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This is basically my dream PC after 6 months of planning. TLDR WARNING Sorry for the bad phone photos, all the money went to the build :D

CPU: 4790K. Not overclocked, seems like stock temperatures on this kit tax the current cooling well enough to begin with and already has great performance, so we'll see if I'll OC it later in the year for some reason. I was using a 3570k on an Asrock Extreme4 before this, overclocked to 4.4 - so really the upgrade here is for the hyperthreading - which I do use.

Motherboard: this was the sole reason why I didn't go X99. I regretted not buying a sabertooth Z77 for Ivy, not for any other reason but aesthetics (my extreme4 is still a good board, with some caveats) and after they made one in white for z97, I was sold. I had to get one. I think the aesthetics are the best I've ever seen, and works well with colors. (No. 0447)

Storage: the 850 EVO at 520 mb/s R/W was a no brainer for an OS drive. I used to use a 335 Intel 240GB for OS - which I put in this rig as a supplement for extra high speed storage if I needed it. The improvements lie in the write speeds, with the Intel getting around 250 mb/s on the write with about the same read as the Samsung. The extra capacity helps with other things I do too. Almost bought 3 1TB 850s for RAID 0, but after some research, realized it wasn't worth it. One 4TB WD black is there for a gaming drive, the other is for... TBD. I also have an older Seagate Desktop 2TB (that I pulled out of an enclosure) in here to hold my media files and other migratory stuff from my now previous windows install.

Graphics: I think the Gigabyte 900s G1 series are my favorite kind of card. I was pleased with the windforce cooler on my old 7870s a few years ago, and it looks like theyve just improved on everything since then. The cooler, the backplate, and the logo are just flat out beautiful to boot. No more buying separate backplates and putting them on like I did with my EVGA 760s! I almost got HOF 980s, but the cost and hesitation of never using a galax card put me off. I put the money I saved elsewhere.

Case: Corsair 780T. The 600T I have I almost re-purposed for the mentioned X99 setup. I came close to buying the hardware from Corsair and just using it, but I would have had to buy an Evercool bay for SSDs only using 2 of the 5.25 slots and leaving only 2 for either my XSPC pump/res or something else. No HDDs either, as the cages might as well be on Mars (no idea where they are or are salvageable)...The design of the 600T also had a flaw which made me switch to a Fractal Midi R2 - and that was the fact I could not mount fans inside on a radiator like the ones on the h100i, only available on the choked top section that made more noise and didnt have direct contact with the radiator inside. The 780T is bigger, more friendly to watercooling options, and gorgeous. The SSD mounts and fan options are great, and it's a pleasure to build in. It's just the case for me.

Fans: I wanted to try out Corsairs LED series fans since they came out, so I swapped the front AF140s with SP140s for better SLI cooling, and put an AF140 in the rear. 2 SP140s are on the radiator, and all are attached to the integrated fan controller, making noise totally scalable, with the maximum setting being still very quiet.

Watercooling stuffs: The XSPC 750 dual bay res/pump is a leftover from a kit I experimented with in my old 600t - the RS240 kit. The kit in question was used until I got fed up with my water turning yellow and all the annoyances maintaining that, so I got an H100i, which actually performed better (this is partly due to the asrock board I used it on having a thin PCB and subsequently poor mounting).So this was sitting around ever since then, and I thought I'd save some money re-purposing it into this build. It's a great unit. The tubing is FLX white and actually kinked from the rad to pump inlet because of the tight clearance (needed to be redone), and the fittings are XSPC compression fittings in black chrome, some I had laying around. The radiator is a white Black Ice from HWlabs, 280GTS. It's a little thicker than an H series dual fan rad, seemed fine for the job and matched the color palette. The block was orginally supposed to be EK's black and acetal copper CSQ, but Performance PC's ran out of it and I opted for Nickel/Plexi instead. Still looks great, I think. It being transparent is really cool.

