Like everyone else, it was 'bout time I spoiled myself with a decent upgrade.
This is an 'everything' machine, that is, it planned use for gaming, research, video editing (After Effects), virtual machine host, and I need it to last for at least 7 years.
So I've raided the two Samsung SSDs. Added two more separately raided WD 2TB Red hdds for storing video work files.
Still undecided on a new keyboard/mouse and monitor but am eyeing off the Acer Predator 34" curved.
(No good pics yet as the case isn't available in my country for another month).
Update: I'm as happy as a pig in the proverbial as the system goes like a boss smashing through any After Effects work I throw at it. Highly recommend similar solution for AE users.
I've had this system editing and scrubbing (with audio) in After Effects while running a Win 7 VM with 16gb of ram tasked with downloading files, converting two videos simultaneously using ffmpeg and handbrake. AE ram preview was always green with no noticeable lag despite the load from the VM.
**Update So I've given up waiting for the case to be available in my country, so have reluctantly settled for an NZXT H440 instead. I got a little bit carried away and also brought the ASUS 34" ROG Swift curved monitor.
Have added some pics of the case build and default setup Cinebench tests. Now to start overclocking...
Freakin' awesome! Using After Effects and scrubing the timeline is always up to date. This CPU is so fast. Highly recommend.
Runs very cool and quiet. Did load the pc with a 2.5 hr AE render job and the fans did not spin over 1500 rpm.
So many things to play with on this board. Problem is work is getting in the way of tweaking with it.
Good and stable ram.
As good as you would expect.
This is a great card for sending Adobe Media Encoder render jobs to! It renders work at almost the same time/speed as the i7-6900 cpu.
Brilliant PSU. Fan doesn't spin until the unit detects enough heat to warrant turning it on. I haven't seen it spin yet (despite smashing the pc with a 2.5 hour AE render job).
Pretty good for a freeby!
Have had this for many years now and they're still the goods!