I am quite happy with my current build. It took a long time and a lot of money to get it all together and it all works very well. Definitely the fastest and most carefully tuned PC i’ve had the pleasure of using over the last 40 years. This build taught me a very important lesson - while having the best parts is fun, it is rarely really needed for a good experience, save your money and avoid the tip top end parts.
PC SPECS - 5950x, ASUS Dark Hero MB, EVGA FTW3 3090, EVGA 1080 SC, GSKILL Trident Z Neo 64GB 3600 16-16-16-36 DDR4, Ice Giant ProSiphon Elite, 6 Noctua + 10 other fans of assorted sizes (all fans are pwm), roughly 10tb of storage on nvme and ssd’s, and another 20tb on HDD’s (i’ll likely add more storage later), EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 power supply.
MONITORS - Asus ROG PG43UQ (43 inch 4k 144Hz), AOC 24G2 (24 inch 1080p 144Hz).
AUDIO SYSTEM (high quality audio matters) - Klipsch heritage headphone amplifier, Argon MK 3 headphones (from ModHouse Audio), Vanatoo Transparent 1 Encore Speakers, Elgato Wave 3 microphone.
I recently moved, so this is not the final desk setup, but it shows the hardware.
Not a lot of room on this desk, i’ll get a bigger desk when I move again and have more space.
Normally the 12 inch top fan would be mounted on the inside, but the Ice Giant is a bit too tall to allow it to fit on the interior of the case.
An angled view, this case is a double layered cube on the inside, I really like this case design. (Coolermaster HAF XB EVO)
Rear View - the power supply bump out allows for very large power supplies to fit inside - (currently there’s a EVGA 1300w power supply in there)
Side view of the case - the lower left of the image shows the rear fans for the lower half of the case, and some of the HDD storage. The Blu-Ray burner is also visible on the lower right, in the 5.25 bay just above the Blu-Ray is the ICY Dock SSD bay currently containing 3 ssd’s of varying sizes. The Upper Deck shows the 1080 SC, this system needed two video cards to handle the various software loads, as the 3090 alone was not enough to handle the concurrent jobs I run on this machine.
Top view, the smaller card between the 3090 and the 1080 is a higher powered wireless lan card, I actually do use both the wireless cards in my system (the one that came on the motherboard and this one) at the same time for different purposes. I wish windows 10 could handle wireless network interleaving for higher bandwidth.
This is a view of the back panel of the 3090, the heat sinks are permanently attached to the backplate of the 3090 using Arctic Alumina thermal adhesive and put a fan on it. This insures that even under extreme loads the 3090 doesn’t overheat. It works very well and removes a major design flaw with the 3090’s - which normally lack proper cooling for the rear mounted video memory.
Pulled out view of PC internals from the top. The front of the PC is on the left of the image, rear is on the right. Airflow pushes in from front and back, and is vented out the sides and top of the case.
Even with all the fans, the PC is very quiet, I only need to run the fans at around 74-80% even during heavy loads it stays very cool.
And that’s my PC. Currently running windows 10, i plan on changing over the Linux in the next year or so. For quite a lot of reasons, i’m done with Microsoft operating systems.