If you want most of the other details, you can go to my last build. This is for new additions. Which there are a lot of.
TL;DR of uses: - Gaming - Anime - Anime picture viewing - Occasional coding - Lots of music listening
I could have just hidden the mess bottom section, but eh might as well show everything in its glory. Please don't get too anal about the cables. It was kind of hard to even get things hooked up properly with this much crap in this case. Some of you might be eying that dangling SSD, but I needed 4 HDD's and there wasn't any space for it. SSD's don't benefit from orientations or cooling anyway. I guess I could tape it down, though. Oh and before you ask HDD temps are fine with those 80mm fans (<40C). Moving on...
Changes with this iteration
Sound Card, Amplifier, Speakers Speakers were off Ebay, Amp from Amazon. Probably the best decision I ever made. Cheap audio upgrade that boosted my enjoyment of all of my music by at least 10 fold, and beats the crap out of those generic speaker setups so much that it's just silly. They sound better than my Sennheisers. Unfortunately the left speaker recently developed a tear its woofer surround, so that's why the left speaker looks weird (I removed the speaker driver). It's expected in Ebay speakers that are this old; they were going fine for around four months before literally yesterday. Going to repair it soon. Simple fix.
Case I found that the Fractal Design R4 did not do a very good job with a heavy duty SLI non-blower setup... even when I replaced the GPU cooler on my other card with a Kraken G10 with Corsair H55 (more on that later). So, I changed cases. I decided on this after looking at both it and the Corsair Air 540. Ultimately what made me go with this is because it has an excellent design for cooling. I'm surprised more people haven't caught on, but this case is literally perfect for airflow. Hot air rises, and there's a huge vent on top (and a large fan to boot). Every other fan can be intake and then the hot air just naturally goes out the top. None of it reaches the HDD's, and the HDD's get their own little fans for cooling, and the PSU is fine as well. Excellent cooling setup. However, you might have noticed this, but it's quite a cluster@#%! down bottom. Doing meticulous wiring in this case is simply beyond someone like me.
Kraken G10 + Corsair H55 The Kraken G10 is really great. While it's essentially a large piece of metal that they're selling for 30 bucks, it really does do its job. It keeps AIO units snugly on the GPU. The Corsair H55 is quite adequate for GPU cooling, but the lack of controls that the Kraken X40 has makes it really annoying to set up. There's no software fan control at all, so I had to buy a fan controller to quiet it down. Long story short, though, full load temps of around 55 C on the card with this setup.
RAM I got it for 53 bucks on Amazon, which meant it was a great upgrade from 8 gigs to 16 gigs (and lower latency). Thanks, Hardforum. I love you guys. Works great.
UPS Pretty much has everything (TV and PC included) hooked up to it. This thing just silently does its job, and has saved my system from brownouts countless times. Got it off of Ebay, been working great since. Excellent server-grade UPS.
TV Plasma TV's still have the best picture out of anything except perhaps save OLED. So, since I have a condo now, I bought one. It has excellent blacks and it's a pleasure for watching anime on (in my thrift store recliner La-Z-Boy, hell yes). Also, I plan to get a wireless controller for my PC, so I plan to do PC gaming on this plasma TV eventually. Yeah, just imagine 60 FPS 1080p maxed out graphics action. Gotta watch out for image retention... clears up pretty quick, though.
Fan Controller Does its job, and it's low profile. Wish I could turn the LED's off entirely but whatever.
CPU Clock I did get my CPU relatively stable at 4.5Ghz with around 1.3vcore, but I just decided to clock down after getting a blue screen in Civ 5 (after no blue screen for weeks). So, I just clocked down since some say that core degradation happens at and over 1.3Vcore. I'll mess around with it later, probably get it to 4.4Ghz.
The front section has 4 fans mounted (look at the frontal shot, you can see through the grille a bit). Yes, they're all 140mm. No, I really don't know how I mounted them. It was a pain in the butt to get the ones on the near the graphics cards mounted properly. The radiator fit just fine though. So did the Corsair H55 on the back.
I had to slightly bend the sound card's PCB. getting it to reach the out port on the case is hard... it's like the slots don't line up with the MB 100%
Those cheapo 80mm fans are surprisingly very quiet. Very pleased for the price.
I wouldn't even be able to open the lid if that top fan wasn't mounted using the leftover Noctua rubber mounts that I got. I literally have to stretch on those a little bit to pop off the lid because otherwise the fan hits a radiator trying to unlatch the lid.
For the air cooled graphics card, its full load is only 72C at like 60% fan speed. Pretty dang good. Planning to overclock sometime.
So overall relatively happy (besides all that groaning I did even trying to connect things together down there...) with what I have changed since my last build. Moving to this new case has been especially interesting. So fire those cable management comments away. >_>