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Simply, Obsidian

by syntaxerrur

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133 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 21, 2015

Date Built

July 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

Description

My main inspiration for the color scheme was largely based on the natural naming convention from Corsair's obsidian case lineup and the link below. Can it run minecraft though?

http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Obsidian

If you've seen my previous builds, you may already know the answer to this next question. "Why two 980ti's if you're not running 4k?" Simply because I have to. A lot of us are all on this site for the same reason and we love building PC's with cutting edge hardware. So why not!? That attitude may empty you're wallets but it's money well spent in my opinion.

Now I do have a HUGE personal gripe that's probably going to make me quite a few enemies. Here goes: I absolutely hate this Asus motherboard! I mainly purchased it for two reasons:

  1. I heard that it overclocks well.
  2. It was highly rated.

I had major problems when tweaking the OS and installing the drivers. The hardware and build quality is excellent but I've never had a build give me this much software problems. My OS was freezing like crazy and took 60 seconds from cold boot before I could even do anything with the machine. This is unacceptable since I have the OS on an SSD and I'm used to <10 seconds on other builds. Even when it did give me control, the system would randomly lock up and force me to hard reset. Before anyone chimes in with comments such as, "the problem is the user, not the hardware or software", let me just say that this is a clean install with nothing but the recommended drivers, Asus software utilities, windows updates AND Bitdefender antivirus.

Ahh ha! Here's the problem. After doing some research, Bitdefender and Asus AI Suite 3 have a history of not playing well with each other. If I install Bitdefender after AI Suite 3, it forces me to uninstall AI Suite 3 before accepting the install. If I install Bitdefender prior to AI Suite 3, everything appears to function as intended, however something is clashing in the background and causing the system to hang up. Asus' answer to this problem: Uninstall Bitdefender. Bitdefender's answer to this problem: Uninstall Asus AI Suite. Now is this Asus' fault or Bitdefenders fault? I don't care. I want my cake and I want to eat it too. This is especially true when I payed a combined total of $300 for the cake.

Now, I could just use the overclocking features in the BIOS and call it a day, but I was so irritated on how I just spent $200 and was forced to compromise. I could have kept the mobo and kicked Bitdefender but I already had a sour taste in my mouth when comparing my memories of MSi's equivalent motherboard and how it simply worked. I attempted a clean install 4 times with various alterations but in the end, I ended up returning the motherboard and switching it with my trusty MSi Z97 Gaming 7 that I had lying around. One OS install later, the system was running beautifully with 0 issues.

Also, I do not like Asus' driver install methods when compared to MSi and Gigabyte. It reminded me of the older days when searching and downloading drivers for a Dell Optiplex. The "EZ Update" feature kept returning a, "This environment does not have any updates" message even though I hadn't yet installed my chipset driver. MSi has an easy to use scan feature that automatically scans everything you need and downloads to a specified folder for you to install individually. Gigabyte is even easier and features one button to search, download AND install all the updates and drivers automatically.

Sorry for the rant guys and girls, but I had to get it out of my system. Thanks for checking out my build.

Comments Sorted by:

johngerges582 5 points 44 months ago

That moment when you realize that just one of his graphics card is only $75 less than your entire build... Anyways, fantastic build. +1

ALDJ0922 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

That moment you realize, You want a G1 980ti. Then you realize it costs the same as your build. Then you also realize your monitor is also 1080p. Then you remember, Witcher 3 at1 080p with everything on is only possible with the 980ti. So you end up daving for it anyways. Can't wait for mine to come in

Brian9801 1 point 42 months ago

Nice, hope you're enjoying your new GPU! Ensure your CPU isn't bottlenecking it.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Still saving for it :(

Brian9801 1 point 42 months ago

Cyber Monday I'd upon us.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Haha! But ask yourself this, who's build is more sensible? You win. ;)

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah I'm planning on doing a very similar build with the g1 sli also. I'm running the numbers and t's crazy how much they are compared to the rest of the build.

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

must...change pants...

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Is it #1 or #2?

I'm not sure which is more flattering.

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Neither... :D

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Now that, is intriguing. :p

piemancoder 2 points 44 months ago

What do you mea- oh. Um. Well.........that means it's diarrhea, right? Right?

