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StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

This particular EVGA card came with a heatsink plate & a backplate. I just took off the backplate, kept using the regular VRM heatplate, bought 25mmx25mmx1.6mm copper shim, and mounted it on the NZXT bracket. I bought a better fan, which I connected directly to GPU with cable adapter. So it runs full blast cooling the heatplate.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

In my opinion, this case is 2x better than NZXT H440. H440 is for people who think "minimalism" is better than practicality. The 760T by corsair is even better.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I think you can try and turn the LED off entirely, but to my knowledge, I don't think its possible to change it to solid light.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Photoshop

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

It was custom etched :)

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Fan setup? You mean the diagram? If so, I made that myself.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I designed it in photoshop.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I got it from Intel retail edge :)

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Haha thank you very much.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago
  1. This particular EVGA card came with a heatsink plate or whatever & a backplate. I just took off the backplate, kept using the regular VRM heatplate, bought 25mmx25mmx1.6mm copper shim, and mounted it. I bought a better fan, which I connected directly to GPU with cable adapter. So it runs full blast cooling the heatplate.

Now I get 26-28C idle, and 42C max load (single monitor) and 46C (surround).

Now keep in mind, there was a lot of trial and error. Initially I didn't know I could use my heatplate, so I had gotten the heatsinks, and the pads but they never stuck on properly. When I realized my mistake, It was much more simple. I feel bad for anyone who doesn't have that heat plate. Just takes more time.

When I got those drives, I was a retail employee so I used coupons and such.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

NZXT hue is pretty cool, but I think its a little bit of a waste of space :/ I personally like my remote control setup, especially in my new build where its hooked directly to PSU instead of connecting separately to wall, which I did with this old one. More options ;P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I get 26-28C idle, and 46C max (tri screen surround, and 43 without). Looks decent, fraction of the cost, and pretty much same results ;)

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Sorry didn't see your comment. I am very interested in oculus tech, however, I will probably wait for v2 before buying one.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Which will be many years. Network infrastructure will have to be drastically improved on both ISP and user end to handle vast amount of data 4k requires. Cable networks will need to drastically improve their infrastructure to output 4k content on TV's and other such media. Programmers/web designers will need to implement 4k scaling support. Tech companies will have to roll out cheaper, more viable solutions to make 4k reasonable. Content Creators will need to upgrade to 4k equipment, shoot in 4k, and release content in 4k on various media.

This simply won't happen for a while. Not to mention, viewing lower resolution content on 4k monitors is very medicore. People with vast amount of 1080/720p content (like myself) can't ever simply upgrade to such a resolution.

1440p is the only resolution which is worthwhile as of right now. I understand 4k is the next big thing, but sadly, as much as I want to upgrade to it, too many negative factors come into play :(

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Thank you. It was bought from Ikea ages ago. Honestly I'm not a huge fan of it. The glass can be a hassle to deal with.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

A year isn't going to make any difference. 4k is far off from getting any real content and compatibility. 4k will require serious architecture changes to be pushed onto modern televisions, monitors, etc. I have experienced it, and although it is nice, it's just not practical in any scenario but some games (for which you need serious horsepower to push). Not to mention there are like 8k, 10k screens etc already made. They keep pushing new tech without first making sure its actually usable. I will take back comment about it being a gimmick, but still. No real reason to get it yet. 1440p is much more reasonable at this time.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 5 points 41 months ago

Except problem with 4k is that there is literally almost no media, and not all programs and websites have the ability to utilize that resolution. 4k has a long way to go. It's more of a gimmick than anything else right now, not to mention even 980 TI can't even push 60fps 4k on many games. But yeah each to his/her own ;P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Yeah, although Titan X is still better, its ridiculously over priced. 980 TI is still a much better deal. As for the gigabyte card, all of those cards generally come with a 1-2 year warranty. I would check again.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Would you elaborate on how you would spend your money? :P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Nope. Won't need to.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Honestly, with cases this big, I wouldn't even want to transport them. Not exactly the lightest computers. As for cooling, both have great cooling, nothing you should be worrying about. Regarding the gaming monitors, I'm not sure. I'm never had a 144Hz monitor. If you are looking for zero input lag etc etc, then I know BenQ offers some great monitors. But if you want great color/angle quality overall, IPS is the way to go. I am perfectly fine with my 60hz 5ms IPS monitors. Nowadays more and more companies are releasing monitors with very low input lag/delay with IPS panels, even for 4k resolutions. So I would keep a look out. Would like to mention those are stupid expensive, however.

