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5930K in a Fractal Design R5; a Photo Editing PC

by hieuman

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58 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 16, 2016

Date Built

March 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

19.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.046 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

I've been meaning to build a new system for a while and just so happen to come upon a great deal for a 5930K. Was debating on Skylake or Haswell-E, but seeing that i7 Skylakes and the 5820K were out of stock, it made the decision much easier to go LGA 2011-V3 and with the 5930K. Kept my Noctua NH-D14 around for cooling purposes, and it keeps things at a good level when I went to OC it to 4.7GHz [around 80C at the hottest core], but day-to-day will see it run at 4GHz. Paired it with 32GB [4x8GB] Kingston HyperX Fury 2400 RAM so apps can use all the ram they could ever hunger for.

Was debating on re-using my Antec P182, but it's served me well for 9 years and I felt it was time to put it to pasture as my work rig. I went with a Fractal Design R5 when it went on sale, $75 for that case was too hard to pass up on. It's super spacious, has great routing for cables, and is pretty quiet. When the fan profiles are set to silent, I can't hear it over my RAID box on my desk or the ambient noises in my studio. One huge convenience was having USB 3.0 on the case itself, as my old case was made long before the spec was anywhere near a thought in anyone's mind.

More on the cable routing, I really enjoyed how deep the cutouts are on the backside; this allowed thick cables to pass along the channel without having the door panel bulging out and applying a lot of pressure atop of the cables. If you look at the photos, there's almost no extraneous cabling poking out, allowing a clean look, which was aided by the modular PSU. Aside from having to utilize all three SATA power cables to power the HDDs in the bottom cage, a Bluray drive, and a SSD behind the mobo, I can't ask for much more.

Needed fast storage as that was my bottleneck for Lightroom and Photoshop, so I went with the Samsung 950 Pro for my scratch disk while utilizing an older 240GB Seagate 600 SSD I had in my old PC for the OS. 2 HDDs for storage, 5TB and 6TB Toshibas, which are quick and hopefully as reliable as the older 3TB Toshibas I had over years of use.

I don't game much, so I stuck with my previous GPU, a PNY GTX 770. As such, I felt it was fine to stick to my Kingwin Lazer Platinum 550w PSU, but was swayed with an EVGA 650w P2 when it went on sale. Knowing the larger CPU draw would put strain on the 12V rail, I did it for ease of mind to go up, even if my system never really threatened to get close to 550w at load from the mild factory GPU OC and conservative day-to-day CPU OC of 4GHz.

Also leaving the PSU in ECO mode means that the fans only spin up if the unit ever gets hot, which takes a lot to do. I haven't decided if I will leave it on ECO mode or let the fans continuously run to keep it cool.

In the future, I'll be looking into aRGB capable monitors and will have to upgrade my GPU to a workstation grade card to utilize the expanded color gamut offered by some monitors and moving to 4K, which will prove extra pricey. Another 32GB of RAM when the kits are under $100 and I'll be doing some RAMdisk experimentation in the future.

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vagabond139 5 Builds 8 points 32 months ago

What kind of sandwich was that? +1 for the random sandwich.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

salami....

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Close, it's pepperoni with pepper jack cheese. Just enough spice to this vanilla build :D

ActuallyImJerome 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

+1 for coffee warmer

hieuman submitter 1 Build 4 points 32 months ago

4.7GHz kept it toasty all day while running LINX, but Prime95 made it too hot to drink.

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Saw photo editing in title. Came to see pictures, not disappointed. Very awsome pictures and great looking build.

Nice looks like you got a good clocking chip, what sort of volts you throwing at that for your out of curiosity.

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! I just looked at your builds and they're really a thing to behold, the photos in your sets prove very dramatic and well captured. Would love to do a custom loop someday, you make it look very, very good.

As for the 4.7GHz, CPUZ was reporting 1.309v, but temperatures were getting a bit too high for comfort. I was honestly surprised the Noctua NH-D14 could keep up that far, so I scaled it for everyday use.

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks buddy. Yeah custom loops are very rewarding once you complete them.

Wow that's a very nice chip am sure with a more beefier cooler (not that there are many more then the nh-dh 14) it will be golden.

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I'm going to look towards yours for inspiration should I ever decide to do a custom loop, there's plenty of space in the R5 for it! And yeah, a good cooler will give me a bit more in the OC, but it's going to be a lot of money per megahertz XD

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Are you going to use the coffee mug to cool the CPU? If so, make sure you put extra sugar. After all, sugar is edible hyperactiveness!

