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Aug 30

Side Projects…

My wife used to tell me that I’m the only person she knew who could relax after working all day in front of a computer, sitting in front of a computer.

She doesn’t know IT geeks well does she. 😉

She’s right.  I’ve recently re-discovered computer-gaming, and PC building in general…just for grins decided I was going to build myself a no-holds-barred monster PC for both Gaming and work-related stuff.

So what I ended up with:

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI X99A GAMING 7 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Storage: 3xSamsung EVO850 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drives
Storage: 3xSeagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI)
Case: Nanoxia NXDS6B ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA 1300W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Sony BD-5300S Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Monitor: LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0″ Monitor
Monitor: LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0″ Monitor
Monitor: LG 23MP55HQ-P 60Hz 23.0″ Monitor
Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spark Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers
UPS: APC BX1500G UPS

Custom Water Loop:
XS-PC Raystorm CPU Block
2x XP-PC Memory Waterblock
2x XS-PC Razor GTX980 Blocks / Blackplates
XSPC Photon 170 Reservoir D5 Pump Combo
XSPC 360mm Radiator
XSPC 280mm Radiator

 

So a couple of interesting bits.  I started out with a Single GTX980 and an All-In-One watercooler for the CPU only.  Then the upgrade bug hit and I took it the rest of the way.  Second GPU, customer watercooling loop (Including for some reason RAM Coolers, which are pretty but don’t do a lot) then adding a third GPU, then backing that out because 3-Way SLI isn’t as stable as I would have liked it to be, and most importantly, modifying the case to add a window which for some reason wasn’t available in the case I purchased.

The Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 is an amazing case.  all 1mm steel, weighs a ton, but quiet as hell.  I got sick of my office sounding like a server room so opted for more passive cooling options.  (The WC is quiet, just a couple of fans that all run at slow speed unless I’m gaming.)

End result is a computer that runs Rise of the Tomb Raider on Ultra graphics across a 5670×1080 “Surround” display without breaking 55 degrees.

Next to replace the 3x 23″ monitors with 3x 27″ 4K Monitors. 🙂  (MIght need the third GPU for that, good thing I kept it) 🙂

 

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