Well done on the build. The prices for your parts are actually very reasonable considering the shortages of gpus, and memory etc... If you've actually managed to get that 960 pro to throttle, then you're the first person I've heard of that's managed too. You can throw a heatsink on it if you want to lower temps a good bit:
I'd really consider changing to a raid 6 if possible. Raid-5 with the presumably 4TB drives your using is very dangerous, as the rebuild times for a 4TB drive mean that the chance of a second drive dying during a rebuild are very high. For more information I suggest articles like this one: http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009/
Cool build, I like the idea of a quiet htpc sneakily running all of your services. I've got an esxi host that I have running all of my stuff in a corner.
You may be able to squeeze out a couple more hundred mhz on the cpu if you delid and swap the mayonnaise under the heat spreader out for some liquid metal or better thermal compound. Nice build, very well managed in that small space. +1
Extra points for maximum sketchiness. +sketchy
Pretty sure that's not a GTR. The plastic on the GTR shroud covers where the copper heat pipes are showing on the outer edge of the card, the box says "RS," not "GTR," and the GTR is a physically longer card. You can view the pictures on the pcpartspicker site as proof, definitely not the GTR. Its an "RS" which is a card I didn't even know existed. I put a GTR in my brothers build so I'd be one to know, lol
I think that is the XFX GTS RX 480 and not the GTR. Little naming difference but a massive PCB quality and cooler design difference.
Kudos on getting that 1070 at that price in this market, that is one difficult feat to achieve. Very nice build. The only thing I foresee you needing is more storage. I have one of those M8Pe's, and they're great drives, but 256GB starts to look small when you grow your steam library... lol.
Also, make sure you update the firmware on the M8Pe. I think the latest is 1.6 or 1.7, but either way I have noticed nice performance and usability enhancements with every update. I remember going from 1.3 to 1.5 on my drive halfed my boot time...
Well the fans on the radiator are oriented so they pull air from the inside of the case, not the outside. In the picture it can be seen that the intaking side of the fan is facing into the case.
Just about the tidbit that the cpu is running hotter than what tom's hardware found. Since your gpu's are not blower coolers, and thus exhaust hot air into your case, the cpu will run hotter due to how you have your fans setup. The fans on the radiator are pulling from case air and acting as exhaust, and thus are using that hotter case air to cool your cpu. The temperatures your seeing are not unsafe or bad in any way, frankly 76C is no issue.
"However with Thunderbolt 3 using the USB-C plug, he can still access thunderbolt drives just at type c speeds."
That is definitely not how that works. Thunderbolt 3 is basically hot-plug PCIE over USB, and the controllers are vastly different for each protocol, so that doesn't work.
For Adobe Suite, he really would have probably benefited from an Nvidia card. The cuda optimization is far better than the OpenCL optimization, and for $300 your getting an RX 560 in that WX5100. The features pro drivers get you really are more applicable to things like AutoCAD, where certified drivers and that level of precision is crucial. Rendering in Premier or Resolve really doesn't need that.
Still a cool build, but could have done a couple things differently definitely.
Hey so just looking at your parts list, the reason that you had to custom add your case is because you choose the full size version of the motherboard you have, and not the ITX version. The ITX version can be found here:
The full size version doesn't fit in your case and as such the compatibility filter didn't show the case you do have as an option.
-Build called "Ares II"
-Doesn't have the Asus "Ares II" video card
He's using a top of the line, Ryzen 8 core, with a Gtx 1080 ti, and using a 75hz 1080p panel and THE CASE is the part your confused about? Let alone the dual hard drives and no SSD in a $2.3k system...
If I'm not mistaken I think the ITX version has the same fan arrangement over the drives which is why I mentioned it.
I'd watch the temps on your drives. I've heard some people somewhat unsatisfied with the drive temps in the nas-oriented silverstone chassis'. Nice build
Not a fan of the fractal fans (see what I did there). I bought a bunch of them for my personal build and they all seemed to eventually come loose on the bearing or something. They all made a terribly annoying wobbling noise. Cool build though
Pretty much. Gamersnexus has talked about this quite a few times on their youtube channel. Air rises above water to the highest point in the loop, so if the pump is the highest point then you are going to have unwanted air circulating unnecessarily in your pump.
I would recommend switching the radiator orientation. Putting the radiator as such with pump at the highest point in the loop means that any air that inherently gets in the AIO will sit around and in the pump causing it to make more noise or possible degradation after years of running like so. Putting the AIO at the top of the case, or switching the radiator orientation in the front of the case so as the tubes are at the bottom of the rad will result in the air collecting in the rad as opposed to the pump.
Nice build +1
Just so you know, the sticker on that ssd actually does some duty as a heat sink for the drive. I'm not sure if that the Samsung SM951 or SM961, but either way your probably negatively impacting its thermals because of the paper on top. The SM951 was nutorious for running hot, like 100c+ hot, and the SM961 runs cooler but still hot. Cool build, just wanted to let you know about the SSD.
