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First-timer here, longtime lurker on PC Part Picker as I've toyed with potential upgrades over the years and decided with Broadewell-e it was time to pull the trigger.

I built this to replace my Dell i7-920 system that has served me well for 7 years. In addition to itching to build my own machine to optimize for visual media (I do a lot of photo / video editing), my old standby less up to the rigors of modern RAW file size and 4k video. Overall for my first build, I'd think this was pretty smooth. A few Q-codes (78, A2) that went away with a few restarts (and removal of SATA data cables from the two HDD because the Corsair SATA power cables apparently don't get along well with CaseLabs' beautiful hidden drives - will be visiting B&H tomorrow) and changing from an HDMI to mini-DisplayPort cable to an HDMI to HDMI (no idea why - both cables work) and I reached my BIOS screen.

You'll note the complete lack of cable management (please forgive me!). My goal here was to get up and running quickly, so I went with an air build and will upgrade the cable management once I can measure exactly what I need for custom cabling (looking at this guy http://www.icemodz.eu/ - anyone have experience?). I've also never OC'd, and look forward to dipping my toes in there as well. If I find I'm getting a lot of gains from OC but cooling is a limiting factor, I may very well upgrade to liquid cooling (after upgrading my cables :). I'm also thinking about trying a RAM disk for my Lightroom cache...

The monitors I've had for a few years and are high-gamut IPS workhorses. Properly calibrated, the colors look absolutely incredible. Though with the upgraded hardware, maybe it'll be time to look into a pair of 4k IPS monitors soon?

I bought the CaseLabs case on a recommendation from a friend and because I wanted a case that will last and grow with me through successive upgrades. Looking forward to giving this a real workout!

Edit: Moved my HDDs into a cage in the CaseLabs flexbay because the geniuses at Corsair only included 90° SATA power connectors that didn't work with the hidden drives. Had to then relocate my fan extension card - at least there's not quite as much empty space now!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

pays a grand for the CPU *spends 1/5 of that on the GPU PC builder logic lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm quite the opposite rofl

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

such a waste of money on the case and all those af 140 fans. the case price is in no way justifiable for the type of build you did. could have bought faster memory. buying ram in separate kits probably cost more than it should have and it is a no no buying ram separately like that. you are lucky you didn't have a problem. horrible job with cable management. case just looks completely empty. sorry, i really don't like this. you could have easily cut more than $500 out of this with no performance difference.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think that the case was a waste of money. That case can be the last case he'll ever buy for any type of PC that he might ever build. I'd say it's a good investment.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love my case, I'll never have to buy another one again (as in, when I add liquid cooling) and it's quality you can feel.

I don't think there's any discernible difference with "faster" memory, other than price... and buying 4 x 16 was significantly cheaper than other options available (I've bought separate kits many times in the past with no issues).

The AF fans are whisper-quiet, and do a great job keeping everything cool. You have a point on cable management - what can I say, I've been working on learning neural nets rather than fussing over cables (I'll get around to it eventually).

Will probably need to upgrade my GPU once I start running 90-epoch training sessions...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Overpaid for the case

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Includes a number of accessories, not just the SM8. CaseLabs are definitely on the high end, but I'd rather buy it once - I have to say building in it was a breeze.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Anyone that thinks a Caselabs case is a waste of money probably has never seen one in person. Great choice!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why get a 960 when u could literally go for quad sli 1080 (that was just an exaggeration). However dual or at least a single 1080 would definitely help u in video editing as it would use the coda cores to boost a few renders! You might wanna look into it. Other than that its a pretty sweet build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, seems a little silly I know - I kinda tapped out on budget so my goal was to optimize as much as I could on most parts then leave a clear area for future upgrade (GPU, in this case). Hopefully the 960 is still a big bump from my Radeon 4850! Hah. For the (rough) price difference of a single 1080 I chose to go with the 6900k to anchor the system - it'll definitely evolve over time!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Right!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Go for dual 1080's so that you can literally make the most out of your pc. I am going for the same specs like a i7 5930k and dual 1080's in sli!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you happy with the Motherboard choice?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes - only issues have been one one the extension fans won't run from the extension card, and one of the two LAN ports seems capped at 5 MBPS. But otherwise, it's been stellar.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the the same motherboard but am currently using a water cooler and thinking of switching to the noctua d15s...with 4 rams lots being used including the 2 closest to the cpu....how tight a fit is it to install the d15s any problems or mods required ?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

With the memory modules I used, there were no problems or mods at all even will all 8 slot utilized. I later decided to add the second fan (essentially upgrading D15s to D15), and the only change I had to make was moving my M.2 drive to one of the PCIe slots using Asus' included M.2 bracket.

As an aside, what's making you want to go from water to air?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely wanted to leave room for the possibility ;) Would love any input on a favorite place to get cables - I didn't spend any time on sleeving or tie-downs here since I'll just be ripping out the Corsair PSU-supplied cables soon anyway.

Will see how performance is on the current setup - if I'm really throttling around the GPU I'll sell the 960 and save for the 1080. Also seems likely that GPU prices will come down in coming months more so than CPU (Haswell-e still the same price vs. GPU prices always falling)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I know the 1080 is better but people do act like the 960 isn't a solid GPU. Granted if your 5k+ your probably want the best but you would be able to play most AAA games on high/ultra settings

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