Description

My first time building a PC. I needed an upgrade for photo/video editing from my MacBook Pro 2013 now that my photography has gotten pretty serious. This is obviously going to be used for some gaming, although not much.

Case: The Noctis 450 is an incredible case. The airflow is great and keeps all the components under 70*C. It looks really nice and the install went very smoothly. Some people complained about no rubber grommets, I personally did not find this to be an issue as cable management was easy. My only tip, plug in all the modular PSU cables before installing the PSU. Rookie mistake most likely, but I forgot to do this and it was a pain to reach under the PSU shroud to plug the cables in. Nonetheless, it is possible if you forget.

Motherboard: Still trying to figure out all the ins and outs of the Asus X-99 Deluxe. There are so many features that come with this board. From what I have figured out, the bluetooth works flawlessly. It also looks very very pretty with a white themed build.

CPU: No issues so far. Haven't used it for many labor intensive tasks, but it performed well in the benchmarks.

Kraken X61: Awesome cooler. Looks great, customizeable LED and the CAM software is great for monitoring components. It does its job.

GPU: The Kingpin is a tank. Handles every game with 60FPS on 1080p. No complaints and the free shirt is tacky but cool.

I also bought two corsair LED fans and installed them in the front. Both 120mm.

At the time I bought this, the price was $2,478.00

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

Great build! love the lighting +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

"Wires? What are those?"

Very nice.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Great shots. What camera are you using?

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Nikon D7100 with a 17-70mm sigma lens and the Nikkor 105mm macro.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Love this case. If NZXT makes a Black edition with RGB (Even if it costs around $150) then ill get it. Other wise its the EVOLV Atx From phanteks. The lighting on that card is awesome btw, And how is the MX SSD? Heard varying opinions about it

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the greatest to be honest. Had a few problems but I got it on amazon for like $40 so it was hard to argue haha

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

God damn that's so beautiful, Great Build! Im gonna use that case. How did you get the lighting and different colors?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The lighting was done using an LED strip from Amazon. I can post the link if you are interested. They don't plug into the case anywhere, but I just fed the strip in through the back of the case where the rubber grommets are.

And thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi I'm a bit new to this. I have a few questions that I would really like answered. Might buy this build.

First, How does this build compare to other builds on here, is the bang worth the buck?

Second, are those lights in the pictures included in this build price?

Third, is an optical drive not compatible with this build?

Forth, Is their anything that could improve on this builds design while staying under $3000?

Fifth, I use a lot of heavy use software. Photoshop, movie studio, capture card etc. Can this build handle it?

Thanks and I would really appreciate some input. :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

First, How does this build compare to other builds on here, is the bang worth the buck? Well I ran a 3DMark benchmark test and scored 98% better than all PC's. This thing is a total power house when it comes to video and photo editing. This is my first build but I have many friends with their own PC's and mine far outperforms them (when it comes to graphics processing). It also has far more features that came with the Asus x-99 deluxe that they are envious of. I run a 1080p display and the card runs the Witcher 3 on all ultra settings at a steady 60fps.

Second, are those lights in the pictures included in this build price? No, but the LED's were 11$ on amazon.

Third, is an optical drive not compatible with this build? An optical drive is not compatible because the case does not have any 5.25 inch drive bays. However, I use an external optical drive that fits perfectly underneath the case. You cant even notice it. I can post a picture if you would like as well as a link to the one I have.

Forth, Is their anything that could improve on this builds design while staying under $3000? Yes yes yes. I would recommend a better SSD. Maybe a samsung 500GB? and you can easily SLI 980's or even get a Titan X while remaining under $3,000. If you were to SLI 980's, I would go with the Gigabyte windforce because my buddy has one and loves it. Only issue would be length (It'll block drive bays). EVGA is perfectly fine although read reviews before buying because some cards have coil whine.

Fifth, I would say yes. I dont do much in respect to movie editing but I would say this will handle everything you throw at it just fine. If you are doing 4k video, you may want to SLI or even get a Titan X. As far as photos go, you will have no issue whatsoever.

Hope this helps!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Would probably use some of that $1000 on upgrading CPU to 5930K for the extra PCI lanes to run your 2 980s in x16 SLI.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ya it does help a lot thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

First, sexy build! Good Job!

Now reply and questions.

Have you done benchmarks on CineBench 15 at all?? If so what were those numbers and would you be willing to post a screen shot of them please?

If you are doing 4k editing and doing more workstation editing, how come you didnt go with a workstation card such as a FirePro W7000 or Quadro k4000 for a just a bit more than what you spent on the 980??

Thank you.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No I am not alaskan. haha I am from New England

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh my bad XD

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I'm from Alaska. :) Cool.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the build and +1 for your professional pics!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, but for me, most people overbuild their rigs only because of the type of monitor they use I hope you're planning on buying a 1440p, 21:9 or 4k monitor to use the 980's untapped power and experience the glorious world beyond 1080p because you definitely have this beast machine to muscle it

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I plan on getting the color corrected Asus 1440p later this year, I just dont have the funds right now xP hahahaha Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn that Kingpin looks amazing!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build - minus the Seagate - but why not a Deluxe 3.1 or an MX200? Were you stockpiling parts?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No I just got them at a really low price. The Seagate has not given me any problems thus far so I am happy with it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's anything like my 3TB 'cuda, it will die less than a month after the warranty expires. But, good luck with it and the build. And you may want to adjust your parts list prices to reflect the actuals, because the ones you listed aren't low at all.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up. I will be sure to be weary when that time comes. Any suggestions for more reliable storage?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend anything WD, haven't had a problem with their spinners yet. But, I'd wait a while. That being said, if you hear that Seagate clicking a lot, it's time to pull the plug. I seriously hope that doesn't happen to you. Good luck and have fun with it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Seagate isnt nearly as bad as some people make it out to be.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Bit too much color mixing for me, but still a very nice build and I love those last 2 shots.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I only did the color mixing to show off what the build can do. I usually stick to blue in the case and rainbow on the GPU

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean build and Love the Last pic. Good Stuff.

TCO

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

last two photos are fantastic. Love the slow exposure

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I was just messing around and it came out great.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Bad timing dude. 980 TI just came out for little bit more than than kingpin. I'd take advantage of EVGAs step up program and trade the 980 in for 980 TI.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How do I get more info on that? Sounds very worth it. Is it a clean trade in (no extra cost on my part)?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

this what your looking for?

http://www.evga.com/support/stepup/

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I already looked into it... gonna cost me $60 to be eligable, then I have to pay for shipping and tax. Too much of a hassle when I am happy with what I got :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked into the step up program, I need to spend $60 to even qualify. A nice thought, but I am satisfied with the purchase I made. Thanks for the heads up tho!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Looks beautiful, especially those LED's. Could you please link those? Thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it's fine. I had actually completely forgotten about this but I'm glad you responded. :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks super sick. Great build. Hope you got a good IPS to edit on. Makes a big difference when you have something like a Dell Ultrasharp.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That NZXT logo on the water cooler looks sexy! Also, those are some funky looking speakers (i think they are speakers) you have there

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah those are speakers... the gray and tan alien looking things? those are Harman/Kardon speakers from like the 1980s that still work like a charm: http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/images/g/zcoAAOSwvUlWsRWh/s-l225.jpg

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Although for the fans Corsair is an OK brand but another brand like Bitfenix are also pretty good. None the less an awesome build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

what camera u got im thinkin of buying one but a buget one +1 nice build tho

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to hate on this build but I can't find a reason to. Well done pal.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

is that blue led or black light?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Blue LED

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, this is a sexy build. Great build :) Do you mind posting the link to the LED strips? They're RGB correct? Thanks, love your build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice and Clean

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You did an amazing job for your first time!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that last picture, really creative~

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

what keyboard are you using?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am now using a corsair K95, was previously using a logitech flat backlit keyboard... dont know the model off the top of my head

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

For some reason, idk why but the X99 deluxe always looks so good in cases with RGB lighting, i cant stand when people have just one bright *** color in there build it just makes it look bad in my opinion but every build like this looks so badass, especially since you have the RGB kingpin card, Super clean bro! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!! This is an awesome build.. I am gonna go for it.. taking the plunge for the first time..and i don't know much about hardware and compatibility.. So I have a few questions. .hope you could help!

  1. Is the liquid cooling system easy to install? is there a video you referred that could help a nube?
  2. Can this motherboard support 2 graphics cards? I have read 2X2gb is better than 1X4gb, is that even true? is it worth the extra bucks? I mostly need to use 3D softwares, make renders and run graphics softwares simultaneously, do i need crossfire ?
  3. I really want the NZXT phantom 820.. also coz it has all LED s built in.. and space for optical drives etc..and coz i don't think i can handle putting LED s in myself :( Would you recommend it?
  4. Power Suppy: is 850W better? should i put the EVGA supernova 850W?
  5. How about sound card.. your recommendation?
  6. Do i need to buy wifi and bluetooth adapter? or is it in-built somewhere?
  7. Which monitor, mouse, keyboard would you suggest for my work and the looks?
  8. What extra wires/extensions/ tools do i need to build this?

Ok so those weren't few questions but i hope you could help out a newbie.. after all we all start somewhere with some HELP from the greats.. thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What LED's did you use for only $11?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did u use led fans?

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Me too :)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I agree, the lighting features on the Kingpin are amazing. I just showed the breathing color feature but there are so many others. One of them changes from green to red as the GPU temp increases.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

That thing is pretty dope.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Haha