Description

My first x99 build - it had its challenges but has been an overall successful and satisfying project.

I started this design with the case choice - the Phanteks Primo. Truly a monster case - If you are interested in doing a custom loop, or just want a behemoth, I highly suggest it. The unique isolated power supply setup is lovely and the case oozes quality and potential cable management.

To be honest, I am an MSI fanboy haha. When I first heard about the X99 XPower, I was pretty much set on it. Stylish, feature packed, and high quality. Love the fact that there are two RJ45 jacks, a direct USB slot, two USB3 headers, and enough OC features to keep anyone busy.

COMPLAINT/WARNING: The first PCI slot is dangerously close to the DIMM slots and the "Xpower" heatsink/LED. I had an MSI GTX 980 in there without any troubles, but when I switched to SLI GTX 970 Golden Edition, I had a big issue. The backplate interfered with the DIMM "latches" and made it unable to be properly seated. I had to cut the tips off of all 8 slots to make it work.

CPU: i7 - 5820k 3.3 GHz 3.6 boost - 15 MB L3 Cache - 28 PCI Lanes While overall it has been nice to have the 6 cores, the processor feels slower than my DC 4790k in 80% of my use (which is understandable due to the significantly lower clock speed). It handles Photoshop and Illustrator and doesn't really bog down. The slower startup is somewhat annoying- Bios time 18-22 seconds vs 4790k bios of 4-7 seconds. Obviously different setups, services, etc... but worth mentioning.

RAM: Dominator Platinums 4x4GB 2666MHz with a 15 Cas Latency - no comments or complaints haha. Corsair knows how to make some sticks.

CPU Cooler: Kraken X61 - I first used this cooler on my Z97 build. I MUCH MUCH MUCH prefer it over Corsair's H series. CAM is a young, but promising software. NZXT has already came out with 4 major updates since I have had a Kraken - proof that they are invested in improving the product. Bonus, it looks amazing.

GPU: Originally had an MSI 980 Gaming. Really enjoyed the card and it had significant rendering power advantages over my Gigabyte G1 970. However, MSI released the special edition 970s and I couldn't resist. I have been wanting to do an SLI build for a while. I will update after a good week or so.

SSD: The Intel 730's hold up during my adobe file cycling - pretty fast and can handle a lot of operations. Looking to get the Phoenix Blade PCI 480GB drive soon.... 2000 MB/s!!!!

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

lame...give a description and more pics.

  • 63 months ago
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This probably takes the title of work photography taken on PCPP.

  • 63 months ago
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Ahhh man sick build but the pictures are literally an offering to sweet potato Jesus during an eclipse.... NEED LIGHT!!! Seriously though you spent some serious loot and put in some serious time why not parade this bad chicken for all to see!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You're not gonna show inside pictures or even a quality exterior picture for this monster?!?!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are gonna post the build, at least put some effort and time into pictures and a description...

  • 63 months ago
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Hi guys - I am currently working on it! Got interrupted during the process. Posting pictures now and will elaborate on the description soon!

  • 63 months ago
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Truly a beast of a computer. I wish I had my hands on this

  • 62 months ago
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Man i'm loving this build!

  • 62 months ago
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is the backplate that comes with the MSI Gold 970 metal or plastic? i've seen comments on newegg that say both and would like to know

  • 62 months ago
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I own one, its plastic. Its very sturdy though! It doesn't offer the cooling benefits that metal has, but it gets the job done holding up the card (:

  • 62 months ago
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thank you so much! so it's worth it to get one?

  • 62 months ago
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Yes. I love it. The MSI Gaming app is particularly nice when I don't want to deal with afterburner.

  • 62 months ago
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Yes!!! I love it! I haven't overclocked it yet mainly because it already runs all my games maxed out, even Far Cry 4 maxed at 1080p. It stays cool and makes no noise at all. I did have slight coil whine at first but like most cards, it goes away after an hour or two of running and stays gone.

And like LucidVisionary said, the Gaming App is AWESOME. Has 3 buttons, "Silent mode" which is just a low power mode for basic tasks, "Gaming Mode" cranks the card up quite a bit for gaming, and "OC Mode" for overclocking

This is almost the perfect card to me. I just wish I had a second one for SLI... Probably won't happen since this is a limited edition card. I heard they are only making 2-3 thousand. Grab it while you can!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet i need to get my hands on one quick then.

  • 62 months ago
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ITS OUT OF STOCK ON NEWEGG.

  • 62 months ago
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So weird o-o I'm guessing you are using the Canadian Newegg. On the search page it said sold out but on the item page it said in stock O: I would suggest checking it lol. EDIT: I just checked and I was able to add it to cart and get to the checkout page. I believe it is in stock! :D Just a bug (:

I opened my case and looked at the backplate once more. It still seems very plastic like to me.. It is very well ventilated anyway with holes covering the backplate and a decent space between the plate and card for air flow between them.

I guess I cant guarantee it isn't metal, there is a chance it is aluminum or another light metal with a plastic like paint on it. It does seem to have good conductivity anyway. The more I look at and feel the card, the more I am unsure what it is made from xD

I REALLY hope you can grab one of these bro! I wish you luck (: if you have any questions about the card I'll be happy to help!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It is not plastic...

  • 62 months ago
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I don't mean to sound rude, this is solely for explanation/confirmation. Plastic is an insulator and therefore would trap the heat from the VRMs causing chaos.

The backplate is a metal/alloy.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The more I look and feel mine, the more I am unsure what it is made from.. It has the texture of plastic with the heat conductivity of metal. Oh well, at least we can both agree this is an amazing card (:

I just realized you have 2 golds in SLI!!! I am so jealous!!!

  • 62 months ago
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Thanks! The strange feeling is due to the anti oxidative coating to preserve the copper! It truly is a nice card! I think the fan is a little too passive by default, but considering that's my only complaint - I'm happy haha

  • 62 months ago
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It is definitely metal. 90% sure it is aluminum or some sort of alloy in that family based on the feel and thermal conductivity

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright thanks for that. Either way, I still plan to get it.