Description

True Jedi

Overview

This build was inspired by a number of things related to the Star Wars franchise, as well as my own personal preferences and circumstances.

To start, I had always wanted a BitFenix Prodigy M case since I first built Lacedaemon's Blade in January 2013. Not only was it reminiscent of the Apple Mac Pro design, which was appealing to me because of my endeavors with Hackintosh, but it also came in my favorite element/color--Fire Red. I had always envisioned a HEDT build for myself utilizing this case, and certain circumstances prompted me into action to make that vision a reality.

The Beginning

The Prodigy M was not actually what spawned this build, however; in fact, it was added on rather late in the process. Aside from increased financial flexibility from new career advancements, this build was first conceived with the acquisition of a Z270 motherboard and 16GB DDR4-3200 RAM. Both were acquired at the behest of a $169 i7-7700K deal at Monoprice, which for the time was definitely a steal.

My i7 order never seemed to go through however, but I had already ordered the motherboard & RAM concurrently, leaving me stuck with both. Not wanting to sell either, especially the RAM (which was considered expensive for the time because of supply shortages), I set out with critical levels of salt in my blood stream to get revenge for the i7 that was, I felt, stolen from me.

My fleet, aka wallet, jumped out of lightspeed on eBay, bidding on at least 3 different types of i7's (7700K, 6800K, 7800X to name a few). Anything that could utilize the DDR4 RAM was bid on, in a frenzy to take advantage of it. I was outbid on all but the i7-7800X, and with that, committed to winning the bid. In the pouring rain and howling winds in the streets of Bremen, Germany, during my semester abroad, I won the bid, and would soon after win the mATX X299 motherboard.

Running Off The Rails

At this point I was over the moon, having scored both HEDT components at pretty good prices, especially the i7-7800X which had been delidded by the previous owner. The sky was the limit, I thought, and began to ponder all the other possibilities that were out there. What was supposed to be a simple upgrade for Lacedaemon's Blade gradually cascaded into an entirely new build; below is a rough reconstruction of the thought train behind the subsequent decisions:

  1. I'm going to need a beefier cooler to keep this hexa-core CPU nice and icy. Even with the delid, I'm afraid my current Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 won't cut it for 4.5GHz+.
  2. I've acquired an mATX motherboard and I've always wanted to downsize. After looking at various mATX cases, I remembered my long-buried aspiration for the BitFenix Prodigy M. I found it for a good price @ Newegg, and promptly purchased it.
  3. I've already purchased at least one 480-512GB SSD over the course of the semester. I could clone my Windows OS to the bigger SSD, retain a 120GB for macOS, and use the newly freed 120GB SSD for a Linux distro.
  4. If I'm really going through with this, I don't want to use my mismatching 120mm fans. They should match with each other and the AIO.
  5. Man, a generous overclock setting on PC wattage calculators puts me over-capacity on my current 620W PSU. I'm gonna need more juice, and a fully modular design to maximize space.

Unidentified Object Emerging from Hyperspace - 'Jedi Order' Titan Xp

I knew the thing existed. I had seen it launch during my first 6 weeks abroad in Paris. And I thought to myself back then that it was so ridiculously expensive [for me] that even though it was Star Wars-branded, it was just too far out of range.

But by the last 6 weeks in Berlin, circumstances had changed. I was now immersed [at least partially] in the HEDT realm, and there was no going back. A post on /r/hardwareswap of a user selling his Jedi Order Titan Xp put the card back on the radar for me, and for the first time I actually seriously considered it. It was going to be tough; I had spent a lot of my money during the other 6 weeks in Rome, and I was in a very precarious position to be dropping ~$1K on a single GPU, let alone anything else.

However I needed this card, or so I told myself, and I once again logged onto eBay to see what I could find. Sorted by ending soonest, there was one ending in an hour or so of finding it; I was definitely intrigued by this, but decided to let it go because it was upwards of $1.2K+, and come on--that would've been crazy to buy it.

And then the seller reposted the card at $1K. The price was still crazy, but this little drop was all I needed to justify an impulse bid on the new listing. At this point my entire plan had to be shifted shifted:

  • The GTX 1080 from Lacedaemon's Blade that at first would be retained, would instead go to my little brother's build.
  • Another R9 390 was originally acquired from /r/hardwareswap to make Lacedaemon's Blade the new Oculus machine (replacing my ASUS FX502VM-AH51 laptop); with my little brother's R9 390 now free, this extra R9 390 would go to my twin brother.

