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Happy Wife Happy Life ?? 2015 X99 SABERTOOTH Deadpool Build for sponix because his wife is tired of hearing about it **Grin !! **

by sponix


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Date Published

July 8, 2015

Date Built

July 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C


Happy Wife Happy Life Deadpool Build Grin

Looking to Build a Multi-Purpose HTPC that must be visually appealing, stable, durable, low maintenance and a real work horse !!

Budget: Roughly $2200 USD

Location: Central United States in my Living Room Next to the TV Stand most likely

Uses: 24x7 Operation for: Showing Off (Seriously), HTPC Functions, Seedbox functions (uTorrent Linux Server, Deluge, Transmission and Vuze running), HD Video Playback, HD Video Encoding (Rendering) 4K/1080p, HD Video Editing, Photo Editing, Browsing (Chrome Tab Abuser (Talking 2 to 4 Chrome Sessions, each with 40 to 100 or Tabs each or more), Video Streaming, File Sharing (NAS), Some Web/DNS Proxy/Cache functions, Virtual Machines (VirtualBox sessions of Solaris, Mac, Linux, and Windows), and Some Gaming from time to time...

Peripherals required: Optional Monitor(s), Option Keyboard, Optional Mouse

Operating System required: Linux Mint 64 with ZoL (ZFS on Linux)

System will be Running some Flavor of Linux for the OS (Likely Linux Mint .. No Operating System Flaming.. You can use whatever you want on your Box and I'll use what works best on mine Grin).

Looks.. The Look (Theme) of this is fairly important. This Box will likely be in our Living Room, and a Center Piece in its own way..

Storage.. Storage is a Must. I tend to Store HUGE amounts of Video/Picture Content. ZFS is the File System of Choice due to many required features for 24x7 operation such as lightning fast snapshots, ability to expand volumes on the fly, and online scrubbing to check for inconsistencies and replace faulty drives.

Reliability.. Must be Reliable.. System I'm on right now I built in FEB 2009. And I have had a NIC onboard chip burn out, lost a GPU Fan, and oddly enough have a add-in NIC Card that is intermittent. So of course, I would like to avoid any issues when possible.

Maintenance.. All Filtered Air Intakes are a Must IMHO.. Also would rather still stick with Air cooling using a Fairly Massive Heat Sink for better dissipation and higher chances of survival if a CPU Fan does give way.

System is Now Built !!!!

Machine is Now Up and Operational.. And the new goal I have is to find a work load capable of challenging the machine. Tried running 40 to 60 HD Videos at the same time and that got the chip up to about a 30 percent load across all cores, and the Graphics Card temp climbed from 38C up to 44C. But I hardly call that breaking things in Grin..

Did have to set a Max Memory Usage variable for ZFS because it defaults to eating 75 percent of the Total system memory, and that just doesn't fit well. After making sure it doesn't run past 4G I've had no issues staying within the 16G system limitation.

Future of this system..

Wife feels we should spend the cash to get the 3rd party Filter for the Bottom 140mm Fan spot and put an additional 140 down there to get some light from the bottom as well.

Myself.. I would like to Go an additional 4 x 5TB Toshiba and 32GB Ram Kit. But at this time can't Justify the Need or Price of either. Just what I would Like to do Grin..

Pictures are taken with a Cell Phone. So please don't bash their quality. I will do some with a Real Camera when the Wife points out where it is placed Grin..

Want to than Every One here in the PCPP Community that Helped with their Recommendations. As you can see some of which I followed, and some that got discarded Grin..

Your input/feedback is always appreciated !! Thanks in Advance....

Long Wordy Rant Complete

Please Check out my other Builds:

2018 FEB GPU Mining Rig Build

2018 FEB Upgrade to BGninja 2015

Christmas 2017 Update to Deadpool 2016

Christmas 2017 Update to BlueKnight 2016

Christmas 2017 Build of i5 8400 HTPC for the Parents

Part Reviews


5820K .. Well .. Honestly, not sure if I have to speak on behalf of this Chip.. It speaks Volumes on its OWN. This chip Tears through Anything you can toss at it. It has had NO Issues with any true day to day work loads. And even coming up with synthetic scenarios just to attempt to challenge it has been difficult


Asus SABERTOOTH X99 Is just a Beastly Board all the Way around. It reminded me of a Cast Iron Skillet when I first went to pick it up. I would hate to get hit by one full swing that much I know for sure. It has Eleven 4 Pin PWM Fan Headers if my count is correct, so that was a pleasure. Dust proofing is what encouraged picking this board even with the price premium. After Working with the Board, and seeing the attention to detail on everything from the Mother Board header pin out connector assistant that is a true God Send, I have NO Regrets in my Purchase. Would not only highly recommend this board. I will likely look to ASUS for future builds based on this experience.


