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November 2014:
These are the parts I hand picked. From the end of October to the end of November when I made the final purchase. IF, I had paid full retail + tax, these parts go for about $4,400 With patience, it saved myself $1,600 or 39%. Final cost: $2,867 After building systems for family, it was time for me to get what I wanted. I wanted to hop on the latest and greatest that started coming out in early September. I had been waiting for 6 months. I knew it was going to be a premium price, but every single purchase came with a discount, or stacked discount, rebate, free offer, gift card etc. I could not buy these parts any lower than what I paid at that time period.

This system will allow me to upgrade into the near future. Test out overclocking, buy additional video cards, RAM etc. I want to stress this system and see what it can do toward gaming, video editing, and a few other projects I have in mind.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I took as this project was just as fun as taking the snap shots :)

NO RULES!!

notes: I had experience with ASROCK motherboards in the past. I felt for the money, you get a load of features packed inside. When the "ASROCK X99 OC Formula" dropped in price AND a $50 rebate, I could not refuse. The only MB issue I need to fix is one of the USB3.0 MB headers is 2.0 :( Could be a BIOS setting for me to look at.

"5960X",..... drive to Micro Center, the prices can not be beat on the planet. I wanted full power for the future :)

"Thermaltake Chaser A71" I liked the side windows with fan and space. The only issue I have with this case is with a H105 CPU cooler with high RAM sticks, you will be touching the H105 fans. I must have re-done this setup of the H105 4-5 times. Was not happy until I installed 12mm fans. Now these "push" fans hardly even touch. I am not worried as the RAM temps don't even get warm. I have 2 additional fans on top of the H105.

"EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0". I liked what I heard and read of this video card. You just have to pay the premium price as the demand is so much greater than the supply. I was not happy paying the listed retail, but I did end up with a free $60 new game release. I got something that was free.

"EVGA 1000W Power supply" Same for above video card. Good brand, quality, upper end part.

"G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400" Similar to the video card, very few price drops on DDR4 RAM. I killed the deal on this purchase :) 1-$30 price drop match, 2-additional 10% off, 3-throw in a Military discount.

"Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" SSD" Newegg price drop to $259.99, bought 2.

The rest of the system came from existing parts, 2-3TB HD's, 2-2TB HD's, mouse, keyboard, triple monitors.

It is a complete joy to turn on my new system every morning. I have to thank Santa for this present to myself :)

July 2015 update
1-Added NZXT Hue LED controller for some led lighting
2-Added 16GB RAM for total of 32GB. Found a great price
In BIOS, created a XMP profile and bumped up to the next level.
3-Added Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 SSD. Fastest on the planet. It was meant to be.
Made 7 tweaks to this M.2 drive has it contains my OS.
Pictures 9 - 14 reflect the July additions

August 6th 2015 update
1-I did it again. Bought a second Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 drive
Newegg regular $399.99, purchase price with discounts $314.99
Fastest M.2 on the planet

August 19, 2015
When back to overclocking the processor. At 4.0Ghz seems very stable. When I do very heavy video editing, I see temps at 65C/149F under 100% usage. Stock speed of 3.2Ghz temps at , 48.8C/120F/100%. The real time difference is a video editing project went from 3hrs 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. I trimmed the time by 45mins with OC@4.0Ghz, but the extra heat comes with it

October 01, 2015
Delivery of my new 4K monitor: Dell 27 UltraHD 4K Monitor - P2715Q. Delivery, setup, connection went perfect. Only setting I changed was the ms to "fast 6ms" in the monitor settings. Impression "WOW". I use this center monitor for my gaming. Kept 2 of the 3 1080's for the side monitors of my triple monitor setup. I like it. Next up...Will consider in 2016 the new Nvidia Pascal video cards. Pascal is geared toward 4K monitors and will depart with my current 980 when the time comes.

August 03, 2016 In...MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X Hybrid. Out with the EVGA 980 ACX 2.0 video card. Sea Hawk X is sooo cold and sooo quiet. Boot 25.5C, gaming 31C at 1080 resolution, 41-43C at 4K resolution. One click of the "OC Mode" button and solid 2012MHz. The card is more than what I expected in performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127942

Pictures update as of August 12th, 2016

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build !

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems really op but I would like to know what this PC is for?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

To Blackie_Sheen and others, 1-I had an ageing prior system. I am too involved in computer's to not get a new system that is very current. Yes, I spent some money, but being in sales, I bought all the parts with a "deal". So buying the expensive parts made me feel better. 2-Over-kill, yes, to some degree. This system will allow me to test the power and create new projects from work. 3- Plans are to add additional GPU's, perhaps a total of 3 video cards, this was the main reason for the 5960X. More RAM will be required and will be added later on. 4-video editing, creating DVD's etc. 5-And of course gaming. This is the first time that every available video setting was maxed out. First time playing with VSync and the system runs so very smooth for many hours non-stop. I don't think a game like Far Cry 4 (free with video) is even a test of what my system can do. I would need a more demanding application. I did run 3DMark Firestrike right after I connected everything for fun. If I would over clock the system and get a 17% increase, that would land me in the top 100 of all scored for this test with one GPU. Currently, running at base speeds and no overclocking.

