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Been working on the same rig since 2010, I won't even tell you the specs because they are embarrassing. The budget was 2.5K, I was attempting to essentially build one of Digital Storm's Apollo computers without having to pay the surcharge to have them do it for me.

I work primarily in Adobe After Effects (as well as the rest of the creative suite) as well as Autodesk 3DS Max and Cockos' Reaper for film composing. I'll be purchasing 32gb more of ram in the coming months and another SSD to start up a RAID configuration. Ideally, I'd like to upgrade to a server-grade mobo to house two CPUs, and hold more ram. Since completing this build I actually haven't been super happy with performance, as it doesn't seem to be a major step up from my past build, but time will tell, more on that later.

I thought this would take like an hour or two to assemble, I've been putting computers together for several years now, but boy was I thrown curve balls. For one, I've never used a liquid cooler before. Secondly, I've never used a case that utilized a PWM hub. These things combined resulted in bad times. I had hooked up the CPU cooler's fan header to CPU_FAN, and the PWM hub's main plug to the CPU_OPT on the top right of the mobo, and when I started the computer: smoke. That cord going from CPU_OPT to the PWM hub was hot as hell, and pumping out a TON of smoke. I immediately yanked out the power cord and took that cord off the mobo. I'm still not sure what caused that, but I have not tried to use that CPU_OPT port since because I'm betting it's fried. If you're purchasing the Kraken X61: be aware that the manual included AND online both suck. Do not install with the wrong screws either, it comes with 12 of them, 8 with long ends on both sides, and 4 with short on one side and long on the other: use the short/long ones to elevate the cooler head, or you'll get temps like I did initially that'll have you very worried.

Other than that, the rest of the assembly was simple. I had a lot of trouble getting it to turn on, it would just BSOD at the Windows logo, so I had to re-install Windows (and then had to do it AGAIN). The case if unbelievably beautiful. Can't say enough how much I love it, and the space/cable management is great. A lot taller than I thought it would be, got about 3 inches between the top of it and my keyboard rack, so measure your desk first!

If anyone thinks they could help me troubleshoot why it seems like I'm not getting the performance I should out of After Effects let me know, because even something like a Particular comp is still kinda sluggish. Maybe I expected too much, or I just need more ram? I don't know. Also, I'd love to OC the main parts, but I'm a little cautious about that as I've never done it before, so any advice on that would be great. I'd love to do some benchmarks and see how it performs before and after.

EDIT: Added some badass ENCOM die cut decals to the sides, I love them. Got them off eBay if anyone is curious, I'll add them to the build list.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

sexy build! good choice of buiulding yourself!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Smoke!? Wow, that's a new one. Maybe it was some sort of misplaced thermal paste somewhere on the board? Also, if you use the PWM, I think they are all supposed to run through the main CPU_FAN.

And yes, that X61 manual does not help.

Good looking build. Congrats and enjoy!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Hadn't messed with any thermal paste, I actually just finished taking the stock paste off the CPU and Kraken X61 today, temps seemed a little too warm so I put some of my own on there. I idle about the same, hovering around 29c, under load is closer to 50c now.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice. May I ask what camera/Lens your using?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Canon T3i with the stock lens, not to toot my own horn but I have a pretty good handle on making it look good, haha.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah I'm suprised. The different lighting definitely makes it look good man.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn this expensive of a build and a crappy PSU? i would replace it ASAP before it causes you issues or damages the PC. A PC of this caliber should be using a much better PSU, not a crummy CX750. It WILL cause you problems.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/01/21/corsair_cx750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.Vc_gza2M5ko

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I screwed up on that front. I just kind of picked one that was on sale and didn't give it much thought, and people have been telling me I'm an idiot haha. I will definitely be switching this week and I'll just keep this one as a backup. You have any PSUs you would recommend?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Anything from Antec, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS).

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the ascetics! One of my favourite cases :D can I just ask how much you got the 980 for because on new egg they're selling the ti version for only £60 more? +1 for the for sexy camera angles ;)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I paid $503 for the card on Newegg. I considered the 980Ti, but it was $100 USD out of my price range, I'll probably be adding another one and SLI the two of them. From what I researched the performance gains between the 980 and 980 Ti weren't significant enough to me to pay more money.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay:)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

picture 13.... epic

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

JUST the ENCOM alone made me love this machine so much!!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This year we put a 12 on the box :p