Description

Nothing fancy here in terms of components. My goal was to build a rig that would play nicely with digital content creation applications like Maya and Nuke as well as serve as a decent gaming option. Why GTX 970 in that case? To be Oculus ready in case I decide to pursue CryEngine/Unreal VR content creation options.

  • Processor: Had to let go hyper threading because of the initial budget I had in mind. Hence settled for i5 instead of i7. Not a deal breaker when it comes to day to day use cases, but the simulations on Maya would have vastly benefitted from a 6700K

  • CPU Cooler: Not planning to overclock for now. So liquid cooling was anyways not a priority. 212x was the obvious choice in that case.

  • Motherboard: DDR4 with m.2 SATA and SLI support was the only requirement I had, just to future proof myself.

  • RAM: Motherboard supported default clock was 2133. As I mentioned before, no overclocking plans yet. So went with 2400Mhz Ripjaws.

  • SSD: I don't think anything beats the EVO series in that price segment.

  • HDD: Repurposed this from my old rig. You might have seen the old CM 690 beside the new one in pictures.

  • GFX Card: oculus ready, thats it!

  • Cabinet- This is indeed a beauty with a really good cable management setup and support for water cooling in case I decide to move to that later. The red/black combination is sexy!

  • PSU- Fully modular. With both Maxwell and Skylake being power-efficient, I didn't really feel the need to spend more on anything above 750W.

  • Monitors - I had the 2412M from my old rig. This one had served me well during the last year and a half without any issues. It offers a decent colour gamut on 16:10 aspect with a DisplayPort option. Decided to go with 2414H for the dual monitor setup due to 2 main reasons. It's got a DP out option for daisy chaining using MST with GTX970. Read about issues with A00 rev on Reddit. I was able to get hold of an A03 version in which the issue has been already resolved. So yeah, daisy chaining without much headache! The second reason was the colour accuracy of course. I agree that the 16:10-16:9 combo isn't that attractive. I am planning to get rid of the 2412M sometime soon and replace that with another 2414H. Read about the DisplayPort 1.2 issue here

  • Keyboard: One of the best ergonomic keyboards that you can get. This too was part of the old rig.

  • Gaming Keypad: This one's been my personal favourite when it comes to gaming. Did I mention old rig?

  • Mouse: The mighty MX518! 5+ years and still going strong. I don't think I am gonna replace this one anytime soon.

  • Mic: A good plug-n-play USB 3.0 option with decent noise cancellation.

  • Drawing tablet: I am not an Artist. But a Wacom is a must have while working on DCC apps.

  • Router: This one was purchased more than a year back. The current layout doesn't require a wireless connection for the rig. Might get a wireless AC PCI-E adapter in future if the need arises.

  • Game Controller: Logitech has discontinued this controller now. Now they have just f310(wired) and f710(wireless) variants. This again comes from my old rig.

In the last pic, you can see the NVIDIA GameStream setup that I did using Raspberry Pi running Raspbian. In case you are interested in setting up one for your rig, you can checkout moonlight-embedded here

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.. looking at all the builds here makes me want to build one.

  • 49 months ago
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Thanks @strictshooter. Glad you liked the build.

  • 49 months ago
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Excellent positioning for a set up! Also - Do you use the Nostromo for work? I have been thinking it could be useful for AutoCAD shortcuts...

  • 49 months ago
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Yes I do use Nostromo for work. I have Maya shortcuts configured on the keypad, so the only thing I use keyboard is for renaming objects.

  • 49 months ago
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Where did you buy that case? I can't seem to find it in stock anywhere!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it from a local vendor here in Bangalore, India. http://golchhait.com/cabinet-/1754-nzxt-cabinet-h440-black-red.html

  • 48 months ago
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Hi, How much did this build cost you in Indian rupees? I have visited the Golchcha IT guys in the past...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the Cooler Master Hyper 212X fit into the H440 case? Is there decent clearance? Great looking build.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks geekazoid.

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