For those following this build before, I changed stuff. I still like anime.
The build: 5930k (40x Lanes) overclocked to 4.375 GHz/3.00 GHz (Cache)/125 BCLK
DDR4 3000s (32gb) underclocked to 2000 MHz (11-11-11-27) UEFI/BIOS settings posted in pictures, your results may vary, and you may reach better performance, yet, my settings are encompassed on stability
2x EVGA 980 ti SC+ AC+ 2.0 overclocked modestly, shown in pictures attached.
Intel 750 Series 400gb SSD
1000W PSU :D
Fans, fans, fans, and more fans.
So why this stuff?
Well, this is my first build, and I thought I knew a lot, but, after learning more, and updating this guide to reflect lessons learned, I want to share with you my experiences so far.
I wanted a high-performance desktop, yet, did not want the prices pumped by "custom PC building websites" for cheap materials. I decided to build one. I wanted to sit back, relax with a wireless keyboard and mouse on a couch, with a TV-monitor a few feet away, while I played games, watched movies, worked on Excel spreadsheets, AutoCAD projects, editing movies and photography, and Skype/Meettings with family, friends, and coworkers.
I DID NOT want to pay for a game console, or sit in front a small screen and play Assassin's Creed or Rainbow Six without getting my wife involved, by watching or playing, and easily switch to a nice movie setting. So far, this is working PERFECTLY. We have wireless XBox One controllers, adapter, and Kinect too when we want to do more.
You might ask, "Why the two high-power GPUs for a 1080p, 1920x1080 native resolution at 60hz?"
Well, the full contrast of (0 - 255) at 12 bpc is FULLY utilized at better than 99% of desktops out there. Refer to 3DMark benchmark below.
Through bench marking, only people with the same build as I with a pumped up CPU OC, or three-way SLI do better, and they usually use that for a small, 4k, 144hz monitor. The pixels are wasted.
The case itself is too large for this build because I have NO external SSD/HDDs in this build. So, I utilized that space for FANS. There are (2) 240mm fans circulating air inside through filters, and (2) 120mm fans pumping that cold air into the fan-cooled GPUs and fan-cooled CPU. The exhaust fan takes the air pushed to the rear, and 2x 240mm fans push it through the top. HEAT RISES. You may have seen the Noctua on the horizontal plane versus this layout here, VERTICAL IS IDEAL.
I've tested both. Horizontally, in order for the GPUs to be separated for maximum cooling, one would be directly beneath the cooler, and heat dissipation would inhibit both parts. GPU-top would suffer significantly, and so will the CPU. The fans were initially on the bottom, BUT, one fan blew right past the motherboard and the other was severely inhibited by the power cables.
The case is awesome considering how MODULAR it is, and relatively inexpensive, all metal with a plastic see through panel in the front, which is ALSO great at dissipating heat.
At these settings, the build never crashes, and through ALL applications aside from the OCCT stress test, the CPU does not peak above 60 C, and the GPUs stay around that temperature or below. At idle, GPUs are hovering below 34C and the CPU is at or around 29C. Considering that most applications do not even use more than 25% of the RAM, the CPU is not necessarily stressed. 2-way GPU SLI also reaches ideal performance without stressing the CPU.
When the system boots, it relies on the RAM for the constant flowing data. But, when using the stored data of the Intel 750 Series, the system runs extremely smooth with one of the FASTEST read/write rates in the industry. Benchmark with lovely Shizuku is attached.
To be honest, the ONLY aspect pulling down this system is mediocre internet speeds. I need to hit up a Google Fiber city or something.
Per ASRock, at 40x lanes PCIE1 (GPU) should be 16x, PCIE3 (SSD) should be 16x, and PCIE5 (GPU) should be 8x. If that were the case, then the GPU SLI would bump down to 8x 8x and only 32x of the 40x lanes of the CPU are being utilized. I installed the Gigabyte GC, 1x lane, because I have 8x open lanes, now 7x; why wireless and Bluetooth? Home applications (laptop, phones, other TVs, etc.).
Regrets: Purchasing EVGA Pro SLI Bridge when it is too small for the distance resulting in superior temperature performance. DDR4 3000 loses latency, improves on speed, but stresses CPU unnecessarily. Purchase slower speeds and prioritize on 64gb instead of 32gb like me, the multiplier from 8gb is way easier to notice at 64gb than by 32gb.
I don't regret the cooling system, ALL PARTS (motherboard, PSU, CPU, GPUs, SSD) are being cooled consistently, AND there is NO RISK of liquid damage. The only thing I worry about is it getting colder than the ambient temperature, which can cause precipitation, which is WORSE than overheating. So, I made my build use more energy, perform better, stay warmer, and not shorten the life expectancy of the parts. Static pressure is a non-issue.
I don't regret the TV purchase. You would probably purchase a TV to watch sports, movies, play console games, and so on, AND purchase a monitor. I don't have to do the latter, and I stream everything through the internet.
I didn't include the Kinect, Controllers, Camera, XBox Adapter, etc. in the build because you will likely do what you want to make this fit you.
ASRock APP Shop (Downloads all the drivers).
3DMark (GPU Benchmark; testing)
I'm doing something right considering this build is doing better than 99% of others, even the 3-way SLIs
PCMark 8 (Build Benchmark for different usage - work, editing, recreational).
CPU-Z (Monitoring) GPU-Z (Monitoring)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD/SSD Benchmark)
EVGA PrecisionX 16 (GPU Overclock; Fan Control)
Intel(R) Extreme Tuning Utility (CPU Benchmark)
OCCT (CPU/Memory Stress Test; Monitoring )
I chose the name Kill la Kill because... I love anime.
This is an awesome anime.
I watch anime all the time on THIS build.
While sitting on the couch with my wife and
The comments below may have addressed earlier issues, like the layout, questions on the monitor/TV, limitations, pera pera, but, I feel I've reached a place where I am happy with.
If you are limited on the budget, and want the SAME applications, consider THIS website:
Why is the TV I chose so good for COMPUTERS???
Look at the response time.
You will see monitors on Newegg boasting about gaming performance but have a 6 ms response time versus the 0.3 ms response time I have. It's glorious. You may question why I dare play games with wireless peripherals. There is no lag. There is no lag. There is no lag. Convenience. I can CHARGE them.
Also consider slower RAM from TRUSTED companies, like Corsair.
I hope you enjoyed this, and please use the settings I used for UEFI as a guide for your OC needs.
I am definitely pumping more voltage than necessary, for the sake of I don't want to **** with stability, and tinkering, and the temperature is just fine in my book. Could I go faster than 4.375? Yea. 4.5 is good on these settings, but I just personally would rather not, considering the work I do may take hours and an autosave may not be enough to save me tears from a crash.
I chose the X99 because of the glorious motherboard and CPU accompanied.
X99 vs Z170? 6 cores vs. 4 cores; 12 threads vs. 8 threads. MORE LANES with the Haswell-E (5930k).
Hopefully this video helps you decide:
Just research a lot.
Use this guide to help you, that's why I made it.
If you have any questions, shoooot away~!