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Leviathan (1st Build)

by Kmk17


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Date Published

Sept. 26, 2014

Date Built

Sept. 21, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.337 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.41 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


EDIT: Since After Effects has been eating up all my ram I went ahead and ordered another ram kit. Currently I am running 32GB of ram at 2400mhz, CAS 10. I also added a Dell 1440p monitor that is calibrated for color work, the PCIe SSD for the OS, swapped the ATH M50 headphones for DT 770s, the Razer Keypad for a G13, and the Corsair K65 RGB keyboard for a Das Keyboard 4.

This was my first build, I wanted to do things right the first time. I previously owned a PS4 and played regularly. During Origin's week of free game time I got addicted to playing BF4 on my bootcamped Mac Book Pro, when it was over I couldn't go back to the motion blur and analog thumbsticks. I had never built a PC before but it seemed simple and easy enough, plus there were plenty of guides online, this site was invaluable.

I started by choosing a case. I needed something fairly roomy but also discrete and professional looking, bright colored cases with LED fans behind mesh were out of the question. I replaced all the case and the radiator fans with 1500rpm Noiseblocker Pro PWM fans, they have great static pressure and CFM for their noise levels. The pump is currently the loudest thing in the computer, but even that's still significantly quieter than my fridge. All the fans except the single 140mm rear exhaust run on my PWM fan controller hooked up to the CPU header. The pump runs on a separate header so that I can run it at low speeds and keep it quiet all the time.

  • 2x 120mm in the bottom as intake
  • 2x 140mm in the front as intake
  • 1x 140mm in the top as exhaust (above 5.25" bays)
  • 3x 120mm in the top as exhaust (radiator push/pull)
  • 1x 140mm in the rear as exhaust
  • 2x GPU fans in the rear as exhaust

The cable management was looking much cleaner until I added the Swiftech H220x, the Sata cable from the pump was very short, and the PWM fan controller added alot of clutter. I cleaned the CPU with a lens cleaning cloth, 91% isopropyl alcohol, and used Arctic Silver 5 as the thermal paste. I took the G.Skill stickers off the RAM (seriously looks like it was designed in the 90s) but put the labels with the 2400MHz CAS 10 info back on. It's on the inside of the sticks facing each other so it's not very noticeable. Unfortunately, I lost one of the plastic pins Swiftech uses on the water block to hold the color plate. It flew across my place while I was switching the color to red, I'm sure I'll find it next time I sweep. Also, the Swiftech red has significantly more orange in it than the ROG red so I ended up just going with white for the CPU block instead.

I chose the EVGA Superclocked Reference 980s because the reference cooler is sexy (it also keeps case temps down). I wasn't planning on doing much tinkering with them so the superclocked version made sense. I didn't think the green went well with the rest of my build. I removed the LED logo and used a sanding block with 400 grit sand paper to remove the top layer of paint. The LEDs underneath are white and now shine though without the green. Later, I went back and used the extra Arctic Silver 5 I had to replace the GPU thermal compound. In BF4 on Ultra and at 144 Hz, G-sync seems to cause the FPS to rise and fall as it hits the limit of the monitors refresh rate. I limited the engine's FPS to 140 in a config file to keeps FPS constant.

Storage wise, I have 3 San Disk Extreme II 120Gbs in Raid 0. Based on benchmarks 3 of these seemed to be the best bang for buck in terms of performance compared to diminishing returns. I don't keep anything important on those, just applications and games like, Steam, Origin, BF4, Adobe CC, working photo/video, etc. Important files, RAW and final jpg photo archives, etc. go on my 2x 1TB Western Digital Black drives arranged in Raid 1. Those I relocated to my 5.25" bay where they are out of sight. I'm using Frozen CPU's HDD Noise Reduction System to keep them quiet and have an intake fan pointed at them to keep them cool. I also make a 1TB backup of the array regularly with an external 1TB HDD. The OS resides on the Plextor M6e PCIe x2 SSD which makes for an extremely fast sub 10 second boot time viewable HERE

All photos were shot with Canon 6D, 85mm F/1.2L II, 600EX-RT, and edited in Lightroom 5.

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Rashiq 26 points 55 months ago

+1 for the photography skills, +1 on the cable management and +1 for making the 750D look like a 350D. =)

Sed8Op8 3 Builds 8 points 55 months ago

Seriously amazing this is by FAR the nicest build so far with 980s there's a few that have the 980s paired with 6 and 8 core haswell e's but your attention to detail and part selection are spot on ! This build is awesome I am currently working on upgrading from the 280x to the 970 as well as finishing my first SFF mini itx g3258 build but my budgets ALWAYs handicaps me ! If I had the money I would have gone damn close to what you did maybe changing size of ssd's and your choice of thermal paste lol Beautiful!!!

iamwildbear 6 points 52 months ago

Wow.......you leave me speechless........ I dont think i have seen a build on this website with as good of photography Also that cable management makes mine look like a jungle 100+ Man.......beautiful

xx116xx 3 Builds 4 points 55 months ago

gahhHAHhag PicTUresss!!!

GamerDeso 4 points 55 months ago

85mm F/1.2 L... version 2... I am so freaking jealous! Meanwhile, all I have is a Fuji XE2 and a Samyang 85mm F/1.4 (apply the crop factor, all I get is a 127.5mm F/2.1) so... yeah...

erodayzay 3 points 36 months ago

I came to the photography alone... the hardware elevated me to a new plane of existence.... and the cable management—oh what a beauty—I simply had to succumb to the weight of the universe and become one with the cosmos, forever absent from space-time, only knowing these few, magnificent images to keep me from collapsing into myself into a supermassive black hole that might end in the ultimate destruction of the universe as we know it.

(ik this post is old but its too hot to not notice)

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

Thank you! I am torn between an upvote and Donald Trumps face.

Ehh, have an upvote sir.

erodayzay 2 points 35 months ago


Catalyzer 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Ah , 2 Gtx 980's thats wicked ! With such a beefy setup you should at least be playing on a 4K monitor (IMHO)

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 4 points 55 months ago

I mainly play shooters and wanted a resolution advantage, sniping in particular is so much easier on a 27" 1440p monitor. I would love a 4K monitor but couldn't spend that kind of coin for 60Hz only to kick myself when the 120hz 4K monitors arrive in a year or two.

NiallTheAwesome 2 points 55 months ago

Holy shlit

Phreedom 2 points 55 months ago

I was thinking of getting the ASUS Z97 Deluxe motherboard for my build. Mainly because I hear it has a very nice auto-overclocking feature that works well. If I was to go with the same as yours, Maximus VII Hero, would I be overwhelmed with the manual OC'ing settings since I'm not real familiar with it or is it pretty straight forward? Does the Hero also have some type of auto-oc feature?

Thanks...beautiful rig!

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

The Hero does have an auto OC feature, however I would not recommend using it. You can achieve significantly higher overclocks at much lower voltages and temperatures with better stability manually. Asus even has multiple OC guides on their YouTube. All you need to change is the CPU multiplier and voltage leaving everything else on auto.

Phreedom 1 point 55 months ago


pnged 1 point 47 months ago

I know this the late, but the ROG boards and the mainstream boards have different OC applications. The Z97 deluxe has a much, much better OC application, ROG is definitely lacking in that department.

Phreedom 1 point 45 months ago

Yeah I ended up getting the Z97 Deluxe and glad I did. Super nice board. 4790k running at 4.8

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Are you having any issues with SLI? I'm getting an error and crash every time I try to start a game or benchmark

yusuf-pc7 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

do you have an sli bridge?

jkkavan 3 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

I was searching for the ASUS ROG SWIFT builds, ...see The Spectre Project by Meithen.. I guess you like the monitor? Seriously nice build and and nice pictures, Nikonista myself. Thought the microphone one was really cool. Can spend a lotta little bits of coin on these puppies. Nice Build.

frostmourne7 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

+1 for this one. although to be honest, i appreciated your photography skills more than how clean your build is. (pun intended)

great build!

anyway, do you/did you overclock your cpu? how's the overclocking and the temps with the hero? is it good to overclock with? because i'm thinking of getting the motherboard once i get to start my first build.


Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Yeah I overclocked it to 4.7GHz at 1.275v. At 4.8GHz it hits a wall at any voltage I'm comfortable with. Temps are great, it will idle around 25C and then in games hits between 55 and 65C. 75C is the highest I've ever seen in stability testing.

The hero has an incredible amount of overclocking adjustments, more than most people will ever play around with. it's a great board to learn Overclocking on.

sanchezliny 1 point 55 months ago

Your build=Awesome. +1

aim2stars 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

So elegant!! GTX980 looks so good with the red/black theme. seeing builds like this makes me wanna go back to the green team! (GTX970, why didn't you come a month earlier??)

I wonder what kinda fps would you be getting in BF4 with the scale up to 200%.

DeltasEcho 1 point 55 months ago

Do you stream?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 0 points 55 months ago

Not yet, I am planning to

DeltasEcho 1 point 55 months ago

Alright, I'd wanna watch these 980s :)

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Yeah I'm just gonna point the webcam at the case lol

DeltasEcho 1 point 55 months ago


TechAndry98 1 point 55 months ago

very good machine.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

That overclock is astounding. 4.8ghz sitting at 70c?? Is that during gameplay or 100% load on a stress test?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

So, the core voltage at 4.8GHz is 1.295. That's with memory running the full 2400mhz. It's only stable for about 6 hours gaming like that. Temps were 72C max after an hour of Aida64 stressing FPU, CPU, and Cache.

I back it off to 4.7 @ 1.270 use adaptive voltage, reenable C-states, etc. for every day use. I haven't seen higher than 62C in BF4 with TS and iTunes running on the side at those clocks.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

That's excellent. A lot of people can only get that high at 1.3v.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

That's beautiful. It brings a tear to my eye. I am delliding tonight. My 4770k using 1.275v with ram at 1866mhz, overclock is 4.5ghz. After 30 min of Realbench 2.2 using up to 16gb of ram I am at 89c....

brelovix 1 point 55 months ago

Cool parts, and these photographs are sharp and look great. I hope you enjoy your SLI'd 980's, I bet they are awesome aha +1

Baffler5 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Beautiful :)

EBankert 1 point 55 months ago

I prefer not listening to a jet take off every time I boot up my pc... :P

ScoutFalcon 1 point 55 months ago

This build is beautiful

Caniheal 1 point 55 months ago

How loud is this build?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Very quiet unless it's stress testing, during gaming the 980s don't even get very warm so the fans stay fairly low. I use an aggressive fan profile on the CPU, GPU, and case fans too.

Mombles 1 point 55 months ago

+1 +1 +1 +KO!!! Best build I have ever seen. Also from the interesting monitor choice I can see you did your research. My friend and I who are aiming for twin $2000 rigs have been Asus fanboying on monitors so Qnix is a brand we will look into. Thank you sir, you alerted me to some decent parts and I learnt a lot from this build. Perhaps you could sand the geforce logo paint off to better match the colour scheme. +90 if I could ;)

akula2 1 point 55 months ago

I'll be using Swiftech H220 for 5960X builds.

Well, did you consider Cooler Master Nepton 140XL liquid cooler? Many reviews placed it at top AIO cooler, but I don't know how well it performs vs H220? I wish to shortly begin a 4790K high-end build process by procuring parts(5K), so little concerned about coolers. But big dilemma is the upcoming holiday discounts. I mean, what if there is 980Ti or Asus 980 ROG Matrix or whatever part might become cheaper and so on...sigh!

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 3 points 55 months ago

That's a single 140mm cooler right? Double 120 would outperform it. Double 140 (like Kraken X61) should perform even better, but this comes with a better water block, better pump, and a pwm fan splitter. Plus it's expandable unlike the other AIO solutions

akula2 1 point 55 months ago

Yes, it is. I'll check out a few more coolers. Thermaltake also released a new model, quite a big 'Ultimate 3.0' product

Phreedom 1 point 55 months ago

Swiftech just came out with the H240-X...a 140mm version of the H220-X. Pissed me off cause I just received my H220-X a couple days before I learned of their new model.

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

I keep telling myself I don't need it, temps are great. Maybe if they come out with a 3x 140mm one I'll upgrade to that and add my GPUs to the loop.

jsco 1 point 54 months ago

would be cheaper, easier, and more effective to just add a front 240 or 280 rad and run everything with the existing h220x. that pump will handle it, especially if you parallel the gpu blocks.

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

The pump is only rated for 1 GPU and 1 CPU, plus it is already kind of loud. If I went custom now, it would be only reusing the CPU block, a new cylindrical pump/res combo, a 420mm rad on top, and a 240mm on bottom.

smallie 1 point 55 months ago

This is the best looking build I have seen that isn't custom loop watercooled. This is amazing, has has made me rethink buying an Enthoo Pro - I'm definitely going with the 750D!

TechAndry98 1 point 54 months ago

i like this machine.

