Description

This computer of mine was built in 2012. However, nearly all of the parts have been upgraded since then. The only 'original' parts are the optical drive, Ram, and the power supply. The case is also original.

I started out almost four years ago with an i7 2700k and a GTX 670 from EVGA. Since then, I went from Sandy Bridge to an i7 3770k, and from there got a new motherboard - an Asus Maximus VII Formula, and installed a 4790k. In between all of these, my 670 became a 780, and my 780 became a 980, my 980 was 'retired' and became a 980 Ti. In fact, my 'paperweight' (They are still functional) 980 and 980 Ti are the only graphics cards I have kept after removing them from my system. I am currently running an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. I do not overclock, but have ran into problems with thermal throttling on the FE cooler. I went with it because I like Nvidia's NVTTM shroud design. To get rid of the problem, I created a custom fan profile with MSI Afterburner. The card does not reach above 70c on full load now, and no longer throttles below 1800 MHz. My turbo clock is usually ~1835 MHz at full load, but I've observed as high as 1898 MHz personally, and certain applications such as Unigine Heaven have reported clocks as high as 1911 MHz, which is pretty decent considering I haven't touched a bloody thing! The build date is the date of when I installed my last major upgrade. However, as aforementioned, the original PC is several years old, although only a few parts can bear witness to that.

Benchmarks: This is kind of a system update. I originally had a build called 'Sturm's Awesome PC', which was the same as this albeit with my old 980 Ti. The difference here is that I'm running a GTX 1080.

Anyway, in Unigine Heaven, I ran a benchmark loop at 1440p and maxed out settings, including 8x AA. I ended up with an average framerate of 65 fps. This figure is noticeably higher than some review sites' tests. I assume this is because I am using a custom fan profile for the card, since the default one is way too conservative to maintain a stable (and high) boost clock.

In Metro: Last Light Redux, I ran the in-game benchmark at 1440p and the highest options that were selectable, including SSAA and Physx. I ended up with an average fps of 48. Not too shabby, eh! Keep in mind the SSAA benchmark option forces 4x SSAA, which effectively brings the amount of pixels rendered at a resolution of 1440p (2.5k) to 10 million pixels. This is over twice the amount of pixels utilises in 4K, and also more than 5K. That is pretty damn impressive...

Here is my latest 3Dmark Firestrike score: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/13085736?

I will eventually post an up-to-date Firestrike Ultra score as well. The problem is, 3Dmark has been somewhat erratic recently, particularly with the new stress test feature. What else is new...

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty sweet build with some good bit touch of history. Now dont hate me, but I would not mind if you give me one of your older unequipped and paperweight gpu tho... XD

Anyways.... +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be possible to run the 1080 as your main card, and have one of the others put in and dedicate it to physx?

Love the build BTW, +1 from me.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Waste of power, it's honestly not worth it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It would, but I would never do it. Physx cards are basically a waste. They consume a tonne of power, and do not contribute to much, besides heating up the rest of my system more than it has to.

Plus, Physx cards can often be a bottleneck. I hate using that term, but I have seen that they are/were pretty common. I'd rather my cards just stay paperweights.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhhh the CM Storm Enforcer, my first case too about 3 - 4 years ago

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really small and looks like it would be frustrating to build in.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I kind of regret getting the case.

However, it is what it is. I have an upgrade slated for (hopefully) sometime this summer. Thinking about getting a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, which should really be a great addition.

The Storm Enforcer is an old case. However, it is also quite archaic. There is literally no support for 240mm AIOs, so I was forced to use an H80i GT.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Phanteks cases really aren't. Fairly modular, and easy to cable manage

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you already had a 980ti it would have made since to get another one of those and have 2 way sli over the 1 1080.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not interested in SLI. It is too power-hungry and I dislike how erratic it can sometimes be. I like starting 'fresh'.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Optime! Magnificentior est! Lol anyways, how does the 1080 FE overclock? I've been considering one myself, but will most likely wait until the aftermarket cards come out if I decide to go with that GPU at all. I know that's not really the best card for a budget, but do you think its worth the extra money?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

tibi gratias!

I do not overclock, so I cannot tell you for sure. I can just say that it has a really bad fan profile out of the box. If you get a Founders Edition 1980, make sure to set a custom profile. The cooler itself is actually not bad. It is improved in some ways in comparison to the older NVTTM reference design from Nvidia. The problem is that the 1080 FE's fan curve is far too conservative, and it will eventually start to throttle under high enough loads. The good thing, however, is that there is a lot of headroom for the blower fan. The default profile does not go above 55% fan speed in the worst case scenario. Turn it up to 70% and the thing is golden, even after running Witcher 3 for hours in a hot room, lol. The cooler is very quiet even at those speeds. I would say to go with it, but I do believe the 100$ USD premium is ludicrous.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well he purchased them over a certain span of time. Not all at once.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably has a job.....

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

so what? Anyone with a proper 9-5 career-type job could do that. I could build a $8000 PC tomorrow no question if I wanted.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, no, not really. If I could get a decent price for one or both of them, I would possibly consider it. However, there are newer, better, cheaper cards out now. There is no logic getting a 980 or 980 Ti from my 'collection' unless you do not mind getting ripped off (I would only part with the 980 Ti alone for no less than 400$).

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