Description

I started working on this build since late September, but I have managed to somewhat finish it only recently. I use it both for gaming and work, reason why I went for the 5960x. I got this CPU from a friend for a lower price.

Eventually I mounted only one 980. I have a modded BIOS and can push the GPU to 1429/2060 (boost 1620 MHz). However, I usually keep it at 1350/2000.

Monitor, HDD/SDD and other peripherals were from my previous gaming PC. Windows was free (I am actually currently using Win 7 for benching) and sound card was a present (second-hand). Will probably replace the BenQ with the ROG Swift when price will be more accessible.

This is my first attempt at a custom loop, so it is not pretty. The parts are:

  • EK Supremacy EVO White Edition
  • EK Nickel 980 Full Cover Block
  • Alphacool XT45 480 + UT60 360
  • Monsoon D5 Premium
  • Swiftech MCP655-PWM
  • Enzotech and Alphacool Compression Fittings
  • Primochill Advanced LRT White (3/8 ID X 5/8 OD)
  • XSPC Temp Sensor

I'm currently keeping fans at <1200 rpm and my CPU temps are in the low 50s under normal load.

Will add more pics in the future when I finish everything...

Expected upgrades/modifications:

  • ROG Swift
  • White LED and remove the red ones from the audio card
  • The PSU is honestly quite noisy. I may change it
  • The optical drive is currently not installed
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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! It's a little disappointing though seeing this listed with 3 980's and only having one in the build. I'd change that then update when you add on.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a work in progress. I could have posted a picture with the two other 980s installed without a waterblock, but it would have been less pleasant...

In any case, I edited it. So it's less disappointing :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The custom loop looks great though, I love the white tubing.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is so big that without looking at the parts list I thought you had a Matx motherboard

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build! You should probably upgrade to a 4K Monitor in the future because this is overkill for 1080p.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going for a ROG Swift when it will be not so expensive since I would like 120 fps...

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

You should wait for Acer's new monitor(Predator XB280HK) which will be the same as the ROG swift but cheaper.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Never heard about it. Thanks for the hint...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked and I think you were thinking about the XB270HU

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build. Glad to see someone else with the same motherboard (I love the ASROCK OC FORMULA series). Also love the case, I went with the luxe since the primo was out of my budget. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH, my first choice was the Asus X99 Deluxe (for the color scheme). But after two weeks, it died and killed my CPU.

So I decided to change mobo, change case, make a custom loop and not stress too much on the color scheme.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, same here! The X99 Deluxe I had died on it's own after just a few days of use! Fortunately it did not take my CPU with it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait so did you buy two 5960X? also did you make any updates on your build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to say they got a replacement rather than buying two xD

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

ThT sexy and power build. Love how clean it is. Are you going to put your 3 cards in sli or are you going to put 2 cards in sli with a standalone card running a full 16x for better performance in rendering?

I have 1 more question: Why did your friend sold you his 5960x. Was it not good enough for his needs? Haha

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I will do some testing but I think I'll sell one of the cards. GPUs are practically only used for gaming, so I can hardly justify three. Maybe eventually I will sell all three if NVidia releases something better soon.

Let's say my friend was pity regarding my experience with the store bought cpu and didn't really care about that $200 discount :) Or in other words, he gave me his cpu and a bit more of $200 for my better clocking CPU...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude your build is WICKED!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Beast mode activated. I would do 4k gaming if i were u. I have a 4k monitor but just 1 gtx 970 so i can't utilities all of my monitor. But holyshit ur build is the ****

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Rather used 2 card and add 2 more monitors.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Two cards are the EVGA step-up. And I don't like surround....

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Your yelling at me for only having 1080p monitors with 2 980's! You have 3 980's on ONE monitor no matter if it's 144hz!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Read better:

  • I'm getting a ROG Swift (and you need two 980)
  • I'm probably going to sell one

Moreover, I like benching...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build. Curious if you overclock your RAM and if so what settings you use. I have the same RAM that you have on order. Thanks.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I OCed my RAM to 2666, but just using the auto settings. RAM overclocking is not really my area and the gain is usually quite limited.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the noise on the noctuas @ 1200 RPM?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the ASRock OC Formula board. That thing is a beast. The only other thing I think they should have done on it was allowed users to watercool the board itself.

I also love the AlphaCool rads. They are top dog, especially if they are the 60mm or thicker versions.

How was working within that case? I am looking at that case for a new build right now (that is what brought me to your build). I built a system recently that used the CaseLabs Magnum SMA8, so I am spoiled with all the room that one has, but it was so damn expensive (Over $600 after add-on parts).

Let me know what your experiences were with that case. Thx!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is wonderful. Not the best aesthetically, but you can put everything inside and working on it is very easy.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that blue lighting on the front of your case in pic 3?

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