Description

Yes, the GPU cable is distracting. Yes, I am changing it.

R2D2 Was built for video and picture editing and gaming. Reason for building was my 7 year old macbook died a slow death. This was my first time building a PC, it was a lot of fun and definitely a learning experience.

CPU: I chose the 5930k over the 5820k for more pcie lanes (40x) (I know this does not benefit me whatsoever with my current configuration. I do plan to upgrade this system and fill the PCIE slots, utilizing the benefits of additional PCIE lanes)

CPU Cooler: I chose the H220x because i plan to include the graphics card in the loop and I'm a noob. If I would have waited a little longer I would have gone with the H240x and all 140mm fans but they did not do any sort of advertising for it, and I had already purchased the cooler direct from swiftech.

Thermal Compound: Because you need it. (Someone had a problem with this comment saying "Thermal compound comes on most high end water coolers, you're stupid etc." I'm paraphrasing. To which I say the H220x does not, in fact, come with thermal compound pre-applied)

Motherboard: This choice was a vain one, I liked the streamline look of the Deluxe and wanted a white build. Not to mention the amount of expand-ability.

Memory: This too was a vain choice. I've been watching videos of computer builds for a couple years now and have always wanted the Dominator Platinums. And hey, DDR4 so yeah.

SSD/HDD: I chose the 850 Pro because of the 3d v-nand technology and the 450-500mbps transfer rates, and I chose the SSHD because I was curious about the technology and performance.

Graphics Card: I chose the 780 6GB DDR5 because of the amount of vram and it performs adequately. Not to mention I entered it into the EVGA STep-Up Program so within a month or two I will ship it in and get it swapped for a GTX 980 ACX 2.0 for the difference in the two cards + shipping costs. I also intend to purchase another 980 and do SLI but I figured this was a good start.

Case: I chose the Enthoo Luxe because LED's. And because I like the look of Phanteks cases and windows (unfortunately mine was scratched on the inside due to little to no effort to tie down the accessory box so it was flailing around inside the whole way here) Another thing that happened was the front panel that goes over the fan grill has standoffs that you screw into to hold it there. Two of the four standoffs came off in shipping and were attached to the screws that were supposed to hold it there. I removed the standoffs with a pair of pliers and epoxied them back to the front fan grill panel. It's now solid as a rock, but still unfortunate it happened. Also it matches my motherboard "luxe" and "deluxe"

Power Supply: I had originally bought a Corsair AX860i Power supply from Newegg, but upon arrival I cut through the cellophane and got into the box and I noticed there was a sticker that said "if sticker is damaged please check contents before acceptance." The sticker had been completely and obviously torn off and re-stuck. So I RMA'd it for a refund and drove to micro center the next day to pick up the EVGA 1000w P2. I chose this power supply because EVGA has great customer service and its more than overkill for upgrades.

OS: Meh. Also looking forward to Windows 10.

Case Fans: I will never again buy Corsair SP or AP fans (the ones with the rubber corners at least) Because I didn't even tighten the screws down all the way flush to the case before the rubber corner wrenched itself out of its holding and was physically impossible to replace the way it was. I had to drive to micro center (again) to get one fan. Which turns out the LED versions of the AF quiet editions have no rubber corners so I was happy. Also the rest are all Noctua fans because I wanted good PWM controllable fans for the H220x and matching fans for the front.

Keyboard: I am using an $8 walmart keyboard to type this, I will be purchasing a keyboard in the near future. I've been looking at razer keyboards but I want to try the Cooler master Novatouch keyboard. I haven't decided.

Mouse: I had the Razer Naga already and its by far my favorite mouse I've ever used. (edit: the tracking on this mouse gives out sometimes and refuses to track vertical motion all together, only accepting horizontal input. Strange. I'll be buying from a different vendor next time.)

Headphones: I chose the Astros because I was a console nerd before I realized PC was the master race, and it's cross compatible with all of my systems. I know they suck, you can stop telling me.

