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Yeah, you read that title right. I HAD to build this! It was necessary!

Kind of... if you just believe hard enough.

So here's a bit of backstory to explain myself... if you don't care about me, skip the first two paragraphs below, and if you don't care about any of that nonsense, skip to the line.

You see, I receive money from Social Security because I am unable to get a job. Why that is doesn't matter, but ideally, I would save up the money to do something meaningful with it, like starting a business... but I can't. If my balance ever goes above a certain amount, I get cut off. I'm literally required to waste my money every month. Pretty cool, huh? So I figured, why not dump it into something nice? I could, so I did!

I like to plan builds on this site for fun on occasion. I'll pick a price range and a vague theme and put together a part list I liked based on that, maybe save it for some reason, then go do something else. Almost all of those lists were ITX systems, for you see, I do not believe in wasted space. I'm the kind of guy who believes buying a full size ATX case for your i5 and 1070 is a retarded decision, no matter how big your hands are or how afraid you are of small spaces. I'm wrong, but I digress.

This is one list that I put together one day on a whim. I decided to make the craziest, most powerful system in the smallest case I could find, with no price limit. Never did I imagine I'd actually build it. What actually kicked this whole build off was when I noticed on one fateful day in November of 2015 that I had slightly over $1000 saved up and needed to get rid of it... so I bought the 5960X on impulse, immediately regretted it and cancelled the order, then rationalized the idea of going through with building this computer and re-ordered it.

As soon as the processor arrived, I hugged it and loved it and named it George, then came to the sudden realization that I was actually going through with this plan. It's worth noting that until this happened, my last computer was worth about $1000 in total, and I considered that "a bit extreme." Naturally, I had to share this wondrous feeling with my friendpals, and some of them shared it with some of their friendpals, and I had found a naysayer! To this day, I don't know his name, and he probably doesn't even remember whatever happened (I know I don't,) but he said this was impossible! That it would melt the polar ice caps or something! Bah! I showed him! It only melts plastic on occasion!

And so began the 15 month plan. Every month or two, I would buy a new part or two until I had everything. I was also fortunate enough to have an amazingly generous friendpal who was willing to put some of his money down on my behalf (for which I am eternally grateful,) which is the explanation for the missing or reduced prices on some things. Were it not for his help, this build wouldn't have been finished before June of 2017, nor would I have been able to begin using the system as soon as I did. Wouldn't you know it, my previous computer was starting to crap out due to a faulty motherboard and power supply, and it failed mere days after getting just enough parts for this system to run in October of 2016.

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Let's get this out of the way, first and foremost. This is overkill, and I know it. I do not currently, nor will I ever truly need anything near the processing power in this system. One graphics card and a 6700K would have been completely sufficient, but that's not the point. Overkill is the point. I do need all 10.5 TB of storage though, that's actually getting used.

THE RATIONALE

CPU: Bought on impulse when I noticed I had the money for it, immediately cancelled, then re-purchased after some thought. I still believe 16 threads is more than I need, and I haven't ever actually seen it go beyond 50% usage unless playing a certain triple-A game at 5760x1080, or when rendering/encoding stuff.

CPU Cooler: Death to water coolers! I hate them, I hate water cooling so diddly-darn much. I understand the benefits and I don't mind the idea of maintenance, but what I absolutely cannot stand is the sound of the pumps. Goodness gracious, the pumps. I've listened to all kinds of water cooling pumps, and they all produce a sound that just grates on my eardrums. Cannot stand it. So I got the biggest air cooler I could fit in the case. Job done.

Motherboard: It had the features I wanted, and it wasn't ASRock. At the time of purchase, it was also the only mATX X99 board in stock. I do kind of wish the M.2 slot was PCIe 3.0 x4, but 2.0 is fine. Shame I don't get the full NVME goodness though.

RAM: Because I can. I wanted 64 GB, I wanted fast, and frankly, I just wanted the TridentZ looks. At the time of purchase, this was the fastest kit available, and the only color... and then two days after the return window closed, the black and yellow kit came into stock. It's irritating, but it's fiiiiiiiiiine...

Storage: Here's the part that makes my friends and family ask the big questions, to which I have big answers. First, I bought all OCZ SSDs because I like the warranties. RD400 is a boot drive with key programs also installed on it, the 960 GB drives are 100% dedicated to games (not in RAID,) and the 240 GB drives are used as scratch disks and cache for the mechanical hard drives. I bought Western Digital because I will not have Seagate in my house, and the comparable Hitachi drives were too loud. 4 TB because I'm set to begin working with many large video files in the future and need to keep local backups at all times, and I already work with a lot of music and audio, but those drives are mostly empty for the moment.

