Potentially more final-ish rebuild of a rebuild of endless rebuilds in this case. It began life as an 18th birthday/sendoff gift (I wanted something to do with PCs that also wouldn't be outdated or switched out as I hop from platform to platform, case fit the bill), has had a Pentium, i5, X58, X470/2700X, and maybe a couple other based systems in it, but those are the main ones. Moved to X99 in my main rig around February 2019, when I got my X99 Classified for $99 on a B-Stock sale.
There's no real reason for this rig though, other than I just like the hardware. I game on a 25" 1080p 75Hz ultrawide, my 1660 Ti handles that perfectly fine. This has just been a slowly evolving reflection of my passions, and hopefully this will be the last configuration it's in for a while. There's really not much more I could do to it other than get a custom cable kit and add more SSDs (would need to figure out BIOS modding to enable bifurcation if I want to use the PCIe card for multiple drives though). 6950Xs remain overpriced, so there's nowhere higher to really go.
Also sadly my pics aren't super nice since I have a smartphone and uh... a 3 bulb floor lamp, did the best I could with that before my patience ran out.
Forgot the loop components lol:
EKWB D5 pump/res combo
2x Hardware Labs Nemesis 360GTS rads (360x120x30mm slim rads)
Heatkiller IV Pro Acetal CPU block, EKWB Radeon VII Acetal block
EKWB EK-ZMT tubing, EKWB nickel stubby barbs, plain black zip ties, assorted EKWB 90 degree and other random fittings (oh and a Bitspower drain fitting)
6x Noctua iPPC NF-F12 iPPCs on a Phanteks fan hub
Aaaand currently stability testing my CPU overclock. Had it about 98% stable at 1.27v vCore, but it hit an instability at some point during the night, running ASUS Realbench. Upped vCore, set it to run an 8 hour stress test, when I get home from work I'm hoping to see that it passed. Current settings are 4.7Ghz/3.7Ghz 1.28v/1.1v core/uncore, with a 1.925v Input Voltage (IIRC, I may have upped it to 1.95v but I forget). Temps are maxing at about 72C package, hottest core goes up to 74C.
EDIT: needed to increase vCore to 1.3v for 100% stability, it'll hit the 80s under some loads, usually if the GPU is loaded as well.
It's a 5960X. 40 PCIe lanes vs the 28 my 5820K has, so all the slots on the board are happy. This specific one is a j-bin, pretty decent one compared to other j-bins (4.5Ghz at 1.2v, currently 4.7 at 1.3, may be able to push it a bit higher or else tune voltages slightly), godly compared to the majority of non-j-bin 5960Xs. Still slaps all my games pretty easily, and hits harder than my 2700X did while being... 4 years older IIRC?
Excellent overclocking board. VRMs are damn solid, UEFI is really easy to use, I personally think it's on par with the usual ASUS UEFI (which is best in class most of the time, same as their BIOS back on X58), may actually prefer it a little, but part of that would be my EVGA fanboyism coming out. Looks gorgeous too, I'm a fan of clean, simple boards.
Mine does have funky SATA ports though, and the M.2 slot is only an x2 due to this being one of the earlier X99 boards (my newer X99 Micro2 has full x4), thus the 4 stars. I use a PCIe card and a 1TB SSD so that's not really a massive issue for me, someone else might mark it down more for that.
It's RAM. Snappy, runs XMP with 0 issues (I don't push it any farther because Haswell-E IMCs can be iffy), looks really pretty. Which is the main reason I got it, it's a nice clean kit that's still visually interesting. Non-RGB version because my rigs have basically become anti-RGB at this point.
My kit is actually the 3200Mhz CL16 one though, PCPP doesn't have that kit listed. It does also have a 3000Mhz CL15 XMP profile though.
A little overpriced compared to the SX8200 Pro, but it's a 970 Evo. Typical Samsung quality and reliability, I've had 0 issues with the drive and as expected, it's extremely snappy.
It's a Radeon VII. I have a love-hate relationship with this card. My specific RVII was actually straight from AMD, ordered it 3 hours after launch and had it overnighted. It's a bit of a funky card, but to be fair most of the funk is due to the drivers. You can't use the card properly without them though, so it gets a drop to 3 stars for that. It has a lot of overclocking headroom if the drivers decide to let you actually use the damn card, but they often don't. Adrenaline 2020 is a wreck, 2019 lets me actually use Afterburner without blackscreens (Wattman is consistently broken), but the card still won't do over 2000Mhz, and that's with higher voltages and power targets than allowed out of the box (I use MorePowerTool and have the card on water). I've had it do 2100Mhz (2030-2050Mhz actual) for a 3DMark run, at 1.218v (max allowed at stock) and 120% power target (max allowed at stock). But unfortunately I didn't mark down which version of Adrenaline 2019 I was running at the time, and the current version just decided to veto any higher clocks.
To be fair, it's more of a prosumer card than a gamer one (same as the Vega FE, which I also had), but I'm an idiot and insisted on keeping it. Not clocking to a specific number above stock isn't a massive mark against the card for most people, but I bought the Radeon card specifically because they typically allow for better OCing and allow you to break more rules than Nvidia cards. Not being able to beat my friend's Liquid Devil 5700XT is disappointing though.
I have heard that later units behave better, maybe if I can be arsed to drain the loop again sometime in the future, I'll slap the stock cooler back on and RMA it.
TL;DR: Card that makes a lot of impressive promises, but due to consistently messy drivers it can't always deliver. Once you find a version that works, you should probably just stick with that till there's an actual need to update. If you're a prosumer and not planning to OC the card at all, and are doing workloads that favor the compute performance Vega has, then it's an excellent card, especially at current pricing. If you're a gamer, just get the 2080 Super, or even for the same price the 2070 Super, which when OCed is almost as fast AFAIK.
It's an Evolv. Wanted one since I saw LTT's video a good while back, one where Luke (who is now with Floatplane) built his main rig in one. It's a gorgeous case, it fits a lot of hardware by hook or by crook (take that PCPP, saying my motherboard won't fit), and despite the complaints of bad airflow I've never had overheating issues. Well, I did once, but that was with a 980 Ti and only a single fan in the front (which was also in the top), meaning there wasn't actual airflow to the GPU.
It's well built and has survived an insane amount of rebuilds and tinkering, IDK what all else to say. I like it, it's an excellent case, and the new Evolv X looks like a worthy successor.
It supplies power, has 0 issues, all the cables I need. Being able to see power consumption is handy, mostly because I'm a stats nerd at times. Does it through iCUE too, which I have installed anyways because of my headphones and keeb.
Excellent piece of hardware, gives me full x4 bandwidth so I'm not bottlenecking my SSD at all. Sadly I can't use the full features of the card due to my platform not supporting bifurcation without a BIOS mod, but hey it looks pretty so I call that a win! Has active cooling and preinstalled thermal pads too, so if you're a pro who actually needs a blazing fast NVMe raid cache or something similar, there's no worries about temps when you push the SSDs hard.