(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.
-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.