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My first PC build. Needed a machine for editing, VR and game development. This build proved a fun challenge. A couple months ago, I had never heard of thermal paste or Noctua. I must have bought, and returned unopened, enough parts for 1.5 systems. This was entirely due to a cross between my learning curve flattening and new technology releasing into the marketplace simultaneously just prior to my starting the build. Specifically, the new Intel CPU's and the GTX 10XX cards. Once I heard about the GTX 1080, I decided to return the 980 Ti and wait for the 1080. Same happened upon hearing of the Intel 68xx CPU's, which then called for exchanging the motherboard, then PSU, etc. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride. I finally got all of the parts and built, taking my time over a few days as is the advice of bearded Houston during his live builds, which he streams on Twitch on Fridays from Puget Systems.

3-min video of this Waffle Butter build: https://youtu.be/rP8zvAa5tIs

Was considering 2-way SLI with 1080's, but changed my mind. Kept the 1200 PSU. Yes, yes, overkill, but it will hardly ever stress itself past 60%, so the fan will never kick on at a high rate, resulting in a quieter system. Also, I still have SLI options with this PSU.

I found the PC build community to be wonderful in their support and passionate about the hobby. Was great to discover the many YouTube creators who both help and entertain the community. Props to Barnacules Nerdgasm, JayzTwoCents, LinusTechTips, and HardwareCanucks. Also, thanks to the pcpartpicker.com community. Can't wait to do it again.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

why the monitor? just curious

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Great question. I considered not including it on the list, but it is part of my system, and figured it might lead other filmmakers to more information. Previously, I wasn't happy with what I would color in post compared to how it would screen. Colors were too saturated and off in general even though I was coloring on a 5k retina iMac. I looked around at what colorists in my (film) industry use, and this one is most popular for its true color rendering and ability to calibrate to your distribution format. Here is full info: http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/coloredge/cg277/

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  • 38 months ago
  • 5 points

People can do whatever they want with their money.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

I do not believe I asked for a reference to a similar monitor. I was making a statement.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

You were downvoted. Here is an upvote.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice first build. Very clean. Great job Echo.

(I like waffles)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Me too on the waffles obviously!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for helping me see that there's an i7-6850k =)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that keyboard? In getting it in a couple weeks

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like it, although have only been using it for about a week. So far, so good. Bought as a result of this great review from HardwareCanucks: https://youtu.be/JpISYlFj1ro

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Very dope! I loved the video, man. What is the cowl on the monitor for? It looks interesting. +1 from me for such a kickass build! I appreciate the pictures and the hard work you put into it. Thank you for sharing and keep on keeping on, brother.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! Very encouraging from someone with as many builds as you have! The monitor is a somewhat film/photography industry standard color correction monitor. It has a robot arm that self-calibrates to various color profiles to help the colorist get an accurate look depending on the project's intended distribution and exhibition . The shade hood is to reduce glare from ambient light. I think that's what you were asking about. Here is full info: http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/coloredge/cg277/

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

128gb of ram. Jeez :p

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed. Haha. That was quite an investment, but the most troubles I've experienced with Adobe Premiere is due RAM -- "memory leakage" and freezing during render. Wanted to optimize against those issues ever holding me up during an edit in the future. Especially now with editing VR footage.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have the same case, i cant get enough of it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Yah, really digging this case so far! Saw it on Linus Tech Tips and it seemed modular enough for me to make newbie mistakes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

are you using your exhaust fan as intake ?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Noob mistake on my part. A few others pointed it out, and am fixing this weekend. Thanks for mentioning!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you got drive cages in the front u can use static pressure fans. It can push air through radiators, drive cages etc.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for watching the F1

Go DAN RICCIARDO!!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks! Yea, seems the two Mercedes champs are continually sluggin it out this season. Ricciardo got sooo messed over by his pit crew in Monaco! He had that race! So hard to watch! His baby-faced assassin teammate not doing too shabby this season either. Podium at 18 years old! Heck, F1 driver at 18 even! Does help if it's the family business though.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, im hoping next year's areo restrictions will see Red Bull up there contending with those pesky merc's! Max and Dan are a gun team and will hopefully start to give those old timers a run for their money!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Your exhaust fan is on backwards. It should be sucking out the hot air that your CPU cooler is sending that way. Right now they are pushing air at each other which is really inefficient.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Newb mistake. Thanks for catching that. Will swap it around this weekend and make certain maintain positive pressure in the case. Thanks again, Jess!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea! Now it should be running as cool as it looks. Nice build man

