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TuffBox (Updated 8.28.2017)

by RSC-Tuff

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Date Published

June 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.71GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

Description

What I do with it

I’m a content creator and aspiring film colorist. I do video and image editing, motion graphics, YouTube, and Twitch streaming. I also use my computer for gaming, voice acting, audio engineering / recording, accounting-related business purposes, and digital art.

Why I built it

My old computer was a modest gaming PC built three years ago, long before I became involved in any real editing or creative stuff. Most of the parts were fine but unimpressive when I bought them, such as the graphics card (Radeon HD 7950 R7950), RAM (16GB DDR3), and CPU (i5-3570K).

The problems I had with it were mostly related to editing. Render times became unbearable (especially in After Effects), timelines in Premiere and Reaper were choppy, previews took way too long, and any effect that used the graphics card risked crashing the computer. Streaming an intense game or program was too much for the comp to handle, games weren’t running at max settings, and my single 1080p monitor was a serious problem for editing and streaming.

I wanted to be able to pursue freelance and hobbyist editing, stream a quality presentation, and keep up with new games in the coming years.

Part rundown

I planned the computer and researched the parts for about six weeks prior to purchasing. I became passionate and excited – thought went into every single part. I reused my Fractal Design R4 case, a 250GB SSD, and a 1TB HDD. If heat becomes an issue, I’ll first try removing some of the foam that blocks air vents and adding new fans, but I’m not against upgrading to a new case if needed. So far, the rig is dead silent and has no heat issues.

CPU – The Broadwell-E release was the most disappointing part of this project. I had hoped this chip line would allow me to get 8 cores for 600-800 dollars, but the 6900K was actually more expensive than the previous 8-core flagship that it replaced (5960K). The 10-core 6950K was completely out of the question thanks to its $1750 price, and a Xeon build was just unnecessary.

RAM – I’m thrilled to have 64GB of DDR4-2400 for $210. After Effects can make good use of up to 2GB per core (including logic cores); anything more has almost no effect. This means that my 8/16 core chip uses 32GB in After Effects while also leaving an absurd amount of memory for everything else.

Monitors – a top priority for this computer was upgrading to dual monitors. 1440p looks amazing for gaming and editing alike. The Asus PB258Q was a great choice: small bezels, a great looking IPS screen, lots of mounting and connection options. When I first built this rig, 4K just wasn’t worth the money. As of 8/17 I’ve been regularly working with 4K video, and I’m hoping to get a 4K display in the next year or so.

Video Card – No explanation should be needed for the 1080GTX. When I bought it in 2016, I thought it would be overkill. Now, I’m very glad I have it since DaVinci Resolve leans heavily on the GPU.

Audio Interface – My M-Track+ acts as an external sound card that accepts XLR and ¼” jacks. It’s much cheaper than the professional recording equipment you see on some builds, but it’s enough for hobbyist recording and streaming.

Peripherals – I wanted to list everything that I consider essential to this rig and my streaming, including my webcam and microphone. In 2017 I added a color correction tool for the monitors, a digital art tablet, and a NAS server to store my photos and videos.

Thank you to:
-PCPartPicker.com and it's users- this site made the build process easy to organize and track, and part reviews from users helped a lot when making some tough choices. Seeing completed builds from users with similar goals was also very helpful.
-logicalincrements.com - Excellent, easy to understand guides on what parts I needed to focus on for this computer. The monitor section was particularly helpful since monitors were the most intimidating aspect of the selection process. Special thanks to the LI team that quickly answered my questions on their site!
-My friend Billy, an enthusiast who did the actual assembly of the computer and helped with several part recommendations.
-My friend Travis, who also helped with part choices.

8.28.17 Update:

Everything is still running perfectly and I'm very happy with the build. The box is silent and cool. Every game runs perfectly at max settings on the 1440p monitors. Premiere Pro and After Effects are both a joy to use with this rig; render times are fast, timelines are smooth, and even the most demanding projects can be tackled without things slowing down.

People have asked about whether or not the 6900K was worth it. It's been hard to answer; I don't know if a 6-core would have been good enough. Most things are instant, so maybe a 6-core would be instant too. Recently, I've been checking the CPU usage while editing videos and it seems like the chip is indeed being pushed at times.

