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The Phantom Pane X99

by dvolkens

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151 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 24, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.72GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.00GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

Phantom Pain... pane... window pane... Phanteks... tempered glass. ..........crickets.......... Awe, come on man. Work with me here. :D Aaaaanyway, the time has come to migrate from the "buy-a-Mac-every-few-years" world back to building my own custom rigs. This machine will roll primarily for Windows-based editing, but I plan to set up a Hackintosh install on an extra SSD as well.

My inspiration for the color scheme stems from my desk setup which is also generally black and white with touches of brushed aluminum. So yes, some hardware choices were made for color only. I know, I know. Dangerous thing to do! But the build has turned out excellent and I'm very happy with both the aesthetics and performance. The thing is a beast.

I obviously took inspiration for the fan setup from JamesCoil's Red and Black build - Beautiful! but with a minor difference on the front fans. I went with high performance variants over the silent. Temperatures are rock solid and the noise is tolerable at full speed while pretty low at idle. I don't hear it much over music anyway.

This build has been a long time coming for me and was in the planning stages for quite some time. I'm extremely pleased with how it has turned out and hope to make great use of it for many years. I'm no master builder by any means so if you see something I may have done better, please let me know!

Uses

  • Photo editing
  • Video editing and production
  • Web design and development
  • Gaming (streaming, recording)

Why Haswell-E

  • I compared the cost of a similar Skylake system, and my use cases combined with recycling some bits from a previous build, I just couldn't refuse the X99 route.

UPDATE 8/25/16

Huge thanks to the PCPartPicker crew for featuring the build! Super surprised. Super humbled.

UPDATE 1/18/17

Finally upgraded to EVGA GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0! :drooool:

Comments Sorted by:

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 18 points 14 months ago

Amazing pictures. +1

Khaosix 19 Builds 18 points 14 months ago

I love when professional photographers decide to build computers.

+1, absolutely gorgeous.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Thank you! Though I'm no professional... yet. Who knows, maybe sometime. ;)

Radox-0 3 Builds 4 points 14 months ago

Great pictures and very clean build. IMO a HOF card would have looked epic in this, still great work an easy +1

WtR 1 Build 4 points 14 months ago

High quality pictures, really nice. Gotta ask tho, why a green gpu? +1

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Yeah, it's totally a sore thumb stickin' out! It's there because I already had it from a previous build and didn't throw down yet for a new card. I do plan to snag an EVGA 1070 FTW here sometime soon.

Polioltergiest 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I'll buy that 970 from ya ;P (Totally not kidding)

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Srsly man. I'll keep you in mind if I upgrade soon. :D Don't know when I will though.

Polioltergiest 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

please do. I was going to buy the 100ME because I love the MSI style and the green. I have a current rig with SLI 980 Ti's but I was thinking of doing an open air ITX build and that would compliment it nicely.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

OoooOOOooh I've seen this, but they don't sell in the States right? Tks for passing along though.

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I'd assume they would. I'm not sure where you could get though. You'll have to look around.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I think GALAX sells them on their website

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hmm, sure looks like it. Though out of stock of course. :D

RickWilson 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Very nice!

RickWilson 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

How did you secure the lowest most front 120 fan? Screwed from the back?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Yep, came in through the back. Removed the drive cages and opened up the basement area just above there by removing the pump mount plate for more working room and visibility.

RickWilson 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Makes sense - I need to do mine like that

Thanks for the info!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Absolutely!

Trinergy 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

That was clutch otherwise you wouldn't have any fresh air for your GPU as the AIO is blowing hot air in.

Polioltergiest 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

I want that 100ME 970 so bad. XD

ChuckM.Y 2 points 14 months ago

I almost shat myself when I saw this build, cable management is amazing. The only thing that kind of annoyed me was the green gpu +1

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! I knooooow. It's gotta go but it does a great job right now. Soon

LemonComputers 1 point 14 months ago

The only thing that kind of annoyed me was the green gpu +1

Why does everyone hate green?

acurle00 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Because it doesn't match the rest of the build. Although, even with the green on the GPU, this is still a phenomenal looking rig.

LemonComputers 1 point 10 months ago

I think the green is nice looking.

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Beautiful build, and beautiful photos, and +1 from me. Great Job!

