Description

This is my pride and joy - a VR monster build.

Long story short, I have an HP Envy 750se which features i7 6700K, 12GB DDR4-2133 Memory, GTX 970, and a generic 500W PSU.

I am a game enthusiast and a VR geek so I play lots of FPS and VR games like Dirt Rally (VR works great for SimRacing!!). And as you noticed, my GTX 970 which handles most of the games well in 1080p fails to meet my expectations in VR. My OEM CPU cooler keeps my 6700K around 70~80C almost constantly without any OC.

Time to UPGRADE!!

I got an AORUS GRX 1080Ti Xtreme Edition to start. Initially, I put it in my old 750se case... definitely a bad idea. The card barely fits in and I don't think my 500W Bronze rated PSU can handle it.

A couple of days later, my gigantic case - Core X9 - arrived. It is probably one of the best if you want the potential for any possible future upgrade or simply need total freedom of modification. Tons of space and great quality.

What did I do to it? Well, I fit in with lots of case fans... 12x 120mm case fans + 2x 140mm case fans + 2x 200mm fans.

I bought a 750W Gold rated PSU from Thermaltake. Pretty decent and quiet. Capable of supporting my GTX 1080Ti and 6700K for some slight overclocking.

I kept the old 12GB DDR4-2133 memory from my 750se and bought another 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 memory. I know the old 2133 memory is dragging me down in terms of performance. But for memory, I am paying plenty of memory for marginally increased performance.

I will update this build with more stuff when I have time to edit. Let me know if you like my build!

UPDATE 1 Did several stress tests in XTU today. 10 minutes stress test with 6700k @ 4.5GHz (Setup: 4.6G/4.5G/4.5G/4.5G, Cache Ratio 4.1GHz, Adaptive CPU voltage) stabilized at around 55C. Pretty impressive.

Part Reviews

CPU

OC to 4.5GHz like a breeze.

CPU Cooler

Great so far! I have a 4x 120mm fan push+pull setup and it's able to keep my 6700K below 55C @ 4.5GHz underload.

The only downside: the SP120L PWM fans can be loud when operating above 60% RPM. If you cannot tolerate, consider either using a push+pull setup so you don't need to run the fan at high RPM, or simply change to different fans.

Thermal Compound

Great!

I don't have a direct measure how much this helped to cool down my CPU. But the combination of H100i v2, push+pull fan setup, and Kryonaut is able to keep my 6700K (@4.5GHz) below 60C underload!

Motherboard

Solid motherboard. A little bit expensive if there's no additional discount or rebate given Z270 is just marginally improved over Z170.

Case

Space, space, and space! But it's a giant case that might not fit everyone's table.

Case Fan

Quiet and lots of airflow.

Keyboard

Great feeling but pretty loud.

Fun story, I also have a friend who has the same keyboard. This keyboard is apparently loud enough to irritate his dog. Everytime he presses a key, his dog will bark at the keyboard, LMAO

Mouse

I like that it's wireless, very convenient and good feeling.

Custom

If you never tried VR, go find a place and try it out!

Don't let the mobile VR fooled you if you had tried GearVR, DayDream, etc. They are great experiences, nonetheless, desktop VR is a completely different level.

Also, if you like SimRacing, HTC Vive / Oculus Rift is probably the best option.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 10 points

YOU: CAN YOU HEAR ME?!

FRIEND: NOT REALLY! IT SOUNDS LIKE AN AIRPORT RUNWAY IN HERE WITH ALL OF THOSE FANS!

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

wait.... I think my case just launched out of my apartment

  • 20 months ago
  • -3 points

I doubt all those fans combined would be able to produce enough thrust to make your PC lift off the ground

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

the AMOUNT of fans is POINTLESS

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

all you really need is 2-3 intake fans, 1 circulation fan at the bottom, and 1-2 exhaust fans!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Good point! With a good design of airflow, I am pretty sure 4~6 fans will be able to achieve a similar result and that using 16+ fans is definitely an overkill.

The actual reason that I am having all those fans is because, believe it or not, they came with the case...for FREE! I got a great deal on eBay and won a bid with the Core X9 case Snow Edition that came with 16 case fans! What a surprise!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

Hey, slap an FX 9590 in there and all those fans might actually keep it below 90C.

DAB

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

i have an idea! maybe you could sell those extra fans to get some money OR you could use the extra fans in another build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Now to replace all those fans with Noctua's and take this thing to the next level!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

LOL, with all the fans I have it's actually pretty quiet. Consider there are 16 case fans + 2 AIO Liquid Cooler fans + 3 GPU fans = 21 fans running in the case, it's not bad at all.

Do you know which fan runs the loudest? The two high static pressure fans that came with the Corsair H100i v2. I can hear that whining high-frequency noise from pretty much 60% fan speed.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

i have the same problem with mine. i hate will be replacing mine soon!

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

BEAST!!! How loud does it get??????

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Really quiet actually. As long as the two stock high static pressure fan that came with the H100i v2 doesn't run above 60%. These are the only two fans that I have problem.

But I rarely need to run these fans above 60% RPM because the push+pull setup is able to keep my 6700K@4.5GHz below 60C under load.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Turns on computer

Computer flies away

All jokes aside, great build. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. My first build and there's much to learn.

Hope it provides useful information for your build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build might I suggest a few more fans.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Are all the fans really needed?? XD

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

That came with case for FREE (got a great deal from eBay)...so why not.

Frankly, you are right that I probably don't need that many fans LOL

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

from all of these fans if that pc is not sitting at 60c under load ... nice build man

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

H100i v2 is definitely working great. I never got a chance comparing push, pull, and push+pull setup on it, but I saw some people saying push+pull setup helps with some additional cooling performance gain so I just went for it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I've seen that case before in person and can definitely say you will never run out of room for parts lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

couldn't agree more :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Frosty!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I could probably fit my computer inside of your case, and it would probably have better airflow as well. It'd be like putting it in a wind tunnel.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! I should rename it to - the VR Wind Tunnel Project

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol...or Tornado Alley. Polar Jetstream?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You need to get all rgb fans and light that **** up! I wonder how it would look, for 21 fans

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, except on the inside

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah! Keep you fingers clear of that monster. Great demonstration of vortexes.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

A boeing would be jealous

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I know some people at Sikorsky who would be interested in your abilities... In all seriousness, great build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Question for you: is there any other way to mount the mobo? I ask because I was thinking of getting this case & buying RGB memory. However, there'd be no point of getting RGB memory if it's going to be blocked by the GPU. Thanks.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean mount the MB vertically so you can see it through the side panel? I don't think you can do that. Not if you do some mod with the case.

What you can do is to mount the MB regularly, but swap the side panel so the one with the glass is mounted near the CPU side. That way you can definitely see the CPU, Memory, and GPU pretty clearly.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Thanks for the response, I'll keep that in mind.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. With that fan setup, keeping thermal throttling at bay must be a breeze.... Looking into doing my first DIY PC build & I learned much from reading the part list from your build.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Had to overclock it to get past 30FPS in minesweeper @ 1080p.