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About

I wanted the coolest (temperature), fastest machine with little headaches and maintenance I could assemble during the summer of 2016. I spent late May through late July planning this build, researching all components for compatibility and reliability. I use this machine for gaming, programming, production, and running Hyper-V virtual machines concurrently. Long term storage is moved over Samba to a FreeBSD NAS with WD RE's in a ZFS pool.

Problems

  • I replaced all case fans and radiator fans with Industrial Noctua NF-A14's. The grommets had to be removed when installing in the case in order for the screws' threading to catch. I suppose this could have been alleviated by obtaining longer screws. Nonetheless, there is no case vibration present without the grommets.

  • The stock BIOS on the motherboard did not support the XMP profile for my memory. Flashing the BIOS to the latest firmware (v2.4) resolved this issue.

  • The PCI-E SSD was originally meant to be placed into PCI_E3 but it set PCI_E1 to x8 (when it should be x16 for video card #1 in my SLI). I fixed this by moving the PCI-E SSD to PCI_E5. This didn't restrict the airflow for video card #2 sitting at PCI_E4 significantly (+1C delta). I'm not sure why this fix needed to be done, according to the motherboard manual the PCI-E SSD should have functioned in PCI_E3 slot while still allowing PCI_E1 to run at x16.

Overall

  • Very satisfied thus far with the build, I plan to eventually upgrade the headphones and DAC/Amp to Sennheiser HD 800S and Creative Sound Blaster X7.

  • Will push the limits of overclocking due to my extreme thermal headroom. Thanks Noctua and Corsair!

Edit

  • Around January 2017, I upgraded my audio stack with a new DAC, amp, and headphones. I also added a Blue Yeti USB mic. The build list has been updated accordingly.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics please

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Need more pics, a solid write up and part list and only one blurry pic!

Nice timings on that Ram. Been trying to get mine down to 14-14-14-34 at 3200 mhz, can do the 3200 mhz bit but not the timings :/ Great stuff.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So epic +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Added a few more pics, need to improve some cable management inside and outside of the case. Need to do some battlestation tidying as well! Building/testing was priority #1.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That SSD though :p

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality build, only change I would make is cleaning up the 8-pin connectors to the 1080's :p How's the 750D Airflow? Plan on getting it for a future build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent, plenty of room for the radiator, good cable management grommet holes, and keeps things cool according to my temperature readings. A big reason I chose the case was the included dust filters, which either slide off or are magnetized.

I didn't test the included fans, but the build quality of the Noctuas blew the Corsairs out of the water.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to hear, thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, stepping up the game with a Haswell-E <3

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What a monster. Thumbs up.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. Just a quick question I have the same case and am about to order the same noctua fans. Did you have any problems with cable length of the fans? Did you need extention cables?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the late reply, no I didn't have any issue with the motherboard header placements.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

<DiskScore>9.25</DiskScore> according to winsat formal -v -xml c:\winstatresults.xml

Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 2850.70 MB/s