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Accel World - Form over Function, RGB Coding Rig

by mysticial

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84 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 4, 2017

Date Built

June 30, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

85.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.417 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

Description

Purpose:

As a hobbyist high performance programmer, I've been waiting for Intel's AVX512 instruction set for years. And it's finally here!

And really, this is the only point of this build. But I figured that if I'm going to do a build, I might as well try out a few other things that I've been wanting to do a while:

  • Maxed out AIO Radiator (360mm x 120mm)
  • Tempered Glass Case
  • RGB Everything
  • A normal ATX build that fits comfortably in an airport check-in suitcase. (I travel a lot between two places.)
  • An Anime figurine like in this build.

Parts and Pricing:

This build was somewhat time-sensitive since I've been waiting for almost 4 years for this. But more importantly, I maintain a semi-popular benchmark/stress-tester. And I've had numerous requests for AVX512 support for the past month prior to and in the days following the Skylake X release.

Processor: Core i9 7900X

As much as I wanted to get the cheaper 8-core Core i7 7820X instead, I actually had no choice. There are numerous sources that say that only the Core i9s will have the "full-throughput" AVX512. The lower-end 6-core and 8-core parts only have half speed AVX512. And the Kaby Lake X parts don't have any AVX512 at all.

(Edit: This turned out to be a lie. All Skylake X processors have the full AVX512.)

Other than that, this thing is REALLY FAST! I'm not gonna rule out a future upgrade by trading it up for the Core i9 7980XE. The time I save waiting for my code to compile is totally worth it. The extra PCIe lanes will be useful later if and when I migrate my hard drive towers to it (with 2 PCIe x8 SAS controllers).

Threadripper is a no-go because it lacks AVX512. And I wouldn't be able to reuse this motherboard.

Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 7

  • RGB'ed from top to bottom.
  • Looks cooler than all the ASUS boards covered with a metal color.
  • Has two 8-pin CPU power connectors. Therefore it avoids the problems in this video.
  • The VRM heatsinks are real and have an extra heatpipe going to the I/O panel heatsink. This is much better than the motherboards tested in that same video above.

What's not to love about this board? Other than being a bit on the expensive side... (There is one major problem that came up during stress-testing which I'll explain later.)

Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050

This was actually the hardest part to spec out. It is the only card that satisfied my list of requirements:

  • Is somewhat gameable and isn't complete crap.
  • Has RGB.
  • Is shorter than 9 in. long. Any longer and there wouldn't be enough clearance between it and the radiator to fit the majority of Anime figurines.

The video card purchase came after I had ordered and setup the case and 360 radiator. So I was able to physically measure the space I had before selecting a video card.

Because the margins were so thin, I had to get very precise measurements. So I used the video card from my Ryzen build to figure out exactly how the dimensions that were listed online were being measured in relation to that card that I already had. Then I could extrapolate that to other video cards I was looking at.

It turns out that length measurements listed on Newegg do not include the part of the PCI slot that sticks out. (PCI mounts to the case are shaped like an L with the top part sticking out the back.)

The 9 in. restriction effectively ruled out all RGB ASUS cards as well as all higher-end Gigabyte cards for both Nvidia and Radeon. Not even the Gigabyte RGB 1050 Ti would fit. Looking to other manufacturers didn't give any other options either.

Case: Corsair 460X RGB

It has tempered glass, RGB fans, and is pretty cool to look at. More importantly, it fits into a suitcase that's suitable for airport check-in. And there's enough space to pad down the sides to protect the tempered glass.

Power Supply: Thermaltake - Toughpower Grand RGB 850W

It has RGB. And it's small enough to fit in the case without removing the drive bays. 850W is sufficient since I'm not running any fancy video cards.

Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ 128GB 8 x 16GB DDR4 3300 MHz (Black/White)

This one hurts the most - because it's the only thing that could be RGB but isn't.

The reason why these aren't RGB is because I picked it up back in March while it was on sale on Newegg for $800. While I didn't have a particular need for it at the time, I was anticipating a Skylake X build later in the year. And given all the news about the DDR4 shortage, I knew I had to grab it. And I'm glad I did as it sold out within an hour after I ordered it. It's now listed at $1400. And no I'm not gonna spend $1.4k for the RGB version.