Corsair Vengeance LPX 16G 4x4 DDR4-2400 CAS 14 Great Kit. Wish NewEgg Had the 32G Kit in Red when I made my Order. They of course got it back in stock a few days after. Stuck with the Low Profile Kit due to the Air Cooler. Having Seen the Layout and positioning a standard memory module would have likely been OK. BUT I do like the over all look of these Memory Modules and that they just Fill the Slot and doing go Way Over the Top like most others do. Fairly sure they are Detected at 2133 Right now Out of the Box. Good chance I can get them up to the 2400 speed by just selecting the correct XMP profile. Odds of me getting around to that soon are fairly slim though because I'm pleased with the system performance and not trying to squeeze every last drop out of it Grin..


Samsung 850 EVO Pro SSD is just FAST.. Have it split into 2 partitions. One of about 20G for Linux Mint 64 and the Rest for /home .... There's no place like /home !! Paid the Extra bit of Cash to get the Pro just to see the little "Red" Tab on the Drive to match up with the Red and Black Deadpool Theme. Honestly


Already had the 5 x 1TB WD Green from my Old Box. So dropping them into this Box for ZoL (ZFS on Linux) in a raidz configuration was a given. Did have to set a variable in /etc/modprobe.d/zfs.conf to limit ZFS to only use a Max of 4G of ram so it didn't try to use 12G. YES, honestly ZFS defaults to trying to utilize 75 percent of the over all System Memory. I LOVE me some ZFS, but even true Love has LIMITS !! These 5 drives have all been running 24x7 since FEB of 2009 !!


5TB Toshiba Seems to read about the Same speed as the 5 x 1TB WD Greens in raidz. Roughly 150MB/s reads if I recall correctly. Moves along pretty quick for a spinning disk. Makes a good place to drop whatever I'm currently tinkering on if it is a bit to big to work with on the SSD..

Video Card

MSI GTX 960 4G is Overkill as mentioned prior and makes a truly awesome HTPC Card that also looks good in the process. Make no Mistakes. These Cards are NOT Small. It takes up a FULL Two Slots in the Case, and the Length extends out fairly long toward the drive bays also. BUT this is the price you pay for a Great Cooler on your Graphics Card. Just like the HUGE CPU Heat sink, if you want your GPU to be Cool, it has to have a Huge amount of Surface area to dissipate the Heat also..


Corsair 760T IS THE BUILDERS CASE.. Can honestly see why the Price on this Case keeps climbing most of the time, and places have a hard time keeping it in stock. If you want a case that you will honestly enjoy working with both inside an out, that showcases your hardware better than most any other on the market. THIS is Your Case as well. Other than one of my two cases having a little wire come loose on the Reset switch portion that hooks onto the main board the case(s) is flawless. Not a fan of the Reset button flashing as an Activity Light either, so might just unplug the Reset switch on my case as well anyway. I mean, who uses the Reset switch anyway, riiight ?? The Design, Layout, and Accessories are all Top of the Line. It does carry a bit of a sticker price, but you do get what you pay for on this one....

Both of the 760T cases I did builds in are Excellent. Had the one minor flaw in the boys where the wire for the reset switch came loose. But they don't like the reset button blinking as an Activity light anyway, so I have decided the chances of trying to repair that and hook it onto the Main board are slim..

Only other Issue with the 760T is that the Bottom Intake Fan Mount for the 140mm is not Filtered.. So you either have to leave it closed off with the plastic bracket over it despite having all the Bays pulled out; Buy a filter from a 3rd party that is extremely expensive due to shipping cost. OR, make your own filter to drop underneath to enable to use of that 140mm Fan position next to the PSU.

For right now our Builds have it blocked off with a Drive Bay until funds, resources, and patience are all in order to tackle that hot mess Grin. Truly an oversight in what is otherwise a near perfect case. Had seen mention of this in reviews prior, but for some reason had let it slip my mind until having the Cases up on the work bench and staring at the Fan mount position in awe Grin..

Power Supply

EVGA 1000W PS PSU is TOP NOTCH all the way, start to finish. This was the first time I had the honor of working with a Fully Modular Power Supply, and there will be NO looking back. Unless there is some major shift in what they are doing EVGA will continue to have my Business for Power Supplies in the Future, and likely other components when they fit well in the build. Not only Was this PSU a dream to install, with appealing cabling, it is Dead Silent. Can't ask for much more from a Power Supply in my Opinion.

