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Hydra

by collinsmith70@gmail.com

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.27GHz

Description

I use this build to kill any game I throw at it. :)

Part Reviews

CPU

I have OC'd to 4.5GHz with no problems, however I keep it at around 3.8-4 because I honestly don't gain much. Even at base clocks, an amazing processor.

CPU Cooler

Shame on me for not noticing that this one didn't have a LED on the water block, but the performance is otherwise amazing after replacing the OEM fans with Noctua 140mms.

Motherboard

I love the features, and the experience has been flawless.

Storage

The HDDs definitely click a lot when writing (sounds like a Coffee machine boiler), but that is mechanical HDDs for you. Not a major issue because most I/O is from SSD, and these are used for capacity.

Video Card

It wouldn't be fair to say that this deserves a lower rating because the 980Ti was released, because this card is still amazing and more than I need to power any game at 144FPS. I have been able to OC to 90/250 at about 72 degrees, but it's loud because of the custom fan curve (I wouldn't be comfortable with temps without using the fan curve).

Case

This case has been the best build experience I ever had. I would recommend this for anyone.

Power Supply

Works great, no issues. I use the mode where the fan is off unless under moderate to high load, and it works great.

Case Fan

Quite. Flawless. Cool.

Case Fan

Quite. Flawless. Cool.

Monitor

I had mine replaced through Amazon because of a dead pixel and many which had issues and a ton of backlight bleed, so this is for #2.

Significantly less backlight bleed, but still some in bottom right corner. Not very noticeable unless black screen and I really focus on it. Before i could notice colors were off on any solid color (even non-solid desktop background).

Gap beneath hardware buttons allows the power LED to shine through. Gap is large enough that at many angles I can actually see the LED itself. This could be disabled in a firmware update to just disable it though.

Gaming experience, movies and regular PC use has been fantastic.

Keyboard

Fantastic. Great build quality. The only thing that I can dock it on is the USB locations and no n-key rollover without a PS/2 adapter. These are resolved with another model, which I recommend more than this.

Mouse

I think I got mine on sale a few years ago for ~$40, and it's been great. I've started to experience some issues now with clicks not registering in games, but that might be me (I'm "new" to PC gaming [new meaning I've taken a break for a few years]).

Headphones

Absolutely flawless. They are comfortable, and if you have the AMP (I use my motherboard's) they sound amazing. Games, movies and music really comes to life, and I don't know how I lived without these. ;)

Comments Sorted by:

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

For reference, don't buy the dust filter kit I bought unless you're willing to do some mods. The build quality is terrible for the price. The frames are flimsy, and the magnets suck. I had to make a small frame from wire to prevent the one on top of my radiator from drooping onto the fans. I ended up using the filter that came with my case on the front because the magnets on it are powerful enough to attach through the rubber grommets on my fans.

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I fixed the picture of the interior because there was a lot of glare.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

How you like the monitor?

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Let me start by saying I have never actually even owned a 1080p monitor before, my last monitor (which is now my dual) is a Samsung SyncMaster T220HD 1680x1050 (16:10).

I exchanged once through Amazon (which was an amazing experience) because of a dead pixel right in the prime reading area (center mass, baby) and a ton of backlight bleed on all corners.

The one I have right now has two "issues", the first being a bit more backlight bleed in the bottom right than I'd really like, but not really noticeable unless I focus on it on a black loading screen, and the second being that the power LED shines through clearly from underneath the controls (I can actually literally see the LED [I know this because of the glare] through the gap at many angles. The second issue could easily be fixed through some firmware update.

In all though, actually using it has been amazing. Even typical desktop use at 144FPS is wonderful. I'm also a programmer, so the added screen real estate with 1440p is amazing for code.

DTF1129 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Hey I just bought that nvme ssd you have. Does it give you any problems or do you like it?

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

The only problems I encountered were with installing my OS. Just make sure to use GPT installer and you'll be fine. Other than that, it works like a dream.

Philk3D 1 point 24 months ago

How do you like your WD reds? I'm still debating between reds and greens even after reading puget's article. The goal is to have an ssd and an hdd for each os (linux/windows) so I was thinking on 2x2tb. I'm even considering a red for linux and a green for windows, for comparing them myself haha

Btw, super clean build man. Love the blue tie-wraps :p Cheers!

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Hello!

I chose WD Reds for their inherit durability, because I use them more for mass storage (and occasionally as NAS). I put software on my SSD and use an application called Steam Mover to move games I want to have fast load times onto my SSD (it just copies them and makes the necessary symbolic links). Depending on the power of your system (mainly # CPU threads), I would suggest running a VM instead for your use-case. If you're planning on using a NAS-friendly flavor of Linux, I would suggest WD Reds for that OS. You can probably use WD Greens if you don't really need a lot of performance and they won't be used too often.

I used VMs all of the time until I finally moved to an actual server (mainly for redundancy so I could turn off my own machine at night), however with the appropriate amount of RAM, CPU threads and HD, you should have no problem (ironically I got better performance using my own VM than my actual server).

Hope this helps :)

tpb1908 0 points 29 months ago

Nice build. BTW, the cooler in your pictures is a h110, not the h100i listed.

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks, I resolved this issue. I couldn't remember which one when I was picking. I lost the original copy of this build from when I was creating it.

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twizzzdv2 1 point 29 months ago

not really haha, he has an $800 monitor, 6TB storage and a beast PCI-E ssd. Just depends on how you look at it lol

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks! I run the HDDs in mirrored RAID, and with EVERY game I own downloaded onto them, I still have 1.5+ TB, including backups. The idea is to use the SSD as a cache to load games that I am playing often at the time. I use a program I found called SteamMover, which just runs XCopy and creates symbolic links/junctions. The performance on the transfers is astounding.

twizzzdv2 1 point 29 months ago

no problem! enjoy it man :)

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tooben 2 points 29 months ago

I'd get a 980 ti instead though you are right on how this build isn't the best.

His psu is better than the one you mentioned RM is terrible

tigerblood213 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

The fury x is very hard

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

No No No, if you want to stay Nvidia get the 980 ti for around the same price as the fury. The Titan x is a ridiculous amount more and is no better than a non reference 980 ti. I would also recommend a 980 ti over a fury as well for most applications.

As mentioned below, his current psu is better than an rm series.

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

In all, I could have gotten pretty much the same machine for significantly cheaper. Without my monitor and SSD, that drops the price by 1/3. Take out some of the other things I probably didn't need and I could have built a similar machine for less, but I did think this through when I build it 2 months ago. My machine has killed everything I have thrown at it.

What brand is unreliable? Honestly, there was no expense spared with this build, and that was the point. I only bought one of the planned 2 980s, and it's more than enough for every game I have tried. I almost got a TitanX, but it would have been overkill, and I will SLI within a couple years in necessary. If I built this machine now I would have gotten a 980Ti. I used to have an AMD card, but I wanted G-Sync.

I chose WD Reds for their reliability in the role they play in the system. All of the games are played on the SSD, so the HDDs are for long-term storage, and I transfer a 50GB game over in seconds. With my SSD, load times are a thing of the past. I have clocked 3Gb read speeds, 6 times what the EVO can do.

Thanks for you input!

EDIT: I should also mention, that it runs completely silent unless I OC my GPU, in which case I manually changed the fan curve so that it doesn't rise too high.

miikson 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I just can't get on board with your assessment. More reliable brands? This build is much better.

collinsmith70@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks. I was like, "I even replaced all fans with Noctuas because I didn't like the OEM ones." :)