For the 4 months I've had this ram before this build, I ran it in my older 5960X build. But since that was a 1st generation DDR4 system, it couldn't handle high speed memory and wasn't stable above the stock 2133 MHz. But this Skylake X build has no problems running it at 3200 MHz. I may try clocking it higher later.

Storage: Samsung 500GB + Toshiba 7200 RPM Hard Drive

The SSD was pulled from my Core i7 5960X build. The hard drive was one of many I had sitting around.

Others:

  • Monitor: Picked up at Costco for $300. Been wanting to try out a 4k monitor for a while.
  • Keyboard and Mouse I already had lying around.
  • Headphones came free when I ordered the motherboard from Newegg. I've never had gaming headphones before. So this is new for me.
  • Speakers: Picked up something reasonable at a local store.

This entire build (including the monitor, keyboard/mouse, and speakers) became my secondary work-desk. My primary work-desk remains my Ryzen build.


Overclocking:

The overclocking that I did for this build is not the usual overclock. Rather than trying to push the absolute frequency as high as possible, I tried to get the AVX and AVX512 stable at as high as frequency as possible.

At stock settings, the 7900X specifies:

  • 4.0 GHz turbo all cores.
  • 4.1 GHz turbo 2 - 4 cores.
  • 4.5 GHz turbo 1 - 2 cores.
  • Only the two "preferred cores" are allowed to hit 4.5 GHz. The rest are capped at 4.3 GHz. It's up to the OS to schedule lightly threaded tasks to the two "preferred cores" where they can clock higher.
  • AVX and AVX512 may run at lower frequencies.

If you read around online, you'll find that:

  • Most Skylake X overclocks are thermally limited to about 4.6 GHz (all cores).
  • When running AVX, you're thermally limited to about 4.2 GHz (all cores).
  • With AVX512, I couldn't get above 3.8 GHz (all cores).

Once you exceed thermal limits, the processor will throttle in multiple ways. This may be a drop in clock speed. But more commonly, the clock speed stays the same and the performance plunges for some reason. You can read more about that here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1634045/skylake-x-phantom-throttling

In my current overclock, I run all cores at 4.5 GHz non-AVX, 4.0 GHz AVX, and 3.8 GHz AVX512.

Because I didn't touch the top frequency, I never had to raise the voltage. And I never crashed the system. Instead, the game I played was figuring out which thermal limits to increase to allow me to run AVX and AVX512 at higher frequencies without throttling.

Even though I didn't delid the processor (nor do I intend to), I was rarely able to overheat it by running AVX and AVX512 code. Even when I disable all thermal limits, the motherboard/BIOS still throttles the processor before I'm ever able to hit temperature limits.

This makes it impossible to do extreme overclocks and is my main gripe about this motherboard. Silicon Lottery has also noticed this and he says it makes these Gigabyte boards unusable for his purposes.

So while this Gigabyte board is aesthetically pleasing and boasts the hardware to support extreme overclocks, the software/BIOS currently does not allow it. Therefore, form over function.

(Edit: As of August, this throttling problem has been solved. See the link above.)

Likewise, there are currently no high-powered RGB fans. So if I want extra cooling, I'd need to sacrifice the eye candy. Again, form over function.

Other Notes:

  • The 3 RGB fans that came with the case were moved to the top and back to make room for the 360 radiator.
  • If you take out the figurine, there is enough space to do push-pull on the top two fans of the 360 radiator. If you take out the hard drive cage on the bottom, you can push-pull the bottom fan as well.
  • Larger power supplies will require removing the hard drive cage as there is no space to run the cables even if they are fully modular.
  • Cable management in this case extremely difficult. There is almost no clearance between the back plate and the side panel. So you need keep your cables low or you can't close the side panel.
  • Cables at the bottom of the motherboard (audio, USB 3.0, and case plugs) need to be routed into the hole at the bottom to clear the side space for the figurine. This is difficult because that hole is right in front of the PSU where there is already a lot of cable traffic.
  • The tempered glass windows are held up only by the screws. It's very easy for them to fall off (and potentially break) if you don't hold it in place when you remove the screws.
  • The front tempered glass window is even more dangerous. The same screw holds both the glass and the cage that mounts it to the case. And the glass is not attached to the cage. I highly recommend putting the case on carpet when you remove the front glass panel. Because it's very easy for it fall off accidentally. And you'd rather it fall on something soft like carpet.
  • The power supply is intentionally mounted upside-down to expose the RGB. Thermaltake says it's better to mount PSUs upside down anyways since it draws hot air from inside the case and pulls it out the back. (This doesn't apply to mATX mini-towers where the PSU is mounted on top and already draws air from inside the case.)
  • The 360 rad CPU cooler comes with socket mounts that don't match the installation instructions. The product seems to have been reboxed to add AM4 socket mounts. And during that process, they changed all the socket mounts but forgot to replace the old instructions with updated ones for the new mounting mechanism. This led to a lot of confusion for me.
  • The VRMs on this motherboard never overheated nor did they come anywhere near overheating under all the loads I put it under. The VRM heatsink on this board along with the heatpipe extension really does the job. This board is probably good-to-go as-is for the Core i9 7980XE with a suitable BIOS update to fix the throttling issues.
  • It's somewhat of a letdown that the 360 radiator doesn't have RGB on the CPU water block.
  • There are a lot of RGB components in this build from different manufacturers. And because of that, there is no way to sync the lighting between them. There may be a way to sync the motherboard with the video card since they both have Gigabyte Fusion, but I haven't tried yet. None of the other RGB parts (case fans, radiator fans, and PSU) even have connectors to the motherboard.

Possible Future Upgrades:

  • Core i9 7960X or 7980XE. But I'll need to find a way to unload the current processor.
  • 128GB of TridentZ RGB memory at the current speed or higher.
  • Stronger RGB fans for the radiator if and when they come into existence.
  • 140mm fans on the top. Currently they are 120mm and there is space for 140mm.
  • RGB strips along the side and windows. The motherboard already has headers for these and it's not right to leave them unutilized.

Comments Sorted by:

Vairfoley 25 Builds 8 points 17 months ago

Is shorter than 9 in. long. Any longer and there wouldn't be enough clearance between it and the radiator to fit the majority of Anime figurines.

That made me laugh out loud, you got your priorities in order for sure, haha. The figurine is a nice touch to the system, though. Looks really cool!

Awesome looking build. I think yours might be the first i9 build if I'm not mistaken.

Great work!

Anyansayo 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

I'd have to agree with that. I don't know if it was just me, but I felt a slight cringe while reading this part. You have the most powerful intel core processor that is currently on the market, but you have paired it with the 1050. I don't fully understand this. Does the kind of coding that you do not require a very good GPU? Do you notice the 1050 slightly holding back the performance of the i9 7900X? That is all I have to ask.

Vairfoley 25 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I'm sure the stuff he's doing is only CPU intensive. If you're not doing as much gaming, you don't need an insane GPU anyway.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Except for the one Boyscout made. :) He works for pcpartpicker though.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

That one's a Core i7. So it looks like this is the first Core i9, but not the first X299.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Oh. Oops. :D

Rexini 4 points 17 months ago

Reading this before I got out of bed I had to dash into my games room to check out whether I can install a figurine..... I CAN! ..... but it's directly over a 120mm intake fan. I'll have to glue a Barbie effigy of Marilyn Monroe on top and figure out which games make my fan speed oscillate between minimum and maximum to blow up her skirt. Hmmm.... priorities. Bless you for getting your mind right and throwing conventional wisdom out the window, an i9 with a 1050 - bravo!

karim2989 3 points 17 months ago

3000$ build!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i dont have 3$

SmartWolf 3 points 17 months ago

The view...

