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Slave I

by Mandalor

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18 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

This machine is meant to be my end game for a while. It should not need any real upgrades for a few years. It started off as an upgrade from a prebuilt Gateway with an updated graphics card, then I decided to go over the top and do it from scratch. It is meant to be a general home desktop driver for streaming gaming, both down and up, and lots of multitasking. At any one time, I consistently run OBS, Twitch (and 7+ other Chrome tabls), Spotify, Steam, some game (ARK, League of Legends, Rocket League), TeamSpeak, mIRC, Skype, VLC, and an FTP server.

External Storage

Carried over from my laptop days, 4Tb holds more than enough for various install files, emulators, program repositories, music, and every HD movie I have ever wanted. Might be a bit of a hoarder, but I do have them set up to FTP when needed for easy sharing with my friends. Considered making my next project a NAS to replace these before they outright fail on me.

Audio Equipment

If you are still playing on a "gaming headset", do yourself a favor and stop. Spend a little more for good headphones, a good mic, and you will love yourself for it. The HD598s are exactly what I've ever wanted to listen to, and can wear them for 10+ hours at a time without even remembering I have headphones on. Beautiful sound for a great price. The Yeti is another piece that had a noticable difference. Voice quality is nothing like the "built in" mics of gaming headsets. As soon as I switched to it, every friend on TeamSpeak mentioned how much better I sounded, and It is just convenient to pull/push aside when needed. 2x KRK Rokit 6s are for when I am watching a movie on my projector (not listed, swapped input from third monitor as needed) or when I am solo gaming and don't need to communicate with friends. Sound quality is pristine, leaps and bounds ahead of the 2" monitors I had before. The O2 Amp/DAC was from MassDrop, and put the entire system over the top. Every sound just became that much crisper and tigher, and audio switching is as easy as a button press.

And it was all Plug N Play.

Finale

Overall, yes, it's over the top. It was meant to be. I don't see my self upgrading anything for at least five years. Even then, maybe a new GPU, maybe custom water cooling. As is, I have a monster living under my desk.

Part Reviews

CPU

Currently I have this running at 3.8GHz, as I haven't had the time to properly test it, but I see no issue with it getting to 4.2 or possibly 4.4. It is more than overkill for the multitasking I do, but I also dont plan on upgrading it for at least 5+ years. Even with all of the things I throw at it, I've never seen it get above 25% load in daily use.

CPU Cooler

My first and probably last CPU cooler, assuming I never go custom loop. Quiet, cool, I have it hooked up to the top back panels of my case. I've not yet seen CPU temps above low 40s, and typically see it Idle at 27, getting up to 35 under daily load. Two things I noticed, neither of which are a direct fault of the cooler, but I would have liked to work out different.

The length of the radiator is juuuuuust too far on top mounting, and it makes the third, front modualr panel corner on the top of my case stick up, since the hole used to mount the Rad is the same one the panel clips in to. I leave the panel on for asthetic reasons, as well as not wanting a grated hole in the top of my case. This could be fixed by filing off the plastic hook, but I'm not one for modification incase I want to change things in the future. An uneven corner is a small, nearly unnoticable price. The Radiator was not compatable with my beQuiet! Silent Wings 2. The way the included fans mounted was not the same as any of the mounting options for the Silent Wings. I ended up using the white NZXT included fans, which are now the loudest part of the case. If you consider a whisper loud.

Motherboard

A great mobo. Coming from some proprietary prebuilt piecemeal Gateway mess, this was a dream. Most of the reason I decided on the 2011 socket over the 1151 was because of the quality and selection of motherboards. Eventually I may make a few other improvements to my rig (Custom loop, SLI, add RAM), and I know without a doubt that this board can take it all. BIOS was easy to set up, and I did not have the Killer Ethernet issue that some users have reported.

Did I mention it's gorgeous?

Memory

Yet again over the top. I got 2400, as it was the cheapest option within the criteria I had (Black, 4x8, Low Profile spreaders). I've yet to see it over 10 Gb used at any one time. Looks amazing on the black board as well.

Storage

My first SSD. Once you go fast, you never go back. I have my OS, and a large majority of my games installed on this with about 100 Gigs of space left. A complete restart takes 1:10, and a boot from powered off takes 25 seconds. I don't know what I did before this, but it must have been slow.

Storage

Standard HDD pulled from a previous machine. Yet to make a dent in the memory, runs like a charm.

