Description

As indicated, this is an evolution of my previous build, link here. I made this new build because there is not a SINGLE part left from the original, and changing the part list was getting pointless. Onto the rest of it...

From a system that originally cost a grand total of under $400, including parts that were given to me, it has now evolved into a nearly $1500 system that will absolutely murder anything I can throw at it. Besides Borderlands games. Those are unoptimized steaming piles of PhysX mess. But, I digress.

The core of the system remains the same- LGA1150, Z87 platform running a Haswell-WS chip, the wonderful E3-1231v3. This CPU has probably gotten me hooked on workstation and server chips- while it has a base clock of 3.4GHz, it never stays there. The system comfortably turbos up to 3.7GHz on all cores under a gaming load, and stays under 55C on the tiny little 92mm Cryorig M9i. And while, yes, the RAM configuration is weird, there is a reason for it- I haven't bought another 8GB stick, and the rightmost two slots are dead. I usually don't need the extra RAM that I could fit, and by the time I do on a regular basis I'll be on a new platform anyways. Zen hype anyone?

The storage config has evolved as well- from a 120GB boot SSD and an ancient SATA 3Gb/s 250GB Barracuda, all the way to a 240GB SSD, twin 1TB drives striped together, twin 300GB Velociraptors striped together(close to the performance of an mSATA SSD), and a 500GB drive(Windows Backup, for no reason). This was actually being used temporarily as a network file server, by creating a network shared folder, before the permanent file server was built and deployed. I love old SuperMicro servers.

Graphics cards... This was one interesting journey. From the GTX 950, to the 780- which was actually a downgrade in some cases- to a 1070. I thought the 780 was amazing, but the 1070 blows it completely out of the water. Next upgrade is all about the graphics card- custom water loop so it stays under 55C and above 2GHz.

Part Reviews

CPU

EXCELLENT processor, especially around the $200 price mark.

CPU Cooler

Decent cooler, gets the job done. No temps ever higher than 55C, even when the 780 existed as a blast furnace right below it.

Video Card

Yes. All of the yes. How to destroy 1680x1050 resolution.

Now I just need an EKWB care package so it stays above 2GHz, instead of settling at 1907MHz.

Case

This case is absolutely stunning, and a pleasure to build in. The quality is absolutely amazing.

Be prepared to stare at it the first time you unbox it.

Operating System

Forays into Windows Server didn't pay off, but hell. Its a Pro key.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 steam controller

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Steam Controller is Best Controller

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Mash-up builds are the best! My build has gone through far too many iterations too...

Also, same processor and case as mine! Two very solid components.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Your evolutionary trend was a lot more complicated than mine was, but I feel like it also turned out better. That H7 looks a lot better than the M9i does in the R5, imo.

Also, M.2 SSD. Those things are AWESOME. All SSD storage is epic, I haven't gotten there yet though.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately, my M.2 SSD is SATA based, I got it before all the PCIe ones became popular. It's not really any faster than a 2.5" form factor. In fact, I kind of wish I had gotten a 2.5" SSD, because I could just unplug it when I'm installing Linux (I try to use Linux for as much as possible, so I usually have it installed along with Windows).

That said, you are right! SSDs are epic. I currently have a MX300 750GB as my boot/primary drive in Windows. I prefer to run Windows off one big drive, since I find managing installation locations for different programs to be annoying with multiple drives. That said, I pulled the SSD out of my laptop, and I'll probably re-install the M.2 for a total of about a terabyte and a quarter of solid state storage in Windows... Maybe I'll do a RAID or JBOD or Storage Spaces thing with them, we'll see....

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, yeah... I may also mess with my build more, we'll see. Maybe I'll tear out everything and put some Zen/Ryzen stuff in there, or go X99, or build entirely new, or upgrade my old server... The possibilities are ENDLESS!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Server toys are sooooo much fun :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they are!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

That amount of HDD brackets though.

heavy breathing

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah! Yeah~

That's actually what pushed me to the R5 instead of a P400S. At the time, I had the SSD and three Velociraptors, and it only had 2 3.5" bays, and the R5....

Well, the R5 is godly.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

If I hadn't read the description for this and the previous build, I'd wonder where the hell the "Mish-Mash" in the title comes from. Looks super clean. Props on the build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build but man you got ripped on that 1070

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Best Buy, and I only thought to price match Newegg AFTER walking out with the shiny new thing. The silicon was also about 3-4 months old at the time.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea best buy overprices alot of things, happened to me with my old 950 a few years ago it was like 200 so wasn't happy about that but i had already opened it and used it so i couldn't do much

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

looks awesome and very clean

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the definition of minimalism in one build. <3 luv it

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I dunno about 'definition'~ there are definitely better builders out there than me.

Thanks though!

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!