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Pretty fast build! Not earth shattering performance, but it's a 1% Firestrike build for twin gtx-980's without running the top 8-core 5960x. So that's pretty good!
Firstrike 21,237 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6381508
Firestrike Extreme 11,692 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6381451
Firstrike Ultra 6,612 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6381420

Plays everything at max settings + 16x AF, 4xMFAA, 4xMFAA TT at 4K 60fps or better when overclocked. 1080P games at same settings are 100-200fps. Plays Star Citizen v1.0.0 at 4K @ 40-60fps, 1080p @ 150-199fps. Plays GTA-5 4K @ max settings + 2x MFAA @ 60-70FPS.

i7-5930k @ 4.5ghz (36x125), cache @ 3.5ghz G.Skill DDR4-3000 @ 13-14-14-278 1T (great timings!) First MSI gtx-980 (ASIC 74) is Firestrike stable & infinite GTA-5 benchmark-4 loop stable at both 1080p & 4K @ 1612mhz. Second MSI gtx-980 (ASIC 69) is Firestrike stable & infinite GTA-5 benchmark-4 loop stable at both 1080p & 4K @ 1585mhz. Stock the MSI GTX-980's are AMAZING. They run extremely cool & the fans never turn on (0rpm 0% load) until 3D games are started. Mine are on a custom vbios to allow them to feed the maximum voltage (1.312v) and to the watt, the maximum the VRM's can supply at 90*c. (VRM's at maximum draw, which is rare outside of Firestrike, are running them out of spec because they run 100-115c under load). Both cards had the GPU TIM replaced with Noctua NT-H1.

The 28" 4k Samsung panels are so good, I found a sick deal on two more (Currently retail is $500-550usd, referb is $400usd. I paid $369usd for them!). So now I have three of them! LoL!

The XP941, when it works, is pretty fast for a boot/OS drive. It doesn't quite bench to full spec because it's PCIe lanes are halved. (I'm requesting 42 of 40 lanes so they came from the M.2/esata supply). The Mushkin Skorp PCIe SSD's in RAID-0 are ungodly fast. 4.26gb/s read speed, 3.84gb/s write speed? Crazy!

The CH Products HOTAS can't be beat for a HOTAS. Most buttons, Most axis, Near Infinite mappings & not just macros, but a full scripting language, combined with legendary reliability. (My first CH HOTAS was from 1994-1995 and still works in 2015).

I wish the cable lacing were better, but my hands simply can not pull cables for hours on end. Still infinitely better than zip-ties & tie wraps. Would be nice if more of the cables were behind the board, but there simply was not enough length & I saw no reason to solder 40 splices into cables just to hide them.

I hope down the road I can snag a much faster CPU. Maybe a zillion core Haswell-EP / Boradwell-EP. The g.skill ddr4-3000 15CL kit is impressive, but the consumer CPU's simply do not need more bandwidth than base DDR4-2133 can supply. I've ran many games (legit with fraps benchmarking) and normal benchmarks. It makes no differences. I'll likely either double this kit to 32gb, or sell it and move to 16gb ddr4-2133 dimms and try for 64->128gb later. I've had those titan-x's in my cart many times since they first came out, but I just couldn't do it. Maybe I'll add the third MSI gtx-980, or sell these two & grab two MSI 980ti's when they come out over summer. I'm undecided at the moment.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice Build! However, in need of some serious cable management. Easy fix, buy some sleeved cable extensions and it would look amazing! Also, are you using any type of program to control your GPU fans? ( Precision X 16) The temps seem very high! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

when we have the liquid cooler system , dont we need to use water cooling system?? OR Can we use liquid system and water cooling system together in a case to run pc ?

Please can you help me ? need a friend who understand these things?

skype and mail: sensefa34@hotmail.com

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I am confused by what you mean? I prefer no water in my case, there are plenty of air cooling systems that do a great job and less to worry about.

  • 57 months ago
  • -2 points

Temps are fine. They seem hot because they're stock cooler (which is a great design!) on custom vbios to re-tune the voltage, current, TDP and target temperature. Stock Maxwell 2.0 generally stops the GPU voltage at around 1.068-1.1v. These run the maximum allowed to all Maxwell 2.0 1.312v. They also allow the maximum current draw for the card (415w) instead of the stock 240w (220w for reference designs). Stock thermal throttling begins happening at 84-85c, which these run at because they are stable there. With water cooling they would run faster (Maxwell 2.0 picks up a lot of stability if it can be kept at no more than 70c), but it's not worth it to me to water cool them for so few more mhz.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

84c-85c is very hot , I would be worried at those temps. I would remove those 8 drive bays for better air flow or get a case with no drive bays. Check out the NZXT S340 only 2 hidden drive bays under the shroud and its small so cable management is a breeze, it also accommodates full ATX mobo's. Love the Black + Blue theme!

  • 57 months ago
  • -2 points

It's not hot. Maxwell 2.0's TJmax is 105c, the cards heavily throttle at 95c and the default bios will run 84-85c. My modified bios begins to throttle at 84c and the cards are stable at that temp at the speeds I'm running (1555/1585/1616mhz on the GPU)

Maybe that's hot for AMD products, they've never been able to put up with heat.

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

When you can't sway, say OK. Those temps are fine ? Whatever you say.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, lets see how long the build lasts... I have the feeling you may be replacing a few things in the near future.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That last screenshot is Halo Reach, no?

