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So this was my very first build. It was DEFINITELY a trial by fire learning experience. First off I had to change the mobo from a Rampage IV Ultimate to the asus below and switch from a NZXT phantom case I had ordered as it became discontinued. In addition to this my NZXT Kraken water cooler had to be swapped out for the Cool master as the radiator would not mount in the case nor would the fans (I may do some drilling later on to rectify this).

Anyways, I had a display issue on startup the first time... turns out I missed the 8 pin connector from the mobo to the PSU. Fixed that. "Hardware failure" on first bios start up (figured it out from the beeps) turns out the CPU cooler primary fan connector on the motherboard is mandatory to be plugged in. Fixed this by plugging in the 200mm front fan as it would have been a rewiring nightmare to rectify at this point and I wanted it to work! Fixed that. Then I slowly and painfully figured out that plugging in an HDD before you've setup your boot drive on your SSD is a bad idea.

Anyways that was a brief overview of me building it. I use this machine primarily for gaming and streaming. I play everything from Crysis to Starcraft, Skyrim to Eve. I'll update clock rates and benchmarks when I get home for my next days off.

Cheers and thanks for any comments or critiques you all may have :)

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  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

Your fan cables are really bothering me. Also, you plugged in the front fan to your CPU header? You know that means your front fan will spin up when your CPU gets hot and not your heatsink, right? That's kinda not good. I think this is the first time I've seen a Hyper 212 Evo on a 2011 socket. Not that the heatsinks bad, it's just kinda weird seeing the price disparity.

Are you using 6pin to dual molex and an 8 pin to dual 6 pin to power your Titan? Your Seasonic should have those connectors readily available and it would take away a lot of cable clutter in the front.

And you should reroute all those cables behind the motherboard tray. It'll make it look much cleaner. Cable managements annoying, I get that, but if I was spending over 3 grand on a system, I'd try and make it look neat on the inside.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management will be an ongoing endeavor, and I agree they aren't 100% organized at the moment. I'm not sure if I have the connectors for the GPU but I'll check and the fan as well as the CPU cooler will be replaced with my NZXT kraken liquid cooler once I can drill out some holes leading to a MUCH cleaner look!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Any modern power supply will have at least one set of those connectors at or above 500 or so watts. Your power supply comes with 3 sets of these connectors. XD

It's the second bundle from the right, says PCI-E on the connectors: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviewimages/seasonic-platinum-1000w-psu/seasonic-platinum-1000w-psu_cable.jpg

The Kraken's pretty easy to set up in terms of fans and stuff, only the pump should connect directly to the motherboard (the fans should connect to the pump). It's powered by a sata power plug, so you'll need one handy. That's the harddrive power cable, btw.

Hope you get them cables managed, this will be a really nice rig once its all buttoned up.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

that has to be some of the most expensive ram I have seen! good build looks really nice!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Almost the highest frequency to cas latency (CL) ratio available on the market, that comes with a price. They are great for overclocking as well.

CL / Base frequency = response time (s) <----//----> CL 9 / 2133mhz = 0.0042 s

He should be able to overclock it to a CL of 5 by lowering the base frequency to 1600mhz, just like me.

The thing is that 1600mhz sounds slower than 2133mhz, however when we use the same formula:

CL / Base frequency <----//----> CL 5 / 1600mhz = 0.0031 s.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

You can't use the molex to PCIE adapters for your video card, especially a power hungry video card like the titan. The molex adapters aren't designed for that kind of power and you could burn/destroy your card and PSU by using it. I have no idea why they are included in any GPU packages anymore because they just are designed for todays power hungry video cards. You have to change to the PCIE cables that came with your very nice PSU now. This shouldn't be something that you can wait to do later.

Otherwise, great build if it hasn't burned your house to the ground yet.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

You are absolutly right about the adapter +1 on that, however I wanted to clear out that the GTX Titan is not power hungry compared to other video cards with "comparable" performance: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-titan-performance-review,3442-12.html

@OP great build, very very high end components +1. A "little" bit overkill for just gaming and streaming, however if money plays no role I won't stop you :P

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The graph you linked shows that at load, the titan draws a little less than the GTX 690 (titan is blue line, 690 is black line). It draws more than the 680 and 7970 which should be obvious. I would consider the 680 and 7970 power hungry cards, so a titan is definitely up there also. It might not draw as much power as the power hungry cards of the past, but it still draws a lot, and definitely enough to make those molex adapters go up in smoke.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't state that it wasn't power hungry, only stated that there are far more power consuming cards on the market. The GTX680 and GTX Titan belong to the most powerful performance/power usage ratio cards, which means that for the performance they deliver they are very power conservative.

And as I said: you are absolutly right about the molex adaptors.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn money not an issue or what?? XD nice like it and wish i can spend this much on a computer

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

keyboard and mouse?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Looks sexy, very similar to the build I'm about to order! I'm getting the Rampage IV Formula with two GTX 780s. Waiting for the 4930k but have the 3930k just in case.

Overall, nice choices and it looks very cool. Glad you got through the tough stages and got it working!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the late comment. but what desk is that? :)