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The Truth

by wyth



Date Published

April 1, 2016

Date Built

March 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



So this is my first build since my first build back in highschool well over 10 years ago (that was made for $50, times sure have changed!). I had been planning it for quite a while, and am super excited to have finished (mostly). So here, for your perusing pleasure, is my X-Files themed (in my heart) build! Though I never really asked direct questions; lurking around here and on /r/buildapac was a huge help throughout the process, so a huge thank you to all of you!

The main impetus for building this computer, is that I have started freelancing authoring DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages), which can be quite resource heavy. That's the call for the monster 5960x CPU, and all the storage, which I'll get to.

Case: May as well start here. This case is totally awesome. It feels great to the touch, feels great to the eyeballs. Was really a pleasure to build in this thing, especially as a newb.

CPU - i7 5960x - As I mentioned, authoring DCP's is CPU bound in some parts of the process, so this was really the shining star. It's only a safe overclock at 4.4Ghz, but I haven't really had the time to try fine tuning it. I just set it there and am happy with it for the time being. I'm happy to live near a MicroCenter.

CPU Cooler - Corsair H110i GTX - Lots of people seemed to have/use them. I do plan on overclocking, but really don't feel like going the whole custom loop route, yet at least. Though I know I spent a ton of money, I am trying to hold back a little bit. Seemed a bit louder than I was expecting, but I really don't know what I expected as far as sound levels go, I haven't had a desktop since 2005 or so. I imagine upgrading the stock fans would help, but I don't really mind that much yet.

Mobo - Asus x99-Pro - This was really the only step in the whole process that sucked. Mainly I chose it because I have a strange loyalty to Asus which I can't really explain, I just wanted to go with that brand. I wanted USB 3.1 because hopefully in the future when I'm receiving files from clients they'll come on 3.1 format externals eventually, and it'll help me to get started faster when I can copy it faster. This also came with a WIFI/Bluetooth receiver which I wanted for the bluetooth for my mouse and headphones. The bluetooth seems to freeze up with both of those things so I've stopped using it. As far the install, everything plugged in and went into the case fine. Posted and booted no problems, but it didn't recognize all my ram. The manual said to install it in slots A1 B1 C1 and D1, but it would only recognize 16gb of the 32gb. Essentially after hours of testing different configurations it seemed that whenever anything was plugged into D1 it wouldn't recognize sticks. This is strange because the manual says for single stick and up configurations it always starts on D1, but the only way I got it to recognize all the sticks was by putting all four in A1 A2 B1 B2. So it's running in dual channel or whatever, but it seems to be fine.

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws V - I got it for cheap, wanted 32gb. Not really much to complain about. I like the black look. Due to the problems above I first suspected I had some bad sticks, but they all turned out to be fine after thorough testing.

Storage: Ok, here's where things might look a little odd, but this is the method to my madness. Fox (C:) - Samsung 950 M.2 512GB - Main boot drive, some applications installed here. Dana (D:) - Samsung 850 EVO-Series SSD 500GB - Games, Photos for Lightroom and a general holding drive for files waiting to be broken into image sequences, wav files, and etc. Skinner (E:) - Toshiba 3.5" 5TB - Storage and backups. Krycek (K:) - 2 Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB - These are in raid 0. I need a very large storage spot for image sequences being made from feature films in uncompressed format. And I needed it to be as fast as possible, as the disk write speed is the usual bottleneck at this point in my experience. I'm not concerned at all about data loss because it will be empty most of the time and won't hold essential data. LoneGunmen (L:) - Seagate 2.5" 7200rpm 500GB - This is my Ubuntu drive. I had it laying around, hence the $0 price.

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 970 - This is where everyone will groan. I know this sticks out like a sore thumb to you guys. My reasoning for getting this card is because a friend of mine has this exact one, and I'm going to sell it to him to SLI whenever polaris/pascal comes out. I'm not much of a gamer, so I really don't mind waiting until the next gen comes out and upgrading then. So don't worry faithful reader, I won't be having the 970 for all that long. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW ACX 3.0 - Oh god it feels good. Plus Argeebees. :P

PSU - Corsair HX1000i - I know that it's total overkill, but I got a really good deal on it. It had great ratings, and was in the top tier of the PSU ranking lists. It was one of the first pieces of the build that I ordered (because of the deal) and so it was also before I decided what GPU route I was going to take. If I ever decide to SLI down the road I should have the option. This PSU can be used for builds to come years down the road.