The GPU listing is inaccurate, that cooler does come with that fan from the factory. Those cards are named the "Inno3D iChill X4"
Cool build. Just FYI, the description says thats an NVMe SSD, and unless you listed it wrong, that's not an NVMe SSD. That's a sata SSD in a M.2 formfactor. +1
I personally would have gone for an aftermarket gpu cooler design just for the noise reduction. You've definitely got enough air flow to keep it fed and the case air temperature from heating up. Good build though.
inb4 "Why no Ryzen?" comments. Good build, +1
Yeah he paid a grand more to have something incrementally better because this wasn't a build where money was an issue. Plus, if he overclocks the 6950x to 4.4/4.5ghz the delta increases dramatically over an 1800x which likely isn't going to be stable past 4.0 to 4.1 if he was lucky. He really could have thrown in a second 1080 if he wanted too, considering money wasn't a factor, as he agreed with in my other comment.
He built a $5k system. Do you think he was building with price to performance as his main priority? Even if he was more price to performance orientated, he would have been best off going for a 7700k over any Ryzen 7 chip. Better IPC and clocks make the 7700k a better gaming chip than even an OC'd 1800x.
Just so you know, the 4pin 12v power adjacent to the 8pin is only there for auxiliary additional power for people that are doing insane overclocking. Overclocking in the LN2 space really, as you'd be hard pressed to need it even for a full custom waterloop. Great build, +1
Ryzen isn't as good of a gaming platform right now and frankly non of the Ryzen 7 cpus can keep up with a 6950x lmao
Honestly I would consider just getting some basic led strips with a cheapo controller. Hue+ requires Nzxt Cam and honestly my experience with that software has been terrible. It was super buggy and the updates always broke things. I used it for like 2 years with a Grid+, and got so annoyed that I stripped it all out and just used crap motherboard software because it wasn't as buggy.
Why have the fans blow back to front instead of front to back? Currently your rear fan is an intake and the fans on the h100i are out take. Your blowing into a dust filter in the front as well, instead of using it to filter air coming in. Very odd.
As shown by this Pudget Systems article, 8x vs 16x does not matter unless we're taking SLI setups and not in all titles:
The only impact him putting the card in the top slot would have is a slight lowering of temperature due to increased airflow in the top slot.
Yeah you shouldn't have issues with the 8370 and a 1080 if your gaming at 4k in most games. That cpu can hold a 1080 back at lower resolutions, but at 4k your going to hit gpu limitations before the cpu becomes a factor in most games.
The first picture seems to be a low profile thermaltake cooler, not the stock intel. The gpu is consistent throughout. It's an AMP extreme all the way through. The power supply is off. Listed as a 600B but its actually a 700B. The keyboard in picture 2 isn't a blackwidow chroma. And lastly, the second pcie card isn't listed.
You may be the first and last man I've ever heard to overclock a Pi, good job on that. Nice job, good to see your keeping those temps in check. Those Pi's really are space heaters eh'...
Well yeah max is one thing, but we have to keep in mind that most people aren't running more than 4.6ghz 24/7. 4.8ghz as your daily is nuts.
"My 6700k is a terrible overclocker," Lists his 24/7 OC as 4.8Ghz. Not a paradox at all. Nice build though.
I would recommend splitting the ram up, two sticks on either side of the socket. The included cooler with that kit really is unnecessary, especially when you have that many case fans. DDR4 in general runs cool because its lower voltage than DDR3 and so forth. Splitting up the ram would allow you to run in quad channel mode, which will give you added bandwidth which could improve your editing process (ofc depending on footage and many factors). Overall great build, +1
I strongly suggest you move to raid 6. Raid 5 is considered dangerous with disks that large. I would highly encourage you do more research to find out why, here's a start:
I looked at my Xeon 1231-v3 in task manager and it says Xeon and no mention of "Genuine Intel(R)...", so I'm going to guess its a pre-production chip from eBay? Yes?
You can't overclock those monitors any farther because there isn't any bandwidth left in the cable itself to support it. The DP revision used by these monitors is already pushed to its limits by these resolutions and refresh rates as they are.
For pure gaming I really would have liked to have seen a 1070 and an I5. Pure gaming is in-large GPU dependent, and the I7 is really not going to give you anything more than an overclocked I5 would have, Especially with a 1060 or 1070. Still a very nice build, but the I7 pick is questionable IMO.
You do realize that the displayport standard only now supports 4k at 120hz and 5k at 60hz, right? Like this revision to displayport is so freshly out that there are no monitors out yet that actually can take advantage, of it. There is not a single monitor on the market that provides more than 60hz at 4k or 5k, they don't actually exist. Go search for one, they don't exist.
Yeah because he totally has options for higher than 60hz for his 4k and 5k panels...
What are your read speeds? I have to think that your going to be limited to the speed of the DMI for those drives in that configuration.
Its really bugging me that in the second picture only one of the 8 pin pcie power connectors is plugged in. I hope you fixed that! Nice build though +1
It would be like you had perfect scaling of the 970's but without any sli problems to hold them back :)
Be aware of the temperature reports of the 950 pro, one of the problems with the high performance M.2 drives is that they run really hot, and having it on the back of your motherboard ensures it will not have airflow which with those drives will be problematic. The 950 pro was shown to reach 100c even when it thermally throttled itself by pudget systems: https://youtu.be/d3GlInzvHr8 Nice build though, just watch out for that drive.
Just letting you know, your parts listing for the motherboard is off, you seem to have a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 4 but the list says its a Asus Sabertooth.
Haha Engineering Sample Xeon's on ebay are awesome! I hope you got one with all the instruction sets! Nice job
This computer is so conflicted. There are gigabyte video cards, a Msi support bracket thing, and an Asus ROG sli bridge. +1
Most motherboards will throw a fit until you disable that setting in the bios, but after that its really not that big of a deal.