Description

Three things were changed since the TDC V2:

1) I replaced the 3TB WD Green Drive with the 6TB WD Purple Drive because the green drive has been running for 3 years now and I didn't want to wait for any bad sectors. I also upgraded the WD 4TB black drive to 6TB because of tge same reason

2) I bought an Objective 2 (O2) Headphone Amplifier from JDS Labs because I got the Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones in a couple of months and I don't think that the Xonar DX or the integrated audio on my motherboard are powerful enough to drive them.

3)My Sapphire R9 290X Battlefield 4 Edition died so I switched to the 1080 Ti and removed the second 290X. I will be putting that in my Ivy-bridge system because I'm tired of waiting for AMD to release a GPU that could keep pace with the 1080 Ti and I definitely won't buy another used 290X after 4 years of its release.

4) I moved the second 1080Ti over from my Ivy bridge system until my friend can take it. SLI performance with these cards is UNREAL. If only the temperatures remained in check without needing to run the fans at 100% for the top card, this would be a perfect setup.

There were no significant issues after these changes and everything is running smoothly. The 1080 Ti consumes about half the power of the dual 290X cards I had so, that's a big step up in efficiency.

Update 17th of May

My friend took his 1080 Ti and I'm back to only one card.

Update 24th of October

I just got a second 1080 Ti from a local hardware shop for about $600. It was used for three months but I got to keep the manufacturer's three-year warranty. This is an absolutely UNBELIEVABLE deal because a new GTX 1080 currently costs $100 more in my country. Back to SLI

Part Reviews

CPU

Was the best choice at the time of purchase and is still a very capable chip today. Max OC was 4.6 GHz @ 1.4 volts which is the highest safe voltage for Skylake. I don't think I'll replace this platform until late 2019 at the earliest unless it dies.

CPU Cooler

Bought this cooler at the end of 2010 and it's still running flawlessly almost 8 years later. This speaks volumes about the quality and reliability of this cooler. It's rather noisy when the fans are running at higher RPM but it is so effective that the fans don't need to run that fast in order to achieve great thermal performance. I used this for my AMD build and transferred it to my TDC and it's now in TDC V2. It worked exceptionally well in the three builds. I will only consider using a different cooler because of compatibility. The primary fan failed a year ago and I replaced it with the other included fan and bought a new Sickle flow X fan to act as a rear fan. It's one of the best investments I've ever made

Size is the only other con that I can think of.

Motherboard

Solid board. Handled Dual 290Xs and a dedicated sound card without major issues. The Gigabyte APP Center needs serious work however, It's buggy, sluggish, and feels far less responsive and stable than the ASUS AI Suite II on my Z77 board. The fan control function is a pain to use and I wouldn't recommend using the automatic update feature in the APP Center because it downloads the latest version of all apps without reagard for compatibility. Also, I couldn't find anything on their website instructing me to disable Intel BIOS Guard in order to update the BIOS. It managed to get my 6700K up to 4.6GHz without crashing. The rear panel LED is very useful if you put your PC under the Desk Like I do.

Memory

Solid choice. Ran at its rated speed without issues. I wish I bought more of it because DDR4 prices are really crazy right now.

Storage

Great drive for the money. I bought the upgrade kit which included a screwdriver and a USB 3.0 Enclosure. It was incredibly useful for cloning the existing OS drive with minimal issues. No complaints after almost 2 years of heavy use. I mainly use this drive to record my gameplay at a high bitrate and it handles this task like a champ

Storage

Incredible performer. Even after three years it's showing no signs of slowing down and the benefits of the insane speeds of NVMe drives are limited for desktop users. I might upgrade to an M.2 SSD in the future to see if there will be an improvement in recording game videos

Storage

Runs cool and is not much slower than the Black series drives. Also it's way cheaper. I liked the performance of this drive so much that I ended up buying another one for my sister's computer.

Storage

Great drive. Feels snappy but runs hot. That's why I'm thinking that I should stick to Purple drives when I replace it this year. It's still operational but I've made a habit of replacing my HDDs for the main rig every 3 years regardless of their condition.

Video Card

I've only spent two weeks with this card but I'm already blown away by the quality of its construction. The fans are silent and the operating temperature is fairly low even when overclocked to the max. Couldn't find stability above 2050MHz but that's hardly MSI's fault. The fans are fairly quiet even at full speed and the card doesn't seem to be limited by the cooler which is great. Will have to wait and see how it fares in the summer before judging the cooler's capabilities.