Meithen 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I finally just ordered those cards, so nice!

alexrok 7 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

How loud is the H220x? Considering a one paired with some NF-F12s and silence is of importance. Nice build BTW! Very clean.

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

The pump is loud, I find it quietest about 40-60%% so I have it hooked up to a seperate can header running a range of 35%-75%. The stock fans were also loud but these are much quieter, I would use the 3000rpm noctuas personally.

alexrok 7 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I've already got two poop & vomit NF-F12s and 3 NF-A14s for my build so fan noise isn't an issue. I've got a mITX board so there's only one CPU fan header and 1 chassis fan header although I have loads of PWM splitters thanks to noctua. Think the H220x will be the right choice or should I get another CLC?

jimski53 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

where did you get the Swiftech H220-X and can the led light cover on the block be changed after unit is installed

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Yes you can change the LED light plate after it has been installed, and I purchased it directly from Swiftech.

jimski53 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

ok thanks do you remember how much you paid including shipping ect im torn between this or the x61

smallie 1 point 53 months ago

Lovely build. What desk do you have bro?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

It's a standing desk that I built with an IKEA 26" x 96" countertop and a 40" tall pipe frame.

smallie 1 point 53 months ago

What countertop is it called bro?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago


xSpaceSheepy 1 point 51 months ago

Daannnnnggggg, that's epic! Seems like an awesome build! $6000 USD is a lot though... Was it worth all the money?

Do you stream or make videos and all?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Yes I make content for the company I work for, it renders much faster than the Computer U have at work so I usually export my media to a large external drive and render when I get home so I don't twiddle my thumbs all day at work. I haven't had the time to do much for myself.

Remember that $6000 is with 3 monitors. I play BF4 so streaming is not a great idea because either the game stutters or the stream is very low quality. Nvidia encoder looks terrible and stutters. The Quick Sync encoder looks terrible and having Intel drivers installed causes stability problems. Time for a 2nd PC.

xSpaceSheepy 1 point 51 months ago

Dang, it seems like a beast of a computer. So you're gonna build a second computer just for your personal use? How much are you gonna spend on that?

I'm hoping to build my first PC soon. I'll mainly use it for gaming and maybe streaming if it can handle it. No super hardcore games that need multigpu setups to run smoothly on..


Though I may switch to the GTX 970 STRIX instead of the GTX 970 WINDFORCE... The WINDFORCE is a bit long meaning I would have to sacrifice a drive bay.

JoB0b 1 point 51 months ago

And this is you first build...............

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

that's alot of periods bro......................

BFBCIE2 1 point 51 months ago

how do those fans perform up front? ive been eyeing the same noiseblocker fans for the front of my corsair 450d and was wondering how they perform for their noise levels? Are they worth it over the stock fans?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

The 750D benefits from fans that have a bit more static pressure in the front because of the metal panel. If it was mesh like the 450D you might want to consider a pure airflow fan.

BFBCIE2 1 point 51 months ago

What fans would you reccomend for pure airflow? I'd appreciate a decent amount of static pressure but I haven't found any that look good.

gregkillborn 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

wow truly amazing, What mic and mic stand is that? Can you tell me the benefits of having that many hard drives? Why go with three 120 ssd's and two 1tb 7200's HDDs. What would be the benefits of this over a 500 gig EVO 950 SSD and a 2tb storage HDD? I'm new to this stuff and have most of my parts but didn't put it together yet. Sick GPU's btw. And out of those three monitors, which one stands out above the others? Thank for your help

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

The mic and stand are listed in the parts list. The benefits of multiple drive come in redundancy (the HDDs are mirrors of each other), Speed (the 3 SSDs are combined into a single drive with 1400mb/s). 3 total drives (raid SSD's, raid HDDs, and PCIe drive) are better for editing media. A single 850 EVO is best for your average user, but it will be out performed by 3 drives each chosen for their own strengths

gregkillborn 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago


th3cray 1 point 50 months ago

Great build buddy. Being punctilious myself (Dunno if you're too), the neat layout of the components, the cable management, the color combination and overall aesthetic gave me this weird feeling of being hungry and wanting to eat all that up xP Beautiful photographs as well. You could still do some work on your desk though. A bit less clutter maybe? But overall, its one of the most perfect builds I've seen so far. Keep it up mate and have fun shooting away the infidels in OpLocker xD!!

