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Galileo

by p_nlsn

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Details

Date Published

Dec. 31, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.012 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

12 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C

Description

Behind the Name:
My brother is an insanely creative and intelligent human being. He has designed, cut, and welded multiple skid plates for his lifted TrailBlazer, he coded a program to operate multiple floppy drives at different speeds, to create different frequencies, resulting in music, he has also created a robotic hand that mirrors the hand of the user, he cut and welded a front bumper for his TrailBlazer from scratch, and is currently designing and building his own custom back bumper from scratch, plus many (maybe thousands?) more of undocumented experiments and projects. This being said, he loves to code, make stuff, blow stuff up, design stuff, etc. and has ALWAYS wanted an Intel Galileo Prototyping Board. So, because of his prolonged hunger for this board, we decided to name this beauty, "Galileo".

How could we get a $3.2k computer?:
First off, I know it isn't worth $3.2k, but that's what we paid, minus the parts we already owned.

We were able to afford a computer that cost so much dough because, for Christmas, my brother and I figured that instead of upgrading each of our computers individually, why don't we just combine those available gifts into one awesome VR build? So we did.

Build Process:
The build process went SUPER smooth! The only complaint we have, is that the Asus Maximus X Hero Mobo has a BIOS setting that "tunes" the CPU, and was causing it to receive too much power, and the CPU was idling at 56C while running the BIOS at the stock frequency. We tried reapplying the thermal paste three different times, each with a different technique, we also checked the mounting bracket for the cooler, tried turning all the fans to 100%, underclocking the CPU, and contacted NZXT support, only to figure out that it was a simple, one-click fix in the BIOS.

Also, we forgot to plug in the second part of the 24-pin power cable to the back of the PSU *facepalm*, causing the motherboard to only receive part of it's required power, which then resulted in an unsuccessful boot, so we freaked out thinking we would have to take this whole build apart and RMA the board. Fortunately, it was just a simple fix.

Benchmarks:
Heaven Benchmark
3Dmark coming soon
VRmark coming soon

Why we have it:
We use this build for gaming, VR gaming, picture editing, video editing, and more!

Notes:
•The blue batman and the red dog were 3D printed by Mason at his college
•We bought two Windows 10 Pro keys ($69.98 is the price of both combined) with hopes to split the M.2 ssd so we could have a different "profile" for each of us. After some more thought, we decided to just use one operating system (so we wasted a Windows 10 key), and maybe use the rest of the M.2 to store a couple of games or something else frequently accessed.
•Mason already owned the GPU, 3TB hdd, webcam, and monitor from his upgraded Alienware Aurora R4
•The VIVE and Razer headphones were also a Christmas present
•The DVD/CD drive came out of my computer
•The router was obviously already owned
•There are two tubes of thermal paste because we bought a pack of two (duh)
•We painted the CD/DVD drive black so it didn't stand out with that ugly silver it comes with

+---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+ Updates:

1/08/18 - We bought a new keyboard and mouse (Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 and Razer Mamba Tournament Edition)

5/11/18- We borrowed Parker's monitor from his rig "Samson" and we are using it as a secondary monitor. We also hooked up Mason's TV from his dorm as a third monitor and to be used as a VR game display during parties and stuff

5/13/18- We bought the 400W Logitech Z623 speakers (Heckin awesome btw)

5/14/18- We bought the red and black sleeving for the VR headset's cable to help reduce the times it got tangled (and make it look cool) and we bought a foam replacement for the VR headset that is WAY more comfortable

12/24/18- We modded the HTC Headset to be wireless for more mobility and less tangled wires/accidental rippages from the link box

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros: Super fast! With 6 cores and the capability of being overclocked to 5.0GHz, this is one of the best i7's

Cons: Runs A little hot, but easily tamed with a decent cooler

CPU Cooler

Pros: The RGB Logo and Infinity Mirror look amazing, and it cools great! My i7-8700K is OC'd to 5.0GHz and runs 32C at idle

Cons: Not really any

Other Thoughts: The ASUS MAXIMUS X HERO mobo has an automatic CPU "tuning" setting in the BIOS which can cause the CPU to recieve WAY TOO MUCH voltage, and the temps will sky rocket, tricking you into thinking it's a bad cooler

Thermal Compound

This stuff works like a charm

Motherboard

Pros: The RGB lights look B-E-A-UTIFUL and this is a high-quality mobo with plenty of features (all useful)

Cons: This mobo has a BIOS setting that "tunes" the CPU, and was causing our i7-8700K to receive too much power, and to idle at 56C while running the BIOS at the stock frequency. Turned it off and now it's OC'd to 5.0 GHz and idles at 32C

