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Maximus Prime

by TenTonnesofDoug

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Date Published

Aug. 10, 2017

Date Built

May 5, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.75GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.23GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

Description

EDIT: Featured Build! Woo! :) Thanks everyone!

Yes, it's a rubbish name, but I'm not really into giving my PC pretentious names like 'Excalibur 9000' or whatever... (to pick one randomly - sorry if that's yours!)

Anyway. It's a nice PC, used for gaming and work and stuff. It's been a while since I last upgraded, my last PC has survived over 10 years of abuse, and was coping remarkably well. It was Core Q6600 overclocked from 2.4 to 3.0 (stable for years and years!) 4Gb of DDR2 and 1Gb ATI 4870. It used to smash Crysis at 1680 x 1050 back in the day! Anyway, digressing again. Build them well and expect them to last! I've been PC gaming since before the original Doom (on a 386!), and before that an avid Atari STE owner (and long before that my gaming first started off hand typing code from a book into an Oric 48k - I've seen some ****).

Where to start on the new build... the case! First thing I bought (bought bits and pieces over several months to avoid one big spend). I like a nice clean look, so many cases are soo ugly. This one looks amazing, but has a few minor drawbacks:

Build quality wasn't perfect on mine, and I'd had it sat in a box for over 6 months before starting the build, and didn't notice flaws until after pretty much finishing all the build and wiring. Could't be bothered RMA and starting again. There's a tiny chip off the corner of one glass pane, and there's a small warp in the top panel, and a minor blemish on the front panel. It's also very heavy once full of gubbins. Top ventilation seems a bit restricted. 280 rad on the front requires removing drive bays & separating plate. If the mounting holes were 1cm higher it would fit perfectly (can't be bothered re-drilling now it's built). A minor redesign would allow top fans to fit in above top sliding fan tray, but that would also stop it sliding if used for a rad I suppose.

Decided to go Intel after waiting for Ryzen reviews. I wasn't going to particularly benefit from more cores at a slower speed, and didn't want any part compatibility issues. At time of purchase Intel platform felt much more mature. I do a fair bit of video re-compressing using X-Media, but this runs faster on the GPU than even on the Intel QSV, so extra cores not going to effect me too much yet.

Graphics card is a BEAST. what more can I say. It's cheaper than the ASUS equivalent and probably better. I'm very happy with it.

Very happy with my decision spread my buying out a bit. The price of my 32Gb RAM has gone up by ~£100 since. Also, if I'd bought a whole system when I got my case it would have probably been a 980ti and a 6700K, so giving it a little time has improved my spec too! The downside is that only buying one or two bits at a time and it's easy to go overboard. Did I really need the vastly expensive Prime Titanium power supply? Did I really need 32Gb RAM? Did I really need a fancy glass case and loads of LEDS? Probably not, but we're here now.

All the fans are Corsair Mag Lev, including push pull on the H115i AIO. On idle it runs quieter than a 2 disk NAS, and only gets to a very mild hum gaming. All 4 rad fans run from the Thermaltake PWM commander, which gets it's signal from the AIO. This way I'm not stressing the AIO fan controller. I know Noctua fans are probably better, but I just couldn't cope with the brown. Also, I didn't want custom water because of all the maintenance, It was just more hassle than I've got time for.

I've only recently done a very subtle mod of putting some washers in behind the mounts for the top panel, which lifts it slightly and increases the air gap. Also, getting 2 very long LED strips allowed extra loops under the top and behind the front panel. The glow and little light patterns are super cool. Colours are a throwback to 80's Neon / Outrun / Cocktail...

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poilkj74185 5 points 11 days ago

Nice build!

Why do I keep look at these builds that I can't afford :(((((((((((((

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

That's how I felt when I first started looking - them sexy builds are expensive, so much more so than my previous build 10 years ago! This is why I went for the buy it bit by bit approach. I'm not saying this build is for everyone, but it's surprising what can be achieved without going all out with one big spend. You just need to be careful that you're getting stuff that's going to be flexible and compatible.

customgtp 12 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

Very clean!! Great pictures too btw. Photogenic.

