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get - Reasonable no-budget build.

by Caples

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Date Published

June 6, 2016

Date Built

June 3, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

46.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C

Description

This tower should be the terminus of my building and upgrading addiction. After working my way through what seems like every piece of hardware released in the last five years, I think this is it. The end. It's not a bad place to be, if you ask me.

I was originally going to do this build just about a year ago. 2011-3 had just come out, DDR4 was the biggest and best thing since sliced bread, and I was ready to jump on it. I bought myself an entire tower with an i7-5930K, accompanying X99-Deluxe, and 16GB of G.Skills value sticks for the laughable price of $225. All I needed was GPUs. The 980 Ti and R9 Fury were set to come out and I was practically salivating at the chance to get my hands on either of them. Which ever offered the most performance was to be my choice.

I was getting out of the military and, by God, I was going to treat myself. I was swinging for the fences.

Then life happened. Somebody managed to pour that sweet honey into my ears, tempting and convincing me to stay in and head to that great sandy desert in the Middle East. My plans were reluctantly put on hold and I spent the next nine months every day going over parts lists, catching up on prices and hardware releases, and counting down the number of days it would be until I could get back and start work on my new tower.

Nearing the end of my stay I reached out to Acer to see if it would be possible to get my hands on a monitor to feature in this new build. Something that would be worthy of two of the "toppest end" GPUs out there. Honestly, at the best I was hoping for an XF270HU, as my list at the time featured two R9 Nanos. They came back to me with the offer of an X34 and I was pretty shocked. Fortunately, my return was very close to the release of the GTX 1080. I actually was only in country a few days before they went on sale.

It pretty much goes without saying, but I accepted. I was super excited to get to work with Acer and the X34. They have been my go-to for monitors for the longest time. The second I know I'm going to be upgrading, they are who I turn to.

It wasn't all sunshine and smiles, though. I had pre-ordered a pair of 1080s though B&H but after a few days I'd had no confirmation email or a charge on my card. By this time, of course, the pre-order was already sold out and nothing else was available. The 27th hit, the 1080s were released, and B&H got back to me- wouldn't you know it, after everywhere was totally sold out. Somewhere along the way my pre-order never went through and I was left with nothing. Fortunately places like NowInStock exist and it only took about three and a half hours to procure two Asus models from NewEgg.

Parts came in, the guy working our mail room wasn't too happy about the dozens of packages I had to pick up, and the tower was built.

So here we are.

I'll do some small blurbs for the parts that are not RAM because there's really nothing ever to say about RAM. RAM never changes. I'll start with the monitors.

Monitors:

Because I was making this such a high-budget build, I wanted everything I chose to last. Everything had to be specced to where I would not want or need to upgrade it in the foreseeable future.

As you can tell I really, really dig Acer's monitors. I've used them for a very long time and as I said earlier, they're my go-to whenever I think about picking up some new ones. Their customer service has been nothing but great to me and I have had little to no problems with the monitors I've bought in the past.

We'll start with the X34 Predator. Again, I would like to thank Acer for allowing me the one-on-one time with this monitor. This thing is absolutely fantastic. So great, in fact, that I plan on buying it outright from them instead of sending it back.

First things first, I think the design Acer has going on for the Predator absolutely outclasses what the Swift has. The Swift has this super strange hyper-future/cyborg/Aeon Flux thing going on and it's just not something I could look at every day and enjoy. The Predator, on the other hand, has this excellent, classy, minimalist stand that just looks so good that I almost didn't want to take the monitor off the stand. I actually have it sitting on its box behind me just so I can look at it from time to time. It's seriously good-looking.

Back light bleed. Probably the biggest complaint with curved monitors in general but in particular curved ultrawides, is bleed. I'm pleased to say that this example suffers from extremely minimal bleed. I get some in the upper and lower left along the top edges and a very, very small amount in the upper right along the top edge, but that's about it. Even that photo makes it seem more noticeable than it really is. It's so little I had to turn out all the lights and sit in a completely dark room to be able to tell exactly how much there was. As far as how much bleed affects this one, I say minimally. There's not one time I've been able to actually notice it during normal use.