Storage

Also pulled from previous machine. I put a nightly backup on this drive. Nothing special, good or bad, about it.

Video Card

The first upgrade for the old machine, transplanted to my current rig. Prior to having a spacious case, this card got up to 70~ at load, but still performed like a charm. For my current 1080p gaming standard, everything is on Ultra. Always. Now temps only hit about upper 40s, and the highest load I've seen is 96% when running ARK plus Twitch plus OBS and a movie.

This would probably be my first point of upgrade in the future, either going for 2x970 in SLI, or a 980ti. At this point though, neither is really needed.

Case

A dream. Coming from corperate computers and prebuilt "Gaming" computers, I had no idea cases could be this amazing to work with. MoBo mounting was amazing. Fan mounting was amazing. Cable management was a breeze. It even hides your drives for a cleaner look. (If you need more than 2xSSD and 3xHDD, what are you doing in a mid anyways?). The future options for custom loops I can already tell are just as easy. Connectors are all labeled. Window shows off everything. Front, top, and side panels keep everything below whisper. With my custom flair on the front, I see this being my standard case for years and years to come. I would, and have, recommended this to everyone who asks about cases. Worth every penny.

Power Supply

Enough to power the whole thing. Fully modular. Comes in black. Exactly what you need from a PSU.

Case Fan

I may have gone a little overboard with these, but after having them installed, I completely forget that they are even there. They are silent. They look sleek in the all black scheme. They make for great airflow. Putting my hand around any of the vents these push/pull through, their noise to power ratio has to be one of the best. I only wish I could have mounted them to my radiator in some reliable way. As is, I have two spare fans on my couch :(

Monitor

Originally the plan was to have three "cordless" daisy chained bezelless monitors for my desktop, but I was only able to buy 2. The colors are very subtle, and the monitors are stunning looking. I ended up getting the third monitor for free, so instead faked having it as my third, bezelless monitor in the middle. The colors are a bit brighter and sharper, so I tend to game on it, even though it has occasional ghosting. Free is free, and I'm not going to complain. Triple 1080 Is more than enough for me currently, and if I went any larger, I would run out of room on my desk. 2K and 4K can wait.

Keyboard

Standard Razer keyboard. Plastic keys, good responsiveness, fun RGB coloring. Better than rubber dome? Yes. Better than competitors? I wouldn't know. On par with the Pok3r I use for work.

Mouse

People always second glance at the mouse. It's light, small, and fits my grip style. Alternating between claw and fingertip, I can't stand anything even the size of a Logitech standard wireless mouse, let alone a Deathadder or Mad Catz. Typically set on 4200 DPI, with a 1200 setting for First Person Shooters.

Comments Sorted by:

MrMoose88 5 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

your front 3 fans are backwards, and your psu is upside down, I would recommend getting them turned around for better airflow.

Mandalor submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Fixing that when I am home, thanks!

Ruind 1 point 22 months ago

Indeed.

erickdiaz84 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

So... when you putting in that second gpu?

Just kidding, ha ha. May your awesome build keep you safe from upgrade-itis for years to come!

(but it won't, your wallet is never safe once you catch the bug!)

Mandalor submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Happily I can say browsing Parts sales has not made me actually have any regrets! Seems I already went overboard.

49ers 2 points 22 months ago

There are a lot of really nice parts in the build. A lot to like here.

The desk is really crowded. Needs a wider desk. Haha.

Mandalor submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! Hey, It was free. Plus, the only real need I see for a bigger desk is better monitors, which I dont yet care for. Other than that, it does all fit, with a surprising amount of surface left over since there are no monitor stands.

Niotex2582 1 point 22 months ago

Bad air flow, the front fans have to introduce air, not remove air...

Ruind 1 point 22 months ago

The PSU will fight the GPU for air as well. Round 1....fight!

Mandalor submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

The front three are Intake, the back and top are outtake.

Ruind 1 point 22 months ago

Picture 3 tells a different story..

Mandalor submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I'll double check when I get home, good catch.

Ruind 1 point 22 months ago

No problem. Go forth and conquer. \m/

Ruind 1 point 22 months ago

All fans exhausting?

Mandalor submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

The front three are Intake, the back and top are outtake.

Inferno331 1 point 22 months ago

I feel bad for that desk. Lol +1

Unhandybirch656 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Your PSU is upside down and your fans are... Wait, I'm late to the party aren't I?

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