+1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

EXTRA SUGAR FOR MORE OVERCLOCK AND MORE IOPS.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

IKR AND DON'T FORGET TO PUT COFFEE IN THERE CAFFINE = 999GHz+

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

They've been doing it all wrong with the LN2! Just need some good ol' Colombian roast.

digah2750 2 points 32 months ago

Picture 4: Optimal heatsink IMO

Picture 5: Optimal breakfast IMO

An absolutely beautiful PC and an absolutely beautiful Completed Build entry to go with it. You definitely deserve my +1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Optimal comment right here, thanks!

pwelch234 2 points 32 months ago

+1 for heating coffee

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

We're but mere vessels to turn caffeine to code.

PCIntake 2 points 32 months ago

Looking at all this food and hardware is making me hungry.... gets pizza rolls

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Hey, feel free to throw it on my GPU, I'll run furmark and it should be ready in 5 minutes!

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Amazing studio. +1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! It's a great space for photography and stuff not involving photography.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Did you overclock that sandwich and cup? Gr8 build +1

DrTot 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Putting coffee on CPU.. savage +1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Good to the last drop bruh

15Halos 1 point 32 months ago

Get mad overclocks with that coffee mug, +1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Who knew all those coffee filters used to clean the CPUs and coolers would come to improve cooling efficiency?

SvenSkent 1 point 32 months ago

nice non-potato pictures :D

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

You're right, it's a sweet potato camera, which isn't all that similar to a regular potato!

SvenSkent 1 point 32 months ago

:D

TheMeezak 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

nice studio!

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! The light is great for portraits [and PC pics].

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Beautiful pictures, beautiful build, 10/10 IGN.

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Beautiful comment, iconic avatar symbol, sweet review reference 11/10 GameInformer.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

5/5 eggs Newegg

Muhkyle 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Nice shots! Nice Sandwich! Nice apartment! Nice build!

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

It's a nice camera! It was a delicious sandwich [pepperoni and pepper jack cheese on a crisp hoagie roll]! It's my work studio, but thanks! The PC built itself, thanks PC master race!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

pic 4 That coffecooling AIO is pretty decent, it won't leak. :-p

+1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Only if I run Prime95 before it properly heats up will it leak!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

hahahaaha

InvaderGir 1 point 32 months ago

Awesome build man, this should be featured! BTW, what did you use to take the pictures? +1

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Aww shucks, that's nice of you to think it should be featured! The camera used is a Sony A7RII with the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8, killer combos for pics of the PC.

InvaderGir 1 point 32 months ago

Nice! Thanks for the reply :D

EDIT: Holy s@!t that camera's expensive :O

jacklykestacows 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I bet it was his Phone but he just edited it with his newly built editing PC

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Shhhhhh, I don't want them to know that these are actually 3D models and are all rendered.

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hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

With this PC I keep the man down.

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send2nate 1 point 32 months ago

Beautiful photos, hieuman. May I ask what type of desk you are using? Is it a standing desk?

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks, the great light the studio gets goes a long way in making the photos look good.

The desk is an Ikea BEKANT, which is motorized and can go from 22" to 48" in height. Really versatile, decently solid, but it's not solid enough that I'd recommend you doing your kettle bell swings atop of it.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

i spent $280 on my 4790K at Microcenter and thought i was doing pretty good; i can't believe you got a 5930K for a mere $60 more!

either way, dude, those pictures would be worthy of a desktop background, especially the coffee one :)

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

$280 for that beast of a CPU is a good deal, paired with that sweet $20 mobo combo. Ask anyone who had to buy a CPU from newegg or Amazon, I think you'll find them much willing to get it for your price :D

The coffee shot and the the sandwich shot are the best photos on here, and I may make them my desktop background now that you mention it!

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 32 months ago

This build reeks of personality. It really has a true purpose and this results in some astonishing products. Email me some pretty pictures that you have taken before.

I smell a feature;)

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thanks! It took a lot for me to go the High End Desktop route as I always had midrange consumer parts in the past. Felt it was time to go really big on a build and it's been worth it, I've yet to have one come together as clean as this one did for me.

You can see more photos on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hieuterus/

mb67 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Wow! This is really nice! :-)

hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Grassy ***! I like it a lot ;)

mrfrankvt 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Nice build, nice setup, nice cable management, nice photo's. Just a very nice build.

hieuman submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Ha! I know I'm late, but thanks for your kind words. It's a simple build in a big case, reliable like PB+J.

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JeffFlowers 3 points 32 months ago

*pizza folded in half

hieuman submitter 1 Build 4 points 32 months ago

It was a delicious, delicious pepperoni sandwich. PC gods said feast on cores and hertz, and it was good.

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hieuman submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

The best pic of the lot!