So far I've played a lot of Doom, League of Legends, GTA V, Fallout 4, Skyrim. All of it is just brilliant. League took a little getting used to because I now have to hit further out to the side if I want to scroll with the mouse, and Fallout 4's menu UI backgrounds do not entirely match up with their text, but the games themselves are solid.

When looking into an ultrawide as a main monitor you definitely have to be cognizant of what games do or do not support your resolution. Where some games natively support it and others can be modded pretty easily to do so, a great many others offer no support at all.

If there is one problem I have with this monitor it's that there's not actually enough curve to it. I can see how this monitor would be awesome for setups using two or more in a row, but anywhere it is free-standing you never really get the sense that it's curved. The new model unveiled at Computex this year is supposed to fix that, bringing the curve from 2300R all the way up to 1900R. It will be around the same price as the current model and should hit shelves around mid-Q4.

The XB271HU fantastic as well, but not in the "ultrawide is life" kind of way. In the "more frames than you even know what to do with" kind of way. I don't understand how people say there is no difference between 60FPS and 120+ FPS.

I'll admit I have always been and will probably remain of the opinion that increasing frame rates offers exponentially diminishing returns on actual player performance. I don't magically play League of Legends any better now that I have access for 165Hz. It's all just much more smooth.

The only issue I have had with the XB271HU was a stuck pixel toward the middle of the screen. Unfortunately mine did not come with a "Pixel Perfect" guarantee. On the other hand, I was able to reset the pixel by running for a couple days an overlay that rapidly cycled colors over the spot.

The B276HKs, much like my B286HK before them, are fantastic. They have that same simple, modest, and rugged design that I like so much in a lot of Acer's enclosures. It's not something that would be out of place in a work environment and I dig that.

Dissimilar from the B256HK, though, the B276HK(as the name will already tell you) is a 27" model and is perfectly sized to be used with the XB271HU, as well as matching it with a brilliant IPS panel.

CPU: Intel i7-5930K

When I bought it I was planning on running three R9 Nanos and wanted the extra PCIe bandwidth. Had I known I'd be down to two cards, I'd have stuck with the 5820K. Not that I'm really complaining. It's a 5930K. I just could have saved almost $200.

This thing is a powerhouse. It absolutely chews through productivity-based tasks, and is no slouch when it comes to gaming. Is it awesome? Yes. Am I satisfied with it? Yes. Am I going to give up on abstaining from buying new hardware and replace it with an i7-6900K because I display a weak constitution and a pathological need to drive myself into debt by purchasing expensive things to make myself feel better at the end of the day? More than likely, yes.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H105

Anybody that tells you you need a dual-120mm CLC for a CPU is lying to you. Let's get that out of the way first. This is especially true if you have any given 1151-socketed CPU.

With my old H80 I was a handful of degrees over what the H105 gave me and well within acceptable thermal limits. Too, you get not-terrible temps for a couple dozen bones cheaper. On my 5930K it came out to about $3.50 for every degree lower with my H105 at current prices.

And it's gorgeous. I mean, look at it. Just look at it. LOOK.

So pretty.

Storage: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB, Crucial MX100 512GB, SanDisk Ultra II 960GB

Let me preface this section by stating how much not a fan I generally am of "prosumer" drives like the 950 Pro. They're cool and all. Rad, even. They're blazing fast and we all want them. Why wouldn't you? 3GB/s transfers? Yes please. Which is why I got it.

I'm a weak man.

However, when I put the 950 Pro up against the Ultra II for loading games and movies and pretty much anything that's not an actual file transfer there's no difference. I load League of Legends, Overwatch, World of Warships, War Thunder, Fallout 4, etc., etc., exactly the same. Shoot. When I play multiplayer games it doesn't matter anyway because I have to wait for everybody else.