Memory

Pros: I love that this thing has Asus Aura Sync. Looks absolutely stunning with my Asus Maximus X Hero. Also, DDR4-3200 is plenty fast

Cons: Not really any

Storage

Pros: Talk about a difference! Going from a 7.2K RPM HDD to this M.2, BLEW ME AWAY! Definitely worth the money

Cons: Absolutely none

Details: I use this as a boot drive for Windows 10; Pretty sure Windows boots faster than my monitor can turn on

Storage

Pros: Freakin' fast! I love this thing

Cons: None at all

Details: I use this as a storage device for my applications and games, all start with almost no wait

Storage

Pros: Not bad for a 7.2K RPM HDD. Decently fast

Cons: It's an HDD. I prefer an SSD, but we already owned it, and it's 3TB, so...

Video Card

Pros: Can handle any game I've thrown at it on max settings with over 60FPS (Tom Clancy's Wildlands hits over 100) and runs semi-cool

Cons: Can't think of any

Other Thoughts: I wish I had gotten the RGB edition

Case

Pros: Plenty of space; Tons of expansion slots; Looks stunning; Came with 3x140MM and has room for 5 more

Cons: No dust filter for the top if you have intake fans there (Lucky for me, I don't)

Power Supply

Pros: I love the RGB fan, looks great!

Cons: Has flat, black, rainbow cables

Other Thoughts: The cables didn't look as bad as I expected

Monitor

144Hz looks absolutely awesome

Speakers

Heckin awesome! Such wow!

With a 130W subwoofer included, these are totally worth the money! The things make listening to music, playing games, even browsing youtube sound so much better!

Comments Sorted by:

Brookshelves 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

The dog looks like it's from SuperHot

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

It does, now that you say that

Also, that's an awesome game!

WebMan296 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Awesome temperatures! I'm really suprised by the temperatures under load at 5ghz

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Me too!

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HowieShen 1 point 15 months ago

When I tried to do this build, I got a compatibility issue with using the ASUS ROG Mobo and the Samsung 960 EVO, stating: "The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled." Can you tell me if you experienced any issues with this?

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

We got that same compatibility issue. With our motherboard, all it means is that the SATA port 1 will be disabled if a M.2 SSD is inserted and in SATA mode, and that SATA ports 5-6 will be disabled when an M.2 SSD is inserted while operating in PCIEX4 mode. (Source (Page: "x", Section: "Storage"))

We have not encountered any issues with this because we do not need all 6 SATA ports, and were completely open for using only SATA ports 1-4 (We are using the M.2_1 slot in PCIEX4 mode). Plus, SATA ports 1-4 are hidden behind our GPU, so it helps with cable management.

olliepop 1 point 15 months ago

Hi! I have the same mobo, cpu and cooler. My cpu temps are shooting way up just sitting in Bios, like 80+. Could you let me know what setting you did changed to fix the x62 cooling issue? Thanks!

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I would be glad to help you solve your issue!

Did you plug the USB 2.0 Mini-B connector into the cooler and the USB 2.0 motherboard connector into the internal USB 2.0 port on the motherboard?

Did you plug the power connector into the cooler and the SATA power connector into a SATA power cable from your power supply?

Inside the ASUS BIOS (Turn Advanced Mode "on"), go to Extreme Tweaker > Ai Overclock Tuner > Use XMP

Inside the ASUS BIOS (Turn Advanced Mode "on"), go to Extreme Tweaker > ASUS MultiCore Enhancement > Disable

Did you connect a SATA power cable to the SATA power connector on the fan splitter cable that came with the cooler (if your fans are plugged into it)?

Have you tried reinstalling the thermal paste?

olliepop 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for your help! It looks like my water pump was dead on arrival so I ended up going to the store and picking up a H115i. Back to sub 30 temps. I’m a little bummed though as the Kraken looked sick.

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I'm glad you were able to figure out what was wrong!

Biono 1 point 15 months ago

How is the monitor?

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

It is a true beauty! Coming from a 60Hz monitor, the 144Hz refresh rate looks stunning! Plus, the colors are crisp!

Biono 1 point 15 months ago

Nice! I'll check it out.

brubru1998 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hello, how do you stop the fan tuning in the bios ? Thank you ! :)

p_nlsn submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I would be glad to help! What exactly is your issue? In the mean time, try changing these two settings to see if they help:

Inside the ASUS BIOS (Turn Advanced Mode "on"), go to Extreme Tweaker > Ai Overclock Tuner > Use XMP

Or you can try going inside the ASUS BIOS (Turn Advanced Mode "on"), and going to Extreme Tweaker > ASUS MultiCore Enhancement > Disable

Let me know if that fixes your problem!

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