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My new gaming and work machine. I've had my prior system (Sovereign) for a good 6 years, never really feeling the need to upgrade its core as purely GPU upgrades kept it going. However, small issues with it began to mount and I decided it was finally time. I'm a software engineer that works at home, recently switching to a new company that required access to a lot more resources than just code on a drive. As a result, I felt it was necessary to set up a separate Windows installation with BitLocker setup. To do this sanely, it requires a TPM, something my prior system did not support and so this was the final nail in the coffin to get me to upgrade. A $5000 system over a $12 part. The 840 Pro is from my previous system and serves as my work drive while the 950 Pro serves as my gaming system drive.

Ironically, I bought the Titan X to see if my old system would last even longer with purely a GPU upgrade and it appeared it would. It performed great in games still, but that act of actually working on the computer again gave me yet another nudge in the direction of building a whole new system. I generally hate building computers and overbuild them to last years and years. My prior one I expected 3-4 years out of and got 6, I expect 5-6 years out of this one if not more (not counting GPU upgrades).

Having looked at many-a-build since I built my original, I decided I wanted to go for something properly cable managed with a clear view of the internals. Prior systems had windows, but they were usually marred by some design or fan in them so it never became crucial to have a pristine interior. Don't ask to see the back panel of this, not sure why they decided to make it glass, but it's a mess back there. Other than that, I think I did pretty well on the main interior. Trying to get a photo of glass with LEDs has been a nightmare, I did my best.

The ROG stickers on the Strix have been removed as they didn't match my blue/black intended color scheme. All of the lighting is RGB controllable, so with the exception of the cabling I can always change my mind on color if I want. I've connected the case lighting to the Aura header on the motherboard and added a strip of Phanteks lights around the edge of the glass. In the future I intend to run an extension to the front and have a small strip illuminate the sides of the front panel.

Overclocking is something I still need to work on, I've only done the basics. I need to try to seal the radiator rail so it doesn't circulate the air back into the case as the top ventilation is fairly crap on this case.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 27 points

tem·pest (tĕm′pĭ s t)[n.]

1. A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail.
2. Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar: "The tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling" (Shakespeare).
3.Tempest;A beast gaming and work pc with a titanX pascal and an i7 extreme cpu.

  • 37 months ago
  • 17 points

sigh Yet another build that is more expensive than my life.

+69

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Same

  • 37 months ago
  • 10 points

Congrats on the featured!! :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks!

  • 37 months ago
  • 7 points

The Enthoo EVOLV case and those who know how to utilize its features properly never fail to impress.

  • 37 months ago
  • 6 points

For all those people commenting that you could have built a great gaming pc for a fraction of the price...you are missing the point of this pc. Just from the cpu you should be able to see this is no regular gaming rig....ITS EXTREME! HELL YEAH!

Anyways +∞ for the sexy build man. Haters are the sign that you're successful XD!

  • 18 months ago
  • 0 points

''Haters are the sign that you're successful XD!'' Jesus christ people shouldn't let their kids have a computer..

  • 37 months ago
  • 5 points

At least you saved $20 with the combo...

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

How are those ML140 Fans doing ?

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Seems fine, I replaced the default radiator fans with them on the recommendation of a friend. They can get pretty loud at max speed.

  • 37 months ago
  • 5 points

Anything spinning at 2 Thousand RPM will be Loud though.. Just the Air alone at that speed has to be loud..

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently got two of ML140 Pro (non-LED).

I am very happy about its performance vs. noise.

If you spin fan manually by flicking your finger on the fan blade, ML140 Pro rotates significantly longer than my Noctua NF-A14. It seems like ML technology helps reducing fraction. (Thus, less noise + better efficiency.)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

MLG140

FTFY

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice build, really jealous xD

My OCD is telling me to switch the ssd round so that its not upside down, and the cable can be routed around and do fit if you wanted to do that, but otherwise, great job

+1 from me

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I definitely tried to do this at first, but it looked like I was going to have to disassemble too much in the front to get both the power cable through, so I got lazy. I plan on working on it again to do some more lighting behind the front panel, I might try to re-route then.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't use an AIO on a system that I'd expect to use for half a decade, but awesome build. +1. I'm also dragging out my current build, which is a i7 5820k based PC. I am hoping for 5 years of use. It's been 1.25 so far.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't use an AIO on a system that I'd expect to use for half a decade

Admittedly that's something I did consider and am rolling the dice with a bit. I wanted to push overclocking a bit more than I have in the past, but didn't want to commit to a full custom loop. I may preemptively replace it a few years down the road just in case, we'll see.

