Please note: following components were taken from an old build: Evga 980Ti, HDDs & SSDs
This is my first PC build in years. I had an old Workstation with an i7 980x and decided to finally upgrade.
The machine is used for following applications:
- VR gaming
- Video rendering
- Coding (mostly Matlab Simulink Simulations)
Experiences during the building process
I am absolutely blown away at how much the technology has advanced not only in terms of processing power but also in terms of cases and custom lightning etc. I have to say that I am absolutely in love with the Phantek Evolv ATX tempered glass case. Everything in this case is well thought out and so easy to put together. I also love the built-in LED control so I can also turn it off if need be. The M.2 SSD installation was a bit of a hassle as the screws did not fit after installing the drive (based on the TUF casing of the X99 Sabertooth). Therefore, make sure to have backup screws ready. I decided to put the cover back on. So far the SSD is very cool as it is only used as a system drive.
Reasoning for chosing certain components
I went for an X99 Sabertooth to make this build more durable and also capable of running tasks for many years to come. This is also my first water-cooled system and I am amazed at how quiet everything is (after calibrating idle fan controls with the AI Suite). I know that the PSU is a bit over the top but who knows, maybe there might be SLI upgrades and an i7 6950x on the way :P. I also recommend to buy custom sleeves. I went for the Alchemy 2.0 set and it is amazeballz! The 980 TI is a leftover from my old system. I know, I need to upgrade to an 1080 (or 1080 Ti if they will exist soon). As this is EVGA's overclocked 980 Ti I am doing totally fine in VR games, even with increasing the rendertarget to 2 (supersampling). The hard drives and SSDs are also leftovers from my old system. They work totally fine, that is why I included them as well.
At the moment I am running the system very stable at 4GhZ @ 1.1V. The RAM is set to X.M.P. @ 3000 MhZ. For now everything runs like a charm, also longer renders. I am super happy with the performance and stability, although Broadwell-E is a hot chip! Temperatures are at 55 Degrees Celsius under full load when testing with AIDA64 for 10 min plus :)
X99 is a truly amazing platform for enthusiasts who need a hexacore that is also capable of gaming, especially the 6800k doesn't dissapoint. I am super happy with everything in this build and I have to say it was rather easy to put together. I hope you like it as much as I do :)