Buildsmith's Interpretation

I've always thought that codenames and the like are cool, so I wanted to come up with a name of significance for this milestone build. After thinking for a bit, I came up with True Jedi.

  • 'True Jedi' was a level achievement in the LEGO Star Wars video games. This reference has nothing to do with the build, but having played those games in my childhood, it definitely brought the name to the forefront.
  • Without paying attention, one would more likely assume, based purely on the color scheme of the case, that this was a Dark Side-oriented build. However, upon closer inspection, the presence of the Jedi insignia reveals that this is, truly, a Jedi build.
  • What really drove the name home for me was the following quote by Snoke:

[...] still that fiery spit of hope. You have the spirit of a true Jedi. [...]

The case color is Fire Red, and the component at the center of it all? The Jedi Order Titan Xp.

Maybe I'm grasping at straws, but from my point of view, it most certainly is a fitting name for the build.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Ew... you're using an iMac.

LOL, in all seriousness, great build. I think it looks amazing, and I'm sure that it performs as well as it looks.

  • 19 months ago
  • 4 points

Haha thanks man!

Ew... you're using an iMac.

https://imgur.com/L2MRPn4.gifv

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

"Let the hate flow through you"

XD

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel like I literally just read a page out of your life and I thoroughly enjoyed it lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha glad you did!

I was afraid it turned out too wordy, but I wanted to take y'all along for the ride. :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

why a 7800X? The 8700k exists. Otherwise, this looks nice

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Mainly because of the price I was able to get.

Between the ~$300 non-delidded i7-8700K @ MicroCenter and the ~$300 delidded i7-7800X, the choice was easy; same price, same core count, except one was delidded ($80 value @ SiliconLottery) and one wasn't. One maxes out it's platform, while the other leaves room for more cores/threads, should I ever need them.

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Logically the next question in the chain would be:

"why Titan Xp, when GTX 1080Ti exists?"

Star Wars, dude. :P

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, although the question arises... Why didn't you go with an air cooler instead of the AIO? Those tubes look hella stretched and you'll be blasting hot air directly at the gpu :(

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I was originally going to do a full on re-orientation of the case a la: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/66981-bitfenix-prodigy-m-motherboard-orientation-mod/?do=findComment&comment=8618674

That would’ve made room for the radiator at the top. However when I got to actually building it, I ended up settling for just flipping it upside down. I didn’t want to deal with the PSU slot that would be exposed, the process of mounting it unofficially, and the case fans that would have to stick out at the top. That’s all after de/re-rivetting the case, which while trivial to some, didn’t seem worth it to me at the time.

I know the placement isn’t ideal but the temps aren’t as bad as you might think. 80C is more when I’m encoding; gaming loads are anywhere from 55-65C, and I haven’t seen any extremely adverse thermals on the GPU, nor any performance hiccups.

The tubes are definitely being stretched a bit but I’d seen other builds with similar stress on the AIO so I didn’t think too much of it. We’ll just have to see what happens I guess

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yeah fair enough, i reckon rotating the cpu block 90 degrees to the right definitely wouldn't hurt. Although, if you're half as lazy as me you probably wouldn't bother haha

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd have loved to do that especially to get the Cooler Master logo right side up, but iirc I intentionally mounted it that way to

  • stretch the tubes left in order to get a good balance of squeezing them under the PSU
  • not put too much downward strain on the GPU

I may give it a second look in the future but for the first time I actually don't want to touch anything in the build anymore haha

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The galactic empire Titan Xpp would’ve looked insane in the build but sweet build nonetheless

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh believe me, my finger was hovering over the trigger for the Galatic Empire Edition first.

But now that it’s all built and done, looking into the window and seeing the words “Jedi Order”, it was definitely worth the color mismatch.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I like that you enjoy it! Have fun

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

hey bro, nice build! I have a question: how did you fit the hdds on the window panel behind the motherboard? I tried this same thing on my own and the cables, especially the psu ones, were a pain. Also they were touching the behind of the motherboard so I didnt know how good that was :/

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! btw sorry for the late response, I'm not logged into this site often.

Pretty sure I've also got some contact between my SSD data/power connections and the mobo. The cables' shielding isn't conductive so I'm sure it's fine; haven't had any issues so far.

how did you fit the hdds

Just to clarify: are you using HDD's or SSD's? If the former, are they 2.5"?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx for the reply, 2.5'' inches, screwing them isn't an issue, my main problem was/is the cables blocking the side panel from closing or touching the motherboard. But if u managed that maybe i will try again :D

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how everyone else does it, but I just smushed that sucker closed hahaha!

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan Ecks PPMax

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