Banshebot 1 point 44 months ago

I'm don't think so

piemancoder 1 point 44 months ago

Oh crap. ( get it? crap? )

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

._.

davidmoffitt 3 points 44 months ago

Ditch the AI Suite, it's nothing special. I'm working on an X99 build with an ASUS board right now and to be honest I find it preferable to just use the BIOS. I get your frustration but in all honesty you're losing, well, practically nothing by ditching the ASUS software. Nice build, best of luck with it!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you. I agree with what your saying in terms of doing without Asus AI Suite 3 but again, I want it all when spending the money.

halogeek52@gmail.com 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I agree. I have an X99-Pro and AI Suite doesn't do much. The BIOS is more stable and has more options.

violetrainxx 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Its good to see more people using purple fans in their build. I have the same ones.. love em! You got yourself an amazing build.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I love the purple look! It's hard to find a motherboard that has all the "gaming" features that I want that isn't red and black. Absolutely frustrating. I wanted a dark black with deep purple look so I ended up turning down the brightness on the logisys LED strip and letting the purple fans give it that mysterious glow. Thank you!

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Not to mention, in relation to Minecraft. A favorite of mine as well. Beautiful look. I do wish there were more purple components. Or options to buy models of products, but in different colors to help match color schemes better.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I honestly thought the same exact thing when trying to pick my motherboard! I felt as though none of them really matched what I wanted and missed the mark when trying to describe my build. There's a million dollar idea; Custom north bridge and south bridge colors. I imagine the price would climb though. :(

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I totally agree. Purple and red are my favorite colors, and when I originally built mine I wanted all black and purple, but was a pain to find anything that fit my needs and matched at the same time. I think I have a pretty sweet upgrade list though for mine which will be redone soon!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Then you and I are on the same page with the color scheme problems. Ooooo, that's exciting. Please keep me posted!

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Love the build! Obsidian from Corsair is the best!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I agree!!! I now have the 250D, 450D and 750D. I do need to venture out a bit though because all my builds play it safe with parts I've used in the past.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yep. I also have a obsidian 450D and it's awesome! (check out my build...)

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Nice! I just checked it out. I know you must be loving it. The high airflow intake kit looks similar to the one on the front of the 450D and I cant wait to get it here. Nice build.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you.

monkeybars 1 point 44 months ago

I wish they'd make one of those kits for the 250D, I'm not confident enough in my Dremel skills.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah that would be nice huh! If you do end up using a dremel, please link me some pictures and methods because I would love to see how that turns out. I may give it a shot with mine.

Sopey 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I had a similar issue with my Asus Hero motherboard booting slow and freezing on startup. Turns out that I had my ssd with my operating system plugged into one of the two bottom SATA connectors that run on the ASMedia chipset instead of the Intel chipset. Moving the plug to one of top six SATA connectors fixed the problem for me.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Same reply applies: I came to the same research but only after not being able to locate my SSD as a bootable drive. The issues happened AFTER the sata swap.

Bitdefender was a huge issue.

Sopey 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Actually, based on your pictures it looks like you also plugged at least one of your hard drives into one of the bottom SATA ports, that might have been part of your problem. Then again maybe not lol, just thought I would share my experience and the headache I had.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks for the input. I came to the same research but only after not being able to locate my SSD as a bootable drive. The issues happened AFTER the sata swap. Bitdefender was a huge issue.

Sopey 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Ahh ok, well then my comment wasn't much help lol. Just thought I'd check, the build looks awesome by the way. Two 980Ti's is awesome!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

No you are right but just not on the main issue. If I were to chat with you when trying to figure out why the OS drive wasn't listed in the BIOS, I would have considered you a saint. :)

Jizzandapuss 1 point 44 months ago

Great Build !...how are the noise levels for that case ? any plans on changing the fans ?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

The case fans are ok. They aren't stock and are the quiet edition but they still get going a bit under load. I'm used to this though.

Jobforabutcher 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice man. +1

I also have 980 ti in sli. 1440p monitor coming soon :>

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It's a great feeling maxing out with thinking about FPS! Have fun with the monitor!

Pierceoftheender 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Now that's one powerful Personal Computer!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It sure is! I'm going to enjoy beating it up a bit and running benchmarks.