Comments Sorted by:

SickFlow14 1 Build 5 points 46 months ago

Finally someone that realizes the potential of the 960. I use it and I am shocked at how well it preforms. Overall your build is unbelievable and I can only dream to build something this nice when I am older (currently 16). Anyways I picked up a 2gb 960 and I was shocked at how well it ran in games and anything else I threw at it. I enjoy seeing people spend a lot of money on other parts and are still smart enough to realize how good of a card it is for its price. Many underestimate the card and I am not saying it is a 10/10 perfect card but it is still good enough for someone who uses it in such a workstation oriented build. Usually I would see titans for the VRam and overall performance. Thank you for putting more hope in the minds of the 960 lovers such as myself xD She's a beauty though. Hope you treat her well. Also thanks for putting effort in description! Many people who spend lots will be like "took a long time to build, runs well". Haha, anyways, hope you throw 16 more gbs of ram in there soon :). Have fun :D

Jordan_Church 2 points 46 months ago

People see that it has 2GB of VRAM, 128 bit bus, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't beat the 680. But they don't see the actual performance.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

For our needs the GTX 960 was a nice balance of looks, power consumption, fairly low TDP, performance and price.

Not even going to claim it is the best choice. BUT will say the Cards look very nice with the Builds and do what is needed easily.

Fun Times !!

sponix submitter 6 Builds 0 points 46 months ago

Going to try to do more on my Boys Build Log soon. Currently it is the one that got cut short into the "Here it is, it runs well" style ..

The MSI Cards are Just drop dead sexy. The Green 100ME 960 in their Build looks even better.

AMD is still leading the Race for Price to Performance in what is an almost indisputable margin. BUT where the NVIDIA GTX 960 shines for the Builds I just completed is Driver compatibility for Linux and Mac OS X. Doesn't really matter to me what the Cards Benchmark at with Windows because that isn't the environment we are going to be using them in Grin..

Very Good point on the Card though. If the Systems had been primarily for Gaming the GTX 980 Ti would have been the card of choice, and some other areas would have just been scaled back a bit. But where these systems are Normally Desktop Workstations that do some Light Gaming the Card was a bit lower pick on the list. Most people truly can't agree with this decision because it doesn't align with their usage..

Thanks for your Input !!

RubyJunk 4 points 46 months ago

And the new goal I have is to find a work load capable of challenging the machine.

I dare you. Youtube video. Install chrome. Go to youtube. Watch this video (in 8K obviously). Your CPU is gonna die, die die. Or I will if it doesn't =P. Tell me if the playback and 360 degrees is smooth.

P.S. You can drag the screen around in a 360 video.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Ha .. Nice.. You did read that I put a GTX 960 4G in here riiight ?? Not two GTX 980 Ti Card's in SLI ??

Gonna try it just for Giggles !!

If the system survives I'll look into hooking up a webcam so I can record the performance and post a link to that on YouTube Grin..

Nice Challenge Though..

Thanks !!

RubyJunk 2 points 46 months ago

Not two GTX 980 Ti Card's in SLI ??

It's actually not graphics intensive at all. I know a computer with graphics cards that overheat because they don't have fans. It has an fx-6300. 4 cores died.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 0 points 46 months ago

Since YouTube will only let you buffer a bit at a time and not the whole video I can only tell you the result of a 5 or 10 second bit. Even during that there was an obvious stutter or two.

4K Does just fine as long as the network keeps up. Currently have two kids attempting to hog up the majority of the connection though..

Fun Times !!

RubyJunk 1 point 46 months ago

I have a 60Mbps up/down connection, with nobody ever using usually, so I can buffer it, but my laptop with a dual-core 1.8Ghz i3-3217U and Intel HD Graphics 4000 can't actually play the video =P

What was your CPU usage?

DrTot 1 Build 4 points 44 months ago


PureBlackFire 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

so you got it built. very nice.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago


Wish I didn't Brake an Arm shortly after, so I could use the real Camera..

Fun Times !!

StumPy2562 3 points 45 months ago

HOLY ****, why a $2200 budget ON A HTPC, seriously are you rich or something, or just have a thing for 4k movies XD

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Far from Rich.. Just Love my Rig..

Wife at times feels I love the Rig more than her Grin..

Build is WAY Over the Top.. But that is what I like about it !!

StumPy2562 3 points 45 months ago

pc's are a topic i can talk about for HOURS on end.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

No doubt.. Still find myself browsing parts list and system builds a couple hours a day for entertainment..

Completely satisfied with my Rig, but it is always Great to see other systems..

Fun Times !!

StumPy2562 2 points 44 months ago

i completely agree with you and do the same myself!

