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Hello OC ....

Long time reader, first time poster ... 3rd time builder (nothing quite this extravagant before though)


Everything in this build and categorized here is either on the ground or in transit. I will post pictures of the full build components when the last of the GPU water blocks arrive in early January.


As I built this system in my head over the past few months, I kept switching components and changing the design until I came to this build log. I'm not ready to get into the X99 chipset or DDR4 memory. When that market becomes more readily available and stable next year, I may consider selling this rig and building another.

It won't be perfect, and I'm no IT guru or master crafter in the world of custom built gaming PC's, but I know just enough to be a danger to myself and my rig ... so bare with me.

I, of course, welcome your comments, suggestions and critiques ... thus the purpose of having a build log.

The primary function of the rig will be gaming. I'm a long time member of a successful gaming community (Tenacious Gamers) and enjoy just about any intense, bandwidth sucking and graphics challenging game or MMO that i can throw my computer at.

Most of this is overkill ... yeah, I get it. I'll most likely never to use it to it's capacity. I get that too. I'm building it because it's something fun that i can do with my father.


That being said ... here's what's going into Project Phoenix


SOURCE
Amazon.com - primary and core components
FrozenPCU.com - EK GPU water blocks, Monsoon acrylic bending kit and various extension cables
PerformancePCS.com - Monsoon rigid compression fittings & hard acrylic tubing (Blue & Chrome)


CORE COMPONENTS
CPU - Intel Core i7 4790K
MoBo - ASUS Maximus VII Formula
GPU - Dual Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB Windforce in SLI
PSU - Corsair Professional Series AX1200i

CASE
I'll be building this rig into a Thermaltake Core V71 full tower case with the internal hot swap bays and drive cages removed

STORAGE
Transcend MTS600 128GB M.2 - 2260 SSD (M.2 SATA port for OS system only)
Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" SSD (games only)
Western Digital Velociraptor 1TB 3.5" 10,000RPM HDD (file and multimedia storage)

WATER COOLING CUSTOM LOOP (CPU+GPU)
Raystorm D5 Photon AX360 Water Cooling
XSPC Front RX360 Radiator
Monsoon Blue UV hard acrylic tubing
EK Gigabyte GTX 970 water block x 2
Thermaltake AF0026 97.5 CFM 120mm Blue LED case/radiator fans x 7
Thermaltake Luna 12 50.4 CFM Red LED 120mm fan x 2
Thermaltake CL-F022 Blue LED 60.5 CFM 140mm fan
Monsoon Rigid Compression Acrylic Bending Kit
Monsoon Rigid Compression Fittings in Blue/Chrome
Everything set in a push/pull configuration

MEMORY
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1833

MISCELLANEOUS
Corsair PSU replacement cables in RED
Corsair PSU replacement cables in BLUE
8" UV Cold Cathode Lights x 2
ASUS Xonar DX Sound Board
Lamptron FC-FC5V3-BK Fan Controller
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Graphics wise, I know that the GTX 980 is a better card, but sure enough as soon as I go that way in SLI, they'll come out with a 980i and I'll be kicking myself. So I'm going 970 so that the pain won't be so great when I replace them. I have Titan Black's in my rig right now, so I want to try something new.


I went back and forth on color scheme, always knowing that i wanted blue primary with red on the bottom, a rising out of the fire look ... though I couldn't decide for the longest time to use Mayhem's dye or just run pure distilled water.

I ended up choosing pure distilled water with UV reactive components, UV cold cathode lights and LED fans. I know there are opinions on both sides of dye, but I'm going with pure distilled for peace of mind.

That's my build folks ... I appreciate you dropping by and I appreciate all comments and suggestions.

The first update will be with photos of all of the components ... then we'll get started.

Paradigm
Edited by Paradigm Gaming - 12/30/14 at 8:12pm
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If you have Titan Blacks in SLI, why would you not just transfer them to this new rig? The Titan Black out performs the GTX 970. You would be taking a step backwards in terms of GPU performance. I would also replace the Samsung 840 ssd with either the Samsung 850 since they released or with an Intel ssd... my personal favorite.

Nice looking build. This is most people's dream machine... for you it's a reality. #living the dream
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Originally Posted by Depauville Kid View Post

If you have Titan Blacks in SLI, why would you not just transfer them to this new rig? The Titan Black out performs the GTX 970. You would be taking a step backwards in terms of GPU performance. I would also replace the Samsung 840 ssd with either the Samsung 850 since they released or with an Intel ssd... my personal favorite

I don't disagree ... and that may well be what I end up doing. Either way I go, I'll end up having nice cards in the outgoing rig, which I'm giving my father. At 74, he doesn't do a lot of gaming, but he does a lot of video work and messing around with high end data base management, which is what he did for a living in the Air Force.

I really just want to check out the Maxwell architecture and see how the power efficiency/performance scale measures out.

SSD-wise, you may end up being right. I reviewed enough SSD real world performance benchmarks to get thoroughly confused. Mostly researched on Tweaktown, the benchmarks were back and forth between the 840 and the 850, depending on what function the system was testing performing. If I can find the reference I was using, I'll post it ... but I can't disagree with you
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For ssd, I personally like the Intel 730 series. If my memory serves me, they essentially put enterprise level flash into consumer drive. For storage, I follow Allyn Malvantano at PC Perspective. He is a storage guru and knows more about it than any one. Here is his page. You can dig a bit and find his reviews.
http://www.pcper.com/users/Allyn-Malventano

Edit: Here is his review of the Intel 730 ssd.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Intel-SSD-730-480GB-Full-Review-Overclocked-Data-Center-SSD-Enthusiast
Edited by Depauville Kid - 12/29/14 at 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by Depauville Kid View Post

For ssd, I personally like the Intel 730 series. If my memory serves me, they essentially put enterprise level flash into consumer drive. For storage, I follow Allyn Malvantano at PC Perspective. He is a storage guru and knows more about it than any one. Here is his page. You can dig a bit and find his reviews.
http://www.pcper.com/users/Allyn-Malventano

Edit: Here is his review of the Intel 730 ssd.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Intel-SSD-730-480GB-Full-Review-Overclocked-Data-Center-SSD-Enthusiast


I appreciate the reference ... will definitely check it out. I hadn't done much research on the Intel Series ... mostly what you find on the internet about SSDs is dominated by Samsung, Crucial and OCZ.

Thanks again
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I apologize for not keeping this updated ... I ran the build log on our community gaming site, and it was a bit tedious to run it on multiple sites while building at the same time. You are more than welcome to visit the entire log if you'd like. I listed the link below.

The build was completed in February and has been running flawlessly ever since. Complete photos are in my gallery here.

Paradigm


http://www.tenaciousgamers.com/index.php?threads/build-log-project-phoenix.5486/
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