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General purpose modern gaming rig, designed to be sturdy and upgradeable for the next 5-8 years. Quiet and low-power operation in mind for 90% of its day-to-day use. Being air-cooled with the Noctuas it makes 0 audible noise when doing anything besides gaming. When the fans on the STRIX kick on at >70% there is some noise but it's super tolerable while playing games.

Love the motherboard but stuffing a SSI/CEB into the mounts on my old ATX Mid-Tower was a mistake long term. The build is housed inside a vintage VooDooPC RAGE original edition case that I like the look of too much to replace. The MB is big enough that I can't install my case's drive cage -- I had to buy a set of 5.25" bay adapters to house my array (but it allows those drives to be hot swappable now without opening the case so that's a nice touch).

WD Reds are configured in RAID1+0, yielding 2TB of fast & highly resilient storage for games, media, and a backup target for the SSD (just in case). I have an 850 Pro configured to 'Accelerate' the array with Intel SRT but funnily enough it benchmarks slower with the feature enabled. I guess I just have to trust that raw benchmarks are not accurate for this technology and over time it will move the hot data to that 'smart cache' area of the SSD.

All my benchmarks are done in 'daily driver' mode. I don't turn the fans up, mess with the Speed Step or otherwise maximize performance in a 'controlled setting' before starting the tests. I cold boot, close any extra programs, and click start. I'm sure I could boost all my numbers quite a bit by prepping the system but that wouldn't be realistic as far as how the rig performs the way it's usually configured.

The stock STRIX fans are noisy, loose, and rattle. I'm looking to replace them with Noctuas as well someday.

Only thing left is a second (and maybe eventually third) 980 for SLi and a nice 4k monitor, then this rig will be complete (until it's time for a round of upgrades, of course).

I stayed at stock clock speeds (CPU & RAM) for now because I have no need for more grunt. This machine is a beast and tackles anything I give it with ease. It's not a competition rig so I have no desire to find its upper limits. I don't feel like I'm missing out by not going water-cooled and OC'd to the nines. Brighter stars burn out faster; I want this rig to last a while. It's about stability and reliability, plain and simple.

Cold boot to desktop in ~8 seconds. Will replace that XP941 with an NVMe 950 Pro soon enough, can't wait.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Brighter stars burn out faster;

Not if you've got the sun ;D

Nice build though. Although I still dream of owning the 5960X with a couple of Titan X' for bragging rights lol

  • 53 months ago
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I couldn't justify the 5960Xs price point to myself. It's only 3Ghz more processing power, basically double the price, and the base clock per core is 0.5Ghz lower. It just seems like a redistribution of power instead of an overall improvement.

Considering how poorly (or even not at all) most programs/games implement parallel processing, I decided 6 cores at 3.5Ghz would be future-proof enough and more advantageous than 8 cores at 3.0Ghz. I'm willing to bet the 5930K is more favorable for competition benchmarking as well, but that's just a hunch.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't suggesting you go for the 5960 just a pun on your title lol ...

"y so serious son"

  • 53 months ago
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Just making note that I considered it -- but even in my dream rig I still likely wouldn't have gone that route.

Also for the record: most (if not all) stars are suns X)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're looking for bragging rights alone, considering this board is Xeon friendly, why not something like a E5-2687W v3?

  • 53 months ago
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Ok this has a tendency to snow ball into something else...

Happy new year... enjoy your new pc.

  • 53 months ago
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What's your consideration choosing 5930K over 5820K, and 980 over 980ti? Also you mention you will replace the STRIX's fan, you mean the GPU fan? How do you replace it? Honestly I'm curious because it's the first time I read that GPU fan can be replaced.

Oh yeah, +1 of course

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

1) 5930K outperforms the 5820K just about everywhere (even though it's only very minor gain). But really 2) 5930K has 40 lanes, 5820K has 28. If I intend to go 3-way SLi with any accessories (like an NVMe or other PCI-E device) I will need all 40 lanes for sure.

AFA the GPU fan: I don't know how I would replace it. I'm sure something could be rigged up though, whether it's PWM or DC I'm willing to bet it's a standard fan bus, I think I'd only have to figure out how to mount the new blades.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

980Ti STRIX wasn't on the market yet when I bought most of my parts -- came out a month or two later (would have gone that route for sure! Didn't think to research the release dates..).

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

All right, thank you for your answer!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is wicked. Did you find it on eBay or have it from a previous build?

  • 53 months ago
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I'm the original owner, had it done custom by VooDooPC over a decade ago. Still has the original build sticker inside signed by the assemblers.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What case do you have? I cant see it in the list... Nice build though =1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Gen1 VooDooPC Rage - it's a very customized LianLi at heart, but I'm not sure exactly which model.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok. I was just wondering if that was a speaker built into the case or something...

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a speaker mounted in the case, visible in some of the photos - just a little beep generator. It would usually be hidden underneath the drive cage but the cage doesn't fit with this mobo.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah right ok... Thanks for the reply!!!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this build will do what you want.

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  • 53 months ago
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That might be pushing it a bit... lol

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build bro.

Also I would like to know where i can buy that desk from.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The desk is a 60W AnthroCart (http://www.anthro.com), PN: H24BK. It has a additional 60W shelf on the bottom, PN: 606BK. I also have the CPU SideRack holder (not pictured), PN: 345BK.

The desk is an absolute beast, extremely well engineered. I've had it for almost 9 years now, never once regretted the steep initial cost. Excellent use of materials, super durable, no qualms.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

it's over 9000!!! xD

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I look at it like an 8 year investment. Something like this should be pretty dominant in the market for the next 2-3 years at least, then mid range for the next 5 (with no interim upgrades). I'd rather pay more up front and have it last, just my preference/opinion.

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  • 53 months ago
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All my benches are done in 'quiet' or 'daily driver' configuration. I'm sure if I turned off power saving features and cranked the fans up ahead of time I could get much better numbers.

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  • 53 months ago
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Uploaded a bunch more for you! Enjoy. Let me know if you want to see anything in particular.

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