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This is my first build in 10 years. Hopefully it will last that long in it’s Davinci Resolve, BMD Fusion and mild gaming activities. I started with a single graphics card but upped it after adding the second monitor and seeing opportunity in Fusion render times. I won the silicon lottery with the first gpu but the second one doesn't go far limiting my overclock in SLI. The backplate on the second card is different than the first despit being the exact same model from same vendor (newegg)...odd.

The RGB lighting is to excite my 5 year old in computers. So far they are working as he likes to pick the colors of the day. The Corsair Light Loop fans are impressive in person. I would consider doing the entire thing in them next time. I have them on the same Corsair Node pro as the HD120’s and as long as you set the type as LL and consider the 2x LED vs 1x LED fans you can program them as you would normally. The G.skill RAM RGB features didn’t play nicely with the Gigabyte board but after installing the ASUS Aura software I was able to control it. It did take a few false starts cleaned up by Thaiphoon Burner to get there however.

Ryzen Master is a fantastic overclocking tool. Really easy compared to the old bios method. The machine runs stable at 4.0ghz and I haven’t seen much reason to push it. I have gotten the graphics cards core clock and memory clock up substantially (MSI Afterburner) and it shows in the benches (image is of CPU at 4ghz, RAM at 3200 and GPU’s stock) but I don’t run that high normally due to fan noise. Without the GPU overclock I can barely hear the thing.

If there is one component I am very happy with it’s the BenQ 4K monitor. It’s amazingly clear and color accurate for the price. I made a poor choice on the traditional hard drives. I was at Fry's and saw them on sale but didn't notice they were 5400rpm drives. When I figured it out I rationalized they are long term storage only but I wish they were 7200rpm drives. I am also dissapointed with the gigabyte bundled software. It doesn't work perfectly (here's looking at you RGB fusion). The format of their monitoring overlay is a brightspot.

Feel free to message me if you have questions about the build or why I made particular choices. I have enjoyed building this thing and would be happy to help.

Update: 12/30 - Added image with Cinebench numbers at 4ghz, 3200 RAM and stock GPU Update: 1/4 - Switched the case out for a NZXT H700i because the fan controller didn't work on the Be Quiet! Dark Base 700 and I got an rma on it. The dual gpu water blocks on the front made a lot more sense though I tilted them sideways to fit the fan above which isn't the greatest idea. Update: 1/5 - added thoughts on gigabyte software and notes on gpu silicon lottery

Update: 1/7 was having thermal issues in the new case so I switched the rear exhaust to intake and saw a 10+ degree drop in temps on the CPU. As a result I ordered a magnetic filter from amazon.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Joh my friend are you sur you have enough horsepower in there...... i mean its only gtx 1080 ti sli and the best cpu and ram their is and plenty off it:o Freaking nice build man:) +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks blinko!!! Let’s hope it lasts me a long long time

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say atleast 4 years or more

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Let’s hope!!! At worst then I would be able to upgrade the GPU’s

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management could be better, but it's honestly pretty good considering you have two GPUs and six AIO hoses stuffed in there.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree Dave. Thanks for looking!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

woah :0

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

So i was looking at this and thinking man i hate the hoses. But then i agreed with you ultimately...its hard to fit all those hoses in your case. I started feeling bad for you :(

I started googling around about how to deal with so many hoses. There wasn't a ton of info, but I've seen a few different builds that I think work better. If you move the CPU radiator to the top of the case, and move both GPU radiators to the front I think it would help those hoses be in better lanes.

Something like this: https://i.imgur.com/bdZMkEA.jpg

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

This is funny, I 100% agree with you and yesterday returned the be quiet! case (the fan controller didn't work) and got an NZXT H700i. In that build I did exactly what you suggested. I'll post pics tonight. I was able to better hide the LED strips too.

Moving from one case to another is a massive chore.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Zadok - I added the cable wraps to the tubes as shown in your sample image and updated my build with new pictures.

Thanks for helping get it tamed!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! Add a picture on here that is a little more zoomed out so you can see everything in one shot.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The mother of all builds. Holy ****. Wish I had waited for the 1950X, all them cores!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

THanks Nagarakta! The nvme drives have been the biggest win for me I think...crazy

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but to keep your build (and your house) intact then work on cable management!!

I've read stories of wires going on hot elements on the PC and having them light on fire, stay safe, cable manage.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Thank you - I had it all locked down till I put the second 1080ti in there and now it’s just nuts. I will take your advice.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Tempting to build I think it might be more cost effective to future proof myself then keep building mid range £1,500 PC's

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree but it depends on what you are doing with the machine. Gaming wise I’d look more at the 8700k because the clock speed trumps the cores on most titles in benches. For me being able to render something while working on something else and playing music and monitoring a video...and...and...and....makes all the difference in the world.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hoping that you could do an update on how the motherboard does. I'm considering upgrading to a threadripper within some months to have a system for the next 6-ish years. It will be an entry level x399 for going back to Linux (for good I hope)

Not related with production but I'll be using Windows in a virtual machine as a guest OS; some resources will be split between the two systems.