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MontyWonderchild 3 points 18 months ago

That evga superclock 1080 box looks sick, i know boxes don't matter but a good box goes a long way for me :))))

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It's a good prop for your shelf. :)

MontyWonderchild 1 point 18 months ago

I am still rocking 750 ti and fx 6300 boxes.. they don't even look very good :( gotta get 1070

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I usually don't care a whole lot about packaging, but that box definitely made the whole building process a bit more exciting!

HyperYveltal16 2 points 18 months ago

Very cool build. I did not know that the i7 had any thing higher than the 6700k. Awesome 1080 build!

HyperYveltal16 1 point 18 months ago

Did that old build die ( photo 6)?

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! The old build still works just fine - I only wrote "RIP" because it's being replaced by a better soldier. I gave it to a friend as a birthday present since it's a massive upgrade over his Mac.

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Trocien 2 points 18 months ago

God Tier build.

Yeesh. Puts my 6700k build to shame. Though I do have Dominator Ram. You know what that means. $$$ for no reason.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

How dare you spend extra money on making your computer look good. :P Stare's at own RGB lighted computer

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks buddy!

XxPCbuilder2016xX 2 points 18 months ago

Hey how is that gpu? treating ya

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Quite well!

manojsankar 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Is this the first build that can run Minesweeper at 320x240?

Melodist 2 points 14 months ago

Hello there, why don't you put your graphics card in the first slot that's reinforced?

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hmm I didn't even know about this - I'll look into it. Thanks!

akula2 2 points 12 months ago

+1 from me.

How is that build going on now? Do you think it was worth to spend on that CPU considering your daily usage?

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Since I'm making more and more money from editing, I have no regrets.

It's hard to tell if the 8-core was truly "worth it" considering that I don't know if a 6-core would have been good enough. Most things are instant, so maybe a 6-core would be instant too. After Effects is the only program where I can't do things instantly, so it's reasonable to assume that the 6-core would have been even slower. I used to dread doing special effects because it took soooooo long to preview. The time I save is extremely noticeable.

I can say with certainty that I'm very happy - I can have all my creative programs open at the same or render videos while streaming a game with no problems at all.

Five years ago I would have slapped myself for building this because I figured that you should buy moderate stuff and upgrade every 2-3 years. I believe that things have changed though, and technology is at the point where this CPU should last 5 years or more. Maybe I'm wrong, but I have a hard time envisioning that any software or video tech will make this chip obsolete any time soon. 4K video is a breeze to work with and it's not even the standard yet. Hopefully the money spent on this chip will future-proof me for awhile.

akula2 1 point 12 months ago

I appreciate your honest assessment. I can only hope that you won't be disappointed on that CPU choice...

bigbodyben 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

$209 for 64gb of ram holy moly what a deal! i was looking at it right now for $384 and was thinking hey this seems like a good deal lol anyways, nice computer +1 hope she treats you well for many years to come!

PumpkinPc 1 point 18 months ago

I don't this build is powerful enough to edit anything.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

lmao

HyperYveltal16 1 point 18 months ago

Who thinks this build should be featured? If yes, give this build 50 upvotes!

Gube 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build but next thing you need is a 4k monitor

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Thanks! I actually find myself still trying to get used to 1440; the text is pretty small when I'm on full resolution. I'm not sure if 4K is a good idea for me just yet, especially since the type of editing I do doesn't require that kind of detail.

Jameelh 1 point 17 months ago

nice chair, does comfort scale with the price? lol

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

It does when you have a bad back!

UnityComp 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I actually just got a Noctua NH-U14S for another build but as I also have a 6900k OC'd to 4GHz on a 280mm AIO. My question, if you've OC'd your 6900k at all, how well does the Noctua air-cooler handle a 140w TDP while OC'ing?

RSC-Tuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'm not a big OCer and I can't answer your question intelligently, but I can say that I OC'd from 3.2 to 3.5 with absolutely no change in heat according to the software I was using. It also didn't become any louder. Hope this helps!