Monitor - Acer Predator XR341CK - I really wanted to get a 21:9 1440p monitor. I waited until I had gotten a chance to see the form factor at microcenter before coming to that conclusion. The next day I caught this one on acerrecertified.com for what I thought was a great deal. I love this monitor, it looks super awesome. The stand is actually quite nice, but deeper than I expected (and I expected it from the reviews). It's actually a pretty decent stand, but I live in a super tiny apartment, so I have just a tiny desk in the corner of the room, and this stand just took up too much real estate and left the (gorgeous) monitor just too close to my face. I ordered and installed the Ergotron MX Wall Mount for it, and it is excellent. Super heavy duty, looks great, very adjustable. It was perfect for what I needed.

Keyboard - Corsair STRAFE RGB, Silent switches - My first mechanical keyboard. From what I saw of it in reviews it looked great. I really enjoy typing on it. I think it's great that the software for it has so many options for tweaking things, but I honestly haven't really had the time/energy to wrap my head around it. It would be nice if I could figure out how to use it for text expansion rather than just setting actions to a specific key or key combo.

Mouse - Logitech MX Master - There's a reason everybody holds this mouse in high regard. I f'ing love this mouse. As someone who has been using laptops and trackpads for the last decade, I didn't realize how much I missed using a mouse. It's truly a pleasure, the shortcuts are great. The way it feels in your hand is great. And it feels better the more you use it. I don't really know how to explain that, but I definitely highly recommend it. My girlfriend got it for me for our anniversary. She's the best.

I think that about wraps it up. I apologize for the cringe-worthy cable management in the pictures. Inside the case I know it could be better, but I'm fairly happy with it for what is essentially my first build. Outside the case will definitely be getting cleaned up soon. The wall mount actually has a nice cable routing method built in, but sadly, I found out my my cables weren't quite long enough for it. I have to keep the computer on the floor, because, I live in NYC. Tiny apartment, tiny desk, tiny corner.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far! If anyone has any questions or would like my opinion on any of these parts based on experiences feel free to comment. Also (SHAMELESS PLUG) if you happen to be a filmmaker or have any filmmaker friends and plan on sending your work to film festivals, or doing screenings in theatres, then feel free to hit me up for your DCP needs! I'll save you mucho cashola versus what you'd pay a big post-house like technicolor or deluxe. My email is JonathanLWendt@gmail.com

Edit: Added another picture to try to show off how nifty the arm is, it can extend out and rotate to accommodate either of the two couches the computer is in between. It's great for rocket league! :)

Edit 2: Added samsung magician test results for maddog62. The M.2, the RAID 0, and the single 500gb SSD for comparison. The graphic on the raid result looks a little misleading, but the numbers are there.

Edit 3: Upgraded the GPU.

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marseryy 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Great Expensive quality taste! +1 Hopefully polaris/pascal don't disappoint us

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah, I tried to get deals where I could, but I was definitely more focused on getting high quality parts from brands that I already trust or like. For instance, I could've gotten cheaper SSD's, but I was willing to pay more for the faster write speeds that they appeared to offer from my research. And yeah, hopefully polaris/pascal will come through for me. At that point I'll consider this build complete. (But to be honest, who knows for how long? lol)

marseryy 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

haha lol "who knows for how long" that should really last you more than 5 years. I guess you could say that "we'll see when the skylake hexa and octa core comes out"

wyth submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Lol, the CPU is probably the thing I plan on keeping the longest considering the investment! Maybe some fan upgrades or something though. shrug

angeloabary 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

im a simple man i see a dog(dog lover) i click like

wyth submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I live the same rule. Thanks man!

MannyPCs 1 point 25 months ago

Great job. +1

Haha, for a second there I thought you were going to keep the GTX 970, which would kinda make all the other expensive parts useless. Thank god not. Haha.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah, I really hope the next gen gpu's offer a significant boost over a 980ti for instance. Mainly hoping that the performance per buck ratio is just more enticing for a card that's going to be hundreds of dollars. With the 3440x1440p though I definitely need the upgrade down the line regardless. I got the GPU for cheap and have someone to sell it to already, so it was mainly a way to delay committing to a card. X99 doesn't have integrated graphics, so that was a no-go.

