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GTX 1080Ti VR Monster

by SlayerChen

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Date Published

May 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.45GHz

Description

This is my pride and joy - a VR monster build.

Long story short, I have an HP Envy 750se which features i7 6700K, 12GB DDR4-2133 Memory, GTX 970, and a generic 500W PSU.

I am a game enthusiast and a VR geek so I play lots of FPS and VR games like Dirt Rally (VR works great for SimRacing!!). And as you noticed, my GTX 970 which handles most of the games well in 1080p fails to meet my expectations in VR. My OEM CPU cooler keeps my 6700K around 70~80C almost constantly without any OC.

Time to UPGRADE!!

I got an AORUS GRX 1080Ti Xtreme Edition to start. Initially, I put it in my old 750se case... definitely a bad idea. The card barely fits in and I don't think my 500W Bronze rated PSU can handle it.

A couple of days later, my gigantic case - Core X9 - arrived. It is probably one of the best if you want the potential for any possible future upgrade or simply need total freedom of modification. Tons of space and great quality.

What did I do to it? Well, I fit in with lots of case fans... 12x 120mm case fans + 2x 140mm case fans + 2x 200mm fans.

I bought a 750W Gold rated PSU from Thermaltake. Pretty decent and quiet. Capable of supporting my GTX 1080Ti and 6700K for some slight overclocking.

I kept the old 12GB DDR4-2133 memory from my 750se and bought another 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 memory. I know the old 2133 memory is dragging me down in terms of performance. But for memory, I am paying plenty of memory for marginally increased performance.

I will update this build with more stuff when I have time to edit. Let me know if you like my build!

UPDATE 1 Did several stress tests in XTU today. 10 minutes stress test with 6700k @ 4.5GHz (Setup: 4.6G/4.5G/4.5G/4.5G, Cache Ratio 4.1GHz, Adaptive CPU voltage) stabilized at around 55C. Pretty impressive.

Part Reviews

CPU

OC to 4.5GHz like a breeze.

CPU Cooler

Great so far! I have a 4x 120mm fan push+pull setup and it's able to keep my 6700K below 55C @ 4.5GHz underload.

The only downside: the SP120L PWM fans can be loud when operating above 60% RPM. If you cannot tolerate, consider either using a push+pull setup so you don't need to run the fan at high RPM, or simply change to different fans.

Thermal Compound

Great!

I don't have a direct measure how much this helped to cool down my CPU. But the combination of H100i v2, push+pull fan setup, and Kryonaut is able to keep my 6700K (@4.5GHz) below 60C underload!

Motherboard

Solid motherboard. A little bit expensive if there's no additional discount or rebate given Z270 is just marginally improved over Z170.

Case

Space, space, and space! But it's a giant case that might not fit everyone's table.

Case Fan

Quiet and lots of airflow.

Keyboard

Great feeling but pretty loud.

Fun story, I also have a friend who has the same keyboard. This keyboard is apparently loud enough to irritate his dog. Everytime he presses a key, his dog will bark at the keyboard, LMAO

Mouse

I like that it's wireless, very convenient and good feeling.

Other

If you never tried VR, go find a place and try it out!

Don't let the mobile VR fooled you if you had tried GearVR, DayDream, etc. They are great experiences, nonetheless, desktop VR is a completely different level.

Also, if you like SimRacing, HTC Vive / Oculus Rift is probably the best option.

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1v1_me_dark_souls 8 points 2 months ago

YOU: CAN YOU HEAR ME?!

FRIEND: NOT REALLY! IT SOUNDS LIKE AN AIRPORT RUNWAY IN HERE WITH ALL OF THOSE FANS!

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

wait.... I think my case just launched out of my apartment

04vkrivor 1 point 2 months ago

LOL

04vkrivor 1 point 2 months ago

the AMOUNT of fans is POINTLESS

04vkrivor 2 points 2 months ago

all you really need is 2-3 intake fans, 1 circulation fan at the bottom, and 1-2 exhaust fans!

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Good point! With a good design of airflow, I am pretty sure 4~6 fans will be able to achieve a similar result and that using 16+ fans is definitely an overkill.

The actual reason that I am having all those fans is because, believe it or not, they came with the case...for FREE! I got a great deal on eBay and won a bid with the Core X9 case Snow Edition that came with 16 case fans! What a surprise!!

JCMsergox 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

Hey, slap an FX 9590 in there and all those fans might actually keep it below 90C.

DAB

04vkrivor 2 points 2 months ago

i have an idea! maybe you could sell those extra fans to get some money OR you could use the extra fans in another build!

texasmayne 3 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Now to replace all those fans with Noctua's and take this thing to the next level!

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SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

LOL, with all the fans I have it's actually pretty quiet. Consider there are 16 case fans + 2 AIO Liquid Cooler fans + 3 GPU fans = 21 fans running in the case, it's not bad at all.

Do you know which fan runs the loudest? The two high static pressure fans that came with the Corsair H100i v2. I can hear that whining high-frequency noise from pretty much 60% fan speed.

kemosabe940 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

i have the same problem with mine. i hate will be replacing mine soon!

Dinozad 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

BEAST!!! How loud does it get??????

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Really quiet actually. As long as the two stock high static pressure fan that came with the H100i v2 doesn't run above 60%. These are the only two fans that I have problem.

But I rarely need to run these fans above 60% RPM because the push+pull setup is able to keep my 6700K@4.5GHz below 60C under load.

datwoo816 2 points 2 months ago

Are all the fans really needed?? XD

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

That came with case for FREE (got a great deal from eBay)...so why not.

Frankly, you are right that I probably don't need that many fans LOL

sokrey 2 points 2 months ago

from all of these fans if that pc is not sitting at 60c under load ... nice build man

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

H100i v2 is definitely working great. I never got a chance comparing push, pull, and push+pull setup on it, but I saw some people saying push+pull setup helps with some additional cooling performance gain so I just went for it.

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build. I've seen that case before in person and can definitely say you will never run out of room for parts lol

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

couldn't agree more :)

Squarewave 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Turns on computer

Computer flies away

All jokes aside, great build. +1

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks man. My first build and there's much to learn.

Hope it provides useful information for your build!

EdInk 10 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Frosty!

OrangeJuleas 2 points 2 months ago

I could probably fit my computer inside of your case, and it would probably have better airflow as well. It'd be like putting it in a wind tunnel.

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Exactly! I should rename it to - the VR Wind Tunnel Project

OrangeJuleas 2 points 2 months ago

Lol...or Tornado Alley. Polar Jetstream?

fortking 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

You need to get all rgb fans and light that **** up! I wonder how it would look, for 21 fans

fortking 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Yea, except on the inside

oneflygtiguy 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Woah! Keep you fingers clear of that monster. Great demonstration of vortexes.

Experience 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

A boeing would be jealous

KevinM9 2 points 2 months ago

I know some people at Sikorsky who would be interested in your abilities... In all seriousness, great build!

ViperVenom2u 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build might I suggest a few more fans.

mharris22 1 Build 2 points 23 days ago

Question for you: is there any other way to mount the mobo? I ask because I was thinking of getting this case & buying RGB memory. However, there'd be no point of getting RGB memory if it's going to be blocked by the GPU. Thanks.

SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

You mean mount the MB vertically so you can see it through the side panel? I don't think you can do that. Not if you do some mod with the case.

What you can do is to mount the MB regularly, but swap the side panel so the one with the glass is mounted near the CPU side. That way you can definitely see the CPU, Memory, and GPU pretty clearly.

mharris22 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Cool. Thanks for the response, I'll keep that in mind.

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SlayerChen submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Had to overclock it to get past 30FPS in minesweeper @ 1080p.