Description

This is my 2016 Game Development workstation. While I do game on it, it is not its primary purpose.

For game development I spend a lot of time using Visual Studio whose performance is dramatically affected by hard drive speed and number of cores. In addition, I spend a lot of time doing audio and video editing (Adobe After effects and Adobe Premiere).

The 5960x is temporary until the Broadwell 10-core becomes available this Spring.

I'm using the AMD Nanos because they're just awesome in so many ways. I expect to swap these out the moment I can get Display Port 1.3. My other workstation has a Dell 5K monitor which I love but it requires 2 display port 1.2 cables which sometimes has issues being recognized.

The 64GB are required for generating maps for our upcoming game. 32GB and even 48GB, unfortunately, is very iffy when generating the largest map sizes in highest quality.

I use the 4K monitor for coding in vertical mode. I also have an older 2560x1440 monitor already that I will be hooking up as well. The primary monitor will be the 21x9 which is primarily for the screen real-estate that I would prefer higher DPI (the 5K has me spoiled).

Build Comments During this process I had originally intended to go with dual Fury X's. Unfortunately, the external fans they require were not well suited for my case choice.

I really do like the case. However, the motherboard itself was very disappointing. It's really my fault for not paying closer attention to the EATX element of the motherboard. It's something I may have to re-evaluate as it takes up more room than I had intended.

A lot of my parts comes down to what I had readily available (I work at a game develoment company so we have lots of parts around).

The Noctus heat sink turned out to be overkill for this build.

The Corsair power supply is awesome. Love it.

The Dell monitors are excellent but like all Dell monitors, I find them finicky once you get into 4K. 4K (and doubly for 5K) are still not ready for prime time in terms of plug in the monitor and have it work.

My next build will have a smaller motherboard and a different Noctua cooler.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Not loving this motherboard. First, it's slightly longer than normal causing it to not fit ideally in standard cases.

Secondly, take notice of the first PCI Express slot. You have to put your video card there and because of how big their SATA mdules are at the end there and their placement, many full size cards cannot fit.

Fourth, their first PC Express slow is also very very close to the memory and CPU modules to the point that it's very difficult to fit large video cards in it.

Fifth, it doesn't operate until you have a CPU in it. What I mean by that there is no indication (not even an LED) that the board is working until you place a CPU in it. Normally, I meticulous test each component as I add it in. In this case, I had to just rely on faith that the motherboard was fine (it was) until I put the CPU in. But what if I had had a bad CPU? I wouldn't know if it were the MB or the CPU.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 16 points

I require more pictures, and details on this game you're making.

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree 1000% need more

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

fourth that.

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 ONLY because of these snarky comments.

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

I came here to see two Nanos :(

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

pics or it didn't happen mate

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I usually reccomend server grade gear for this kind of work (as in like a dual xeon lga2011-3 rig) there are cerian benefeits of using server platforms like higher memory density (up to 32gb dimms) and, you know, putting 2 higher end xeons on a board. Not that this is the "wrong" way to do things, just a different way. It's something to think about for the future.

Also, the "radeon pro duo" that's coming out is basically two nanos, but has firepro abilities unlocked. Something else to think about for the future.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Is it just me or does anyone else feel massively slighted with the lack of pics and deets?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang. Sick build mate

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are the new invisible r9 nanos huh?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's wireless. DUH!!!! I keep mine in the freezer while I run it. The new wireless function allows this and prevents overheating.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You might want to check on your freezer... It might be more of an oven now due to the fact they are AMD.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

your hot pockets are now ready to eat.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This build truly makes 0 sense.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I'm actually writing the story to the game I wanna dev right now! I'm new to this though, so if you don't mind could I PM you or something for some tips? It would really help.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jelly. Great rig, +1

You must be generating some gargantuan maps, or incredibly high res textures/high poly meshes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The 5960x is temporary until the Broadwell 10-core becomes available this Spring.

I don't think you need to upgrade that for quite a long time mate. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Even a 4960x is more than enough

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

But... Broadwell came out TODAY

[broadwell] (http://wccftech.com/intel-broadwell-ep-xeon-e5-v4/ )

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures added.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it have usb type a or c.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The Motherboard is EAtx That Is Why it Doesn't Fit In Standard Cases

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Old build, and not to be really uptight, but in your review of that Asrock Motherboard, one of your "negatives" was that the board was longer than usual, even though it advertises itself as EATX, and not just ATX.

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