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Date Published

Aug. 27, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C


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...

Part Reviews


Freakin' awesome! Using After Effects and scrubing the timeline is always up to date. This CPU is so fast. Highly recommend.

CPU Cooler

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.


As good as you would expect.

Video Card

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.

Power Supply

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!

Comments Sorted by:

rightinthepope 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

pfft, who needs a case

andy@active submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

It will come. Considering the inWin 509 case.

NoYMiNaToR 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Is this the inRoom 505 case u currently have? It's so spacious. You have room for 10000 more drives in there. Love the modular motheboard tray from casebox also. This is a sweet set up.

andy@active submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The open air solution was starting to grow on me, especially the on/off switch (look carefully ;)

ballisticism 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

+1 for the best excuse for bad cable management yet!

Sick lookin motherboard as well.

Mr-Clever 1 point 31 months ago

Do the RAM corsair LED have a slight tint of blue to it? I dont want to get it if it seems blue...

andy@active submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I do believe there are purer white solutions out there.

graysonmendenhall 1 point 31 months ago

I'm looking to build something similar for Cinema 4D and After Effects work. Nice job!

andy@active submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks. The hardware is very fast and more importantly stable. With the AE rewrite, the new version is super fast. It's an absolute dream not having to wait for the hardware to catch up.

koolfingaz 1 point 15 months ago

That is so cool!! Ya know, that would be so awesome if you would build me one like that and send it my way.. :) I would be so grateful... I love pc hardware of this caliber but could never be able to afford something like what you got. I just can not imagine how snappy the OS is when navigating it and opening games... Bet you love it!

   Good job!