I'm not sure how they came to the conclusion that the 780 Ti is the "most powerful" card on the market. Every other reputable tech company/blog/youtuber will tell you that the Titan X and 980 TI currently reign supreme when it comes to gaming benchmarks. AMD just released their fury x/390 cards, and benchmarks are slowly rolling in for those, but I have not had the time to check them out. Personally, I don't even care, as I prefer nvidia over AMD for gaming components.

You had sent me another message, and I replied saying that if you are interested in the 980 TI then I would suggest looking into the non-reference models by MSI/EVGA and gigabyte.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thank you :P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

Thanks, glad you liked it. As for the SSD's, they were available to purchase for an extremely appealing price point so I pulled the trigger. They are definately not the greatest SSD's in the world, but hell, in raid, they offer great performance for incredibly cheap price. And as we all know, SSD's are crazy reliable, even the slower/cheaper models. I would also like to point out that I will not be storing anything important on the SSD's in raid. :P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

You mean, 1080p x 3 ;) I will be playing in surround mostly.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

I got it because of the price I was able to get it at.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks! As for the sleeved cables, they are actually not by CableMod :P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I would look at the MSI/EVGA/Gigabyte 980 TI. They are the same if not cheaper than the reference model, and generally offer much better cooling/performance/audio.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

I got the 5930k because I was able to obtain it for a great price. It was obtained from my friend who works with intel retail edge.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

To do a proper custom water loop, it would have been literally 2.5-3x more expensive then what I spent to cool my GPU right now. After getting some experience with custom loops, its just not worth it in my opinion. Just the replacing/upgrade factor is a huge turn off.

Would like to mention I didn't buy all this stuff at same time, I had several of these components already ;) So reusing from previous few builds.

As for the audio equipment, my uDAC-2 is both a headphone amp & usb dac. I don't have a single amp unit or anything. This functions quite well for my needs.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 4 points 41 months ago

If you follow the link and see the brick,

  1. I took it apart

  2. wrapped it in electrical tape

  3. connected it to PSU, and stuffed it under my PSU cables, out of sight

  4. mounted my IR sensor in front of PSU

  5. wrapped the LED strip around my case.

The hardest part about this was to find out how to power it since the kit link I provided makes you plug it into the wall by default. I found an adapter using this lighting kit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QAX8YPY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 which allowed me to hook it up directly to psu via molex connection. You could just get the one I just listed, however the LED cables are much much smaller than the LED kit I'm actually using which is listed in the part list above.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Reason? As you mentioned, the price ;)

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I was tired of choosing black cases. All builds I have done have been the same color. This is why I chose the white 760T. I believe it gives it a unique appearance with the black/red internals.

As for the 3 SSDs, if you go through my pictures, you can actually see them mounted right next to the front rad which is cooling the GPU.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Motherboard is great, and stupid advanced. This is the first time I had to actually go through the manual to get a handle on all the features. As for the WIFI, it comes with the antenna attachment which you screw in on rear IO of motherboard. And yes, CPU was obtained much cheaper than retail :)

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Codename: Wildfire

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Thanks. This was what was recommended to me and seems to be decent. Currently getting near ambient 21-22C on CPU and decent temps with GPU. I can always try switching the fans and seeing if that makes a difference though.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Sorry for late reply. Been working on my new build :)

As for the sentry, It's not that great. I now prefer manual fan controllers or plugging directly to the motherboard. Primary issue is that since it doesn't support pwm fans, it can only cut the fan speed down to 40%

