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Recording studio workstation/gaming PC/for all other

by MathKiller

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Date Published

June 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.9GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.99GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.52GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

This is my workstation, which i use in my recording studio, where i work, and live. It's working 24/7, and used for games, internet, films, and all other. Cooling system is 3 x 140mm Noctua fans, 3 x 200mm Noctua fans and Noctua D15 with 3 fans for CPU. All fans controlled through ASUS Fan Expert 3, usually are 240 rpm for a 140 mm and 270 rpm for a 200 mm fans. In games rpm increase to not more than 600-750 rpm.

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Octothorpe 2 Builds 33 points 40 months ago

+1 for egg cartons

Jyrone 3 points 12 months ago

Yes

rajmahual -2 points 40 months ago

Dude it's soundproof padding...lol

MetaApex 15 points 40 months ago

It's egg cartons being used as soundproof padding

rajmahual 1 point 40 months ago

Ohh lol

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 16 points 23 months ago

I love eggs.

Dehriz 7 points 22 months ago

Are you how to basic? lol BEASTLY PC by the way, amazing job +1

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vincemark 2 Builds 8 points 40 months ago

your speakers make the monitor look small. lol

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 4 points 40 months ago

In fact most people have small speakers

Dreamalittle 3 points 28 months ago

most people have *disgusting speakers

:)

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

It's sad.

okaypunk 2 points 23 months ago

those ARE small speakers ;)

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 5 points 40 months ago

Have problem with Corsair HX850i (( It has electronical noise. Want to change it. Whinking about RM850 or AX860

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 4 points 40 months ago

Bought today Corsair RM850 - absolutely silent! Nice.

AnyKey 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

Hello! If it's still in your build or if you just remember, could you tell me please which of the models you bought? RM850i, RM850x or something else? I'm also recording audio, so would prefer this silent PSU. Thank you!

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 4 points 7 months ago

HX850i - had electronical noise, selled. RM850 - was silent, broken after 2 years. RM550 - was silent. RM550x - was silent. RM850i - had electronical noise. HX750i - is silent, using at this time. This type of noise is a lottery, but i think best chance to get absolutely silent psu - is corsair RMx series. You can buy RM550x, if dont use sli. I think this will be best choise.

AnyKey 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you so much for your answer! I think i will try RM850x hoping it will work silently too, at least i can get it with 5 years warranty, so if it breaks, i'll replace it.

I also wanted to ask you about your connection of your Fireface. Are you using a firewire pci card? I'm asking because i've heard firewire cards have problems on windows 10. I'm currently connecting my m-audio via firewire pci card on pc with win7, so worrying that i won't be able to buy an appropriate firewire pci for windows 10 on the new pc, which at least has drivers. Or, probably, it will be a problem to solve somehow. Or is your sound card connected via usb/thunderbolt/whatever else?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I connect UFX, and 2xXTC through USB. Dont have any problems. I think Firewire is outdated interface.

Padlock248 2 Builds 3 points 38 months ago

So you are recording in that room? With the case open?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Build is absolutely noiseless. Even with case open. All fans are 200-300 rpm in non-gaming tasks.

BCDJsnipez 3 points 29 months ago

I'm looking to build my first PC on a very low budget, then i just see this come up for 15 grand and i'm just like "no, thank you..." this setup looks AMAZING i wish we had that type of money to get a great setup like that :(

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

There are some recording equipment, which i added to this build. Only PC will cost much less.

HallowRace 1 point 2 months ago

BCDJsnipez il try to make a saved parts list on a extremely tight budget

datdankdoot 3 points 12 months ago

spends 23,000 total

uses egg cartons

sweetfeel 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Very nice build! :-)

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thank you)

YeahIamGay 2 points 40 months ago

how good is that monitor in gaming ?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Perfectly. I play all games at 3440*1440. Better the feeling of being, wide visibility.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

That monitor was broken at this mounth. After 2 years of use.

EDG 2 points 39 months ago

What is that black thing sticking out of the top? Not the web cam the thing on the case.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

4G Internet adapter

EDG 2 points 39 months ago

Interesting place to put it

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Do you know better place?)

