Keep in mind that the X99 platform has Quad Channel DDR-4 ram and the z97 will only support DDR-4, but not the quad functionality. Meaning, that the z97 motherboards won't support 4 dimms of memory sharing loads similar to hyper threading in a processor. (anyone please correct me if this is inaccurate)
The 212 evo would be, but the lower noise levels may appeal to her more?
there are sound cards that can take up two slots and then you have the wifi or raid cards that you can install depending on the build. Some people need to add more usb ports and may choose to use the pci express lane. Some other hardware may require a pci slot.
Did you need a fan splitter to use that many fans? I want to buy the same board but concerned with the number of fan headers.
How is the i3 with productivity tasks such as 9 tabbed windows in chrome, windows media player or itunes, word, and excel running at the same time. Would you notice any slow down in responsiveness? (I'm trying to decide if the extra 100 is worth it for i5.)
Yeah, i will probably relax over time. It's my first build and I still want to play it safe since it hasn't lasted through every season yet. It made it through the winter, but I don't want to make the mistake of assuming it will automatically keep the same temperatures during summer. Additionally, I have yet to actually put the CPU under a true "load" because I have not had the time to properly set up the overclocking. I know that tests like prime can damage a CPU if they are set up incorrectly.
Was there any part not compatible with mac os (aside from the motherboard switch)? Also Where did you buy the os and is it the same as installing windows? Can you just buy the latest version without any previous versions and be done with it?
I've been thinking about a build but was concerned about part compatibility. Thanks.
Why did you choose really nice looking ram if it will only be completely covered for 98 percent of the time?
That's interesting. I wonder why I'm geting idle temps in the 40's then. I have 3 noctau 120mm 3000 rpm fans in the front and a 140mm 3000 rpm noctua exhaust. I'm only at 4.00 ghz-4.4.
I would disagree with this when choosing an intel processor with amd video card. That's not to say that they won't work but it is optimized to work with NVidia. The amd cards should operate at a their highest performance with an amd processor and board.
I have the 212 evo and its 120 mm not 140 so I'd assume it would fit, but you should double check your case before considering.
How are you planning to power all those fans? The mother board only had a total of 3 fans including cpu, right?
So what do you have the cpu overclocked (if at all) to. What are the temperatures?
I have the same cpu and motherboard and think that my system gets warm for what is happening. It is cooled by air though.
Also do you have any issues with the PCH temps? Mine seem to always be a minimum of 40C+ while cpu and board temps are in the high 20's.
why did you not go with the x79 or x99 chipset and get more bandwidth to optimize your premium sli setup? Normally I wouldn't ask this but considering over 6,000 was put in already i don't see much harm in another $300-500 for maximizing potential.
Interesting build. I liked your choices in parts. It made me realize how much I've over paid building mine. You may want to consider a graphics card only because it can take the stress off the cpu, reduces the heat, and can alleviates stress on the ram. The GPU can decrease render times dramatically and make takes in photoshop run faster. In a work station environment every resource is valued. Even the most basic card would help. I personally have your processor in my rig and upgraded it with a graphics card. I noticed a huge difference in the strain on ram when using multiple programs. (*side note: I am using windows 8.1 and I know Ubuntu uses resources differently)
Alas it would be another expense to be added to the list, but keep in mind the possible returns it may yield during your production.
Enjoy your new workstation workstation and may the odds be ever in your favor.
Why did you choose the r9 290s when you can save power with the gtx 970 and it's priced 30-60 dollars cheaper? Is there some type of work that the r9 290 accels at where the 970 falls? Did you see a fade tab or option in your balistic software? I found it but it didn't give anything to select.. I'm curious if it's just my motherboard.
The gpu is pretty incredible.. But be weary of the display port. I've had issues along with many other people on the nvidia forums. There is supposed to be a beta driver to help fix it. I'm not the builder of this computer but it thought I'd share the news so people can be informed.
Probably would have been better to spend around 300-400 total on ram and then use the extra 400 for another gpu in SLI since that will do the rendering. Good color scheme and parts seem to be top of the line. Hope you enjoy your new machine.
What resolution are you looking for ? The nice thing about monitors is that tey will hold their value longer than your pc will. Offering a bit more the monitor would be wise from a budget perspective. What exactly do you want from this monitor? I'm just a bit confused on how to advise you since you have a newer gpu yet you aren't graphics savy.
Here is what I suggest. Find a used parts store or some junk yard where you can find an old crt. If space is a huge concern along with energy conservation then I'd recommend waiting for a huge sale. If you can I'd recommend just saving up another 50 and getting a solid model from a brand that stands by their product. It's hard to go past VGA without going over 150 and having the quality difference be worth it. I'm not a buff on the. Subject so look around and figure out what your ideal resolution is, if you want brand name or not, if refreshrate makes a difference to you. Since you said graphics don't really matter I left out the color aspect.
Thank you for kindly offering help Talby. I connected the pb278q with display port and the 24 inch asus with dualink dvi. I should have switched the display port cable with my 24 inch asus monitor and used the dualink dvi cable for the pb278q. If the problem stopped happening all together then it's safe to say the monitor display port is the issue rather than the new gpu. If the same error occurred with my 24in that went wrong origanlly with the pb28q then I'd know it's the card or display port.
Now that I think about it, this could be due to a bad over clock? Not sure why it would only affect one monitor though.
yes, I haven't heard of any monitor not compatible with a gpu IF the card and monitor have the at least 1 of the same input (hdmi, vga, dvi, display etc). it would only be if you wanted 8 bit 10 bit color monitor to would could there be an issue or a max refresh rate of the monitor may not be feasible. Any ideas for your choice in the new monitor?
The response time for gaming seems a bit too high. You can test it out but I think there would be too much lag for my eyes.. If you've used it for awhile and are accustomed to the latency then by all means... Just don't expect a gpu to awaken this older monitor. _^
It's hard to tell what your issue really is. I don't know your hardware which is really what will determine how the games play at higher res. if you're asking about the scaling issue of having black bars on the sides of the screens then I'm not sure. I'd recommend a monitor with good scaling. From what uber heard asus is supposed to be known for good scaling. I'm not sure if I have addressed your question.
I think they have the nzxt controller for rgb lighting. It depends what color of red you're looking for. I just purchased it and found that the red is more of an orange than pure red. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but that was as close as I've come to red deep red. I couldn't get it to turn deep red. I'm not sure if this helps at all.
Very nice build! I love the colors and how the white LEDs light up the case without disturbing the light balance of the rest of the leds. Did those come with the case (leds) or did you buy them separately? Have you used anything else besides the balistix mod software to manage the leds? I haven't looked hard enough to find a custom solution the lighting. Fantastic build! Keep up the great work
love all the pictures provided for ideas.
Nice build! I used the 540 case for my first build as well. How do you like the graphics card?
Yes, I wrote that at about 2 am and haven't gone back to edit it. No gpu is 27' or 27" (to recollection).
I thought it needed something connected to the psu which drew power from the unit to get the fan to spin. Obviously that isn't the case, or at least it wasn't enough to get the fan spinning with this power supply. The newer efficient psu's don't automatically spin the fan when plugged in an "on" switch is set.
After googling the dual monitor with integrated graphics it worked.. I don't know why it automatically configured itself to work this time vs 1st time, but its working now. I should be getting in a gpu pretty soon anyways.
I could have bought a pc in a store or used a 35-70 dollar Pentium processor and overclocked it. Hell, I could have even bought an older server cpu. Yes, but it would not have had the case I wanted, or the psu (which I now have realized that mistake) or motherboard. And yes, I could have built a machine with amd and saved hundreds. At the end of the day I just wanted an up to date easy to configure and fast/upgradeable + versatile power house. I played it safe with intel and I know I could have configured many other lower end options to give almost equal performance but that would have been a lot more configuring and time to learn about all of it. I just wanted something that worked..Plus those lower options will require more upgrades to compensate for speed, which I didn't want to do. I've read plenty of forums and bench marks on many different processors and configurations. The older gen cpu also meant that it wouldn't be able to utilize the up to date motherboard upgrades as they come out. There is a lot more I could ramble on for about why I chose the route I did, but its based off of opinion. I acknowledge that you're right in saying I could have saved, but that wasn't exactly the point of the build. It was meant to be a higher end/mid class (high end to extreme being x78-x99).
Do you have any suggestions on hdd's? 1-2 terabytes? I thought wd black series might be a good choice.
I thought I replied to this comment but I could have deleted it before replying some how. Anyways, I remember seeing the name, but can't remember why I didn't consider to buy them. It could have just been due to crucial's brand name..shrugs. Thank you for the information. I suppose light up ram could be a good spot for a company to excel, I mean everyone needs ram. Thank for commenting, have a good day.
I can understand what you mean. Some people's logic is just unfathomable, especially when it comes to hobbies like building.
I completely agree with you that a mechanical drive is essential in any build at any price point solely for its reliability and price point. Assuming you aren't that 1% of users who has limitless money and building for business.
I understand now what you mean by that. Yes, the ram still was expensive for what it is. I just thought it would be cool to buy another set of sticks in red/green version creating 2 sticks blue and two sticks red like veins and arteries in the human body. If I were just simply going to build a machine on a tighter budget then you are right, I should have just gone with an i5 and 1600hz ram for $70-$85. I was also looking at the timings too since I read that better timings with higher cpu frequency (4.0Ghz+) can yield better results. After so much contemplating I just chose the ram because I was going crazy.
Yes, I can see where it still is over kill and probably will be overkill for my build but it was an investment I made to protect against having to buy another if I were wrong. Assuming I use it for another build later or upgrading it could be used to its full potential. After all it is extremely efficient so the pull from the wall still wont be much hence my logic for it. Correct me please if that any of this is not true.
And I really appreciate your sincere and humble reply as it has helped me learn more about hardware and building techniques. Have a great day and happy building.
I like the pun.
I actually took off the sli 780's since I thought everything had to be purchased in order to be get the build approved to get comments. I knew the 1000 watt power supply was over kill for what I have lol. I should put that in the introduction first line with astericks. I still am building this build but I chose a board and cpu with integrated graphics for a reason, to stall for a gpu with a fast computer.
I know the ram was a bit of a stretch for their specs but compared to the dominators they were the only ones I could find with lighting effects. I was really just paying for the lighting to be honest. What can I say, flashy lights ooo lol.
You made a point about that ram is okay on an i7? Can you explain the meaning behind that?
The ssd was a choice I made because I didn't want to transfer over os files from mechanical to solid state. I have planned for a 1-2 terabyte internal drive. I do have a 2 terabyte external drive already.
I have a lot of patience after obtaining the machine that I'm typing on. I can wait awhile for the parts if I can get them cheaper (without them becoming inferior)
Don't worry. I will have about $600 saved for gpus within a week's time. I'm just taking this as I go. I EDIT intro to say SAVING- Gpu coming soon
I assure you this is not a troll build. I know I could have easily weeded out many parts in my build and even gone with an i5 in some cases, but I built this on impulse. I eventually want to game in 1440p and maybe stream 3d blu ray. I want to mess around with 3d design programs and such. I also want all of this to be done with little effort.. My plan was to get a very fast pc to start and then add in sli gpu and 27 4k monitor and 27 244hz monitor. But I'm planning on taking it as I go...
I had gpu's, but took them off because I didn't "purchase" them yet. I thought that it was restricting me from being able to mark the build as complete to get comments. It still needs more parts as I'm saving up for the purchases.
I thought I might water cool down the road and also wasn't sure if I'd be doing an sli with the cheaper high wattage cards or just one 250 watt card. I didn't want to have to buy another one. so yeah.
Then why comment?
I've been having issues with my router lately at home where I am most, but it did pretty well at school where I downloaded microsoft updates on build day. To answer your question it hasn't had any issues but it hasn't been overly above average that i was surprised. I haven't been on an ac network with it or one with superb wifi keep in mind.
***oh and when I say "issues" at home I meant that it wasn't 5 bars only 4. I think that's my router as my laptop has the same issue.
I meant that it has been reported by many people as just crashing, or display displaying temperatures, not letting you set anything(temperatures warnings/lighting modes/colors. If you go to the forum you can find many complaints about it. I only say tread carefully because it's not promised that your it will work with your motherboard. I will upload a picture where I have a fade option but nothing to click underneath it.. why would you bother to put that option but no button to select it>_> It also doesn't look that polished and moving the settings bar for the lighting modes wasn't smooth in the least. So I say it feels like an unfinished product. Does this address your question? I'll do my best to be more concise.
The idea was only os. I have 2 terabyte external drive I'm currently using. The power supply was to keep options open. I am not sure as to what the gpu choice would be but I planned for SLI. Anything platinmum rated and fully modular is really expensive so the difference in about 40-60 dollars was worth it. It would not limit any options or require another purchase to replace. I wanted the option to later maybe water cool or possibly over clock the gpu.
There is a reason bought a board and cpu with integrated graphics. It was to by some time to upgrade the system (I just wanted a fast usable pc in the mean time).
Keep in mind the psu was purchase way before the efficient gtx 900's were released. Everything was at least 250 watts per card and that wasn't overclocking them. I wasn't sure how much the watts would go up depending on set up. Also the 660's and 690's draw in obscene wattage from what I can remember. If I chose to go with one of those cheaper less efficient ways I'd need more power.
I also plan to have around 10 terabytes in this machine by the time I'm done.
What are the dell monitors in your pictures with the code?