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UPDATE 8 - 1/20/2018 - I got some new GPUs and added my mechanical keyboard to the part list to keep these things as updated as possible. Unfortunately, PCPartPicker doesn't include everything I've got in the machine, so I've had to get the closest approximation (looking at you hard drives). Anyways. The next thing to get is a new CPU and a new MOBO once the current security flaws are addressed in future designs and I'm not taking a 20% hit to performance over it.

------------------------ EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD ----------------------- This is my build in its current iteration. I finally moved over to an Intel Processor after being with AMD for the past few years. The only reason I switched was due to some slowdown that I experienced during the rendering and compiling of various projects that were eating into my productivity.

I use this computer for everything, and so it is designed to be able to chew through any and every task that is thrown at it.

There are a few things that could be changed, namely the GPU's and PSU at this point. The estimated usage of PCPP is generous. The 860i powers this machine, but cuts a bit closer than I'd like.

In the future I will move up to a 1200w supply and use two dual gpu cards to allow my main monitor to be on a separate card from the rest. I'd also like to upgrade my sound card whenever something tangibly better is released, at the same time I'll be replacing my BeyerDynamic T70s with T1s.

Additionally, a conflict was thrown between my cooler and my case, however I have had no issues using them together. Getting the fans to sit well at the top of the case was a little bit tedious, and I ended up using two sets of smaller screws that came with the case instead of the supplied screws. I could have used the screws supplied by Corsair and it would have worked well enough, but it was much easier to do this on my own using two sets of smaller screws instead.

The cooler works wonders, and I'm sitting comfortably at a 4.2GHZ overclock and haven't seen my CPU go above 55C no matter what I'm doing or how much I'm doing it. It's been a real treat so far, and I'm very pleased with the performance.

What I didn't add in here was a 6x freestanding monitor stand that I use to support my screens. It is a very solid stand and I've had no problems using it and has helped my throughput greatly in regards to work and school as well. Also, I a different brand of hybrid drives at a higher capacity and at 7200rpm, but I couldn't find those listed so I went with the closest I could find.

Update 1: Purchased a 1500w Corsair PSU. I wasn't running into power issues yet, but I became uneasy with how close I was cutting it and went ahead and upgraded to a new supply. After more research I settled on a 1500w supply for both future proofing and additional wiggle room as the PSU ages and loses efficiency.

Update 2: NZXT Phantom 820 purchased, providing better cooling and a much cleaner case to work with than my original R4. I've had to do a series of RMA replacements for the Mobo, RAM, and GPUs due to various independent issues that have been resolved. All was under warranty and went off without issue. Build is purring smoothly.

Update 3: 2x 970's have replaced the r9 280x's that powered this. Gaming is still not a priority, but the cards were showing their age in other graphical applications and needed an upgrade. The 280x's were sold and the money used to purchase 970's. I was going to get 2 r9 295x2's but it felt a bit overkill. I may wait until a new dual GPU card comes out before upgrading again.

Update 4: A pretty substantial upgrade is in the works. All 6 monitors are being replaced by 4k monitors. New sound card, new headphones, as well as changing around some of the hard drives to better reflect what is actually in the machine. I've broken the $10,000 barrier in total cost over the last 5 years and that felt substantial in some way.

Update 5: Nothing too major. Just replaced the 970's with 2x 1070's. I had to replace the Xonar Essence STX due to some weird issues after the upgrade. It's out of warranty and am now using the Xonar Essence STX II and have switched out the Op Amps with the additional included LME 49720s and the sound is wonderful.

Update 6: I can't seem to find any monitors that I'm happy with. So I'm still playing with different ones until I settle. Changed out hard drives, finally.