EDG 2 points 39 months ago

Nope

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

USB 4g adapter worked not very good.. Bought wireless 4G router, which much better.

LightningLord 2 points 29 months ago

Is that keyboard good? I'm planning on getting it and I see that it does not have a Windows key

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Hi, it is good, i like it's design. Windows key = fn key

laxgamer21 2 points 26 months ago

any pictures of the 4k acer display??

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Will make them later.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Uploaded that pictures.

laxgamer21 2 points 23 months ago

cheers m8

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

:))

xxapollo0902xx 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Palit GTX 1080 but Windforce Card in picture...?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

New card will arrive at this saturday. I will upload now pictures soon.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Uploaded picture with new card.

bombarde136 2 points 20 months ago

There's some items i don't even know what they are like RME Fireface UFX and RME Octamic XTC and Adam S2X?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

UFX - sound card, XTC - microphone preamplifier, S2X - speakers.

bombarde136 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks and by the way I really like your setup :)

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you)

Connor2943 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I wish I had 16 grand to spend on a pc...

Pixal 2 points 17 months ago

Wait, is that meant to be a egg carton shrine or soundproof

+1 for that

zman_t_davis 2 points 16 months ago

What's the name of the crystal thing in from of your computer. looks like a great desk decor item i would love....

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

This is StarCraft II Protoss Pylon USB Charger. Bought it at ebay.

_Slothman_ 2 points 14 months ago

I like fans

RamiFede 2 points 14 months ago

Nice!

Ben-vdR 2 points 9 months ago

Do you use sm57's?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Yes, i have 3 pieces.

Coyote79 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Nice build may i ask what fans did you attached to your gpu? my stock fans of a 1080ti mini are broken, it vibrates and create awful lot of noise I would like to copy your build

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I used 2xNoctua F12-PWM, and connected them to motherboard's Fan 2 socket. Rpm changing from gpu temperature. This will work, only if gpu and motherboard are from Asus.

Coyote79 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

ok thanks bro i do have an asus board but got a zotac 1080ti mini hehe will just adjust fan manually from time to time how was the temp and ambient room temp sorry for the questions

notmare 2 points 20 days ago

You have a rad build, sir! I love what you did with your graphics card, I plan on doing the same to my next card. Did that void your warranty on the GPU?

Also, I see in the comments that you had used NF-F12 fans, but it looks like you upgraded to the NF-a12x25. Do you notice any difference in noise or temps after the switch?

Thanks!

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

Fans can be mounted without voiding warranty. Yes, i changed fans to A12x25. They are much better in temps and noise than f12.

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

That's quite a lot of foam in your studio, i'm jealous of your budget.

EDIT: quite a lot of egg cartons.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Egg cartons are temporary solution. Professional soundproof in the studio is very expensive.

bruntwaffle69 1 point 23 months ago

says the guy that spent 15 grand on a computer lol

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

It costs big more than 15;)

bruntwaffle69 0 points 23 months ago

that just proved my point even more...

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I mean professional soundproof cost big more than 15k.

White_out 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

980 ti would have been a better decision man. It is not too late! Return those things and get dual 980 TI. Those things are for professional work. They run off the same chip as titan x except less vram and cuda cores. titan x was not actually intended for gaming (this comes as a shock to many) but it was rather a less expensive quadro with less pixel accuracy for content creation which the titan x makes up for it in some in-game performance thus the idea that it is a gaming card. Go with those 980 ti windforce cards. 650 bucks for dual titan x performance (a little less) And since directx 12 will allow vram stacking, (this is also a shock and everyone will say "no sir, vram never stacks") you will have 12gb of total vram and two titan x chips to run your professional programs. Hats off though for the phantom case, 4790k, lg widescreen monitor, and choice of gigabyte gpu. Upvote!

