02242015: Look at what I got! 4 Noctua NF-A14 FLX fans! I installed them with the super low noise adapters so.... I cant hear them at all...... They actually look pretty decent in the case dont you think? Anyway, here are some updated pictures, taken with a proper camera. Honestly I should have gotten one more to replace the exhaust fan but I forgot to buy that... Maybe later...
The reason why I bought these is to cool the Noctua NH-D15 even more. I was able to overclock my chip at a stable 4.5ghz at 1.21v! The temps dropped from a max of 94 to 90, but I thought maybe if I add a little more air flow to the case I can drop the temps just a little more. Hopefully that happens. Will have to test again to see.
I also noticed that there is a lot of Owl stuff in the case, well actually just the Noctua stuff and then the GTX 970 Strix. I think I will rename this build to the Silent Owl. Pretty cool name dont you think? :)
As much as I would like to watercool this thing, I dont really think I need to. Maybe I'll do that when I'm bored and have the funds for it.
02132015: I know I said I wasnt going to update for a while, but just a tiny one for now. I let the Intel Burn test run over night (was taking forever to go through, it actually only took like 2 hours but it was late) and system is stable at 4.5ghz at 1.25v! I will be trying to lower voltage even more, I hope to 1.22 but we will see. I was running the Intel Burn test on MAX and got the temps to a MAX of 94c which according to core temp is the TJ Max for this CPU? Since this is under super heavy load there shouldnt be any problems in normal use.
Oh and I'll plug myself since I said I was a photographer: Philo Lee Photography Check out my website and if youre in the area (NJ, NY, CT and even parts of PA) and need pictures for stuff (weddings, head shots, events, etc) shoot me an email :P
02122015: Everything is in and now I am stress testing. So far I can get it stable at 4.5ghz @ 1.25v. I will be trying to get this a little lower but at 1.2v the system blue screened. This case was interesting to build in... I didnt use ANY zip ties, even though I probably should have. Thats okay, I plan to get sleeved cables anyway so I will have to redo some of the wiring. Because I kind of just threw things in the case the cable management didnt go THAT great in the back and because the back is not held in by screws (its held by ball and socket) I had to really try to get the cables to lie flat as I could. I also didnt take the plastic off the side panel because the computer is sitting UNDER the desk rather than on top. The case is much bigger than I expected. I measured everything out but its different once you actually have it on your desk. I live in NY so space is a concern. I will be replacing the Phanteks fan in the rear with a Noctua NF-P12 and will be adding 2 NF-F12's on the top and replacing the 200mm front fan with 2 NF-F12's as well. All 140mm.
I am so glad that I bought the Noctua NH-D15. This thing is a monster to look at. I was like holy $*%# when I opened the box. The last time I used a big cooler was the Cooler Master Hyper 212 (non EVO) and I thought that was big... this thing was HUGE. Anyway, for the install of that cooler, I have to say... it was the easiest cooler I have ever installed. Not that I have installed many but this thing was freakishly easy. Why dont all cooling manufactures use this mounting system...
Before I put in anything in the case... I put in the IO shield upside down.... I was way too excited and got the PS/2 holes and the wireless holes mixed up... stupid.... I put it in upside down first, put in the mother board, screwed down the mother board, started cabling then looked at the back and then I was like $&! Ended up keeping the cables in, but undid all the screws, put the IO shield in correctly then screwed everything back in... SO ANNOYING.
Anyway, I wont be updating for a while now since I'm broke, but I will update once I get my water cooling stuff. I plan to water cool the CPU first since this thing seems to want to get hot with its 6 cores and all then maybe get a GPU thing and water cool that. I also will be searching and buying sleeved cables for the power supply (I dont have the time and patience to do it myself).
Oh, I lied... not EVERYTHING is in yet... I'm still waiting on the m.2 7265 Intel wireless card from China and the antennas and wires for it. It's so weird, I couldnt find ANYONE who sells it in the states... maybe it was just me failing to use google properly... Oh and I havent set up the RAID array yet. I'm just using my old HD with my other operating system LOL.
I know I said I was going to use this for photography, which I am but dont judge the pictures too harshly. Once I get EVERYTHING into the system that I want (sleeved cables, water cooled) I plan to do the pictures justice and take some nice pictures. Oh and about the pictures, the graphics card in the picture is the Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Windforce. The STRIX didnt come in till today and I didnt feel like waiting to build the system so I just used my old graphics card to start the build and get things set up. I will be selling the graphics card with my old system, hence the new graphics.
I apologize for the lack of structure in my writing :P
02032015: FINALLY bought the last parts for this build. My wallet is hurting bad... I'll be selling my "old" 4770k system to try to offset the cost of this monster build though. I'm mainly going to use this beast for photo editing, but I may end up doing some video editing as well. However, it will be mainly for photo editing (Lightroom and Photoshop) so I realize its overkill for that. If I'm feeling generous, maybe later I will give this build to my sister who when she goes to grad school will actually be able to utilize all 6 cores/12 threads of the 5820k. I bought the Noctua NH-D15 for now since I didnt want problems with the RAM height, though I probably wont have problems? You can never be too sure.
Start of build: I was looking for a very small form factor for X99 boards, but they only go as small as mATX.... I realize 4790k would have been fine for my uses and I could have went ITX but eh whatever, this case is just too pretty haha.
Future plans: I plan to custom water cool this thing once I can get the funds for it (this case has a ton of space for water cooling so I should really take advantage of that), and I will be running RAID 0 with 2 Samsung 830 SSD's. I'll also be adding a WiFi card to this board (main reason why I got this board rather than the cheaper ASRock or EVGA mATX X99 boards). Will update again once all the parts come in. Should have everything by beginning of next week, but I did get the 5280k from Microcenter already. I'm excited. :)