Description

After spending some time to get familiar with PC environment (I am a Mac user for over 20 years) I finally decided to go with a Skylake 6700K. I could have afford better, but my eyes as for power was the latest iMac 5K. I wanted something similar. I do motion graphics and illustration. And some 3D with Modo from the Foundry. I have put an hold on the video card, and I am currently using the video card capabilities of the Intel 6700K. I have not overclocked the CPU. I think it's fast enough, and gaming is not my goal, maybe just a little later. My main concern was the noise. I remember years ago a PC built running under Windows XP that was so loud! But to my big surprise, this one is super quiet. I guess when I'll install a video card, something like the GTX 970, I will need to revisit this maybe. So, here is a simple photo of my build: a clean case with no windows. I really don't like the idea to have bright LED lights in my face! I need a quiet and sober machine next to me that won't distract me. The build was easy, it took me a few hours. I wanted to make sure I wasn't making any mistake. To my surprise it was easier. The hardest part was to figure out the sata and electric cables to connect to the SSD and DVD burner. So if you're wondering how hard it is to build a machine, it may take a few hours to get there, but the end goal is rewarding! I am glad I did the move. As for the conversion from Mac OS Yosemite to Windows 10, sure I miss the 'space bar' to preview images. But I discovered new functions that didn't exist on Mac. And all the Adobe programs that I opened (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects) are working well. Not enough experience with Modo 902 yet.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Welcome to the Dark Side...

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like you've got your PSU fan facing up. That case has an air intake from the bottom, so you should flip the PSU so the fan faces down. With the fan facing down the PSU will draw cool air in from underneath the case, with the fan facing up you're drawing in warmer air from inside the case. This probably isn't as much of an issue without a video card, but definitely something to think about when you add one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, I'll investigate.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

that case is really nice looking +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I first went to some local store and some case felt really cheap. I wanted to get the phantek evolv atx first as the design is better. But the R5 case had such great reviews. And for my first build, I must say this one was so easy to use and it feels made of great quality.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

R5 for the win! Got the same one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

250 GB for storage only? No other storage?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I re-used some hard drives that were inside my macpro, a green and black WD 2TB each. I had to reformat them for Windows. And a second SSD Samsung 840 (500gb). I'll wait for the m.2 SSD to get cheaper within the next year. But I must say that it's quite fast, and not have the "beach ball" I was having with my MacPro every time I was saving to the hard drives makes me quite happy!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That makes it more understandable now that you said you put some old hard drives in there and reformatted them. That just would not be enough space if it was your only hard drive.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What video card are you using here?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment, he isn't using a discrete GPU, but his plans appear to be to get a GTX 970.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Just the Intel video GPU that comes with the 6700K. I must say it does work pretty well with Photoshop. My documents are mostly letter size 300dpi (for print) or 1920x1080 HD for motion graphics. I am undecided if I will get a GTX 970 or else, I am still trying to figure out Adobe and the video cards. Or even wait a few months until some new cards come out. Again, I am not doing any gaming at this point.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. Get a card and put it in there. What's with all these people making full builds and then waiting months and months to put a video card in?

You can always upgrade a video card. No reason to wait for that. Sell the used one on Ebay, give it your little brother for his gaming machine. Whatever you like. But you don't have to wait months with no card.

I've gone through 3 video cards with one machine sometimes. You can always upgrade that and sell the old one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If performance is above acceptable and above satisfied, why burn more money now? I'm glad you can go through three video cards with one machine, your needs and satisfaction dictated that, they aren't the same as the OP.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand. If he likes it than great for him.

All I was saying is you can recover some kind of cost if you put a used card on Ebay. So if you upgrade it's not like you get zero back for what you put in there before. Also you got the 6 months or whatever of gaming fun. Which is worth something. How much? Who knows? That's up to each person to figure out.

If he is waiting for Pascal that will break the bank when it first comes out. It's going to be very cost prohibitive. Something to consider anyway.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear you. But as this was my case as a first time PC builder, I wanted to see how this set-up would work without a graphic card, how fast it would be with Adobe CC 2015 and Windows 10. Also for peopleI who have a limited budget it is nice to share my experience as a professional who is not just testing a machine for games. The other truth is that I am a little waiting because I am interested about the upcoming VR gears and what video card will be great. Sure I can test myself, but my time is precious and I rather see other hits walls... for me. Maybe a GTX 970 or a 980 ti is what I am thinking about.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are certainly excellent choices. The new Nvidia and AMD cards slated for about June will be terribly cost prohibitive upon arrival. Probably over $1,000 each. But the ones you mentioned might well drop off in price. They will still be pretty legitimate but at that point cheaper.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to get something that I can use for when I'll add a video card. I wanted a 650W at first as the idea to save energy, but I was told that it wouldn't make a difference as the PSU wattage increases as it needs more.