fefabo 2 points 17 months ago

Wow. Great build. Pairing the i9 with the 1050 is the demonstration that different purpose pcs needs different tier and price parts. Aniway how can your ram be 75Gb full?! what program did you have open when you made the photo?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

This isn't the first time I've done this. And I definitely get a lot of heat for putting crappy video cards in otherwise high-end workstation builds. :)

The program running in the background is y-cruncher. That's the benchmark/stress-tester that I develop and maintain.

smcgothboy 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thank you sir for giving so much detail, gave me a lot to read and a lot to think about for my next build.

chrislipa 2 points 17 months ago

I love the build, but I wince at the thought of you putting this into checked baggage. You have no idea how rough the baggage handlers can be with the bags. Think throwing them down from a height of 10 feet. I sure hope you know what you're doing.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I've done it many times. The main problems I've encountered are:

  • Large air coolers will warp or put a lot of pressure on the motherboard. So I don't do air coolers anymore period.
  • Water cooling radiators that aren't securely attached to the case (by screws) will detach. I've had them detach using rubber (vibration absorbing) mounts.
  • And of course don't leave any mechanical hard drives. (Or any storage devices period in case somebody steals it.)

This build might be a bit trickier due to the temperate glass. But it is smaller than all my other ATX builds. I still have all the Styrofoam packaging that came with the case. And if it doesn't fit in a suitcase, the original packaging box for the case is small enough to work as a stand-alone check-in.

Airport baggage is actually handled better than shipping from my experience.

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 17 months ago

I love the build, but I feel like you could have put a little more thought into the graphics card. On PCPartPicker there is an option to change the minimum and maximum length. So I went ahead and found you a good graphics card as a possible upgrade from your GTX 1050. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/tJyxFT/evga-geforce-gtx-1060-6gb-sc-gaming-video-card-06g-p4-6163-kr

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I honestly didn't know PCPP had the option to filter by length. And that would've saved me quite a bit of time. Thank you! Learn something new every day.

IncognitoGamer123 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah lol. Well for now the 1050 is fantastic for light gaming. So wait a few years, or just upgrade now and have a backup GPU. So dont feel to bad.

Ezric 2 points 15 months ago

As far as fan rgb, have you seen the new phanteks Halo’s? It turns any fan into an RGB Fan. Kind of cool.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Oh that's neat! Sounds like something I might try on some more powerful fans. Thanks.

Ezric 1 point 15 months ago

No problem, and your build is nice, good job. Ignore the haters, you built what you needed not what they wanted.

Vicepter 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

A 5960x is too old... Talk about more core 2 duo

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Oh, I didn't mean to imply it negatively like that. The 5960X is still great and I still offload the grunt of my work to it. It's just that it can't handle high speed memory since it's the first generation of DDR4 systems.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Is CPU-Z misreporting the Vcore on Skylake-X?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Correct. It seems to report the Vin (CPU input voltage) instead of the Vcore.

The Vcore hangs around 1.0 - 1.1. I assume the VCore will probably go up to at least 1.2V at 4.5 GHz. But I haven't paid much attention to it since I never pushed the absolute frequency beyond stock.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

With the thermal paste based TIM material between the heatspreader and the die, I wouldn't expect a high OC without doing a delid + liquid metal TIM replacement.

Zo0re 1 point 17 months ago

You live in the middle of New York? lmao. Good setup, congrats! :'D (pls, add the 1080 ti hahaha)

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Nope, not NYC.

Bosswoman3 1 point 17 months ago

Your build looks almost like the one Linus just posted on YouTube yesterday.

Dotica 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I just found a maxed out rad today, apparently they get bigger than the one you have. Much bigger. Try 4x140mm!

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Those are generally the custom water cooling solutions which is a lot of work (and somewhat risky since I leave my machines unattended). The largest AIO I'm aware of is the 3 x 120mm. And even if there were larger, I'd be limited by the cases that can hold them. And I do prefer smaller builds.

zebheone 1 point 17 months ago

it's really cool

exp10der 1 point 17 months ago

Why did you pair your $1k i9 CPU with a GTX1050?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Because it isn't a gaming rig, it's a coding workstation.