Finally, thanks for the first 8 comments, you made positive and constructive considerations and it is appreciated from me :)

No on liked my cat?? :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment. I did not wanted to be arrogant. I just like to know what the build is for to better judge and comment on the build. Knowing noe that it also for work lets me see that its not overkill. Nice build and have this pc destroy everything in its course

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  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

giving away condiments obviously

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Golden color scheme adds a really nice touch

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! That is one OP computer.. But i'm one of the people who want the most powerful computer possible so you get a +1 from me!

Far Cry looks awesome on 3 monitors o: I got it free as well with my MSI GTX 970 Golden Edition. It's an awesome game so far (:

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pc,if it was for gaming you should of got something else but still great pc.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the idea behind the build there are a few things I would have done differently ! You went for the grand pooh-bah of CPUs . That's running 40 pcie lanes just wondering if your planning on a multi card set up to really make use of those. That CPU is a beast and 4 of the cores are going to be WAY under utilized unless you are Rendering compiling streaming a butt ton of media. You mentioned video editing on top of gaming so I guess there you go. (I'm not trying to tell you how to spend your money I just want to point out if you had stuck with a 5820k you could have saved $500 to buy another 980 and still had a mean *** 6 core CPU) my only other issues are just your case and color choices! I don't like the side panel on the a71( if you wanted a thermaltake in blue I would have gone core v71) anyways the 1000w psu I understand ! That's dirt cheap for a 1000w platinum p2 psu so if you plan on upgrading and overclocking why not.I know it's still overkill but as long as he is using at least 500w it should be able to operate at damn close to efficiency. Anyways when it comes down to it it's a very sick build I would have just changed a few things but hey that's just me. All in all you have some serious power under the hood and I guess that's what you were shooting for!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you set those SSDs up in a RAID 0?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

No RAID. One is devoted to the OS. the second SSD is where I make and download my files. I have several other HD's for storage

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

An Excellent and awesome setup you've got there. Lucky guy!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Sir, great build. Please tell Santa I want one as well.

Also tell the cat what curiosity will do!!

Well done!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done my friend +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Over kill.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but being a cat person I am drawn to the cat a bit more.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How cool does the H105 keep the 5960X

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU Temperature While Idle 28.0° C CPU Temperature Under Load 40.9° C

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I was wondering because i wanted to build a i7 5960X with h105 and i just wanted to know how cool it would be. Thanks

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

mikeyshing stated: "ok I was wondering because i wanted to build a i7 5960X with h105 and i just wanted to know how cool it would be. Thanks"

when you combine the 5960X and the 980 video card, both key parts are not power hungry. The inside of the case just does not generate any heat when gaming and heavy duty video editing.

This all depends on the case, fans, or number of fans (have 8), etc. I am really shocked how little heat is generated. My hottest part is the Video card and I have only seen it in the 130 Degrees F, or 54C

By default, the video card will kick in at 160F/71C, but I will never see that temp. have video fan running at 15% minimum when gaming

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That mobo looks so beautiful in that color. Nice build

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for your comment :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The touch of gold looks absolutely amazing. A very powerful build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some July 2015 enhancements

Update: H105 noise. Not super happy about the noise during start up of the H105. Was super quiet first 4 months, past month pump need to crank up during boot. The noise goes away in less than one minute or if I do a reboot. Then quiet. I don't like the idea of replacing unless I have to.

Overall, still running strong. Next upgrade might be a second M.2 drive or second video card.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice system you have there :) Did you overclock your CPU yet? It would be a shame not to OC such a beast processor to at least a 4.4 ghz!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

added August 6th 2015 update

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Two m.2 slots...I'm jealous. Nice build

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks bud :) Filled them up already..

I like the speed, nice enhancement to overall system. Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

August 03, 2016 In...MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X Hybrid. Out with the EVGA 980 ACX 2.0 video card. Sea Hawk X is sooo cold and sooo quiet. Boot 25.5C, gaming 31C at 1080 resolution, 41-43C at 4K resolution. One click of the "OC Mode" button and solid 2012MHz. The card is more than what I expected in performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127942

I need to update the pictures to include the 1080 video card.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear it! I've got my eye on this for a new build and I'm super-excited!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The Sea Hawk X is more than what I expected. I wanted cool and I have it. I remember looking at builds and the owner would say on boot 27C for example and I thought how is that possible?? No way! ........but now it is Yes Way!!

I use to have warm air coming out of my back fan, now it is cool air. The entire inside is much much cooler. Even doing Firestrike benchmarking the GPU only got up to 41-43C at any time.

