I used to build a bleeding edge box every 6 months just to build it, but lifestyle changes and other time constraints have resulted in not starting any new games in almost 6 years.
AN8 SLI-32 Deluxe
AMD Phenom(tm)II X6 Core Processor 3.00GHz
8.00 Gigabyte Ram
(2X) Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM 76gig (RAID-0)
(2X) GTX 8800 Graphics Cards (Still amazing benchmarks)
Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Well; hell has officially frozen over, and I have acted out of dire necessity (frivolous compulsion justified by rationalization of the highest order) and built a box of latter day future-proofing standards of customized performance specifications.
Here is the scoop -
- MSI X99 SLI PLUS
- INTEL I7 5820K 3.3GHz 15MB Cache, LGA2011V3 6 Core
- 24GB (6X4GB) DDR4 2400MHz Patriot VIPER EXTREME
- (2X) 240GB Patriot BLAZE SATA III 6GBps SSD (Striped in Raid 0)
- (1X) 1TB WD SATA 7200 RPM 64 MB Buffer
- MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4GB 1279 MHz Boost Clock
- CORSAIR HYDRO H100i Liquid CPU Cooling
- EVGA SUPERNOVA 850W (Bronze)
- ANTEC P-280 Case
- WIN 7 ULTIMATE 64 BIT
- NET NET Under $1800 (okay, $2100 with the 16Gigs of DDR4 I added)
Believe it or not, this was a Bare-Bones build from Fry's. I did an item by item comparison on everything on NewEgg and it came out to only $40 less even without tax. As an entry level DDR4 box, the MSI classic proved to be an exceptional value/performance choice for the motherboard.
I run 3-23", monitors so the 970 (I couldn't justify the $550 for the 980) uses an HDMI to DVI adaptor for one of the monitors.
I actually got the P280 case from Fry's as a price match for $64. I can't believe Antec has discontinued this case.
The EVGA Bronze will get replaced with a 1000W Platinum soon.
Just need 2 more sticks of the Patriot DDR4 to fill up the last of the 8 slots (top picture only shows 2 sticks installed before I got the additional 16GB when it went on sale today).
The Corsair Liquid Cooling fit nicely in the dual fan top area that I configured as an intake, with the original fans I took out from up there placed on the hard drive racks, also as an intake. This allows the rear fan to create a push-pull flow through.
Not that it matters, but the Windows experience is 7.8 out of possible 7.9 where everything but the CPU calculations per second rating of 7.8 was at 7.9.
I'm happy with auto-turbo OC setting native to the MSI Bios that is estimated at 3.8 GHz, as well as the EXTREME DRAM speeds, and with the SSD's striped, my boot time acts like it is just waking up from sleep
I have the OS on the raid drive, and I'm going to experiment with migrating the steam folder, and other apps to the 1TB WD. So far though I am quite pleased with the performance. I will probably get another 970 when prices come down, but I found out this board limits the 2nd Card to 8 channels. I would need the MSI Gaming board for that, but I suspect I will have plenty of time to strategize getting approval from the wife for that little operation before I actually need it.
So, all is right with the world now. No more tech envy induced OCD about not having proper equipment.
And, yes, that is my cat asleep in the basket.