Description

First time build (technically second; see next sentence). I started with a more conservative build (a 4970k and 97-A) and after finishing the wife mentioned she wanted a desktop, so that went to her and I tried out the 99 series motherboard.

Uses will be primarily as a home computer but I wanted to option to do some work from it if need be. Work involves 3D-laser scanning and HDR optic imaging (though I do not plan on working from this desktop much). I used to game a lot but work and family life have severely limited the amount of time I had for gaming fun. I have adjusted my hours a bit and hopefully will have some time to enjoy my newly built computer.

The monitors are old 27' planar PX2710MWs that I used to have at my office. I will upgrade them to 4K monitors to complement the build eventually.

The m2 drive was purchased as a whim on eBay for $5 (plus $4.95 shipping) . The description said that an OS could not be installed on it. It was formatted incorrectly and a simple drive clean and selecting the correct install in BIOs made it work like a charm. I am using it only as a boot drive. The 250 GB Samsung drive was originally going to be the boot drive and the 3 gig WD for storage. The WD Blue was a part from my old desktop that I threw in. If I knew I would wind up with so many drives I probably would have attempted a RAID set up. Things just sort of evolved.

I know I could have built a cheaper build with only very slightly less power but I work hard and opted for the parts and aesthetics I liked. And the last time I got myself was a desktop was back in 2003 and I decided to make up for lost time.

Update 2/13/2015: I added a third GTX 980 and the NVidia 3 way bridge. I replaced the front intake fans with 2 140 mm Noctuas to help to pressure and airflow within the case with the third card added and also got a RoG Swift for a display.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 10 points

Guessing you like Razer Products

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points

No, I still can't tell.

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points

I guess your not a big fan of Razer...is that an Alienware M17x???

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Joking aside, I had an Alienware M15x from 2007 that is pretty much breaking to pieces. It had the notorious hinge issue and half the keys no longer work. It survive 3 years overseas in England, India and Japan with me lugging it around daily for meetings so it was good to me.

The Razer thing started with the laptop and sort of grew. I know a lot of people are not fans of their products but to me it was more a match for the black/green theme. And, so far everything has worked and been mostly on sale (thank CES 2015).

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

No, it's a great setup! I love Razer Mice, but I don't like their switches on their keyboards..more of a Cherry red user...And I am excited to try the new Razer Siren. Your build looks really cool, and yeah Alienware doesn't deserve a spot in the market IMO. Way to overpriced.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 amazing build man! So jealous of that M.2 drive deal haha

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Green PC Master Race!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What a Razer fanboy. Nice Build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

My only Razer product prior to December 2014 was the TRON mouse and mouse pad set. I got it on Woot for next to nothing and the mouse was probably the worst one I ever used. My wife uses the mouse pad now though for the computer I built for her, so it was not all bad.

I really liked the laptop though and it sparked this build, which brought me a good deal of joy building. So right now I am a big fan of Razer.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you actually game with that laptop there or is it just for show ?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It all really started with the laptop. I got it for Christmas from my wife and opted to pick up a matching mouse. From there the obsession grew and this is the end result. Honestly I have not done a ton of gaming yet and have been tweaking the system. With the desktop going on and off, open and closed continuously, the laptop is there for me to see what I am doing and how to do it (i.e. check out pcpartpicker).

I am not sure if it is going to stay there. I have a 15lb Dell laptop that is work issued and used and the Razer laptop is not replacing that. For now it has been useful right there.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

hardcore razor fan +1 for matching witht he green/black color scheme

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No Overclock Yet? I was able to snag a 5930k for 449 USD and am ready to put it to the test with a full custom loop. The Green is quite the eye candy there. Ive always wondered if you could get a waterblock for the Reference 980s at BestBuy. I never see it as an option on the EK Configuration site. Glad you made it back to the desk ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on starting to overclock tomorrow. I was giving the system 72 hours time to make sure everything was stable before overclocking. $449 for a 5930k is a great price. I paid $512 for mine (and thought I got a bargain).

I look into waterblocks for the 980 Reference cards but they seem to require voiding the warranty and disassembling the cards. The temperatures the blower coolers have provided so far have been good. Nvidia did a nice job with the 900 series for power and temperature. Let me know how your 5930K does with the custom loop!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You will have to look for the completed build The Division Or you can follow the progess as I keep it up to date. Voiding the warranty on the cards would most likely be from overvolting or changing Bios on the Cards. Watercooling ah... I wouldn't think so, as long as you have the reference cooler to return with a defective card. Temps will be lower with the 900 series due to the max TDP (and they only use 2 x 6pin connectors. ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I think some monitor arms would really make this thing awesome. Not a fan of razer personally, but really great scheme you got going there. 32GBs is insane in most cases, but hey you already have an x99 build with dual SLI action! It's now looking kind of mild! You should edit the prices. I'm really curious how much you ended up spending on each of the parts.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor arms are a great idea. I think until I figure out which monitors I am going to get I will hold off. But the arms and new monitors will be ordered together. The 32 GBs of RAM was excessive but those empty RAM slots were bugging me.

I will update the prices eventually but everything totaled together was pretty close to the actual amount so I left the defaults in.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I might do the same sans buying monitor. (Already got the acer 144hz 1ms monitor. GN246HL i believe?) Haha makes sense my OCD would probably kill me if my tower was on the right side of my monitor instead of the left. xD

Good to know about the total price, I appreciate it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw you must really like red LEDs they were all over the place in picture #5. +1 for the red color scheme :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason why you went with Kingston ram instead of Corsair or G.skill which are a little cheaper? And also why 8x4gb sticks instead of 4x8gb sticks.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

At 3000mhz the Corsair and G.Skill packs are a good bit more expensive than the Kingston RAM. After playing with my BIOs and OCing my CPU and GPU the 2400mhz G.Skill pack would have been a smarter choice.

I went with 8X4 GB instead of 4X8 GB because I originally was only going to have 16 gb of RAM (I do not really need more) so a 4X4 setup. The empty RAM slots bothered me (it's dumb I know) so I got the extra set.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall do you think that ram is a good choice? Like can you overclock it well, aesthetics, etc. I can't decide between Kingston and G.Skill (Kingston is about the same price point now).

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Aesthetically: I love them. The design is understated but looks very nice and polished when you look at them. If I had to redo the choice and pick between my three finalist for RAM again (based purely on looks) the Kingston, G.Skill, and Corsair Dominators I would probably pick the Kingston RAM again.

Performance: With my CPU overclock these run at 2800. Again looking at my three top choices just for performance I think the G.Skill is ever so slightly (so slight that without obsessing over specs and performance I would never notice it) superior with the Kingston and Corsair coming up in second place.

In the end, if I had to redo the choice I would pick up the Kingston RAM kit again (after seriously considering the G.Skill). I do not think you will regret going with either or them honestly. You are getting a top of the line product with either. I would note that after I picked these up they dropped to $279.00 on Amazon. I was able to get Amazon to match that price since I had received them less than 5 days earlier so even after you purchase these look out for a brief price drop.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow yours turned out great too! Thanks for the feedback on mine! My next step is to get the same keyboard as you

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Dam, $5 m.2 drive.Bruh I want it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The green looks sick! Awesome build and setup mate.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk is that? It looks great and sturdy :) +1 for Green/ Black.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a generic desk I picked up from Office Max about 7 years ago. It started off as an L shaped desk and the other half is being used in another room. It has been a very solid desk for the price it was.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build I started putting together a parts list for a similar build with the Razer H440, Asus X99 Deluxe, GeForce GTX 980 etc. After looking at yours and how nice it looks makes me want to get the parts and build it as soon as possible.

Just wondered if you'd though of adding the NZXT Sleeved LED Kit, seen some build with them where they looks amazing.

Anyway, love the build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually own it. I opted to take it out since I really love just having the GPU's glow. Good luck with your build. It sounds like it will be a beast.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What brands are those green cables?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair. A note if you get the set, it does not come with the 24 pin cable.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT make a really nice set.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like a good build

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Desktop and Blade get viruses "****!"

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit overkill with the Ram

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I think Min-Liang Tan has Titan-Zs or something else that would put my 980s to shame. Maybe Quad SLI 980s and a better CPU.

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