RAM: Avexir I've never tried as a company before. I was going to get some Dominator 2666s - but when I saw these on RushKit - I had to have them for this board. I got 32GB mainly because the only options they sell these are in 2 x 8GB or 4 x 8GB - and I wanted all my DIMMS populated. I'm still convincing myself this is the reason why I need 32GB - I had 16GB before (now in another build) and I only rarely used that much when making GIFS and other things in Adobe. I feel like I should experiment with VM or Ramdrives! Maybe in the future...

PSU: HX750. Year and a half old. Has powered everything I've owned from a year ago forward with no problems. It's a solid unit, and I got black and white cablemod cables for it as well. I was going to try ICEMODZ customs, but it would have taken a while for those to get sent to me. I was going to order black, silver, and white cables from them anyway, and I figured I could omit one color and pay less - with shorter mail times.

Monitor: ROG Swift. I previously had 2 VG248QE's on a mount and I liked those a lot - but they had some issues for me. For as close as I sit to my desk, 1080p was really starting to look....wide. I'm not sure how to explain this except for those who used to sit close to a CRT TV and were able to see the pixels spread out - it kind of felt like that and I got some bad eye strain because of it. Naturally, I needed a larger resolution, whilst keeping the features of the VG248QE's. Enter this. G-sync, like 144hz, is something everyone should try. You really dont notice the differences until you've actually utilized them - all I can say is that these together, powered by the 980's in sli just makes things too smooth to believe.

EDIT: 3/14/2015 - I've switched my loop around from the previous configuration of pump to block, block to rad, rad to reservoir. It's now like the first photo, being pump to rad, rad to block, block to res. The temperatures are 10c less on average now.

EDIT: 3/15/2015 - Started getting random BSODS and system freezes when under load in gaming. Driver reinstalls and memtest scans have been done, nothing seems to be changing. No malware or virus infections either. Nothing is overclocked. I'm starting to think the PSU is going bad. I've taxed it pretty heavily in the time I've had it, so it could be the issue. I've ordered an HX1000i to replace it.

EDIT: 4/25/2015 - Power supply made no difference. DRAM overclocking capability in the BIOS set to 120% fixed my issues, along with uninstalling HWinfo64.

Anyway, this is my first published build on here. Thanks for sticking around and checking it out, cheers.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I also just got a Asus Rog Swift, best monitor I ever bought. Great build and love the 980s!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

They really are great monitors. Thanks for the kind words!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

christ man! What a build!!!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful! Congratulations. I like the name too - Dawnstar. You named it after that northernmost city in Skyrim, right? It's actually pretty fitting.

I do have one suggestion for you though. Get rid of the SP140's. I used them in my build and wasn't very thrilled with the performance, though they are beautiful to look at. I replaced them with Noctua NF-A14 series fans and my temperatures dropped by quite a bit.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, that's exactly what it's from. I thought it was a good name because of the snowiness. I've always wanted to try some Noctuas. I might give those a go if these aren't working out.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude, I concur with changing the fans to Noctua's, although the colours won't compliment your build. You could look into having them sprayed to the colours of your choice and it'll eliminate any cooling issues you have.

Are you using (2) G1's (GPU's) ?

I'm going with Asus Maximus VII Formula & Samsung 512 M.2 (SSD) and will be rebuilding "Riddick PC" within the next month as I want to run F1 Simulator games and of course a Windforce 980 G1. Had you given M.2's any thought if you are looking at fast read and write speeds ?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, they're the G1s. I hadn't thought too much about the M.2's honestly. I know that the performance is insane though. For now though I think the Sata 3 interface suits me well at the moment - but maybe when larger capacities of M.2 drives get cheaper I'll probably get one. Your build is definitely going to be a stormer!!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

dem speakers! throwback right there.

also clean build. are you planning on liquid cooling the gpu cards in the future as well?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they're pretty old, haha. I'm thinking about it actually, though I've never done it before. With the right amount of instructions I think it could be worth it. I have an extra radiator and tubing around to do it as well, but I'll have to get another pump, no doubt about it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

