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2017/18 upgrade

by bohemond1980


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Date Published

April 7, 2018

Date Built

April 5, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

55.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C


Since last May I have upgraded the GPUs, added storage, and replaced the 5930K with a 6850K (5930K confirmed ded). I also upgraded from 980Ti SLI to 1080Ti SLI and 'downgraded' from 3x2560x1440p@7680x1440p to 3440x1440p. The reason for this was that with 980Ti SLI and even 1080Ti SLI the horsepower to max out games acceptably @60+FPS/ultra+ was inadequate. Also SLI support for very demanding games seems to have kinda slowed as of late (looking at you AC: Origins). 3440x1440p is definitely doable; often with a single 1080Ti.

Fortunately for me I upgraded to the 1080Tis (sold my old 780Tis and a 390X to help the funding) before the nonsense mining price jacking.

I also added a 500GB WD Blue SSD, swapped out a 120GB OCZ SSD, added a 480GB Mushkin Chronos SSD, and finally a 4TB WD Blue 5400RPM HDD to expand my storage.

I added a Tobii 4C eyetracker which works acceptably with my Asus 35" and an Oculus Rift CV1 replaced my DK2; though it has yet to prove it was worth the expense with meaningful content.

Part Reviews


Overclocked to 4.7Ghz on 1.344v.

CPU Cooler

Does a great job cooling, but the software is a PITA.


Very temperamental bios; often forgets drive settings.


Overclocked easily to 2666Mhz.


Not the fastest PCIE drive by a long shot; but quite a workhorse.


Lots of storage for cheap; and average FPS don't even take a hit!


Great case, but watch your back muscles.

Operating System

Not a fan.


Great monitor with really good colors (VA).


Best keyboard I've ever had.


50/50 chance it will not initialize once you get to Windows. Only mouse I've had that does this on multiple rigs.


Gets rather painful after an hour or so.

Comments Sorted by:

MannyPCs 2 points 11 months ago

Nice build. +1

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 11 months ago


poc88 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Beast system..i want a ultra wide monitor so bad, but ill wait for 4k ultra wide..SLI FTW!

Jblais55 1 point 11 months ago

Wow Awesome Build! How many PCs do you have? Because they are all great from what I saw.

bohemond1980 submitter 14 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

6 that I use regularly.