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 14 months ago

Looks amazing, +1 :)

bmads21 2 points 14 months ago

+99999 for the pc, the pics, etc. Not sure why you chose that gpu for such a powerful build

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

It was a leftover part from a previous build to get it running. I will upgrade soon enough, most likely to a 1070 variant.

bmads21 2 points 14 months ago

dude get a gtx 1080 msi armor edition to match the black/white color scheme

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yep, I did see that they were black and white. Leaning toward a 1070 variant for better price/performance ratio but we'll see.

bmads21 1 point 14 months ago

nice. love the build.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks!

Silencer684 2 points 14 months ago

Be careful with the MSI Armor, it doesn't come with a back plate so It can warp over time. It would cost an extra $70-100 for an aftermarket back plate to fix this

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Good call. That's actually what swayed me away from it after finding that out when I was looking at it a while back. Thanks for reminding of this.

Eltech 16 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Your photos and build is feature worthy, congrats! A lovely build it is. You have my one.

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

This is fantastic. I love the fact that you used one of my personal favorite PC builds on PCPP as inspiration, and created something that in my opinion looks even better

Your cable management is superb, and the space usage inside that case is phenomenal.

Awesome work buddy! +1 :)

Kevein35 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Easy on the eyes ! Really beautifull build !

Logical_Motion 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

+1 for the awesome pics

+1000 for the sweet build.

My Enthoo glass is in the mail and should arrive by thursday and I have a question if you dont mind. Do you think the Corsair rad will fit up top or would the ram sticks restrict the rad and fans?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Awesome and thanks! Yeah, should be no problem fitting most rads up there on top. In fact it's specifically designed for it with that slide out rail which makes it silly easy to mount. Which Corsair are you looking to get?

Unless you have some ridiculously big heat sinks on your ram, most should be ok. Don't quote me on it of course. lol Be sure to double check the rad's specs against the motherboard and ram height. The only not-really-a-problem I see is that the rad will cover the top portion of the motherboard and some of the ram, in case you're concerned about showing off that hardware.

Logical_Motion 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I have both the NZXT Kraken Z61 and the Corsair H100i v2. My ram is the g.skill TridentZ series which are red and grey and I also have a pair of Corsair LPX with the red heatsinks. With my current case (Corsair 400C) I cannot mount either of the rads on top as they touch the rm heat sinks on boy g.skills and corsair ram. My problem is the I have 2 gtx 1080 hybrids in SLI so I got a total of 3 rads in the case and it looks like a right red hot mess in there and i'm hoping with the Enthoo glass i can get a better job done. Thanks for the help cheers and once again, your pictures are amazing!!!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Right on, hopefully you get everything worked out on it then. I imagine those ram sticks would work fine with the rad up there. Try searching for a similar build maybe to compare.

leej239 2 points 14 months ago

Amazing pictures...that purple lighting really makes the brushed aluminum pop!

Barnzy 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

hmmmm, THAT CASE droolls onto himself

zelgiusthebrave 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Steller job with the pictures, but, I'd like to know how you mounted the HDDs in the lower bay. I REEEEEAAALLLYYY want to use this case for my upcoming x99 build and have the need for some mass storage drives and have thought about a front mounted rad like that, but I wasn't aware of any HDD cages (or mounting for that matter) in the lower compartment.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thank you! the case has two very simple slide-in HDD trays in that basement area at the front of the case with locking arms, no screws needed. They slide right in. Now the kicker is that if you use that area for drives, you're restricted to I think a 280mm radiator max, or maybe only 240 which is what I have. If you could slot in a 280, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to have a third fan in that area. You can have three 120's or two 140's.

You can see the drive trays in the bottom left here

zelgiusthebrave 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Excellenttttt!

Alsteblieft 2 points 14 months ago

4 exhaust fans and 3 intake from which two fans go through a radiator, you must have negative pressure in your case. How's the dust buildup?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I was pretty concerned about case pressure when speccing this out and was hoping that based on the total intake CFM vs exhaust, I'd hit near balanced or slight positive. I don't really know if that works out in reality, but I do see a small amount of dust buildup in the bottom right of the left-side glass panel so it must be leaning negative. That's something I may have to tweak in the future.

Alsteblieft 1 point 14 months ago

Another tip: Tape the holes that remain open on the radiator bracket, so hot air doesn't recirculate back into the case.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Mmmm interesting. Thanks!

theoxiam 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Digging the B&W+Aluminum; clearly ya got great taste (pcpartpicker)!