If that a is any type of D5 pump you are fine. It has plenty of head pressure.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The Reservoir/Pump combo right now is an XSPC 750: http://www.xs-pc.com/water-pumps/x2o-750-dual-bayrespump-black-v4 I mean to say that I'll probably get the D5 variant if I want to cool the cards.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yea!!! LOVE IT!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build :) I just compared the ROG Swift and an LG 34UC97 yesterday at Microcenter. I've seen only 1080p till then...wow! Have you guys seen stuff on the new Acer Predator WQHD supposedly in production Q2 this year? Has it all: 34inch 21:9, 144hz, G sync, panel type tbd though...Think I'll try a ROG Swift till that releases as for some games the extra real estate is great for addons. Love the blue on this build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I had no idea about the Acer Predator until now that you mentioned it...it sounds like it's going to be a monster of a display even if it is TN.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you bought a Sabertooth but fyi for Ramdisk: http://rog.asus.com/technology/republic-of-gamers-motherboard-innovations/ramdisk/ Saves updated temp files on games supposedly (instead of having to redownload after shutdowns?)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the windforce cards? I have the ACX 980s and I used the aircoolers for like 12 minutes before deciding they were way to loud. lol. Nice build though man. Super Clean.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Oh, I love em. On something like 70% fan speed you can hear a lot of air moving but for the most part it's pretty quiet. Were the ACX coolers really that bad? I remember them being pretty good. Last card I had with an ACX cooler on it was the Kingpin 780ti though. I don't know if it's changed.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I went from my 770's being watercooled to air cooled 980's. Anything is loud compared to no fans. lol. All of my case fans are the Dead Silent series from aerocool as well so they were definitely the most noticeable.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

are thoes white LED's or Bleu LED's ?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

All blue except for the front. The front has white SP140's.

  • 59 months ago
  • -1 points

SLI 980's are overkill for a single display. I'm running that monitor with a single 780Ti. Something doesn't seem right with your water loop. I'm running the same CPU on air, and getting the same or better temps. That really doesn't seem right to me. You should be running considerably cooler. Beautiful build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not if you're looking to take advantage of 144hz. Pushing one 980 at 1440p or even a 780ti at the same resolution in modern games yields something along the lines of half the FPS at the worst of times. Sure you get G-sync, but you're not taking full advantage of the potential refresh rate. I'd personally like to use 100% of what the monitor is capable of. I agree that something is amiss on the loop, but I'm not sure what. Mind you though that that's max prime95 temp, a program I hear doesn't play nice with haswell...under normal ops its 70C

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was kind of thinking about the SLI setup. But since I can't find a second matching card...I'm waiting for the Titan X. I really want to run 3 of the Swift displays. The one card with G-sync is still the most amazing graphics on a screen I have ever seen.

See that still doesn't seem right to me for a custom loop in particular. If those are the temps, both idle and under load, then I'm never messing with a custom loop. Nearly identical with air, and no chance for leaks.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I can respect that. For some weird reason back when I had this pump and res on a 3570k (with a raystorm block), it gave me worse temps than on an h100i on the quiet settings, which was really an eye opener. I'm just starting to think the pump is really the weakness here, because honestly, you're right that it's not the kind of temps a loop should be getting.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, if you're using the latest version of Prime95, that's it right there. That program is more than just a stress test - it's hardware abuse an insane level. I've heard that it causes Haswell CPU's to draw way more power than normal which creates that intense heat. Mine absolutely boils (65-70 c) at stock speeds, even with an H110.

Stress it with AIDA64. It's safer and more realistic IMO.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I know how you feel here. I was torn between an ultrawide or a 1440p IPS myself. I have a 970 that I used in my previous build, and my experience was exactly the same as yours. I would probably hover around 100fps in BF4 (1080p) with dips to the 70s unless I lowered some settings. This is why this current configuration makes sense to me. This affair with parts is going to leave one of us broke, for sure. LOL