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I was tinkering around with my old laptop to get the HDD out to use as an external when the idea hit me to build a proper PC to facilitate everything. Mainly Software dev and gaming. Originally going to go for Z97 but thought what the heck...lets go X99 :D

I am loving the thing so far. It's so quick to load Windows with the Samsung SSD, though I need to beef up the HDD space by a lot!

I probably won't need all 6 of those cores in the cpu but they're nice to have :P

Only issue I had was with the cpu cooler. Ended up buying the version NOT for X99 :/ Got the mounting kit separately and in the end it became a bit of a pain to install. Wish I'd gone for a water cooler one but it's doing the job and it's a very fine cooler once installed!

Went for 16GB ram to future proof the system for games yet to come and these were one of the cheapest I found.

The 970 felt like a no brainer for the performance it gives for the price it costs.

The monitor looks amazing and I'm very happy with it!

Just received the mouse and keyboard today (after a lot of calls and fighting with the courier) and I love them. The R.A.T 3 is the most comfortable mouse I've used in a long time and suits my grip style perfectly and the keyboard is exactly what I was looking for (easy to type, has the num pad and separate directional keys). The keyboard I have is actually the brown switch not the blue in the list. The brown switch wasn't listed.

After everything, I'm delighted with the build. Hope you guys enjoy the pics. It's not the tidiest setup in the world but it will do and it was much worse before! :P

Edit:

Just upgraded the PC this week. Added a second Gigabyte G1 GTX 970. It SLIs like a dream! I was worried about going this route because of horror stories online about stuttering and having to tune the cards etc. but I haven't had a problem with it. Once I got it up and running it was perfect. (Note on the X99 boards there is a physical switch that needs to be turned on to allow for sli. I've been led to believe it's x99 exclusive thing). I also added a second monitor, the Asus MX27AQ 27-Inch 1440p monitor. Absolutely love it. I turned down the antialiasing to fxaa due being on 1440p and am running tr reboot over 100 fps. I tried out buried at sea when I first got the second card and hit around 280 fps at times. All set for the Witcher 3 coming later this month. Can't wait to see how it play with my rig! :D

Added a couple pictures.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

nice +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid, CPU a bit OP unless you're doing video editing and rendering and such, for gaming all you really need is an overclockable i5 or a 4770k. Also I think you should've got the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3 over the Noctua NH-D14. I just prefer the aesthetics of it more.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it's overkill but I wanted to future proof it so went with stuff to make sure it lasts. i5's and 4770k aren't supported by X99 chipset boards.

I like the noctua I've got, it's doing a pretty good job of keeping the cpu cool but like I said it was a pain to install. If I change my gpu I'll be changing the cooler because the GPU I have is over sized so I need to take off the cooler to get to the release clip and I am not going to go through the effort of putting it back on xD

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry, that cpu will last you in editing for years and gaming even longer. I wont be surprised if games in the near future will use more than 4 cores though so not a bad investment. That monitors not bad for gaming or software dev and everyday use but with that gpu you could do 1440p or 1080p @144hz. Even 4k if you dont mind dropping frames or doing SLI. Your cable management could be a bit better too.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, cable management clearly isn't my strong suit xD One the pics above shows the old way of the cables and a second one up there shows the newer way (done just last night). It's still not the best but it is better, I swear xD Well I was going to get a second monitor at some point so I could pick up a 4K one and game on that screen, I'll keep it in mind. And I am planning to sli but I think I'll leave that for a while and wait. Especially with the whole "memory issues" with the 970's, they may go down in price quicker and I'll pick one up cheaper :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

man am i glad i read this i bought the wrong nh-d14 cooler too. I was able to void it before it shipped and will be getting the correct 2011 socket.

thanks for you build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you managed to change it! It was less than pleased when I found out in the middle of building it!!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

also, not sure how much you are into the aesthetics of your build, but I was able to replace my d14 fans with a fractal 120mm and prolimatech vortex 140/120mm mounting(with the help of pliers)

And it looks soooooo much better than the stock. I reused the noctua fans in the front of my case

ALSO, what is your default temps at with your 5820k? I know most people would advise against switching out the noctuas but mine, with the new fans, is idling @ 25c so no complaints here

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't realy be into doing that, I'm going to be changing out the noctua at some point and stick in a watercooled one.

Mine is idling about 28C I think, I'm pretty happy with that. My temps seem to be staying as stable as expected.