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So...

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

Epic TV.

Fans, fans, fans, and more fans.

Other stuff`

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.

The dilemma:

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.

Vital Software:

ASRock APP Shop (Downloads all the drivers).
GeForce Experience.
3DMark (GPU Benchmark; testing)
http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/10653749

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 barfing baby.

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:

http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-usage/pc-monitor/best?uxtv=28d2

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFNhlq2b518

Just research a lot.
Use this guide to help you, that's why I made it.
If you have any questions, shoooot away~!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
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MOAR PICS!!!

  • 48 months ago
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Done. I could take more if you want lol.

  • 48 months ago
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Pretty damn glorious. +1 for the name, Mako is a based god :P

  • 48 months ago
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Yes she is~ !

  • 48 months ago
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out of anyone on this site, you sir have mounted that cpu cooler just right, perfect heat dissipation right out of top vents! you sir have served on upvote :D

  • 48 months ago
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Thanks! Epiphany achieved when I realized sitting on the upper bench of a sauna was hotter than the lower step. Heat Rises :D

  • 48 months ago
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I may have missed it, but why are gpus right on top of each other? Couldn't you have used the top 2 pcie slots and have spacing between them and installed the ssd in the bottom pcie slot?

  • 48 months ago
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The CPU has 40 lanes, although each slot is PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, the configuration switches to x16, x16, x8 from top to bottom, to match the 40 lanes available in the 5930k.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98sIvXCADJI Start at 7:50 ... BUT!!!!!!! He was using a Gen 2.0 slot, whereas that won't be an issue with mine. HMM. Notes: If I switch the SSD to the x8 slot from the x16 slot, the GPU SLI will increase from x8 x8 to x16 x16. This leaves no lanes available to my Gigabyte Wireless thingamajigger. Which isn't a crazy sacrifice...

I'll go switch it around and do some tests and stuff, and update you :D

  • 48 months ago
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YO YO UPDATE: I moved the GPUs to the upper two slots (x16) so it became a x16 SLI versus a x8 SLI, since the bottom slot is a x8 from a x16, due to the x40 CPU limit. Removed the Gigabyte receiver, and I lo and behold, the system is far more efficient.

Thanks! I was worried that the SSD would lose performance if it did not utilize the full x16, yet, I was wrong, especially considering they are all PCIe 3.0 slots.

  • 48 months ago
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I don't know the icon for thumbs up, but you get one from me now :D

  • 48 months ago
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Should go for a AIO liquid cooler. The air cooler looks hideous.

  • 48 months ago
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noctua is amazing they look tacky but perform very well.

  • 48 months ago
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I know they perform excellently, but is too hideous to look at. I can't stand it!!!

  • 48 months ago
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Efficiency ruled in this court decision, Noctua will be the ugly duckling of this build.

  • 48 months ago
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looks like solid build - nice job, however my only worry is not having a liquid CPU cooler, which (and I could be wrong here) I imagine could get pretty hot running those beast GPU's!

  • 48 months ago
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I have a similar set up and I can assure you the noctua cooler keeps my haswell CPU cool at an oc of 4.4 at 1.280v. Gaming it rarely goes above 50c and stress testing caps out at 71c plus it is whisper quiet. It doesn't look as attractive as an aio but it certainly does the job well plus there's no chance of the pump dying or a leak.

  • 48 months ago
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100% Agree; I've done plenty of benchmarks to recognize my CPU has more chill than a polar bear at a rave.

  • 48 months ago
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Haha nice! I just can't believe how quiet it is compared to my previous aio cooler!

  • 48 months ago
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awesome. i actually don't really have a problem w the looks, actually i kind of like it - its a lil bit of an industrial theme, i wonder if you could incorporate that into other parts of the build.

nice job none the less.

  • 48 months ago
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They're brilliant coolers and noctua will send you out new mounts for new chipsets so you can keep using the same cooler. Yeah it does look good but not as good as a slick aio cooler. I like it though! I'll stick to air cooling until I do my next build where i'll aim for a custom loop but that won't be for a while...

  • 48 months ago
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What res. are you playing at?

  • 48 months ago
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1080p, 1920 x 1080 (native) @ 60hz Everything is pretty damn clean ~

  • 48 months ago
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Next time you have the money go for a 2560 x 1440p monitor. Your computer will handle it amazingly, or go for surround 1080p monitors. Playing at 1080p for your computer is a joke. It will crush everything you throw at it.

