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And so the hunger for more begins.

Come along with me as I gradually put myself in debt for parts, this likely won't stop any time soon. I'm not sure when exactly it's considered a separate or new build. I hope the pictures show it's evolution.

Noteworthy upgrades

  • Intel i7-4790k _ Intel i7-3930k

  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO _ Noctua NH-D15S _ NZXT Kraken x52

  • MSI Gaming 5 Z97 _ Asus Sabertooth x79

  • 8gb (2 x 4gb) DDR3 1600mhz _ 32gb (4 x 8gb) DDR3 1866mhz

  • Intel 530 240gb SSD _ Samsung 960 Pro 1tb M.2 NVMe SSD

  • Hitachi 7200rpm 500gb HDD _ 3 x WD Gold 6tb Datacenter HDD's

  • XFX R9 290 4gb DD Edition _ EVGA GTX 680 4gb Classified Edition _ EVGA GTX 980 Ti 6gb Hybrid _ ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti 6gb OC Edition _ ASUS GTX 1080 Ti 11gb FE _ EVGA GTX 1080 Ti 11gb SC2 Hybrid

  • Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower _ Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Mid Tower

  • Random Case Fans _ Nine (yes 9, lol) Noctua NF-F12's

    UPDATE 9/8/16: I've modded the EVOLV case. The top fan mounting location that slides out on rails has been altered to allow mounting of the fans up inside of the cases attic compartment. Hidden fans FTW !

    UPDATE 4/14/17: I ordered the tempered glass side panel through Phanteks customer service, paid, and received it within the week. Had to drill out and thread tap the case in the mounting locations for the tempered glass. Used the old metal framed side panel as a template. Beyond happy with this mod.

    UPDATE 6/13/18: Still running beautifully. No updates really aside from some cable management. Haven't had a reason to upgrade any parts yet, Sandy Bridge E still kicks ***!

I should also mention this is a Hackintosh! My SSD is configured as a dual-boot drive with Windows 10 Pro and Mac OS Sierra, 50/50 split. However for data storage, two 6tb drives are for Windows while the third 6tb is for Mac OS. "Ew, Mac" you may say, but we simply can't deny the fluidity of Final Cut Pro X.

I do run OC's on both the CPU and GPU. The i7-4790k is up to 4.8ghz @1.295v, full stability for over 2 years now. The i7-3930k is up to 4.8ghz @1.385v. Temps range 35c idle - 70c load. The Hybrid 1080 Ti runs at 2025mhz on the core and 6013mhz on the mem. Temps range 30c idle - 60c load.

I believe that sums this up for now, I'll be back to edit as upgrades occur. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave any questions, compliments, or recommendations! ~ Dave

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the colors!! +1 from me m8!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! Here they are in action http://imgur.com/A5sDvdQ

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow yea that looks super cool, well done!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Cindy is looking sad...............

EVGA GTX 680 4gb Classified Edition in the pics

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a suggestion to sandwich the 680 in between the 980 Ti's :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, its your woman :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I do still have the card. Still has the plastic on the shroud too. Trophy wife material haha.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have that many complaints about girlfriends, try dating guys instead. Guys are hot. So are girls though. So is that pc. Crap

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Man this Enthoo case is popular now

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's because of the simple but premium looks. Awesome to build in. I'd easily recommend the new tempered glass version of it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me how you managed to get your CPU and mobo for so cheap? I'm trying to do my first build and the I5-6500 costs as much as your CPU which is much better. (Note: I'm new to PC building). And how is the NZXT Hue+ controlled?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

My CPU & mobo were a bundle at my lucky local MicroCenter, normally $480ish but bundled for $405. Currently this bundle is only $395 from them, go figure. Woah, where does a i5-6500 cost $270?! Even on NewEgg its only $210. As for the Hue+ it's controlled via NZXT's CAM program, basically unlimited color options and patterns, also handy for monitoring your system stats and much better than Fraps for in game FPS.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, if you are wondering why the parts are so much cheaper then yours, remember where he lives and where you live. killathrilla3 lives in US at his currency USD states so. Looking at how much it cost you for the i5 6500 I'm guessing you also live in Australia where the currency is 1USD = 1.33AUD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't make your girlfriend too jealous ;) haha

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wait until, hopefully one day, I go full custom water loop. She already nags me about the spending xD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Just get her a starter gaming pc :p and then she'll shut up because she'll understand our troubles haha.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit the RAM in all the slots with that cooler? I have the same 212 evo and it looks like one of the slots is blocked by the cpu cooler fan, though I have yet to try.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The funny thing is it covers just shy of half of the 1st slot. Only thing I had to do was adjust the cooler fan up (outwards, away from the mobo) by maybe 1cm just because of the height of these RAM heatsinks. I'm sure something lower profile like Hyper X RAM would fit snugg without any adjustments.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The most satisfying part of your setup for me is how the top of the case lines up perfectly with your table top in picture 3 :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That was the OCD kicking in haha. It was my living room TV stand, I've since migrated to a desk setup.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this the silver evolv case? I can't decide what color to get

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes this is the Galaxy Silver one. If it helps, a friend of mine has the Anthracite Grey version and scratches are a lot more noticeable on his. I'm not sure how well the Black version does but I'm glad I chose this color.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait

are those screens large, Im considering buying them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

For a monitor of this caliber yea, 32" is just about the largest single panel display available, aside from ultrawides of course but those aren't good for any editing work. It's the perfect size imo. Each of these get color calibrated from the factory and I've been extremely pleased with its looks and performance. For basic tasks, sitting roughly 3ft away from it I'm still able to read text clearly even in the native 4096x2160 resolution. I would highly recommend this monitor if you're a content creator. Great for gaming as well but you'll want a high end system to run it.