My Project: Xeon is on TechSource's PC WARS EP 27
I must say that I love this build. My absolute favorite build that I have done. I really wish it was looked at more than it is. I wish that it was featured for more people to see my creation or what I like to call... A work of art!! I hope whom ever comes across this appreciates this build as much as I do :D
(My first custom loop EVER!!)
This is an Aesthetics Water-cooled Build (FUN! FUN! FUN!)
This is a side project for me. I have complete builds already and always wanted a project build. Ive always wanted to do a custom loop but wanted a project build to work on slowly instead of one of my main rigs
My personal 2 complete builds:
Phantecks Home Theater Build w/ a 1080 (Already has AIO on cpu/gpu)
How and why I did this build
I am an addict and I am addicted to pc building and modding. I probably spend more time modding/building than actually gaming..... But it's a hobby and a love and I try to have fun with almost everything I build! I really wanted to get into water-cooling and this is my intro to it. First time and I'm hooked!!
Have you ever asked or heard questions like:
Is an intel xeon cpu good for gaming?
I have read many and watched many videos and NEVER really got an answer... I thought heck if an older inter i7/xeon has 4/6/8/10/12 cores 3-4 years ago can they be used in todays gaming and 4k gaming?
CPU: Well I decided to find out. I purchased an xeon E5-1620 v2 4 core/8 thread 3.7GHz w/ a 3.9GHz turbo for only a shocking $60 and liked the performance. So I sold it and upgraded to the Xeon E5-1660 v2 which is a 6 core/12 thread 3.7ghz w/ a 4ghz turbo.
Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1660 v2 Socket: LGA 2011 Clockspeed: 3.7 GHz Turbo Speed: 4.0 GHz No of Cores: 6 No of Threads: 12
Watch this video: Core vs Xeon: Which Intel CPU should you choose?
Video Card I already own a 1080 and a 1080 ti (that I game in 4k) already. I didn't want to spend too much and wanted a gpu that could rock 1080p and be very well overclocked. The 780 ti was I think the best option for me price/performance and the gpu waterblock was less expensive. Still trying to figure out the best overclock for this card.
Water Cooling I've always wanted to get into water-cooling. This build was my foot in the door. I am now taking apart my Zombie Hunter Build and am custom looping that too. I plan on overclocking the shiznit out of it too :D
Watercooling Parts: XSPC D5 Photon Reservoir/Pump Combo, 270mm XSPC EX240 240mm White Radiators PrimoChill 1/2in. Rigid PETG Clear Tubes PrimoChill 1/2in. Rigid RevolverSX Series Fittings Barrow G1/4" 90° Rotary Fittings XSPC Razor GTX Titan / 780 / 780Ti V2 Waterblock
Mods Needed to Do This: Custom bracket made and painted red to hold XSPC D5 Photon Reservoir/Pump also needed to remove the hard drive rack and 5.25 bays to fit the reservoir/pump, vertical graphics card, custom made and painted power supply cover, I removed and painted the front grill of case red, I removed and painted the XSPC gpu block plate red. Also had to trim the memory stick heatsinks to fit the top rad and fans.
Conclusion: This build was FUN!!! I honestly have no plans for this pc. Probably will put it in the living-room for mostly decoration but I'll hook it up to my 55" vizio down there as a spare pc...IDK but this was FUN as hell to build. Never had so much fun and can't wait to custom water loop my Zombie Hunter Build
I had FUN building the loop. My first EVER!!!
This is an artwork to me. I honestly will probably get hate comments for a Xeon and a 780 ti but that's okay. The Xeon kicks azz and the 780 ti still holds up. On 3DMark 11 Performance I went from a P13,050 score to a P15,056 score after overclocking the 780 ti. I already have 2 rigs w/ 1080/1080ti and don't need another $700+ video card.
Special Thanks to Titan Rig from Amazon for most of the parts I ordered delivered extremely fast and well.....Thank you!!
Most people don't know or even heard of this cpu..... It's a 6 core 12 thread 3.7ghz beast that I've personally tested up against my 7700k and it goes toe to toe. If I could do it over again I would of bought cpus like this years ago and built on them
This is a great low end case that looks mid to upper I think. They make black, white, red, and blue colors. Great case with decent customization options I think. I purchased 3 of them at $50 each for myself and client builds. There is a lack of cable management options but you have to be creative
I'd definitely buy this again!