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Ah, but you still haven't answered the question. Does it run Minecraft?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Hahaah! I haven't tried yet but lets cross our fingers.

twizzzdv2 1 point 44 months ago

opinion on the g1 gaming 980ti? love it? and how do the changeable lighting on the windforce look? btw, +1 ;)

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Thank you! I love these cards so far. The lighting is changeable but not full RGB. There are color presets to choose from but they still look nice.

twiceboss 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

now im still wondering, does 4790k able to run SLI gtx980ti without any bottlenecking issue?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I have seen none so far but I don't have specific numbers to give you. If I were to add another GTX 980ti, that would be a different story.

Here are a few links that ask the same question. Read it lightly because I don't think they use real numbers either.

  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2668717/980-bottleneck-4790k.html
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2683310/4790k-bottleneck.html
  3. http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/398502-gtx-980-ti-sli-bottleneck/
hooh888 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice build, sleeved cables for your PSU would make a huge difference in terms of aesthetics, especially for the motherboard 24-pin and 2 sets of 8+8-pin for your GPUs.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I thought about that as well and it may be a future update but for right now, the cables included in the AX1200i are already high quality and braided. I already spent quite a bit and need to give my wallet a break. :p

noap7 1 point 44 months ago

Really solid build! Love the purple light show also!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you. There's something about purple and PC.

noap7 1 point 44 months ago

I know! I intend to do something very similar with my build! I feel inspired!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Keep me posted! I love seeing new builds!

Atron 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Not enough pics :3

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Haha, I will upload 300 more with them zoomed in on a random cable in the back and see if we can guess which one it is.

:p

InsightRevolt 1 point 44 months ago

Those 2 980 TI cost more than my whole build xD. This build would be $1500 if you took off the gpu's and got a 970. so anyone looking to build this there ya go :3

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

If you did that, you could even drop the expensive power supply in favor of a smaller 650-850 and save even more money!

PcHacker97 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

So much room left over that the possibilities are endless! Is there a possible custom water loop coming soon to this build? Those 980 TI's are just to gorgeous to not look at together. Enjoy your cake and don't get it all over yourself.

BigBird

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Tell me about it! When I just have the motherboard plugged in, it looks super empty in the pictures. I plan to water cool but I know absolutely nothing about it yet and I need to do my homework before I go spending anymore money. :(

PcHacker97 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

A custom loop isn't to bad once you know what and how many parts you need. From there is just making sure that they fit together. Keep your eyes out and ideas big.

BigBird

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

To add to this discussion, if anyone has completed a really nice water cooling setup and can provide advice, please let me know. I'm thinking about starting small and just throwing a 240 radiator in the front of the 750D and only liquid cooling the GPU's.

Is this silly?

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Great build man and very nice photos, thank you for your time. I was looking to buy that case and I end up going for the enthoo pro, the high airflow intake kit is a must for the obsidian cases, in my opinion. So I'm doing a very similar build and I have a few questions.

  • I've used numerous software's and online pages to determine the W of my power supply and all of them told me to go with a 1000W Platinum. Isn't it a little bit overkill the 1200 one you have? I wanna make sure I'm buying the right one.

  • I'm planning on buying also two G1 980 Ti. I read some reviews and some people are having coil whine problems, any similar problems with them? How loud they are?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

No problem. Thank you for taking a look at my build. To answer your questions:

-I did the same exact thing as you and found an array of mixed opinions. Some people even said I could get away with an 850 but 1000 is a very nice safe spot. The reason I chose the 1200i is because it was only $20 more after my Corsair discount and I wanted the extra for a "just in case" cushion, even though the 850i to a 1000i could have been a good enough cushion.

-I have yet to hear any coil whine problems at all! When idle, they are barely noticeable as the bottom mounted GPU fans are always off. When I start gaming, it's audible but not by a lot. I still get lost in my game and never notice.

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I see, what a discount! Yeah its nice to have extra just in case and if its platinum it will last for a pretty long time. I want to get those G1 so bad. I'll probably get them in a month or two, because for the moment I'm waiting for other parts to ship home and since the GPU is on of the last thing to put in the case I can wait and save up a little while I do the rest of the build. This will be my first build so it will take me a little bit longer, but I will enjoy every second of it. I'm so exited for this build and the gaming I'm going to be able achieve!

