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Previous PPP incarnations: Initial Build Redux

My Pleasure Palace has been going through constant changes and improvement since I first built her back in September. What started as a modest $2k build has snowballed into a shamefully expensive pink and white box.

Here's what has changed:

GPU: I previously had SLI 970s inside of her, but an unfortunate accident left one of the cards crippled. After a couple of months of unreliability, I decided to cut my losses and sell my working 970 while putting the money towards some flagship 980s. I then thought "Hey, if I'm getting 980s, I might as well get some that are friggin' baller." I settled on the Galax Hall of Fame series 980s on the basis of insane stock clocks and cooling (right up there with the Classified cards), as well as aesthetics that compliment my case. I haven't had a whole lot of time to test them, but they are incredibly solid thus far. My only real issue is that they are such fatasses that I couldn't fit my AC wifi card in the bottom most PCIe slot. The top slot would be a perfect location for that card, but it is unusable thanks to my next addition...

SSD: I wanted a way of getting RAID 0 like boot speeds without the inherent risk of running a volatile RAID array as my OS drive. YNotMDot? A 256 GB Plextor M.2 drive fit into my system perfectly and has made my OS run at blistering speeds. Moving my OS to a PCIe SSD also freed up my 840 Pros for a RAID 0 drive to hold all of my games and major programs. The only real issue there is that, due to the architecture of the Z97 chipset, using the M.2 slot overrides and deactivates the top 3 PCIe x4 and x8 slots, which leaves the bottom x8 slot as the only usuable non-GPU-occupied. My AC adapter was sitting there, but the addition of the HoF cards has taken away that option. I'm now forced to use a USB adapter until I can figure out a better solution.

Monitor: Previously, I was hugely wasting the potential of SLI 970s by running them into a 1080p 60Hz monitor. I fixed that by building a PC for my sister and trading it in a banging deal for an ASUS ROG Swift. My cards seem to have no trouble hitting the 144Hz fps cap on the monitor, and after a month or so of using it, I can no longer play on 60Hz screens without getting a headache. It's a blessing and a curse.

Anyway, I'd love to hear what the PCPP community has to say this time around. Cheers.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 18 points

Quite a good looking machine you got there... But can it run Minesweeper?

  • 57 months ago
  • 9 points

no

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I'd say maybe you'd get 30-40 fps on min to low settings, if you're lucky.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

It's a good rig but it's not that good

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

hed be lucky to hit 60 fps on low setting with that game

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know it's a tough game to run

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

well but i have titan x (pascal) in sli and a i7 6700k oc to 4.5ghz and i get 40fps on 640 x 480 on low so i think this gets about 10fps on 640 x 480 max!

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

Hhhhnnnnggghhh.... Thank you. Now I must go.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

I like the build a lot, BUT... you HAVE TO clean up the dust in your room bro! That beautiful PC deserves more than that! Hell of fame though!

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

Unfortunately, my computer is in the basement of a 100+ year old house with 2 dogs and forced-air heating. Dusting is pretty much and every day affair for me, but a couple of pictures were taken in between dusting sessions. I use a DataVac to blow out my case every few days though, so it's much cleaner than my desk.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

God those cards look so good. Great build love the pink, sort of like an 80's future vibe from it. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

I love the comparison with the M.2 ssd and banana.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Those HOF cards are gorgeous, as with the past revisions of this build...but that dust is horrendous! I don't know how you manage to put up with it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow dude nice work. Keep hearing great things about that monitor...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. So that is how you are supposed to be the LEDs. I cut my strip, so don't have enough LEDs for the phanteks logo

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Really solid! Very clean. Great parts list, all high end goodies!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

wow! those cards................

