Description

And I told about equality

And it's true

Either you're wrong or you're right

But if you're thinkin' about my baby

It don't matter if you're black or white

Michael Jackson

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Awesome looking cooler. I personally think this is the best looking CPU air cooler out there. Super quiet while performing like a champ. I just wish the orientation of the Be Quiet name in the middle of the cooler can be switched. I had to orient the CPU fan direction vertically instead for horizontally so that the be quiet name would be upright :p

There are a lot of reviews out there saying this cooler is dreadfully hard to install and that the toy-like tools are very hard to use. They were installing it the wrong way though. If you install the cooler the way it was intended to be installed, it is very easy. Not as easy as Noctua's mechanism, but still easy overall.

Here is the install video I found in youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4_5L0Zq298

Headphones

I have been using the Logitech G930 wireless mouse for years and comparing the two headsets, the SteelSeries Siberia 800 is better in almost every aspect. The SS 800 has better sound quality and the build quality is top-notch. My old Logitech G930 is lighter though and can be worn for hours, which is not possible with the SS 800. I can feel the headband's strong clamping force after wearing it for long periods.

Update: The headband did loosen up after a few weeks of use.

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Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 8 points

+1 for the Michael Jackson reference.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

This build is the new standard of air cooled beauty

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

It's so pretty... so lovely... so shiny. I love seeing those Zotac GPUs! Great parts and a beautiful looking build. You did an excellent job with your cable combs, it makes a clean compliment with your ATX wires. You have my one for certain.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I love me some good cable management.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The case and the combs did all the work for me :) The case was ridiculously easy to work with. Zero wire management skills needed.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, a good case definitely helps. Combs are also a wonderful thing but brittle and very easy to break.

Either way, you did a good job and I see it on here to often where someone puts a ton of money into a system and messes the cable management up even though its a free way to make your expensive system look like it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful rig!! It's nice to see a extremely high end build with an air cooler for a change. It's a sham that the gtx 980 ti reference cards still don't have RGB. :( (I'm assuming you painted it right?)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) I removed the neon green stuff off with very fine sand paper. The black back plates of the GPUs are costumized ones from v1tech.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Freaking beautiful. I just have a thing for black and white builds. Are you going to custon paint the gpu?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I do not plan to paint the GPUs, frankly it has not crossed my mind. Maybe in the future :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

The Dark Rock Pro looks very sharp in this, great build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a great looking build! I love how you sanded the green film off and the white cables done very well!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

just wow

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Simple and beautiful

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nothing not to like here, seriously amazing job. Massive fan of air cooling and this shows how it can perform well and look stunning, no risk of pump failures or horrible pump noise :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Clare Boothe Luce

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, nice reference. How do you like the Proteus Spectrum?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the old Proteus core before this one, they are both exactly the same except for the color scheme. I love it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent. That's what I'll use for my next build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I always hated the "geforce gtx" in green, good to see someone else likes it in white too lol. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I recall seeing a build on here where I think the guy had taken the 980 ti apart and lightly sanded off the green colour on the window! Would be curious to know if this guy did as well

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes that's what I did.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. +1 of course for the MJ reference

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm racist toward green

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you change the color on the geforce gtx?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I sanded off the green paint.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

These temperatures you listed are way hotter then I expected. I assume you OC'd both the GPU's and the CPU?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the CPU ang GPU are overclocked and the temps are max temperature reached off long run times of 3D mark and realbench stress tests. In normal gaming sessions the CPU rises to about 50-60C. The topmost GPU is at 88-91C and the bottom GPU is usually at 82ish C. Ambient temps in my place are 30C+. I could make the temps go lower but the trade off is fan noise. I adjusted the GPU fans to spin at 50% on normal loads and 80% of ever it reaches 90C. I also removed one fan off the dark rock 3 cooler. I have replaced the two front intake fans with noctua industrial fans and its speed is determined via a temperature probe placed in between the two GPUs.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

If I set it back to default fan speeds, the GPU temps are 80C top GPU and 72C bottom GPU when it is on load.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Review on that case? I seriously considering it! It's the best, isn't it?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is fantastic, its so easy to work with and I love the way it looks. They have great attention to detail, down to the manual and screw organizers.

Phanteks will be coming out with a new Evolv ATX case version that has tempered glass as its side windows instead of plastic. The type of plastic they currently use as a side panel scratches easily. That is the only complaint I have with the case.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yes, I recall hearing about that in recent CES coverage. Huh, may just wait for that...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow what a beautiful build! You mentioned that your gpus run at 90c under load, isn't that a bit too high for the 980ti? Nvidia has set them to throttle at 82c...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I lowered the fan curve since these reference blower types are so loud with the default fan profiles. The result is a drop in fan noise, but temps are higher.

I have finished lots of demanding games in this configuration and I have not encountered any thermal related problems so far. Nvidias max temp for the 980ti is 92C and yes I admit with my top card running at 90C it is cutting it a little to close :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, thoughts of water cooling the setup?? I recently got this case in gray and the dark rock 3 cooler (in the same orientation); however, I am waiting to upgrade from my GTX 760 FTW SLI config to the up coming Pascal GPUs. The 980ti are tempting but I must wait. I have had thoughts of upgrading to water cooling once I replace the GPUs but I was not sure if anyone else using this case has had any problems with it. I love the case and have no plans of changing anytime soon.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to have a Swiftech H240x in this build. It fit inside the Phanteks case with no problems whatsoever. The waterpump stopped working after a few weeks though and I replaced it with the Dark Rock Pro 3.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I am fascinated by your cable management. What did you use to keep gpu cables straitened?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The cables are little bit stiff so they are easy to straighten, you just need to align them using wire combs and a ruler.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a reference 980ti that Zotac sells instead of the AMP! series.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man wicked build question which bridge did you go with? the Two way long or short? thanks in advance!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the two way long.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the cooler cool well with one fan removed and pointing upwards? Also where did you get those cable combs, and how many are you using?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The temps went up a few degrees but nothing to worry about. They will work better when its pointing backwards and with an extra fan for sure, but I cant stand the Be Quiet logo laying sideways (OCD problems perhaps :p)

Ibought the combs at www.performance-pcs.com

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the GPU Leds White, please tell, i have a white themed build and looking to upgrade

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I opened the heat sink and sanded off the green paint.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at this setup but with 4 sticks of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT (5" tall) - would they fit under the Dark Rock Pro 3, do you think?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If its 5" tall it would not fit under the Dark Rock Pro 3.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, it's 1.73" - that 5" measurement was from Amazon. I figured that they dropped a decimal point somewhere, but it's not even close. While trying to find the dimensions I realized that one of the reviews used the Dark Rock in their setup and mentioned no problems with fitting, just that they were low profile sticks, so I guess that's my answer. Sorry for the bother - at least it wasn't a question you've already answered 3 times =]

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Np

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

2 gtx 980 ti's!!!!!!!! Excuse me while I cry in the corner.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

i happened to notice that in picture #19 that your reference 980ti's were sagging like freak. I would recommend buying this Graphics Card brace: https://www.amazon.com/Puget-Systems-Universal-Acrylic-Brace/dp/B019ZZQVK8

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I like industrial fans!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, awesome build. Did removing 1 fan from the DRP3 cooler impacted the temp much? Do think using regular ram like Corsair Dominator would work? Thanks!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw... I'm very sorry to hear. Your Dark Rock cooler looks so cool in your rig.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the compliments :) I had a photographer friend take the pictures.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I did.

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