Description

Standard SLI build with some tricks and tweaks here and there :)

Main purpose: Gaming (2K - 3K DSR to 1080p) - depending on a game performance (60FPS) Secondary: Photoshop and 3D

The i7 4790K is overclock (when gaming) to 4.7GHz with 1.28V (Stable) - Temps around 60° - 70° Celsius.

Did the CPU backplate cooling mod as I always use to do it in my previous builds - idle temps stay the same, but under load it benefits from ~6° - 10° Celsius lower temps. Fan speed set manually to ~850 RPM (silent)

Corsair Air 540 is perfect for this mod as it can accommodate not only a small heatsink (like in my old builds) but the whole i7 stock cooler. I had to remove the SSD cage - didn't need it anyway. I've also removed the 5.25' bay cage - not using CDs,DVDs etc. since few years now. Cable management is super clean&easy in this case.

Made some custom dust filters (used thick black cardboard + black netting + magnetic strips + resprayed black) - overall I've spent probably less than £3 - £4...I've seen some dust filters sets for this type of case selling for £60 - £80! - seriously? :)

Also ordered a Plexi LED backlit (well...."sidelit":)) backplate for my top GTX 970 (my own design) - made by advertising company in Poland....and 6 "M2x20" screws to secure the backplate + pvc clear tube to make about 6mm distance between the card and backplate (£ peanuts:))

Designed, printed and double-side taped some stickers/labels for SLI bridge connector, back of the Fans and HDD.

I've used one of the PCI slot cover as a support bracket for GPUs - just to take off some weight stress form PCI slots. Painted rest of the PCI slot covers in red and covered the holes with black cable ties :)

Got the black&white case matching Roccat Tyon Mouse and Logitech keyboard (waterproof - because you newer know hehe:)

......and just gaming :)

p.s SLI Bridge is just a temp solution until "MSI gaming SLI bridge" is released somewhere mid June this year according to MSI customer service.

May the Force be with You....and Me :)

Edit: I forgot to mention that quite often I hook up my "red dragon" with Optoma HD141X FULL HD projector to enjoy 100 and more inches screen....it's really worth it!

Edit2: Both GTX's can go up 180-190 MHz on GPU and 450-480 MHz on Memory. (Temps around 60°-63°) Not keeping them OC as there is no reason for this for now :)

Edit3: Uploaded new photos: Cable management using cable combs and Dust Filters - closer look.

Edit4: Finally My Build is Complete. Just added the missing element: MSI GAMING SLI BRIDGE. I've been in contact with MSI Customer Service ever since the product has been announced and got notified when it finally became available in UK. It's Solid, it's Gorgeous, It's Perfect in any way! Love it! :) New photos uploaded!

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice build! Pictures look like they could be in a magazine lol.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

That backplate is awesome, never seen anything like it, +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right I never seen as well but it may work :) same +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea a roccat mouse i have one too! #roccat master race!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

This backplate for 970 it's awesome! I was thinking about something like that for my build and now I'm convinced! Great build a lot of effort well done! :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build m8. Quiet, fast, and pretty; can't beat that. Mind showing us your desktop setup?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much to show off over there:)....single monitor on a low coffee table:)....but I do game quite often on my Optoma Projector HD141X FULL HD...so yeah 100 and more inches really makes a difference! ...especially in 1080p

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That build is just sick!!!+1 Can I ask where you got the backplate?

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Designed it my self in Photoshop...than converted it to .cdr and than had company in Poland made it for me.....after it was shipped to me did couple mods to it....like the 4pin molex connector and the red stripe around the edges + 6mm distancers made from a pvc tube and proper M2 screws.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I would pay a handsome amount of money for a back plate like for my msi 970, if it's possible to order one please let me know!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about preparing plexi Led backplates design according to people needs/requirements/ideas...so give me a shout what would you like to see on yours and I'll see if I can make it happen :)....

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you make back plate for evga gtx 960 in red and black ? ( what are your prices ? )

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I love the exact design you have, the only thing i'd prefer on my own build is full white leds on the backplate.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate :) The LEDs are actually white, but because the graphic is multicoloured it may appear that way....and in addition to that I've painted backplate edges in red to match the overall colour scheme (which normally are clear see through plexi) I'm currently preparing 2 more LED backplates like mine - one with the red edges and the 2nd one with clear edges. They'll be available to purchase via ebay. Best Regards

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So many new and interesting things here. Amazing mods and great build. You do know people would pay a lot for those kinds of mods? Great work. One of the best builds I've ever seen on here.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is insane! Well done man!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build man, LEDs all over are just a beauty, cable management is superb. Great job man.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks very hypnotising at night when RAM modules are breathing and so does the mouse :) and yes! - sorting the cables took most of the time I've spent on that build.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's abesolute gorgeous. Great photos and a great machine!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i generally don't like the msi dragon logo but i like that you built a back plate and it looks good.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and amazing pictures. Question, i have the MSI GTX 970 and cant find a back plate, How did you find one and how did you get it made?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

It's all in Build description:) Custom Made according to my own design.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

ah ok

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely amazing build! Great job bro!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

that is soooo beautiful. such a nice build. it is an instant favorite

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx...glad you guys like it:)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this the company you got the back plate made with? http://polimart.pl/index.html

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a different company. I've found them via a polish auction site (similar to ebay).

