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My current setup - 4930K+32GB - GTX980 2-way SLI

by andrewmcdan


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Date Published

April 8, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


This is my current setup. When I first built this system, I built it with a 3930K and a single GTX680. But, I decided to upgrade some stuff and so here we have my current setup. The two H75 coolers are mounted to the 980's and X61 is for the CPU.

The CPU is overclocked to 4.5 GHz and the GPU's are OC'ed to 1551MHz core / 4001MHz memory. The RAM is clocked at 2333MHz. The fastest drive in the system is the Samsung EVO 840 wth a respectable 500MB/s read and write. The other drives in the system perform as one would expect with speeds between 75MB/s and 150MB/s.

Anyone who has put together a crazy build with the Corsair 650D would probably be wondering where and how I mounted two 120mm radiators and a 280mm radiator. Well, since the X61 is the CPU cooler, it got priority and was mounted in the top of the case. One of the H75's got its radiator mounted in the 120mm spot in the back of the case. That left me with the other H75 radiator with nowhere to mount it. Enter the Dremel. I cut a hole in the bottom of the case and mounted the last 120mm radiator in the bottom of the case.

With all that water cooling, I get idle temps of about 30°C on the CPU with a max of 60°C at full tilt. The GPU's idle at 27-30°C with a max of about 55°C. I think I might have some headroom for overclocking, but I've about reached the limit of what the power supply can handle. At full tilt, the system draws a continuous 1100 watts. This equates to about 1250 watts on the input side of the power supply, and that makes my battery backup complain.

If anyone asks for them, I'll post some better pictures....

[Update] I've posted some better pictures.

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MLGComputers 1 Build 15 points 42 months ago

Such hardware yet no cable management +12

CapitalCraze 1 Build 6 points 42 months ago

And not a single cable was managed that night.

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

this is one of those rigs i would do a custom loop on

andrewmcdan submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I considered a custom loop when I first started shopping for the GPU upgrade, but I had already bought and installed the X61. I didn't want to have but not use the X61, and so I shelved the custom loop idea. Also, I didn't originally plan on an SLI setup, but when I found a better price for a 980 than what I paid for first one, I just couldn't resist.

At that point, I had the cooler for the first GPU already on the card and I was happy with the CPU setup, so I figured "why not?" and went with a triple radiator setup. Partially because I didn't want to go through the headache of actually setting up a custom loop, but mostly because of the "well that's interesting" factor.

tomtom22 1 point 41 months ago

Imagine how tidy the custom loop would be after looking at the quality skills of the cable management.

pommy192 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

ROG Swift - Nerd P0rn.

mouzzampk2014 2 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

Brilliant cable managent +1

BalmoraBlue 1 point 41 months ago


dsargent7 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Woah. Try to clean those cables. Would love to see some better pictures.

Oldsnivy100 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Ahhhh!!! My eyes the cables....

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Wow nice stuff. Been wanting to see somebody with a triple radiator setup for a while now. Nice job.

But the cable management is terrible! I suggest trying to clean that up as best as you can.

How come you have so many monitors and HDDs?

andrewmcdan submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Monitors - I occasionally do a bit of micro-controller programming and it's nice to be able to pull up multiple datasheets at once along with Google Music. That, and I love screen real estate.

HDDs - Storage for Plex Media Server, lots and lots of games, and storage for media editing.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 42 months ago


Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah Id work on that cable management... Nice build though!

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Somebody call the EPA! The birds nesting in this thing might be endangered!

Nice hardware, weird build. What do you use all that storage for? Why the massive amounts of mismatched monitors? You've got tons of ram so I'm assuming some pretty serious video editing, but not sure.

Honestly, this level of harware deserves custom watercooling loops. Would help clean up that Gordian knot of awfulness you've got inside this thing too.

JohnJay62 0 points 42 months ago

I would assume the RAM is for some hardcore video/audio editing considering he's got that Yeti desktop mic next to his primary monitor.

I agree, his cable management could be WAY better (it's non-existent, really). But oh well, what are ya gonna do? At least since he has such a beast liquid-cooling set up, cable management would really only serve to make it look better. Along with making it easier to take apart and build back up for future customization, of course.

Awesome build though, loving the HAL background on that monitor XD

andrewmcdan submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

When it comes to RAM, I like to be able keep everything running when I do anything and everything. I sometimes have well over 80 tabs open Google Chrome and I'm not fond of closing Chrome just to pull up Photoshop, Premiere, and Skyrim simultaneously.

JohnJay62 1 point 42 months ago

All I've gotta say is, what on Earth are you doing with 80+ tabs of Chrome?!?! :O

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

My oh my great build but CALBES... please fix them

Hazarded 1 point 42 months ago


DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago


andrewmcdan submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

On the subject of cable management: when I took that picture, I had just finished putting the parts together and was performing a stress test. I'll take some new photos this weekend and post them so that everyone can see how it supposed to look.

ncarter13 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

looking fwd to it OP

brok249 1 point 42 months ago

I am loving the H.A.L 9000 background and the G10s, but you have got to get some more cable management in there. May I reccomend some velcro tiedowns? Either way, I'd love to get some more pictures.

EDIT: I'm going to take a guess at the monitors. You started with the two Samsungs, bought a Dell IPS for video/photo work, and when the ROG Swift came out you decided to take advantage of the two 980s and go for 1440p gaming. Let me know how I did.

andrewmcdan submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

That's pretty close on the monitors. I actually bought the first 980, then the ROG Swift, then realized that one 980 wasn't doing the ROG Swift the justice it deserved.

And, I'll be posting some updated photos in a few days. The cables were a massive pain to get under control, but it looks good now. Well, except for the three pairs of tubing going all over the place...

brok249 1 point 42 months ago

Ah well, tubing never really looks that bad. I'm looking forward to some more pics.

Aren 1 point 42 months ago

Dude, quadfire r9 295x2's are way more bang for the buck now a days. r9 295x2 shows only a few less fps than two gtx 980's in SLI. Quadfire r9 295x2's would show double the performance of gtx 980's in SLI.

R9 295x2's only cost $750!

Money for real!

andrewmcdan submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

New photo added. Along with a 1500W supply, a Cablemods kit, and some cable management that will hopefully silence the spaghetti nazis.

cooldude88 1 point 33 months ago


DaBacca 0 points 42 months ago

if your gonna run everything liquid cooled to a custom loop. that computer looks god awful on the inside. which doesnt matter for all but it should

brok249 1 point 42 months ago

While the cables do need cleaning up, it doesn't look "god awful". I actually like the look of the individual radiators, especially in a 650D. This is a unique build, and kudos for that. Either way, each to their own.