Enthusiast Gaming Build - Base of SLI 690. Your thoughts?

So. I'm making a new beast. I'm planning on water cooling, wire sleeves, ETC ETC.

So far I have..

Case : Corsair 800D (Shipping)
PSU : Corsair AX1200i Modular Platinum Series [Arrived]
Mobo : ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Shipping)
CPU : i7 3930k (Shipping)
GPU : 2x GTX 690 set in SLI [Arrived]
Ram : G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
HDD : 1x 2TB Seagate Barracuda [Arrived]
SSD : 2x Samsung 830 256gb (Shipping)
Fan Controller : Lamptron FC8
Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback SATA iHBS212-08
Sleeving : Black, Red, and White Sleeving from MDPC-X [Calculating ftw!]

Watercooling Initial Stage

Reservoir : Koolance RP-452X2
Pumps : 2x Alphacool VPP655
Radiator : Black Ice SR-1 360
CPU Block : EK Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel (EK-Supremacy - Nickel) [Plexi Top]
Fans : 6x Cooler Master SickleFlow 120x25mm Super Silent Fan - Red LED - (R4-L2R-20AR-R1) [Push pull config on the Rad]
Tubing : Figuring it out.

Later on I'll be installing a 240 rad, and setting up water cooling on my GTX 690s.

As Far as OC goes, I'll be trying to get a stable 4.8 to 5.2... We'll see. >>

I have 3 1920x1080 monitors, So I'll be running surround SLI for a 5760 x 1080 resolution


I'll be going with a Black + Red theme, with some white highlights.
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  1. A backup 2tb for storage? Personally I like the Black/White with blue if you want that added in, more mature clean look to it.
  2. I have 3.5 TB in external. I personally thought those 2 color schemes were not mature myself. Def clean though :P
  3. scuba356 said:
    SSD : Refuse to get one. Too faulty.

    What?! A "non-budget" build like that with no SSD?!
    I'd highly recommend you to get one!
  4. scuba356 said:
    So. I'm making a new beast. I'm planning on water cooling, wire sleeves, ETC ETC.

    So far I have..

    Case : Corsair 850D
    PSU : Corsair 1200w Modular Gold Series
    Mobo : Haven't Figured this one out yet. Leaning towards the Asus P9x78 series
    CPU : Leaning towards the 3930K
    GPU : 2x GTX 690 set in SLI (Already shipped to me.)
    Ram : Going to grab a minimum of 4 DDR3 and get 16 GB. I'm thinking 2033 or 1600.
    HDD : 4x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint 7200 in Raid
    SSD : Refuse to get one. Too faulty.
    Watercooling : Well I know for a fact I'm getting a 360 radiator that I'll seat in the top. Everything else is still up for grabs. Haven't put a ton of research into this as of yet. Obviously there will be watercooling on the GPU and the CPU.
    Additional LED Fans will be bought.

    As Far as OC goes, I'll be trying to get a stable 4.8 to 5.2... We'll see. >>

    I have 3 1920x1080 monitors, So I'll be running surround SLI for a 5760 x 1080 resolution


    Personally, I'm thinking of a Black + Orange Color scheme or a Black + Blue + White color scheme. Can't decide.

    Yep, even at 5760x1080, 2 690s is ridiculously overkill.
  5. azeem40 said:
    Yep, even at 5760x1080, 2 690s is ridiculously overkill.



    time to run 5 screens on portrait mode. with 2 690's
  6. Maybe that would be good for 2 690s, but if a GTX 680 can play on max at that res at 35-40fps average, then a SLI 670 would max it out.
  7. 690 SLi? i guess you are doing "absolute bragging rights" thing.anyways here are some suggestions-
    if this a pure gaming rig,then go with i5 3570k.
    1.5V and 1600mhz is safe and best possible condition for ram.8GB is more than enough for gaming and other general stuff.
    SSDs from good brands(Crucial,Samsung,Kingston,Mushkin etc) are very reliable and have very low failure rates.
    i don't know much about watercooling but i highly doubt that a 360mm rad is enough for 5GHz~ cpu and 690s.you can add another 240mm rad at the bottom of the 800D.
    if you want black+orange color scheme then go with all black case like 800D and cougar 120mm fans.
  8. azeem40 said:
    Maybe that would be good for 2 690s, but if a GTX 680 can play on max at that res at 35-40fps average, then a SLI 670 would max it out.

    +1,here you can see-
    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1625084&mpage=4
  9. I was referring to 2 670s. :P
  10. Here are two 680s at 5760x1080 on BF3.
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/P/T/331409/original/bf3%205760.png

    If a GTX 670 is 5% less performance than a 680, it should also keep above 60fps with no AA or 50+ fps with 4x MSAA.
  11. azeem40 said:
    I was referring to 2 670s. :P


    but it also provides the performance data of 2-way SLi :kaola:
  12. I must have missed that part. I prefer :P to http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/smilies/kaola.gif
  13. azeem40 said:
    I must have missed that part. I prefer :P to http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/smilies/kaola.gif


    you are funny lol.
    @mal,
    yes master!
  14. nafoni said:
    What?! A "non-budget" build like that with no SSD?!
    I'd highly recommend you to get one!


    I've had a couple SSD's. 1 was from OCZ and the other from Samsung. And they both died within 3 months. I refuse to pay for another piece of s*** when I can pay the same amount for 2TB and set it to a raid AND Have it last 4 years. F*** SSD's.

    hellfire24 said:
    690 SLi? i guess you are doing "absolute bragging rights" thing.
    i don't know much about watercooling but i highly doubt that a 360mm rad is enough for 5GHz~ cpu and 690s.you can add another 240mm rad at the bottom of the 800D.
    if you want black+orange color scheme then go with all black case like 800D and cougar 120mm fans.