If you have time, I made a youtube video of comparing the 1080 Sea Hawk X vs my old EVGA 4GB 980. In addition to those details, I played Fallout 4 maxed out at 4K resolution and blowing everything up that I could see. Good steady frame rates.

Benchmarking MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawks X Hybrid vs EVGA 4GB 980 ACX 2.0 @ 4K (youtube video) https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/176081-benchmarking-msi-gtx-1080-sea-hawks-x-hybrid-vs-evga-4gb-980-acx-20-4k

*make sure you have case opening for the GPU rad. I had to make some adjustments :)

edit: you just joined, congrats. Any questions let me know.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks- I'll check it out

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI......maybe hard to find this Sea Hawk X when you need it at retailers, but Corsair sells this same video card on their web site. Same retail as newegg

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-gfx-gtx-1080-liquid-cooled-graphics-card

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

is the 1080 a little loud?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. I dont ever hear it at 30% fan speed. This is the default speed.

Temps are so low, nothing to cool down so no increase in fan speeds.

Even with running bench test, same 30% fan and temps 45C or lower during testing.

This is a great new card for me. Now I want to go SLI, but I need a new bigger case for Christmas :) With Hydrid, need to find new fan opening for the attached rad. Current case can not do it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Really want that card!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a good one. Local Micro Center had one of the shelf on labor day. But crazy price of $849.99

Newegg had $749.99 but many out of stocks

The real secret.............The fan on this MSI HYbrid is Corsair. They (corsair) sells this video card for $749 and seems to be in-stock everyday :)

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-gfx-gtx-1080-liquid-cooled-graphics-card

The other Hybrid 1080 is EVGA. But hardly any supply available.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How does msi gtx1080 seahawk handle 4k and temps of it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for stopping by!! I have nothing but good things to say about this video card. In my profile I posted this:

Benchmarking MSI GTX 1080 Sea Hawks X Hybrid vs EVGA 4GB 980 ACX 2.0 @ 4K (youtube video) https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/176081-benchmarking-msi-gtx-1080-sea-hawks-x-hybrid-vs-evga-4gb-980-acx-20-4k

4K temps run around 41C to 43C. I recorded DOOM 4 tonight in 4K........SNAPMAP mode which is Me vs bots. +50 FPS. When to Campaign mode +50 at 4K....Campaign mode at 1080 was up to 170 fps. GPU and CPU around 40C. I usually dont record 1080 resolution, but I had some sound lag in a few of the 4K recordings. Changed a setting in Bandicam, and the audio was normal again.

All above settings on Ultra with DOOM. This is my first night of playing this game. Pretty awesome :) I didnt OC the setting tonight, but the Clock Speed was a steady 1987 MHz. Which seems high as the MSI OC Mode button is 2012 MHz. So I dont think OC this card will gain anything. I will be adding DOOM youtube tomorrow sometime. DOOM uses a ton of system RAM, over 10000 MB's during the recording. (10 GB). So the days of gaming on only 8GB RAM is over!!

I have yet to see the Sea Hawk X hit over 48C ever. I was so amazed at this low temps I stuck a temp monitor inside my case. Highest inside temp is 92F/33C, even when gaming for a few hours.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

DOOM Ultra, VSync turned off, 4K monitor.

Temps 43C to 49C. I did hit 50C but only for 2-3 seconds.

VSync off, 4K FPS 50-+70fps

1080 resolution, I was hitting 200 FPS :)

Without any overclocking, steady 1987MHz

Great card for very low temps and 4K

check my profile for youtube link

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the fan on the Sea Hawk radiator swappable?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, i read others used different or favorite fan. IT does have a bright white light on the fan. But you can change it out.

I didnt change mine because I would not gain anything with a new fan. It is quiet that I dont hear it, and temps are so cold. Nothing to gain for me other than the "looks"

yes, you can replace with your fan

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you are using the graphics card fan as a case exhaust ! It s not a probleme !?

Between nice build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont have many options with this case.

top is cpu exhaust
front is intake
floor is intake
leaves the back fan opening

The inside of my case is only 87F/30.5C. So no heat build up at all.

Didnt you pull the trigger on an MSI?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i bough one the same as urs

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

I don't think you needed the 1000W PSU, probably would have been fine with 700-850

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way, it would not affect the performance. But found a good price and went for it. When and if I set up 3 video cards, it will then be utilized. Thanks for the comment :)

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  • 64 months ago
  • 16 points

Keep it polite please.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

hi philip

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen was out during that time

thanks for making this comment, but my build will be 3 years old in November 2017 :)

For everything I do on the pc, 5960x suits me well right now. At that time, I went for the latest and greatest in Sept 2014

My big update is moving all the parts to a much larger case that I got a steal of a price. will do this sometime this fall or winter.

$129 brand new directly from newegg:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811854013