Description

I'm a motion designer and I was frustrated with the inability to upgrade my iMac and also the limited options, price and hardware, of the current Mac Pros. So the time finally came and I decided to build a PC.

I wanted a machine that had decent CPU and GPU power so I could render my Octane scenes relatively quickly as well as handle After Effects rendering. While I had a decent budget of around $3,000 I couldn't afford to go all out and get dual 980Ti's with full water cooling etc so I had to compromise and stick with one dedicated Octane GPU, the 980, and fan cooling.

I ended up getting an additional GTX 750Ti that isn't listed in the parts so that I could use it for my display and that way the GTX980Ti is solely reserved for rendering Octane scenes out of Cinema 4D.

I was nervous about the install but it went very smoothly thanks to my brother-in-law who kindly did 80% of the work while I sat there and obsessed over cable management.

The only hiccups we encountered were since I had 2 GPU's my wireless adaptor couldn't fit into the motherboard so for now I am running ethernet until I find a solution.

Been using it for a week pretty heavily and so far so good! While rendering AE scenes I keep checking to make sure the fans are doing their thing because it's soooooo quiet. I was worried about it being a noisy machine but I'm super impressed with how quiet it's staying.

Excited to see what this thing can do when I get more comfortable with Windows and learn how to optimize the GPU more.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Don't know what else to say besides that!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

This is some really nice hardware for a first build. Congratulations!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the PCMasterRace!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely recommend going the water cooling route in the future. If you're doing a lot of rendering, an overclock on the CPU would help tons.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I agree, so far the CPU has kept very cool but if I end up doing a lot more work than I anticipate then I might look into a future water cooled build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't need watercooling, you'd be surprised at the wonders air can do. Or maybe you wouldn't, but I'm assuming based on your comment

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends how much rendering he is actually doing. Sure you can get a 212 evo but it wont get you the same overclock at a reasonable temp as water cooled. At the end of the day it's his job to judge how much of this computer he is actually going to use.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure watercooling is better than a 212 evo, but in case you haven't noticed there are much higher end air coolers

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

He's not using a 212 evo though. Its a be quiet!, looks awesome, i hear the noctuna cpu cooler is great aswell. I have the h7 cryorig myself. I don't over clock. My cpu is alway in the mid 20.c and under heavy load hits 50c and thats about it. its a non-k 6700 ( i know, I know )

Hes sporting a 80 dollar air cooler..... the 212 is 30....

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What a setup. Powerful components. Well except for the wifi card. Man oh man no Apple could touch this joker.+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I bought the wifi card out of pure ignorance to be honest. Figured, hey, I need wireless internet...WiFi card! Hopefully I can send it back to Amazon :-)

And yes you're right, at my day job they bought us new Mac Pro trashcans that ran around $9,000 per machine and while it is a nice computer, for the money I don't see how that makes sense if you're an individual. I did a little comparison on Apple's site and for a similar machine as the one I built I would've shelled out around $6,500 for a Mac Pro and that is without a display.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn. Well in my opinion ever since windows 7 you can't say MS hasn't stepped up and made an os that resists crashing programs. ...I just remember the years of 95, 98 2000, millenia etc. I purchased iMacs and Mac minis fir the house back then. I drooled over the mac pro computers, but couldn't afford them. Pc's are great can be home built very easily with all of the plug and play pieces and are much more affordable. You have an awesome machine.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

the problem i always had with macs now is that it is the same hardware just with their os they used to have different hardware and the operating system wasnt compatible but now you are just paying extra for their os. i'll stick with linux and windows dualbooting if i want a more secure os.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Shoot if Apple gave away the new osx you could probably work out the necessary drivers to get your new pc to boot as an Apple if you needed that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten the 5930K and then another 980 Ti. I have the 5960X and use CAD programs and editing platforms all the time and it's still overkill for my practical purposes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Would've absolutely loved to have gotten another 980 Ti but unfortunately I didn't have the budget to accommodate. I primarily built this machine for freelance work as well as personal projects so if it turns out I'm doing much more freelance work than I anticipated then I'll look into upgrading.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What video editor(s) do you use? I have seen some Premiere Pro videos where the 5930K is maxed out while a single 980 TI is not. Do your editor(s) take advantage of 2 way SLI?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta Love the Corsair 760T..

Welcome to the X99 platform.. Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love the Corsair case. It looks great and the side window is a really nice design touch.

I'm not very familiar with the X99 or how to customize motherboards since I've been on Mac Pros for the last 8 years so any suggestions you have are welcome!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Tons of RAM, absolutely overkill CPU, a beast of a graphics card, all perfect for a totally killer build. Great job!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I love this machine!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You get a + from me on the mouse alone. I actually have two of these. Battery lasts months and fits great in the hand.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? I love this mouse and recommend it to everybody. Such a good value.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

depending on how long ago you got it you could swap out the board for the asus x99 deluxe or the x99 pro both have built in AC wi-fi and could return the wifi card and the motherboard. i believe the pro is a little over 330 so an added 90 ish in motherboard cost but it will get you wireless and you dont have to worry about taking up a pcie slot. that being said nice build. i am building a new rig soon and debating between the 5930k and 5960x.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'm going to send the wireless adapter back. I have to GPU's and the 980 Ti is blocking the port for the wireless card.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is good for the price. However I've noticed that some of the icons and toolbar menus are just a tad bit on the soft side. I don't know if this is a Windows thing or a monitor thing or my GPU card or what. I'm very new to Windows so it might be me just not knowing how to customize everything appropriately.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You're probably right. I don't really know where to look to adjust the settings but it is definitely bothering me. There's weird aliasing edges around the icons in the desktop and in the startup menu.

Also, in C4D and After Effects the little icons and menu bars are all aliased. Don't know what the deal is.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I resolved most of the issue, I didn't realize that Windows was scaling up everything by 25%. I switched it back to 100% scale and that fixed the icon issues in the apps themselves.

However I noticed the MyPC icons on the desktop are still slightly aliased. I don't know if that's just the icon designs or what. They do seem like old icons. The icons in the start menu are a bit better but for instance the Weather icon is a little aliased as well.