The whole point of an SSD is to remove yourself from spinning disks and the comparatively stupidly-high latency they have due to seek times. Speed is cool, but we get way too hung up on it as a metric for purchasing a drive. Get something that's proven to be reliable, that has a good warranty, and is a decent size.

To that end, the Ultra II has been fantastic. All of my currently-played Steam games are on it and I still have enough room to fit Trump's ego. I might have to compress it a bit, but I'm sure I can get it to fit.

For anybody wondering, the MX100 is in use from pre-deployment. I had two OG SanDisk Extremes which are still going strong after five-ish years, a 240GB PNY XLR8 Pro, and the MX100. It wasn't the prettiest thing ever, but it was 1TB of SSDs. Don't judge me.

GPUs: Asus GTX 1080 x2

So these things are pretty great. I've not tried to push them very hard on overclocks just yet, but I was able to get some good clocks out of them already just by guessing based off review samples. I set it to 120% power, raised the temp target to max, put a modest 175MHz and 100MHz increase on the core and memory respectively, and I've not touched it since. At full-tilt I'm getting 2050MHz out of the core on each of them. notbad.png

The only problem with this is that I bought/have G-Sync monitors that I would have loved to be able to fully test without removing a card, but the 1080s are too powerful. I don't get varying framerates in anything.

I'll have to throw a fully-modded Skyrim/Fallout 4 at it. I'll be running though Fallout 4 again with the Resurrection mod(which I absolutely recommend, by the way) and mad fidelity mods on. Hopefully that will be able to bring them to their knees.

Case: Corsair 600T

I have loved this case since it hit the market in 2011. For whatever reason, though, I looked at it at 2011 and decided, "Nah. I want something way worse. I want a Lanboy Air." Relevant.

PSU: Corsair HX1000i

Power supplies that turn off the fan when under low load are awesome. This thing is so quiet and at 1000W it rarely does get put under enough load to make any sort of noise that will make a difference. It's done well so far. I'm interested if it can outlast my old Rosewill 1000W Lightning.

Mouse: Ace of Sweden Edge 3200

I actually bought two different mice for this; a white Thermaltake Level 10 M and a white Corsair M95. After using both I definitely liked the M95 more of the two new mice, but I still can't bring myself to replace the Edge.

The soft touch finish is worn down as well as the grips, but it's just so freaking comfortable.

Audio:

The two headsets I'm using now are the Audio Technica ATH-A900X and the Philips Fidelio X2. To drive them I have a Schiit stack(Modi/Magni). Neither of these headphones actually need an amp, but it's what is used to drive them anyway. I'm sure I'll end back up with a good pair of high-impedance headphones at some point.

The mic is nothing special. Just an Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB. Covered by a sock because I was tired of waiting for the wind screen to arrive.

Monitor mount:

For the monitor mount(which I highly recommend) I'm using an EZM Pyramid. If you're looking to mount a large number of monitors for not a lot of money as compared to the Ergo and similar brands, this is absolutely a winner. It cost about $120 and comes with all of the necessary mounting equipment. The and is made from either steel, pig iron, or Thor's hammer. Seriously, this thing is heavy. Do not try to assemble it or mount the monitors on your desk, and definitely try to get a hand in putting it together. Assemble it on the floor and get some help lifting it onto your desk. If you're a lonely neckbeard like me and don't know anybody willing to help you, for God's sake be careful.

EDIT: I totally forgot about the sleeved cables!

I kept seeing and hearing people ask about CableMod extensions and replacement sets, so I picked up a full set of cables for my HX1000i.

The ModMesh is their newer stuff made with PET sleeving, and I can definitely tell you it was worth the buy. As much as I love the sleeving some of the guys over in /r/buildapc and /r/sleeving do, it would have been super expensive to get a full set done through them. I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and review it while also getting some for myself.

The sleeving itself is very stiff and very thick. In combination with the wires themselves this makes it really good for running it and expecting it to stay in place. There's not nearly as much chance for it to bend and twist like with standard paracord.

When it comes to looks the ends are all nicely terminated and secure within their connectors, and the sleeve has something of a light sheen to it, being plastic. It's definitely nothing distracting and very little light seems to reflect off it, so it's not distracting in any way.