Thanks again for your time and your responses.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

No problem! Good luck with your build.

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you!

dabasepc 1 point 44 months ago

I didn't read any comments, but did you changed your RAM sticks in the correct slots?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

The RAM is in the proper slots.

dabasepc 1 point 44 months ago

The closer to the CPU the better. should be using black slots.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

That's completely wrong. I would of assumed that you would double check your facts after my reply.

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1150/MAXIMUS-VII-HERO/E9192_Maximus_Vii_Hero.pdf

Page 1-10

Gary585 1 point 44 months ago

Can you give me a link to where you bought your lighting from?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I actually purchased the LED strip at fry's for super cheap. I think it was $24?

Gary585 1 point 44 months ago

Do you know what the brand and name is? I really like how it looks and I sana buy that same one too.

Gary585 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you.

Gary585 1 point 44 months ago

Is it only that small strip?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yes that small strip but you can purchase expansion strips that just attach to the end.

Tuliptown 1 point 44 months ago

really great build and pics. I am planning a much less ambitious build. Just stock fan on a i54660 + 970PGU. Not even adding paste. But, I did want to ask why a caviar green AND a WD black HDD. Not questioning the SSD for OS... that is a must.

Asking because I was going to buy a 2T drive and saw that you felt compelled to get two 1TB and different quality ones at that. I have the 240 Kingston SSD already.

thanks

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Your build will actually be ideal and more conventional, not to mention smart on the money. Builds like these are overkill and just for the heck of it. You will enjoy the i5 and 970 for sure.

The WD Green was converted from an external drive and just holds all my documents, pictures and music. The WD Black is solely for installing games via steam, origin, battle.net, uplay and any other random games. 2TB would also work for games but I prefer 1TB as it will be single disc and more reliable. Also, I don't like to mix my files with my games just in case the game drive goes out since it will be reading and writing a lot more than the green. If I lose the black, oh well, swap out and reinstall games with barely any trouble.

Tuliptown 1 point 43 months ago

thanks for the feedback. Makes lots of sense. We ended up going blue for sort of the same reason. 1 disk = 1T and it was on sale. Once it is 60% full, get another. The computer is now functional. I am very jealous of my son's computer. Snap fast.

UrAverageTekGuy 1 point 44 months ago

Slick and Pretty

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you :)

OhMaiPC 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Welcome to the SLI 980 Ti Club.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you. It feels good....

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Great job on the build! Reminds me of mine a lot! :D. Granted you got the two GTX 980 Ti's, where I have just one GTX 780. I swapped from my Asus Sabertooth Z97 and 4770 to a 4820K i had lyin' around and a decent motherboard from ebay just to justify the cooler. Funny story about that, my awesome H105 would not fit in the 450D and that motherboard (also tried with Asus X79-P something) because the motherboards VRMs are in the way. I had to settle with a CM TX3 just so I had a cooler. I need to update my pics but that involves work D'x. Updated temps and overclock though, so there's that.

What monitors are you running with anyways? The Acer GN246HL is a fantastic monitor for the price and uses the same panel as Asus' variant with same specs and similar pricing, so I recommend that :D .

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! I just took a peak and I really like the white accent with the purple LED's.

I'm using XL2730Z from BenQ. I gravitate towards their monitors.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah Benq has great quality monitors! I appreciate the compliment. The white looked great for approximately 3 months and then the paint started chipping. If anyone were to do up their cooler somewhat like mine, I would highly suggest doing a full paint job (not just a couple of coats of spray paint like mine xD), something that will flex with the tubes, or even easier, white electrical tape. Also as soon as the warranty runs out on this video card I'll be getting a white NZXT G10 block with an H50/H60 or something. Bonus to that would be MORE PURPLE FANS :B .

Are the SP120's very loud? I know they're meant for pushing air better, but I'm kinda ehh on switching out my AF120s since I still get pretty great temps with them.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

From my previous experimentation's regarding AF120 or SP120 used on H100i, the difference was literally only 1 degree lower with the SP. However, the SP doesn't appear to be any louder than the AF. So with that said, the noise is the same and you get "better" temps but is it worth it for your $28? I say yes because I have the piece of mind but to each their own.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I guess I'll consider when temps start getting bad. The 71-73 (I forget) degrees under load and overclocked to 4.3GHz on "the Tina" was from running Prime95 for an hour, which isn't too bad on air. My actual usage is streaming OBS to twitch, running music online, and chat. Get's me at 40-50% and ~55C after 4 hours, so I don't realistically see any where near the 70 range, so I think I'm better off for now. Kind of apathetic for my situation.