PLANNED UPGRADES: Moving to a new apartment (lol) EVGA white P2 custom single sleeved cables. Nvidia G-sync capable triple monitor surround battle station. GTX 980 ACX 2.0 (as stated previously). Perhaps another 980 in the distant future. Another 850 Pro in raid 0 for the boot. First adding the graphics card(s) into the H220x loop, then a full custom loop. Swapping all fans for 140mm fans (and 140mm radiators respectively) A decent keyboard. More hard drives! More ram! (when we see prices drop to something more reasonable)

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 6 points

Holy crap dude. You have a lot of money to have an X99 build

  • 61 months ago
  • 5 points

The time for an upgrade was more than overdue. My macbook is full of dents in the frame and the hard drive was more audible than the front facing speakers, and the hardware is way outdated. The way I see it is I was a power user as it was on a 7 year old mac, and now with this build I can do all of the things I wanted to but couldn't because of mac's limited hardware. So to me it was worth every penny. Thanks for the comment :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

lol mind sparing a few to the brianc949 foundation sir? we are in desperate need to upgrade a dual core amd cpu to and i5 at least with a new mobo.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice build! I wish evga would not do the red gpu cables though. Really good thanks for sharing!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is unfortunate, but EVGA offers custom single sleeved cables on their site made for their power supplies, so I'm not too worried about it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I saw those and they looked really good. Price isn't the worst either. Do you know if they would work with my power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438026&cm_re=nex_650-_-17-438-026-_-Product ?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

They do have some single-sleeved cables for your power supply, however they still have the red VGA cables, which everyone seems to dislike. This is the only set of cables I see for the "NEX" the rest are for the "G2/P2 Supernova". Here's the link http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-CB-C123-B9

You can always just get some nzxt or mod right cable extensions so all you see is the pretty single sleeving. Hope I helped.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. Well unfortunately my build is black/blue as you can see if you click my completed builds. Do you think since the nex and supernova are both evga the cables would be the same on the power supply end? I like the black/blue set they had.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

They aren't unfortunately. For the G2/P2 PSU's the 24-pin motherboard cable terminates on the PSU end with 2 separate cables. This won't plug into a regular 24-pin socket on your particular PSU. However as I mentioned previously you could just get a custom cable extension so all you see is a single sleeve blue/black cable which connects to the existing 24-pin in your system. I think NZXT makes some as well as Lutro0 customs. Or you could get a sleeving kit from Lutro0 and do your cables yourself :\

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

The lighting on that case is incredible. I love everything about this build, nice to see x99 in use. My only complaint is that the red cable connecting to the gpu looks a little out of place, but that takes away very little from the overall aesthetics of the build. Nice work!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I will be swapping out all of the cables for custom white single sleeve :) and thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is incredible - you have all my wow.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat pun doe +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

<_>

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! You know when you see DDR4 Dominator Platinums that the build is going to be top notch! Haha can't wait to see your upgrade list implemented! +1 definitely

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be sure to shoot you a message when I do :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice name lol, I enjoyed it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesomeee! Very nice, clean and neat build and I can't even imagine the amazing performance you get. I could totally see this destroying any game that attempts to give this build a hard time. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

The system cold boots in about 20-30 seconds and it takes another 20-30ish seconds to get into a Fallout: New Vegas game save and start playing. If that puts things in perspective lol. Thanks for the comment. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build there.