I own the same case... Every build in our cases look great, and this is definitely one of the better ones +1

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

Cheers man, kind words.

mytquinn7 1 Build 3 points 11 days ago

great Job on the led and cable management. Also glad to see someone rolling with the Magnetic lev fans too!

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

Can't say the cable management was easy, it takes time to work out how to best configure stuff, and inevitably you end up needing different extensions / splitters etc. There's a proper vipers nest of wire tucked into the top compartment - but thankfully not in the way of anything and even my OCD stopped caring at that point.

Jbj5000 2 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

Excuse me, sir, there appears to be a Lego space man trapped in a cable routing hole. I suggest you inform the authorities.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

I wish it was one of my old Lego spacemen, but I think I've lost them all. I had to make do with a Lego racing driver, this one clearly modelled on Nigel Mansel!

INFLCT 2 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Glad you kept the theme even consistent all the way to the keyboard it looks really good even though the case has very constricting air flow

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

That's the benefit of RGB, not so that you can have vomit inducing spinning rainbows, but just being able to pick from a colour palette.

I've been through several different looks and themes, keep coming back to this one. Most of time turn off the near side LED strip, just for a more chilled out look.

INFLCT 2 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

The blue and purple scheme is something I'm really into, both my computers follow this exact trend (except the keyboard which needs upgrading) I don't know what it is but it's a really nice mellow feel with alittle bit of that shine

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

You should check out the video for Miami Nights 1984 - Accelerated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDBbaGCCIhk

It's possibly to set this as a desktop using Desktop Wallpaper Engine! But possibly a bit busy for everyday use...

INFLCT 2 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Ooo! That is really cool, I've heard of wallpaper engine I don't currently own it but that is definitely something I could make work.

Dave_6 2 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Gorgeous build! Very similar to mine but yours looks much better. Great job on the cable management too!

Love those fans! Do they make those in RGB? (Guess I could search for myself)

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

Thanks man. I think there are RGB ones now, but not sure I would have chosen differently anyway. It would mean more manual switches or another third party controller etc. Over complicated perhaps? The white LED's look awesome no matter what colour I set any of the rest to.

Renfist 2 points 11 days ago

Awesome job on the pictures. This build is beautiful.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Thank you! Had it built for a while now, but then taken ages to get round to taking some decent pictures and writing up the build...

FlipLaw 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

Beautiful build, I was running something almost identical so I definitely love your build. Makes me wish I would have gotten the TG version of the case. Gah. Oh well, well done.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

It's a great case but still far from perfect. I'm not sure that exists. For all the variety there's a huge amount of terrible stuff out there.

FlipLaw 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

That's very true, they all have their things. But still glam. I have the Acrylic version not the TG.

Tyler70 2 points 11 days ago

Very nice pc man. What games do you play?

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

At the moment mostly Dirt Rally. Also spend a lot of time with Asetto Corsa. Project Cars looks really amazing, but I've not got into it so much - I got too used to the feel of driving Asetto, and with the harder driving sims there's a huge investment in getting everything setup just so.

I hear everyone bang on about how hard Dirt Rally is, how much of a hardcore sim it is, but compared to Asetto it's really easy to just pick up and play.

Witcher 3 looks amazing, but haven't had much time with it yet, sometimes there's so much depth it can be off-putting.

Also, loving a bit of Doom at the moment. If Crysis 3 was on steam I'd give it a look but I can't be bothered. I hated Crysis 2 after the first game was sooo profoundly amazing. Crysis 2 was probably the most disappointed I've ever been with a game.

ling_nammers 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

Very nice build! I also enjoyed reading your description and thought it was well written. Thanks, man!

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Cheers. From what I've seen on this site, it's really useful to see why people make certain decisions and what difficulties people have. No point just writing "here's a PC wot I built" and expecting a pat on the back...

I know what I've built isn't exceptional - it's all fairly obvious parts and no massive modding efforts, but I wanted to build something well and feel like I've done it justice.

ling_nammers 1 Build 2 points 10 days ago

I agree with you entirely. A well written description of a build is invaluable when trying to make decisions for your own. I started getting into PC building last year and really enjoy the learning experience. I think my favorite part is doing research to make sure I'm not getting screwed by false advertising or specs that don't really matter. This website has been a great resource to ensure that.