SCDAS141 2 points 46 months ago

Oh congrats dude, looks real good!! The CPU cooler looks a killer.. Never seen a build with 10TB though.. The SABRETOOTH is absolutely top-end too.. One of the best X99 platforms, if the 960 suffices Y NOT??

Congrats again..

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Loving the Rig ..

GTX 960 is doing just fine for my Day to Day....

No Regrets spending the little bit extra on the SABERTOOTH board it is a great backbone for the System..

Still wish 32 Gigs of Ram had made it into the system, but future upgrades are half the Fun Riiight ??

Fun times !!

FlamingAceHd 2 points 45 months ago

I hope your not keeping your Pc on the carpet all the time try getting a piece of wood to put it on if you dont have space elsewhere

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

A few have expressed issues with having Systems on carpet.

Plan to place them on a mat or similar soon....

Fun Times !!

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Rig has a new home on a small table and a few new pictures as proof Grin..

Never felt carpet was a threat to the system before..

Several people have explained that it not only will draw much more dust, but it is also more likely to become a victim of static discharge..

Thanks for the heads up !!

FlamingAceHd 2 points 45 months ago

Looking good!!

BaldMan 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Nice build. As you mentioned before, I would definitely swap out those 1TB drives when you have the cash. Ripped DVDs take up a bunch of room. Did you find that the second drive bay module next to the power supply cramped things a bit ? I moved mine so I had one on top of the other. Also, for a machine as good as this, why only one monitor ? I have mine hooked up to three LG L227WTGs (forgot to add those in my completed build I published on here).

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Love the Monitor I have, and at times think another would come in useful instead of Virtual Desktops.

If that bottom intake by the Power Supply was filtered then Freeing up that space would be more appealing. But as it was I wanted to keep it covered for now until I'm able to afford the insanely expensive custom filter for that location.

Also, plan is to add 4 more drives at a later date when storage becomes a challenge again. Just have to keep my eye out for a spare cage since it seems they are like a mythical unicorn for some odd reason.

Thanks for the feedback !!

Thomasbamf7_ 2 points 44 months ago

Your cpu cooler likes like a transformer is hugging the i7 lol

Fsylar 1 point 46 months ago

Just my opinion a 2200 build deserves in the very least a gtx 970 no matter the target use. Ps : r9 290 is 250 newegg.

Elias7235 1 point 44 months ago

i like your dx racer chair...

zing523 1 point 37 months ago

Why a 1000 watt psu? Couldn't be bothered scrolling down

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

No real logical reason.. Know a quality 500 watt supply would have been more than enough.. Just felt like getting a bit carried away in a few areas..

zing523 1 point 37 months ago

Well go big or go home

lilrow420 1 point 33 months ago

With that price you should have more SSD'S for faster file transfer

mc2squared 1 point 32 months ago

What software have you been using for media? VLC? Kodi? I'd love to know, been using a developer-mode Amazon Fire TV with Kodi and I couldn't be happier for TV and Movies, only gripe is I can't really emulate/play games on it, so I'm looking into something like this (but less extravagant!)

sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I normally use VLC and SMplayer for playing content locally then if I need to send something over to the Chromecast I use a chrome extension called Videostream..

Lex_B 1 point 23 months ago

As a joke, some game developers of should include this motherboard as a deadly weapon. It's got some nice heft to it.

sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Yeah, one of the main reasons why I chose it.

Hard to find something that can handle an Air Cooler the Size of a Softball without any flex..

Lex_B 1 point 23 months ago

Good point!

Killerbunny6666 1 point 18 months ago

"Happy wife=Happy life" words of wisdom right there!

IIIRON 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice. That's a literal "F" ton of storage man. I like those cases. I had a 230T similar to that 730T and it was a good case, might do a "for wife" build with it someday also :)

Agree on MSI cards, they look really good.

These big cpu air coolers are great and problem free. I've had a few of those big boys on past builds, always worked good.

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

When it comes to Computers I am VERY passionate Grin..

Normally I don't need Coffee or Sugar to get me going, I just need something to Slow me Down Grin..

Thanks for our Input, and Concern !!

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Appreciate that..

They can Vote it up down or sideways and there is a good chance I'm not going to lose any sleep over it..

For me it is all fun and games Grin..

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Yes, I am a bit of a Browser TAB Pack Rat..

Why Close that TAB, I might need it in a Week or TWO.. Riiight ??

Fun Times !!

SneakyDrizzt 1 point 36 months ago

On Chrome there is a right-click function called "bookmark all tabs." Has saved me more times than you can think.

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sponix submitter 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Went over the top on the Builds. So, felt the Build log should get some Love Too..

Fun Times !!

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