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6 Year Old i7-980x Road to VR

by Mystro619

25
22 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 25, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1 GHz

Description

This build or refresh, started out more as an experiment to try VR(Vive) the cheapest way possible. Most parts I had were recycled from prior builds.

I started out by trying the online oculus rift test, which failed miserably (mostly becuase I beleive it is nothing more than a parts checker and not an actual performace test).

Refusing to give up, I downloaded the Steam Vive Performance test, this was a little more promising because it was at least actually running a performance test, but still failed. I was not suprised as I new my parts were dated and I was just looking at a place to start.

At the time of the test, I had the i-980x, EVGA X58 FTW3 motherboard, 6GB Corsair Vengance Ram in tripple channel configuration, and an old GTX-580.

From what I could tell by the test, the i-980x might actually be capable! It seemed the only thing I needed was a new GPU.

The search for the cheapest VR capable GPU lead me to the GTX 1060. Not realizing they weren't sli capable I ended up picking up two for $250 each (sold one later).

The first tests with the Vive and new GPU were not that great, but I was just excited that I could actually get it running.

I decided to do a mild-overclock and try again. I was able to get the 980x to 3.8 on the stock cooler (which is not a bad cooler as far as stock coolers go) by bumping up the multiplier.

The Vive ran a lot smoother but still needed more speed, I new I could squeeze out more out but not with the stock cooler.

I had an old Amazon Gift card and decided to try out an aftermarket cooler. I had heard many good things about the Evo 212 and found it at a really good price.

I was able to get up to 4Ghz on the EVO 212 at okay temps but I wanted to see how far I could push this beast. The result was a 1Ghz overclock to 4.3Ghz under water at 1.35v running at 52c under load.

I also added more RAM, 8GB total and made a custom window in the side panel using a dremel and some plexi-glass to finishthings off.

All in all I think I spent under $400 out of pocket for this build and it runs the Vive and everygame so far with no noticable issues.

Comments Sorted by:

dragunzonline 2 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

I love X58 builds! Hope you have fun in VR man

Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! Loving it so far, I almost have more fun watching my family and friends play more than playing it myself. Hilarious to watch people spaz out and run into walls or fall over crying!

StarBlazer457 1 point 26 months ago

Haha! lol xD

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

YEAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU DON'T NEED SKYLAKE FOR VR!!!!!!!

Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

No definitley not! There are many other options.

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

No as in you don't need a spnaking new system for some VR fun.

Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Affirmative...I think we are on the same page.

Pixal 2 points 26 months ago

GAH

Im 12, never laid hands on a PC part in his life

you lucky m8, i need to wait till june to build mine :P

nice build btw

Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks and you'll get there, just remember you don't have to have the most expensive or newest parts to make something worth while.

Pixal 1 point 26 months ago

Ok, Thanks!

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StarBlazer457 1 point 26 months ago

Same.

Pixal 1 point 26 months ago

around 400-600 dollars

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ParadoXGodzillA 2 points 26 months ago

Nice. Looks great and if it has VR support, that's good for a budget gamer.

Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks and yes it's great for those that paid $999+ for an i7-980x and want to get the monies worth. It's also great for those that found used 980x's for a lot less and want to build a budget gamer. I will be doing a kaby lake i7 build this week so it will be fun to see how they compare.

Aslayer360 2 points 24 months ago

Lol! I'm surprised it didn't bottleneck!

ThatKidThad 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

you could slap a gtx 1080 and it wouldn't bottleneck

Vairfoley 29 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Wow... that i7 is still a monster.

StarBlazer457 1 point 26 months ago

How much for the water loop?

Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I don't remember exactly so I didn't mark it but, at the time It was about $80 for the pump/res, $60 for the radiator, $50 for the waterblock. I had some old uv reactive hose snippets from other builds and the fans were about $10. I'm sure you can get everything for under $200 if you shop around though.

StarBlazer457 1 point 26 months ago

Not to bad, I will.

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Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Ha I still have my old 286 computer laying around somewhere, I should see if I can do anything with that lol. Really miss the ol' dial up days and BBS games. The 980x is a beast and can still hang so why not right.

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Mystro619 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Haha thats awesome!