And fantastic pictures. You've inspired me to clean mine up and get some better shots.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Awesome and thank you!

montiago 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Congrats on the feature! Very clean :) Build is right up there with Arvaci's Black and Gold PC!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No way! I can't believe it. Super honored to be featured. And thanks. :D

montiago 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Haha I take it you've seen it on IMGUR?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Absolutely. Pretty sick. :)

montiago 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Right?! It's my role model hahaha

Congrats again man :)

tarfeef101 4 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Very nice. Only a couple things I might change

1) I'd like to see more white in the build. Perhaps move your SSD out in front and paint the accents white, do some panels of the case, the video card, the PSU shroud, or even put some white LEDs in there (notice you have one on your parts list, but no pics with it on)

2) Get those GPU cables a bit closer together (the 6 pin is a bit too separated), and straighter.

Yes, these are very small things, but this is an excellent build, so I must nitpick. Good job man, I approve.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Right on, great feedback. Thank you!

tarfeef101 4 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

You're welcome. I'm love seeing people who really care about their build. Makes me all fuzzy inside.

Meithen 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

This turned out really great. Excellent pictures too, thanks for sharing!

gorkti200 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

That pun... XD

Even if the build wasn't great I'd upvote for that alone.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

lol it's so bad... it's good? :disappear:

BattleDor 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

That awkward moment when you're slightly aroused by a pc.....

RickWilson 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Congrats on the feature!

GloriousPcMaster 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Hate to break it to you but I hear that it is INCREDIBLY hard to install OSX using hackintosh utilities on the X99 platform as no macs actually use it. It is easily achievable on z170 but not on X99. I recently built a hackintosh using a 660k and a Gigabyte Z170N-wifi as I couldn't work out how to do it on my main X99 computer...

Also currently Nvidia haven't released or even mentioned if they are releasing web drivers for the new Pascal cards so you wouldn't be able to use a GTX 1070 with a hackintosh until they do.. if they do.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yep, kinda already found that out since the build was finished. :D It's a serious pain.I do have El Capitan installed and running on an extra SSD but not perfectly. Abandoned that until I have time to tinker. But even so, like you said that's with the 970 installed which I was able to get a driver for. With the 1070 no luck until maybe there is one eventually.

I mainly followed malki's guide here but like I said, it's not really running yet.

dawzy11 2 points 14 months ago

This is such a nice build dude, I've been looking to buy the same case and cooler so this has helped in scoping out how I will build it all together.

Legend!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! Glad it can help you out too.

Penguintheman 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Dang man. You are an amazing photographer. You could make a Dell Inspiron 3000 look like a Revolt 2. don't worry i dont like prebuilts but the revolt 2 is a pretty good one and looks cool

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you!

YyvoN 2 points 13 months ago

I prefer "Phantom Pane XDD" haha

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Bahahah

WorkofHart 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Nice update! I'm about to transfer my hardware into this same case, and it looks like we're using nearly the exact same setup already! Have you had any issues with the Crucial memory kits in the X99-A-II causing crashes in windows? I'm just having the toughest time narrowing down the culprit, but it seems to be at least 90% alleviated when I remove one of the kits and only run 32GB. Hmm... well, keep up the great work! I'm going to try my luck at water cooling in this case, so we'll see how that goes!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Nice! Tks, yeah temps have been solid. Had to update that on the GPU side. Realized my original temps were based on an idle with no fan, which I don't run it as. I always keep some fan going.

Hmmm, no problems at all with my memory. Could be a bad stick in there maybe?

seanbarkley 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Really like your build dude, it looks super cool! one question: was it easy for you to screw those Corsair AF120 to the top panel?? it was a nightmarte with my 2 SP120... Is the cable in those fans long enough to reach the fan hub?? Thanks a lot!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you! Man, those fans were pretty horrible to screw in for any location, due to those rubber self-tapping guides that these particular fans have. The best tip I found was to pre-tap them VERY slowly and carefully, screwing in a little, backing out, screwing in a bit more, backing out again... until you have it fully tapped. Then it should screw in very nicely.

As far as the cables, one from the top technically could reach the fan hub on the back of the case, which is where I plugged all of them into. However, I used a few Noctua NA-SYC2 Y-cable extensions to make the others reach. Hope that helps!

You can find them here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KG8KCK4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

seanbarkley 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

That's exactly the same issue and solution I had LOL. In my case I have SP120 and asked for if it was different with the AF120. Thanks a lot for ur time!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Ahh, ok. Gotcha. Yeah I imagine that these two fans are essentially the same, except for static pressure vs air flow. Checked out your Evolv build. Gorgeous as well! :highfive:

syg101 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

amazing pictures, and amazing PC. +1

aliensbrah 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Hey, I see a guy 3 weeks ago asked a question and you answered, so hopefully you see this :D

I also have a question about the 3x120mm fans in the front.

