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My previous computer was an intel i7-4790k and A GTX 750-TI. That system did just fine for my workload but it was missing the speed and silence (do to the hot CPU) of the x99 platform. Later in the beginning of the year as I got some more money I decided to make the jump to intel x99. Just be warned this isn't a cheap upgrade, but the raw speed of the CPU is worth it. But I use my computer for Photoshop, adobe premire pro and other very CPU intensive programs. My old computer worked fine for this but the problem with it, is it was simply too loud (using the stock cooler). I decided to go a different direction with this build and aim for silence over functionality. First, I chose to buy the intel i7-5820k for it's price and due to the reason I don't need the extra PCIe lanes (only 1 GPU in theis system). My friend gave me their old R9 290 as he upgraded to a GTX 970 and this video card will help with openCL acceleration. I purchased the Fractal define R5 for it's legendary modular design and noise dampening. I also purchased the Asrock x99 extreme4 and configured the BIOS to turn off all the case fans at idle for nearly total silence. I bought the phantecs TC14PE because it is much cheaper than say a corsair H100i or the noctua NH-D15 but performs nearly as well (1C difference!). After I assembled the build and ran a stress test, I noticed that my CPU was only hitting a max of 50C, so I decided to do some overclocking. I managed to get my CPU to 4.5GHz at 1.3v, max temps are 75 but it peaks at 80C. Even after overclocking I can still barely hear the machine at full load, so this'll be a much better step up from my old rig. Haswell-e and x99 is defiantly worth is from a content creators perspective, buy gamers shouldn't touch this platform unless they for some reason need to run more than 3-way SLI.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

What a great list of components. Should put a little plaque on your desk saying "Nothing but quality allowed past that point."

It's pretty clear from your description that the Phanteks absolutely kills the stock CPU cooler in terms of performance (the Intel isn't bad, but I wonder what the 66-70C on my Xeon E3 would be like with that beast instead of the in-house cooler that looks like one of my cats' toys by comparison).

I'm mostly building for low/no noise, so I'm really interested how you would compare the stock Intel setup versus the Phanteks in terms of noise? Right now, the CPU fan is the only thing I can hear coming from inside the case and I'm sufficiently OCD to notice it even though it's not all that bad at all. But then, I also dig the shape and the white color of your cooler; they really suit the R5.

Two more questions if I may. How are you using the two SSDs? A RAID setup or something different? Also, is 8GB a sufficient amount for the Adobe suite? My wife does graphics work and I keep pushing her to get more RAM, but maybe it's not a bottleneck in the Photoshop et al. use case, at least not one she'd complained about.

Is it also a factor of using the X99 chipset with DDR4? On paper, DDR4 performance (pure B/W but also the feature set) is phenomenal compared to DDR3, so it's good to see a real example.

Great job moving into the future in style!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

To answer your first question, the new x99 platform does not come with a stock cooler, you have to buy your own so unfortunately I don't have any way to compare the noise levels of this to a stock cooler. But I will say that the cooler is much quieter than the stock cooler for LGA 1150 on my old i7 build. To answer your second question, I use A 120GB samsung SSD for my OS and another 128GB sandisk SSD I got for a really good deal on Ebay for 50 bucks new that I use as my cache drive. To answer your third question, 8GB of RAM should really be considered a minimum for large projects but I am actually going to upgrade to 16GB in a couple of months just to overcome any memory bottlenecks. But yes, more memory CAN help, but only to a certain extent. Its best to check the task manager to see if you are using all your RAM during a project, if not then its a waste of money to get more. About using DDR4 on x99, you have no choice because the x99 platform is DDR4 only, but I have noticed that my DDR4 memory performs better in memory benchmarks, so that's always good to see.

Thanks for asking. At least I now know someone saw my build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the detailed answers! The 2011-based motherboards look like beastly platforms. Had my old Mac laptop held on for another six months or so, I think I would've gone with a setup similar to yours, rather than the powerful but ultimately dead-end E3/C226 combination. It's ridiculous to be limited to one PCIe 16x on a workstation, and while 32GB RAM sounds like a lot, it's gone pretty quickly with a few VMs doing their thing.

I don't know if it's a local phenomenon, but prices on SSDs are in a freefall here in Switzerland. Let's hope DDR4 prices start to move in the same direction as demand drives increased supply in the prosumer/enthusiast market.

... off to do the rounds of my local sites to see if anyone's got the Phanteks in stock. It's like a coalmine inside my case right now, some livening up is required.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

How much room is there between the cooler and your first PCIe slot? I the same mobo with a noctua NH-D15 but it doesn't have enough room to allow my Gigabyte G1 970 in the first PCIe slot so I'm running it at x8 on the 3rd one. I've got a 2nd 970 for SLI and I really want to stay on air cooling. Please lemee know :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

there is just enough room to put a new video card in the first PCIe slot with the Phantecs TC14PE. I chose not to put my graphics card there only because I wanted to give some breathing room between the video card and the CPU cooler. But yes, another GTX 970 looks like it will fit.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Thanks for the response...looks like I'll get a TC14PE then. Have fun with your beastly build!