BigBolner21 1 point 44 months ago

What monitors do you use

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

For this rig, I'm using XL2730Z from BenQ.

It's a nice 1440p/1ms/144hz

For my mini ITX build, I use 3x 2720Z from BenQ.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

why 65 pics? keep your focus to the big stuff. I don't know if I will live to see #65!!

I will look at ALL of them later tho :)

edit: so far I love pic 18.........Think my cat was involved with #18.
ohhh..... #21 did not look pretty
What is up with 58?**

I know you took a lot of pics only because you are very proud of what you accomplished. You achieved that result. And I did like the final 4 pics.

If you are happy with it, that is what counts, you did a good job :)

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I'm not sure if there is a rule to how I should be taking pictures. I like the look of the progressive shots as each part is included. I don't get the cat comment, 21 was perfectly fine and 58 was showing you the ease at which the side panel will be put back on after cable management.

SvenVA 1 point 44 months ago

Awesome build man I'm building my new rig quite similar to yours actually.

I don't understand why you chose a Corsair H100i when the 750D fits a H110i nicely?

Here is my list

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/SvenVA/saved/t8gp99

Edit: The White LED SP140's are replacing the standard SP140's that come with the H110i - Going all White LED's in the case.

Edit2: Would it be worth throwing a fan controller into the case, never used one before.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you. I chose the h100i because I get a Best Buy discount and because it keeps my CPU cool enough at around 29 degrees Celsius. I'm thinking the h11oi will maybe be 2 Celsius less.

You have a nice build planned out. I'm going to be jealous with your monitor once you get it. All white LED's will look really nice. My first build with 2x 970's had white LED's if you want to see what it might look like. Picture quality is not as nice though.

The fan controller is 'meh'. I always leave it on auto and never fool around with it that much. I also don't really trust the probe sensor and feel that the mobo's heat detectors are much more accurate and reliable. Is the auto mode based on the probes readings? I have no clue but if so, the numbers might not be as accurate and in return, the fans might not be spinning up at the proper times.

AussieTrucker 1 point 44 months ago

Nice looking build man, love the colour. As a Minecraft player I get it!

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I'm glad you get it. I love minecraft as well.

X99Intel 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Love the purple ;) ;)

X99Intel 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

This my friends is worthy of the title "PC"

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you. You and I will forever be on the same page so long as the purple lives...

You commented 11 days ago btw:

Love the purple ;) ;)

X99Intel 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Guess I have short term memory loss. But how are the 980 ti's holding up?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

They run a bit hotter than I want them to. In SLI, the top card gets 83 degrees Celsius and the bottom card gets around 75 degrees Celsius. I am planning on adding a custom water cooling loop when the waterblocks come out for these cards.

X99Intel 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I heard you can use Titan x water blocks on them. As they are almost the same card. If u do watercooled this please include benchmark numbers because I'm dying to see what these things can do

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I believe you can only use titan water blocks on the reference cards, not the aftermarket PCBs. EK released 980 ti water blocks for ASUS Strix on August 12th and they announced that they are working on MSI water blocks and Gigabyte G1 gaming next. Once these come out, I will be purchasing them ASAP. When the system is up and running, I will be sure to include benchmarks.

jmcdonald27_ 1 point 39 months ago
syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

cute

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

WOW this build is so bad! I play minecraft an this build will for sure run minecraft in 720p on 10 average fps!!!
JK thats my rig :"(

anyways nice totally budget friendly build. im wondering did u work for it or did u sell your body for it?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I worked for this build. Keep an eye out for my custom hardline build. I sold my body for that one.

Kisses

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

lol

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

nice build! i am going to buy a totally unnecessary fan controller to satisfy my ego:D ANyways hows the NZXT SENTRY 3 working out for ya?

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

i am going to buy a totally unnecessary fan controller to satisfy my ego:D

Right, because this is the only reason why anyone would use such a thing. It's not because we desire greater control over our fan RPM. Not that at all.