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of game development do you do? Which engine are you using?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Unity, but getting started with Unreal after playing Trials on Tatooine at the Game Design Conference. I'm much more of a producer than a developer, but I like to have what my team is doing on my machine as well.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool, this build seems a bit overkill for Unity, but that ain't really a bad thing. :P Unreal can also get pretty taxing with high resolution textures and large terrains so this should keep you happy for a while.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh cool! That's encouraging. I didn't mind a bit of overkill (hello PSU) haha. Fingers crossed this system will handle everything just fine for at least a couple years. Appreciate your thoughts!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Either turn the rear fan around or put a filter on it. Otherwise, you'll be dusting the inside out every 2 weeks.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Make those adjustments this weekend. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro beans this is seriously like my dream computer and im kinda tearing up right now... But in all seriousness this is great build for what you are doing and i absolutely love it! Going to be building everything the same as yours except swapping cpu for i7- 6700k with all in one liquid cooler from corsair. And dual 1080's for 4k cause why the hell not

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Right on! Thanks! The only reason I didn't go liquid is I actually drag my office set up between northern and southern California each month to different offices. Worried enough about damaging things, but no way I was introducing liquid. haha Made my processor decision for post-prod based on this article: https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-Adobe-Premiere-Pro-143/Hardware-Recommendations

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah man totally understand min just sits on my desk all pretty so i dont have to worry bout that lol. but you made a great choice that processor is a absolute monster bro. Good luck with your PC man cause i cant wait till i build my version!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Wish you the best with yours as well!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have not been a fan of the new Cooler Master MasterCase trend, but I have to admit that this built looks awesome to me. Nice one!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's been great so far!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Six thousand dollar build but after market air cooler ? some people just wanna see the world burn

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

how solid is that motherboard? I'm doing a build with a 6800k soon and want to go full asus. It looks awesome!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, man, sorry for late reply. I don't have notifications set up here. I really dig this mb! It's been great! Fully loaded RAM. No problems yet! Cheers

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I have the same case. Well done.

Consider synergy. It lets you share a mouse and keyboard on OS X, Windows, and Linux. I use it at work and home. Tremendous program.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Will take a look!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, sweet build +1.

Hope this isn't late, but what are your thoughts on that m.2? I'm looking to get the same board and m.2 ssd and was wondering if you had any problems so far with either of the items?

The reason I'm asking id because I heard some people were having problems regarding the m.2 on that board.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Thanks for your comment. I don't check this site often, so apologies for late reply. That m.2 drive filled up too soon even though I mapped all of my programs to install on a different drive. I only meant to have Windows on the m.2, but 128GB was not enough apparently. I am considering going with one of the new 960 m.2's releasing in a couple weeks, such as the 500GB. The tension is that they are not listed as an approved part for this board. Might just risk it. Approved devices list: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA2011/X99-DLX_II/X99-Deluxe_II_Devices_QVL.pdf

So other than the drive filling up, it's worked just fine.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds great, and it's no problem. One more question, Have you had any slow loading times with the m.2? I've been hearing that the m.2 on an x99 system boots slower than on a z170.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I have not noticed. It seems extremely fast boot to me, yet as this is the first PC I've had in years, and I've never seen the z170 boot, I feel like I don't have the best experience to offer an accurate answer. It boots as fast as my iMac 5k retina within reason haha.

I am overall pleased with the build, with exception to my filling up the m.2 even though I mapped my program files to load to another drive. Windows takes up massive space! Thank you for your questions! Hope my limited experience helped a bit! Oh, off-topic, bit of advice that really helped me on here was to add a mesh filter to my rear, 140mm fan. After a few months, still hardly any dust whatsoever. Thanks again.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good man and thanks for the tip! :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

do the case window get scratches easily?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet pictures I hope this build is treating you right! That monitor looks legendary

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Thanks for the video. Planning my next box and you have seriously motivated me.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

I get an 18 core Xeon and a 1070 and I still average 60fps in minecraft. What do you get?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

2000+ on lowest setting settings on my GTX 1080

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

8 fps.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow never seen anything better than mine

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

I dont think 128GB of ram is enough... shoulda gone with 256GB... would have made such a difference

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the thought! This board maxes at 128GB though, and I also don't edit 8k+ footage so don't need 256 quite yet. Here are the RAM recommendations for editing: https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-Adobe-Premiere-Pro-143/Hardware-Recommendations

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks! I was actually looking around for a real brace for the Strix card, but it was so new, I couldn't find anything. I honestly, initially used some Legos from my girlfriend's stash to give it at least some support, but then worked up the more permanent solution you see now.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes of course but it won't go as fast though

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, he wen't high end, good for him, faster is better if you are willing to chew the bill.