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I finally got around to take some more photos of my first build. It's been about two weeks since it's birth and I made a few modifications to address some issues, as well as contributing to the aesthetics of the build . First, I really love the stealth look on PC's. Rjyapp's build with the stealthy/terminator look and brendan.such black on black approach helped influence the aesthetic decisions of my build. However, I wanted my build to remind me of JetFire and his ability to transform into the SR-71 Blackbird stealth recon plane. I wanted to look as if you were looking into JetFire's internals.
So to achieve this look, I PlastiDip the mobo's thermal armor while taping off the glossy black areas to give some variation. Then I took the NZXT. logo, which included a red sheet glued to the back of the piece and PlastiDip the sheet. Now, it looks black when the led is off, but when the red led is on, it doesn't look very red like before. It has an iridescent look now (Photos 11/12), which adds to the stealth look. The Noctis case already has the design that references stealth planes to begin with. Added an autobot badge, which I PlastiDip the one that's inside of the case and left the other, glossy black.
The first photo was taken when it was initially built, right after putting in the last part. The GPU sag bothered the heck out of me! To address this, I did a simple mod by going to Ruby Tuesdays and enjoyed a nice chicken dinner with some delicious pomegranate tea. Took the medium weight black straw and trimmed it. Then I wedged it underneath under a safe spot and now it sits there pretty planted (Photo 3). It looks great because it matches with the rest of the build.
I built this computer to accommodate heavy photo editing as top priority, video editing second, and lastly gaming. Also, long lasting reliability is very important. I understand money equals to the quality of the parts, but I'm very budget conscious so I tried to look for good deals around the internet.
CPU: I went with the hex core Intel 5820K which has a decent clock speed, plenty of cores for the photo/video editing apps to utilize, and enough lanes to attach just a smidgen of any extras in the future.
Lowest current market price: $368.99 Actual bought price: $300.99
CPU COOLER: I was not familiar with a custom loop so I went with an AIO Corsair H110i GT. Heard great reviews and replace the stock fans with 140mm industrial Noctua's.
Lowest current market price: $127.98 Actual bought price: $120.00
FAN: I attached the Corsair radiator with a pair of 140mm NF-A14 Industrial fans. They can push air. The PWM switching is slightly a bother to me and that's the only thing I can hear from them. Pretty silent.
Lowest current market price: $27.39 Actual bought price: $26.10
MOTHERBOARD: Honestly, I chosen the Asus Sabretooth X99 because of the looks of this mobo. However, it's awesome that it has an M.2 slot which was important to me.
Lowest current market price: $299.99 Actual bought price: $300.99
RAM: 32 GB of ram is a lot. I could prolly get away with 16's, but I noticed sometimes I use 50% of my memory when I running my photo application. So 50 percent of 32 is 16 right? So is it best to run at 100%memory with 16's or 50% memory with 32's when I'm photo editing? I'm still debating on this one.
Samsung SM915 128GB M.2 SSD as my system and booth drive for major applications. It boots in under 14 seconds after POST. Loads my photo applications like it's no business. Thankfully, the mobo dedicates four lanes to the M.2 for full utilization of this drive.
Lowest current market price: $123.99 Actual bought price: $126.99
The Samsung Evo 850 1TB is used as my import drive of photo and videos. I will be doing the majority of my editing from this drive. I didn't want to use the M.2 SSD because constant reading and writing will cause the M.2 SSD to raise it's temps which will lead to throttling (at least from what I read).
Lowest current market price: $345.27 Actual bought price: $324.99
Bought the Seagate 1TB Hybrid because I wanted to put the least used programs on a different drive, while handling most of my exports. This will be the least used drive, so I figured a hybrid would do. It's a little noisy compared to the rest of my other drives when it's in use.
Lowest current market price: $69.49 Actual bought price: $62.55
GRAPHICS CARD: Went with the EVGA GTX980 FTW. I read earlier of it's debut, that it was plagued with failures, but since then EVGA corrected it. Luckily, I believe mine was one of the newer ones because I has zero problems since!! I don't really do much gaming, except for World of Warships. But I can use this card to render videos easily.
Lowest current market price: $508.98 Actual bought price: $444.00
POWER SUPPLY: The EVGA 850W Platinum is enough power to handle my setup and maybe one more GPU for SLI. I bought this particular one because of it's phenomenal ripple suppression and I got a great deal.
Lowest current market price: $133.99 Actual bought price: $119.99
MONITOR: I needed a monitor that's awesome for photo and video production. So I went with an IPS monitor for it's known color reproduction. The Dell U2515H is perfect. The colors are awesome and it's has a high enough refresh rate (60Hz) to do some comfortable gaming when I'm not doing work. Not to mention the input lag competes with some pretty good TN monitors.
Lowest current market price: $350.65 Actual bought price: $323.81
Estimated cost for build: $2886.49
Actual cost for build: $2632.48
Total Savings: $254.01 (9% discount)
I really need help on lighting options. I'm still figuring this one out. What do you suggest??