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That top gpu must be heavy.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely beautiful! 10/10

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This... This is beautiful... +1 for you sir :')

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

theres really only one thing i can say. GOD DAMN THAT IS SEXY. THE CASE, THE CARDS. GOD. DAMN. that is all.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the title!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That's all the pink you got??? What about that front of the case? And the keyboard? :)

Seriously, though, I like it. "Go big, or don't even step out the door." +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I normally skip over intel builds since they are mostly clones of each other, the pics on this one caught my attention. Very nice and clean looking build, and tossing in a banana you get a +1 for sure.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. This is beautiful but why pink instead of white for the LEDS.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

1) How many Pink+White builds do you see? 2) It looks superb to me.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This is true, and it does look amazing with the pink.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Pink Lights did you use. Am thinking the same. And the Whites ?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

The pink lights are specially made for the Enthoo Luxe and can be bought straight from Phanteks.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have the Asus PCE-AC68 in my setup, right above my two 970 SLIs. I was wondering where you put yours? my motherboard only allows it to be on the slot above the video cards which cause it to heat up a bit due to the closeness.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You can put the card in the bottom-most PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, even though the card is x1 (all PCIe is backwards and forwards compatible) and it will function just fine. With the addition of the M.2 drive, that becomes the only option as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried the bottom one and it immediately disabled SLI mode. I read that is an issue with ATX boards. you cannot use the bottom PCIe slot or else the SLI capability is disabled by the MB. I have to use the top one :(

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build, its beautiful and powerful, but why do you need so much storage? Not being negative, but I'm kinda new and have no idea how so much storage could be used.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

The M.2 is for my OS and main programs, the SSDs are in a RAID 0 configuration for my game library, the first HDD is for most of my files (music, pictures, videos), and the second HDD is for all of my backups.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice craftsmanship. You put allot of thought into this build, and FINALLY, someone else that understands cable management, lol. Looks great. Love the color theme as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the gpu temp?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

10/10 would bang this pc

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks? (for latest games)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good god.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Easily one of the best names I've ever seen.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta say those cards are dang sexy.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

that moment when you were so hyped for buying a HoF edition card and then finally realizing it was shipped US and Canada only ._.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How much extra cooling does those sp120s give on the h100?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one really cool build. _

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How long does it take for your PC to boot up? Anyway, great build :) +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Its amazing how that SSD looks just like a banana.. Technology sure is advanced these days

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

how loud is your cpu cooler ?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm now forced to use a USB adapter until I can figure out a better solution.

Have you considered switching from RAID 0 (striping) to RAID 1 (mirroring) as a way to address this issue?

As you said, the concern with striping is that it's rather risky, given that a failure in any of the drives causes the whole array to fail, but mirroring would provide you with hardware redundancy, meaning that it would be even more reliable than your current M.2 boot drive, while also providing the same read performance benefits as striping. If you then moved your OS off the M.2 to a mirrored array and removed the M.2 card, you'd be able to enjoy the same boot and load times, AND you'd be able to reclaim your top three PCI slots for use with your wireless network adapter, meaning you could bring it back inside the machine.

Problem solved? Well...maybe. Mirroring introduces its own issues, as you're no doubt already aware.

Namely, mirroring's redundancy against hardware failure is gained at the cost of half your usable space, and you'd also lose the 2x write performance benefit that striping has. That said, the usable space issue is solved with a simple upgrade to larger SSDs if it's a problem for you, and the write speed issue shouldn't impact gaming much in practice, though if peak performance at any cost is your goal here, you may not think it's worth it.

Regardless of all of that, however, I'm mega-impressed with the build. Absolutely stunning.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For me, running RAID 1 instead of RAID 0 would defeat the purpose of the drives. I already have 6 TB of backup, and the SSD array is just there to serve as the fastest storage in my system. Programs like Sony Vegas, Photoshop, and all of my games go on there. Any sensitive files are then backed up on my HDDs for security. I'm not worried about losing the program files, because they can all be easily replaced; I just want a stable and safe boot drive because a failed boot drive is much more of an issue to me, hence the M.2.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't mean to belabor the point, but I guess I'm confused why you think it would defeat the purpose. RAID 1 isn't about having a backup (though that is a very common misconception; there's even a meme in some tech circles about it). Just like RAID 0, it's about speed. Let me see if I can quickly summarize where I'm coming from so that we can figure out where the disconnect is:

M.2 SSD - 1x speed, 1x stable, 1x storage, 1x price RAID 0 with two SSDs - 2x speed, 0.5x stable, 2x storage, 2x price RAID 1 with two SSDs - 2x speed, 2x stable, 1x storage, 2x price

Hopefully that makes it clearer why I think RAID 1 may be worth your consideration. Both RAID 0 and RAID 1 provide the speed you want for storing your program files, but they differ in the trade-offs they make to get that speed. RAID 0 traded stability to get its speed, which is why you were forced to grab an M.2, but RAID 1 trades storage to gain both speed and stability, so it'd let you ditch the M.2 for something faster AND more stable that can also be used to hold your program files at the speeds you want.

As I said, I don't mean to beat you over the head with this stuff if you've already figured out it's not for you, but even after this last post of yours, I still think RAID 1 really does solve all of those issues, which is why I keep bothering you. Well, hopefully not bothering, but I'd love some more clarity if you still think RAID 1 is not as good of a choice, or else where you disagree with those three lines I posted above so that I can find out where the disconnect is in our understanding.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Gah, that was supposed to be written as...

  • M.2 SSD - 1x speed, 1x stable, 1x storage, 1x price
  • RAID 0 with two SSDs - 2x speed, 0.5x stable, 2x storage, 2x price
  • RAID 1 with two SSDs - 2x speed, 2x stable, 1x storage, 2x price
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get your AC68 to work?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I wound up selling it to pay for the USB version of the same card. It wasn't an ideal solution, but there really is no space left near my PCI slots with my cards there.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the Case...It looks amazing ;)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Must be pretty mad now that the 980 TIs are out now.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows your experience with Galax as a whole? Did they ship from Hong Kong? How long did it take for your 980s to arrive? I ask because I just ordered a Galax 980 ti, last card in stock coming from HK supposedly. Didn't get charged sales tax either, you? Did you order from the galax store website? Beautiful build btw +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus thats beautiful

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Banana for scale. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Is so sexy it hurts my eyes T_T

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Much pink, very sexy. +1 from me.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Just ordered this case! Doing an all white build as a clean slate from my old build! Does the adhesive on the strips work okay?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any extra LED lighting in here or is it all coming from the LEDs in the case?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

Where do the case fans go? I got the same case and am putting it together! I bought a corsair h110GT. But trying to figure out how many additional case fans I need to buy.

Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could favorite this build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sharing is caring?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry im a little late to the party, but how is the wifi adapter, I am thinking of picking up one myself

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Give it to me please

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this color..

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

modest and 2k can't go together.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool looking white and pink colour scheme.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Unbelievable. I hope this magnificant sculpture ends up in the Smithsonian. This is the most stunning build I've ever seen in my life. Just breathtaking. You have great aesthetic taste. This is precisely what I want! I might print this out and put it on my wall as inspiration, like a vision board. "One day"...

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I am curious, how'd you find a white internal blu ray drive? It looks like the one in the parts list has a black face plate. I just did a search and cannot seem to be able to find a white one.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't been on here in forever, but to answer your question: I painted it myself. It was a black drive, and I used a rattle can to make it the right color.

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Prettyyyyyy :3

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

This is amazing

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Please tell me you are a 9Gagian with the banana for scale. Other than that great looking build its some nice looking work

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Imgur best gur.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Do you know anything about this person's financial position?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a full time college student, and work full time as a waiter. I'm just fairly good at saving money.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing as how Skylake is going to be socket LGA 1151, why would he upgrade to X99?

And why would he spend $5,500 to upgrade to X99? New memory, mobo and CPU -- that's not $5,500...

And I don't think anything of their ability to save or raise money. I don't make presumptions about people's financial states.

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