In terms of "feelgood" between how nice it is to actually handle and work with I'd not say it's a replacement for completely custom paracord jobs as the paracord just feels nicer and looks just that little bit better. Like the difference between pleather and real leather. They might look the same, but when it comes to working with it I'd choose the real deal any day that I have the money for it.

If you're looking to get a full replacement set for comparatively cheap, CableMod is the place you want to start looking. The whole set which is a 1:1 replacement set cost me only $120 which, in comparison to the multiple hundreds most independent sleevers would charge you, is very cheap.


I think that about does it. If anybody has any questions about the computers or especially the monitors, or would like some more pictures of things, I can always accommodate.

Comments Sorted by:

ewhac 1 Build 16 points 17 months ago

Too, you get not-terrible temps for a couple dozen bones cheaper.

A John Norman fan, perhaps?

All of my currently-played Steam games are on it and I still have enough room to fit Trump's ego. I might have to compress it a bit, but I'm sure I can get it to fit.

Trump's ego should compress very well; it's a sparse file with a lot of redundancy :-) .

I might not have taken the top-of-the-line X99-Deluxe. But otherwise a very nice build overall.

And thank you for your service.

ATXON 4 points 17 months ago

Sick burn brosef.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

The Deluxe was bought when I had planned on three GPUs to drive everything, as well as for the color scheme.

I could have absolutely used a Pro instead. This is true. The Deluxe was only $50 more expensive at the time, though. In the grand scheme of things it's a very small amount.

tamnhucanh 2 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

Yo, why would you use haswell-e instead of the newly released broadwell-e that's better? Wut bro?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 6 points 17 months ago

You should probably read the description. :)

galaxyicw 1 point 17 months ago

REKT XD

tamnhucanh 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

My bad :)

ethan.ship 1 point 17 months ago

ayy lmao

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mrvideo117 1 Build 7 points 17 months ago

Aaaannndd featured. Calling it.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 4 points 17 months ago

Well called!

OccamAsylum 10 Builds 7 points 17 months ago

This spoke to me:

" Am I going to give up on abstaining from buying new hardware and replace it with an i7-6900K because I display a weak constitution and a pathological need to drive myself into debt by purchasing expensive things to make myself feel better at the end of the day? More than likely, yes."

ATXON 1 point 17 months ago

Tell me about it. I am probably going to buy Zen as soon as I see the benchmarks, even though I think my FX 8350 is doing fine at the moment. My excuse is that it's over 3 years old.

KB_Evolved 5 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

That's not too bad though. Some of us have CPU/GPU's bought this year and plan on upgrading.

simstarz 7 points 17 months ago

3000$ budget pc. 1$ budget for your'r mic foam :P

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I actually got my wind guard for it today. Two days earlier than I thought.

Goodbye, pop filter and sock. You will be missed.

simstarz 1 point 17 months ago

no more stinky mic

KoolPuff444 1 Build 6 points 17 months ago

Haven't seen a description this long or a 600t in a long time

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I've always wanted the 600T and, like I said, I made the terrible mistake of getting the Lanboy Air at the time. There was something seriously wrong with me.

As much as I try to keep things short I always end up being long-winded. :(

Tooth 1 Build 6 points 17 months ago

I was getting out of the military

Outside of the computer world, mad props for serving and protecting us at home.

Faizan 6 points 17 months ago

Summer Reading = Done.

TheOfficialCzex 3 Builds 4 points 17 months ago

LMFAO The detail in this description is amazing.

rikkilele123 3 points 17 months ago

There's 1 thing that I love about this setup :

Your Pop Filter for your mic.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Pop filter and sock, thank you! The A/C in this new room is much too noisy and my wind guard had not come in yet, so I made do with the sock.

rikkilele123 1 point 17 months ago

Nah i didn't meant to say that it's bad, i just found it funny :D

Aceboyz 1 point 17 months ago

Believe me, Manirelli featured this because of the pop filter sock.

