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Rob's Red Box

by Myprsite

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14 Comments

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Date Published

April 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

February 22, 2016 - Purchased a Yuneec Q500 4K drone.

February 23, 2016 - Ordered a spare battery from B & H.

February 24, 2016 - Crashed drone into tree when girlfriend got between me and my screen.

February 26, 2016 - Dropped off drone at Yuneec headquarters in Ontario, CA. 30 Day Expected Repair time. Later that night, purchased another Yuneec Q500 4k drone at Best Buy.

After trying to play with some of the footage I had gotten, I quickly learned it was time to build a new computer to handle 4k video editing.

Part Reviews

CPU

I didn't realize how far back my old computers were... pre-Sandy Bridge. So when choosing this processor, I was thinking strictly in terms of future-proofing my new rig. By going with this vs. the 4790, I get DDR4 RAM and I know this is the latest and greatest, for all of what, 6 months? 3? 1?

CPU Cooler

This was a difficult choice because I'm editing video, not gaming on quad 4k screens. I decided to over-engineer and go with the best. While the tubing seems super stiff, it's flexible enough to work even into my small case.

Thermal Compound

Don't do the pea trick, make an X on your processor and it'll spread out for max coverage.

Motherboard

I originally ordered the B150 Bazooka from MSI but later learned I cannot overclock my i7 6700k cpu with that board. I did some research and discovered the Gigabyte Z170MX Gaming 5 mobo that fit perfectly in my Thermaltake Core V21 case and has plenty of USB 3 ports and even USB-c

Memory

I can't believe it, but I've actually used all 32 gigs of RAM... I'll be upgrading for the next set of sticks to the 3000MHz RAM. I'd trade these out for those too, but the Red/Black just goes with my build.

Storage

I got a 4k drone recently and had to build a new computer to edit the footage.

In the middle of my build my buddy mentions m.2 being the last thing he heard about being the new thing.

So, I changed my mobo to allow for at least 1 m.2 drive. After looking at different options, decided to start with this one for a few reasons:

  1. 500 GB for about $150 is on point with EVO SSD's
  2. Add the m.2 direct connection and bam, it's ridiculously fast.

I have a 4TB external Seagate with USB 3.0 I've been using during the transition to this new build and the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB M.2 is the perfect first m.2 drive to achieve cordless hard drive space.

The only thing I can think of is if I had the extra money, to get the 950 PRO as the speed is supposed to be another HUGE step up... I know I had to get PRO microSD cards to record 4k... haven't had any issues with the 850 though.

Video Card

Was difficult to decide between this and the 8GB 390's from AMD. Since I'm in Premier Pro CC, decided to go with the safe bet and stick with Nvidia. Works seamlessly and looking forward to adding another one soon.

Case

I decided to go with a unique looking case and decided on the Thermaltake V21 because of the great reviews and the expensive builds that other users here have put together with it. That felt like a great sign and it has turned out to be the best case I have ever come by. Everything comes off and can be moved to fit your taste perfectly.

Power Supply

Great power, love fully modular. Makes cable management so much easier.

Mouse

Heard about some people having issues with the scroll wheel... it's not the best, but it works perfectly fine for me.

External Storage

Can you say win? 4 TB for less than $125! USB 3.0 has steady transfer speeds as fast as the source can give. I'm seeing 80-100 MB/s and loving it!

Comments Sorted by:

beatboxingboy 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

best...description....EVER

Myprsite submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Ha, thanks!

I saw a bunch with long drawn out product reviews within the description. Started there then decided to review each product and just let the description describe what lead me to buy all this ****. Seriously though, this thing is SOOOOOOOO FASSSTTT

beatboxingboy 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah! It is a nice change! I would have gotten a skylake for my build (not posted yet), but at the time, skyline was released but still iffy..so I just went with the good 'ole 4790k...but one question, how come it was an OEM and not a NIB?

Myprsite submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Love that case on your completed build bud. Just saw you are 13! OMG, keep going, you're doing the right thing by geeking out on a site like this. Computing is always evolving and I'm 27 now. Just to give you an idea, when I was 13, we had a Pentium 2, 233Mhz CPU with an 8 GB hard drive, yes, the hard drive was 8 gigs, in our main computer! :P

OEM is just cheaper and doesn't include the box. I ended up getting it with the retail box and it came out to about $370.

beatboxingboy 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

thanks! I know that it is evolving...but where I am, it it evolving very slowly (we run and own a family business and they are still using computers that are slow on XP, and win, 7).

About the 8Gigs...I have a 1TB Macbook, and I only have 558 gigs left....I do NOT want to think about having only 8 gigs!

About the OEM, NIB: That is fine! I do not mind OEM products (we use eBay a TON for things we use at work).

In regards to the case: the case in my completed build looks ok, but it is pathetic in terms of getting the side panels off, and cable management (as I said). Which is taking a tole on the new graphics card i put in it (look at refurb), so I am getting an air 540, so I have some room to upgrade, and watercool in the future (after some components get upgrades, the MOBO, etc.).

The.Geeked. 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

"Add the m.2 direct connection and bam, it's ridiculously fast."

The Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB M.2 is the same speed as a normal 2.5'' 850 EVO as their both SATA ACHI SSD's but different Interfaces/Form Factor. The Samsung SM951 PCIE 3.0 x4 NVME and Samsung 950 Pro NVME M.2 drives are faster than the SATA AHCI drive you own with the Samsung 950 Pro being the fastest drive out right now.

you should watch these videos to learn everything about M.2 for future reference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx8fdVBs38E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opwON-7J_wI

Myprsite submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago
The.Geeked. 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Ahh... I see, well for warnings. One make sure that the adopter is a PCI Express 3.0 x4 Lane Host adapter so that you will get the full speed of your SSD; which all the ones you linked are so your good. I'm using Lycom DT-1​20 adopter from amazon for my 120GB Samsung SM951.

Two is if your buying the slightly slower Samsung SM951 instead of the faster 950 Pro for the cheaper price, the SM951 has two versions one is ACHI with the part number "MZHPV128HDGM-00000" and the other is NVME with the part number "MZVPV128HDGM-00000 ". NVME is the fastest.

Myprsite submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I'll go full 950, I love the black encasing it has. Thanks again!

Ayrze 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Nice work... The Name is the best!!! :)

Myprsite submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! I was originally thinking blue, but the red just worked its way in

NitroOG 2 points 10 months ago

Nice build.

Myprsite submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks!

vitexo 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

My girlfriend is like my Lamborghini.... I don't have a Lamborghini