So here it is, my editing/productivity/gaming/rendering station.
Here I will primarily focus on the PC and I have excluded all of my peripherals from this, as I don't think they do the system justice as of current times.
When first planning for the PC I asked some friends of what they thought I could go with, I was highly anticipating the release of the R7 CPU's from AMD. All of my friends recommended waiting to see how it panned outand jumping ahead and either buying a 7700k or a R7 1700 (or 1700x). Me being hipster and wanting something a little more unique, and I am also kind of thrifty I went a head and looked at ebay. After a short search on eBay I saw some of these sketchy and shady chips from China, mainly xeons with lower clockspeed variants of the consumer chips, they also listed them as ES chips (which I found out meant Engineering Sample).
After finding these chips on eBay I realised there's a whole other world to chips, a less mainstream world which has little exploration, server grade chips are usually ridiculously expensive as everyone should know, but thye also depreciate in value, a lot... After diciding I don't like the idea of buying from China I start looking for less shady chips from the EU (I'm based in the UK). I found a pleasant eBayer from the border of Germany and Switzerland and I asked him a couple of questions about the chips he had for sale. He even offered to give me a live demo of the chip working.
By this point I had already decided on x99 as the mobo's are cheaper new than x79 mobo's that are used. After ordering the mobo, which I bought for the amazing deal from OCUK, I also bought 8gb of RAM with the plan to upgrade it later as I was on quite a tight budget.
If you're looking at the build and wondering how I go the S340 for free, well a friend of mine upgraded and no longer had a home for his S340, since he was quite tight on space he gave it to me with the fan too, very pleased. A little annoyed at the popularity of the S340 though, seems to be generic gamer 123's case. Not hipster at all.
I got the GPU as a RMA card for my 980ti strix, little annoyed I didn't get a strix 1080 or founders card, however I can't complain, free 1080 upgrade.
The mobo has by far been the most infuriating part of this build, when I first put together the build I had some old Laptop 2.5" HDD's, plugging in these seemed to make the mobo not even launch to the BIOS, can't remember the exact error code it would spit out (as this was a month ago). Managed to fix that somehow... and then, had another issue, would crash at the splash screen, took out the GPU and then it would load fine... Anyway needless to say my experience with Gigabyte has been less than stellar.
Experience building the PC was meh overall, it's a meh PC, can't wait to go ahead and custom loop it sometime, the 8gb of RAM definitely is the bottleneck in the system. Don't want to jump the gun and say anything about future case plans, they are currently unkown however I am thinking about doing something custom.
Anyway hope you liked the photos, hope it was an oka/semi entertaining read for you. - Skymur