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Mac Convert to the PC Gaming Master Race

by ramseyrule87

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18 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 11, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

Description

I have been a Mac user since I was 16. I have used it for content creation with Adobe and Avid as well as Final Cut. The only time I bought a PC was a very basic refurbished one that claimed to be a "Gaming PC."

This was, in fact, a lie.

As I continued to sharpen my skills, the long render times and occasions when my trusty iMac would crash increased more and more. Finally, after I doing a lot of research, I knew it was time.

It was time to build my own computer.

Piece meal, over six months, I bought the components that I felt would help my digital media creations and make a damn fine Gaming PC - cause those Steam sales and Humble Bundles were getting way too good to pass up.

I did show some restraint, not going for the uber tier quality parts, and always waited for good deals. In fact, almost every component on this build was bought either on sale or with gift cards given to me for Amazon and the mouse and keyboard were Christmas gifts.

Finally, on February 10th, the CPU - the last part I needed - arrived. It was time.

THE BUILD

This was my first PC build ever. The only time I'd ever touched computer components was to upgrade the ram or HDD on my Macs. Needless to say, I was nervous.

But, after a lot of video watching (mainly Linus Tech Tips) I felt comfortable enough to give it a try.

All in all, the work went smoothly. The only niggling frustrations came with mounting the heat sink, cable management, and a bonehead move where I forgot to hook up the CPU power cable.

But other than that, the system posted and Windows set-up was a breeze.

I didn't do any overclocking for one main reason. The cooler I bought is a very basic Noctua U9S heatsink with a 92mm fan. While it's gotten good reviews and I've seen some stellar temps on other X99 builds, I didn't want to push the Broadwell-E chip too hard since I'm so new at this.

MY THOUGHTS

I've only had the system for 24 hours and haven't had a chance to stress test her. When I do, I'll come back and edit this to give my deeper thoughts on the components and the system.

UPDATE

After a couple of months with my functional but dinky little Corsair 100R, I decided I wanted something with a little more character for my case. Enter the Be Quiet Dark Base Pro 900. Got to say, I'm impressed with the modular capabilities and the features. And the tempered glass is strangely soothing. I need to get some better PSU cables and do some better cable management, but overall, I'm diggin' my sexy new case.

Throw it out to y'all, what color do you think my LED strips be?

UPDATE 2

Well, after nearly two good years of the GTX 980 TI, I felt it was time to upgrade. With a good Black Friday deal on Amazon, I was able to snag an RTX 2070 from EVGA. I haven't really put it through the ringer yet, but I'm liking what I'm seeing so far and it actually feels good to future proof my machine a little bit on the GPU side for how ever long Nvidia decides to ride the ray tracing wave they hope will crest soon.

Part Reviews

CPU

Do not let the low base clock fool you, if you're running programs that need the extra cores - looking at you Premiere Pro and After Effects - this thing is as fast as greased lightning.

CPU Cooler

While I was limited by my case size when it came to heatsinks, Noctua has a reputation that they have rightfully earned.

This little guy does a hell of a job keeping my CPU at steady temps. At 100% load, it kept the cpu below 70 degrees easily.

Motherboard

This is the closest thing I found to an "entry level" X99 mobo - if you could call anything in the X99 "entry level." Granted, it lacks the premiere features such as built in wifi but I don't care.

128 gb of ram support for future proofing, 8 sata ports, an m.2 slot, four pci-e 3.0x16 slots with two 2.0x1 slots, 8 usb 3.0 slots and 2 usb 2.0 slots.

It doesn't have the bells and whistles, but this black ATX beast has it where it's really important.

Memory

I decided to start with a basic 16gb kit and possibly upgrade in the future. Easy to install with some really nice heat sinks.

Storage

I had never even heard of an M.2 ssd before I started doing research on this. While the grass will always seem greener on Samsung's lawn, this tiny little drive has done a great job when it comes to game loads and boot times.

Power Supply

Way more power than I need at the moment, but I am super happy with this choice. Cable set up was a bit confusing, but that came down more on my lack of knowledge on building PCs. Corsair Link - the utility software - is a great simple program that lets me check temps, voltage and even fan speed at the press of a button.

Highly recommended.

Operating System

I've warmed to Windows 10 over the last year and the included USB drive made installation so easy.

Case Fan

Great fans with that are easily adjustable and I really like the coloring of Noctua fans. They don't look like anything else on the market and they have the quality guaranteed from the little owls over at Noctua.

Keyboard

I don't think I can ever go back to a standard keyboard. Cherry MX Red switches feel so good to press with the right amount of resistance and click with each keystroke. The compact size makes it great for my desk - what with my mic, audio interface and Wacom tablet. The lack of RGB lighting is a little bit of a downer, but not enough to knock a star off.

If you're looking for a good mechanical keyboard to get you started, look no further.

