This is my build log for the ROG X9
This build is mainly for gaming @ 1440p on my Asus Swift ROG 27" 144hz G-sync Lcd. Also will be hooked up to my Samsung 65" 7150 HDTV for more relaxed gaming with wireless controller. I will not be doing much encoding or rendering really with this pc except for a few Go Pro videos here and there. Mainly a GAMER
So lets get down to the parts list for this build. Note that many parts will be changed out or upgraded as the build goes on. My main build usually doesn't stay the same for very long, but maybe this one will. It's hard to leave it alone as I enjoy the building and custom mods almost just as much as I like to game.
The Pc guts:
1. Asus Maximus VI Formula
2. Intel Core i7 4790K 4ghz / 4.4ghz turbo ( Devils Canyon )
3. Corsair Vengence Pro Red 32gb 2400mhz c11
4. Evga Gtx Titan X
5. Corsair Gold AX1200 psu
6. SSD's: 8x 256gb Liteon Sata 3 6gb/s , 2x 120gb OCZ Vertex 3's
7. Thermaltake Core X9 case
8. Nzxt 6 channel 30w fan controller
Water Cooling parts:
1. 1x Alphacool Monsta Quad 480mm 86mm thick
2. 2x Alphacool XT45 Triple 360mm 45mm thick
3. EK X-res 140 D5 vario
4. EK X-top D5
5. EK 3/8" ID 5/8" OD compression fittings
6. PrimoChill 3/8" ID 5/8" OD Red soft tubing
7. 10x EK Vardar F4-120 2200rpm High Performance fans
8. EK Supreme HF Acetal / Copper
9. EK Titan X full cover Acetal / Nickel with Nickel Back plate
Now for some of the idea's I wanted to do for the build.
Overclocking on the 4790K. Since this is a gaming pc mainly I will have 2 different profiles saved in my Asus bios. One will be with Hyperthreading disabled, and 2nd will be with Hyperthreading enabled. Most games do not benefit from HT and often times it actually hurts performance opposed to having it disabled.
Profile 1: ( HT off ) 5ghz @ 1.300v , 4500mhz Cache Freq @ 1.200v , XMP 2400mhz c11 @ 1.65v , Input Voltage 1.800v
Profile 2: ( HT on ) 5ghz @ 1.350v , 4500mhz Cache Freq @ 1.200v , XMP 2400mhz c11 @ 1.65v , Input Voltage 1.850v
Max temps on Profile 1 is 66c and Profile 2 is 80c , and this is with ambient around 21c (70f)
On both profiles EIST and C-states are disable so the cpu stays at a constant 5ghz at all times with no voltage drop. My preference
(Overclocking has been stress tested and is fully stable after many hours of testing, and gaming.. No problems here
For my hard drive setup. I have 6 of the 256gb ssd's in Raid 0 for my main OS / Gaming drive. I have to say " DAME IS IT FAST!! " .. I have tested 2x, 4x, and 6x Raid 0 setups and the 6x is still very worth it as far as benching the drives goes. The max is around 1.65gb/s that the DMI can handle and you can get there with 3x raid 0 just about, but going up to 6x has more of the testing sitting at 1.65gb/s on almost all the tested mb packages. Also this brings the write speeds into the 1.3gb/s and does so across more of the tests as well. Here is a picture of the final benchmark at 6x Raid 0 and I'm quite happy with it.
On to the case. I chose the Thermaltake Core X9 as it has room to do just about anything you want, and at a very reasonable price point. Stock the case is a little plain, but it's something to work with that's for sure. I have taken it apart and painted all the panels red as in the sides, top, and only the mesh on the front panel. I have made a custom panel to fit in front of the motherboard tray on the upper area for mounting the 10x SSD's and my D5 pumps. This panel was painted gloss black to offset some of the matte black across the stock case. I also took the mobo tray out and painted that gloss black as well to match. The painting came out great with no issues at all. No drips, no runs, no orange peeling. Take your time and it pays off.
Here's a few pic's on how the case is stock, and then how it came out after painting.
Before I got my new Alphacool radiators I used some that I had already on hand. I painted these radiators while I had the case apart for painting too. These were just temporary rads, but I'll show them anyways as it's what started the build and I have some pictures of the build up and running with them in. I will get more pictures taken of the build now with the new rads installed as well.
On to the system once it was built and up and running. The fun part
This picture here is for those that like a nice clean wiring job after everything is done and hooked up. I'm not one for a rat nest of wires all over the place. This is completely wired and wrapped up great.
Much more is to come as I take more pictures and add more mods to it. I would like to convert over to Hardline for the main part of the loop going to the cpu block, mobo block, titan x block, and back to the rads. In between the 3 rads and 2 pumps will stay soft tube. Hardline to come soon.
Some other pic's of the build.
The ROG X9
Ok, you guys have seen the first setup and start up of the build with the rads I had laying around. Now here's some pics with the new stuff that I bought for the build and getting it where I want. New rads, dual pumps, EK Vardar F4-120 fans, drain line, and hardline tubes vs soft tubes. Also got the EK blood red coolant, but mixed it to a more regular red that you can see through vs being so dark and not as clear.
The new Alphacool XT45's and Monsta rads, 360mm x2 and 480mm x1
The Monsta next to the XT45 thickness compared
The Alphacool Monsta quad 480mm installed
EK Vardar F4-120 fans x10 , here's a pic of the top 2 360mm rads with new fans installed
The dual D5 pumps now in series mounted and installed
Since the new rads have 6 ports on them, I installed a drain line of the monsta down at the bottom, and I can crack one of the top XT45's top ports open, or on both up top and then it will drain the whole loop very easily and fast.