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We meet again PcPartPicker. This one is an upgrade to my first build, a Haswell refresh refresh if you will. In light of a recent XB270HU refurbish, brought to you in part by a pair of used msi 980's for $300 each in the wake of the release of the 1080. But they're red, and everything else in my build was blue. It was time to paint, or plastidip I guess. I was worried about the wifi card not fitting in with it's green pcb so I plastidipped that too. It still works by the way, and it's not hot to the touch.

Some other things I did was put some blue film on the Grid+ and the Msi logo lights to change them from white. As far as I can tell, no one's done that before but it looks freakin awesome.

I also cut some 3mm thick black acrylic for backplates on the gpu's since they don't come with one and OEMs are $25 each. I put some 3mm nylon spacers between it an the gpu and they're just enough space for the screws around the gpu's to not touch.

I tried re-overclocking my cpu until about 5am last night, but apparently the god-tier chips stole their performance from me. I was stable at 4.7ghz with 1.415v and running at 100C with my h100i running at 100%, so I guess I'm stuck at 4.6ghz at 1.28 at 80C. The Cpu benchmarks will likely be the same as the first time around so if you're interested, check out my first build. I don't want to redo them on the same clockspeed.

My next plan of attack is to significantly overclocking the GPU's. I had one before the other and ran it at 1490mhz with no extra voltage, and the seller of the second hadn't overclocked his since he was running mini-itx so we'll see what it can do. Numbers and benchmarks to come soon, but I have to run them first.

Edit: I've finished overclocking the gpu's and actually got quite far in my opinion. I could have possibly gone a little farther with some more voltage, but 1500mhz is quite nice and 82C is starting to get uncomfortable. I tested with 3mark11 extreme preset for 1080p and 1440p and the witcher 3 at 1440p, which is mostly likely going to be the most demanding game that I play on them for a while. Overall, I got about a 15% improvement in performance through overclocking. Keep in mind, I had a lot of background programs open to monitor temps and usage and I had chrome open too.

3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at stock speeds 1330mhz boost

  • Total-------X9705
  • Graphics----10688----6471
  • Physics-----7151------7073
  • Combined---7042-----6808

3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at oc speeds 1400mhz boost

  • Total-------X9996
  • Graphics----11117----6716
  • Physics-----7052------6777
  • Combined---7198-----6977

3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at oc speeds 1450mhz boost

  • Total-------X10141
  • Graphics----11416----6888
  • Physics-----7104------6894
  • Combined---6920-----6975

3dmark11 Extreme 1080p (1st) and 1440p (2nd) at oc speeds 1500mhz boost

  • Total-------X10776
  • Graphics----12273----7358
  • Physics-----7301------7323
  • Combined---7186-----7095

I also tested the witcher at all of these speeds with ultra preset, no sharpening, and no hairworks with the following results: (GPU1 is the top card, GPU2 is the bottom)

  • 1330mhz
  • GPU1 temp-----72C
  • GPU2 temp-----60C
  • Framerate------72fps

  • 1400mhz

  • GPU1 temp-----76C
  • GPU2 temp-----63C
  • Framerate------77fps

  • 1450mhz

  • GPU1 temp-----78C
  • GPU2 temp-----63C
  • Framerate------81fps

  • 1500mhz

  • GPU1 temp-----82C
  • GPU2 temp-----66C
  • Framerate------85fps

Feedback welcome, have a nice day :P

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 8 points

DaBaDeeDaBiDa

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Get Out

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Daba di da bi ba

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

lol dat painted spider doe

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die...

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

that poor spider... haha. I think you just found a new subspecies!! xD

congrats on the build! looks amazing and great blue theme! :) +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

He flew in on a string in the middle of dipping my parts so I sprayed him too, he stopped moving after about 15 minutes. Dunno if he died or just couldn't move after the dip hardened.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

He's probably still alive. Trapped in a shell of blue paint, plotting his revenge on you.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm blue dabuhdeedabuhdyebuhdabuh.... But seriously, great build! :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Was gonna ask if the wifi card still works...but then I read that you said it does. Nice build, the blue and black looks good! (=

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice blue build. Love it!! +1!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Your title picture should be the shot of the inside of the case with the glowing blue lights, it's the third picture right now

+1 nice parts and colors

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Loving the look of those modded msi cards. BTW a nice addition to this build would be a rigid sli bridge.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It is rigid, just no logos on it

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

My apologies, that was worded incorrectly. I was thinking of the 2 way evga model.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That would look good, but I already had the pcb sli bridge (came with my motherboard) and the evga one is fairly expensive for what it is.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I understanding your reasoning. It's not practical to spend an extra $30 on an sli bridge when you can use the one included with the motherboard.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You got my hopes up when I saw the blue 980s making me think msi released a new blue version, thanks a lot :P

Nice work on the mods, it looks great +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Isn't pain bad for the parts ? I mean you painted the wifi card directly on the board!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Paint is bad if it is electrically conductive, however I used plasti dip which, at least with the brand I used, is not conductive. It's been done before, look at https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/551953-modding-faq-new-layout/ under gpu painting at the very bottom.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright cool thanks for the info :)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Possibly :P

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