I bought the same exact case and plan on replacing the 2x 140's with 3x 120's. The 140's line up directly with individual screw holes but the 120's being smaller don't appear to line up with any screw holes but instead only line up with the long slits, and then the long screws that come with the fans/case aren't thick/large enough to screw in and hold the fans.

Not sure if that makes any sense, but any input or suggestions on how you attached them? Or could you post a picture of the front of the case from the inside so I can see how the fans are mounted?

Thank you in advance :)

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey! Sorry for the late reply. Sure does make sense. I'm trying to recall exactly what I did with the bottom fan, however the top fans were secured through the case frame and onto the radiator for the CPU, so the radiator actually holds them in place.

I'll have to take a closer look tonight, honestly don't remember exactly how it came together. I may have used screws from the case to make the connection.

aliensbrah 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome, thanks for the clarification.

I'm putting my rad up top so I think I'm just gonna end up going with the 2x140's up front instead of playing around with trying to get 3x120's to work.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Sounds good!

owntheday 1 point 14 months ago

@dvolkens

Yup... Another good one....I just ordered the Phanteks E​nthoo Evol​v ATX Comp​uter Case ​- Tempered​ Glass Edi​tion, Gala​xy Silver today....Arriving Friday..... I hope my motherboard will fit. I am getting the Asus X99-DELUXE/U3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard.

I am new to building. Is there a guide that shows me how to size things out when choosing a case. I am hoping not to have buyers remorse.

Side note:: temps at idle seem a bit hot...maybe another fan is needed? Anyone else have ideas.

javeloe 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hello! Your motherboard would fix perfectly in your case as your case accepts ATX motherboards. Also, if you keep the compatibility filter on, pcpartpicker should be able to tell you if anything would not fit in your case! What temperature is your build at idle? Did you use the stock CPU cooler and buy extra case fans? If so, you should definitely consider buying one.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! You should be fine on the motherboard. Best thing to do though is check the specs on what will fit on Phantek's website against the motherboard's size specs.

Exsound 1 point 14 months ago

Amazing build!

ExtremelyNotRichPerson 1 point 14 months ago

Great +1 Nice cable managment and great case choice.

Rambling 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Where'd you get the cables from? I got cablemod as well, but mine seem to be a very tight cable sleeve, yours seem a little....fluffier?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I have this set: CableMod E-Series G2 ModMesh White

Maybe it's the difference between their ModMesh (nylon) and ModFlex (paracord)?

Rambling 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Hadn't realised there was two different types. Turns out I got ModFlex, sadly. Regardless, yours looks amazing haha

Ayrze 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Great look. Love it all!

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I've already chosen my case, but I'm starting to love this case more and more. Will definitely recommend it to people looking to build their own.

wasupduck 1 point 14 months ago

Nice photography +1

AustinHerzfeldt 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Damn, that 1070 is going to look sweet in there! Amazing build nevertheless.

Volkov 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Nice clean build. Love that case. MSI GTX 1070 Armor would be a great option for the White theme.

cgprats 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Great build, but how are you getting such a low temp on the cpu?

I'm running my 5820k at 1.38V @4.5GHZ on a Water 3.0 ultimate and i'm getting 70°C

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Wish I could give you better help, but my idle is typically anywhere from 28, even 26 sometimes to 34. Prolly depends on so many factors including ambient. I have it OC'ed to 4.5GHz at 1.25V. But idling at 70? That sounds like something is WAY off. Bad paste setup and contact with the CPU maybe?

Or did you mean under load? I ran Aida64 for about ten minutes or so and it stuck pretty well at 58. Now, some cores did hit 60's and one did mark 70 briefly, but the average stayed down at 58.

cgprats 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

thanks, will try AIDA.

MafiatechTeam 1 point 14 months ago

that green gpu dont bother me, the upside down sticker on the 950 pro annoys me more

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

OH, that bothers me so much! lol

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I like that Samsung 950 Pro 512GB m.2 SSD.

cia24 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Looks great other then the Green Video card. Honestly that wreaks this build.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yep, it does. Upgrade will come. soooon

Trav456 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hows the M.2 SSD work for you, thought about getting one for mine as well!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

It's excellent! I haven't benchmarked it however but just from everyday use it's silly fast.