As for possible keyboards, I recently got a Das Keyboard, and I'm loving it. Mine has Cherry MX Brown switches, but they come with Blue and Red switches too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check them out :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you happen to add an extra Phanteks LED strip? I noticed you have more light control than just the top and front. Amazing build by the way. Planning on doing something close to this, but with z97. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I did, I didn't know how to add it into the purchased products though. It's great and not too overbearing. I like the underglow effect. I did this because of the review I saw on HiTechLegion's youtube channel.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I am enthoosed about this. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just for the Luxe alone. Fantastic case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah it definitely caught my eye :p

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Everything about it was great, except for the choice in headphones. Definitely not a good investment, however it could be worse. You could've bought Beats! lol +1 Dude.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I got them for the cross-compatibility with my consoles. I know there are better headphones out there like sennheiser or audio technica. I plan to get an O2 ODAC from mayflower electronics and a pair of sennheiser headphones for listening to music. Thanks for the comment :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem...I have some experience with headphones, like my Beyerdynamic DT990's, Senn HD800's, Audeze LCD-3's, Senn HD600's, and I think a few more... The O2 DAC is nice, although might be overkill honestly, even for an audiophile (like myself). PM me if you want maybe recommendations on stuff like headphones. I can understand getting the Astro's for compatibility. You're welcome :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a lot! I'll shoot you a message when I'm thinking about dropping the cash.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

okay man :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Wish I could get the AI suite to work on my Rig. ASUS software has disappointed me so far.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It was being finnicky for me too when i first booted the system and wasn't until a bios update that everything started working correctly. I'm sorry to hear it's doing the same for you, and I hope you get everything worked out!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I took your advice and updated the BIOS. I finally got the software installed, but I could never get it to open. Some program:id or file wouldn't respond in time to open.

In the end, I just uninstalled it since all of my accessories are hardware controlled anyways. Thanks for the suggestion though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's unfortunate. And to be honest hardware controlled probably is the better way to go seeing as how software can be unreliable from one version to the next.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

That's true. It's a shame all these companies are coming out with great hardware and gimping them in the software cough, cough CORSAIR.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build love the case. I got the same one. I want x99!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Does this remind anyone of TRON?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought so too! When I add the graphics card into the loop I'll be using a swiftech komodo waterblock with similar lighting to add to the effect :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup now its really will be lol.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I was wondering why you replaced all the stock fans that come with the Enthoo Luxe with Noctua's? I've heard the 2 140mm (one on top and one in rear for exhaust) and the 1 200mm front intake fan are great fans, even better than noctuas? I'm trying to decide if i should go with an Enthoo Primo, Enthoo Deluxe, or instead get a GT 10 snow edition, or a HAF X for my x99 build. I want to water cool my 5930k with the swiftech h240x but wanted room in the future if i decided to water cool my GPUS. Unfortunately it does not look like i could use the GT 10 snow edition or the HAF X in push/pull configuration with my swiftech product so i'm really limited to phantec deluxe or primo, or the crazy large corsair obsidian 900D.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had known the H240x was coming out I would have gotten that instead. The stock fans are great but I like the build quality of Noctuas. Just a personal preference I guess. I plan to upgrade the loop by adding 2x240mm rad in the front and then replace the h220x completely with another rad and a standalone pump. What happened was this case wasn't the case I originally intended on getting so the fans had already been ordered. The luxe was spacious and easy to route cables in. The size is large enough to pick up comfortably off the ground and put on a desk.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

High-five, man! I especially appreciate your write-up - humorous and to the point. I want to write mine up that way next time. Keep upgrading my man!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I love evga aswell. Enjoy the 10yr warranty on that bad boy. Loving every part of this build. So as a editor or computer animator what do you do, do you really need this kind of computer(im looking at computer science/engineer so this info would be useful)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Also thank you for buying the h220x, i love switchfetch and thier expandibiility. However pm or contact me on toms hardware(kunthakente is the username) for tips on how to do a full custom loop

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

6gb 780 and the monitor...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

what are the Astros like Ive been thinking about getting a pair for my upcoming setup but they are kind of expensive

