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I think there are a lot of people out there that grow up telling themselves, "one day I will have a computer that actually obliterates anything I throw at it." Well, that day has finally come.

I started off with about a 2K budget, given that already had a monitor and most of the peripherals. I ended up nickle and diming myself waaaay past that point. Mostly because once I had the rig up and running (no real snags in the build), I realized I really needed to treat myself to a monitor that could take advantage of the EPIC gtx 980ti LIGHTNING that I apparently had to have.

So, key points I can't help but point out:

GTX 980TI LIGHTNING - Just wanted the best option out there at the time without going for the Titan and I was able to overclock it to 1527 MHz Core and 7970 MHz Memory without too much fine tuning. Biggest concern of the whole build was the shear Godamn size of this card!!!! (TWO 8 and a 6 pin). Only other thing to worry about is airflow when I SLI these things.

6700K Skylake - I didn't want to push it too hard with the OC but it has been stable at 4.6 without issues and i had it to 4.7 before i started thinking the temp trade off wasn't worth the additional 0.1

M.2 SSD - Gen 3 makes this probably the most instantly gratifying piece of hardware in the whole build. Performance compared to SATA is crazy and I hardly have time to pick my nose before the OS boots.

Acer Predator - Given the reviews, I feel pretty happy to say I have no dead pixels and minimal backlight bleed. My other monitor (Yes, i know it doesn't match...don't care cause I'm only playing on one) was great until i realized just how nice it is to play 1440 at 140 fps, not to mention I'm a total convert to G-sync.

Oh, and props to the greatest GF for coming up big with the Logi mouse and keyboard.

Aesthetically I'm pretty happy with how the Rig turned out. The H440 goes well with the motherboard and LED fan. I could have gotten picky about changing the yellow stripe on the 980ti and running some red cables but this thing already looks so much more bad-*** than I ever thought it would.

I don't think i have ever posted anything on any website before. Enjoy. Comments welcome.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The yellow gpu is a very nice highlight. I'm jealous of everything in this build. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Might want to invest in a new table I see its insides :)

Nice build, IF I was you I would paint the gpu red but thats just me.

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That table was a $40 temporary Ikea solution to create an short L-desk in the space I'm in for the next few months. Turns out the core of the table top wasn't fiber board all the way through (just around the outside) so my plans to sand and paint were kind of dashed. Some type of stripping will work as soon as I find the right materials.

Red paint seems to be the next step but I haven't done any research on how that process would go.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure I have seen other people do it to the same gpu, so I'm sure its possible. Have a look here for some past ones and see if anyone has down it before, then ask them if they could give you any pointers.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. At first I was thinking eww yellow with the red and black but looking at everything as a whole in pic 5 I have to say it adds a good pop.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. If had wanted to match that color scheme asus and msi have some great options

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. This build definitely started on paper without considering looks and just happened to mostly come together color-wise.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered a MSI Lightning 980 ti. Then it hit me and I freaked out... what if my MSI Lightning doesn't fit my H440. I know the length will fit but I wasn't sure if it would fit because of the massive width. Good thing for pcpartpicker. +1 for having the only H440 with a MSI 980 ti lightning on this sight.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the exact same thoughts. Then my next worry is really about what kind of airflow I would be able to get if I ever want to run two in SLI.
Two things that make me not worry:

ONE, the card runs super cool for me even when I overclock

TWO, if I am going to drop another $500-600 (assuming price drop) then I might as well take the time to learn how to liquid cool two of these bad boys!