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BLACKBOX

by Jo3f1sh

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Date Published

May 19, 2017

Date Built

May 17, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.5GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.05GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

Description

I've been slowly upgrading this beast over the years. Before this case, I was running an OLD Antec SOHO unit. After outgrowing that, I purchased this Lian Li A70B in 2008. Ever since then, it's held a quite a few configurations. From a first gen i7 920 with Crossfired Sapphire HD4890's, to an i7 3770k with SLI GTX680's, 780's, 980ti's, and now a 6850k with 1080ti's and Hybrid kits.

Cable management is pretty tight. They didn't give you too much space behind the motherboard tray, so you have to get pretty creative. You also have to use some brute force to get that back panel back on. But seeing all that exposed aluminium once you're all done is a nice pay-off.

I did add in an LED strip I had laying around just for grins. I may re-do it to give it a more even light in the case, but for now it does the job. That side window was pretty hard to find. As was the top panel with the 3 fans. Lian Li stopped making this case right as I bought it, so finding parts for it was difficult. Fortunately, the guys at Frozen CPU had a few parts still lying around, and they hooked me up.

Good thing, too since I NEEDED that top panel to mount the H100i to. You also get quite a few fan mounts within the case, which helped when installing the Hybrid kits on the 1080ti's. Of course, it's not quiet by any means with 12(!) fans running all the time, but boy does it stay cool. I'll never be going back to an air cooled video card after this.

The only difficulties I had with this current build was the PSU I originally had installed (Corsair AX1200i) that was a refurbished unit from Microcenter. I knew I was taking a chance on a used PSU, but needed the extra power quickly when I installed the 980ti's. After installing the 1080ti's, the PSU would struggle to power on, and would simply shut off after 5 minutes of gaming (and sometimes at idle). SO, I went ahead and picked up the highly rated EVGA SuperNOVA 1200W P2, and have had no issues since.

Oh, and never use cheap Molex to SATA adapters. Just don't.

To be honest, the performance jump from the 980ti's to the 1080ti's wasn't as drastic as I thought it'd be. It's also possible drivers haven't quite caught up with SLI configurations of these cards. Either way, I was able to bump the DSR resolutions up a bit in a few games which is nice. I plan on switching to 3x 1440p monitors soon, which will really show off what the cards can do.

As for the core components, I decided I wanted a 6 core with 40 PCI lanes since I knew I was sticking with SLI. I figured i'd go big or go home, so just dumped 64GB of DDR4 in there as well. The timings are on the slow side, and if I had the chance to do it again, i'd probably downgrade to 32GB, but faster memory.

The next step after monitors will be VR. I have a steering wheel, and plan on playing some racing sims in it after seeing how awesome it looks. I've already played Assetto Corsa on the 3 screens, and as awesome as it looks, there's something about being able to look into a corner with a VR headset...

Anywho, that's my build. Haven't found the need to switch to a different case YET...but who knows. Maybe one day I'll do a full water loop and need something with a bit better ergonomics. But for now, it'll do.

Comments Sorted by:

tim613 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

you ever try running the cards with the stock blowers before the hybrid kit to see the difference?

Jo3f1sh submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Yep. Full load with stock FE coolers at stock clocks pushed 74 C. With the AIO's, they don't pass 52 C with a mild overclock.

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

for the love of- With a 6850K, 64Gb of RAM, and SLI 1080tis you should have more pictures! You're depriving us of the appreciation!

Jo3f1sh submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

More pictures incoming!

irritablemoth 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Wow! Is this just for gaming?

Jo3f1sh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

For the most part, yes. Triple screen gaming and VR in the future. It's also my main rig so I do pretty much everything on it other than photo editing.

cajunsloth 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I would like to see more picture as well :) +1

Petrdolezal 1 point 2 months ago

That case is dope

mrzoltowski 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Two hybrid AIO's and a CPU AIO. Have not seen that before. Looks great! What a beast!

CheekyPotato 1 point 2 months ago

Will you upgrade to x299?

Jo3f1sh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I'll probably wait a bit, will probably eventually upgrade sometime next year.

CheekyPotato 1 point 2 months ago

true since the improvement would be like 1-5% and 1-6 more fps

Upora 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I have the same cpu and gpus and I'm concerned about my temps. I wanted to know what your idle and load temps are under the aio?

Jo3f1sh submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I have them listed on the left under my parts list. At stock, my 6850k would idle at 36C. At 4.2GHz and 1.31V, it idles at 40C and hits 70C with Prime95.

Upora 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Sorries I must have overlooked it.

Dang thats damn near close to my temps. I almost assumed it was my case being so damn hot.

I heard the 6850k is a very hot cpu, I was getting jealous hearing other peoples cpu's idling at 19-24C's. I'm almost done building mine, I'll upload it to here soon now that I know about this site. Its pretty cool to see other people similar builds.

Good build man! Thanks for the reply!

ArmyRangerSJ 1 point 2 months ago

This is a very good build! Faster than mine due to the motherboard and extra 1080ti! But I'm glad to say I have literally been on the penny for my equipment without losing quality or performance!

Tandy 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome build man, can you tell me what did you do with your geforce gtx logo leds?

Jo3f1sh submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Those are replaced by the Hybrid covers. The Hybrid covers have their own white LEDS.

Tandy 1 point 1 month ago

Are you by any chance willing to sell the green led "GEFORCE GTX" logo? Im planning to make rgb geforce gtx logo out of these so im looking for guys that have gpu waterblocks and dont use led logos.