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Glass Cannon - 1080 SLI Gaming Rig

by bondfire

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80 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 11, 2016

Date Built

June 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

54.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C

Description

UPDATE 3 Turns out there are huge improvements but only in certain games right now. The Division is supposed to be a 50% improvement with the bridge. Unfortunately, I got it on Xbox before this build and don't want to buy it again just to test.

UPDATE 2 Benchmarks at the bottom!

UPDATE: Nvidia SLI HB Bridge installed. Here is the unboxing, install and benchmarks. For some reason it lowered performance, not sure why yet, still researching. https://youtu.be/cL7oV5PcIig

Pictures can also be found here: http://imgur.com/a/I3vI9, hoping this site will support imgur one day.

This all happened within a couple of days. Started talking about new computers on Memorial Day, my friend introduced me to this site on Tuesday, I made a build and was going to wait for the 1080s to become available, then the same friend found that Micro Center had them in stock on Friday of the same week. Went down there with the plans of getting just the video cards and decided to just buy the whole system there!

The case was the only thing that gave me some trouble. This case was just released back in May and it seems like most places don't have them in stock. I managed to find it on GigaParts.com and when it came it was in the packaging for the non glass model. Turns out it as the correct case inside the box, but it was really confusing for a while.

The case is amazing and worth every penny. There are tons of tie down points and places for everything. My 2 favorite things are the fan controller and the LED controller. The fan controller lets you pug in up to 6 fans and then is connected to 1 CPU fan slot on the motherboard. Then all the fans are controlled by the controller.

The cases LED controller replaces the restart button and lets you change the colors manually, jump into 'breath' mode where it slowly pulses on and off on color, or cycle mode that cycles through all spectrum of colors. Next steps is to install the Riing 12 fans on the top. I'm planning on making some mods to the fans to connect them to the LED controller so the case can manage the colors of the strip and the fans.

Cable management was what took the bulk of the time. Having that glass door on the back means you really need to up your cable management skills. I think it turned out well, and even thought I'm not going to see it day-to-day, I still would have known.

Problems: The radiator was installed in the front and caused some minor challenges. I was only able to connect the top and bottom screws on the right side of the radiator. I crossed my fingers that the pressure from the hoses. Luckily, it's working just fine, no rattles.

Other stuff: Disk: Went with an M.2 for super fast performance. I also have a second SanDisk Extreme PRO (240GB) in my old PC and plan to team the drives together through windows to make one single 720GB disk RAM: Yes, I know that I will need to overclock the ram to actually get their full potential. I plan on doing that soon.

Benchmarks Ok, so I had some issues because they gave me the wrong 6700k processor at first. Pro tip - If you are getting the 4.0ghz 6700k, it doesn't come with a heatsink, so that's how you know if you've got the correct box. Also, it say 4.0 on there somewhere if you look really hard.

So here are the numbers using 3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra:

Before Nvidia SLI HB Bridge

After Nvidia SLI HB Bridge

I have no idea why the benchmarks went DOWN after the upgraded bridge, I'm still trying to figure that out. Turns out there are huge gains in certain games (ie The Division). Looking forward to more games getting patched for this usage.

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pc_person 5 points 29 months ago

you look very happy. also try and get their newer higher bandwidth sli bridge for better performance and looks

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yep! Been looking for it everywhere but it appears they haven't finished production on it yet! If you find it let me know!

pc_person 1 point 29 months ago

will try :)

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Got it! It's all installed and I did an unboxing, install and benchmark video. The weird thing though, the benchmarks went down for some reason! Here's the link https://youtu.be/cL7oV5PcIig

pc_person 1 point 29 months ago

nice

Justiceinacan 6 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Love the name, love the build, thumbs up ;)

WillieTheNelson 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

More RAM than my first system had storage. Hilarious and I LOVE it! +1

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

the 3rd to last picture is GOLD

sweet build you got here.

PumpkinPc 3 points 29 months ago

Actually, more like sapphire.

If you look closely, you see blue on the case, unlike the gold you somehow see.

Like that dress that looked blue and black to some people, but white and gold to others.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

was talking about how the dude in the picture was perfect. not color.

