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Date Published

July 26, 2016

Date Built

July 18, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


For this workstation computer I used the discontinued and extremely discounted Xeon E5-2670 and built my system around it! They are each being cooled with their own Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 cooler. I went liquid cooling because i was not sure if there was enough clearance for fans with the dual CPU ATX Asus board i chose. I Installed Window 10 and VMWare with Mac OSX, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, C4D and a few games. I'm having issues with my USB 3.0, probably due to incorrect drivers or a conflict with the USB 3.1 card i installed. My OS is running on two 250 GB MSATA 840 EVO drives (came from my MSI laptop) in RAID 0 installed onto a PCI card. I then have 3 SSDs; One Refurbished OCZ 480GB DENEVA 2 Enterprise used as my gaming drive and scratch disk. one OCZ 256GB VERTEX 4 (from my old 17" Macbook Pro), and one Samsung 1TB 850 EVO (from my MSI laptop). Then the Pièce De Résistance is the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW DT for games and CUDA in adobe and 3D! The red display in the pictures is a screen from a 15" laptop set inside a metal picture frame being used as my system monitor screen to monitor temp and load.

I use Adobe and Adobe loves GPGPU processing so the more cuda cores the better. Although Adobe isn't running too great right now i hope future optimizations will allow it to take better advantage of my hardware. I didn't want to wish i had gotten the more powerful card for $200 more. And also GPGPU 3D rendering is a dream!


I ran the CPU's under load for 8 hours useing AIDA64 to stress test the CPUs with no problems! In the future i want to add LEDs inside the case and sleeved extensions.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

These guys are whisper quiet. even inside a case with tempered glass on either side, all while keeping my 8 core Xeons under 58C under load 38C idle. The reviews where raving about this cooler and i now know why!!


Such a beautiful case the tempered glass allows for you to see inside, which i love to do from time to time. I didnt pay the $20 extra for the 10 color lights because i wanted to get something i could control through software.

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PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

didn't know this case supports SSI EEB motherboard.

THEOJO submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

The mother board is ATX. Its one of two ATX server boards made by ASUS. Gigabyte and Sepermicro make ATX server boards too.

dkrueger0315 1 point 30 months ago

how does a server style motherboard support your gaming needs? I've thought about building a plex server/secondary gaming pc with a server MB. Reason being...the xeon chipsets are designed to run 24/7, ideal for servers...obviously. I just wasn't sure how it would perform as a gaming pc.

dkrueger0315 1 point 30 months ago

great build by the way!

THEOJO submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thank You! This built this primarily for Video Editing, 3D and Motion Graphics so gaming performance became an added perk. I am a very casual gamer, and i usually stick to open world games since i can jump in and out of them easily and quickly without having to learn a bunch of rules and game play mechanics. The only issue i came across so far is GTA 5 crashing due to lack of multi-processor support. I needed to set the affinity to 1 CPU before i could play GTA 5. Other than that 4K is absolutely no problem with this build. I've played Just Cause 3, Metal Gear Solid, Middle Earth Shadow of Morder and Evolve at 4K no problem . I didn't keep them at 4K since my monitors only support 1080p right now but it ran like a dream on the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW DT. And my temps stay at or under 60C on load for both CPU and GPU!

dkrueger0315 1 point 30 months ago

Nice. Thanks for the response.

vyb5b 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago



Am going to build a similar computer, but with Titan X. This is my build, please let me know your thoughts on this? I wont use it for gaming, but for deep learning simulations on GPU.

THEOJO submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Nice build, sorry im just seeing it now! I would switch out the corsair H80i's for Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU Coolers based on my research in the links i've provided: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2016/02/11/arctic_cooling_liquid_freezer_120_aio_cpu_cooler_review/4





You also probably don't need more than an 750 to 850 watt power supply even if you put in two Titans (http://www.coolermaster.com/power-supply-calculator/) . And you will want to get 2 to 4 stick of ram of whatever capacity to take advantage of faster ram performance using dual channel or quad channel in the motherboard!

vyb5b 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Ohh, didnt see this, was not here for long time. Finally after months of indecision around, made this computer.


THEOJO submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Not bad, although the 1000 Watt PSU is overkill even with the tital X, at most you needed an 850 Watt. I already want to upgrade my dual Xeon to something 4GHz and up for better for editing and im looking at the 6700k and the 6960X.

armchair 1 point 21 months ago

Hey, I have a Z9PA-D8 that I can't get my ASUS (Strix) GTX 1080 to boot on. My old EVGA GTX 960 runs fine. Was wondering if you'd had to do anything to get it working?

I'm using slot 2 for the GPU, and BIOS rev reports 5602.


THEOJO submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

No i didnt. There may be something wrong with your card. If you can drop it into another motherboard to test it!

rogdog56 1 point 8 months ago