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Sexy X99 980ti SLI 4K Gaming Monster w/ Build Video!

by MonstaComputers

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Date Published

Jan. 24, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.445 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.3 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C

Description

Hey guys! This is the latest build my friend/assistant and i did for a client, and all I can say is "daaayum" lol. The pics aren't the best cuz i didn't really focus on them, instead i took lots of footage and edited it down to a 3 minute video so if that's something you're interested in then check it out @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnKyCUxd2Vc i just made the channel 2 weeks ago so new subscribers are welcome too!

Before you scream cable management, just note that this specific case was severely limited when it comes to custom watercooling. Like so limited i had to mount the reservoir on the rear 120/140mm fan slot due to crossflow 120mm radiator not being able to fit there due to clearance issues. Also, i couldn't screw in the bottom 240 mm radiator because the power supply was too large. Like you can literally see the power supply right up against the honeycomb mounting spot for the bottom rad. Reallly crammed. Either way the system turned out great and the owner was absolutely estatic with the result :) the owner was there during the entire build process anyways, that's why people like my service. It's not like i built it like this then presented it to him LOL. Once he get's the 750D or Enthoo Luxe and we go do the hard tubing i'll actually be able to do better cable management!

In terms of part selection, it was pretty much buy the best of each component you could. And well if you can afford it then why not? He's a hardcore gamer and wanted a system that could chew frames while running cool, quiet, and looking sexy at the same time. Solution? Custom loop w/ LED's and a nice custom motherboard armor paint job. He's actually using the components to their full extent which is crucial when working with systems of THIS caliber. Lots of flexibility and customization the true enthusiast can take advantage of.

Overall the build went well, only consistent issue was the compression fittings giving a hard time haha. As i said, the 120mm Crossflow radiator couldnt be isntalled in the rear 120/140mm fan mount due to clearance issues, so i came up with a creative idea to take advantage of Cooler Master's implementation of their modular drive cages. I removed the fans and changed the orientation so i could house the drives and install the radiator in a place that it can be included in the loop without causing any trouble. If i didn't own the same case myself i wouldn't have known i could do that though haha.

Can't really think of any other problems during the build process. We weren't able to put back on the original backplate as the Heatkiller IV Waterblocks prevented the screws from catching threads. We ran outta almonds halfway through the build process so that was a bummer.

LOL anyhow, we Used prime95 and maxed out Unigine Heaven for stress testing and becnhmarking.
The cpu is overclocked to 4.5 ghz at 1.225 volts, the hottest core was at 75C with an average of 65-70C across all cores. Gpu's power target is at 110%, hottest gpu is 42C with an average between 38-41 degrees celsius. 1445mhz clock stable on valley ran 5 times and furmark, along with shadow of mordor and other game benchmarks. Valley started crashing at 1450+ , though ctual games dont crash til 1470+ but it's sitting at 1445 cuz that's still a great OC for a 980ti in general.

I'll be posting all client builds from now on as this New year starts off. Gonna have to get a camera that's good for pictures and not just video though LOL

If you're in Toronto/GTA and would like to inquire about my computer building/modding services feel free to contact me: monstapcs@gmail.com

Part Reviews

CPU

Powerful processor but fairly power hungry for the clocks it produces lol. Not a big deal though. Chewed through prime95 while staying cool and is a monster at multitasking.

Motherboard

Sturdy high end motherboard, definitely worth it if you're looking for something that'll last just as long as the processor. Also the armor can be removed and painted to better suit your theme! Crazy amount of fan headers, and great overclocker.

Memory

Stable at XMP 2400 and 2667Mhz, great if you're looking for subtle ram that can still reach higher speeds!

Storage

sooo fast, though it didnt show up when i first booted the pc. it already had windows and programs installed, i changed the port i plugged it into and it was recognized and booted just fine though. Could be a faulty port as i couldnt detect it in the bios after plugging it back in and rebooting. Though no way to truly know unless i plug a different sata device in the same port. But yeah it's still blazing fast. Doing a RAID with these would be pretty nice.

Storage

Great drive with no compatibility or boot issues. Price/Gb ratio isn't as appealing as a Seagate Barracuda's but you do get the reliability with this drive over others.

Video Card

I actually wanna give this card 10 stars. Like. It's looks great with it's stock cooler, and runs really cool with it, but for the enthusiast its even better! Being reference design it's compatbile with a lot of nice waterblocks and the screws weren't torx, they where PHILIPS! THANK YOU ZOTAC. One thing they gotta do though is increase the thread side of their backplate to improve compatability with waterblocks though. But yeah these cards are fricken monsters.

Power Supply

I actually didn't like working with this PSU too much. They shoulda added SATA/PATA/PERI labelling on the psu itself like the evga NEX series do. And the cables should be labelled the same rather than type whatever. Like it should be standard, especially from something this "high end." Plus it's MASSIVE, took up room at the bottom so the 240mm rad couldnt be mounted its just there chilling. of course its not gonna be move but yeah, size matters. lol. In terms of the PSU quality and the supply itself, its great though. and its not like its incompatible with everything, just do your research before picking one up.

