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by bohemond1980



Date Published

July 30, 2016

Date Built

July 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.006 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C


Was getting extremely annoyed with my HAF-X case, wiring was a significant issue and I had to rip out several wires over its lifespan due to catching fire; also I wanted something easier to get in and out of. So I opted for the Corsair 780T case which is a pretty decent case; however it could us some better quality sides for the latches, they pop off way too easy.

Parts I spent money on for this build were the 780T, Kraken X61, RAM, and PSU. The rest was ported over from my previous build.

I'm impressed with how well the 780Ti SLI is holding up; so far they have been smoking my old 390X CF setup since Crimson drivers.

Part Reviews


Runs very, very hot. This one was not a great specimen; 4.3Ghz stable on 1.28V; 1.31V not enough to get it stable @4.4Ghz. On an H80i it was unmanageable due to heat to even get 4.1Ghz without hitting 80+C.

CPU Cooler

Very impressed with the X61; this is my second build with it, and for an AIO, it does a great job.


Good board, no issues.


Seriously the hardiest drive I have ever had; survived multiple drive killings around it like a champ (due to bad 1300W G2 PSU).

Video Card

Still a great card as long as you manage the VRAM load. In SLI it has soundly defeated my 390X CF since Crimson drivers (390Xs have been repurposed as single card builds). Also the build quality on these MATRIX cards is soooo much better than on my STRIX DC3 cards. You could cave someone's skull in with these things. STRIX cards would probably shatter on impact. LED on the MATRIX cards is also much better as they show load while the STRIX DC3 cheapo light thing just strobes white non-stop.


Pretty good case; needs stouter side panel mechanism.

Power Supply

Ok so far....hopefully doesn't turn out like my crappy 1300W G2 and start frying drives. Seriously though my other 1300W G2 has never had issues. So 50/50.

Optical Drive


Operating System

Best OS ever made.


59Hz is a bit of a bummer, but colors are so much better than my SWIFT monitors.

Comments Sorted by:

RandomPart 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Fire? That is pretty serious IMO.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Yes. Bad wires on the HAF-X. Had a more spectacular experience (the wire thing was slow smouldering) with a Corsair HX850 about 3 years ago; thing shot a plume of flame.

marseryy 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

nice looking cards, DAYUMM! +1. Delidding the cpu could help with the thermal problem and you'll be able to push higher clocks.

You have a 27" that can run 144hz but can't and only running it at 59hz, well thats not good. You can also remove the hdd cages since you have nothing in them.

Honestly though from the 4th picture, that really look nice beside the red snakes ;)

PS. somehow I couldn't +1 any build

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 33 months ago


On the monitor it really only runs @59Hz; I accidentally hit the wrong one and I'm not smart enough to figure out how to change it without resubmitting the entire build. The 144Hz 1080p one is for my RVZ01B i7 6700+GTX 1070, the actual one for this build is the Asus PB278Q 27.0" 60Hz Monitor (always reports 59Hz though). Has awesome colors though imo compared to my Swifts.

I'm hoping to have a bunch of drives to stick in this build once my RMA on 7TB worth of Seagate drives goes through. Fairly certain it was the EVGA 1300W G2 PSU; I tried a fresh drive, boom dead; then changed out PSU to the EVGA 1000W G2 and tried another new drive; and G2G.

You're right on the CPU, but my wife would kill me if I messed up and had to buy another one. My 5930K @4.5Ghz with a Kraken X61 maxes around 80C after a bunch of stress testing across 6 cores; averages 67-72C during gaming, four cores getting that hot with the same cooling definitely could benefit from deliding as you say.

On the red snakes, I didn't have much time to wrap up this build and that side panel was really finicky so I took the easy way out. If that side panel had some screws on top that would be a different story I guess since I could just brute force it.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Nice build! Just wondering, how do you like the Walther P99? And also is the stripper clip for an SKS?