JackGIII 2 points 17 months ago

You should have gone with...wait, this is all as good as it gets. Nicely done then !

CrimzonSlayeRx 2 points 9 months ago

no budget; uses socks

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Look. Don't judge me. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Miniitx 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Verry nice done. Beautifull.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thank you! I wanted it to be amazeballs enough that I wouldn't be tempted to upgrade it again.

Little did I know that I'd look at the FT05 and want to redo everything immediately.

Halp.

s.a.wood15 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Ha, I see something awesome and want to completely rebuild my rig probably about once a week. If it weren't for the wifey I'd be in the exact same boat as you, methinks.

Enrico411 1 point 17 months ago

Amazing build, pics and description. A well deserved +1!! I wish i could give you more ;)

Well done sir.

Mr_Majestic 1 point 17 months ago

+1 for amazing description and lots of pics I hope this gets featured

Also since you don't seem like a guy on much of a budget, the i7-6950X has 10 cores, 20 threads, 40 PCI lanes, and 2 metric **** tons of overclocking headroom and is only like $1750

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

There's having no hard budget and there's the 6950X. At most I'd do the 6900K.

Mr_Majestic 1 point 17 months ago

I mean mean the 6950X only costs slightly more than my entire setup..,

chare375 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Fantastic description and build! This review convinced me that I need to save up and purchase the X34 predator when I get my GTX 1080. And thank you for your service!

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It's seriously amazing. I would wait until toward the end of this year when the updated model comes out, though. It has better OSD interaction as well as a standard 100Hz instead of the overclocked 100Hz, not to mention the more dramatic curve. It should be about the same price, though.

And thank you!

bdo7 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you for mentioning that. I've bought all my other parts and was verrrry close to clicking the $1200 button on this monitor... I guess I'll let my GTX 1080 beat the crap out of my 24" Dell Ultrasharp for a few months while I wait for the next X34 to arrive. Yay for 300 FPS with 240 of those wasted, lol.

Thank you for your service... and for the thorough write-up here as well!

Wolfemane 5 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Great build! Well earned and well deserved!

Stocked to see another 600t. Best looking case ever.

+1

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I display a weak constitution and a pathological need to drive myself into debt by purchasing expensive things to make myself feel better at the end of the day?

-that one hit a little to close to home :(

Great build you got here though! I really want to get an ultrawide curved monitor but they are sooo expensive :P

PCIntake 1 point 17 months ago

drools

madurham84 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Great use of deployment money; a better investment than booze or strippers. +1

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Oh yeah, short term placation or long term enjoyment? Easy choice.

CleverJimmy 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Screw a budget! Nice build

CRS10114 7 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Reasonable No-budget

Caples submitter 4 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Absolutely. I set out with no budget in mind and this is where I ended up.

Too often people with massive budgets exceeding even what I spent on this go for hideously expensive parts just because they are willing to spend a ton. There are no Dom Plats here which perform the same as any other RAM. No 1TB Evos which are over $100 more expensive than the 960GB Ultra II. I didn't go for the 4K G-Sync displays just because I could.

Everything was done with spending a reasonable amount of money in mind while not skimping at all on performance.

The only reason the HX1000i is in here, for instance, instead of an RMx is because I got a great deal on it at the time of purchase which brought it down to the price of the RMx.

Zman123 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Holy Mother of pearl!! 2 1080s

Caples submitter 4 Builds 4 points 17 months ago

When you buy G-Sync monitors for their mad adaptive sync only to find your cards don't run anything slow enough to make use of it. :/

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

You could always use supersampling to turn the rendering resolution way the hell up. That might use more of all the processing power.

Zman123 2 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

Wow! Such a bad problem to encounter.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Some soldiers get back and buy a really, really nice car. You come back and build a beast. Good job man, welcome back to the world.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It's good to be back! I've not even unpacked yet. Everything has revolved around getting this set up. There's a massive wall of boxes behind me right now and I'm putting off unpacking it all.

kainsword 1 point 17 months ago

Nice League of Legends gamin' PC. Best value I've seen!

