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.
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.