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

P99 is awesome, I like it much, much better than the 92FS. I first got to shoot one in Iraq in 2006 and finally got my own about 6 years ago. Stripper clip is for a Mauser K98 (7.92x57). I have an AK47 (7.62x39) and an AR15 (5.56x45) as well, but lately computers have been eating my spare cash. My current conundrum is whether to get an M1A or two GTX 1080Tis for my main rig this fall.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Nice! I looked at the P99, but ended up getting a Taurus PT111 G2 for a crazy deal. And my current condundrum is that I want an EOTech for my S&W AR15, but I am also looking to upgrade my main build when Zen comes out (still rocking the FX8350). And just a few days after buying my wife a new laptop, she tells me she wants a Glock.... The struggle is real.

By the way, I would definitely go for the M1A, especially if you are thinking of the SOCOM 16.


bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Yup, the SOCOM one is what I was looking at. I hope AMD does well with Zen, Intel has too much dominance at this point and needs the competition. There are some great things AMD does, especially GPU wise; it's just their follow through that disappoints me sometimes. My first "real" (i.e. not college bargain bin hand me down) gaming desktop was an AMD FX CPU back in the day. Played Rome I Total War like a champ. Thing won't show up on monitors anymore, but I've got a new old hard drive, copy of XP, A7N8X motherboard, and ATI 1GB AGP card; so hoping to rectify that.

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

M1a would be far more enjoyable, and you are pretty much guaranteed to sell it for more than you paid by the time the 1080ti's are irrelevant.

Great build though. I just sold twin asus's cards just like yours last month!

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks man. You're right. I meant to buy one (M1A) last month, but eh didn't have as much spare cash as I'd hoped for. I've had four MATRIX cards total (2x290X and these two 780Tis) all great; one of the 290X's did die after about a year but Asus sent me a 390X STRIX DC3 as a replacement, so all good there. I see on your builds you have 290Xs in one and Fury Xs in the other; how is CF working for you lately? I've had a terrible time the last couple of months since using Crimson; particularly for games like The Division and GTA V. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I didn't have so many CF issues in 2015. Still love AMD cards, just a bit cautious right now with getting CF again.

On the 1080Tis I'm looking for some more oomph at 7680x1440p; the 980Tis are "ok" but struggle a bit on some games. From what I've seen 1080s aren't going to change that just looking at 1080Ti SLI 4K results, so those 1080Tis better be a significant performance increase for me to consider them.

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

I had 0 issues with my 290's. But I wound up selling those at the beginning of this year. They Fury's on the other hand... god awful in cross fire. Lots of issues from stuttering, freesync issues, tearing (relating to freesync), eyefinity problems, and general all around lack of reliable min/max frames. And that's on a broad spectrum of games, not isolated events. Now that could be that a ton of games released late 2015 and early 2016 just don't have the right optimizations for crossfire/sli, or it could be a hardware limitation I have no clue. The eyefinity problem was the killer for me. I really wanted to do a 11520x2160 desktop (and maybe trying to get some games to run at that as well) and it just flat out refused to do it. I could'nt even get eyefinity to do 7680x1440. This was with the Fury's. I had no issues setting up these resolutions with my twin 290's. Very frustrating! But as a stand alone card it wasn't bad, but no way would I have actually paid for those cards. I eventually pulled them and sold them.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Wow, that sucks on the eyefinity. Q4 '14 to Q4 '15 I was pretty happy with my 290X and 390X CF, but by Q1 '16 CF support got really bad with Crimson drivers, might have higher average FPS than my 780Tis in some games, but the cacophony of flickering and stuttering is what made me decide to throw my 780Tis back into action. For 7680x1440p on my main rig I use 980Ti two way SLI; have to turn down quite a few settings on some games to hit 40-50FPS.

Here's what I benchmarked Q4 '15 with my 980Ti SLI @7680x1440; settings are guru3d settings unless I specify AA; then it's max settings with the annotated AA setting:




As for the Crimson driver thing; here's what I found (can't remember the graphics settings for each game on this one):



Jake762by39 6 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

YESSS!!! Fellow gun enthusiasts! +1

MustyBlockus 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago