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Well this is actually my second build which was build on top of first one. My first build was based on ASUS ROG RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 and ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 980 MATRIX and it was a NIGHTMARE, I have NEVER spent so much money for my dream rig and had SOOOOO many issues and problems and ASUS Help Desk was just awful ....never again ASUS, ever...anyway so decide to rip it apart, sell of major components to recover as much $$$ as I could and try again...this time I went with MSI and I could not be happier ;-))) Everything works like it suppose to, over clocking is easy, system is STABLE and pleasure to use ;-))) I build the system to do some graphics work (and will be upgrading to BroadwellE 10 core) as well as gaming ;-) 4K gaming with FULL eye candy turned on is just AWESOME ;-) and so far I am getting 30 plus FPS on all major AAA titles with everything maxed out ;-) so I am happy with that but of course 60 PFS is what one really wants lol lol lol (maybe by GTX 1180ti x 2 in SLI it will be with HDR). I am not a "modder" and build this in my spare time finding a lot of "mod" parts on the net as I could. Some of the parts I did paint to match the build such as Corsair LED bars and Nvidia SLI bridge. I played with over clocking and I did have it to 4.4 Ghz but I value stability and dependability over bench-marking so this was build and tuned with that in mind. As of now I have it set to XMP2 profile for 3.7 Ghz and RAM speed of 2400. I left video cards alone. Despite this being a BIG case the primary video card by CPU get quite warm when 4k gaming with temps into 80's so but my second card never passes 70 for obvious reasons. I had and do not have any desire to get into costume water cooling so I might eventually upgrade to "hybrid" video cards down the road, will see how pascal turns out do ;-) Oh running Samsung 950 Pro M.2 as OS drive and Samsung 850 EVO x 2 in RAID 0 for my game drive, other 2 HHDs are for data storage only, no raid or anything. Also, running Logitech Gaming App for system status using 8 inch tablet. ABSOLUTELY love that app ;-) I also have CAM loaded BUT their mobile app needs major over haul to be used as continuous status display using a tablet. Anyway, enjoy the pics

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  • 50 months ago
  • 8 points

But can it run task manager??

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

lol ;-) if I could answer with print screen I would have ...cheers ;-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

You aren't getting 60+ fps with those in SLI?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

not at 4K ...(actually UHD - 3840 × 2160) with all setting maxed out in Nvidia control panel ...but if I tune it down a bit and turn of Nvidia hair works I can get 60 FPS...all depends on the game and tech used...older games of course NO problem at all...SOLID 60 FPS...plus remember most games these days are produced for consoles FIRST and even do not support SLI and are not even optimized for PC...frankly it these days are hard on PC gaming with all devs jumping on console bandwagon BUT 4k and VR will force the industry to kick it up a notch ;-)))

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

That Ram... wow this needs a feature

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

what I did here was 2 things, I got the 64 GB RAM kit from corsair, then LIGHT BAR KITs for it, painted the light bars flat black and then inserted RED inserts which I got from MAINFRAME Custom website

https://mainframecustom.com/shop/accessories/light-bar-inserts/

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

ya it was ton of work but finally made it ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, i always love seeing the Riing fans. Only if they made air flow optimized ones :/ anyway great build! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

THANKS ;-) but to be honest with you I went from Corsair high airflows to these "radiator" optimized RIINGs and I did not see that much of the difference, and actually they are quieter since they dont make this "weird" noise when I was controlling corsairs using DC voltage through mobo and mini-commander (which I replaced with NZXT GRID+ and HUE+)...dont know why Corsairs did that but after I replaced few of them for "grinding" at low / mid speeds that I the hell with it RIING just looks too awesome not to try and I am happy with them so far BUT BUT BUT thermaltake NEEDS to make PWM RIING fans...that would be ultimate ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't tamper with those SSD's or you'll void MSI warranty on them.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSDs are made by Samsung, not MSI.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a joke, specifically regarding MSI because if you open up their laptops to add an SSD you void the warranty.

Sorry I thought someone would get it, I'll show myself out now.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? That's not very nice of them. All their laptops?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much all the ones that I've seen so far, and we have a huge variety of them at the Fry's I work at.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend has one and he replaced the dvd drive with an SSD caddy. Does that void the warranty as well?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no I am not...I used double sided tape to stick the MSI cover plates on them...;-) stuff cost way too much for me to be tampering with warranty stuff...another reason no custom water cooling...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Daym. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

;-) THANKS....

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

why 500$ ram xD? just asking great pc btw

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

are you really asking about price of ram on a 7.5k setup :D

i agree very nice pc

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

yas

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

well...honestly....to fill all the slots and because it was and is my dream build and because I was PLANNING on using a lot of it for RAM drive BUT that was before I found out the hard way how much more time RAM drive adds to start up and shut down because all the stuff in RAM has to be read to and from some kind of non volatile storage if persistent configuration...so ya they dont tell you that in all the marketing hoopla for RAM drive lol and even though I have x4 PCI M.2 drive it still had too much of impact for my liking....

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You installed all those fans because you like your builds noisy?! ; )

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

lol no noisy ;-) I do like the look but they do help with airflow...this case is NOT the best when it comes to airflow..another reason I ended up removing all dust filters and now once in a while go in with some air and dust off....but I also control noise through MSI mobo app i.e. command center and NZXT GRID+...with this two I can crack DOWN the fans down to 20% of speed and it quite... well... quiet...I do have couple fans setup to be controlled by GPU in CAM software (NZXT) to increase airflow for GPUs when kicking...and then it does get bit more louder but it is NOT super loud lol ;-) and YES if those fans were cracked up to 100% then she would be quite loud but that almost never becomes the case...even when I was stress testing by maxing out load on CPU and GPU...they never cracked up to 100% not even 70% ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

oh wow it's a thing of beauty. such attention to detail. cabling :O !!

surprised more people dont do the whole tablet readout on front like you have, it's crossed my mind a few times.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK you ;-) ya I have bit of OCD lol...I used this place for my modding needs

http://www.performance-pcs.com/

But the tablet thing only became reality when a. I said the hell with multi display setup (I had 3 x 27 inch Monitor setup for surround gaming) b. I needed a way to monitor performance somehow and c. Logitech released its gaming software which works independently ;-) (hopefully that will not change). Also NZXT CAM software has an app as well as MSI but neither presents data in nice clean easy to read format...so...choice was clear ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Were two HUE+ modules required or is that a typo?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no typo, I used parts from 2 NZXT HUE+ kits... to add additional LED strips...at the time NZXT was out of stock on LED strip expansion packs...and I have spare control module...all together I have 7 strips installed on 2 different channels so I can create different effects either in Mobo area or bottom cage area....

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You are a God among men, my friend.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

lol wow THANK YOU ;-) ton of hard work and lots of nerves and more hard work but perseverance was worth it !!! ;-)))

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your brutal honesty! My Asus MB gave me nothing but problems; replaced with MSI and now life is good.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I was going back and forth with ASUS help desk for over a month. They could NOT even answer what the displayed codes indicated. I had to read the manual front to back including small print couple times to get some answers and spend countless hours in forums reading about everyone elses problems... one does not spend this kind of money (HARD earned) on top of the line stuff to be treated like a second class citizen....ASUS eventually said that I could RMA the board BUT I had to do without it for 6 weeks !!! That was just crazy and final straw. I replaced mobo and GPUs and NO PROBLEMS ...everything worked like suppose to ;-) it was and still is such a pleasure to turn on the computer and it boots, no hang ups, no crazy error codes, no F1 stop configuration was reset error ?!?! WITHOUT ME DOING ANYTHING...wow...ya it was a ride lol now it is a pleasure ;-)))

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Get this build featured.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you ;-) but I am not a pro just home geek ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You really didn't need to paint the SLI Bridge. you could of gotten an MSI SLI Bridge on Newegg. I assume you didn't know at the time of purchase.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have it at first BUT MSI bridge did not come in configuration for x16 x16 SLI slot configuration (having empty slot between GPU's for better cooling) so I got Nvidia SLI bridge and costume painted it to match the build ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Remove your RAID 0. You can lose everything. Other than that, +1 from me :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

guessing he has a mirror backup of that drive, i mean look at this shiz, not like he's gonna scrimp on a backup external or a NAS

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

True, true. :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, but I love the performance gain on SSD RAID 0... BUT BUT BUT I do regular backups on my game drive which this is used for , I have complete STEAM folder backed up on my external RAID5 box (16 TB) ;-))))

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is crazy and overkill. Are you going to build a very big water loop with the 900d or you bought ti because it was very cooled?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

yes it is bit over kill...but it was my dream machine after sitting in Afghanistan for 4 years lol...so....but as of now no crazy water cooling other then what I have BUT when I upgrade to GTX 1080Ti or more likely GTX 1180Ti (2017) money permitting then I want to do HYBRID cooling cards cause when gaming at 4K with all the bells and whistles turned on they STILL get HOT in 80s C so.....maybe next build custom water look will see ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! How much faster does your computer start up and run with the Samsung 950 Pro M.2?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I still have not updated to latest BIOS, but it is significantly faster then using ASUS Rampage mobo I had thier before. I did not time it but when coming out of sleep mode it is almost instant, with cold boot takes few seconds mainly because the mobo has to initialize but I am VERY happy with it. But I am only using it as OS drive, for gaming I have SSD RAID which makes gaming loading a snap ;-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build!

May I ask what you are using for wall lighting? (the red and the white)? Looks great with your desk.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That Display was similar to what i was going to do on my system but the screen was lost in the mail and never came was going to use multi monitor with a touch screen and have Corsair link up on it :) :'( lucky i got it refunded :) Great System :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel your pain, I actually had link in there with commander for fan control and RGB lighting, but upgraded to NZXT HUE+ and GRID+ and I could not be happier, I had nothing but problems with link and configuration resetting itself. I still have it installed since I have Corsair PSU but with link 4.0 version it is less painful lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That Monitor!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ;-) It is actually samsung 48 inch curved LED UHD TV I am using as monitor, had to do some tinkerring to get the best result but it was worth it, other then setting up colors, had to turn on gaming mode which gives you 4:4:4 chroma over HDMI 2.0 port ;-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

outstanding!

I'm looking at the 40" Samsung curved right now. But that 48 might get a look, also.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

at the start I was also looking at 40 but after comparing prices and features I went with this, I mounted on the wall and I have good 40 inches between eyeballs and monitor, perfect size...but I did have set it up to be "PC monitor"...turning on PC mode and doing some color adjustments gave 4:4:4 chroma...the leg is bit higher with 4:4:4 but I valued sharppnes over "gaming" response (you CAN set it up for faster response but chroma will drop to 4:4:2 ...still not bad but you can see the difference in the displayed text, especially fine print) ...but to be honest with you I have ZERO noticeable leg in gaming FPS, RTS, RPG etc all good...been playing Witcher 3 with all goodies turned on and I could not be happier ;-)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

My buddy and I have been trying to figure out how you have that Dell tablet mounted there. Your parts list says "Dell Venue 8 3840 Tablet RED - PC performance monitor display" do you have a link for the mount you're using? Looks awesome!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.amazon.com/Damage-free-Dockem-Samsung-VivoTab-Surface/dp/B00BFIAB82?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

I did have to cut out a small notch on the left bracket to accommodate the power plug, but the plastic is soft so it was really easy with a knife

cheers ;-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

absolutely fantastic +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it was a lot of hard work and nerves lol ;-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What app is that tablet running. And how did you manage to hook it up to your 5.25 inch bays?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using logitech gaming software, it will work even if you do not have any logitech devices just need to install it on your rig and app from Google Play store. I used auto discover and worked just fine. (http://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs)

As for the bracket I used this from Amazon, this way I can remove the tablet with ease, but instead of command strips I used heavy duty double sided tape http://www.amazon.com/Damage-free-Dockem-Samsung-VivoTab-Surface/dp/B00BFIAB82?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

hope this helps ;-)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thats smart! thanks a lot!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys I was gone for while so I could not check this site last couple months, sorry for the delay on answering some questions. If you have any more let me know and I will do my best ;-) I answered what I could. I appreciate ALL the comments and all the THANKS ;-))) Like I said before this build is version 2.0 ...recover from 1.0 ASUS build which was a nightmare for me...others had and have good luck with ASUS stuff...for me it was a disaster which cost me addition $2000 + to recover from...but lessons learned A LOT of lessons learned lol...cheers

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

does the m.2 ssd overheat since it's sandwiched between the 2 graphics cards?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

When I run crystal disk mark on default setting the drive gets up to 75 C using crystal disk info to check the temp. During normal operation it stays around 53 C. I only use it as an OS drive so I really dont have over heating issues and throttling down due to heat. For gaming I use my SSDs in RAID O (850 EVO 1TB x 2) which gives me pretty good speed (986 read, 1046 write) and RAID gets up to 40C.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you so much it was a long and hard road to get to it but worth it at the end ;-)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK you ;-)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK you so much, my wife sometimes hates it lol....so sometimes I have to leave to attend to real life ha ha ha ;-)

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHA, that motherboard aren't cheap either

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I used Amazon and Newegg for main parts couple other sites for minor mod stuff...but ya it was $440...I was saving for almost 4 years for this build so it was not something I just did out of nowhere lol...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

ouch...yes it was and still is...I originally was NOT planning on blowing this much on RAM but ASUS put me through the ringer with their QVL (qualified vendors list) when I was having issues from hell when this was ASUS build...so this kit was the ONLY ASUS approved at that time 64Gb Corsair kit...I originally had Corsair Vengeance to keep cost down but that went out the door when ASUS kept shoveling QVL down my throat EVERY help desk ticket....so...lesson learned....

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