I think this board is a good middle ground and unless the next gen TR4 gets announced (the plus not the new arch. and I doubt it will come out early next year) then I'll be using the mobo with a 1900X.

PS: awesome build dude. RGB isn't my thing but it's eye catching.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Sneakeyboard! I’ll update this thread in a bit with my experience on the MB. I already updated to the newest F2 bios and it came with m.2 RAID support. I configured them and got a bootable drive out of it but realized I didn’t need to take that level of risk on a system with this performance.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

An update for you - the gigabyte bundled software is rough. It crashes quite a bit despite some recent updates. The drivers for onboard sound and network have received updates as well and are solid. I have had good luck overclocking it as well. It’s been very stable and is easy to work with.

I’m happy with the board choice.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The price drop on Resolve was pretty nice, bringing it in line with MAGIX Vegas.

Do you work with RED EPIC footage up to 8K Redcode RAW?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed the price drop made the decision for me over adobe’s rent to never own model. I shoot with a GH5 in 10bit 4K primarily. I don’t have a camera that records in RAW.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

GH5 is awesome with it's 10bit I-frame only mode combined with V-Log at that price point.

I would primarily shoot with a GH5 in 60p without slowing down though so I would use 8bit recording in "Neutral" and grade from there. (I plan to produce content similar to Gamers Nexus, hence why I'm shooting 60p without slowing it down, just like they do.)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Another feature of this board that you got is it has a Thunderbolt header. So when Intel makes Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free, you can add a Thunderbolt add-in card so all the Blackmagic Thunderbolt 3 stuff will work once the BIOS supports those add-in cards with the header.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man I didn’t know that was there....and I thought I did my research! That’s going to be nice when enabled.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want me to try something out for you, let me know, just put some sample footage somewhere and I can video the scrubbing/coloring of it for you.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

How about some Canon custom firmware Magic Lantern RAW? Anamorphic if possible cause that sometimes has more resolution than a standard 16:9 frame.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great idea on the 60 for the action. I only use it for slow mo and do shoot V-log but the all-I codecs make ENORMOUS Files. I don’t have any anamorphic glass, the sigma 18-35 speedboosted and Leica 12-60 are the two lenses I use the most.

Unfortunately I’ve only got the gh5 and a canon 7d. I’m willing to grade whatever footage you have but don’t have access to anything else :(

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

All-I reduces strain on your processor and is MUCH MORE superior in quality. For Green Screen, VFX people swear by I-Frame cause Long-GOP causes issues when tracking.

7D supports Magic Lantern. You could see how to install it. It's non destructive since the firmware for Magic Lantern exists on the SD card and not the operating system flash chip inside the camera.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

How hard was it to get your memory stable with 8 DIMMs? I'm afraid to fill the slots and have problems. Thinking about moving away from Corsair for my next memory kit. Haven't been real impressed with Corsair as of late.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a challenge at all. Just enabled the XMP profile in the bios and it has worked perfectly since.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. Interesting. The Zenith Extreme QVL only shows a Corsair Dominator 2800MHz kit as the maximum for 8 DIMM slots. I have heard that Ryzen seems to like G.Skill memory a lot though for some reason. Might have to look into a kit.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How have things been working for you? I’m looking at a 64GB (8 x 8GB) set of TridentZ 3200MHz and I’m curious to see how stable your system has been with XMP.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

The ram has been solid. All issues I’ve had were the proc which AMD quickly RMA’ed. The xmp profile has been perfect. Literally check the box in the bios and never think about it again.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Did u have any problems with that Mobo?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Tough to say. It's got all the features I wanted but the software package around it hasn't been perfect.

In terms of moderate overclocking and stability I'd give it a B+. The SLI support issues I've had I'd blame more on the nVidia drivers.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I should also note, it doesn't play well with the gskill ram. Gigabyte fusion can't control it (though if you want to manage RGB fusion sucks anyway) and the gigabyte monitoring tools can't even recognize it. Fortunately it runs stable at 3200 and functions well with control and monitoring through other utilities (corsair link and NZXT Cam).

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Annnnnnnd tonight when enabling an OC in Ryzen master (light - just to 3.7ghz and ram to 3200) the box wouldn’t come up after reboot and now only gives me a D0 “cpu initialization error”. I’ve tried all the normal stuff (cmos, re-seat) and am at a loss. Likely ask AMD what they suggest/RMA but since I’ve OC’ed it we will see if they are willing to replace it....grrrr

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon hooked me up with a new motherboard, no dice.

AMD is processing an RMA for my proc (no visual damage to it or anything). Waiting for the ship back of a new one.

Very impressive they both are helping me out, I was upfront about overclocking but no issues.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

And finally, AMD shipped me a new processor. I popped it in last night with some Thermal Grizzly Cryonaut and it's running perfectly and notably cooler. I don't know if the last chip had issues or if the Artic Silver just wasn't as great. Either way it's fantastic to have my machine back.