  • 48 months ago
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Awesome components. Overclock that badboy, more pics please and clean those cables up a little more please. What a powerhouse. +1

  • 48 months ago
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Debating whether to overclock it hahaha Pics uploaded` And, the sprawling cables... Soon!

  • 48 months ago
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Thanks :)

  • 48 months ago
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Fixed up the cables (to what I think is clean lol), and rearranged the killer. Improvements achieved`

  • 48 months ago
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Good job. I hope you notice better cooling with along with the improved asthetics. Thanks for sharing.

  • 48 months ago
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Nice build, have you tried rotating your CPU cooler horizontally? My reasoning is that, at the moment, it is taking in air directly over you backplate which gets quiet hot. If you rotate it horizontally it will take the air from you intake at the front and dump it out the exhaust on the back.

  • 48 months ago
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Good observation, I have two fans blowing in air from the bottom, while both GPUs have air blowing from the bottom as well. The fans on top of the case blow air from the bottom as well. Although there is a case fine near the CPU cooler extracting some of that exhaust horizontally, the majority of cooling is through a stream of air that I wouldn't want to disrupt. The case fans on the front blow opposite of the rear case fan as well, just to increase circulation.

Also, I can remove the Corsair Vengeance cards whenever needed without removing the Noctua cooler.

More range of motion to adjust things if necessary, considering how massive, ugly, and efficient the Noctua cooler is. My GPUs are usually in the high 30s and low 40s for temperature (Celsius). The CPU is typically in the high 40s. I can imagine that there may be a better set up with a CPU liquid cooling method; however, to do so would mean mitigating the opportunity for the GPUs, SSD, and power supply to cool via air circulation, since they rely on it. Just to focus on CPU cooling would prevent optimal performance.

I appreciate the suggestion! Maybe I'm just too lazy to switch it up hahahaha

  • 48 months ago
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Fair enough if it works then it works! How do you keep your gpus at 40c!? Do you live in an igloo? Lol mine go up to 78c at full load.

  • 48 months ago
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With 3DMark, there are several primary tests that benchmark graphics, physics, and combined. The last test is called "Fire Strike," and after running all the tests THREE times, with the computer pumping out full power, the max GPU Temp was 61 ˚C. the max CPU Temp was 64 ˚C.

The GPUs have their own fans lol. If you look closely in the pictures, all the fans are pushing upwards, as heat dissipates and rises, cool air is being withdrawn from the bottom. After a few days of keeping the build on, playing nearly non-stop, I have never run into LOCAL lag (internet lag, I live without Google Fiber </3), the GPU and CPU have never reached a temperature above 64 ˚C.

I did OC the CPU to 4 GHz; really simple one-two click process in the BIOS. The motherboard, the ASRock Fatal1ty Killer is OVERKILL, which is awesome, and has an extremely good cooling system with the heat sinks in itself.

Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV2E7yZ1axs

He used a 5920k; but, the point is, with the cooler, CPU, GPU, and PSU, the motherboard is also very important to support or detriment (bottle necking) a build.

I will experiment with OCing more in the future!

  • 47 months ago
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Should have bought a desk / 144hz monitor and other stuff, like Ryuko body pillows e.e oh and maybe taking the wife on holiday?

  • 47 months ago
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The wife loves the TV, and ability to stream whatever show or movie she wants, play games next second, get in an online meeting the next, and then do some work.

Why spend on a monitor AND TV when you can have both?

  • 47 months ago
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Because expensive builds deserve 144 frames!

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  • 48 months ago
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There would be no point for 4k at the distance in which I'm sitting, especially since it's a 55" display. However, OLED providing that true contrast is extremely pleasing to the eyes. With that said, when I am playing the HIGHEST quality settings of a game, for example, Rainbow Six Siege, then I want to ensure everything runs smoothly.

It does seem like overkill, but I also intended to connect an additional monitor to the computer as a workstation while my wife can play games or watch movies.

All in all, I am utilizing all the lanes in the CPU efficiently, essentially future proof, and if I end up switching monitors (my current one is a TV lol), then it can easily adapt.

Good justification, or flawed? XD