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Sleeping Panda (2017 rebuild of 2014 PC)

by Endricane


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Date Published

July 17, 2017

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UPGRADE COST: $1,365.84 (motherboard, cpu, ram, 960 M.2 pro ssd)


I used the case, power supply, CPU cooler, Hard drive, and SSD from my previous build which started in 2014, which can be found here. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/C4q48d. I put quite a bit of money into fans, fancy cables, lights and fan filters / rubber, etc.

Those wire ties are expensive.... .. . :)

The Intel i7-7700k CPU is overclocked to 5.0 GHz

The G. Skill 32GB RAM is overclocked to 3200 MHz

I want to purchase another Samsung 960 Pro 512GB m.2 so I can put my boot drive into RAID 0.

I would also like to purchase another 1080Ti for SLI, because I hate money...

The finishing move would be to remove the 4TB HDD and upgrade in the form of 2x 6TB Western Digital Black Hard Drives in RAID 1. I'm almost out of space on my 4TB drive and I would like RAID 1 for backup purposes.

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Benjtheman 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

+0.5 for sexy RGB build and +0.5 for double orange kitties = +1 ;D

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

The computer is really for them :)

donkeywhistle 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

"Some people just want to watch their wallet burn..."

P.S. I prefer Malibu pink theme

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

My PC is my child, I dont have kids so I can stuff money into my computer. This was over the last 4 years and I'm still working on it...

Light that fire baby :)

Everyone likes the pink theme, thanks!

Shotta06 2 points 4 days ago

Why do you need 9 fans?

You spent more on fans and mounts than you would with a good liquid cooling solution. I don't understand the logic there.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

lol no one needs 8 fans, but, that's not the point. :). There is actually 10 fans. Two others i have are not installed but will be. I had them installed for push/pull. Yes I am aware this makes little if any difference.

I just wanted to take it to the max extreme, I work on my PC every month. I used the corsair stock fans for the first 2+ years.

I am eventually going to liquid cool her with a custom loop too on top of the fans, but, I'm intimidated as I've never done one before and I just haven't been ready.

Bosswoman3 1 point 4 days ago

Hope you had fun building your pc.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks!, this is actually a rebuild, half the parts came from my old PC. It's actually an ongoing thing. I put in like $50 a week for the last few years.

Bosswoman3 2 points 3 days ago

Well that's some good work

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 hours ago

Thanks so much, I see you don't have a build yet, otherwise I'd comment on yours :)

smcgothboy 3 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

I had an ax860i PSU in my build originally but had to switch it out as it had errors when using the Corsair Link, if you can avoid using it I'd suggest it as it made my PC reboot constantly or randomly turn off and start an annoying reboot sequence. Ended up getting a HX1000i. Hopefully you won't get the same issue. Nice build btw. :) +1

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

The AX860i im using is actually from my 2014 build. I have been using it for roughly 3.5 years with absolutely no issues, though I have read countless horror stories online. Thanks for the feedback!

ClawMachine881 1 point 4 days ago

Wow, really nice, though with that budget, why no go with tempered glass? Love the Pink Theme. +1

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

The budget was spent over last 4 years.

It's important to me to have a border around the window to block certain things, like the LED strips. None of the tempered glass seems to offer that.

I also bought this 750d case back in 2014 when tempered glass wasn't all over. Plus i worry less about the non glass

Also, I need an optical drive, which most tempered glass cases domt offer.

I love my 750d :) wonderful air flow

ClawMachine881 1 point 4 days ago

Phanteks Enthoo Pro seems like a good fit for you, but that makes sense. I actually found tempered glass to be more durable than any acrylic. I just clean it every now and then.

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Interesting, I would like to see the tempered glass in person. Maybe one day :).

I actually bought a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX case for decoration purposes because it was on sale. I love their Evolv cases, but, no optical drive and somewhat restricted air flow made me consider other options. I also thought about trying to modify it with vent holes and to somehow fit an optical bay...

The Pro is definitely close, but, a few things I don't like about it. While I like a border around my window, I don't like when they break it up into multiple windows like that and block too much space.

Do you know if those rails where the hard drives go, are removable? Those would annoy me as i'm going in and out of my PC all the time. Currently I have my hard drive mounted in my optical bay with these "StarTech BRACKET Metal 3.5" to 5.25" Drive Adapter"

I definitely like the power supply shroud look, I would love to populate that Evolv ITX with some junk :).

craterking456 1 point 4 days ago

Tbh, if you had this much money to burn, why not go with i9/threadripper? You would have lots of cores for future proofing and any multi-threaded applications you'd use in the future.

Nice rig! +1

Endricane submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

To be honest, I really thought about it, but I didn't go i9 yet for a couple reasons.

Going down that road would have cost me roughly another $900 for what I wanted, I'm not ready to burn that much... yet :)

I also love the aesthetic of the formula ix motherboard

I was looking for a way to get on the DDR4 platform, though i know this makes little to no difference in performance over my DDR3-1866MHz.

I wanted to get an m.2 drive, even though i know this also makes little difference over my SATA SSD.

I always give my brother my old parts so when I move to i9 he can have my Kaby Lake.

At the moment, with i9 being brand new, I'm a little hesitant to switch over just yet. I would like the other high core processors to come out and prices to get a little cheaper first.

Kind of waiting for Ice Lake or Tiger lake before I switch to an i9 type platform. Might be a while :)

A few benefits I received with my new system was substantially better fan control, enabling my industrial grade fans to spin down to 0 rpm, and high impedance sense technology for my headphones.

I often play 6 mmorpg accounts simultaneously, which used to max my 4770k to 100%. The core upgrade helped a bit with that, im no longer pinned at 95-100%.

Some day I'll get that i9!