Good luck stretching yours out!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Mines in line for plenty of C++ and game development over the years, so the strength is gonna be needed.

I just look at how many people still have normal H100s and use that as a general ratio for longevity. I've ran into quite a number of people who said theirs leaked or the pump failed after 3-4 years.

Imo, for any critical system, I wouldn't even think about introducing water into the system either through AIO CPU Cooling or a Hybrid GPU. I'll take a big beefy heatsink that performs 1-2C worse any day for the peace of mind.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely something I wrestled with. I've never liked the idea of introducing liquids into the system. I also don't really like the idea of a huge heavy heatsink, so I was stuck between them wanting to overclock. I went with the AIO with the knowledge that I should replace it a few years in, hopefully if it fails it'll just be a pump failure and no leakage.

While it would be extremely annoying and unfortunate, it's not exactly an essential system. If the system failed, all of my work is on external servers and I can continue working on my work laptop (partially pictured) or on my Surface Pro 3.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm the opposite, I love seeing massive heatsinks. It reminds of the old era where everything was heatsink. It just feels more right to me, but that's just my opinion.

Smart layout, it's good to have backups. I don't have a server to back everything up to so all my file storage is done in my main system. If it broke I'd only have a laptop to work with, and it's not that powerful.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm curious, where did you get the name from?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

At some point during high school I learned the word and it just kind of stuck with me as something with power behind it. It's not merely a storm, it's a tempest. I feel it goes along with my desired blue/black color scheme like a lightning storm, something I've grown up with being from Florida.

I've used it a few times in the past, the first time was "Tempest Productions" in high school film class. This is technically Tempest II as the system prior to Sovereign was also named Tempest. This machine is far more deserving of the title though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay gotcha. I am a huge Deftones fan and they have a song called Tempest so I was curious if you were another Deftones fan!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, that case is sexy!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you remove the ROG stickers on the Strix mobo? I want to switch out the orange ones for the silverish ones but I'm concerned I might break something if I pull too hard haha. I've heard they're quite stiff, how did you find them?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Might try a "Heat Gun" or even a Hair Dryer to heat the Glue up, that often helps in removing stickers..

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

They are quite stiff and I also felt like I was going to break the heatsink trying to get it up. I held down the heatsink while I pulled it up, and that seemed to be enough. Get ready to clean up clue though, they didn't come off cleanly.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What LED strip are you using?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

To do this sanely, it requires a TPM

Performance measurement of some kind ? Regression testing ? Would love to know what kind of software development you're into, if you can divulge that kind of information out here.

Killer system, and I can see the mentality that has gone into getting the relevant parts. Congratulations on the feature !

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

The TPM comment is regarding the fact that, by default, you have to have a TPM to enable BitLocker on the boot drive. If you disable this, you take a significant performance hit.

I currently work on a variety of mobile development tools, but I have a personal interest in multicore scaling techniques.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Best of the best part list ive seen. 8k tho :(. Great build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

good job

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get those cables? I have a similar color theme in a black and blue H440 and those look perfect!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

CableMod

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask; "Why are the monitors so darn expensive!"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the original purchase price I picked them up at a couple years back, the monitors and a couple of the drives were carried over from the previous setup.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems legit! But over a thousand for a monitor?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious why you're using 60Hz monitors with a Titan X & 6950X. You may as well be using a 6600k and a 1070...

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

I can't say I agree with your assessment, but there's a few reasons:

  • It's future-resistant. While the Titan X may push over 60 fps on games at max settings currently, that won't always be the case. The idea is to mess with this system as little as possible over the years.
  • It's a bit of a compromise. Keep in mind that this is also a work system. 2x 30" is far better for work than most gaming monitors, especially when they were originally bought.
  • I'm very picky when it comes to monitors, and only recently have gaming monitors started to approach what I consider acceptable. Ideally I'd like to see something in the 4-5K range, 27-32", 120Hz+, GSync, and a panel technology that has good color reproduction.
  • Most gaming monitors tend not to be 16:10, and I loathe 16:9. I have no interest in sacrificing vertical space when it comes to work.
  • I already had them and they work great.