VinnyPlaysGames 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

yea totally. i meant to ask you hows the sentry 3 working out?

Value 0 points 44 months ago

+1 for the type of CPU paste used and photos. -100 for using the wrong kind of paste application method, and for putting it on the cooler and not the CPU directly. You need to do it again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4&feature=youtu.be&t=1m21s

Also I really hope you didn't just put the paste on the cooler, affix it, and then remove it just to take a photo and then just put it back without cleaning off the wasted paste and doing it all over again. Please watch some proper videos on how to apply thermal compound.

EDIT: Actually from looking at these pictures again, I am not sure how you applied the paste. Did you apply both paste to the cooler AND the CPU directly? That's one of the best ways to get air bubbles in the compound.

Please watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ

Also sad to hear you have been having problems with that Mobo. It's a really good motherboard and I've never had any problems with the ones I have used. Personally though I think it is a bit too expensive for all that it is. I can see you linked in the side an 'MSI' motherboard though, but you seem to have used (pictured) an ASUS VII Maximus lol.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I KNEW THERE WOULD BE ONE OF YOU TO COMMENT ON THE PASTE APPLICATION METHODS!

I have been waiting to use these links for a full day now:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appmeth/int/vl/intel_app_method_vertical_line_v1.1.pdf

http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.html#

Now YOU please go do your research about the line method being used on modern CPU's (aka i7) and tinting the heatsink cap to lessen the break-in period. This comes straight from the Arctic Silver manual, mind you.

As for the motherboard, it was replaced with my MSI and I wanted to keep the part list as accurate as possible. You would have known that if you had actually read the entire description. It's a shame that your profile offers help for those in need, yet you come on here and remove all doubt when critiquing things with improper advice. I suppose your comment history already gives that away as it's 90% negative.

Value 1 point 44 months ago

I'm sorry but I still don't agree with these methods you linked. I'm fully aware of the different methods of applying paste and I have a lot of experience on the subject. Whilst it's quite obvious that there is no '1 true and proper' way to apply the paste and people will always argue it to the ends of the earth, 2 things are still certain:

  1. Your picture shows that the paste was not applied correctly anyway despite any recommendations from Arctic Silver themselves or what you personally think was done correctly.

  2. The video I posted shows how the paste spreads and how to do it correctly (and it matches the way it was badly spread on your heatsink). You still didn't tell us whether or not you simply wasted that paste to show us how it was applied, or if you actually just put it back, which is a terrible idea.

Also the fact that you pre-prepared an argument on this topic is kind of ridiculous. If you aren't willing to hear criticism towards builds you post and accept that you may yourself make mistakes or do things that conflict with other people's beliefs then perhaps you are on the wrong site.

Seems I missed the tiny part at the bottom of your huge pointless rant, in the second last paragraph where you mentioned you swapped the board, yet I don't think anyone can blame me as you also didn't post a single picture of your build with the MSI board in it and I was more concerned with the fact that you applied the paste badly anyway.

Your defensiveness is disappointing. My comment history is not 90% negative, it is 90% critical and constructive.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

These methods that I linked were called "following instructions". You think I'm going to take your advice over the manufacturer? I think if they say to apply it a certain way, we can call it proper enough. If you disagree with that, I have no clue what you basic your logic off of besides random people on youtube.

  1. The paste WAS applied properly. It was the line method and a good amount. The cap tinting excess was removed after the picture was taken so I can only assume that you think I placed h100i block on the CPU right after snapping the picture. Did you even read the part about cap tinting? I placed the line method on the CPU, placed a separate dot on the h100i block, spread the paste on the block and removed the excess, then placed the block on the CPU. I did not place the block on the CPU and pull off. I don't know how to make that any more clear.

  2. The video you linked was a certain type of paste, not arctic silver 5. You are comparing apples to oranges. On top of that, the first video did show the line method but told you to add more than what was posted in the video. I had more than what was posted in the video and used the same method so you basically told me I did it right. The second video was comparing types and again, he was using a much smoother thermal paste. You should know there is a difference, since you are such a pro. I dare say you consider yourself wiser than the manufacturers themselves.

I like to think that the "pointless rant" was more of a buyers beware when planning on purchasing the Asus motherboard and using AI Suite 3 and BitDefender. I'm sorry you feel otherwise.

