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Black & White X99 980Ti Build

by cookedman13


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Date Published

June 27, 2015

Date Built

June 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This build has been a long time in the making. I helped my friend build his PC 3 or 4 years ago, and have wanted to do so myself for a long time. I started researching parts and planning my build in February, which in hindsight was probably not the best idea--I knew I wouldn't be able to do this build until June, which gave me ~4 months to squirm with anxiety waiting for it to happen. Finally in late May I received an advance on my housing allowance for my summer internship, and the part-purchasing could commence. I should have waited a bit longer--I bought the 980 HOF (probably a terrible decision anyways, but that white cooler/PCB would've looked pretty sweet) a week before the 980 Ti was released, but I managed to return the HOF so it worked out.

Getting the SSD bracket onto the PSU cover was a bit tricky. The metal wasn't thick enough to thread if I just drilled a plain old hole, so I had to drill smaller holes, then use a punch to make them wider and 'deeper,' and then thread them. Then I just took the SSD mounting bits from the back side of the case and threw 'em on.

I'll go into a little bit more detail about the selection process and reaction for some of the parts:

Monitor: I'm loving the 1440p IPS Dell monitor--25" is the perfect size, too. Has plenty of real estate and looks incredible. I might add a second 1080p (maybe 1440p) 144hz monitor in the future, but not for a while at least.

Case: I was thinking about getting the Corsair 600T case originally, but when I saw the Enthoo Luxe, I knew I had found what I wanted. Cable management was a breeze (see photos) and the build couldn't have gone more smoothly. Currently set up for positive pressure with 5 intake fans and 1 exhaust, in combination with the dust filters it should be a while before I have to clean out the insides.

GPU: This thing is a monster. Overclocked to ~1450 MHz, it gets 60-100 fps on Crysis 3 on very high at 1440p, and more importantly over 600 on League of Legends. I'm installing some more games and will test the waters on Witcher 3 soon. Note: I read that I should be able to get over 1500 Mhz on the card but can't seem to push it any higher than it is already. Any advice would be appreciated.

Most other part selection choices were fairly straightforward for me after deciding to go with X99 for workstation/CAD/rendering etc.

Comments Sorted by:

Jgbrodt47 7 points 46 months ago

Currently drooling at how nice it looks

LordVerdo 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Those Phanteks cases are great. Definitely want to upgrade to one ! Also, that build is fantastic!

Growliff1234 1 point 46 months ago

Your build would look awesome in this case with royal blue LED's

LordVerdo 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you and well xD. Funny you say that because I just upgraded to an i7 4790k with the Gigabyte Gaming 7 mobo which is littered with Red LEDs. I need to invest in some red sleeved cables now xD.

Growliff1234 1 point 46 months ago

Aw... Luxe with Red LED's ??

PCPickerN00B 2 points 46 months ago

How do you like the monitor? I am considering getting it and I would love some feedback!

ryguyhunter 1 point 46 months ago

Personally i wouldnt buy Dell monitors as they are usually way too expensive. I found a viewsonic 24in monitor for 150. And at 1080p its great! Thinking about buying another one, but kinda want to get a 4k monitor

twizzzdv2 1 point 46 months ago

so nice! congrats, have a good time with it +1

Killer_68 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Looks very nice. +1

StarLegions 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I like that case! +1

beardofsocrates 1 point 46 months ago

Please get earn a feature. Great build! =)

3_scoops 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Good job ! Very nice looking build.

beardofsocrates 1 point 46 months ago

Are you using the the phanteks LED strips with this case?

Growliff1234 1 point 46 months ago

I don't think he is, but he might be using them for white LED rather than blue

bigg_critter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Gorgeous my friend!

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Getting that card up to 1450Mhz is really good. Usually a less powerful card like mine will be able to get higher on the core clock. Very impressive build and the Crysis numbers in 1440p are sick.

iamwildbear 1 point 46 months ago

Beautiful build...probably my dream build...

dunkeymonkey 1 point 46 months ago

looks like a tron Build

dhagans06xx 1 point 46 months ago

What really set this build off was the black ram, Sometimes it's the small details that count the most

MoistDonutz 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I love the white case! I ended up with black since it brings out the color more, but white is just so clean and crisp. did you mount the SSD onto that PSU cover?? or is it just laying on top of it?

Kevo05s 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Love the build! for the ssd, I just used some double sided tape on mine to stick on my shroud (I have the black version of your case)

JR3538 1 point 45 months ago

So how did I get the hard drives so cheap

PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

looks great.

chefricardoi 1 point 38 months ago

Good Job. Nicely done.

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