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mind linking the company?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, absolutely jaw dropping! That's all I got....speechless!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Love, the build it looks so neat. And I love the fact that your rocking the Kraken X61, probably my favourite all in one liquid cooler.

Again, LOVE your build!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Kraken does its job well so far. I'm running it in silent mode (25% fans speed) even when doing OC on CPU....but that's probably thanks to backplate cooling mod. Thanx for all the Love hehe:)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That backplate is amazing! Incredibly unique build awesome job! Might borrow a couple of your ideas for my 540!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Be my guest :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey great build! I am using your build sort of as a guideline for my first pc build, and I was just wondering if the Silverstone sleeved cables were necessary for the extension length or just to make it look better?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there..nice to here my build is beeing used as a guideline :) I've only used Silverstone extension for esthetics. ..Evga G2 power supply has more than sufficient cabling but I wanted red sleeved ones :) I've just orderd some clear cable combs too. ..to make it look even more neat&tidy :) good luck on your build mate.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the input :)! Your build looks awesome and I am sure your build will look even better with the new parts.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely my favorite build on pcpartpicker. Any tutorials for beginners to make the foam cover and filters? Also, any reason you didn't sleeve the front panel cables?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi there. I'm glad you like my build. I did buy some nylon sleeveing for these cables but tbh it looked shity...maby I've just bought the wrong ones and I just didn't bother anymore as they (cables) stay hidden underneath the 2nd GPU anyway and are also covered by the HDD. Instead I've got some cable combs for the red extensions to make it look more neat.(Not on this pictures) For the foam filter...There's only one hole at the bottom of MoBo that's missing the rubber protection...and that is the opening where front panel cables are going through so I've used some foam that can be found in most packaging (in your Gpu or mobo or psu box) and cut a 5mm thick slice. Then used some single-layered cardboard and double-side tape to stitch it together and to attach it to the case. Make some star-shaped cuts for the cables and it's done. Dust filters are made out of black nylon netting (bought it in a 1Pound store - it was part of a hat) I've used two layers for each filter to make it more dens. Made some frames from thick (4mm) cardboard and magnetic self adhesive stripes, then used double-side tape to combine everything together. Resprayed in black matte (white matte for the PSU filter). In this way it can be easily removed for cleaning and realy costing you nothing more then time to make it:) I'll upload some more photos tomorrow.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the guide. I went ahead and made a little foam filter that's not nearly as nice as your's. Any reason you chose the white case instead of the black one? I've ordered both red cable extensions and white cable extensions. However, I can't decide what color to use since my mobo has a little red on it (z87 classified) and my case is white. I'm also trying to figure out what color rings to put on my SP120s--white or red. =/

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's nice to hear my guide and advice was helpful to someone :) Why did I go white? Well ... I've always had a black case before...like all of my previous builds were just plain black. I just got bored of it. Also with the white one more details are visible....and yet it has some black accents which contrast very well. For the cable extensions you can always mix them. I would give it a try and see how it looks in overall colour scheme. Don't worry too much about the foam mod. You think my first ever case mods were any better :) Good luck on modding you build...as long as it's fun for you it's worth the time you'll spend on it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

A work of art Sir and your pics really do it justice. You've inspired me to order some cable combs for my Silverstone extension cables.

MSI should reward you with some free gear!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much Sir. I got inspired by someone else's build and got the combs :) I doubt though MSI would give away anything to anybody just because MSI parts were used :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love the lighting in this build. Are the fans at the front of the case the ones that came with the Air 540?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed the are:)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I must of drooled all over my keyboard....thanks dude...+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. In the market for a 970 with hopefully a backplate, gotta say I'm inspired now! Sweet build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

man,this build is sick,sick,SICK!!!!love it,i gotta questionabout that stock intel cooler,i have a similar build as what you got here,and Ive never noticed any other build have additional CPU cooling from the backside of the MOBO as you do,where did you pick that up at?i gotta i5 4690K @4.5 but its get toasty under load and 6-10c drop would be perfect to reach a little higher OC and stay around 70ish under heavy loads,again,great build bro,and a big 1+ from me:)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say that almost everything about this build is awesome +1 , the only thing is the gpu cables idk why it just bugs me that you have the one going up and the other going down.

p.s. I am not being rude I am simply just saying it annoys me that they're going different directions.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Backplate cooling mod is quite easy to do...as long as you have access to it and a bit of space for low profile heatsink. In most cases it should lower the cpu overall temps...adding a fan on top of that get things even better :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how people use the word EPIC

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I've chosen Tyon for few reasons: Button count and the "shift" button, Colour theme and the breathing led is just sick + it matches the breathing RAM modules. Software!, perfect size and fit for my hand.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe...yeah I keep saying to my self "Gaming 4 G(amers)" trying not to remember about the Vram issue :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Come on, folks. He's making a joke, not trying to spite the OP or anything. Nvidia do deserve some harsh words for it. As well as all the manufacturers, who let it slip by as well.

Coming from a 970 user, who got a 970 before the issue was uncovered and one after.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You were down to -1 before that. So it must have taken more than the troll following you. :D A lot of people feel butthurt about the 3.5 issue though. Including me. When they launched the 4GB 960s, I was at a bit of a high point of rage. That was Nvidia just taking the piss out of 970 owners, in my opinion.

'Vram really doesn't make a difference. Here's a 4gb 960 version.' Nvidia 2015...

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