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New High End Build, seeking comments, advice, opinions

BeltFed
Level 7
I have been off from playing PC games for the last year or so, and having a PC that is approx 10 years old, whose video card took a dump recently, I am looking to put my wallet down on a high end personal build. I am not experienced at all with overclocking, but have been doing some research and watching instructional videos/guides, and plan on overclocking for this build. I wanted to put this on here to get comments, corrections, opinions, advice, or concerns from more experienced and savvy community members.


  • Monitor: Acer XB321HK 32" 4K 60Hz IPS G-Sync 4ms... or... Asus PG279Q 27" 2560x1440 144-165Hz IPS G-Sync 4ms
  • Motherboard: Rampage V Extreme
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Case: Thermaltake Core X9
  • CPU: 5960X (plan to overclock to ~4.5 following careful instructions)
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H110i GTX
  • GPU: 3 x EVGA Geforce GTX Titan X Hybrid (been having a hard time finding this card without ridiculous price gouging, I might end up buying three standard Titan X's and installing EVGAs closed-loop water coolers.)
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 2400Mhz
  • Hard Drive: Samsung 950 Pro Series 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i 1500W ATX12V


I considered 3 x GTX 980 Ti Hybrids, but that 12GB VRAM is pretty tempting on the Titan X, it would help with higher texture mods on games, and I dont plan on upgrading from this build for quite some time, so I need a bit of "futureproof".

I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

Update: After plenty of great feedback, I think I have decided to revise my build.

I am leaning more towards keeping my old Dell 3008WFP 2560x1600 60Hz 8ms monitor, and therefore going with 2 x EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrids, instead of the 3 x Titan X Hybrids. The reason for this is that I would really like to go 4K, however, I think I would rather wait until 4K supports higher than 60Hz refresh rates, preferably 120Hz, which requires DisplayPort 1.3, before making the jump to 4K. And hopefully with NVIDIAs Pascall GPU right around the corner bringing it to life in 2016.

This means going cheaper on the GPUs and monitor now, to leave room for upgrade in the future once 120Hz 4K is doable. I would be having to upgrade sooner than anticipated, but I think it would be worth the time. This plan should keep me going in the mean time.

Thank you all for the great feedback. Nothing is final yet, so everything is subject to change. :Update
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BeltFed wrote:
I dont think I am going to dive into the custom water cooling just yet. I am relatively new to custom PC building and overclocking. The CPU cooler is an all-in-one closed-loop system and so are the video cards, all independent of each other, with their own radiators. They come pre-installed, pre-filled, and sealed from the factory. They are just plug and play.

Now, once I make the jump to 4K with, hopefully, next-gen Pascall GPU, and depending how this build turns out, I might delve into the custom water cooling aspect.

But for now, I gotta walk before I run.


Hey,

From my PoV you should get an AiO closed loop for your cpu and a Hybrid cooled gpu. This is exactly what i have a my temps are very nice.

53825

PM me if you want any info.

Max
Cpu : Intel 5930K@4.25ghz@1.2v / Cache @4.25ghz@1.20v
Cpu Cooler : Corsair H100i
Case : Corsair 780T
Memory : G.Skills 32GB DDR4-3200mhz CAS 15-15-15-35-1T@1.370v
Motherboard : Asus Rampage V Extreme (BIOS 3504)
M2 : Samsung 950 Pro NVME 512gb (Gaming)
M2 : SSD1 : OCZ RD400A 128gb (windows)
SSD1 : Crucial MX100 512gb (data)
Gfx : EVGA Titan X w/ 980 Hybrid Cooling AiO Liquid Cooler
PSU : Antec HCP-1000W
Monitor : Asus RoG Swift

GoldenChallis wrote:
Intel and Nvidia are both coming out with shiny new toys next year
Intel Core i7-6950X
Intel Core i7-6900K
Intel Core i7-6850K
And nvidia with pascal, if you can wait it out, i suggest you wait.


Now you've done it. Lol... decisions decisions decisions... I dont know... there is always something better out in the distance. Middle of January 2016 is when I'll be making my purchases, so maybe it would be worth waiting for Pascall and Intel's latest by then.

Avenger411 wrote:
Hey,

From my PoV you should get an AiO closed loop for your cpu and a Hybrid cooled gpu. This is exactly what i have a my temps are very nice.

53825

PM me if you want any info.

Max


That's a nice build. I'll PM you if I have any questions or if I run into any snags along my install. Thanks for the offer.

GoldenChallis
Level 7
Intel and Nvidia are both coming out with shiny new toys next year
Intel Core i7-6950X
Intel Core i7-6900K
Intel Core i7-6850K
And nvidia with pascal, if you can wait it out, i suggest you wait.

Korth
Level 14
I doubt Titan X cards will retain their resale value as well as true Titan cards, I think their value will be more like 980Ti cards.

Part of the reason being that actual performance of Titan X vs 980Ti is remarkably similar. Titan X is better, no contest, but it's nowhere near as much better as technical specs suggest it should be. It's the elite but it's also awful bang for the buck.

Part of the reason being that Titan, Titan Black, and Titan Z cards all have DPFP. Workstations need DPFP, enterprise platforms prefer proper workstation GPUs (mostly because of the superior technical/warranty support) but there's still a lot of prosumers out there willing to pay premium for DPFP-capable Titan cards. Titans still sell today for about the same prices they've sold for since launch.
Gamers don't need DPFP. Titan X is designed for gamers, NVidia deliberately limited the hardware DPFP capabilities ... it's a killa card for gaming, it's just as useless as a 980Ti for high-precision engineering and laboratory simulations.
"All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others." - Douglas Adams

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Avenger411
Level 10
Hey,

No doubt that 6960x is coming in my RVE. Can't let 10 physical cores pass by.

Max
Cpu : Intel 5930K@4.25ghz@1.2v / Cache @4.25ghz@1.20v
Cpu Cooler : Corsair H100i
Case : Corsair 780T
Memory : G.Skills 32GB DDR4-3200mhz CAS 15-15-15-35-1T@1.370v
Motherboard : Asus Rampage V Extreme (BIOS 3504)
M2 : Samsung 950 Pro NVME 512gb (Gaming)
M2 : SSD1 : OCZ RD400A 128gb (windows)
SSD1 : Crucial MX100 512gb (data)
Gfx : EVGA Titan X w/ 980 Hybrid Cooling AiO Liquid Cooler
PSU : Antec HCP-1000W
Monitor : Asus RoG Swift

Korth
Level 14
lol, I would be happier with faster cores than more cores. Getting a little tired of juggling Intel's constant nonlinear upgrades, it would be nice if they just made things better and faster for a while instead of making them more complex.

Eight is enough. 4GHz would be nice, 5GHz would be awesome. I'm wishing for a clear winner which will dominate every previous Intel or AMD desktop processor in every measurable capacity, not another sideways tradeoff part.
"All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others." - Douglas Adams

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