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I used to work at a gaming center before I had a PC of my own. When I was there, I got into making gaming videos for YouTube. They had decent machines (i7-2600, 8gb RAM, GTX 660) and I learned a lot about Premiere Pro and Photoshop, but I wanted to build my own and make it vastly more powerful than their machines to help with rendering times and smoother workflow. I have a crappy job so It took me about 2 and a half years to save up for this. I eventually want to go to school for 3D animation and I'm hoping to still use this for my projects. By the way, this is my first build and the cable management took me 4 hours, So you can imagine I'm understandably proud of it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core - I went with the i7-5820k because it's a 6-core with, from what I saw, negligible performance decrease from the 5930k. I have it overclocked to 4.5ghz and I don't know if I just won the lottery with this chip or my cooler, but I ran Prime95 and HWMonitor and it's not even running super hot, only about 70 degrees Celcius under full, unrealistic load. When I'm rendering in Premiere it gets to about 55 degrees. Super stable.

Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid Cooler - Honestly, I went with the X61 because a buddy of mine got it and he said he loved it. That and since I had an NZXT case, I thought it would be prettier to have everything be uniform and matching. It runs well, the CAM software is a godsend, especially since they added GPU overclocking to it. It works remarkably well for a pre-built cooler.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 - I went with 32gb of RAM because Adobe applications are Memory gluttons and I wanted to be able to have a seamless workflow between Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition. It's really nice, I let Adobe use 28gb and I'm not dealing with any of the crashing or hang-ups that I was with only 8gb. Really happy with it. Unfortunately, the CPU I have throttles the RAM to 2133Mhz but whatever, it's still working really nice.

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB - I was going to go with the 850 Pro 512gb, but I work at Office Max and we sell the 500gb EVO there, so I was able to price match it and use my employee discount and get it for just about $100. I decided that the differences between the Pro and EVO weren't substantial enough to justify paying twice as much in that situation.

HDD: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM - I wanted WD Black from the start. I decided 4tb would be best because raw AVI files are HUGE.

External HDD: Western Digital My Book 6TB - I got this as a gift because my dad did not realize that I could have more than one hard drive in my PC. Oh well, 10 and a half terabytes is still pretty good to have right?

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB - I bought this almost a year ago in September 2015 when it was on sale. Don't make fun of me for not getting the 1080 instead. I think with my next tax refund I may upgrade to SLI or even SLI 1080's and a 1440p IPS or a 4K monitor. This thing DESTROYS everything at 1080p, even when recording with Fraps. I have yet to have anything drop below 60fps recording. It's nice.

Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower - Honestly, probably one of my biggest regrets when buying parts for this. I wish I had gone with a Fractal Design R5 with a window. The lack of an optical drive has actually been much more of a pain in the *** than I thought it would be. On the other hand, this case is very spacious and has GREAT cable management options, as you can see.

PSU: Corsair RMx 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply - Don't really know what to say about this one. It was on sale and I've always like Corsair Power Supplies. Hopefully it can handle SLI 980ti's but if not, I know it will definitely handle SLI 1080's or maybe even 1180's in the future.

OS: Windows 10 Pro - It works for me. I like it. The only gripe I have with it is that it makes Telltale games completely incompatible with controllers.

WiFi Card: Asus PCE-AC88 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac - I wanted a WiFi card because I know I'll occasionally bring this to the Gaming Center where I used to work and to friends' houses so I wanted to be able to do whatever gaming and surfing I want without having to have an extra ethernet cable.

Primary Monitor: Asus VN289QL 28.0" 60Hz - Another regret of mine. This monitor is fantastic, I just wish I had gotten a 1440p monitor or at the very least a 1080p monitor with 144hz refresh rate. Oh well.

Secondary Monitor: Dell 2007FP 20.1" Monitors - LCD Flat Panel - It's a decent monitor. I got it for free from my brother-in-law who just had it sitting in his basement. No dead pixels, nothing wrong with it. Pretty good score! I use it mainly for the preview when I'm in Premiere Pro.

Keyboard 1: SteelSeries 6GV2 Red Switch - This is the keyboard I use whenever I'm streaming or recording gameplay videos. It's nice and quiet but feels better than a rubber dome keyboard. The mic I have (Blue Yeti) picks up EVERYTHING when I record and using my clicky keyboard is just way too much of a pain to edit out.

Keyboard 2: The keyboard I use whenever I'm not recording or streaming, the Razer Blackwidow Chroma is pretty freakin' awesome! It's pretty, it has a nice tactile feel to it, and the clicking isn't as loud as the 2014 but still loud enough to let people know you have a better keyboard than they do.

Mouse: SteelSeries Rival 700 - I have a butt load of mice at home. I have a SteelSeries Sensei MLG (Pretty good mouse), a Steelseries Rival (Really nice), a Roccat Kone XTD (best mouse I've ever used aside from the annoyingly high liftoff distance), and the SteelSeries Rival 700, which right now is my favorite. It has the perfect type of switches, it feels great in my hand, the liftoff distance is nice and low, but it's still SUPER responsive on the mat. If it was a little taller it would be perfect because the thing I liked best about the Roccat was the height. I get annoyed by pinky drag.

Headphones: Razer Kraken Pro White edition - I couldn't find the white edition in the parts lists, but I got it from Best Buy for like $40 because the clerk price matched to a regular old Kraken and didn't realize I was grabbing the Pro. Score! Decent headset, a little too heavy on the low end sound, but it's still nice.

Speakers: Logitech Z323 2.1 channel speakers - Again, another product of me working at Office Max. I use these whenever my headset gets uncomfortable or my ears start hurting. They're surprisingly damn good speakers and I love the sound out of them at low/medium volumes. I don't blast anything so I don't need a custom speaker setup.

Future upgrades: I'm going to deck out my case with 3x Noctua NF-F12 industrial PPC-2000 PWM 71.7 CFM 120mm Fans and 3x Noctua NF-A14 industrial PPC-2000 PWM 107.4 CFM 140mm Fans eventually just to get even more airflow going.

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mic Stand.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally had one of the Witcher books, but I swapped it because I finished Hitchhiker's guide and I'm currently reading the Witcher so yeah. I'm planning on getting a legitimate desk mic arm.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was a bit finicky, but if I had put it so the letters were facing up, the wires would have been a bit jacked up and the tubes would have been pushing the RAM

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Strange. I've seen many people use the h440 and kraken x61 with the letters the right way up

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It may also have something to do with the Sabertooth Mobo and my Ram setup that is making it super awkward in there.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I also had to take out some drive bays and put the radiator in there turned around because the tubes were stopping the fan in back.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds super awkward. That would probably bug me and I'd end up getting a different cooler.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM - I wanted WD Black from the start. I decided 4tb would be best because raw AVI files are HUGE.

You would've been better off with a WD blue. There is no performance increase between blues and blacks. The only difference is warranty, and its not worth the extra $80.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did not see a 4tb WD Blue. Either way, better safe than sorry.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that wireless card working with Windows 10? I've heard it has a few quirks and compatibility issues but want to get one because it's a really good card if I'm not mistaken.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I've had absolutely 0 problem with it. With a decent router backing it up, I get blazing speed and it can pick up my router on the 2nd floor from my basement. I get about 15-18 mb/s with it wired, and even with wireless from my basement I'm still getting like 8-10mb/s steady, with spikes up to 12mb/s. Definitely get it if you're going to be using wi-fi. It's a beast

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It is my first build! And thank you for that! I used to work at a gaming center and I learned a lot about cable management.