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I built this machine to 5-box World of Warcraft.

The motherboard requires 8 slots in a case to do triple SLI, so I had to buy a bigger case in order to stay with the same motherboard and use all 3 video cards. See my other piece o' crap build for details on that build with only two of the three video cards utilized using a SilverStone FT05S.

This case is huge. It's way too big for what I want to use it for, but I had to settle on it for now. I removed all of the drive cages, as I'm only putting in one SSD drive which I mounted on the motherboard mounting backplate. I added a 200mm fan where the external drives bays used to be. The rivet holes lined up for two of the screws, but were off by 5mm or so for the other two, so I secured that side with a couple of zip ties. I've got the bottom, front 3 and top 3 fans oriented to pull air in. I have the rear fan set to exhaust air. And finally, I've placed the case front side down to achieve a 90 degree rotation so that the rear exhaust fan acts like a chimney fan. With this, I am able to get the cpu to idle at around 32C. The case is "tucked" away around the side of my desk, so it's not too noticeable, despite the monstrosity of its size.

As soon as I can find a smaller case that has 8 expansion slots, no external drive bays, 90 degree vertical motherboard orientation, a clean minimalist design and at a reasonable price, I will replace this case.

If only the FT05S had 8 slots, it would have been a fine choice.

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Out of curiosity, why did you go with 970 3 way sli vs a 980 sli?

  • 58 months ago
  • 7 points

I'd say for amount of ports

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The 970's cost about half the price of the 980's for not much less power. Also, I didn't actually need all of the power, but rather the ports and dedicated GPU's to drive the 6 monitors. Although I have the SLI bridge attached, I'm actually running the cards separately most of the time.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

no AIO?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an iMac Retina for my AIO on my main desk. :-)

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I believe you thought I meant all in one PC, I meant all in one cooler. Liquid cooling would fit perfectly for this budget and especially for that CPU.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

lol... Yup, mistook what you said. I'm still considering liquid cooling if I ever decide to run any games more intense than what I'm running now. The CPU barely goes over 44 degrees under load with the air cooler I have right now. :-)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Kinda looks like NASA's mission control station!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, it's a piece o' crap alright... +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a beast

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

With that much room, did you consider water cooling? or too expensive?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm still considering it. For now, the air cooling seems to be doing fine. If I get into more serious gaming where the cards actually get taxed beyond the ~73 degree point, then I'll look at it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Where's the guy that's asked you why didn't you get {insert graphics card here} instead of three 970's?? Oh there they are ^ It's so annoying seeing that on every single build, they feel like they are teaching you something. That you didn't know 980s were a thing

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish i could do more then +1 on this, since i am a warcraft player myself. The multibox is done very well it looks like, but honestly, i like the 3 way SLI as well. Very nice looking machine.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I was checking out this build on account of my first build will be using the i7-5960X with air cooling, and I realized that I had posted a comment here - small world.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

x2 980 or a 980ti would've been better

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's a good chunk of change. I paid half that for my car! Looks like a fun battlestation though.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play WoW but why would you want to use 5 monitors?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I multibox 5 accounts. :-)

Picture posted.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You must have mad Micro skills.

Meepo on DotA 2 is enough for me :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The Silverstone RV03 has 8 expansion slots, rotated mobo, is smaller than the Nanoxia at 22.44"H x 9.25"W x 20.55" L, costs $160, & isn't too gaudy with grey trim...

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  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

I built this machine to 5-box World of Warcraft.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I figured one core (+ hyper-threading) per game instance and three for Windows.

:-)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

For multiple people playing games simultaneously is my guess.