GPUs: Two 1080s because of course two 1080s. What else? For the sake of it, I also wanted the biggest graphics cards I could fit in the case, not only to maximize cooling performance, but also because I'm a glutton for punishment and just have to cram as much nonsense as possible into small spaces. I actually wanted the Zotac Amp edition (not extreme) cards because I think they're just amazingly beautiful, (prettiest graphics cards I ever done seen!) but they were just too big for the case.

Case: It was the smallest case I could find that would fit all this hardware and still look good... enough. The SG10 would have been my choice if it wasn't for the strange brushed look and very obvious hole behind the mesh. I also like Silverstone a lot, and as a cat owner, I like included dust filters even more.

PSU: It fit the case, had the power needed, and is quiet. I was originally looking at a Silverstone unit, but I preferred the 80+ Gold certification of this one. I actually chose this based on the recommendation of a member here on the forum, but I seem to have deleted my thread (and all my other completed builds,) which I don't remember doing, so I don't remember their name. If you see this post, person who helped me, leave a comment!

Optical drive: Uh... I don't actually have a reason for this one. I just kinda... bought it... for reasons. To watch the blu-ray movies I don't own? Sure. Maybe it's to play PS3 games on that emulator that's not really usable.

Other things: Sound deadening material is just something I wanted. It does precious little, what with the unfortunately necessarily sparse application of it, but it does have enough of an effect for me to be pleased with it. Got that Akust kit for the same end goal of sound deadening. Rubber bits for mounting the hard drives has made a significant improvement. The Cablemod cables not only look good, but were 100% necessary to actually have cables that would fit in the case. And finally, Noiseblocker fans for reasons evident in the brand name. If only they made a 180mm model... the top fan on the case is the loudest component of the system until the graphics cards get hit hard with something.

BENCHMARKS

For these benchmarks, I didn't turn off any system processes, didn't disable additional screens, and only closed most (not all) background processes. These scores are not as high as they probably could be (especially not the Valley score, something's wrong there,) but I don't much care about that.

Click the benchmark titles for screenshots.

Intel Extreme Tuning Utility: 2156 Marks

RealBench (Updated): Image Editing: 154984 (Up from 132286) Encoding: 284173 (Up from279224) OpenCL: 165652 (Up from 159090) Heavy Multitasking: 236838 (Up from 222313) * System Score: 177281 (Up from 166410)

Cinebench R15 (Updated): CPU: 1743 (Up from 1710) GPU: 170.21 (Up from 159.81)

Unigine Valley 1.0 (Updated): Extreme HD Preset: 5059 (Up from 4442) (I still call shenanigans on this one, even after the update. This just seems too low for the hardware, and I don't know why.)

Unigine Heaven 4.0 (Updated): Extreme Preset but at 1920x1080 fullscreen: 4153 (Up from 3989) (Shenanigans for the same reason as Valley.)

3DMark (Updated): Time Spy: 12,442 (Up from 10,985) Fire Strike: 26,860 (Up from 21,362)

CrystalDiskMark: A lot of big numbers that mean pretty much nothing in the real world. (A+B = SSDs, C = RD400, H+L = HDDs)

Ambient temperature of the room for all of these benchmarks (which is when I measured the temps in the post) was 21 C (70 F) and did not fluctuate more than .2 of a degree celsius.

OVERCLOCKING AND STUFF

Someone says I didn't push any of my hardware hard enough, but I think it's just fine how it is. CPU is overclocked to 4.5 GHz core 3.5 GHz cache, and it's stable after a 24 hour XTU stress test, and a separate 24 hour RealBench stress test. Voltage is at an adaptive 1.2.

The graphics cards are overclocked asynchronously with a voltage curve using MSI Afterburner. Max core clock for both cards is 2062, but only the bottom card sees that number very often. Both cards have the same memory overclock of +500. You'll have to let me know if that means it's effective clock is 11000 or 10500, because I don't understand that myself.

RAM is overclocked to only 2667 MHz, because the system becomes very unstable (like flipping a switch) beyond that frequency. However, as shown in the RealBench screenshot, the real good stuff is in the timings, which are 12-12-12-32-1T. Completely stable.

Here's a picture of the AI Tweaker screen of the UEFI, and here's a picture from XTU that makes only some sense.

FINAL WORDS

All in all, this was a really dumb idea, but I did it anyway. I enjoy it though. I'd definitely do it again, given the chance. Heck, I enjoy building computers so much that I once built a computer for my friend on the other side of the country and shipped it to him without charging him a thing. I had that build posted here at one point, but it's gone now, and I don't know why...

I'm just very excited to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

It only took 15 months.


More pictures on Imgur: https://imgur.com/a/B5U1r

EDIT: Found the problem with GPU performance. The PCIe slots were running as 2.0 slots rather than 3.0 for some reason. Working on fixing that and re-running benchmarks.