Update: Don't recommend SLI configs on Air because the airflow to the top card will be severely limited.The fans must run at full speed to keep the card under 75C during gaming. Other compute scenarios warrant a reduction in clocks to reference specs to avoid overheating.

There was a problem with the fan controller on one of the cards and that caused the fans to stop spinning even at higher temperatures. The card was replaced because it was still under warranty

Case

This case is solid as a rock. I once slammed it face first into a wall and fell over it. I didn't have a single dent. That said, the absence of rubber feet make it very noisy when moved, it also transfers vibrations. This case is nearing its 6th year now and still going strong. The top 200mm fan started rattling a year ago and the rear 140mm fan needed some WD40 twice to re-lubricate it. The paint started chipping away in some areas but I still won't buy a new chassis because the airflow is almost unbeatable for the price

Power Supply

Great PSU. I bought it to last me several builds and it did just that. First with my 3770K and HD6950. Then with a 290X and now with two 290X GPUs. No stability issues whatsoever. My only problem is with the cables which are very stiff and very difficult to train and manage. I considered buying custom cables or making my own but the cost is too high. I would recommend buying higher wattage PSU if you plan to build high end PCs. Update: Running two 1080Ti's and this PSU handled them without issues even when overclocked

Operating System

Solid OS but still has a lot of bugs and stability issues. Microsoft's data collection is inexcusable and more issues appeared after I installed the Fall Creator's Update. I only installed it because of the security vulnerabilities of Intel processors

Sound Card

The sound of this card is PHENOMENAL. My only gripe is the pesky floppy power connector. When I switched to the Sennheiser HD598s, the sound quality improved even further. I absolutely can't go back to "normal" on-board audio. It can't be used to power high impedance headphones like the Sennheiser HD 6XX without investing in a dedicated amplifier. I took a star off because of the TERRIBLE floppy power connector. I would even prefer molex power to this thing

Monitor

This is a great monitor. The viewing angles are impressive, the finish is very good and the colors are so vibrant and natural compared to my 23" TN panel. The menu navigation is intuitive and easy to memorize but I wish it had the option to cycle through the custom settings with a single button press like my previous monitor. The Freesync Range is also high at a minimum of 35FPS. The unbelievable thing is that this monitor doesn't automatically detect input signals which is weird for a monitor in this price range. ASUS quality control is as shoddy as ever and I actually received non-functioning monitor first but then I returned it and got another one that appears to be working just fine so far. It has one dead pixel but I'm not prepared to play the monitor roulette again just for a dead pixel.

Keyboard

This is my first mechanical keyboard and its great .The keys are responsive, the build quality is definitely above average though not as high as some of the keyboards in its price range. NO RGB but that doesn't really bother me. The lighting is also non uniform for some of the larger keys but at least the white LEDs are actually white and not the pinkish, greenish or yellowish white that you get with most RGB keyboards. Only the 6 G-keys can be reassigned which isn't on par with some other keybaords that allow remapping of all keys. It feels like it's going to last a very long time. I ended up buying damper rings to reduce the noise of the keyboard because the blue switches are fairly loud. I will probably replace this Keyboard with a Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 because it has a much nicer wrist rest.

Mouse

I bought this mouse because I wanted to try an Optical sensor and see if there will be any difference for me. The difference turned out to be minimal but they must've fixed the scroll wheel jitter which was the only annoying thing about this mouse. It started to exhibit the double click problem which was temporarily resolved by dismantling it and spraying a drop of WD40 on each switch. If the issue returns again, I'll seriously think of replacing it.

Headphones

Light, comfortable, great looking, and great sounding headphones. The sound stage is incredible and I found myself noticing extra details in my songs and games. It can also be driven by the Xonar DX or the integrated audio or a smartphone easily. I had to replace the ear-cup padding after almost three years of use. This pair is fairly durable but the paint is starting to lose some of its color. I'd recommend getting the black version if you want its great appearance to last.

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Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude... clean the inside of your case. It's so dirty even the cables are brown.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I already cleaned it. The problem is that I didn't take any photos after I did. BTW, all that dust you see is after only one month of use. Kindly also note that this case has dust filters on every intake.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

That's insane. I've never had that kind of build up in even a years time.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on where you live.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Dirty, but awesome. Those V6 GT coolers are nice looking.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks