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philip Oct. 7, 2015

Tune in Thursday October 8th at 2:00 PM CST for a live build. We'll be putting together Phil's system - a Xeon machine for graphic design, rendering, and some gaming - hello Star Wars Battlefront! Time permitting, we'll also stream some Battlefront gaming with the new build showing gameplay and thermals!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E5-1650 V3 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $564.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $109.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus X99-E WS SSI CEB LGA2011-3 Motherboard $471.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Wintec 64GB (4 x 16GB) Registered DDR4-2133 Memory $598.98 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston Predator 240GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $218.49 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $219.82 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $219.82 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ~$1000
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ~$1000
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Provided by NZXT
Power Supply Corsair 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $307.48 @ Amazon
Mouse Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse $51.99 @ Amazon
Other Cinema4D - Broadcast $1695.00
Other Thermaltake Riing 12 120mm LED Case Radiator Cooling Fan CL-F038-PL12YL-A Yellow $18.00
Other Thermaltake Riing 12 120mm LED Case Radiator Cooling Fan CL-F038-PL12YL-A Yellow $18.00
Other Thermaltake Riing 12 120mm LED Case Radiator Cooling Fan CL-F038-PL12YL-A Yellow $18.00
Other Thermaltake Riing 14 High Static Pressure 140mm Circular LED Case Radiator Cooling Fan CL-F039-PL14YL-A Yellow $19.00
Other SteelSeries QcK Heavy Gaming Mouse Pad (Black) $22.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $6554.44

Why Titans you ask? If you recall, we used triple Titans for a build video a few years ago. We're reusing two of those Titans to give Phil good CUDA performance for the various applications he uses. And of course, those don't hurt when doing a bit of gaming too. We used a 1200W PSU in case we want to throw in a third Titan.

EDIT: Thanks for your patience everyone. We've re-uploaded the stream in 4K - turns out it takes YouTube quite a while to process a 32GB 2h15m recording...

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190n 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

SOMEDAY I will be able to watch these livestreams live from start to finish...

metakortex 2 points 42 months ago

Saw the whole build, albeit not live. I must say, I learned more from this build video than from any other that I've seen yet, and I've seen quite a few TBH. The attention to detail you guys gave to the whole thing ... it just blew me away.

Plus, battlefront gameplay FTW ! I will work towards getting a xeon WS build for myself as well, and the fact that you crammed an EATX motherboard into an H440 shows me the case options aren't as limited as they would seem :)

Great video, massive thanks for the comprehensive guide !! Cheers !

190n 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Are you going to put those SSDs in RAID?

piemancoder 1 point 42 months ago

They probably wouldn't do raid 0, but maybe raid 1.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

super raid :D

piemancoder 1 point 42 months ago

raid 9001

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Its OVER 9000!

metakortex 1 point 42 months ago

The SSDs each have different purpose. One is being used as a scratch disk and the other is a place to store most often used media files for quick access during video editing.

^Was mentioned in the livestream.

piemancoder 1 point 42 months ago

Well, I missed the stream but this should be good.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

BTW... Battlefront has a ultra setting too, too bad you didn't know since it would be awesome looking with two titans. :D

Lestrallio 1 point 42 months ago

That is some serious memory.

Allan_M_Systems 1 point 42 months ago

SuperMicro X10DAL + E5-2630 V3

That's all I have to say.

HoldTheLine 1 point 42 months ago

You guys do such a great job. Keep up the fantastic work!

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Seriously, enough with the PSU stuff. Sarcasm or not.

Godzlegend1 -1 points 43 months ago

Wow Philip, Usually you guys are pretty cool with constructive criticism apparently not when it comes to Corsair.......

My statement was not meant to be sarcastic at all, it is genuinely over-priced considering Seasonic and EVGA sell Platinum PSU's with the same wattage or higher for 50-70$ cheaper.


I'm going to take another stab in the dark and say, When it comes to Staff builds, I shouldn't comment on the part selection because............. well because.

EDIT again

Do, you guys already have these parts on stand-by? If so then my comments don't really apply to your builds, however because I don't know if that's true or not, my comments are very relevant to people looking at the build.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

My frustration here is when people treat pricing like an absolute optimization problem that everyone must adhere to. Can you get an equivalent wattage power supply for cheaper? Sure. Does that mean that everyone has to or the build is trash? No.

If you want to phrase it constructively, like, "there are cheaper well reviewed alternatives available", we'd be happy to chime in and say, "you're right! But we still wanted to go with the AX1200i because it was reviewed extremely favorably and that was worth the difference to us: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=300"

But instead, if you just say "Why a $300 PSU :P" and "#Corsairproblems", that's not really asking a question. That's trying to push your angle without actually saying concretely what it is - instead just sarcastically showing your disapproval.

So yes, I'm cool with constructive criticism. Or asking "why" and actually meaning it. Your deleted comment was not constructive. I'm totally fine with you commenting on staff builds, but keep in mind that you may use a different measuring stick for what you think is appropriate for a build. And if someone else, staff or not, chooses to use a part that is maybe a bit more expensive - because they explicitly wanted to - that's OK.

rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

RIP Godzlegend1. You just got quick scoped. Phil also just called in a lightning strike over your spawn, so double RIP.

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tpot11 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Also the AX1200i model was manufactured by an awesome company, called Flextronics/now Flex.

which i would say justifies the additional cost. :P

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Godzlegend1 0 points 42 months ago

Actually we discussed the situation over PM's and came to an agreement which was good for both of us :)

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philcoffman staff 2 points 43 months ago

This rig will primarily be used for Photoshop, After Effects, and Cinema4D work, not video editing. We're already shooting in 4K but Blake (Lavins) handles all of that and built his rig to support the beefier files. Any 4K video work I produce in C4D and AE will be short, things such as intros, outros, lower-thirds, etc for our video content. The rest of the graphic work will be focused on still imagery and assets for the site. I opted for the SSDs because of their read/write speed.

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philcoffman staff 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks! Lavins and I came up with the concept for the lower-thirds and then I animated them in After Effects. The key-framing isn't too complex. Basically I'm animating the height and position of the yellow line and then the width of the masks which show and hide the text elements. The trickiest parts are making sure all of them are in sync with the custom velocity settings I have for the keyframes. I obsess over those details though. :)

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