Description

This system was built mainly for 3D, Motion, and Graphic design. I don't even wanna game on it, but I do.

I'm a Graphic and Motion Designer--- who does photography, and tinker with computers.

My whole workstation is still a work in progress--- still looking to add One or Two 1440p or 4K monitors, and a better table. But, onto the system.

I carefully selected each part myself. Did about two to three weeks research before buying each one.

This is my first Intel build--- I was forced to move since I couldn't wait for the "Zen" release to arrive. So, I got my 5820K on sale at Fry's for 299, but it actually went even lower than that. I bought the CPU and RAM together. Went through 2 different motherboards as I didn't see that X99s were still quite new to Dual Channel setups. So, with how I have my RAM module setup right now, that's me not yet sure if a 1,5 setup would work. Plus, I got too busy to keep taking the system apart. I'll play around with it more after the holiday's.

So, for the BOARD--- The board was a bit of an annoyance at first, Killer Network's software, mainly their software, sucked the life out of my internet. It was very time consuming to figure out, and I was glad to find out that I wasn't the only one annoyed to death by it. The AuidoBoost 2 is also another thing that wasn't as fun at first, but, I found a simple fix. Works great now! Considering I'm using a $20 2.1 speakers.

The RAM, as I said, for what I do--- 16gb was starting to become a limitation. I like fast, and no limits when it comes to my work. So, I went with 32GB, and will most likely go higher, since the board can handle 128gb. I had to consider CAS a lot, and these were the only pair that I could find at 14 CAS, so I went with it.

For the CASE, I wanted something simple and inexpensive. The 450 fit the requirements quite well. Very open-aired, and has easy cable management. Plus, I don't think i need to go with a Full-tower. Just don't see the need.

I'm gonna skip straight to the end as I'm writing this really late.

So, lastly, the GPU. I chased and waited quite a while for the 980 Ti FTW. Only had it a month. My only beef with it is the stuttering, and very occasional crashing after drivers are updated. It runs very stable though, runs very cool, loud if you play with the fans, but aside from that. I can do just about anything I want with it. Rendered a full texture, texture filled MAYA scene in an HR 10 MINS, while my boss' rig took 3 hours to render out the same scene.


Just a a personal note about Windows 10:

Personally, I think it's the best and most appropriate OS for this decade. I actually bought a new copy of it just because I think my other keys were tied to a different board. It works great for what I need ----handles multitasking gloriously--- very smooth (probably cuz I'm running it off an SSD) --- and very easy to navigate. Privacy wise, I really don't care--- it's free--- they can damn well do what they want with it. My favorite part about it is that, it integrates greatly with my phone, and other stuff I use. So to me, it's the best OS of the decade. Unless I get to try out a variant of Linux.

So, I'll end it there. Love the build, because I did it myself, bought it with my own money, and made it run the way I want it too, exactly the way I expected it to. Can't complain even one bit.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

First AIO. Gives very stable temps, not as low as the Noctua NHD15, but when I push the system, it sticks to a specific temp range and stay there.

Cons: Quite loud. Feels like I'm in a quiet plane even on idle. The software linked to it isn't as intuitive as I'd hoped it would be. It'd be nice to be able to manually control the fans speeds for fan and the pump.

Video Card

Great card, not so great Win10 optimization, just yet. I do get quite a lot of stuttering when I game, and it's quite loud when under full load.

Beautiful card, and waited for it specifically because of the clock rate.

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Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

very nice build!! +1

strange you didn't go with 4X8gb kit to take advantage of quad channel config.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I did consider that, a lot of people were pointing towards that setup. But, I chose to stick with the Dual Channel. I'll look into a Quad-channel 64gb upgrade down the road.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Seeing as this computer is exactly what I am looking at building (Swap 980ti with 970SLI, 450D with a Define S, 4x8 RAM), I am extremely jealous. What made you pick the Gaming 7? Did you do any research in to non-Corsair case fans? Anything you would change?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Good question.

If I did want to, and badly did. I would replace the case with an Entoo Pro or the Modular Case that Cooler Master released a few months back. I was very intent on going with the Modular Cooler Master case, but the hope vent wasn't ideal for me at the time. But, when I got my 450D and my AIO installed. I suddenly realized, I'm not even using the top portion of this for anything--- felt like I really should have just went with the CM or the Entoo Pro--- seeing as they were cheaper at the time, or even now.

I almost replaced this board again, but concluded that it was actually very easy to use. Very professional, and I really liked the OC features in the board. Aside from the Killer network software--- this board is beautiful, especially that red lining near the I/O shield.

I would recommend it, just make sure to compare it with the Asus X99 Deluxe first. Every time I see that, I keep asking my self, " I wonder what it would have been like" seeing that I came from an Asus AMD board.

Aside from that, thanks! Glad you like the build, hope it helps.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely workstation, get another 16x2 and finish her off ;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

And yes, exactly what I had in mind!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are you getting 180mbps download speeds? Are you on fiber?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just the second to last tier for Comcast's internet service. And, having new gen stuff, like the router I bought helped pull out all the speeds we're paying for--- which makes my actual download speeds in MB/s, stay consistently at 21MBps.

It's Comcast's Blast tier btw. My mom and sister's phones get the same speeds. So, I know it's the router.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i hope u used your nikon for taking this pictures :V - nice case san

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Had a feeling people would say that, lol. But, nah, it's a 5year old cam, so I used my sisters 6 Edge so I can take higher res photos. ISO looks a bit high though.

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i thought kind that... .. and you did well. its crazy how nice the cameras's smartphones are getting better tthese days ,..

and obviusly.. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the Win10 optimization?

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, That price would put me at a total loss, seeing as the card alone is 730 bucks. Made me think about it though.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. unless it's 90% of the original price no thanks. This system is only a month old.

You're funny.