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Blood Machine

by Matakor


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Date Published

Jan. 7, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 2, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

967 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz


A long time waiting with this build, one I fully intended to simply let sit until I had my hands on my ASUS RoG Swift. I'd say it worked out well. It sat for approximately five months while I waited, but I finally got that monitor. It is glorious. (Side note, this build started before the x99 boards and CPUs were released, and also before 9XX GPUs, though I plan to grab a 980ti when it's released)

So, here's the Blood Machine.

The Cosmos2 case will inevitably be a 'for-life' case. I fully intend it to be such. It's enormous, and there's more space in it than I know what to do with, but it certainly helped that I intended to get a bunch of hard drives.

The 250GB SSDs are set up in a RAID5 format, just in case anything goes wrong. Three of the HDDs are setup in as a single drive which will hold movies and the like. Basic data storage, no games or fancy stuff will touch those, so high-speed isn't necessary. The last one is set up as a secondary backup drive for my RAID drive, just in case.

The CPU cooler was probably the most unusual one I've encountered. That thing is HUGE! Works well though, so I like it. Still trying to figure out how to OC the CPU with this mobo. It's being a bit finicky about actually applying the OC even though I've told it to. More research probably required, but I'll figure that out at some point.

RAM may have been a bit more overkill than necessary, but it had the style I wanted so I got it.

The Swift is the primary point to the whole thing. I wanted the sheer ridiculousness of it, and I damned-well got it. There have been absolutely no issues with the monitor at all. Backlight bleed doesn't exist, no dead or stuck pixels, the view angles are absolutely incredible, and games are awesome. My 780SC is dedicated to this monitor and the 770 I have in there is used to connect the peripheral monitors. No OC on the 780, as I plan to resell it once the 980ti is released.

The peripheral monitors are all being brought in from my old build and will remain as periphs for as long as they live. The four-monitor setup was the plan from the get-go, but the stand addition didn't arrive for a while after. I finally got that this past Monday and put it all together.

Most people would probably rag on my for not having a mechanical keyboard, but that's alright. I generally game with the Orbweaver, which is actually phenomenal. The ONLY issue I have with it is that the 4-way directional pad isn't a joystick/joypad, which could only make it better if done well. The mouse is awesome as well, though it looks like a transformer infected it. It's very well built.

Speakers are speakers, and while these aren't the top-of-the-line kind of speakers, they certainly hold their own. No complaints there.

Needless to say, I'm very pleased with this very overkill build. Gaming is utterly glorious on the machine, and it'll stick up well for some time, especially once I have my hands on a 980ti.

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ChaoticShadow 3 points 50 months ago

Dude, if you spent 37 less cents it would be $5555.55

Nonetheless, nice build

Psst. That's a cool cpu cooler you got there.

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

It's very cool. Got it specifically for that reason too. Supposedly only has marginally better performance than the Hyper 212 Evo, and so far that's the case. Don't care, it's awesome.

B3TSA 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago


the stars are aligned

the gods have chosen the greatest pc build

so they +1'ed it...

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I like these gods. :D

ExodusS 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Interstella, the Daft-Punk approve.

kiermac 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Why are you buying 4 250 GB SSDs but not just one 1TB SSD?

ReluctantGeek 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

He got them to RAID 5 them.

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Exactly what ReluctantGeek said. They're in a RAID5 format. I get significantly increased speeds with a bit of data protection. Should one drive fail, I have the other three to hold the line until I can replace the failed one.

ReluctantGeek 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Nice build, but curiosity: Why did you get a wired network adapter?

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I've been asked that. Looking back I have no idea.

vitexo 5 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Nice build ! what do you do man? there are so many monitors?

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Mostly just gaming. The peripheral monitors I use for various other programs I like to keep an eye on while gaming. IRC, music, watchin' linustechtips, etc.

vitexo 5 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I thought you make money doing something on your PC. So I guess its not just me who spends a lot of money on a computer :) Nice looking office btw!

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

No way, I'm just a pure enthusiast. Had I the choice, I'd be building computers all day long. I love it.

vitexo 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

same here :) I love computer parts:)

kylclrk 1 point 50 months ago

How much did you pay for your desk?

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I believe about $400-450. I got it a while ago, and I can't find the price again.

overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Cool monitor setup.

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I like it! :D

StalwartJarl607 1 point 46 months ago

The CM Cosmos 2 doesn't have any 2.5" trays. Where did you put the SSD's? PS: I'm new to PC's.

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

The 3.5" trays come with 'pinouts' for SSDs. I stuck them there.

StalwartJarl607 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you.

FearlessJiant 1 point 46 months ago

Brah that is some clean cable management

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I did try. I feel I could do much better, and once I have a more stable environment, I will definitely make it better.

akula2 1 point 42 months ago

The moment I saw that CM case, this build deserves my vote. You got it. Good choice and nice work. Do you ever wonder about RoI?

taylortob 1 point 41 months ago

Considering the amount of the build, I think the GTX Titan could fit in here.

Hassman 1 point 36 months ago

How's the wifi card?

Matakor submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Haven't been using it at all. Since been removed from my system. I have Google fiber, so wireless is a loss.