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This is a whole new build, I named it Apollo. I previously used my MacBook pro for all the photo, video, and audio editing purposes. I figured it was about time I build something for myself, something a lot more powerful than my MacBook pro. While I was at it I made sure it was great with gaming too. My wiring could be a bit better, but I'd say I'm quite satisfied with it, and it's still a work in progress. If you're concerned about building your own PC just go ahead and do it. It's one of the easiest things that you can do. You can tune everything exactly the way you want it. And everything is essentially plug and play. Thunderbolt 3 card was a bit of a b*, but it worked out in the end after I returned the Asus branded one, and bought the gigabyte variant. Better to go with a motherboard that has thunderbolt 3 built into it, and save yourself the troubles in the first place. sidenote: I had to address GPU sag somehow, as it was sagging a little, and the rigged tubing of the AIO was pushing against it, so that didn't help. I happened to have this coke bottle that fit perfectly. So it is now part of my build.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

This is such a nice and clean build. I love the cleverness and functionality of the cola bottle as a tool against GPU sag!

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Just all around nice and clean!! Very, very nice build brother!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build dude. Also a fan of the sound system. I have some Yamaha's myself but the KRK's were my second choice.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

So close to 5GHz! Nice build and photos! What got me here was that you were SO CLOSE to 5GHz! And of course the nice photography you have. Part list check is good, so your build gets the SUPERGOOD rating! PrintBuildz

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I tried going for 5GHz but the temps wouldn't allow. Cinebench crashed too, so I compromised. All cores are synced to 4.9GHz though. When running prime95 I think the temps hit 90 briefly, so I was definitly pushing it's to it's limits without deliding or custom water loop.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice one! I'm looking to build a rig for my UAD Apollo 8 (Thunderbolt 2) Quad. What made you go for liquid cooling over air cooling? Overclocking?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

My Apollo is also Thundebolt 2, but In order to use UAD on a pc, the pc HAS TO BE THUNDERBOLT 3 compatible! So if you plan on doing so please make sure that your build has thunderbolt 3, if not it WONT work. You can check UAD's windows support requirements in the case that you are skeptical. Everyone says the 8700K is a hot CPU, so I wanted to be sure I was on the safe side. And If I'm spending more money on the 'K' variant of the CPU, then I might as well overclock. Lastly I was trying to go for a white build and i'd say this AIO really brought it all together.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for that. I have an GC Alpine Ridge Rev. 2 TB 3 card ready to go. I was on the fence about an X299 with the i9 7900x with the https://pcpartpicker.com/product/H222FT/gigabyte-x299-designare-ex-atx-lga2066-motherboard-x299-designare-ex

or an Z370 with your 8700K and the https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CkCrxr/gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-7-rev-10-atx-lga1151-motherboard-z370-aorus-gaming-7-rev-10

Turns out that the i9 really needs a liquid cooler. I didn't want the hassle and so I've picked the Noctua NH-D15S. In either case, I won't be overclocking.

The two build scenarios are almost identical, but the i9 build is about $1200 more. Yikes. I need to go with a quiet case that has great airflow, so I'm looking hard at the https://pcpartpicker.com/product/wrvZxr/be-quiet-dark-base-pro-900-orange-atx-full-tower-case-bgw10 even though it's quite massive. I'll be using 2.5" SSDs only. I already have the 64GB RAM and this is the GPU I'd like to get: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/y2DzK8/sapphire-radeon-rx-580-8gb-pulse-video-card-11265-05

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

That X299 Gigabyte motherboard that you linked seems to come with Thunderbolt 3 already built into the motherboard's IO, so in that case you wouldn't need the external GC Alpine Ridge thunderbolt card. I'd like to point out that AIO's have been pretty hassle free in my experience. Wow that case you linked to is massive and has a ridiculous amount of hard drive expandability yet you're only using 2.5 SSD's. I don't really know much about cases catered towards quietness though, but if you have the space then I don't see why not get it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that case is insane. I would have loved to use the Silverstone GD09, but I can see it's too cramped and I can't -really- rack mount it, even though you can get handles. Their other stuff looks like it built for noise-tolerant server rooms.

I was only going for full-size because I wanted as much airspace inside the box as possible. I was planning on going with the Sapphire Radeon RX580 because of the Hackintosh compatibility, but becoming more system agnostic since I'll mostly be using this machine for Pro Tools, Vienna Symphonic Library, and DaVinci Resolve.

I'm mostly trying to keep the GPU duties off of the CPU. I think one of the issues is that what's an acceptable noise level to some might be unacceptable in my use because I'm doing orchestral music. Right now, I can use open mics in my studio without isolation or a machine room, it's that quiet.

The X299 i9 7900x build is $3138 vs $2375 for the Z370 i7 8700K. I'm building everything around that Apollo 8 Quad. It's absurd how few new motherboards there are with onboard TB ports. -I missed the boat on the Z170 TH series- Everything I've read indicates that you have to use liquid cooling with an i9 chip. I've got most of my components already, including an extra Gigabyte GC Alpine Ridge v2 Thunderbolt card. I'm a little concerned that Thunderbolt 3 is such a diaper-fire as far as Intel not enforcing compatibility with the OEMs. I would have kept my BTO, brand new Mac 6-core cylinder last year, but the thing would kernel-panic about once a day, so I returned it. Too bad, because that would have been the ultimate studio machine. Apple just whiffed on that lineup.

So now I'm just trying to find the quietest case that has some durability and controllable airflow.

I've been running my Mac mini with a BMD Multi Dock with 3-4 SSDs via Thunderbolt and I'd like to continue doing things that way, if possible. It's a great workflow and totally silent. -As in the noise floor in my studio is the sound of the power supply made-in USA c2000 Mackie 1202VLZ mixer that I run my mixes through.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, Im about to buy this AIO cooler, it fits perfectly in my build, I just wanted to know your opinions on it, are you still using it? how are the temps? Thanks and great build by the way :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean I really like the aesthetic that it bring to my build. Especially given that there aren't many white AIOs out there. I also find the pump interesting looking. And the fact that it came with two RGB strips too was a plus for me. I have a 4.9ghz overclock on all cores, so things get a little hot. If I run cinebench it will go above 90C no problem. I have a push/pull config going on in my build, not sure how much having only push or pull would affect my temps. Luckily I don't do anything even remotely as stressful so my temps are never bad like that. If anything I'm more concerned about the fan ramping up on the graphics card.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

please sync up the leds

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

After a few uninstalls and reinstalls of Asus aura I managed to get them synced. My point still stands, the software is still crappy. They randomly get out of sync, but I thought it would make you happy, lol.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus aura is a giant piece of crap :/ it won't detect everything so I gave up. My Corsair CUE stuff is linked together though, and I'm quite a fan of the rainbow effect on the LL fans and on the keyboard and mouse.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe try to switch up your SilverStone hub and get the Corsair Commander Pro.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That won't really fix anything going on in my setup. I would have ended up spending more money for the same purpose. And as I mentioned the problem here is the Asus Aura stuff, not the Corsair Link stuff. Also the commander pro only supports 6 fans, not 8.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Just bought the GC-Alpine Ridge and I have basically the same other components. Which slot did you put the it on? Is it still holding up? I have heard stories of it stop working out of no where. Thanks!!

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