Caples submitter 4 Builds 5 points 17 months ago

I still can't get very good frames out of Minecraft, though. :/

I guess I have to start over.

rosswalker 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

And I'm stuck here with a Amd dual core apu until christmas.

Very nice build and detailed description, +1.

Yes, I'm jealous.

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Long .... description I had to skip after ddr4 part lol good job nice build. How do you like those amplifiers worth the money ?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of them.

They do well enough with mid-range impedance, but I would not expect to drive anything like 300-ohm HD 580's while still being able to push a lot of volume.

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

i am using a senheiser gaming one headset on a maximus viii hero mobo i ve been thinking about getting these amplifiers. maybe i should just get it and test it myself if anything i can allways return it i guess

sirnicko1 1 point 17 months ago

Those Alloy rims look cool. I want them.

And so does the PC :P

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks!

I'm replacing the old rims on my S4 with them. I've been meaning to replace the stock rims for a while.

sirnicko1 1 point 17 months ago

Sounds cool! What rims are they? They look like BBS CH style ones?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

They're some Enkei Raijins which are replacing the BBS CHs that came with my car. The CHs are being used as a winter rim now.

sirnicko1 1 point 17 months ago

Fair enough. I just use all year tyres to keep the same rims

MafiatechTeam 1 point 17 months ago

acer gave you the monitor or did you pay for them?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

They were kind enough to send it out to me for a couple of months to do a write-up of it. I'll be posting to some Reddit subs and around here about it in a couple of days.

In the end I'll probably just buy this one from them outright. That's how much I like it.

MafiatechTeam 1 point 17 months ago

nice

ATXON 1 point 17 months ago

I mean, you already had my +1 from the story and the overkill AF build, but the ego compression joke made this a +2 build for me. XD I laughed out loud when I read that, it was very unexpected.

Great build!

PokeCatz 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Hows gaming performance with 2 1080's? For some reason I cant find any benchmarks for the 1080 in SLI.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

The first word that comes to mind is "good". I've not run any legit benches with a single card, but I might pick up a couple of RX 480s when they come out to do a little test. I'm thinking of starting a Google Docs spreadsheet and do some benches with new cards as they come out.

PhatTuna 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What I don't understand is how after you spend all that money on hardware, you can bear to sit in that chair. Especially when you need to lean back to use that x34

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

The chair and desk will get replaced in a month or two. They came with the room.

Honestly, I haven't even unpacked. There is a veritable wall of boxes behind these pictures.

AnonDrew 1 point 17 months ago

Reasonable? No budget? WTF are you talking about?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

They are not mutually exclusive. I set out with no budget in mind and this is where i ended up.

I did not buy massively overpriced SSDs for everything. The case is reasonable, if old. There's no overpriced RAM. The CPU was a good choice for my original parts list and is still not a 5960X like it could have been.

So yes. A reasonable build that had no budget limitations.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

When the description is bigger than Trump's ego

I know what you're thinking

That's not possible

elvenson 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

your monitor setup is simply rediculous.... i want them :P

thatkiddruss 1 point 17 months ago

First and foremost, Thank you for your service! I'm currently deployed right now somewhere in the middle of the desert and was considering buying the 1080 as well. Great build man.

EYEGLASS101 1 point 17 months ago

Gotta love that Schiit! Big fan of your dac and amp. I went with the Vali and Modi myself (love the warmth of the Vali). Great build! Keep on destroying it.

clint.noland 1 point 17 months ago

All I had to see was the furniture and that flooring to tell you lived in a barracks.

boadicea 1 point 17 months ago

grats on the setup and thank you for serving!

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

First paragraph = poetic masterpiece. Now get yourself a proper chair. +1 my friend.

pwelch234 1 point 17 months ago

Look up "rainmeter" on google images or Youtube It will go so well with all that screen space

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pwelch234 1 point 17 months ago

Listen to this guy ^

JafferAli 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

tldr pls

also

6960x pls

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

"I like nice things but I like money, too."