Mouse

As a former Mac apologist, even I found it hard to justify the design choices of their wireless mouse. The whole swipe and double click and no wheel just doesn't make sense - it's a PC mouse, not an iPad screen.

For my first gaming mouse, this was pretty good. The ability to change the weights on the bottom makes it good for adjusting sensitivity and the RGB lighting actually isn't as intrusive as I thought it was going to be.

The thing that knocks a star off is the utility software. Corsair needs to take a second look at it because, while not terrible, basic functions are hidden behind sub-menus that are kinda pointless.

Still, I'm really happy with it.

Comments Sorted by:

Liam81 2 points 25 months ago

Congrats on your first build..... Always a great feeling when they turn on for the first time.

To me a X99 build in a 100R makes for a "SLEEPER" build.

Based on percentages.... Is this more for Gaming or Creating ?

I look forward to your reviews...... in due time

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Overall, I see it equal parts gaming and content creation. But when I was doing some freelance work last year, a lot of my production time gotten eaten up by render times. I know for a fact I could have tightened up and improved even some of my smaller projects if my hands weren't tied down, waiting for Media Encoder to finish.

The 100R, in my opinion, is a very good basic case. Cable management was a little bit of a headache, but the 850hxi has flat cables so that helped. Plus I'm not running any SATA drives... yet.

Also, "Sleeper" hmm... I have been looking for a name for this little guy

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Mac convert here too. Used Macs Since 2002 till 2015. Not looked back since then. Enjoy your need content creator +1

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks!

And after the system posted for the first time, I started doing the Daniel Bryan "YES! YES! YES!" chant. I'm serious! XD

arcadeforest 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Love the title - my last Apple was a II+ that I had as a kid back in the 80's. Been building for over a decade and love it. Congrats on your first one.

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks, much appreciated.

andlaw 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

nice build.. and might I first start by saying there is nothing wrong with your choice I am just curious, why you chose the 980ti over a 1070? or even the 1080.. secondly, was there any particular reason you went with that EVGA 980ti over an Asus strix 980ti? I only ask because the 980ti is older, so what's left in stock has to be minimal creating the prices to be higher than when they first released, and this being a newer build, you weren't getting another for SLI... wouldn't the better choice have been the 1080... again if the price you paid for that 980 was around $700-800? also a suggestion with having a nice window side, Noctua have a nice all black design (Noctua NF-F12 IndustrialPPC), and they have a 2000 and 3000 RPM versions to choose from, as well as the Chromax anti vibration pads to add a custom color scheme instead of the default reddish color that comes with the fan) so you can have the best of both worlds, performance and aesthetics.

Nice build tho, solid list of components! Welcome to the Glorious PC Master Race! :)

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I actually got the GTX 980 ti for right at $438 at B&H right before they went out of stock. I did consider the 1070, but at the time, the prices were fluctuating so much that I wasn't sure how much I'd end up spending. But, when the 980 ti popped up on B&H at that low of a price, I went for it.

As for going with EVGA over Asus, there's not a real answer there. I'm still so new to this that I was sweating what the best companies were for each of these parts. I read review after review trying to suss out which parts to go for and I was considering making changes the day before the last part shipped. I did know I needed to go with parts from well known companies and EVGA seemed to have the best reputation. Then again, I know it's a case by case basis kinda thing.

Thanks for the recommendation on the fans. Noctua seemed to be the best brand of high quality fans during my research and I'll definitely go with your suggestion when it's time for an upgrade. Although, and this is just me, I kinda like the beige and brown color scheme they got going. With all the slick blacks and grays and green in computer parts, those earthy tones are so unique.

Thank you for your suggestion and glad to be part of the Glorious PC Master Race!

Huzzah! :D

andlaw 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

hey man can't go wrong with a new 980ti for $440! I suppose my question towards the choosing EVGA over ASUS was more directed at the design (blower style).. not even a big deal, and I agree the all blacks can be overused quite a bit.. the beige isn't that bad I suppose, it is kind of a trade mark, with no questions when you see them fans you already know what they are ;) again, welcome to the Master Race... see you on the battlefield -_-

AnonDrew 2 points 25 months ago

Welcome to the master race!

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 25 months ago

LORD GABEN SMILES UPON THEE!

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

PRAISE BE HIS NAME!

oceanofthc 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Dude my build is just as good if not better.

cyberFREACK -3 points 25 months ago

can i ask you how much you péid fot the gtx 980 ti bcz the GTX 1060 is way much cheaper/better

shadowbyte918 4 Builds 5 points 25 months ago

better?

how high are you right now

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

$438

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andlaw 3 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

GPMR! Glorious PC Master Race! May your framerates be high, and temperatures low!

ramseyrule87 submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Peace be upon you brother! My your own frame rates and anti aliasing be splendid! LOL