Update 7: Well, I settled on some Acer Monitors that I actually really like. The bezel is small, they have a great response time, good size, VESA mounts, and meet the weight requirements. I only have 3 setup while I'm in the process of moving, but overall I'm extremely happy. I also built myself a new keyboard, so that's been taken off of the build. It adds another 700 to the total price of the build, so it's not something I encourage you to do. More pictures will come soon, but I need to warn you that my cable management is pretty awful.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

This is such a nerdgasm building, I'm still twitching from it! I have no idea why this does not have more upvotes, I don't see the 5960x and 64 gigs of ram very often. The only complain I have is why 280x's, and if you paid that price especially why? I would have gotten 2 970s due to the lower power consumption and better performance. Other than that awesome build +1!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I had 7970s when they came out and then x-fired it with a 280x before having 6 monitors. Then I got another 280x and sold the 7970 when the 2nd 280x revision came out. I had considered going ahead with the 295x2s to be able to run all my secondary monitors from one card without having to result to a display-port adapter that basically just turns 3 monitors into 1 allowing you a few extra monitors on each card. I would also be able to run my main monitory essentially x-fired with 290xs, but I'm at the limit of my PSU and would need to upgrade that as well. I just couldn't justify everything at this point in time. PSU and GPUs would be the next upgrade. I'll probably end up doing that upgrade in December or maybe even July. It'll depend on timing. I should also add that the 280Xs I have are more than enough for now. Nothing I play is all that demanding and I'm already pulling over 100fps in everything except for a few rare games. The Witcher 3 will be the test for that though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

It all depends on your set up, if you don't game that much then I don't blame you for what you used. If nothing you play is all that demanding and the setup suites you keep on rocking it! The Witcher 3 will definitely be a test for any system, although your processor will not have any troubles with it (;

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I really don't play games as much as I would like. I use to play all the time, but now I don't get in more than a few hours a week. That's why that upgrade is pretty far away. It's not really tied to the games that come out, it'll be tied to running 4k monitors and not having enough power to run anything at that resolution and keep the same level of performance and fidelity that I have now and have maintained since 2010.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't been into gaming much either. I kind of lost my passion about 3 years ago, and have been struggling to regain it. I'm currently playing a ton of Fallout New Vegas with about 30 mods installed on my Optiplex 755 with a 2.33 ghz core 2 duo, 3 gigs of ram, and a geforce gt 610. Playing at medium to high settings with a couple of visual and enhancement mods, and this thing just screams, literally and figuratively.. I don't even have .5% of the power you do, but I love my machine to death.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what matters, as long as you love what you have, that is the most important thing.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I love having 6 monitors set up that way, it makes it awesome for productivity.

What are you using for your monitor mount? I currently run a 7-screen setup off a clamp style hex-mount that I found on eBay. Link to my build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/angerthosenear/saved/mnhBD3

My poor miniITX lol!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006B5BXH2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm currently using that stand. It's amazing. I previously had a triple-mount that wasn't free standing, but it was terrible. All the clamp ons I've found have had really poor support and bent quite a lot. What I'm using now is awesome though. I really really like it and it looks really great. I'm glad I can move up to 28" monitors if I ever feel the need. My build is a bit expensive I know, but I've been constantly working on it for years so the price is spread out.

I like yours! I really want to look at a mini itx build for travel (I travel a lot for work and some personal things). I'd really like a solid computer to have in my car and carry around with a portable setup. That's my next task at least. I have a laptop that works decently, but it could use a bit more processing power graphically. We'll see.

Thank you for your compliment!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

if you want to use two r9 295x2 i think that 1200w isn't enough...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right. I'm changing that. I just bought a 1500w supply which should be enough, but it'll be close.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the 2 r9 295x2+5960x uses about 1300wstock, i checked now whit the italian site.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I've used a few different sites to find power use. My experience is that the overestimate the amount of power b/c they assume everything is running at 100% all the time. Which is a good thing to do, to make sure people get a big enough PSU.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

if a psu can handle the PC or workstation at full load, it can handle the pc every thing you need to do! p.s.: sorry for my bad english :(

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree! It's okay, I understand what you mean, and thank you:)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank god :) ive been looking at all the 13 year olds who spend 6500 dollars on some 4770k and 2x 980's. You have brought peace back to earth with this sexy build thats actually worth the money

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you for your kind words. I know i still have a way to go with my build, but I'm glad you appreciate it. Let me know if you have any questions that haven't been answered in other posts!

