Description

UPDATE July 2017:

Build and parts list updated to reflect the upgrade over summer 2017. Swapped main display from 4K to a 2160x1440 at 144hz. Upgraded to SLI 1080 Ti. Installed full EKWB watercooling loop.


Previous build description: I've had a decent enough gaming rig for a while but still wanted to update my system to something that would be powerful for as long as I'd had my last computer (4 years).

I'd had the two 1080s for a couple months in my old rig and was having some bottlenecking issues, I'd been building up this parts list for a while to build up a white/silver and black accented aesthetic build, and one day after I received a large paycheck and found out most of these parts were at least a bit on sale, I ordered the rest of the PC, built it up, and migrated everything from my old PC over in a weekend.

The rest of the peripherals (everything except the PC tower) was accumulated over the course of the past year.

I really loved building the system and it was a breeze for everything. The NZXT Phantom 820 is such a massive case that even with everything installed I still have plenty of room for when I water cool the whole thing. The only one issue I had with the entire process was that the molex connector going to the built-in fan controller for the case was bad and would not power the fans. I had to use a header splitter that came with the CPU cooler to get a few working while waiting on a replacement. Other than that there were no issues, everything installed and set up just fine and has been working great for about a month now.

I've overclocked the CPU to 4.5 GHz, but haven't played around with the 1080s yet. Depending on whether the game supports SLI or not, it will do 4K gaming at 60 FPS on max settings with no problem (GTA V looks really good).

Something else with this PC, with the Vive headset on my old computer I was never able to set the headset camera framerate to 60 Hz, it would just never work. I used it with it at 30 and that was okay, but after getting things set back up and reconfigured on this new PC, I bumped the setting up and it works just fine. I was running VR well enough on a 980Ti before, but this setup clearly crushes that performance.

All in all, I'm really satisfied with this computer. It was my first real PC build, and my first time really experiencing an SSD. Boot times are super quick, while still having a huge amount of storage for my game and music libraries. Could I have done some things differently, maybe saved some money in certain areas? Probably. Do I really care? No.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't realize that the cpu cooler had tubes off of it and was surprised they made that small of a CPU cooler for a second. Nice build. I want it. Please

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like you got sunshine in a bag.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This is essentially what I am.planning to build except it's going to be in the Phantom 630 in black and it unfortunately will only have one 1080 for now

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I wish I had your budget, for starters. Everything in there is good, cable management, etc. I notice you have FOUR monitors. Why is that, out of curiosity? At this price point, I'd have considered putting water cooling on the 1080s, but I understand if you didn't want to do that. Also, I'd overclock that CPU at least .5 GHZ if I were you. Still, really well done, I'm just nitpicking at this point.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I got the three Acers on sale a while ago and the monitor setup was a less expensive upgrade to the computer I already had than going with a whole new system. I just really wanted the monitor setup to use NVIDIA's span mode before I ended up with the Vive.

And yeah, it doesn't show on the side but I do have it at 4.5 GHz

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, ok. it makes sense now.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you gonna repost this build when you make that watercooling loop? Or is it gonna stay on this page, main reason I'm asking is because I've wanted to see a watercooled build in the Phantom 820 for a while, and I want to know if I should bookmark this page or just wait.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably just update this because it's the same build, but it'll be a few months before I can regain the funds to move forward with that.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. Thanks. I'll bookmark this and come back to it later.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no idea this cooler came in white(Thank you)

LIFE CHANGED

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Deepcool also has a Captain 240 EX White edition with a white radiator and white fans, better hoses, etc. but I couldn't figure out how to get a hold of one... If you're looking at one of these as a cooler and really want it in white, try looking for one of those

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for that. I need this in my life

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Santa Cruz Sticker!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious. Did you disable the fan 2 on the top of the unit and installed the cpu cooler? Because I noticed from the build that cooler is blocking that air flow or do you have there to enhance the performance of the CPU cooler?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

lol 2 1080s, it better do 4k gaming.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about picking this mobo up aswell.. do you run the cards spaced out or right next to eachother?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The board is designed to run with the cards spaced out. There are two of the PCIe slots that have extra shielding on them for the slots designed to work in SLI. From what I gathered online (I think this was on Newegg's page) with two graphics cards in SLI the PCIe slots run at 8/0/8/4x so they need to be spaced apart.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

+1. Gotta ask, what's that wallpaper?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hands down for SLI 1080Ti! Love it! keep it bro!