The video card only needs to be able handle a 4K monitor and a bunch of text editors. I also intend to watch Anime and YT videos on it. So the 1050 is probably even overkill.

bryner201 1 point 15 months ago

I bet if that motherboard have an inboard gpu he wont put that graphic card there and he will put that anime fig. on the center of his case or add more :)

TarusKul 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

What type of coding software are you running that takes up 10 cores and 75 gb of ram?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Someone else asked me the same question: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/LkJ8TW#cx2441924

J_Vilander 1 point 17 months ago

Chicago?

L3oops 1 point 17 months ago

That view and this PC are my life motivations from now on. Nice job.

Kaffarov 1 point 17 months ago

Nice PC and all but damn that's probably a nice view from your window.

adventureguy 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Is it fine if I use a Noctua for the i9 7900X? I’m afraid that it’s gonna melt.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend any air cooler if the radiator isn't massive and if you're going to overclock at all. And to top it off, some motherboards right now (namely the Gigabyte ones) will overclock by default because they didn't properly consider of the ramifications of doing so.

This chip is insanely hot. What you're reading out there is true. If you're gonna overclock even slightly, you're gonna want a minimum 2 x 1402 or 3 x 1202 rad water. And if you want to do anything more than moderate overclocking, you're also gonna need to delid the processor and put active cooling on the VRMs.

adventureguy 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Ouch, okay I’ll take that into consideration....

StrikerX1360 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

So scrolling through the comments most of my questions were answered. I was gonna say 1) Does the GTX 1050 hold you back at all when partnered with a $1000 CPU, and 2) love the build. I've been looking at the Aorus boards for a while but haven't really considered them because I thought the RGB might be to gawdy. But looking at your build says it gives off some nice accent lighting especially around the bottom of the motherboard where not much is down there to give off light.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I haven't gamed at all on the box nor do I intend to in the near future. The most graphics intensive thing I've done so far on it is to watch YouTube video. I do all my gaming on my Ryzen build which has a slightly better card (1050 Ti). So no, I haven't been bottlenecked by the video card.

The RGB lighting on this build turned out a lot better than I thought. There was some part of me was saying before the build that I might be over-doing it. And I was half expecting to turn some of them off to get the right balance (or at the very least - turn off the RGB color rotation effects). But it turned out very well as is. I might play around with an RGB strip later since the very bottom of the case (in front of the PSU and drive cage cover) is dark as well as the area behind the figurine. But I doubt it'll get any better as is.

MjolnirThunder 1 point 17 months ago

That's a nice PC and all but let me tell you how mad jelly I am of that view.

Zquigly 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I thought that the 1080 mini from Zotac was 8 inches. I might be wrong but it will suit the build much better lol

JudahRoars 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Have 1070 mini. The power cable is lined up perfectly with the psu cover port.

blckphantom 1 point 17 months ago

This is a nice build, i was able to obtain a sponsor through my streaming and gaming life, and he is buying my my DREAM build with includes the i9, asus prime x299,128gb of g skill trident rgb ram,2 samsung evo pro m.2 with an intel dc 4tb pci-e ssd, duel 1080 ti,corsairs crystal 570 rgb,intel pci-express-4 network adapter, with a magwell quad capture pro capture card, and a ax1500w psu , and then next summer when my sponsor gets it ordered hes gonna have it all shipped overnight to my house, hes flying down from cali, and then hes gonna custom water loop it for me, and stream it as we build it, and thats the build pretty much, the rest is just basiscs, monitors new keyboards etc, right now im rocking an fx-8350 with a gtx 770 superclocked, nothing hardcore just basic, so this computer im gonna build next summer is gonna be a step up for sure !

TheHandsomeLuchadore 1 point 16 months ago

notices the taskbar being on the left side of the screen in pic 12

I see you're a man of culture.

Demunlady 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Love this!!

craigjohn 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Sweet sweet build. I'm looking to do a 7820x build (still might become a 1800x build - I'm not going to overclock), and I'm torn between the Cougar Panzer, new Meshify C and the Crystal 460 RGB. Also not liking the prices of the video cards right now - I'm probably going to go with the AMD RX 580, unless I can find out how well a GTX 1060 performs with Capture One Pro 10.

