You could overclock this like a madman, I believe if it's a good chip you'll get 4.8 or maybe even more, but now let's see,
Overclocking the GPUs would be a must man, look at ghose temps, they're so good.
Anyway awesome awesome awesome build, actually one that went with a watercooled build without going crazy overboard with like 64 gb ram and 10 ssds
How's that swiftech pump treating ya? Had one like it that broke down, but it was probably just a faulty unit, never had anything bad from swiftech.
no luck with the CPU, won't boot above 4.6. 4.2 is fine for me as i don't really need one at 4.8. could do 4.4 but meh
GPUs are overclocked, stock is about 900mhz and i got them at 1150. got some issues when pushing them further. yeah the GPU temps are great indeed
really liking that pump, got it on 3 and it still is very quiet. the swiftech one gotta be my favorite d5
Your RAM is probably limiting your overclock, since with Haswell the higher speed you go past 1866 and the more sticks you have, the lower your overclocking potential.
You could try downclocking the RAM to 1866MHz but tightening the timings. That would probably do the trick. 4.6GHz is a pretty attainable speed for Haswell. For my 4770K it took me 1.225V to run stable at 4.6GHz, but that was with 2x8GB DDR3-1866. You might need more than 1.225 with 4 sticks of RAM @ 1866.
Since you're on water, temperatures are not going to limit you as much as voltage, and I'd say anything under 1.400V is safe in terms of CPU longevity, so you've got a lot of headroom!
Also, is 1150MHz your base clock or boost clock? If it's base clock, that's a pretty massive overclock, especially for a reference PCB/cooler O_O! My card would run Furmark and Kombuster stress tests just fine at 1180 base clock, but would crash at any base clock over 1014 when actually playing games...it's weird. Have you tried increasing your VRAM clocks?
yeah i know pretty much all of that. as i don't need all of the cpu power with say 4.6 i rather have my ram running at 2133. but i might play around with it one day to see what my cpu can do.
But if you know all of that, why would you sacrifice clock speed for memory speed? The memory speed only makes a difference if you are editing and even then the differences are minimal. You see real differences in performance between, let's say 4.2 and 4.4GHZ, but I doubt you'll notice any difference at all between 1866 and 2133.
i don't need the higher cpu clock and i rather have it run cooler
2133 increases your minimum framerates between 2-4 fps over 1866 in FC3 1080p maxed. So 1-3 at 1440p maxed. It's not something I've seen widely said, but memory speeds do help in gaming. It's just all they do is affect minimum framerates...
That said, I would definitely sacrifice RAM speed for CPU speed. 4.8GHz (which should totally be attainable under water) will give you far better gaming performance than 2133 RAM.
The only downside is that it takes time and effort to OC the CPU instead of leaving RAM at stock :P
What do you set the voltage to when you try to run at 4.6?
well i tried different voltages, i know how overclocking works..
Have you adjusted the ring voltage?
as stated before, i am not stupid
Now thats how u spend $4500 on a pc :) awesome job mate and thanks for sharing it with us!!
thanks! i believe i spent even more than that. parts over here in germany are more expensive than the US prices listed here, i also built this like mid-july, so prices were higher than they are now
i think what i paid would be around $5500
This is a build of my dreams.
those beautiful stock coolers... sniff sniff
I have dreams about building/owning a computer like this. Fantastic. +1 from me!
Looks nice. Love to see more pictures.
Amazing build! I'd love for mine to be like this one day.
i'd love to take more pictures although the whole thing is quite heavy and just sits there for now. i had quite some trouble getting that PC where it is now so it's not gonna move for a while :P. i'd have to put it somewhere else to take proper pictures which isn't going to happen at the moment, sorry
I can imagine. My recent build is very similar to this, but with extra hard drives adding weight as opposed to WC loops (so yours is probably even a bit heavier). I ended up using a Cosmos 2, but was considering a 900D. After getting everything in it, it was near the limit of my strength to lug it up the stairs even with handles on the top.
Did you move this up or down stairs at all? Did you move it by yourself? I don't think I could safely move my build by myself up or down stairs if it was in a 900D.
no stairs, built it upstairs as i knew that wouldn't be possible. i actually only needed to move it like 2 meters, but even that was a pain in the ass as i couldn't just slide it in place due to very grippy rubber feet
Haha. Good planning ahead!