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Thanks. I would like to point out that I had a v2 of that build (unless you have seen it). And it's ironic because I have built another computer in the past 2 weeks here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/gs7hP6 Great list you got there, and I like you are paying attention to your own color scheme. Only thing I would change however, is the GTX 980 ti. I would recommend a non reference card as they usually perform much better, unless you are planning to SLI. Reference cards with blower designs are generally kept at cooler temps in SLI. Second thing I would change is the case. As a personal opinion, I find that case a bit cheap, both in material and looks (not to mention seems like a dust magnet). If I may suggest this, the 760T white would be a much better case then that for the same price range.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Custom cables designed by me and created by ensourced.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I got it etched by lazerwerx.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

It wasn't meant to be that way but I guess so ;P

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

It's usually underclocked, and you have to enable full speed in bios, at least that is what I had to do via XML profile I believe it's called.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Bass would be 558, but slightly. They are very similar headphones.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Srry for late reply. I accumulated over the years. And I suppose you could say I am a collector. They do have different purposes. Lighting inside case is pretty simple, I would just get a remote controlled LED lighting kit, just lay out around ur case, drill a hole for power cable for the small brick (or take apart brick like I did and use electrical tape and mount). Pretty simple.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

You might be right, a lot of places the card is out of stock. However, reviews are everywhere. Just go to amazon and see the actual user reviews, there are literally like 8 gtx 970 cards, all of which are nearly 5/5 stars. OR you can check out actual benchmark review articles on google. But yes, I would wait for one of these cards. For some cards, you can get it in 1-3 weeks due to stock issues on amazon.

2 more things I would like to mention is, even though you have a very good Air cooler, I would check out water coolers as well. Corsair h100i has gotten very good reviews and keeps CPU cooler than almost any air cooler. It's gone on sale many times as well. Generally water coolers are better all around due to low maintenance, no dust to worry about and cooler temps. I don't remember if I already mentioned this in the first message or not.

Second thing, I know I mentioned this but yeah definitely try to get another PSU if possible. If it was a regular machine, then it would have been fine, but you have some really high end components and planning to use it for gaming, so it's recommended you get atleast a gold/platinum standard. I would highly recommend getting this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438026&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom - Completed Build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thank you. Few suggestions I would have for you is don't scrimp on the PSU, try for a gold or platinum PSU, preferably semi if not fully modular (saves you the cable management trouble + frees up space for more airflow.) PSU is arguably the most important component in your computer because if something were to happen to it, it can literally kill every other component in your system. There was a deal a few days ago for a seasonic 660w platinum fully modular for $70 after rebate which was an amazing deal. I would highly look out for something like that.

As for the GPU, I HIGHLY suggest saving up for the GTX 970. It's an amazing card, which packs a lot of performance while being more more energy efficient. Recent benchmarks show that it's the best performance for the price. It's another $50 or so depending on where you get it, but it's going to be worth it. Nvidia has done a great job with the pricing this time around.

Now for the case, I know it's personal preference and all, and the corsair 300R is a great case, however, the corsair 450D is basically the revamped version of that case and it's literally what I wanted from the get go but unfortunately corsair announced it few months after I finished mine. Every additional mod I had to do no longer has to be done with this case (no ugly side window, provided grommets, much better airflow, ability for more fans inside, little bit more space, and ability to put top on case for quiet performance.) Ultimately you have to decide if all that is worth the additional money for such a case. Otherwise the 300R is just fine.

Additional mods you can try to do is adding lighting in the front or inside the case using LED strips or remote control LED strips.

Last piece of advice I can try to give is try to obtain windows for cheaper, there are many deals going around and paying $100 is a lot. Most people obtain it for free, albeit by non-legitimate means, however, windows 8 usually goes on sale quite often.

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StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Oh hey, It was giving me an incompatibility error and I noticed that the dimensions for the case were incorrect.

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StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks!

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

It has to be custom etched. Either you can do it yourself, or you have to get someone else to do it for you. Try looking up Lazerwerx, he does this work.

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss's Completed Build: Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R Completed build

StaRn3ss submitter 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Usually all LED strips come with a 4 pin peripheral cable. Just need to connect that to one of the power supply cables.

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