Normally I do not repost a build for minor revisions, but having moved place and getting an entirely new setup and changing some core components thought why not. Also the fact my original build is a mixture of varying pictures and GPU’s, become kind of a mess due to so many chnages. Aesthetically the case itself and looks is broadly similar to my original build. The main changes have been in components to GPU’s, Storage, cooling and of course the set up in itself due to moving house.
The CPU and motherboard combo is still going strong. Right now no reason to move from my 5960x thanks to the pretty great clock I achieve with it of 4.8 Ghz on all 8 cores for benching and 4.6 Ghz for daily use and the motherboard has everything I need. For gaming similarly I am usually GPU bound in the titles I play so no massive need to move. I expect my next upgrade will be when Skylake-E rolls around with X299.
For GPU’s the main change has been the move to Triple GTX 1080 Ti’s. This is a move from The GTX 1080’s Tri SLI and Dual Titan XP pascal I had in between. Each of these buet’s is a pretty nice powerhouse in its own right but together for gaming and simulation modelling alike cut tasks down to size. Performance wise each are identical mostly to Titan XP’s I ran for a while but at nearly half the price each do nice in that regards.
In terms of numbers a GTX 1080Ti is about 25%-30% ahead of my GTX 1080’s in games at like for like clocks. As a result it helps crank up the eye candy at 3440 x 1440, more so when the games support SLI. Primary use and why I have the third is for tasks outside of gaming and the extra performance helps cut down simulation modelling time a fair bit. On the bad side, as part of the move I lost my 3-Way SLI Hard bridge so performance when in threeway config is not great yet :(
In terms of RAM I have kept the dominator platinums but due to manual tweaking and messing around got the 3000 Mhz kit rated 15-17-17-36 2T down to 3200 Mhz at 14-15-15-33 1T so a nice little bump.
For storage the main upgrade has been the move the 1TB 960 Pro for the boot drive from the 512 GB 950 Pro. It also doubles up as a location in which I keep my work related model works so benefit from the faster speeds over normal SSD’s when opening and closing files.
The biggest changes is in terms of layout in the room due to buying a new house. The PC is now in its own dedicated room rather then a spare bedroom and as a result I got the layout and desk setup exactly how I want. So much more room to before and as part of the process got a 5.1 System which is dotted around the room which adds depth like never before in terms of audio, really makes everything more immersive.
In all I am pretty happy with the build. I imagine next upgrade will be for Skylake-E to get the benefits of a nice IPC bump and more cores that I often use and whatever Volta turns out to be. One issue I do have is the 960 Pro acts flaky on X99 when overclocking and notice that can be a painful and annoying issue at times as it drops to Gen 2.0 lane when not happy with base clock variations.
FYI: I know it may be mentioned why the GPU's are not under water, simple reason is I cannot be bothered yet to set up an external radiator and the case only has a spot for a 360 mm Radiator. Under heavy load the PC can pull 1.1 Kilowatts from the wall so too much heat for such a single radiator to manage. Also the fact I change GPU's often is another reason.