If I had the room, I'd have a separate gaming monitor I'd switch to when not working, but for now I need something that serves both purposes well.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

mmmmm 16:10 goodness. I very much look forward to the day i can switch to a couple decent 16:10 screens.

Nice system, thanks for posting! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

that's a hell of a tax write off...

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Well over the standard deduction.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good god, that CPU!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very expensive build but at least it will be used well.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally would have gone with a 6700k and with the money saved bought another Titan Xp. From memory the i7 6700k actually has better single core performance than the 6950x and as there are very fiew programs that utilise 10 core CPUs the 6700k just seems to me like the more sensible choice. Plus the extra Titan xp would significantly increase graphical performance. Obviously I don't know your exact scenario but this would suite myself better and mke the PC a little bit better value for money.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

On the other hand, the difference in single core performance will go relatively unnoticed, but a difference of 6 cores for multithreaded tasks certainly won't. For the games I currently play, the single Titan XP keeps them above 60fps, so a second one would make no difference. The moment that isn't true, I'll simply buy a second one. I would have initially, but I generally need more of a reason to spend that much than "because I can."

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. I wasn't sure on what exactly you play and do on your build but for me I game on multiple 144hz monitors so I for myself I am wanting the most fps although 60 fps is perfectly fine as I am sure every console peasant will tell you :). As you said at least it is easy to upgrade if you every decide to get another titan.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

you prob could edit the price of the monitors since they are bought items from the previous build

digging that blue hue from the LEDs in the inside of the case

what might make this build stand out will be a full closed water loop with hard tubing with blue coolant flowing thur the CPU and the Titan XP.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

you prob could edit the price of the monitors since they are bought items from the previous build

I could, but they represent what I spent to completely this build in total, not what it currently might cost. The core system of new parts came to $5K.

digging that blue hue from the LEDs in the inside of the case

Thanks! The pictures don't quite do it justice, the first one makes it look far brighter than it is. It's a much smoother more subdued effect in person.

what might make this build stand out will be a full closed water loop with hard tubing with blue coolant flowing thur the CPU and the Titan XP.

Yeah, unfortunately I'm very liquid cooling adverse. I didn't even really want the AIO.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

well it up to you

btw

here is one with closed loop

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/sXXH99

looks sick IMO

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

We got the same M.2 SSD, mobo and RAM!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build, Just 1 thing."Sell the Monitors and get an Acer predator X34" (when your pocket will regenerate :p)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

what lighting did you used for the case? thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the 2 meter Phanteks LED Strip, as the owner said before.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro, the blue throws it off. I would get just white cables and change out the leds for white ones

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are you using 60hz monitors for gaming?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Wooo! Another member of the 6950X club! I will never get tired of clean black and blue builds.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont understand why the mb is so bad ( although its good) for the cpu

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

love that black and white trident z RAM, favorite on the market

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta mark the authentic i7 6950x

Lol nice build +9999999999999999

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is crazy. just a powerfull build

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

finna sell my kidney for this one XDD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

If one SSD is for work and 2nd is for games than what are those 10 GB combined HDDs for? I wonder what industry you're in to need such a battle station with this much of number crunching power.

Great rig and it looks compact :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, I have a question regarding the fans. On the Phanteks website, they display 2 140mm fans placed in the front. However, I've seen numerous builds of this case with 3 120mm fans in the front. Do 3 120mm fans fit properly and is it just personal preference between placing2 140mm fans or 3 120mm fans in the front area?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

is the h115i rgb?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I mean,... i love the build concept, but..... My $2500 Ryzen machine SMOKES this set up. Like, its not even close, but, you know, if you got it, spend it i suppose?

EDIT: Dont know why i didnt look at the date posted. No wonder. This was 3 years ago... my bad.

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

Why spend so much on those horrible monitors? Way too overpriced. Am I missing something? Pretty sure you could get a better one for only $250.

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

8000$