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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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  • 49 months ago
  • 8 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

salami....

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for coffee warmer

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

EXTRA SUGAR FOR MORE OVERCLOCK AND MORE IOPS.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Optimal comment right here, thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for heating coffee

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing studio. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Putting coffee on CPU.. savage +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to the last drop bruh

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Get mad overclocks with that coffee mug, +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice non-potato pictures :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice studio!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful pictures, beautiful build, 10/10 IGN.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

5/5 eggs Newegg

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

hahahaaha

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Thanks for the reply :D

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

With this PC I keep the man down.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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 :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

$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!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

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/

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! This is really nice! :-)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

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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  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

*pizza folded in half

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

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

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The best pic of the lot!