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Use: Games, video production, Adobe CC

What Worked: Most everything. Define S was great to build in, the Phantek fans are whisper quiet, no major issues other than the few below

What Didn't Work: The Kraken. Banged my head against a wall for three days before figuring it out. It's default setting of adjusting pump RPM and fan speed was based on the liquid temperature of the cooler, NOT the temp of the CPU. Ended up with what looked like a richter scale of CPU spikes from the low 20's to the high 70's every few seconds. After finding the setting buried 3 deep in menus, I was able to turn it to the appropriate monitoring variable. Smooth sailing since.

The 950 pro. That thing takes some serious schmoozing to get to work right at full speed without CMS.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Give or take going smaller with a cheaper PSU (EVGA P2 probably) and air cooling this is probably my ideal consumer i7 build. Any large budget and I'd start looking at mATX or ITX with Haswell-E or Broadwell-E. Do want...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That is pretty clean. Need to get one of those high bandwidth bridges now!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean, great cable management. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why such a massive power supply?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It was the one part I reused from my previous build, which had a number of additional components to power.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely black/white contrast. Those two 1080's are crazy, though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awww, no HBM SLI Bridge to complement the Refren- I mean founders edition cards? Still a nice build though. Still getting use to seeing 2.0GHz and 10.0 GHz in a GPU description though...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish, it seems like only a grand total of 5 of those new SLI bridges were made or something. I can't find them in stock anywhere, so I guess I'll just have to wait it out. It definitely is wild seeing 2+ghz in afterburner.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my favorite build of all time. God bless the Define S.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the Define S definitely was a great case to work in.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean 'lil pew pew machine. Nice!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get the white sleeves for the fans? i checked out those models on the phanteks website and the cables are black.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered them from Frozencpu.com. They have a number of customization options, such as cable colors, fan mount accessories, etc. Definitely worth it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for this build. Can you explain your 950 Pro issue and "serious schmoozing?" Trying to build a similar build for video production too. Thanks.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

All of the issues were my fault, as I kinda rushed in thinking it would work like any other HD/SSD install. In order to get it working properly, you need to make sure you have a UEFI version of the Win10 installer on a thumbdrive, go into BIOS and ensure that all legacy drive options, legacy peripheral options, etc are turned off, and make sure that you enable UEFI / Fast Boot before even installing Win10 on the 950 Pro.

Otherwise, you get a Legacy MBR install of Win10, and don't get to use all the fancy startup speeds and read/write speeds.

I had to do a full reformat about 3 times before I had everything set up right, and a UEFI version of Win10 installed on the 950 pro as a bootable drive. Had I spent 30 minutes looking around the internet, I could have avoided all that but oh well. Totally recommend using the 950 Pro as your bootable drive, just do a quick google search for how to do it right first :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Welter, thanks so much for this follow-up message. Great info. I ended up upgrading to X99 board with Broadwell-E processor.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Post some pics once you have it set up!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, nice build. +1

What is the lighting that you're using?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Two 60cm CableMod Wide Beam magnetic led strips, one under the panel lip on the bottom, and one in the lip on the top. They're amazing; clean white light, very bright, and the magnet feels pretty strong. They also have RGB options if you want multiple colors.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for this! If I get the Asus Maximus Formula I'd want full RGB but no idea where to go.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. You could also look into the NZXT Hue+ as well.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build! I am about to put together a very similar build.

I was wondering if you could answer a question. I was reading a review and it said, " For starters, the M.2 port will be blocked if you use a GPU in the second 16x PCI-E slot". I noticed in your pics that you are running 2 GPUs in sli. Are you also using the m.2 hard drive along with your 2 GPUs in SLI?

The quote from the review makes it sound like if you run 2 GPUs in sli, that you cannot use the m.2 drive since the 2nd gpu would be physically blocking that space.

Thanks and sweet rig!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know what review you were reading, but for the Maximus VIII Hero mobo, the M.2 slot is definitely not blocked by the second card.

I would imagine that with most motherboards, you wouldn't run into that issue either, since the M.2 drive typically sits flush against the board, so you shouldn't run into any clearance issues. Upgrading to M.2 was definitely worth it!