InvaderGir 1 point 14 months ago

Simple and clean.

+1

TechGenius 1 point 14 months ago

Too much ram! Downgrade to a 16 gb 3200 kit instead, and put that extra $ on a better gpu

ThunderCls 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Nice work dude, it looks great +1

SH4W 1 point 14 months ago

Absolutely stunning build. I can't wait until I build my pc. From this build I know it will look good. +1

remiscs 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Clean build, clean cable management and great photos! Nuff said :) Great job!

znd125 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thing of beauty

linuxfanatic 1 point 13 months ago

Love the green accents on the GPU +1

SadRocket 1 point 13 months ago

That case looks sick!!!!!

omaredabed 1 point 13 months ago

What camera did you use to take those pictures?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

It's a Fuji X-T1 with the 23mm f1.4 lens. Lighting was a combination of rgb led lights I have on my desk and monitors set to warm purple along with a simple desk light with led bulb from IKEA. Camera set on a tripod for long exposure on the full case shots. Handheld on detail shots.

glennlosasso 1 point 13 months ago

Love this build. So much so that I'm copying the build with a few tweaks. You mind explaining the fan set up? I assume the 3 SP fans are in the front opposite the radiator. The AF140 is in the back, and the 3 AF120 on top? Which are blowing air in and which are blowing air out? Is your RGB strip controlled via the Mobo or is it just always on? Your cable management is a thing of beauty. Well done.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks! They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ;) I sure can give more details on the fan setup. You nailed it. SP fans on the front for intake. AF's for exhaust.

The fronts are intake and the rest are exhaust. I was concerned about pressure within the case so I assumed balancing CFM of the intakes vs exhaust would yield almost balanced and very slightly positive pressure. But honestly I really don't know if it works out. I am seeing very slight dust build up in the front left side of the glass.

Yes, the rgb strip is connected directly to the motherboard and driven by the Aura software.

Thanks again man! Hope that helps out.

GeryRevandra 1 point 13 months ago

great build ...

i may build my first PC for photo editing & video editing based on this build too...

may i ask what your monitor ??! ...

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Awesome, and thanks! My main monitor is the ViewSonic VP2770-LED 27-Inch which you can find on Amazon and elsewhere. I am super anal when it comes to monitor quality and color reproduction, with me only wanting Apple Cinema displays for a long time. But I had to find an alternative that was cheaper. I purchased the ViewSonic for $559 at the time, cheaper now, and I gotta say it lives up to the comparison to the Apple Cinema display. Super happy with it.

I also have an ASUS 24" 144Hz gaming monitor for the gaming side.... for now.

GeryRevandra 1 point 13 months ago

great ...

are you planning to upgrade the monitor ?? ...

currently i'm planning my build with LG 27UD68W , do you think this monitor would be good enough for photo editing & video editing ?! ..

also , may i ask why you didn't go with Xeon - Quadro combo ??! ...

congrats for featured builds ...

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

No, no plans to change the monitor. Love it. that LG looks like a solid monitor as well. I honestly never even considered a Xeon/Quadro setup. I think my build provides a more balanced approach to my use cases, and I don't need anything super hardcore.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

BTW, I highly recommend this monitor arm (Ergotech Freedom Arm - Silver (FDM-PC-S01)) in case you were interested in setting that up. I have two for each of my monitors and they're excellent.

sprapik 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

love ur build man! i just have a question, did u use exactly 4 pin cpu connector or 4+4 on that extra cpu motherboard header?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! The Asus X99-A II requires both a separate 4-pin and an 8-pin, placed at the very top of the board. Come to think of it, I think the cable I used is a split 4+4 that I ran only the one 4 side of to the board.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I want to confirm this for you, but not in a position to open up the machine. Hopefully I can do sometime tonight. I'll let you know!

AmerK 1 point 13 months ago

That's pretty much my dream build. Love it!

glennlosasso 1 point 13 months ago

How did you control your fans? Did you utilize the hub in the case to control all of the fans? Any of the fans? Apparently the PWM controller will run all fans connected to it at the same speed. Not sure how important it would be to control these separately, especially the intake fans cooling the rad. Was just wondering if I needed to control the intake fans by connecting them directly to the motherboard or if you thought it was ok to connect them all to the hub.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah, all of the fans except the radiator fans are connected to the case hub. The radiator fans are connected directly to the pump.