Barney_Sample_Text 1 point 25 months ago

The truth is that is pretty goshdarn amazing

Ayy Lmao

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! lol

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Congrats on your first build.+1 from me. Your cable work is way tidier than mine, I intend to fix that. It is good to see how other people do theirs, it's a bit of guidance for newbies like me.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks man! I've been looking forward to posting, and if it helps anyone else out then that is awesome. Lurking and seeing other people's builds helped me a ton.

Michelle.G 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Your'e welcome! It is a real accomplishment, especially when it powers up without any issues. I really like looking at other peoples builds. We all learn something different from each one. I have learnt so much in the last 2 months. Before that I knew next to nothing about the inside of a PC case.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Good setup, good name, +1. ._. Also, that's a lot of storage.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks! A tiff sequence on a single feature film can easily be over 700GBs by itself. :-X Storage was a big point of emphasis on this build. I was also happy I managed to keep them all behind/under too. Aside from the M.2 of course, heh heh.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

M.2 is the future of SSDs.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago


guZzy92fs 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Nice! We have very similar set-ups. Solid Build, great case and machine! Btw, what temperature is your 5960x idling at? and what about heavy usage?


wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

With the fans on the quiet setting it usually idles between 25-35C depending on how warm it is in my small apartment. We don't control the radiator which is like 5 feet away from the computer, so sometimes it gets a bit toastier than we'd like if we don't crack a window. When running things at load I'll hear the fans kick on pretty loud, but it's never gone over 76C.

ePoCTwistt 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

+1 check out my build

Ibuyara 1 point 25 months ago

Methinks your issues with RAM detection are from your purchasing of two 2-stick sets instead of one 4-stick set. XMP profiles built into the RAM need to be programmed together as a set, one 4-channel set is not the same as two 2-channel sets and this might be the problem. As I understand it they can technically still work with two sets but the issues you're having may be simply be related to this even if you shouldn't have trouble.

Live and learn :)

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Wow, that's really interesting! Thanks for the heads up. I secretly worry about it being a bad dimm socket, but I'd feel better living with it just being a mistake of grabbing two sets of 2 when it was cheap.

Ibuyara 1 point 25 months ago

If each stick works individually in each dimm then it is indeed an issue of compatibility when using both sets. :(.

At least you know everything works! It's still a solid build. RAM disk with the extra set?? :D

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I mean, I've still got all 32gb running and usable, they're just not in the same slots that the manual said to have them in. :)

Ibuyara 1 point 25 months ago

Oops I see that now, that's what I get for not reading carefully :b.

Monsterxx101 1 point 25 months ago

Im early, wanna hear a joke?

Cool, me too!

StalinWasCool 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Hey look, an actual person with the Steam Controller!

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Like I said, I'm not a hardcore gamer or anything, therefore I had no loyalty to any of the other controllers, and it wasn't going to hold me back from getting used to it. Also, being the tinkerer at heart, I love the customizability of the steam controller.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Very very nice system that you have here. I love the look of the case and the monitor is sublime. I love my 1440p monitor and the ability to mount it to my VESA mount was an absolute must and really does help with smaller spaces.

Quality stuff wyth.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks for the praise! I knew before anything that the monitor I got had to be vesa compatible. Whether I moved or not, I didn't want to not give myself the option down the road. And it really did make all the difference in my set up with the room it saved. When I first went to install it was a kind of a pain to make sure I had the placement right, because holding the thing up plus the tension springs in it made it a little difficult. I also didn't realize that that wall that it's mounted in is actually brick. So on one hand it was annoying that after trying and trying I had to actually go out and by the right bit for my drill, but on the other hand I feel great knowing this monitor is secure and going nowhere.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah I wish I had wall mounted but at a measly 27", my display would look like some tiny 24" mounted all the way over on my wall :)

I got a cheap, dual monitor clamp style mount on amazon. It works pretty well I suppose. It's no ergotron!

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Well, seeing as how I was coming from having been using 17" laptops, 27" still would've been a huge upgrade for me! But my desk is just a $50 cheap glass top from ikea, so wall mounting was really the only option.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Holy hell 17" to 34" is a huge upgrade. So much room for activities!

Yeah that's much the same with my desk. It is designed to be used with a keyboard tray but I eventually gave up trying to use it because I like lower mouse sensitivities and I was having to lift too much to play shooters. Now with my mouse and keyboard on the desk space is a premium for sure.

Either way your wall mounted option looks great!

maddog62 1 point 25 months ago

Congratulations. I just love the components and will be getting something very similar in the near future.