At most I'd upgrade to a 6900K.

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

i see you to are in the army and love PC gaming... got me beat tho... if your in riley give me a shout out

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Sorry. Fort Drum. :(

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What a colossal piece of awesome.

Thumbs up.

Ayrze 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

With the 950 do you get NVME speeds with it being plugged into the M.2 socket? Would it make a difference in speed using the PCIE bracket supplied by the MOBO??

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

The 950 Pro will only ever get x4 speeds regardless of whether it's plugged into an M.2 x4 slot or a x16 PCIe slot via a riser.

Ayrze 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

PS... SICK F$&*(%G BUILD!

Le_Snake 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Built in the barracks, and I spot what I want to say stock Evo X bbs's.

Either way, a gaming vet that is into cars... we should be friends.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

They're hyper silver Enkei Raijins to replace the stock BBS CHs on my car. I wanted more modern rims while keeping a semi-stock look.

The CHs are being moved to winter duty.

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Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

2006 Audi S4. Last of the V8 S4s.

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juanra1409 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

This is some good taste for computers... +1,000

jroc74 1 point 17 months ago

Just dropped by to say I am stuck on pic 11....I havent seen any other pics yet.

Master_Danik_ 1 point 17 months ago

Spends $5k on a setup uses a sock as a pop filter. What ever works works. Thank you for your service!

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

The mic was picking up way too much background noise and my wind guard had not come in yet. Like you said. Whatever works, works. :)

dawood 1 point 17 months ago

Amazing

afdryan13 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Hmm...I use a tubesock for something slightly different.

Gzav 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build, and a fellow eve player !

Who do you fly with ?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I was with TNT until CO2 ran through their space. I liked the CO2 guys when we still flew with them so I'll be joining up rather than trying to firesale all of my assets.

Gzav 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

They look like a descent bunch of guys. Welcome to the MBC then :p (I'm with PH)

Nanocrux 1 point 17 months ago

5.5K pc build. Impressive.

TeyKey1 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

may the lag be with you. +1

Dariusthearab 1 point 17 months ago

You only need a small loan of £4000... how easy money comes and go

TheRaveTrooper 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

This is an awesome build man

Redglitch 1 point 17 months ago

mother of descriptions..

Killerpenguin 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

War. War never changes.

Vfanha11 1 point 17 months ago

That sock seems awfully stiff. ;)

JackMex 1 point 17 months ago

TL;DR: Spent a lot, got a lot. Nvidia owns AMD's ***. PC Master Gaming Race at it's finest right here, friends!

Deathsightgq 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

How do you keep you keep your tempetures low with sli

Marine_Boy 1 point 17 months ago

I freaking love this build! I hope that soon I will have the opportunity to build a PC like that. Don't care about the price or "what do you need that **** for" thing, simply build a beast like that, have a lot of fun while doing that and using it. Cheers!

JmanM 1 point 17 months ago

So this is what jealousy looks like.

Dreamalittle 1 point 17 months ago

Only took me 45 minutes to read. Write up was too short.

Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I see hand moisturiser ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Hand sanitizer. Sorry.

Mason54 16 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Holy hell... The amount of power is high and power consumption is low. Very nicely done

M@rcusM@n 1 point 17 months ago

YES! I have been waiting for a dual 1080 build, and finally! PRAISE GABEN

FireFox500 1 point 17 months ago

I have 2 questions;

  1. How did you get one picture on each screen?

  2. Would you ever go from 3 panels to one ultrawide? I have 3 right now and flying flight sims is unreal, it is so immersing. The higher resolution, curve and refresh rate of a monitor like the LG 34UC88-B is very enticing and the screensplit software looks AMAZING, would it be worth it for you, honestly I wouldn't want to lose the insane FOV of 3 screens and the screen real estate you get with such a setup.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

For the backgrounds I use DisplayFusion.

From three panels to one, no. From two to one, yes.