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 3 points 40 months ago

Hello! I have bought GTX980 cards in last year for low price. GTX980Ti are very expensive today in Russia. We have very high dollar rate today, + 50-75% of normal cost. And i don't use Graphic cards for professional programs. Only for games. For sound recording i use sound card RME Fireface UFX.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Just bought GTX 1080.

kingkuma 1 point 40 months ago

I was just wondering why you didn't go with an AMD graphics card? (285,290,290x,295x2) they have true audio which works for games and recording things like your voice or instrument. The cards are old so I can understand why.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 3 points 40 months ago

Graphic cards can't be used for professional sound recording. I use pro sound card RME Fireface UFX for that.

tadtheman28 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

It would be cool if you could upgrade to the new Intel I7-6700K quad core. But you would have to get a new motherboard since it has a LGA1151 socket. But it would be cool though

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

6700K is 3% faster than 4790K. Upgrading is not justified.

tadtheman28 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Good point

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

May be will upgrade to i7-7700K.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Hi fellow musician!

That RME rig is spectacular!! I use UA Apollos, but my partner in business uses RME. So I know the badassness of the equipment.

One thing... If you can 15 grands on one PC to game and watch videos, why not split that in to two rigs, one for work an one for gaming.

The reason why I say this is because, as a professional, having a multi-purpose computer is never a good idea. I know there are mixed emotions and various opinions on that, but I always strongly recommend to upcoming artist to always separate their machines so drivers and functionality won't overlap causing, very often, system failures and various problems.

I mean...the built is impressive, for sure! But I would spend 15 grands (and I did) on a Server slave PC where you need more than 128GB or ram ECC and dual processor ( I have two 8-cores for a total of 16-Cores Xeons).

That's just me though. Well done on the build. :)

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Hello. I don't have any problems with multi-purpose computer.

Batista 1 point 26 months ago

White power

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Some NZXT cases making yelow under the rays of the sun.

Jacob_LePage 1 point 13 months ago

When you spend so much on a build that you can no longer afford sound proof padding so you just resort to using egg cartons.

Voipes 1 point 12 months ago

Well they weren't just gonna throw em away!

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I don't care for the case, but the noctua colors look good with white. What's your GPU setup you have going on ?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I mounted 2xF12PWM fans to GTX 1080. Ultra low noise, and perfect cooling performance.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Nice, but how did you mount them to the stock heat sink ?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I used plascit ties. Visually found something to catch.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Ah, I see now, very clever !

I wanna see you really commit to the noctua colors and buy a heatsink cover and paint it traditional noctua colors.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I like raw nickel color radiators with no any covers or painting) They are beauty and brutal. And ideal looking with traditional colored noctua fans.

Stick_Bug 1 point 7 months ago

Does the ram fit

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Ram works at 3866mhz, 17-20-20-39 1,4v

Lardybob 1 point 5 months ago

why all the brown noctua fans

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I like noctua color scheme, and noctua fans have a good performance and very quiet.

ParkourPig2014 0 points 26 months ago

With that big of a budget couldn't you have gotten sound foam instead of egg cartons?

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Spent all the money to the build, don't have more))

Voipes 0 points 12 months ago

Work at subway for the next 10 years.

MasonMac 0 points 23 months ago

Lol the pc itself is like 2000$ and the most price is coming from the wires, routers and peripherals

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

PC is about 3000$, other is monitor, peripheral, and sound recording equipment.

Jokin_Is_Here 0 points 18 months ago

Well... you are definately creative with the soundproof padding...

YouCanCallMeCrunchy 0 points 11 months ago

I personally think this would look better without all the Noctua fans but whatever floats your boat! Nice rig

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Noctua fans have best performance and perfect looking. Love them. They are main idea of this build.

Hassanain_Ali -2 points 40 months ago

SMH to the keyboard and mouse... But still solid build

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Microsift Natural Ergonomic Keyboard is very nice to use. Love it. Mouse for 2 bucks.. i'm waiting for it will be finally broken.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Upgraded keyboard and mouse.

fastblast64 -6 points 40 months ago

tbh for this price point your should have thought about what you where buying rather than just making a pc your pc is not amazing for the price point 4000$ of the build might have a need but the actuall pc could have a been better but then again i dont know what your goals are

Killeneminem 3 Builds 4 points 40 months ago

Idk what the hell this guy is talking about, and neither does he. OP, good build.

MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I whink this is spam.

