Description

I built this system for a friend of mine who is using it for video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. I was given a budget of $1600 and was told to just "do what I do."

I decided to go with a completely all black and white build for this. The parts list has gone through many iterations before ending up with the parts used.

To try and keep within budget, I originally went with the Silverstone TD02-LITE liquid cooling system, as opposed to Corsair which I would have normally gone with. After installing it and testing I noticed one of the fans had a gritty grinding sound, and that the build quality just wasn't the best. Luckily, I was able to get my hands on the Corsair H100i V2 through a friend of mine who got me a discount and still keep thins within budget. This was definitely the right decision.

Everything else on the build was pretty straight forward with no real issues. I did end up playing with fan placement quite a bit and did a lot of testing and the best set up i found was the following...The 2 top fans are intake fans, bringing cool air into the system. The rear fan is an exhaust, and I have the front fans attached to the radiator so they are pulling air through the radiator. This seemed to be the best options for temperature and to ensure positive case air pressure.

I was able to get a steady and stable 4.3Ghz overclock which averaged out at 75 Degrees C at 100% load with AIDA64. I was able to hit 4.5Ghz pretty easily but chose to be on the safe side since this is not my machine. The video card came overclocked from the manufacturer so I decided not to play with that at all.

Overall this was a pretty fun and safe built. I absolutely loved working with this Phanteks case and love the all glass side panel. I am used to working with full tower cases so things were a little tight from what I am used to, but I got it all to work just fine.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Why didn't you go with a Ryzen CPU of some sort? Otherwise, the build looks great. It's nice to see a black/white build on the site once in a while, and this one is one of the best.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, no real reason other than i'm not too familiar with the AMD platform. I have really only built for video editing workstations and at least in the past...Intel has been the go to. I have heard some great things about Ryzen but since this build wasn't for me, I wanted to play it safe and go with what I am more familiar with!

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a fan of the fractal fans (see what I did there). I bought a bunch of them for my personal build and they all seemed to eventually come loose on the bearing or something. They all made a terribly annoying wobbling noise. Cool build though

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know...I will have my friend keep an eye out for that. Thank you!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Will you upgrade to x299?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Not me personally, no. Doesn't interest me at the moment and what I have works perfectly fine (refer to my personal build called "the magician").

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh good, I'm not the only one who was so hellbent on having the water block logo the correct way and twisted the hoses to make it all fit lol. Looks nice, I like the motherboard ;)