I had the argument pre-prepared for people like you who LOVE to stalk this website stating that people do things wrong. I'm baffled at how you think I made a mistake and I care little about continuing this discussion with you.

Value 1 point 44 months ago

I am not a mind-reader. If you did it properly again and didn't post pictures or explain so in the description then how am I, or anyone else for that matter supposed to know?

Unless you want to post a screen of your temps to prove that you did it correctly despite what you have shown in your pictures I am going to stand behind what I said in that you didn't do it correctly.

Lastly, I am a long-time supporter of ASUS and have worked in close contact with some of their employees on various products of theirs and before that I sat in for a few of their lectures alongside other businessmen. Your 'description' was 90% rant about how you couldn't get the AI Suite and BitDefender to 'co-operate' and instead of simply removing that hilariously bad AV which has proven to cause numerous issues with a modern Windows OS, you supposedly went for an entirely different board and spent even more money, on top of all this you didn't post any pictures of the actual 'final' build with the MSI board in it.

This kind of leads me to believe you didn't get the MSI board at all as it made really no sense to post the build and pictures if you actually swapped out the Mobo. I hope this is in fact the case, and that you found easily enough from some of the first results in Google just how bad that AV is and subsequently got rid of it :)

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 0 points 44 months ago

You still don't get it do you?

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Thank you. This is actually my third GTX 980 ti. I still have the other one in my mITX build running triple 1080p monitors.

The only time I've been able to get my GPU temps to 83 was last night when playing GTA V with EVERYTHING maxed running 1440p. My top mounted GPU was 83 and the lower one was around 60. The target temp was set to 83 in Gigabyte OC Guru so I'm sure it was throttling a bit. I took off the front cover for the 750D and both cards decreased temps by 7 degrees Celsius. It looks like the airflow chokes the cards a bit. Since then, I have installed a 120mm intake on the bottom and ordered the high airflow kit from corsairs website. I plan on running the same settings once these are applied.

Veizin 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I know this one is stupid, but would the motherboard be able to SLI the GPUs from slot 1 and 3? That would leave more room between them, leaving more room for the top one to breathe. 90% sure this doesn't work, but I'm too lazy to look up and consult the manuals on both mobos.

Also, it might not do much, but if you flip the PSU, it probably won't affect its performance but might shave off a few degrees from the GPU temp.

The top GPU must be getting something like 45-50C air... to get to a 83c. You could also reverse the airflow in the case - top fans are intakes, front ones are exhausts. Would recommend the h100 to be front mounted in that case.

This would balance things out as hot air will be pushed by air flow from the top GPU to the bottom one, BUT heat naturally tries to move upwards, so it might balance things out. Or just reduce air flow. I don't know. I should have done engineering, I'd have learned something useful...

God knows if any of that will actually help at all and if it does if it's going to be worth the hassle, but I feel sorry for the GPU throttling. GPU Boost 2.0 actually reduces actual clocks even when the cards are in the 70s, so 83 is maybe even reducing them below what is advertised as stock? Hope the extra fans help. If not, you will HAVE to water cool them or the demons of PCPartPicker will be haunting you day and night.

syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

The optimum position for SLI is the first and second PCIE slot. If you use the bottom one, your looking at 8/4 instead of 8/8. That's even if nvidia allows that configuration.

Flipping the PSU wouldnt affect the temps I don't think. As it is right now, it's taking fresh air in from the bottom of the case and exhausting out the back. I think your assuming the PSU will suck some of the heat out?

That airflow swap is unconventional but who knows.

I think the key is the additional intake on the bottom of the case and the high airflow kit. The temps did drop when opening the front panel. Only time will tell.

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Haha!! Maybe when I stop playing with my racing sim setup lol.

tigerblood213 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

No that is when it at 90 degrees or above

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

You have nice pics as well, and dang! 4x Titans?

I love the look of your 1440p build.

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you!

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Thanks! I've seen exceptional builds featured on this site and I'm honored and flattered to be featured myself. A few case mods and liquid cooled projects come to mind.

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

Thank you jipster69. I'm glad to see that you're wife is still accepting your time on here! Don't leave us!

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syntaxerrur submitter 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Oh no don't say that! Haha. If your as attentive to her as you are to everyone on here, your set.

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