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Primary Rig X299 7800K

by ssharp


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Date Published

July 15, 2017

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I have not yet started the overclocking process however, the Lian-Li PC-08 was great to build a custom water loop in.

I have built a custom water cool before but I was really interested in doing a setup with PETG tubing.

There was a lot larger of a learning curve, but it turned out. Some of the bends aren't as great as i wanted but a good first round I think.

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INFLCT 2 Builds 7 points 4 months ago

Is it just me, or is that gpu sagging hard

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INFLCT 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

might want to fix that sag, thats the only criticism I have

ssharp submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

It has a small sag from the PCIE cables is correct, I have since changed the pull on them and its all good ;)

INFLCT 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

sounds good, don't want it to fall off those PCIE lanes

Bee66 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

In the earlier pic, the gpu is sagging without the PCIE cables attached. Did you make sure not to overtighten the GPU waterblock? those things are heavy and overtightening causes the pcb to flex causing the sag look.

Otherwise very good work on the loop setup, the Lian Li is definitely a good choice you made, love that case =)

auldae 1 Build 0 points 4 months ago

Looks a bit saggy in the first pic without the cables attached tho. Not sure it's worthy of "primary rig" status, lol.

Gaming4life22 4 points 4 months ago

I don't want to be that guy but why not ryzen?

ssharp submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I started my building pcs, with a PII and then moved to athlons, since the C2Duos I have never looked at AMD again. Besides i was looking for the extra PCIE channels as i will replace with Core I9 when it releases, be adding another 1080ti and another 1 TB 960 evo

On top of that the 7800x is a place holder until the Core i9s come out, i paid for the microcenter upgrade warranty

Gaming4life22 2 points 4 months ago

What about threadripper? Very cheap compared to core i9 more pcie lanes (64) and coming out soon with more cores than similarly priced intel parts.

ssharp submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I was interested in threadripper, but didn't want to wait for uncertainty of it. Also, I had already order the case and was itching to get started!

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OnePerson303 6 points 4 months ago
  1. The 7800x only has 4 more pcie lanes than the ryzen. Both will run SLI at 8/8.

  2. It sure does outperform the ryzen 5 1600 by a considerable margin (at twice the platform cost...). It loses to an overclocked 1700 though, which is still cheaper. In Gaming the 7800x still much behind a 7700k (https://youtu.be/PKX9Bcxnd7U), so it has about the same performance in gaming as a ryzen.

  3. X299 has all kinds of issues, such as vrm overheating, very high power consumption and very high temperatures (toothpaste lol...)

  4. There are way better arguements for x299, such as quad channel memory which almost doubles bandwidth, which is very important in some applications. Add to that the fact that you have the option of upgrading to the core i9 behemoth in the future. The 7800x is not more but a placekeeper chip to upgrade to a core i9 later, as the 7740x is a ridiculous product and a ryzen (or 7700k for gaming) system makes far more sense without upgrading in the future.

mysticial 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It's worth mentioning that all the overheating problems with X299 partially stem from the fact that the Skylake X processors are able to overclock 4.5+ GHz.

Nobody complains about Ryzen in this aspect because they simply won't clock above 4.0 GHz - which is what everybody complains about instead.

If Skylake X had a 4.0 GHz wall, people would be complaining about that instead of the heat.

IAstate97 1 point 3 months ago

Clock speeds have nothing to do with Vrm heat. Vrm heat is caused by voltage, overclocking ryzen to 4 ghz is around 1.4 volts for most people, 4.5 ghz for sky lake x takes 1.3 volts in most cases, so theoretically the vrms would have the same heat of not run cooler than ryzen 7 at 4.0, but they don't. A lot of people complain about ryzen ocerclocking (warranted) but Vrms overheating can cause serious issues. I'm surprised with all the heat on them that they didn't put small heat sinks on the Vrms more prone to overheat

mysticial 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I didn't mean to imply that clock speed was the direct cause of the VRM heat. It's the power consumption which is proportional to frequency * voltage^2. And increasing the frequency requires a higher voltage which causes quadratic increases in power consumption. Comparing Ryzen voltages to that of Intel's is actually apples to oranges since you don't know what the other factors are relative to each other (i.e. capacitance) - which also vary depending on the workload.

SirFlamenco -1 points 4 months ago

"It loses to an overclock 1700" Now that's funny. Since when do you compare an overclocked cpu vs a stock one?

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 4 points 4 months ago

Since the bulldozer days.

OnePerson303 2 points 4 months ago

because you can overclock it on the stock cooler, good luck overclocking a skylake-x on a stock cooler (that it doesn´t come with for obvious reasons)

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Yahtadi 1 point 4 months ago

How does that Speaker sound? any good for studio like its name? how about on gaming?

ssharp submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Speakers sound great, they are good for gaming but I still use my headphones to play FPS games

hi_im_snowman 1 point 4 months ago

Not a judgement, but rather just a curiosity, why the 1000W PSU? It doesn't seem like you'd be going anywhere north of 550W @ wall even under max load.

How was it to build inside of that particular case? Looks like a real beauty tbh!

Great job btw, i love the fittings selected for the loop. looks great!

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

A lot of the higher watt PSU's have better efficiency ratings, and about %50 load it where a PSU is best on it efficiency curve

ssharp submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I picked the 1000w for 2 reasons 1. going to add another 1080ti 2. efficiency as mentioned below

DrMAS 1 point 4 months ago

You have been successful in many of your choices

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I don't like being that guy, but this was just a bad buy. love the looks, but not the parts.

auldae 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Very nice build, Funny you thought it necessary to term a $6k build as your primary. Nice dry humor there. I'm strangely bothered with the grating element on the rear exhaust tho. Let that ML shine!

ReapMeUpDaddy 1 point 4 months ago

I dont understand all the people b*tching about the CPU. AMD has always been the economical choice, coming within intels 10% margin at sometimes half the price, but what people don't understand is that if you want the BEST CHOICE no matter the money, Intel is the way to go.

sponix 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Everything about the system is Very Nice.

Ignore the Trolls.

Corsair ML Fans are a really nice touch for that case. Also like the rear fan grill. Did that come with the Case ?

ssharp submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago


MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

This rig is beautiful! :) ( ^ U ^ )

ssharp submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks, it was fun experimenting with PETG tubing

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Cool. :D

Night2fire 1 point 4 months ago

Nice Build. There is so much hate for the X299 and new chip-set. For me, I went with the X299 and the I7-7800X also. Not really worried about overclocking or gaming for my build. I do mostly photography and videos. But if I want to game I can without issues and there is always room to upgrade now too. Enjoy your build..

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

sexy build :D

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philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Please keep it polite.

SirFlamenco 1 point 4 months ago

Why did you delete my comment philip? I was saying they should respect other people choices and choosing this cpu wasn't retarded at all.

philip staff 10 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

Because generally I'll delete an entire comment chain in situations that I expect the discourse to continue. The warning to keep it polite did not apply to your comment.

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