EDIT2: Set the PCIe slots to Gen 3 this time and redid the graphical benchmarks. This time, I ran the Unigine ones twice, but they still seem to be performing less than optimally, especially in Unigine benchmarks. I don't understand it.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 7 points

I LOVE IT! I am of the same mind set. Why have all that space if nothing is there? now the budget is another story... I don't have that... Also I love your writing. I read your whole review and you kept me here the whole time. Loved it all!

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

awesome build and story, take my upvote lol

The next thing you should waste money on is watercooling :P that would be pretty awesome

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I am giving you this comment and +1 for one big reason, not the triple monitors, not the great looking cables, it is for the ps vita. Good build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow +1 Also you need more monitors.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. Gotta get that 9x3 grid.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta take advantage of those dual 1080s, 10 monitors is a must.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

9x3 grid running games with a 4K graphics tablet on the side and a VR headset running a separate game. No biggie.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

"If you cant run it, you haven't overclocked enough" Half the Internet. also why stop at one VR headset?

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Because that's the last HDMI port. :P

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd be a little worried about your CPU temps on load. If I were you I'd take things back a bit.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Fortunately, that temperature is only during benchmarks. Even when encoding videos where the CPU usage reaches 100%, the temperature only hits 80. It's far less pretty much all the time. Plus, the thermal junction for this processor is what, 105?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build and the backstory! :P

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

How can i get some social security? Need me an overkill build

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

Easy. Become disabled.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

little monster :-)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I built my friend a PC and put it on here too. Didnt charge him a dime. I had all the parts delivered to his house and then flew out to visit him a year ago to the week. I had his parents hide all the packages and keep it a secret from him. Surprised him by putting them in his room the morning I was arriving.

Also nice overkill.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Where in the world did you get the OCZ VT180s? I've been looking since August of last year and haven't found any? Great rig BTW! ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I got them on Amazon late last year, but they seem to be out of stock yet again. Check there every few days and set a stock alert on Newegg, they'll pop in eventually.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel you. I love space efficiency at everything in life. Hoping to build something like this one day.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

*what was your beef with Asrock?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Last computer was kill because of the Asrock motherboard. Last couple computers I worked with that had Asrock motherboards also had problems. Never had a problem with any major motherboard brand except Asrock.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

rip to your temps :) nice build tho

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to clarify because I found your back story somewhat misleading. I assume you're getting Supplemental Security Income from Social Security which is not the same as Social Security Disability Benefits. Social Security Disability Benefits are based on your having paid into Social Security through the FICA taxes and being totally disabled to work. SSI on the other hand is paid through general tax revenues and there is a savings (resource) limit for that. The maximum SSI payment per month is $735 in 2017 and that is without having any other source of income. You are not required to waste the money each month. The purpose is to provide for your housing, food and other necessities. If you're able to save enough of it to buy computer parts, good for you!

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

You assume correctly, and you're right, it was admittedly a little misleading. To clarify what I meant by the need to waste, it was alluding to the resource limit, which is too low to be useful in my area, what with rent costs being high and low income housing being completely occupied. So I've been stuck playing the waiting game. Were I fully independent, this would have been impossible.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for clarifying. I worked 32 years for Social Security :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build Ill give you that plus one, but first... Could you ship me a 6950x? :P Great Build

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

what size in liters is this case ?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

23 liters.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

thats super compact to a micro atx case :D

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

You wrote you failed to install Zotac Amp video, its 148mm wide. I looking to install MSI ARMOR 1070 (140mm) to my SG09 build, will it ok? Do you use 25mm vents on your left side? Is there any space between then and video?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a decent amount of space (in millimeters) between the 25mm thick fans and the graphics cards I installed. The Silverstone specs say that the maximum size for graphics cards is 144mm, and after measuring myself, I'd say you could probably squeeze in an extra 6mm if the power connectors were on the side rather than the top, or recessed like the ones on my cards.

Your card will fit just fine.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Would take a try this weekend. Also I ordered Noctua A9x14 vents (14mm) to get more space, hope it will be installed fine :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm the kind of guy who believes buying a full size ATX case for your i5 and 1070 is a retarded decision, no matter how big your hands are or how afraid you are of small spaces. I'm wrong, but I digress.

No, no, you're completely right. There's zero point to full ATX boards even existing in 2017 outside of the 3+ GPU HEDT market. What do those people do with all those blank PCIe and DIMM slots? Literally nothing more than collect dust.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow! I'm gonna break my back on purpose now, so I can get that sweet social security check. JK kek. But nice build! Overkill, but nice!

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

You get my +1!

(P.S., can I have a spare gtx 1080? Thanks.)

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  • 31 months ago
  • 8 points

I CAN REALLY FEEL THE FREEDOM!

  • 31 months ago
  • 10 points

I'M HAPPY TO PAY FOR YOUR BUILD!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ME TOO

I KNOW RIGHT!!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol jipster get yourself some fibromyalgia