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.
EXCELLENT processor, especially around the $200 price mark.
Decent cooler, gets the job done. No temps ever higher than 55C, even when the 780 existed as a blast furnace right below it.
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.
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.
Forays into Windows Server didn't pay off, but hell. Its a Pro key.