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MathKiller submitter 1 Build 4 points 40 months ago

1) WD Green 1tb has lowest noise 2) I love windows, and I feel sick of apple, and everything associated with them

Growliff1234 -6 points 40 months ago

How do you like windows ? I can understand apple thing. But liking windows ?!

helloridwan1120 3 points 40 months ago

In all honesty I like Windows too. They do what they can and the whole world lives upon what they have made

Growliff1234 -4 points 40 months ago

I can't stand it... The only reason I'll ever use it is for gaming

CyanFrost 3 points 40 months ago

Why can't you stand it.

CyanFrost 2 points 40 months ago

Because nearly every game and software out there is for windows, and there is literally no reason to waste space for things other than games or recordings since this is a workstation/gaming rig.

Growliff1234 -4 points 40 months ago

Productivity is just so much easier on a mac. Windows is simply a gaming platform for me, viruses and hacking. Also, just the layout is not as well thought out as it is on mac. Finding files is much harder for me on Windows. I am not biased. I hate iPhones and iPads, and Macs for that matter. I should use OSX for the term, that's the only product I like from Apple

CyanFrost 3 points 40 months ago

Productivity doing what? And for the file system, it's rather easy as you can organize it how ever you want. For me, I have my pictures in a picture folder, my documents in a documents folder, and everything else in the place that it goes, which I have quick access in explorer. Although in windows 10, productivity for me dropped.

The main reason why I choose Microsoft over Apple, is because atleast Microsoft listens to and cares about their community. Apple pretty much says f**k you and makes products that aren't upgradable (iPhones don't have a micro SDcard slot for a reason). Microsoft even has a feedback application in windows 10, and they have been listening well.

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Does hackintosh even support dual GPU's? Other than that, in terms of dualboot a dual boot linux-windows system is pretty sweet aswell.

Growliff1234 -7 points 40 months ago

Actually no, all you have to do is disconnect SLI bridge though.

Padlock248 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

So your answer is to disconnect the SLI bridge which takes you from two GPU's down to one GPU and wastes $500 dollars?

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fastblast64 -4 points 40 months ago

hackintosh is for the everyday joe pc is for ENTHUSIASTS ONLY .**** you apple users pc is life :)!!!!!!!!!!!

dsargent7 1 Build 9 points 40 months ago

Please excuse this 15 year old.

Growliff, Look, I've been reading what you have had to say and I think it really boils down to a bias because of exposure. You say that PCs are worse for getting viruses and hackers. Show me data to support that that doesn't also lean on the fact that there is just a severe usage gap between the two. Since Windows XP SP2, Security has been at the top of the priority list - and of course, you're still going to hear the horror stories, but apple products are certainly not impervious to being compromised.

You also say that you have a harder time finding files on Windows... Well that just comes down how you structure your folder and filing system and again, exposure rate. I can equally say that I have a harder time finding my files on my college's Mac Pros than I do on my PC. That's a combination of preference and willingness to learn.

You also say that Microsoft is a "money hog". Can you honestly say that more so about Microsoft than about Apple?

Can you explain to me how selling a gold plated smartwatch for ten thousand dollars, who's usefulness and functionality actually underwhelmed the market on launch, is not being a money hog?

Growliff I think you have some preconceived notions about Microsoft that combines with the stigma that Microsoft gathered in the earlier Bill Gates days that gives them a bad taste in your mouth. You should really take a look at the initiatives they are taking lately. They are incredibly focused on productivity, health, education, and general well-being as a company in whole. I very seriously cannot say the same about apple.

danielyurko 3 points 40 months ago

Well thank god. Never thought that I'd find any logic in this thread. Thanks for explaining the truth in a professional way, dude. It proves that we have as many (if not more) great people in the tech community than we have lunkheads who don't know what they're talking about.

TwoScoopsOfPig 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Wow man, you just spoke aloud my thoughts :o I've never been able to say them that well though, not in a way that truly expresses what I think. You have a way with words. Write a book. And thank you for helping out this thread with your comment :D

fastblast64 1 point 40 months ago

I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MathKiller submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you. I like UM95. I have no problems with it. There is some uneven backlight, but it is no critical. I didn't make any colour calibration. Out-of-box calibration is good. Plugs it, and play.

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