In my build I'm planning on using two 850 EVOs in Raid 0 for the boot drive and the 950PRO as temporary / high speed storage because the R/W specs are out of this world. I would be interested in knowing what the Samsung Magician test scores are for your drives. Please run some quick tests on them and let us know the result.

Thank you.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I thought about doing that, but the 512gb on the 950PRO simply wasn't enough. Also, I'm a little paranoid about keeping anything I care about on the raid 0, just in case something happened to one of the disks. I really just needed the size and speed, but don't need to keep anything there. I added some pictures of the results for you!

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Rightly so. Data security is the trade off for all that sweet sweet read/write speed. Generally speaking I don't keep anything I care about on my gaming computer anyways so it's never been a big deal to me.

maddog62 1 point 25 months ago

Wow, faster than I thought it would be. Nice work!

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Haha, I aim to please.

PCIntake 1 point 25 months ago

Amazing build... and I love your MX Master! Any thoughts on the keyboard? I wanted an RGB mechanical keyboard, I'm debating between the STRAFE and K70 with MX browns, the STRAFE has me interested for its price!

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Personally, I think it's a great keyboard. But it's also the first mechanical keyboard I've used in over a decade, so I can't compare it against anything else. It feels great to me typing on it, and it's definitely more quiet than the other mechanical keyboards I've seen. Especially if you aren't bottoming out when you type then it's pretty quiet. The colors are nice, and the software seems pretty comprehensive, but I haven't spent enough time digging around in it.

PCIntake 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks for your opinion!

StihlDragon 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Great build and name. Just a little jealous, no way I can afford a 5960X, best I could pull off is a 5820K.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I saved up for a long time! Considering it as a business investment helped me get sleep at night. :P

MauTech 1 point 25 months ago

Congratulations on this build, really nice system. I also like its compact installation in the corner of your room.

How much faster does your system start up/run with the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 compared to conventional SSD?

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I can't compare it directly to the boot on a conventional ssd, but it boots insanely fast. Compared to the Macbook Pro that I outfitted at work with a SSD it's considerably faster, but not exactly comparing apples to apples.

NitroOG 1 point 25 months ago

Nice build.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago


JettaGetUpandGo 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I can't handle The Truth. :(

Cable management from the front looks like it's on point. Don't remove the other side panel and no one will ever know.

Where did you hide the third SSD? I assuming you have two behind the motherboard and the two 3.5" drives are mounted near the front.

PS. I hope someone gets the movie reference.

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Haha, totally on point with the movie reference!

The usb from the cpu cooler left me a bit puzzled as far as cable management on the front, but luckily it's not too noticeable. And yeah, I won't be showing behind the other side panel out of shame. :P

I do have 2 of the ssd's mounted behind the motherboard like you guessed. The third ssd and the 3.5" are mounted in the drive carriers in the back on the bottom left like normal. And then the last hdd (which is actually a 2.5" form factor) is actually tucked away next to the psu on the bottom. It's not exactly attached to anything, but with the size and the other cables there it seemed fairly secure. If I was going to take my computer anywhere I'd probably disconnect it first and take it out just to be safe.

markolbb 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I really like your build, especially your storage configuration! People told me I went overboard with storage but you've blown my rig out of the water haha! The only thing I would suggest is upgrading your computer chair! If you sit in it for extended hours at a time like I do, spending the money for a DX Racer was one of the best investments I've made in a long time. You've very clearly spent a lot of time planning and executing this build, great work!

wyth submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks for the praises! The chair definitely needs an upgrade, it's kind of been on my to-do list. DX Racers get lots of good reviews from people I see on reddit, and it's even been on massdrop. I've never gotten the chance to see or sit in one in real life though. I want to upgrade the chair, but I still need it to fit in the small space between my desk and the couch. So unless I see things get reviewed that are specifically a bit more compact it'll probably end up waiting until I see one in the store somewhere that's comfy and passes the eyeball test.

markolbb 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

That's funny you mention massdrop-- that's where I bought mine on a good deal they had several months ago. Since I bought mine, two of my other buddies bought one for themselves. I bought an Iron series but one of my friends didn't like the side-bolsters on mine so he bought a Classic series instead and has been raving about it like I have :-P I understand the space constraints though, you have kind of a tight spot it looks like.

JrJohnson65 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Did you overclock the refresh rate? Also, would you recommend this to me coming from a 144hz panel.