WorkofHart 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I love your build and keep coming back to see it! Very similar hardware to mine, and very similar useage. I almost want to to switch cases and get this one because it's so beautiful! Did you ever get OSX working? I got mine booting fine, but when I went from the 970 to the 1070/1080, I lost driver support in OSX Mavericks and haven't really been back to tweak it and get everything else working.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you. :) I haven't gotten back into tinkering with OSX (El Capitan) for a little while now. Just no time, but hopefully I can try again soon. I had it running in some form but still no sound and various other small things. Never really tested out its stability, etc. I imagine if I get an external USB sound device, that might help it work. Also couldn't get all of the motherboard USB ports working. But other than those, I think it was pretty much there, surprisingly.

Hopefully Nvidia will release a driver that will work with the 10XX series cards, cause I will eventually upgrade to one. Running the MSI 970 ME still.

WorkofHart 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I just received an email today from Newegg advertising the EVGA 1070 FTW for $436, I believe. I had an EVGA 1070 SC, but sent it back with their trade-up program for a 1080. Wishing I could hold out for the 1080ti release though. I'm running a 970 right now from my HTPC which does ok, but struggles with some AAA titles at 1440p ultrawide resolution. I guess now would be a good time to tinker with OSX while I have graphic support! Did you follow any particular guides for El Capitan? I went with Mavericks because it seemed like the safer bet to get up and running, but I was using El Capitan on my iMac before I built this recent PC. If they would release 10xx drivers with Sierra and x99 support, I would be soooo happy!

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Ahh, I got the same email. Very tempting. lol Still debating whether to pull the trigger on a 1080 or 1070 mainly for VR support (leaning 1080 for now). I'm big into sim racing and am holding out for that proper setup. But that won't be for some time so hopefully prices will come down and all that.

I mainly followed this guide and I agree, I prolly should have tried Mavericks but maybe now not worth it since I have Capitan almost there.

Nicholas0628 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, sorry for the late comment, but what is your fan configuration? Is the front totally intake, and the top and back exhaust, so negative pressure? How is it working out for you?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Not a problem at all! The fronts are intake and the rest are exhaust. I was concerned about pressure within the case so I assumed balancing CFM of the intakes vs exhaust would yield almost balanced and very slightly positive pressure. (Combination of AF and SP fans with the SP's on the front through the radiator and AF's everywhere else) But honestly I really don't know if it works out.

Nicholas0628 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Okay, thank you very much! Will be ordering my. Parts today :D

ConnorMcd 1 point 10 months ago

Why did you go with the 5820k and not the 6800k

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Pretty much cheaper at the time and tried and tested vs the 6800k. Also, at that time the 5820k was found to have more OC room than the 6800k. Don't know if that's the case still.

Finxert 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Very nice, super clean, GG

Shame Ryzen will put rape your CPU for the same price :/

luca2 1 point 7 months ago

hey, I have a question regarding the fans. On the Phanteks website, they display 2 140mm fans placed in the front. However, I've seen numerous builds of this case with 3 120mm fans in the front. Do 3 120mm fans fit properly and is it just personal preference between placing2 140mm fans or 3 120mm fans in the front area?

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yep, the three 120's fit perfectly in the same front area. The bottom one is just a bit difficult to access the screws, but doable. And I think it's both personal preference as well as overall case cooling setup whether one will do two 140's or three 120's.

mrprogamer56 5 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

idk how at that overclock u get those temps i have the same cpu and cooler and thats low temps for that high of a oc

Alexius_ -1 points 14 months ago

Honestly I think you should have saved money by getting a cheaper case and less fans (testing has shown that airflow in case barely increases in case when you go beyond 1 fan in front and back). Then you could have invested more in a better GPU as the GTX 970, while still a great card can no longer max out all games in 1080p with 60+ fps anymore, and with newer more graphically demanding games coming out it would be a good idea to get a GTX 1070 -1080 for optimal performance as well as the ability to upgrade to 2-4k gaming. Another thing is that you could have just purchased a 1tb SSD for $300. Other then that I think its a nice build.

dvolkens submitter 1 Build 4 points 14 months ago

Thanks for the solid constructive feedback! I figured that would generally be the case with the fan setup. I have to admit that my design sense won out over practicality over a lot of the build. Yep, will upgrade to a 1070 here soon.

rhali8 2 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

This is a bit ridiculous... You gave him constructive feedback, which he was thankful for, and then you complimented his build, and you get downvoted... Why? ;-;

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