FireFox500 1 point 17 months ago

If I may also ask another question, why did you go for a quad monitor setup and not the more standard 3?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I find that I don't have quite enough room with three monitors when I'm doing some heavy use or while playing EVE across all accounts.

Cobyfield 1 point 17 months ago

+1

Mainly for the sock, hand sanitizer, dinosaur figurine, coke can, 2 pairs of headphones and your bed right next to your set up. :D

Shermanh21 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Beautiful build! +1

s.a.wood15 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I covet your PC so hard right now. Well done, good sir.

+1

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

This looks like my current build's younger, beefier brother. You weren't playing around with those monitors eh? lol, really nice build. May your fps be high and your temps be low!

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Man I have that sweet predator x 34 and I can't believe you are using it as an overhead display.... use as your main one!!!

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I have an XB271HU for the main which more games support as it's a really standard resolution. A lot less games support the X34's resolution, so I put it on the top. I still use it for gaming, though.

jpereira95 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I hope so!! Its an amazing monitor in my opinion!!

zaferdc 1 point 17 months ago

Well, if you can spend that much on your rig, spend some more and get a cool gaming-friendly desk.

xXSwagmasterXx 1 point 17 months ago

What do you need 4 monitors for?

Lyrix 1 point 15 months ago

And here Ladys and Gentleman you can see a " I couldnt wait so i bought the crappy FE for my beast pc" Pc.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Other than my FEs putting up exactly the same numbers and clocks and temps that non-ref cards put up, sure. They're completely crap.

Lyrix 1 point 15 months ago

Your fe is quiet, cold, and does not thermal throttle?

death9251 1 point 15 months ago

OK +1 for Eve online way to go and running 4 clients! Great build absolutely love it! Only change I would make would be the Asus 1080s changed out for Zotacs.

Xar-Das 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I landed here researching builds with your MoBo. How is it holding up? Was it easy to OC with it? Very nice build.

+1 Thank you for your service and detailed description of your build.

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

It's doing just fine with no issues to report. It overclocked itself very easily, though I did manage to get a little bit more out of it on my own.

TedT 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Just found this while googling the X34. Looked at your first pic and had an immediate flashback to my barracks days, lol. Back then (late 80s, early 90s), nobody had a PC so the competition was in jumped-up stereo systems with stadium speakers. The room and furniture look exactly the same, though.

Dylan_Douglas 1 point 11 months ago

What an amazing build and what a great description. Thank you for your service to our country as well!

Frostdude2025 1 point 11 months ago

EXUBERANT BUILD! What kind of frame rates were you getting w/ GTA V? and were the settings maxed out?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I easily hit 120FPS in GTA V Online. SLI is decently supported.

Settings are maxed, as are all thing I do.

Frostdude2025 1 point 11 months ago

Sensational!

llamasbetrippin01 1 point 8 months ago

+1 For tires! ;)

Jokes aside, this is an awesome build you got here!

NitroOG 1 point 8 months ago

Do you play on the Acer x34 sometimes? If you do, do you have to look up because of the monitor position or is it adjustable?

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

The X34 ended up leaving because I just wan not using it for games as much as I thought. When I did play with it I would slouch and lean back a little with my neck resting on the top of my chair which was comfortable enough.

I had originally planned on getting a swingarm for it, but I wasn't about to spend another $150 just for a single monitor mount when that's what the pyramid mount for all four cost.

EDIT: I should add I stopped using that chair in the picture some time ago.

rexah -3 points 17 months ago

you should've waited a little longer for the 6800k....

Master_Danik_ 1 point 17 months ago

He got it 9 months before it released

Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I had already bought these a year ago.

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Caples submitter 4 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

Oh that's not my aim at all! I just wanted to share my excitement.

Thank you!

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Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

The top card gets to 71C at its hottest with max fan and the bottom card gets to about 58C with max fan.

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Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I get much more screen real estate this way, and it ends up being about as expensive.

Mounting two X34s on a desk as small as this one is also incredibly awkward.

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Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

That's the plan as soon as they become available. ;)

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Caples submitter 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

This was mid-drink and rum & Coke is my go-to.