I think you have a really clean build and it definitely has given me some ideas on what I would want to do for my next. And I also like how friendly this community is (especially when you compare it to the Dark Souls community haha)! So yeah, good stuff man.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Sweet upgrade!.

Congrats on the featured spot

Anyansayo 2 points 10 days ago

The build looks great. I think that it is pretty cool that you showed your old build in the last two pictures. I bet that it is more than a major improvement.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

It's an immense upgrade. I was pretty happy with my old system for a long time, as recently as Far Cry 3 it was still playing acceptably at near max settings, but more cpu bound stuff like Assetto Corsa was struggling at 10 to 15 FPS . Hoping this one does just as well.

durfynoob 2 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

My god you're a genius! I never would've though to stick LED's behind the front panel or under the top panel to give my case even more of a glow... I'm gonna need to look into this.

Fantastic looking build and great pictures too!

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

They are really long strips, not long enough to line both sides, so I needed two anyway (and for contrasting colours). Only lining 3 edges meant the rest had to go somewhere useful!

Slightly worried about blocking some cooling on the front panel, but planning on increasing the air gap as soon as I've bought enough washers anyway.

scarfxce 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Respectfully, I don't think there's much of a difference between Maximus Prime and Excalibur 9000. I would have personally put those in the same category lol

That's hardly of concern though, cool build. I actually ordered the same case recently as a part of a system overhaul. Excited for it to get here, looks great

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

It's a fair point - I'll be more tongue in cheek next time!

Flip_45 1 point 11 days ago

The Dell monitor is so understated as a gaming monitor that I just had to rip the gsync sticker off mine!

Nice build - I always like the idea of accumulating parts over time as it makes the whole thing feel like a long-term project.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

That Dell monitor is amazingly nice. I know all the ASUS and Acer models get all the attention, but they're overpriced, IPS glow is a complete lottery, and I can't stand all the over the top 'gamer' stylings. Some look like they were drawn by me when I was 12!

Flip_45 1 point 8 days ago

My thoughts exactly. Build quality on my panel is top-notch.

Though I do long for built-in gamma correction, as it isn't set quite right out of the box and I am forced to use software, which is inconsistent across games unfortunately.

Amulsingh01 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

Very Nicely done! How many screws holes lined up with your h115i? I have the same case, and only two holes lined up.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

All 8 lined up, but only after removing the separating plate and the drive bays below and allowing it to mount slightly lower.

I'm pretty sure drilling so holes a bit higher up would solve this, but then the top pair would be off the top of the mounting area, not that that would matter much I suppose.

LordDerp132 1 point 10 days ago

Great looking build! +1

Chuck2001 1 point 9 days ago

Almost have the same built (even the monitor), but got a Asus Strix and no drives (only M.2 on the Hero).

I'm still on air though, the AIO gives a pretty clean look on your PC, very well put together I must say !

I don't go over 68-69 full load at 5Ghz with 1.37v, but I'm delidded for sure with the NH-D14.

Do you think I would benefit from a beast like the H115i ?

Roljia 1 point 9 days ago

The airflow must be heaven.

hyperxram 1 point 8 days ago

How many watts do the LED strips give off?

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

I wouldn't like to hazard a guess, might be able to find some spec online?

hyperxram 1 point 8 days ago

I looked at just a couple of places and found out that they use around 2 watts per foot of LED on average. I asked because your LED strips look brighter than usual. Probably just the color.

Is that number 40 in your 2nd picture the fan speed? That's awesome to be able to control that if it is.

diesel98a 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

+1, Simply put......1 of my favorite builds on this site.

DWfanboi 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

That 1080 ti looks really small lol xD

Good build!

Cazza_ 1 point 8 days ago

Beautiful clean build :D Wish I could have it.

thederpyderpman857 1 point 8 days ago

10/10

+1

jlschum2 1 point 8 days ago

What mousepad is that? It's the perfect size.

TenTonnesofDoug submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Can't remember the dimensions, but it's an Asus ROG one, came as a free gift with my motherboard from scan.co.uk.

Talcover01 1 point 1 day ago

Good god that card..

EvanRedman 1 Build 0 points 11 days ago

nice build! reminded me alot of mine.

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