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really know how to put this as I'm not an audiophile. They are a semi-open design so some sound bleeds out and you can hear people in the same room with you talking to you. This also allows for the higher frequencies to shine through like footsteps. The sound however is not "full" like you would get with closed earcups. In games like Fallout the sound can give a bit of an echo, but its kind of atmospheric as if the sounds were echoing around you. Gunshots are loud and in your face and footsteps shine over the mid range. When I talk to people in Fallout it actually sounds like they are in-front of me. All in all the echo isn't too noticeable and I like the sound signature for gaming and movies. For music playback I would not recommend these. One particular downside is the cable from the mixamp to the headset is quite short in comparison to all of the other cables it comes with, and I find myself ripping it out quite a lot because of the rubber its made out of is quite grippy. Personally, I got them because of the cross-compatibility with the 4 consoles I own. I hope this helped you.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you still running 5930K at 4.5 GHz? If yes, how is the memory performing at 2666 MHz? Can CPU keep it up?

I'll soon build a very high-end X99 non-Gaming machine based on Asus X99-E WS board with 64GB RAM. But my concern (price difference), what might be the optimal frequency for 5960X in max Turbo mode range (3.5 GHz)? I think 2800 MHz shouldn't be a problem, isn't it?

I chose Swiftech model too. What's the temp. at 4.5 GHz? Thank you

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it's still running at 4.5GHz, but AI Suite III downclocks it to 1200MHz (which I don't actually notice a difference at all) and it stays at 1200MHz pretty much all day unless I run a benchmark or a very graphic intensive game. I don't have the Adobe suite yet so I can't vouch for the performance in applications like that.

The temps are 27C while idle 58-65C under load. It's lightning fast at 4.5GHz and rock stable.

However the memory isn't coming up at the 2666MHz I think that's partially due to the fact it's a brand new platform and they aren't running at the full speeds yet. When I first ran the system with BIOS ver. 0801 they were running at 2133MHz and there was a strange problem with when I set the XMP profile to anything other than disabled it would set the CPU strap to 125MHz and try and overclock the CPU so I gave up on running XMP in BIOS 0804. As soon as the update for BIOS ver. 0904 was released that was no longer the case and when I ran AI Suite III auto-overclocking software it auto-enabled the XMP to 2800MHz and the CPU strap stayed locked at 100MHz and it overclocked using the multiplier. The modules are coming up as running at 2400MHz now in ver. 0904 and I haven't encountered any app or computer crashes with heavy multitasking, several games open, benchmarks running, and loads of browser tabs open. I think in the not too distant future they will be running at the full 2666MHz or even overclock to 2800MHz.

IMHO this CPU and mobo are incredible, but just need time to work out some kinks.

This is my first build and I'm learning more about it everyday, so I hope I helped but I'm not too sure what I'm doing either lol.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the prompt response.

I'll be using X99 builds for design, modeling and simulation tasks; computational apps with double precision (two Titan Blacks) and couple of VMs sitting on the host OS.

I've to spend some good money on RAM, hence my concern on performance and pricing. BTW, did you update board BIOS?

I think it's a good idea to get 2400 MHz sticks? I'm not happy with X99 when compared to Z97 - some of my high-end builds doing great at 2400 from the CPU supported 1600 mark under Turbo mode (4790K and 4790).

I'll be using Swiftech because I need absolute cooling regardless of controlled environment (AC) at my work place. Anyway, did you try Cooler Master Nepton 280L? Nepton 140XL are performing great on Z97 builds.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I updated the BIOS and the latest version is 0904 (as of 10/5/2014). The swiftech pump is actually inaudible even at maximum load. The fans themselves are inaudible until you stress the cpu. The new Swiftech H240x was just released for $10 more without much press or advertisement, so I would recommend that if you are looking for a larger radiator on an AIO.

And no, this is my first build and experience with liquid cooling at all so I'm quite happy with the H220x's performance even when cooling 6 unlocked cores.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Brb crying in the corner because I'll never get to have something like this +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

as much as I love boxes, were all those pictures really necessary? love da build too

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I took your comment as advice and removed the pictures of the boxes. Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy Crap. This is one of the best rigs I have ever seen on this website. +1 for sure

My only complaint is that for a $3.5K video editing build 32GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 RAM would be a far better investment for the same cost. Dominators are just so overpriced (which sucks because they look amazing)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know theres better and faster ram out there, but like i said it was a vain choice. And there's 4 more dimm slots for future expansion! I love this mobo! Thanks for the comment :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I am not saying that this ram is slower then most, in fact quite the opposite. I was just trying to say that you could have doubled the amount of RAM you have currently for the same price.