Awesome build though. + 1

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Star Citizen, not Halo.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Star Citizen @ 4k http://imgur.com/a/iST6G#0

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I also thought it was Halo Reach. Looks like the Sabre from the space mission

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

More photos please. This amazing machine desserve it

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

how is the pump, is it audible at idle, interesting cable management

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Pump is not audible, I very much recommend the Enermax 240. Temps are top-tier, but the build quality seems much better than the competing Corsairs. Fans are quiet at idle.

The MSI 980's, when they were factory, were also a great match with the AIO cooler. MSI allows their fans to stop turning completely when the thermal headroom allows. So you spend the majority of your non-gaming time with zero noise from the video card. To the point where if you are playing a fairly graphically easy game and the card is easily handling it (say you put a frame rate limiter/vsync on), the card may not even idle the fans much during play!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wondering if I should SLI two 980s or just go with a Titan X for more VRAM. I'm a content creator and I also live stream demanding games at high quality so I'm not 100% sure which will give me better performance when I am doing that.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

So it's a trade-off. For gaming, the SLI 980's are far faster. For single PC streaming, you want to stick to a single card. (If you are using a second stream-PC this is a non-issue tho, but then capturing higher resolution can be an issue).

2-way SLI 980's are far faster than a single Titan-x: 1) Higher clock speed (most 980's will hit 1500-1600mhz range on air. The ones that can not generally will with a custom vbios and more voltage. Titan-x's on air stay in the low 1300mhz range.) 2) Titan-x = 96 ROP's, 2x980 = 128 ROP's

The issue with streaming is that streaming/recording software DOES NOT work with multi-card setups. You can only read the frame-buffer from the primary card so what happens is the alternate frames (or frame portions) are blanked. Causing studdering in OBS, or flickering in xsplit. Shadowplay gets around this by duplicating the primary card's frames. The way around that is running DXTory, but that's added complexity and another $20-30usd in software.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This helped out a lot. Thanks man :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing is that I could probably save a lot of money because I do have a second PC that I could use as as streaming PC. The only problem is I don't think I have all of the parts. I know how to get the video working on my main comp because I have an AVerMedia Game Recorder -C985. The problem I am having is communication on my main. I would need some sort of splitter that would feed my audio from both obs on the streaming pc and on my main when I'm talking to people in game and in mumble. I think those are my only problems, but I could be wrong. If you are experienced at all with dual pc stream configurations I would greatly appreciate some tips/help. I would honestly rather spend a little more on power than 1k on a graphics card. If you have other ways of communication, my twitter is @MCGoldMine and my YouTube is www.youtube.com/c/minecraftgoldmine

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

when we have the liquid cooler system , dont we need to use water cooling system?? OR Can we use liquid system and water cooling system together in a case to run pc ?

Please can you help me ? need a friend who understand these things?

skype and mail: sensefa34@hotmail.com

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That power supplys gotta go man. This is a powerful build you might as well go all the way to make it look nice. Still dig it though +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

How's that motherboard? Nice build +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It's great! Features out the yingyang.

One thing I've been in love with since I swapped to these sennheiser HD 558 headphones is the auxiliary powered audio. It's kept me from having to use an amplifier/receiver to run the headphones well.

More USB 3.0 and SATA ports than I'll ever use. Onboard wifi works well. Dedicated cards can run faster, but for on-board this is very fast. UEFI has a mountain of tweaking options. More than anyone would need. Plenty of headers for fans, tho I'm using none in this build (only the AIO cooler & twin fans use any headers).

Ultimately the Asus OC Sockets are the best overclocking boards, but only by a trivial amount. (Mostly added stability at less voltage to the cache). It's somewhat trivial because the cache speed is worthless in everything you will ever do (even benchmarking) outside of superpii. So on the non OC socket boards haswell-e you may get the cache to 3.5-4ghz. On the OC Socket more people report 4-4.4ghz. Chip lottery is chip lottery, but ya all things being equal the OC socket will get the cache a little farther. Won't give you 1/10 of 1% in benching or gaming tho.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Just an FYI, your email address is in the firestrike pic. Might want to crop it out.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

LoL! Thanks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

damn man, you gonna have people on you tellin you that you "should" have called it "BEAST" or somethin like that!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, I guess this makes you one of the few people who can actually utilize Project Cars' 12K support. Gotta admit that I'm jealous. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! If your monitors' refresh rates are 60hz, can you even discern any fps higher than 60?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

yes. the input lag continues to decrease as the age of the image in the buffer is not as old.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

great build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

jesus those graphics are absolutely amazing.

1+ for amazingness.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If you run the cables behind the motherboard tray everything will look a whole lot cleaner. Please cable manage.

  • 57 months ago
  • -1 points

Not enough length. The case is very large & it's not worth it to buy new cables, or splice the existing ones. Lacing is enough.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Cables man

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Any reason for the 5930k over the 5820k?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Great question! 5820k does not have enough PCIe lanes. Two 980s Two pcie ssd's One M.2 ssd (16+16+8+8+4= >28pcie lanes)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, you forgot the flamethrower.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Flamethrower? Na, no need for AMD in this one :p lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm just here like :OOOOOOOOOOOO

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap man triple 4K one day I'll have something similar one day...that's amazing I'm jelly of the dual 980s

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