PumpkinPc 1 point 29 months ago

LOL!

I was joking dude!

Laugh a little!

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

sorry, sarcasm is a little difficult to detect over text. :P

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Good call, I decided to move it up to pic #1 :)

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Is that a world of tanks reference

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Not really, same term applies to any game where someone has low heath but a ton of power. Figured it was fitting since it's a glass case.

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Well I'm making an x99 platform in an open air case. Do you think that is a glass cannon or spear made of straw?

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Or it is just crazy?

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I say crazy because I'm talking to myself...

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Btw nice build +87.2

chris.3488 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

What LED strips did you use? How come you didn't install the Thermaltake fans? Overall, nice build! +1

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

It's the Phanteks LED strip. I've got the fans out and i'm working on connecting them to the same LED controller that the strip is hooked too. Need to splice the cables before I can do the install

chris.3488 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Do you mind updating and adding more pictures of your PC once you install the RGB fans?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Absolutely!

Snowblight 1 point 29 months ago

Which length strip did you get?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I got the 1 meter. I think 2 would have been too much

Avaholic27 1 point 29 months ago

+1 For the awesome shirt!

Also your build is awesome!! Lets see some benchmarks!

bondfire submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

So it turns out they gave me the wrong processor and I've got the 3.4 installed right now and now the 4.0. Once I swap that out I'll throw up the benchmarks. But it ran a 21k on Fire Strike 1.1 today. Should be higher after the swap.

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Got the processor swapped to the correct one and ran the tests.

The best without overclocking came in at 8707 in the Fire Strike Ultra test, http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8921299

With it overclocked to 4.8 I was able to get 9001, http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8785323

tommy099431 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I have to like this build just because of the first picture

tommy099431 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Also, how is the air flow, It looks like in the pictures you just have one fan and thats the exhaust fan

bondfire submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

I'll be adding the 3 Riing fans to the top once I get the LED mods done to them. It's not bad right now though, GPUs are a little warm, but nothing crazy.

bigeman101 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

But performance doesn't lie ;)

Wolklung 1 point 29 months ago

Wow. Such an amazing list of parts there, and the build is looking great . Love pic 23.... not too many cases you can take a shot like that with.

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Decided you're right and I should move it up to the first pic :)

ShaMoken 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

how do you like the monitor? do you think you'll upgrade to a monitor that has a higher refresh rate later or are you happy with the 60hz?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

So far I'm very happy with it. It's only been a couple of days but I don't think I'll be upgrading it any time soon.

Ropota 1 point 29 months ago

That sli bridge though. Really makes the build lol jk I wish I had two 1080s. Income tax can't come soon enough :(

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Haha, I know right? Planning on getting their HB bridge but it's not out yet

Ahsen 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

its beautiful!!!

bigeman101 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Finally a super good build that doesn't waste money with mindless water cooling +1

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Right?!?! So unnecessary. Although I'm sure they say the same thing about my 2 1080s and 64GB of ram...

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yo u look like a pretty chill dude

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I think I am ;)

idodson 1 point 29 months ago

that is a beautiful setup i admire you, wish i had money like that ;(

exige722 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

VERY NICE!!!

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Not to hurt the feelings of my Coconut Lime but i want this! : 3

G_I_L 1 point 29 months ago

Beautiful pictures. Vehry naice.. drools

Uh I mean.. Very nice! Build. Yeah. That.

+21

aliencds 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

awesome build! Love the case! Also loving the logitech g15 keyboard. I had one back in the day , then switches to the g19 with a color LCD, then switched to mechanical. The g15 holds a place in my heart!

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! I love my G15 and really wish they made a new one with the same number of G buttons. I don't know why they changed to so few.

