Hi, first and foremost id like to thank you for taking a looking at my first computer build. I was inspired to start a massive build for myself by looking at everyone else's builds. I currently used a Qosmio gaming laptop that was at it's end. Since I no longer am in the military and do not have to worry about moving a lot, I decided to start a desktop build. One thing I want to mention is while I was looking at other builds I notice people would have a cheap table that would host their builds and just didn't do it justice. So before beginning my build I wanted to make sure I had a office desk that gave this build enough room to breathe and allow me to be comfortable using it. Below is an brief explanation of the parts I chose.
CPU - Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ::
The reason why I went with this cpu is to be able to render a lot of power for the applications I tend to use (I.E Vsphere, Video Vegas). I wanted a cpu that would be able to deliver the max 40 lanes because of the type of setup I have. I have yet to overclock my system yet or mess with any of the included software however I am please with its performance thus far.
CPU COOLER - Swiftech H240-X 90.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ::
When it came to cooling my pc I did a lot of research. My initial plan was to do a custom open loop liquid cooling system. I had all the parts picked out and added to my cart from FrozenCPU and ready to checkout. As I tried to checkout I was informed through research that they had been out of service for a couple months now. Frustration grew because I ended up finding myself grabbing all the parts I wanted from different vendors and websites. Some of them were local and some were overseas. So I decided to cancel the whole custom loop liquid cooling operation and settle for the next best. Closed looped liquid cooling. I even took a look at other options such as the NZXT Kraken and the ever so popular Corsair H100i but both didn't seem to fit what I need in terms of aesthetics, performance, and noise. I ran across the Swifttech H240 and it I couldn't be happier. Keeps my CPU around 34 - 37C. What do you think the ideal idle temperature, regular load temperature, and full load temperature should be?
ASRock X99 Professional EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ::
I want to stress upfront that I do not have any experience when it comes to over clocking. This will be my first over clocking challenges and this was one of the main reasons I chose this board. To provide me with numerous amounts of over clocking options. There are some many features on this board most of them I've never heard of before so I have my work cut out for me. Do motherboards these days require additional power because I was having issues installing this thing not knowing that in addition to the 20+4 pin power connector this bad boy needs, it also needs a 8 pin and 6 pin power connector on the adjacent side of the board above the cpu. I was almost ready to RMA the damn thing. What made this situation even worse is those extra power connectors were covered up by a black sticker on the board and to add even more salt to the wound, the custom cables I purchased did not come with these extra power connectors so the whole time I was thinking I had everything plugged in and was like "WTF??!!" GG.. Anyhow this board should more then enough provide me with capabilities to experiment with new technology. Not to mention it goes with my setup as far as aesthetics.
Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ::
Now I know... believe me I know this is a ridiculous amount of ram especially just for gaming, however I wanted to overkill regardless. I wanted to fill up all ram slots with fast memory. To be honest I cannot tell a difference between 64GB of ram versus 32GB of ram. However this shall play a good role when running virtual machines so in a way this acts as a server if I ever so decide to throw windows server 2012 on it and run multiple virtual machines hosting different applications. This might come in handy when needing to test something in my own environment rather than in a work environment.
Storage - Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive :: Storage - Seagate 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ::
I keep my games and operating systems on one SSD and soon will set up RAID 0 or 1 depending if I want performance over reliability. The reason I have 24 TB of HHD storage is because I hoard a lot of content, from almost 2,000 movies to over 125 different tv shows containing all their seasons plus all programs that I have backups of not to mention all the other miscellaneous data that I do not need to speak of. I plan on setting this up in a raid configuration as well just as soon as I can see how much space I will have left over once I transfer everything from my portable hard drives. I needed fast liable storage so if you actually check the specs of these HHD you will see they come with the best cache along with nice read and write speeds.
GPU (Graphics Card) - EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 ::
I decided to go with an SLI setup but didn't feel the need to go with anything above a dual SLI setup for what im using them for. I would of liked to have 6GB of vram but I certainly wasn't going to be paying a grand per card to achieve that. One interesting note I should mention is with the Swifttech cooler that I choose I am able to expanded its cooling abilities to the GPU's so that will also be a future upgrade I plan to implement.
Case - NZXT Phantom 820 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ::
This case is stunning even if its extremely huge. It comes with a fan controller and hue lighting system, enough hard drive bays, plenty of cable management options and room enough to work with any component you want to place in it. The dual 980's I have in here still leave plenty of room for a Medium size reservoir. Out of my entire set though, this is the one component I disappointed with. The hard drive plates are plastic and very flimsy which make it difficult for them to sit properly in the bays. I actually purchased this from a friend for 100 dollars and found out that it was cracked at the bottom, missing more than half of the plates, both side doors are hard to close all the way, and had several scratches over the plastic side window. I guess I should of done a proper inspection before buying it but for 100 dollars vs 220 dollars I thought I was getting a steal. In the end I made everything work as intended. I wanted to paint the case partial red but could not find anyone to do it and I did not have the time to do so.
Power Supply - SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ::
I originally thought I needed a 1400w + power supply but after doing some research and the recommended wattage given by pcpartpicker I switched to this SeaSonic 1250w. I am disappointed it doesn't match the rest of the setup but it performs as intended.
Optical Drive - LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ::
Again I originally had a different choice. I was going for blue ray player by Pioneer however they were sold out where I was looking and I had a best buy gift card so while I was there one day I decide to grab this one. I use virtual drives anyways when installing or mounting software so its not like this one will get much use.
Fans - Aerocool DS ::
I originally had a plan for noctua fans or even the popular Corsair black with the red trim fans because of their performance and noise level ratio. However when i came across these Aerocool DS red and black stripe fans in someone else's build and the reviews they recieved, i had to go with these. I run alot of fans in my build and although i would like for the machine to be more quiet, i cant really complain because of the amount of fans i installed. Overall performance is great keeping my PC cool with the right amount of air flow keeping temperatures in the mid 20's.
Fan Controller - NZXT Sentry LX ::
The reason i picked this up was strictly due to style. I wanted to give my case a futuristic look to it and out of all the LCD fan controllers this looked to stand out the most. Installation was easy and quick, placing the sensors around the case always was cake as well although i wish the connectors were just maybe 2-4 inches longer.
Wireless Adapter - Asus PCE-AC68 ::
This bad boy works wonders, giving me support throughout my entire 2 story house. I was concerned on how it will fit inbetween the two GPUs however everything worked out fine. My speeds clock in close to its advertisement, and the antennas give it a stylish look as i mount it to the side metal panel.
Monitors - 3x Acer XG270HU 27inch ::
The reason i decided with these monitors for my setup is due to the fact that it complimented in all the areas that mattered which include - Refresh rate 144, Response Time 1ms, Built in speaks, Edge to Edge frame, Full HD, Large screen, and supports all serious connections such as display port, hdmi, and dvi. The only hit i took with purchasing these monitors is that it doesnt support G-sync however it does support the AMD verison of G-sync. (I forgot the name).
Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Headset ::
All these peripheral components are used to support my gaming although i hardly have time to game anymore because of work and school. Again something flashy with alot of options. Some of you may notice the dual mouses and i seem to be a little rough on them so i bought to plus i couldn't decide between the two.
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I believe i am very happy with how this build turned out. This build seems to handle anything i have thrown at it thus far although i havnt even begun to overclock anything further than what it is currently. So i am curious how far i really push this.
Please let me know what you think and what changes I can make. Note that this is my first build outside of a classroom. :)