Hussein.H 1 point 49 months ago


Statecat 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Monster PC. You a Youtuber or something?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

No, I do media and graphic design at a marketing firm for a living.

Statecat 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

That's pretty cool man. _^ What sort of media? I'm guessing video game and movie media?

Qbuo 1 point 48 months ago

Are you planning on extending that 220x to the Gpus? It is modular.

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Probably not, I would want at least a triple 120mm or 140mm up top for that.

Tacobender15 1 point 48 months ago

Wicked build! What size is your EVGA SLI bridge, short or long?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

The long one, the Asus board has 1 extra PCIe slot in between the two cards. Good for airflow

Tacobender15 1 point 48 months ago

Good to hear. Thanks for the quick reply!

pnged 1 point 47 months ago

This is by far my favorite build I've seen here. Love the name of it too (do you listen to Leviathan? lol), and I'm using some of the same stuff in my build, which is how I stumbled upon this.

I do a lot of editing (I work for a film crew, and freelance some) and I love that monitor. I really want the LG 21:9 to see the timelines in all of their glorious beauty.

I was thinking about building in the 750d but I decided to go with an mATX build in the air 240. Full tower was just too much for me.

Again, great build!

jjw2995 1 point 47 months ago

I wonder how you changed the ref geforce logo to white as I thought they've changed the material so someone on reddit said "don't even try."

great build by the way although if I was you, I would have went with wider 3way bridge as I hate that gold sli finger showing :P

Poli 1 point 47 months ago


jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Is the PSU very loud?

FSF 1 point 45 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k6gs7P Is this PC good? :) I'm a youtuber...italian. is good to start a game in ultra settings,and the programm to record? Your build is A W E S O M E.

AshL94 1 point 45 months ago

Awesome build! Where did you get the Swiftech H220X from? I live in England and can't find it anywhere :(

OSeric 1 point 44 months ago

Quick question: Were you able to change the color of the LEDs on your 980s through sanding with no problems? I read on Reddit that it wasn't possible with the GTX 980 because the actual rubber of the letters are green.

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

No, mine had the green paint on top

OSeric 1 point 44 months ago

Alright thanks! I'm assuming you used a fine grit sanding block?

Brazen 1 point 43 months ago

I was looking at the 750D, but found some complaints about the noise level as compared to, say, an R5. Seems it can't be that bad as it seems this rig is being used in a production environment. Are you happy with the noise level?

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

It's not too bad, I have replaced all of my fans and that helped alot. But I know the R5 is going to be quieter.

The-Partenator 1 point 39 months ago

where did you get your motherboard?

krzyboy2o 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Awesome build! One question. How'd you get the the black tubing in your water cooler. The ones I'm seeing from Swiftech's website has clear tubing. Did you swap out the tubes? Thanks!

krzyboy2o 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The cooler I ended up with is the NZXT Kraken x61. The Swiftech was nice but was sold out at the time.

Rendon84 1 point 38 months ago

Odd monitor stuff. I'd go with Acer Predator X34. I don't have it but its supposed to be a great monitor

ol 1 point 30 months ago

One of the best builds I have seen on this site. Sweet. BTW how did you go about the raid setup?

Kulguy987 1 point 22 months ago

This photography is so beautiful

pixeljanitor 1 point 10 months ago

My favorite build on here so far. Fantastic!

coolguy562 2 Builds 0 points 55 months ago

+1 for the same name as my build. Although mine matches the name more with the color scheme yours is more powerful.

kaweisam 1 Build 0 points 55 months ago

Not enough money to beats you RIG..

LemingSweaty 1 Build 0 points 53 months ago

+1 for the bible refrence

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thomas Hobbes reference

Nikkzilla -3 points 55 months ago

I'd be careful with 3 drives in RAID 0. It's extremely unstable, and you will almost certainly have a drive fail and lose all your data. Raid 0 is typically a bad idea in any situation unless you don't care about losing anything, eg. if you only use it for games/stuff you can re-download. I doubt that the difference in speed will really matter too much, while I'm sure it is faster, you probably wouldn't be able to notice it all that much. Just a personal opinion, but play it safe with that. Backup anything important somewhere else.

Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

You realize you're saying that it's almost certain 1 in 3 drives will fail?

I keep apps and the OS on that, the raid 1 HDDs are where my data goes.

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Kmk17 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

EVGA quietly released a new revision of thier PSUs this year and I think they had black cables. But yes these are the EVGA sleeved cables for $90 or so

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