysis and massive SQL databases and GIS sometimes) I can make use of my GPUs within Linux, besides bitcoin mining (I've got nvidia) and folding (want something that benefits me personally or professionally more than altruistically lol)? How about just suggestions for GPU-pushing games to play?

-Can't see it in the pic, but the high-profile Vengeance ram looks pretty cool on the motherboard, towering up like a fortress.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 10 points

Please fix your cables. Your case has pretty good cable management options and it would help you get better airflow

  • 72 months ago
  • -1 points

Thanks. I've got a lot of excess cable tucked away behind the motherboard and can and will pull some of remaining excess cable back there. I can also reroute a cord or two from above the bottom fan to use the hole in the case below the motherboard, rather than above the fan. The main thing that you are seeing, though, is the really thick and heavy cords going to the GPUs coming from my semi-modular PSU, and they're kind of resistant to being told where to go. I'm not sure what to do about that.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, I've got a Storm Stryker myself, and there is no excuse for cables like that. I've only got one GPU, but still, it's a great case for cable management (although those rubber grommets don't like to stay in their holes...).

Good build, otherwise.

EDIT: The top handle on the CM Storm Stryker is removable, just slide the side panels off and feel along the top inside edges. You should feel three tabs per side. Just pop out all of the tabs and the top should come off.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build. As others have said, you want to fix the cables so you can get better airflow and better temps. The 780s throttle based on temps so it's important to keep them as cool as possible.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

hows the wireless adapter? Is it good?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Such an amazing build but such bad cable management ):

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

:O wow...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, but i would move the PC elsewhere for leg room.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

For the love of God and all that is holy, please fix your cables!!

Seriously though, as others have said, keeping the 780's cool prevents them from throttling, and seeing as how good cable management can improve airflow and therefore lower temps, I think it would be in your best interest to properly manage your cables.

EDIT: Also, I can see that someone is downvoting comments that suggest you fix your cables, but don't worry. I'll keep upvoting them. :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Quote xBlood_Monkey "For the love of God and all that is holy" did your anus bleed when you saw that cabling. hehe

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Why yes, yes it did. :p

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build , apart from needing to sort out the cable issue , you might wanna buy a new desk to really show off those monitors , looks like it's gonna collapse at any minute :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Get and SSD and manage your cable better bro! Then you get an 11/10! ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Your setup won't use past 2GB of vram, that's why you didn't see it go past. Just because you are running two cards with 2GB of vram each doesn't mean you get 4, that's not how SLI works.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct. I know how ram works in SLI but I briefly had 4GB cards in and it wasn't using much more than 2. So I do need some advice: Do I stick with GTX 770s or is it worth it to shell out for GTX 780s tomorrow?

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  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

The 680s that I have are 2GB. I am either going to exchange them for 770s (2GB, same price) or 780s (3GB, $650 each) since they are still in the return window. It is true that my monitors are 60hz and I'm not buying new ones, so I will not see benefit to increasing FPS past 60. But I will from turning up anti-aliasing, etc. to max. (Unless it turns out that at max settings w/ 780s, FPS are too crappy, in which case if I return to slightly-less-than-max settings with the 780s, I suppose I wouldn't be seeing an advantage of the 770s.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had the cash to splash and wasn't a broke college student, I'd do no more than 2 GTX 760 4GBs, affordable, all you need for a good long while, in my opinion anything more would be over-kill/ bragging. I think the Zotac(?) 760 4GB are $260.00 ea, $520.00 VS. $600.00-800.00+.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Wish it was mostly for gaming. Can you educate us on OCR?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I can play games as much as I want on it, I'd say that just happens to be about an hour a day on average. OCR is just a very computationally-intense process for taking an image and identify the letters/turning it into digital text. I'm taking millions on scanned government forms and making them searchable.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

man if you really want to, buy cable extensions if your having trouble with cables not being long enough i did for my other build and it looks unreal. you can buy them sleeved as well so a nice pair of white or black cables would look great. Id reccomend using them for the cards 2 8 pin connectors and 2 6 pin connectors will do the trick. http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/premium-modding/alchemy-cables/

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

My cables are long enough, the ones running power to the GPU are just TOO long and you can't really bend and tuck them away because they're so thick.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

behind mb tray

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The cords going from the power supply to the GPUs obviously can't go behind the mb. I do, of course, have a ton of other cables snaked back there.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

take the 2 hours it takes to clean them up, when i say behind the mb tray i mean are u snaking the cables around the back of your MOTHERBOARD TRAY that is what holds your motherboard on the case... look up a cable management guide on youtube and you will know what i mean

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be posting my build later this week and I'll show you how I did mine but what I found works best for cable management is to pull all the cables through the back of the case next to the powersupply. Then separate the cables into the cords going to the motherboard from the power supply group 1, the case cords to the motherboard as group 2, the sata + power cords to hdd, optical drive, and sdd as group 3, the powersupply cords to the gpus as group 4, and case fans as group 5.

Then try plugging them in starting with group 2, group 1, plug in your satas to your motherboard and pull them back through, group 4, and group 3, and the cable 5

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable Management is painful

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG please get a better desk. No offence but you beast pc will look great with a new desk.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I find a free online ocr to convert image to text.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build. I just recommend you fix your cables, the case is good for cable management, as said by Mr.UnlimitedStrikes.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Those cables! Those cables, why?

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

I like it but it could've been a bit better, still an awesome machine :)

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Even a crappy build looks better with good cable management. It's a shame to see such a good build be marred by poor cable management.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

When I bought this I knew the IB-E was coming out (if I recall, it's the same as this one but with like 3.4 base instead of 3.2, or maybe the base is the same and the boost is slightly higher) like 6 weeks later, and honestly I just didn't want to wait. From what I read the improvements aren't that significant, and I figured I could OC it to the same levels as the new IB-E. I figured this price would have been about the same but I had no guarantee of that; one thing that did interest me is whether the price of my chip would have gone down if I did wait until the new one came out. Haswell I don't really care about, I don't know about x99, and no, I'm not going to upgrade, the choice was wait a few weeks for the IB-E or buy now.

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