Did you have to import those Alphacool rads? I've building similar but with 5 rads. It's around the 550$ CA just for 5 rads to have them imported from EU.
i'm from Germany so no
Wow, this is epic. There really needs to be more awesome builds like this on PCPartPicker.
found more pictures!
God dang! That is one super computer!
I do have one question:
Why did you go with 4 x 4GB sticks of RAM? Why not 2 x 8GB to save room for later upgrades?
imo 4 sticks look better. pretty sure i won't need more than 16gb so no need for upgrades
Makes sense then. Just a thought that popped into my head. :) Nice work!
One question why not go with the Two 480mm NexXxoS raditors instead of 360mm?
Also which radiators are you using UT60 or Monsta?
But very nice build
i wanted to get 480s but i didn't get them anywhere, so got 360s instead. they do a great job as well. all rads are UT60s
What fittings are those? they look really nice
should be those http://www.aquatuning.de/product_info.php/language/en/info/p13970_16-10mm-Anschraubt-lle-G1-4---ger-ndelt---black-matt.html
obviously i don't only have straight ones, but they got those in 90 and 45 as well
Awesome, I have been looking for some good fittings. Thanks
This is awesome, props for putting together such an awesome system.
Sucks though that you couldn't get the CPU higher but like you said you only need 4.2.
I'm sure this will treat you well :)
+1 and more if I could
This looks sexy lol :D
+1 for the raystorm, I love XSPC blocks.
love them, thanks!
So one pump puts it through three rads and the rest of the system? That's freaking awesome!
yes. it's an amazing pump though
You future-proofed the hell out of this one. Nice work. A+
not sure why this is a supercomputer, it's quite standard.
uuuu Mr. Aesthetics :=)))
could a 550w psu work for a single gtx 780?
would be a bit tough.. don't cheap out on the PSU. when you got the money to get a 780 might as well sped 20 bucks more on the PSU
What's the worst that could happen if you cheap out on the PSU?
it could fry your whole PC
would a 850w work?
if its a good brand, yes
why do you recommend 780w when you yourself use 860w?
i meant gtx780, not 780w
Did you have a budget on this build?
i intended to spend $2500, but then i wanted that, and that...
How is the barracuda?
no issues so far. not loud or producing much vibration
If I got this case and a 480mm rad for the bottom would I be able to put fans on both sides?
depends on how thick the rad is. up to 60mm, yes
Same for the top? Also with that PSU could you fit 4x 120 fans on both sides of bottom?
top depends on motherboard but most likely yes to both
Push pull config really doesn't help much. Maybe a degree or 2c
I'm doing a similar build. Is 860 watts enough?
I have 2 choices:
860w is enough, no problems at all so far
Nice anti-corrosive gummy bears!
What's that clock called?
What to do with the remaining PCI slots?.....mmmmmm........
How's the SSD?
does its job well. can't complain
Very similar to the build im currently working on
Quick question: Why the heck do you need so many fans!?!?!??!?!! You're already water cooling, nothing is going to get THAT hot lol!
all rads are 60mm thick. i run my fans at 7v so they are very quiet
I still don't see why you need that many regardless. I'd guess 4 of those would still be overkill, but I can't confirm that. Not hating just really curious lol.
yeah it's a bit overkill. could ditch the 240 rad completely but i wanted to build in a 900d and without it the case would look a bit empty
i like your build man looks nice and clean
Hi, amazing build you have here! I just have a question about the benchmarks you posted - what exactly is the difference between the two shots besides the screen resolution? In settings the 1080p is preset to "Extreme HD" and the 1440p is set to "Custom - Ultra". Is the "Ultra" setting lower than "Extreme HD"? ...because the additional 5-6 extra FPS minimum despite having higher resolution is blowing my mind right now.
Thanks in advance for any info!
There is no preset for 1440p. It's basically the same, everything maxed
Amazing build man! Shame you bought those 780's for the price of a 780 Ti :/
well i bought them right when they were released. ofc they are cheaper now. that's how things work in this world. can't complain
Yeah, I suppose. Just a shame. That's why I don't want to buy 3 27" monitors - 1440p 27" monitors will replace the average 1080p in a year or so.
Nice build. Did you have to do the BIOS update to the mobo?
This looks like something I plan on having in a couple years cept it will have titans, 7990s, or 780s.
"in a couple years" you'll have whatever comes after 9970s or 980s
yeah i know that haha forgot to put in the equivalent of titans, 7990s, or 780s.
Titans are a waste of money now.