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Jon's 4K PC

by Beesem

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54 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

So my friend Jon has been gaming on an old PC with a Sandy Bridge i7 and a Quadro 4000 GPU. He was running Rocket League on lowest settings possible at 1080, and he couldn't even run a couple games that he wanted to such as the Battlefront Beta and Star Citizen. So, he started talking about doing an upgrade. I suggested that he just get a new video card, perhaps a GTX 970, GTX 980, or 980Ti. But no, Jon wanted to go all the way to start playing games at 4k and money was no object. He was planning to buy a 4k TV and game from his couch. So the part selection process started with him picking a case that would fit into his media center, and then just buy the best of everything that will fit into the case. Ultimately it was the case that gave us problems, as neither of us could find a maximum PSU length listed anywhere. It turns out the EVGA 1000W P2 was too long, and wouldn't fit into the case because of the non-removable hard drive bays. I think we were both heartbroken when we found that the PSU wouldn't fit the case. I started talking about whether we should return the case or the PSU, but instead Jon pulled out his drill, drilled out the rivets, and moved the hard drive bay out of the way. So for now there is no HDD, but he's planning to 3d print a solution. I got less and less consistent at taking pictures as the build went on, so there's no pictures of the cooler mounted, and no pictures post-cable management. They will come. There also hasn't been an OC yet on the CPU or GPU, but there honestly isn't a need yet either as he has yet to get the 4K TV and is gaming at 1080p, which this computer destroys without breaking a sweat.

NOTES:

  • The hard drive bay temporary modification can be seen in several of the pictures.

  • The SLI bridge was added, just not shown in pictures.

  • Cable management was done, again not pictured.

  • The optical drive seen in the final image was there only to install the OS and LAN driver.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Much easier to install than expected. Is so far keeping the CPU extremely cool, and expect that it will after overclocking as well.

Motherboard

Extremely full featured mATX board, as well as one of the nicest looking motherboards I've ever laid eyes on. The HOTS box is a little bit gimmicky though.

Memory

Fast, low latency, and a gorgeous heat spreader.

Storage

Amazing how fast this little guy is. Super easy to install, insanely fast.

Video Card

The 980 Ti is a beast of a card, EVGA is an amazing company, and Nvidia has put together a beautiful and quiet reference cooler that has an obvious feel of quality.

Case

Nice looking case, seems to have good build quality. Unfortunately a maximum PSU length was not listed anywhere, and because of that we bought a power supply that was too large for the case which interfered with the non-removable hard drive cage.

Power Supply

Everything about this power supply is amazing, right down to the quality of the packaging and accessories included in the box.

Case Fan

Dead quiet, looks good, and I can definitely feel it moving a lot of air.

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DS4130 3 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

Serious machine! Slightly confused about the 850 EVO choice though, how come such a low performance M.2 in an otherwise totally high end build?

auldae 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Build timing did seem perfect for a 950 PRO... Twice-the-price factor, maybe?

DS4130 3 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

Indeed, but looking at the rest of the parts price doesn't look a factor.. Maybe because I have a slight storage fetish just could never get my head around the 850 M.2 for anything but mobility usage..

auldae 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Totally get you ... I'm personally saving my M.2 slot for its special someone. Not that there's no place for the 850 EVO in my PC tho.

DS4130 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Got a couple of 2.5" EVO's in mine, certainly not bad drives :)

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Nah, we built this a couple weeks ago, and started purchasing parts a week or two before that. We honestly just couldn't find a Pro m.2 yet.

auldae 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Curse the PC gods.

Sorry PC gods. Didn't mean that.

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Yeah, they like to mess with us sometimes, don't they?

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah, the 850 Pro would have been a nice step up from the EVO. We built this a couple weeks ago, and started purchasing parts a week or two before that. We honestly just couldn't find a 850 Pro m.2 yet.

DS4130 3 Builds 4 points 27 months ago

950 sir, 950!

SM951 would have done the trick also.. Nevertheless still a heavyweight build, something newer and faster always bloody shows up no matter what you get ;)

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 0 points 27 months ago

Right! 950! My bad. It feels weird to me that they just skipped the 850 Pro in their naming scheme. That keeps messing me up.

DS4130 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I have a 850 Pro 2.5" it wasn't missed ;)

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

But they skipped 850 Pro m.2 right?

cajunsloth 7 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I was in a similar situation earlier this year.

I had a friend that was gaming on a i7 860 and GTX 480, and it died on him.