Again, amazing rig and very similar to what I plan on building this December. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skiskate10/saved/X3LFf7

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah I understand now. And I agree with you lol. But those lights man! Love me some led's if that wasn't obvious. And very nice part list. Had I waited 1 week to purchase these parts my build would look something like that. Looking forward to seeing it completed!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Ill make sure you will see it :P

I am going to post ~300 pictures and an essay of a description! It will be glorious!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably my favorite build on this whole site... this thing is GORGEOUS!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the title and I really like the choice of parts.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The red chord throws me off

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I just had my share of PCPorn thanks! i second the red cable. I reckon black or white. Its slightly distracting. However, to be fair, very clean and nice build and yeah youre brave for going early with X99. Im waiting a bit longer. I have a Z87, Im gonna do a Z97 mini itx for the TV room before I do a monster X99 in 2015. Good to see a brave X99 here.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And I will be re-uploading this periodically when I make changes like swapping the cables out. And that sounds like a pretty awesome setup man, you're gonna love it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I can literally see all the time you spent contemplating the best possible part choices for this enthusiast build! This is an extremely nice build, especially with the white led accents on the Enthoo Luxe turned on, very, I mean VERY nice! this deserves more than 75 like bud! Hope mine turns out as good as this! cheers!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Speaking of X99, could anyone plz recommend a good X99 mobo for PowerHouse?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't exactly going for the MOST EXTREME on this one as much as I was going for a somewhere between powerful and reliable. I don't even run the thing overclocked anymore bc this CPU puts out a lot of heat and it heats my room up like a space heater.

But I will recommend one of the newer ASUS X99 mobos with the upgraded features, as I purchased this one early and it only has usb3.0 as opposed to 3.1 on the newer etc. That or maybe a nice Skylake build would be in your budget. Hope this helped and sorry for the super late response.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Well your build is insane. Absolutely awesome. So whats the deal with the fallout bios looking thing? Where did you get that from? Cause honestly, might have to look into getting it for myself.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a skin for a program called Rainmeter. It's fairly simple to set up. https://www.rainmeter.net/ http://orangeorangy.deviantart.com/art/Fallout-Terminal-1-5-Rainmeter-Skin-364303957 War, war never changes.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i would recommend for keyboards a corsair keyboard (all r good) or a wireless, like a varmillo on massdrop. Andmaybe a pair of open back headphones?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently got a pair of decent semi-open headphones. As for the keyboards I will have to look into what they have on massdrop. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

it is a bit expensive but I would recomend this http://www.corsair.com/en-us/strafe-rgb-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-cherry-mx-silent it is a bit pricey but it is awesome. it is great for audi recording because the cherry red silent switches are very quiet. And it looks really cool with white key caps and a cool color for the rgb. but there are some other good and less expensive one. But the Strafe rgb is the favorite keyboard that I own.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do the case fans go? I got the same case and am putting it together! I bought a corsair h110GT. But trying to figure out how many additional case fans I need to buy.

Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I recently had the Swiftech die on me and bought a H100GT as well. I've got mine hooked up to two Noctua NF-F12 in the top of the case. I've also got one NF-F12 in the bottom pulling air in and two in the front. I've got a 140mm corsair in the back pushing air out as well. Hope this helped!

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

Wow really nice, the red cord going to the gpu is a bit annoying to me, but it still looks extremely clean. why only 16 gb of ram though?

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

Why more than 16gb?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll be replacing all of them with white single sleeve, and 16gb is more than enough and i can always throw 4 more dimms in later :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i think i know. He feels you should blow a extra 100$ dollars to fill up all the slots.

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