So yeah, interesting to see another build with a whomping CPU and a less expensive GPU.

I'm floored there aren't Ryzen fanboys hemming and hawing over this build, and complaining about your video card choice.

Post a pic if you ever upgrade to the Trident Z RGB ram. Also, the Kraken 62 would look SICK in that build - swap the fans out for RGB. ;)

Cheers.

Free_Mo 1 point 15 months ago

I Love that rig , very good on 3ds max or any 3d programs. very cool

10.03MidRollAds 1 point 14 months ago

Good looking build but, you should have got a custom water cooled loop, it would make it look a lot better.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks. But unfortunately, I have neither the time nor the experience to do custom water. They're also very high maintenance and are not particularly suitable for machines that run unattended for long periods of time.

arty667 1 point 8 months ago

I would have stuck Nel from Bleach in there. +1

That_Computer_Guy 1 point 7 months ago

Hey, great build! I've been looking for a motherboard with more than one USB 2 header because I'm going with an AIO CPU cooler, and since all the other motherboards I've looked at only have one header, I won't be able to use the front IO. Does this one have more than one?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I think you're confusing fan headers with USB headers. The AIO coolers typically use 2 fan headers. USB headers are separate. And most motherboards now have 2 CPU fan headers specifically for AIOs.

Or are you actually using one of those RGB AIOs that use a USB header for the RGB control?

That_Computer_Guy 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, it's an NZXT Kraken X62, and there's a little bit of RGB. Would I use both a USB header and a fan header?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It would depend on what it has. Every RGB cooler is different in different ways. Some have USBs to allow software control of the RGB. Others don't.

Whatever the case is, you'll likely need to plug them all in. This board has 2 USB2 headers and 2 USB3 headers.

click71 1 point 6 months ago

thanks for the confirmation that you can fit 360mm radiator at the front. I can see that you didnt screw back in the shroud to cover the HDD. interestingly enough, it's a very good build, well done, you deserve it. Nice view from your apartment

LukeSMITH989 1 point 6 months ago

For possible future upgrades add a better gpu, it's holding your cpu back massively. Also that motherboard looks AMAZING looks like i'm picking up the gaming 7 haha

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

The GPU would hold back the CPU if it was used for gaming. But this is a workstation, not a gaming rig.

The video card is there to power a couple of monitors running mostly text editors and maybe a video player. Other than that, it's there just for the looks.

If I wanted to game (which I don't have time for anymore), I have a slightly better machine for that.

LukeSMITH989 1 point 6 months ago

How's the x299 gaming 7 going? I'm planning to grab one after i found a i7-7740x for £18.20 (after vouchers used) so I'm planning to get a x299 board, how's overclocking and vrm temps?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

The X299 gaming 7 definitely looks better than it functions. The VRMs do get quite hot under sustained load on the 7900X. But it's still better than all the other launch-ready motherboards that lack the heatpipe. If you're gonna run a 7740X, it won't matter since it only has 4 cores and doesn't draw anywhere close to as much power.

Overclocking on this board is so-so:

  • High memory overclocks are either unstable or won't reliably survive a sleep/wake cycle. But I don't know if it's the mobo or the CPU. The memory is fine since it worked at an even higher speeds on a different X299 board + different CPU.
  • The Phantom Throttling issue affects nearly all Gigabyte X299 boards. But I doubt it will affect a 7740X since it doesn't draw enough power.
  • The BIOS has a tendency to randomly reset when the power is cut when there is a high memory overclock. This happens even with a healthy CMOS battery. This is also common across all Gigabyte X299 mobos. (including the 2nd gen ones like the Gaming 7 Pro and the Designare)

This isn't a knock on Gigabyte X299 boards. I've seen a different set of problems on the Asus ones. And I have no experience with other models.

