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For years I had used older machines for my main rig. For the last year I upgraded a Dell Latitude e6420 with an SSD, extra RAM and a second HDD. All the while I kept wanting to upgrade to something that came close to the latest and greatest. But things never seemed to work out and I remained working with the old laptop.
Then I decided to get serious about my Youtube channel and quickly found that along with an upgraded camera, lights, external sound recorder, I would need an upgraded machine to handle it all.
One day I uploaded a video and the audio track had distinct pops and clicks in it -- a sign that my machine couldn't handle the task asked of it. That, and trying to run OBS or Xsplit with something else at the same time became a frustrating exercise in the clean boot follies. I felt like the guys in Apollo 13 trying to come under the AMP limit before tripping the breakers.
Yeah, not the fun the advertisements would have you believe.
On top of that, browsing around, I saw all the work people put in to make their rigs look cool -- lights and cable kits. I wanted some of that action!
So, I gritted my teeth and put the nickles together to get the parts for this rig.
I chose the R5 because it had lots of room and would be easy to work with by someone not a total pro at this. The video card was a pretty easy choice and bought the EVGA GTX1080....just before the blowup (lol) with the thermal imaging business. I could have returned it but decided to hold onto the card because EVGA offered a thermal mod kit which meant that I could get valuable experience opening a graphics card up to upgrade the thermal grease and apply new thermal pads -- that experience I figured would come in handy when it came time for my to apply the thermal grease to my magic and glorious i7 6800K!
Beyond that I decided to go for a mostly white look -- I saw the Seasonic Snowsilent PSU and I really believe it spoke to me. So perfectly gorgeous in its pristine chrome and white. And then I saw the ASROCK X99 Taichi. My fate was sealed. I had to do it. This was the motherboard! Wow! So understated. So capable.
And suddenly it all came together.
Yes, the Fractal Design R5 in white is understated in character, making no signs of what it is capable of. It merely goes about its business with perfect aplomb. However, while the case badges might hint of what it can do, it isn't until one takes the side panel off and spies the CableMod kit snaking through the case gaskets and back to the power supply does one get an inkling that something unusual is here. The Noctua NH-D15's bulk obscures the RAM sticks and one has to bend close to hear the fans indeed running. There is a slight breeze coming from the open side; a testament of the five case fans working to keep the ambient temperature cool and flowing. That is all secondary however, because what you spy first is the slab of a graphic card proclaiming its heritage: GTX1080!
Ah ha! And the eyes slip to the motherboard where a black stick of gum seems out of place. Eyes squint and suddenly widen: Samsung 950 PRO! Serious I/O chops!
Confused, the eyes focus again on the motherboard and the mind assembles the imagery therein: Gears, interlocking -- a white and black clockwork...
One steps back and realization strikes: One is looking at the light half of the the taichi. The Yin. The White Tiger.
And finally it is ready. The build was an excruciating amount of work -- I literally made almost every mistake in the book, having to do over everything more than once -- the Noctua NH-D15 caused me to lose even more of my already thinning pate, so many times did I have to try and get it right!
In the end though it worked and it rocks!
Well, I think it rocks, lol. I've only OC'd to 4GHz but...I had Vegas Pro 14 rendering and Handbrake encoding with all cores at 98-100% for 5hrs and temps topped at 51C The GTX1080 is stable at 1999MHz, but had zero load on it as I didn't know my NLE (non-linear editing system) didn't, wouldn't utilize it! /facepalm Hopefully a future (SOON) update will fix that. I haven't installed DaVinci Resolve yet but I know that uses all the CUDA cores it can eat, lol.
Here's the build video: https://youtu.be/iP3sXnCBX-4 I warn you that it's long, but I hope that the way I mixed it up will make it entertaining.
Thanks so much!