Kule_Andrew 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

What is budget? Nice build +1

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Wasn't really a budget, cost came to around 3500

MexxII 1 point 29 months ago

Really nice build all and all, but I don't like the placement of the computer. The front is pointing at the wall behind the monitors, so would suggest switching side of the computer on the table ( the front would then point at the camera on the 23rd pic.) Otherwise, I would suggest a case like Corsairs 600C where everything is inverted. As well, I would have bought another monitor, once you try 120+Hz you'll never turn back, but that's because I play fast FPS games ;)

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I hear ya on the placement. Once you see this case in person you'll never want anything else. Having it backwards is a small price to pay for its beauty :)

Alsteblieft 1 point 29 months ago

Is this the black or grey version of the case? can't really tell

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

It's the black one

landdnl 1 point 29 months ago

Besides scoring high in benchmark pss..g contests, how will you utilize 2 of these 1080's in the next 5 years? BTW, definitely get the proper SLI bridge to double your SLI bandwidth so you can score higher in your benchmarks. LOL

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Probably never, but go big or go home right? :D . I just got the SLI bridge today, here's the unboxing and install: https://youtu.be/cL7oV5PcIig

landdnl 1 point 29 months ago

That's bizarre after installing the proper SLI bridge, your performance decreased. I'd be interested as far as what you find out about this issue. I eventually, plan on SLIing my 1070 with another when I go 4k.

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Turns out there are huge improvements but only in certain games right now. The Division is supposed to be a 50% improvement with the bridge. Unfortunately, I got it on Xbox before this build and don't want to buy it again just to test.

xXSwagmasterXx 1 point 29 months ago

Hey, I'm building a rig simmilar to yours, could you have used power supply lower like 850 or do you think it would be too small room, also do you really need 64gb ram?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I wouldn't suggest much smaller of a PSU if you are doing 2 video cards. If you're only doing one then 850 is no problem. And no, in no way do you need 64GB or ram, haha. I just wanted to max it out.

xXSwagmasterXx 1 point 29 months ago

The part list shows 200 w excess, would the usage go up due to overcloaking or is the number just not accurate, thx

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

You always want to error on the side of caution with a PSU. Also, if you decide to add something later that needs more power, you don't want to have to upgrade your PSU again just for that new component. Better to pad it now then re-buy later.

XxPCbuilder2016xX 1 point 29 months ago

Hey how is that cpu cooler?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Awesome. No hassle and just works. And the Corsair software control panel is pretty slick.

Hajiwaji 1 point 28 months ago

would you recommend this motherboard?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Absolutely. I love everything about it. Built in overclocking is really good too.

jonnyatlas 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I have the same cooler and case. Curious why you installed the radiator on the front instead of on the built-in radiator mount on the top of the case.

bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Front is an intake and top is an exhaust. While it's not bad to put the radiator on an exhaust, it's not optimal either. Looks good on the front and leaves room on the top for some LED fans (which I still need to install)

jonnyatlas 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Cool cool. I'm going to be using the same case and cooler for my next build, so I've been curious how others have been installing them. Thanks for your input!

fr0d0 1 point 26 months ago

Just have bought the same parts and hit the same issue. Could you post some pics of what you did with the fans? I'd love to see how you put things together as I'm doing my build currently and haven't stopped cursing at the H115 :-)

bondfire submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Hope you got this resolved. I only attached the H115 on one side, left the other screws out since they wouldn't fit. It's been plenty sturdy even when moving it from where I built it (my office) to my house.

Imperialcactus 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I am literally planing to build the same as you. How well have it perform? Anything that you will change in the past?

bondfire submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Not sure if you ended up doing this or not. But the only change I would have made is the M.2 drive. I would go for 512 if I did it again. But that is literally the only thing. This build is amazing.

Imperialcactus 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I did it! I am waiting the shipping now! I changed the m.2 for a normal SSD cause the price was a lot. As soon i build it i will link to you the photos! Really inspiring your build !! :D

harrywy 1 point 24 months ago

So can you install one more GPU on this motherboard (3 GPUs)? I don't actually need the SLI tech. Just use for training deep learning models

GFBGamerPT 1 point 23 months ago

DOES A NIDVIA SLI WORK WITHOUT ANY KIND OF BRIDGE?

dex1911 -1 points 29 months ago

i hate u

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bondfire submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

By far my favorite store of all time!

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IwannaPC 11 Builds 0 points 29 months ago

While it might not look good to you, it looks good to others (including me).