This is my first major build, and is, for the most part, a present to myself for completing a 4 year trade certification. I realize that so some, the parts I'm using are not ideal, and that the overall pricetag is more than most want to spend on a rig, but I see it as a mixture of two thoughts: A) "Build what YOU want, not what everyone tells you to" and B) "Go big or go home". This is not the final stage of the build, but rather an evolving project. The next step in it's life cycle will be either the installation of a custom watercooling loop, or upgrading to pascal series GPUs (whichever I can comfortably afford first, as I understand nVidia is releasing the Pascals later this year, but that it will likely take EKWB some time to develop a water block for those cards). This setup will be used for both video editing and gaming. With all that said and done, let's gt down to the parts and why they were chosen (keeping in mind that the general idea here is that there's no such thing as overkill).
To start I've gone with a Corsair 900D case, primarily for the space and intimidation factor. I understand that caselabs produces a line of fully customizable chassis that make the 900D look like a small child in comparison, but spending $600+ on a case is a bit much at the moment, though I may migrate the system to a Caselabs model at a later date, and until then thee 900D provides a great amount of space for everything going into the system at the current time.
For airflow I've selected two twin-packs of the Corsair SP120 Quiet series to compliment the 3 existing 120s and single 140 already equipped in thee 900D to maintain a healthy mixture of airflow and positive pressure in the system.
Our discdrive currently is an LG GH24NSB0, as we don't need anything particularly fancy, given that the majority of media is delivered either through download (or USB drive as is the case with the operating system), and the only main requirement was that it be black faced to maintain the black and red aesthetic of the build.
Next up we have the Corsair AX1200i providing power. An AX1500i was originally on the list, but with the slight savings dropping to the AX1200i I was able to spec out slightly better RAM and still have plenty of power to spare.
Storage wise I've gone with a Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 for all program files and the OS, along with a WD Black 2 TB HDD @ 7200 RPM, 64MB cache (I realize I've got a Seagate on my parts list, and the cost of the WD was actually $122.66 for anyone wondering about that discrepancy) for picture/video/document storage.
On the graphics/display front we have two ASUS GTX980TI Strix OCs in SLI, which I chose over dual Titans for cost/performance ratio pairs with an Acer Predator x34 G-SYNC. My original intent was to run dual ASUS ROG 27s, but I'm not particularly fond of the current copper theme of their stand, and the idea of having a split in the displays at the center is something that I felt would annoy me too much.
The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme is our chosen motherboard for it's Z170 chipset, as well as it's generous software suite that will aid greatly in overclocking, fan control, and gaming (plus, just look at that sexy beast).
An Intel 6700K CPU was used in this build as we want the overclocking ability, and the benchmarks at stock speed are fantastic. Yes, an Intel 5960X could have been used in the build if I was willing to $2000 on a motherboard and CPU alone, but for what we're dealing with it just didn't seem necessary.
For RAM we've got 64GB (4x16GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200. I realize there IS RAM available that's rated for higher clock speeds, but found that the price increase was exponential beyond the 3200 mark at the time I placed my order. No shortage of thinking space for the 6700K!
And finally we grabbed a Corsair H115i all-in-one liquid cooler and stuck it to the 6700K with some Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound. The Corsair will be a place-holder so that I can fit the rig together and take measurements for the custom water cooling that will be installed in Thunderhead MK. II, and from my research I found the Noctua NT-H1 is one of the best thermal compounds available (I have it in sitting in my wife's 4790K/Hyper 212 EVO combination as well as in my Alienware m17xR3 (I know people hate on Alienware, but I find their laptops to be pretty fantastic for cost/performance).
I ran into very few problems during the build, though there are a few improvements that could be made: The Corsair 900D doesn't really come with an in-depth manual, making the process of removing a few of the panels a bit concerning the first time around (I'd hate to snap something on a brand new case). This one is more due to my inexperience than anything, but the 120SPs were not installed in the case due to not having a proper fan expansion available. (NOTE: The Maximus VIII Extreme DOES come with a fan expansion card, but not the cables to connect it to the motherboard, nor clear instructions as to how to do so.
Aside from that everything is up and running beautifully@
Feel free to comment and and ask questions below if there's anything you'd like to know about the build!