He wanted to go all out, so he ended up getting a CPU on the X99 platform, a 980 Ti (probably going to buy a second one soon), and a very nice 4K monitor. We all have those rich friends. :P

+1

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I wouldn't say he's rich, but he saved up and felt confident about spending his money this way. I'm rocking a i5-4440 and a GTX 760, so getting in there with all of his high end hardware was pretty fun!

cajunsloth 7 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I completely understand! I wish I could get my hands on two 980 Ti's at the same time!

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Yeah it felt pretty cool! Since then I desperately feel the itch to upgrade something! Holding out for the new video cards in 2016.

cajunsloth 7 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Good choice. I am holding out for Pascal as well.

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I'm most likely going Pascal as well, but I am curious to see what AMD comes out with.

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Picture 13 : "Hi Jon" :D

Hehe 1080p that's funny, this machine wouldn't even break a sweat.

Bet your truly itching for that 4K screen to really put it through its paces :)

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Yeah 1080p is nothing for this computer. It'll be fun to get a 4k screen and then get into overclocking.

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Or 3 screen 4K surround? Kidding I don't think any PC is capable of that.

But we can dream, give it another 5 years and that will be easily doable I say.

sponix 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Very nice Build..

Thanks for Sharing !!

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks!

FLuXX_PwR 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Given by the description, clearly your friend knows no defeat

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

He definitely does not!

noap7 2 points 27 months ago

Nice build! How well does skylake perform? Would you recommend it?

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks! The Skylake performs beautifully so far. I would recommend it unless Haswell Refresh is significantly less expensive at the time, then I'd probably recommend you go that route if you're looking for value per dollar.

jngreenbay 2 points 13 months ago

What is the maximum psu length?

wwbt14 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Just out of curiosity why the quadro on his old build? Was it a workstation or something?

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah it was his workstation for 3D modelling.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I know this is a small case but at least try to cable manage a bit.

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

He did cable manage, it looks great. I just forgot to get a picture after that.

Atron 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Oh ok, it just looks like a spaghetti mess in the last few pics

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah it totally was. After that we did the OS and driver install, and made sure everything worked. Then Jon went in and cable managed everything, but I forgot to get a picture.

OM8 1 point 26 months ago

Hi,

I currently have the same motherboard but with 2 r9 280x running in crossfire. The gap between both graphic cards is maybe half an inch and my top card gets very hot. Do you have the same problem?

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I'll check with the owner of the build. Usually the top card gets warmer than the bottom one in SLI or Crossfire builds, that's mainly why we went with reference coolers instead of aftermarket. What kind of temps do you get on your top card?

OM8 1 point 26 months ago

It reaches 100 degrees Celsius.... Obviously way too hot so I have to install the bottom one in the lower pci slot where my max temp reaches 68. There is simply not enought space between the pci 1 and 2 for enough airflow. I've been trying to find a solution to this issue for a while now since the third pci slot is only x4. How much space do they have in between both card? Perhaps your graphic cards are a little thiner than mine.

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Wow that's hot! There's very little space between the two cards, as you can see in picture 21/25. The owner hasn't checked his temps yet as he hasn't had anything put a real load on them yet.

OM8 1 point 25 months ago

Okay well if he ever does check his temp, please post them in here as I am curious. I ended up putting the second card in the bottom slot and installed a wifi adapter in the second slot and my max temp for my top card is around 68 which are more than ok for me. Out of curiosity, why did you choose references card?

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

That temp sounds much more reasonable.

Non-reference cards release their hot air into the case, which warms all of your components (included the other video card) whereas reference cards are designed to blow the hot air out the back of the case, which helps keep all the other components cooler. The current AMD reference cooler is pretty bad though, and is known to be LOUD. The NVidia one is definitely louder/not as efficient as non-reference coolers but it's pretty good. Hopefully AMDs next generation of video cards has a much better reference cooler.

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Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah I'll be very curious to see what he comes up with for it.

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Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

We wanted reference models because of the SLI in a mATX case.

SkyFire5211 1 point 9 months ago

What is maximum PSU length for case im looking at EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 80+ Gold with same case and want to know if it will fit

Beesem submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

The 550W should fit just fine. It's the bigger 1000W and up units that are too long.

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Beesem submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Reference coolers blow hot air out the back of the case, non-reference (open air) coolers dump the hot air into your case. This case is tiny, so we wanted as much heat to be pushed out as possible.

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