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Well im 14 years old, and have been designing websites for my father for a few months now, in total I have $5600, but I only want to spend 1850 on the tower and 500 on the peripherals. Got any suggestions??? I was thinking about a i7 4790k with a corsair h110i gtx, and a gtx 980 strix, also a fractal r5. What do u think about it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Before you continue reading, I 'm not trying to insult you when I say this, but your choices really scream inexperience. I say that because those are the trending/popular parts that everyone is excited about. You really need to make sure that those are what you need. One size doesn't fit all, and those parts are way overkill if you're only doing webdesign.

Now that's out of the way, we'll look at each part you're looking at to make sure that they are solid choices. They will perform well, but if you can get the same level of performance for cheaper, then I'd recommend doing that.

Are you going to be doing any overclocking? The 'K' at the end of 4790k is the designation for a chip that is unlocked/overclockable. If you're not going to overclock then you Cann cut your price down on your CPU and you can get away with an air cooler. Really consider if you're going to overclock or not, a lot of people say they will but don't know what they are doing or they don't put the time and effort into it that they need to for a stable multiplier, ration, voltage, etc. The speed boost that is built to most processors doesn't count.

nVidia is good if you're only using 1 or 2 monitors or if you're using a program like Photoshop or Premiere that can take advantage of the CUDA cores that nVidia has. A good processor is more important in those cases though, as well as having a decent amount of RAM (8 is good, 16 is fine if you need more than 8, but you should start with 8 and move from there).

If you have 3 or more monitors I'd consider going with AMD. The additional VRAM is important for multiple monitor setups (assuming you're using them as more than just an extended/bigger desktop).

The Fractal R5 is great.

What peripherals? I'd get a mechanical keyboard, then a nice pair of headphones and a mouse. If you're doing a lot of design that requires precise colors, an IPS monitor is a good investment, probably 27" with a resolution of 2560*1440. Don't skimp out on your motherboard, that and your processor are the two most important parts of your machine imo. An awesome build on a cheap motherboard is useless, and will likely cost you more in the long run.

I hope that helps a bit.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I already have a pc capable of web design, I am trying to build a pc for triple monitor gaming. and also 4k gta v. I am going to be oc'ing the gpu and cpu so i wil prob need good airflow, so I want to get the r5 and maybe some noctua fans to replace them. Also i was thinging of getting a gtx titan x and spending a total of 2050.Or maybe a r9 295x2 or a 290x crossfire. the overclock i would be going for is 4.9. the computer i have not is a little outdated, it has a hd 7870 and a 3770. It also has 22gb of ram. And i also need to get a pc for streaming/reording and gaming in 4k or even pay and record triple monitor. the games i play are arma 3, rust, csgo, gta v (when it comes out) and batttlefield 4 sometimes. which is why i also want a amd card for mantle on gta v and bf4. thanks for the ehelp man, as soon as i get a build built ill send you the link so u can check it out and tell me what you think can help it out :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing! I hope that I didn't come off too brash. If you're doing multi-monitor gaming I would definitely suggest an AMD card. The added VRAM is really helpful for that. The R9 295x2 will give you the same or maybe la little less performance than x-fired 290x's, but it's not going to be noticeable. Generally a dual-gpu card is going to be a little bit underclocked compared to the regular cards they are based on, mainly due to heat. I'm not sure if that's the case with the 295x2 though as it has the watercooled setup. I would go for the cheaper option there, as both will last you a long time, and it's easier to replace a single bad 290x over an entire 295x2.

i7 is pretty good for streaming, although AMD processors generally outperform in multi-threaded applications. That said, I wouldn't go with an AMD CPU in your case, and ! I gotta stress the importance of a good motherboard again. Send me a link when you're finished and I'll check it out!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

.... I would buy a 4k QLED this year. Stop wasting money. Unless you game heavily and enjoy being the best.. Should have 23ms input lag and obviously 60hz.. The colors, detail, everything.. will be 100x better. Especially when they start adding HDR to PC games...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sell your 1070s. NOW.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

New QLED tv. Will most likely be 5k for flagship. Probably drop to 4k-3.5k by end of 2017. Well surpasses the HDR minimum requirements. Unless OLED can solve it's issues with input lag, short life span.. I wouldn't go for it. SONY was GORGEOUS last year. High input lag though and considerably more expensive.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually pretty limited in monitors to those that are compatible with 100mmx100mm VESA mounts, and they have to be less than 27" with the monitor stand I use. The issue is mostly needing more screen real estate, with little input lag (as a personal preference), and a larger viewing angle. A higher resolution IPS screen is the best bet for that. I don't really care for 4k and my monitor budget needs to be no greater than ~$300/monitor.