LukeSMITH989 1 point 6 months ago

The i7-7740x is just temporary until i can save and get a i9 in the next few years, ram oc isn't a problem to me since my lpx 32gb 2400 does the job well (4x8gb version)

I've found a x299 gaming 7 "PRO" (it has a upgraded vrm over the x299 7) Looks like it's the only motherboard in my price range I've narrowed down my only options to the following: -X299-E STRIX -PRIME X299-A -X299 Mark 2 -X299 extreme 4 -X299 FTWK -X299 taichi -X299 M7 -X299 mark 1 -X299 professional i9 And of course the gaming 7 pro, I'm mostly after features whilst keeping a i9 overclocked in the future, I'll see which is the best and keeps the features i need. Thanks for your help mate.

LukeSMITH989 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for your help going to save for the professional gaming i9, didn't realise the fact it's got 10 sata ports and triple ethernet, I'll stick to gaming 7's for my z motherboards, thanks for the help mate.

mrahobo120 1 point 5 months ago

Hi there im thinking of getting the same case and psu as you and I would like to know if the way that you are only using half of the psu shroud had to be done "D.I.Y.", or is it designed for that?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The shroud is two separate pieces. So no modding needed.

mrahobo120 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks, also +1 nice build

tareeko 1 point 4 months ago

Great build. Is the rear fan intake or exhaust?

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Exhaust.

Promaxinjer 1 point 4 months ago

This is very good build but what do you think about my specs they are good for gaming? I5 3470 3.20ghz gtx 1060 3gb evga one fan bought that card crazy deal $160 ddr3 2x4 8gb ram 1600mhz FSP 500W psu also you have overkill system. and that case what you have is beautiful

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 0 points 17 months ago

This is amazing! This is the first i9 build expcept for the one Boyscout made, who works for pcpartpicker. :) amazing job!

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

It IS the first i9 build. Boyscout did a 6 core i7 Kabylake X build.

c5g55t5 0 points 17 months ago

you know **** dont ad up when you got 10 cores and 1050

J_Vilander 1 point 17 months ago

1050 is Not for gaming here

FPSNEAL 0 points 17 months ago

I'm just confused by the fact that you mounted the radiator to bring the heat dissipated by the CPU into the case, making the overall temp higher meaning that you have no cool air coming into the rest of the components. I'm looking to do a similar build, but a bit larger using a 3x120mm AIO cooler, but am trying to stay away from this exact setup.

mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It's a trade-off. If you mount it as an intake, you bring cold air into the radiator which helps the CPU, but warm air into the case which hurts everything else. If you mount as an out-draft, then you bring warm air into the radiator which hurts the CPU and everything else gets cold air.

I generally prefer mounting it as an outdraft, but in this case, there was no other place to mount it other than the front. And I didn't want to reverse the airflow in the case.

iRowdy -3 points 17 months ago

Kaby Lake X? Kind of a ripoff tbh

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philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the video card recommendation. Granted, I probably would've crossed it out anyway since there's no RGB.

Admittedly, I didn't look at anything above 1060 since I don't do enough gaming to justify that cost. And I already have a gaming rig + gaming laptop. This build is intended as a dedicated workstation that may get converted into a gaming rig in the future.

My temperature guns shows the chipset temperature to be around 30C idle. Which doesn't say much. I don't intend to stress that part of the build anyway. But I'd assume it was built to handle 3-way SLI.

The Anime figurine is Kuroyukihime from Accel World.

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mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I wouldn't say that. Most of my builds were built primarily as workstations. So I have a lot of them. Gaming is secondary. But I do rig some of them up for gaming.

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mysticial submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Damn. If I knew everybody was just gonna comment on the city view instead of the build, I should've just titled the build, "Accel World". Since a large part of the show the figurine is from takes place in a virtual reality world - in the middle of a big city (Tokyo), at night.

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mysticial submitter 6 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

I can't tell if you're trolling or if you're just seriously misinformed.

Every single one of the ASUS X299 boards that are available right now (especially the STRIX which you're recommending) have VRM problems. And the Gigabyte 7 and 9 are the only ones that have the extra VRM sinks and double 8-pin.

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