Monitor

Absolutely Gorgeous display! Ran Unigine benchmarks and the g-sync really got its chance to flex its muscles. Also a great monitor for video editing, I could see myself wall mounting one of these and using it as a secondary monitor so i can have my video timeline all spread out. just nice to have a lot of pixels to work with.

Comments Sorted by:

Thewinner1756 5 points 38 months ago

Dat Cable Mangement though.

Captain_Chicken 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I agree. If you're gonna spend $4224.59 on a pc at least tidy up the cables. That cramped case + spagetti cables make for bad airflow.

KingsDontWait 2 points 35 months ago

air flow and cable management have such a teeny impact it wouldnt even make a degree difference and on top of that the problem is he got a case with a window and didnt even take care of anything...

MonstaComputers submitter 7 Builds 0 points 38 months ago

haha yeah at the front i guess, i personally woulda tidied it up more but he didnt want me to he was already estatic with the result LOL. do note that everything had to be installed differently to be accomodated however. The reservoir had to be mounted on the 120/140mm fan mount becasue the 120mm crossflow rad wouldnt fit there. Since there were literally no other 120 slots i had to make one by removing the stock LED drive cage fans, flipping the cage around, and mounting the rad to the drive cage itself. Plus the HX1200i is larger than normal so it was indeed quite crammed my friend. Hence why we'll be moving this build and doing hard tubing in a case that's actually designed with watercooling in mind like a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, when the time comes.

iValiant 3 points 38 months ago

But can it run minesweeper?

MonstaComputers submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Well idk cuz it doesn't meet the minimum system requirements :p

texasmayne 4 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Damn, I was just dreaming of a machine with these parts. But, what's up with the placement of the water pump and cylinder?

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 5 points 38 months ago

Don't you know? Odd placement of parts is the new "cool". :P

MonstaComputers submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

There was nowhere else to mount it as there are 2 240mm radiators and a 120 crossflow which couldnt be installed at the top rear 120/140mm slot. Meaning the only option was to mount 1 240 up top, 1 240 at the bottom, and the last 120 had to go on the drive cage. It's quite a customization haha.

sniperpro 1 point 38 months ago

limited space

JuniorVid 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Two words:

CABLE. MANAGEMENT.

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lireaper 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

do you have all fans as exhaust if so try to get positive airflow flip them around it will help with dust

MonstaComputers submitter 7 Builds -1 points 38 months ago

I purposely installed all the fans that way to leave negative air pressure in the case. Since there is no ambient heat being expelled by blower style gpu coolers you can keep the internal temperature to a minimum by expelling all the heat absorbed by the water out through the radiators and out the case. All he has to do is bring an air can to it :) no need to be lazy lol. Plus aesthetically fans don't look as nice when their set to exhaust because the rear is the side you see. Hopefully you understand why now.

Chuck38 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Cable management!! Please!

Good choice on parts though.

Jake762by39 6 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I'm so confused.

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Great build, but man please change that cable management, PLEASE!! Take mine as an example: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/vHHNnQ. Trust me, the extra work is worth it.

dve02 1 point 36 months ago

" ......i personally woulda tidied it up more but he didnt want me to he was already estatic with the result LOL."

:)

sniperpro 1 point 38 months ago

that is the ultimate maze

RMFbucketglove 1 point 35 months ago

To point out the obvious cable management But some thoughts Hardline acrylic or glass would look nice The blue lights kind of throw me off with it being the only blue part in the systems so maybe paint the video card or new coolant But if yo don't really care about astetics it's good Oh also I think you could do better with the radiator placement to make it look a little better

DDR4worx 1 point 35 months ago

someone payed you for that?

KoeppColto024470 1 point 17 months ago

That's not a 4K monitor. Its actually a 2k Ultra Wide. 4K Resolution is 3840 x 2160 or higher. I'm not trying to be a *** I'm just saying your claim that its a 4K rig is incorrect. Also how did you get such low temps with such horrible cable management.

HazmatPyro 1 point 2 months ago

Hi. regarding your review of the Corsair HX1200i, I don't consider your point regarding labelling to be that big of a deal. It didn't cripple me that much when I was installing it into my PC. I have never used a modular or semi modular PSU in my life and I got it right on the first try. The only problems I had were caused by my small PC case which is due to ASUS not providing any info regarding its size. I ended up having to plug in the cables through the hole for the optical drive and I was unable to add back my optical drive after installing the PSU

I had to write this here since PCPartPicker seems to not have a way to reply to comments

His/her review: "I actually didn't like working with this PSU too much. They shoulda added SATA/PATA/PERI labelling on the psu itself like the evga NEX series do. And the cables should be labelled the same rather than type whatever. Like it should be standard, especially from something this "high end." Plus it's MASSIVE, took up room at the bottom so the 240mm rad couldnt be mounted its just there chilling. of course its not gonna be move but yeah, size matters. lol. In terms of the PSU quality and the supply itself, its great though. and its not like its incompatible with everything, just do your research before picking one up."