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Tempest

by ermau

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79 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 16, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 3, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.9 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

Description

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.

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FHD32423 27 points 29 months ago

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.

Epicness937 -13 points 29 months ago

and that you can take a 16th of the price and still make a good pc

Mountaindru 13 points 29 months ago

Sounds like one of our welfare pc gamers is jelly lol

Xizt 1 Build 17 points 29 months ago

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

+69

ComputerGuy22 1 point 17 months ago

Same

pegotico 2 Builds 10 points 29 months ago

Congrats on the featured!! :)

ermau submitter 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Thanks!

Faizan 7 points 29 months ago

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

NoobyGamer 1 Build 6 points 29 months ago

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!

ako122 0 points 10 months ago

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

Mason54 25 Builds 5 points 29 months ago

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

sponix 6 Builds 4 points 29 months ago

How are those ML140 Fans doing ?

ermau submitter 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

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

sponix 6 Builds 5 points 29 months ago

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

JHyunS06 1 point 29 months ago

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.)

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

MLG140

FTFY

Z3DM4N 6 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

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

ermau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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.

Z3DM4N 6 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Awesome

Zveir 9 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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.

ermau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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!

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

ermau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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

ermau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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.

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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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JacobGunther12 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build, that case is sexy!

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

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?

sponix 6 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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

ermau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

zepolGTR 1 point 29 months ago

What LED strip are you using?

ermau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago
metakortex 1 point 29 months ago

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 !

ermau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

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.

Yahtadi 1 point 29 months ago

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

quzar469 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

good job

stillwatrpwnage 1 point 29 months ago

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

ermau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

CableMod

ShriyansM 1 point 29 months ago

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

ermau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

ShriyansM 1 point 29 months ago

Seems legit! But over a thousand for a monitor?

teambronze5 1 point 29 months ago

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

ermau submitter 2 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

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.

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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

Ealthina 1 point 29 months ago

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

Luciferian 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Well over the standard deduction.

Luciferian 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Good god, that CPU!

eaglesomme 1 point 29 months ago

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

eaglesomme 1 point 29 months ago

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.

ermau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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."

eaglesomme 1 point 29 months ago

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.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

ermau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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.

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

well it up to you

btw

here is one with closed loop

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/sXXH99

looks sick IMO

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 29 months ago

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

Dolomats 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

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

mutyavien 1 point 29 months ago

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

KevinSlamsPigs 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

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

MrCazharie 1 point 29 months ago

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

james1080 1 point 29 months ago

Why are you using 60hz monitors for gaming?

EVA-DELTA 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

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

Magorex 1 point 28 months ago

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

Anarchoprimitiv 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

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

pcbuildinggod42 1 point 28 months ago

Gotta mark the authentic i7 6950x

Lol nice build +9999999999999999

Skyrim 1 point 27 months ago

This is crazy. just a powerfull build

maximiliandoespc 1 point 27 months ago

finna sell my kidney for this one XDD

lurkerx1337 1 point 26 months ago

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 :)

luca2 1 point 24 months ago

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?

That_Dude_Adam 1 point 7 months ago

is the h115i rgb?

Ky1e 0 points 26 months ago

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.

Cr1ms0n -7 points 29 months ago

why would anyone build this? it just seems like an utter waste of money to me. A titan X I can understand, but why the 6950X? Isn't that both overkill and clocked at a impossibly low rate? could you please explain your decisions?

KevinSlamsPigs 1 Build 5 points 29 months ago

I know I am not the owner, however, what is wrong with the Intel Core i7 Extreme 6950X? It is a great processor for heavy productivity/work applications. It might not be the right CPU for you, but it doesn't mean its not good for others.

Cr1ms0n -3 points 29 months ago

It's just that after 6 cores you start to see heavy diminishing returns in terms of cpu power, which just leads me to believe that this is a waste of money.

Trav_X 4 points 29 months ago

The 6950X is a great high end consumer chip, works great in multi-core workloads and holds it own in gaming. If he has the expendable cash, then why get something like a 6700k when a 6950X would greatly improve his system's performance in his specific usage cases? And to ask why anyone would build this, the answer is that a 6950X Titan XP combo is basically the best overall system one could possibly by at this current date.

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ermau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

The workload is kind of a mix of everything. I think I'll be hard pressed to find a game where I'm actually CPU bound, so I'm not terribly worried about that. It's also a bit hopeful for a future of more multicore scaling with DX12/Vulkan.

As for a second Titan XP, as soon as I can actually make use of one, I'll pick one up. I intend to go 4/5K at some point in the future, but for right now one Titan is sufficient.

Trav_X 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah, once CPU horsepower is more well-managed in games using DX12 or Vulkan, then a 6950X may even give much higher frames over a 6700k or the like

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Cr1ms0n 2 points 29 months ago

oh... okay. Well thanks for the clarification!

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Aexic 1 point 20 months ago

8000$