As for the 1070's, why should I sell them? I use this computer as a workstation/server more than I do for gaming. The 1070s let me do that, and perform well enough to game on the main monitor. It would be built very differently if all I wanted from it was a gaming machine.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Because. 1. This would be the best time to sell your 1070s for maximum return. Nobody really knows when 1080ti is coming out... It will be soon. 2. You don't have a living room or bigger room to uninhibit you from using a max of 27"? You're spending all this money on crap.. You can have one 65" 4k Screen. That would blow everything away in terms of fidelity. +++ 4k = 4 x 1080P. Essentially you will have 65" of real estate x 4 1080p screens withing that. 3. You can sit on the couch or bed and watch youtube. Listen to music. stream netflix. w.e really. IMO. That is what I would do. If you don't do anything that utilizes graphic fidelity.. Movies, Games, Photos,?? Videos? I mean. OK. NVM then.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor stand I have mounts all 6 monitors, and if they are larger than 27" or weigh more than about 8lbs a piece, the stand is compromised.

This is a workstation, for high performance computing tasks. It's not built for gaming. Movies, photos, videos all run fine without having any dedicated graphics at all. Unfortunately, not mobo+cpu combo allows you to run 6 screens without a dedicated card.

A 70" 4k TV is the last thing you want for a gaming computer. TV's are notorious for input lag, and poor image quality as they get larger. Not to mention you are limited to 1 screen by doing that and severely limited desktop real estate

You seem to be very confused as to what this build is for. I'd advise you to look elsewhere if you're looking for someone who built a gaming computer.

In case you don't know the difference: a gaming machine would use an i7 6700k as it gets better single threaded performance. They'd get faster RAM, 16gb at most, Titan X's not 1080s, G-Sync Monitor running at 144hz and 1ms response times.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have a 4k TV that I am talking about. You most likely have 144hz+ monitor for competitive gaming. The 1080Ti will perform near identical to a Titan X.. I think you seem to be the one confused.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point
  • This TV will be as useful as all 6 of your monitors... On one screen. No bezels..
  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

There's no point to having a 4k TV for this build. Nor is there any point in having a higher tier graphics card.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

more photos????

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I'll add a few more. Just a warning, my cable management sucks.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an insane build, have you updated it at all?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a new 500GB SSD that I've added for dual booting, but that's about it.

None of the new GPU's interest me, and most still have issues running in Multi-GPU setups, unfortunately. I would like to get a newer workstation processor and more RAM, I have been sitting at 40GB+ of usage while working and it's becoming an issue.

The next step is custom water cooling loops for the CPU and the GPU's, running a bit hot at the moment. A newer/larger case with more airflow, and then a new processor, mobo, and ram. I'm sure in a year or two I'll need new GPUs, but for now they do the job they need to do. Thanks for the interest.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

A custom loop would be sick, good luck! Thanks for the reply :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

is this keyboard in mf elven?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, yes it is.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there nice build! Is the sound card worth getting for book shelf speakers? I'm debating on whether I should get this specific sound card, I don't think it'll matter much to me. I do heavy gaming and video editing, as well as coding and engineering stuff on the side for school. I do have some speakers and a nice headset, not sure if the extra sound card is worth it. Thanks again for sharing your build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If your headphones/speakers need a dedicated amp to run them, then sure. The nice thing is the op-amps are replaceable, giving you some freedom over what sound you'll get out of it. I don't notice a massive difference over the first version of the Xonar Essence STX and the STX II. I guess that's a long winded way of saying just go for whatever is in you budget.