    Not really bragging rights, I just don't want to update anything for about 4 years.

    @ the radiators, I was actually thinking about that. I saw a great tutorial from Westcoastmods where he used a 360 in the top and a 240 in the bottom, came out looking fantastic. I'm going to be researching a lot more into water cooling and people's setups + OC a little later to get a better idea.

    Right now I have a cooler master storm sniper case that's air cooling a 4.4 OC on a 2600k and a 560ti sli setup.
  15. scuba356 said:
    Right now I have a cooler master storm sniper case that's air cooling a 4.4 OC on a 2600k and a 560ti sli setup.


    I see 0 reason to upgrade, but I guess that's your pick.
  16. I've had my Intel 320 ssd for nearly 3 years - np problems. Quad channel memory - one stick now?? I would take an ssd over mechanical any day.
    -Bruce
  17. 3770k / ASUS P8Z77 WS
  18. scuba356 said:

    I have 3 1920x1080 monitors, So I'll be running surround SLI for a 5760 x 1080 resolution.


    You should get 3 more monitors with two 690's take the bezels off and have a killer setup. (I had to use word killer)

    I vote for Black, Blue and white.

    ASRock just came out with a board they say is the best in the world. It's here:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157327 The Youtube video is pretty convincing.

    Bast of luck
  19. scuba356 said:
    I've had a couple SSD's. 1 was from OCZ and the other from Samsung. And they both died within 3 months. I refuse to pay for another piece of s*** when I can pay the same amount for 2TB and set it to a raid AND Have it last 4 years. F*** SSD's.


    Not really bragging rights, I just don't want to update anything for about 4 years.

    @ the radiators, I was actually thinking about that. I saw a great tutorial from Westcoastmods where he used a 360 in the top and a 240 in the bottom, came out looking fantastic. I'm going to be researching a lot more into water cooling and people's setups + OC a little later to get a better idea.

    Right now I have a cooler master storm sniper case that's air cooling a 4.4 OC on a 2600k and a 560ti sli setup.

    my brother has got a crucial m4 128GB and dad has got a mushkin enhaanced chronos deluxe 120GB,both are working very well.OCZ has highest failure rates in ssds but i think they did well with the vertex 4 series.so,a ssds is a great investment.
    if you already have a 2600k @4.4GHz then why are you upgrading???? 3930k will show unnoticeable difference in gaming.560Ti SLi is great for 1080p but on eyefinity,you need more power.690s are way overkill,go with 670s or 680s with 4GB vram as most of the modern games are VRAM demanding at such high resolutions.for AMD,hd radeon 7970 CF setup will also work well.
    for watercooling guide,visit this-
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky
    great work by rubix.
  20. hellfire24 said:
    my brother has got a crucial m4 128GB and dad has got a mushkin enhaanced chronos deluxe 120GB,both are working very well.OCZ has highest failure rates in ssds but i think they did well with the vertex 4 series.so,a ssds is a great investment.
    if you already have a 2600k @4.4GHz then why are you upgrading???? 3930k will show unnoticeable difference in gaming.560Ti SLi is great for 1080p but on eyefinity,you need more power.690s are way overkill,go with 670s or 680s with 4GB vram as most of the modern games are VRAM demanding at such high resolutions.for AMD,hd radeon 7970 CF setup will also work well.
    for watercooling guide,visit this-
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky
    great work by rubix.


    The twin 690s are sittin in my lap already, so too late to change my mind (not that I would, they're drop dead epic) xD

    I thank ya for the link. Ill read it when im ready to start on the water cooling.
  21. I hope you plan on adding two more monitors in the future, or else the extra frames the 690s put out will go to waste.
  22. scuba356 said:
    The twin 690s are sittin in my lap already, so too late to change my mind (not that I would, they're drop dead epic) xD

    I thank ya for the link. Ill read it when im ready to start on the water cooling.


    i can understand that feeling but do yourself a favor,get a ssd!
    EDIT: +1 @azeem,add 2 other monitors ASAP.
  23. i can't imagine a setup with 5 monitors lmao xD

    Upon a crapload of research, I'm finding that SSD's aren't as instable as the first generations (Which is what i tried apparently), so I'll go ahead and look into them.
  24. ^lol you are funny and i like it ;)
  25. Guys, epic deal. 199 for 256gb Samsung 830. (I got 2 of them.)
  26. ^well done,you are a lucky #$%@ ;)
    kidding.
  27. here's the link http://www.jr.com/samsung/pe/SAM_MZ7PC256BWW/ The Desktop kits for 219 are still in stock.
  28. fun :)
    i find it a great deal.
  29. but a single 512GB ssd is too expensive :/
  30. Isn't TRIM lost with the implementation of RAID 0?
  31. ssds raid0 is kinda waste imo!
    just saying.
  32. No clue if it's a waste yet. I'm getting closer to my finished build now.
  33. ^good news.
  34. I've decided that I'm going to use black, White, and Red sleeving for my water tubes.
  35. how about black and orange or black and yellow?
  36. the mobo is red, the ram is red. Black and red :P

    couldn't find a good mobo that was orange, and i highly doubt I can find any good ram that's orange XD

    I'm not ballsy enough to think about painting either my board or my ram, so Yea :p


    Im switching my fan controller to the Lamptron FC8 too.
  37. performance first,then looks!
  38. I'm getting both, tyvm.

    here's an unboxing of the 690s, btw.

    http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1708773
  39. ^cool ;)
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