As someone else commented, what is your DAC at the moment? I don't see any soundcard or external equipment listed and/or visible in pictures. If you're using onboard audio of your Mobo, you could definitely step up the audible quality via an external DAC. Though motherboard audio has improved vastly, I'd recommend saving up for a Schiit Modi or similar to get more out of your audio hardware :)
I wouldn't say so. External audio equipment will always be preferred to internal soundcards. That being said I too see no DAC, I was expecting a Schiit Modi to go with the Schiit amplifier, but I guess not; I hope the motherboard isn't being used (though I am currently doing just that :P I don't listen to music via my PC though, so everything is hunky-dory). The issue with soundcards is you're putting precious analog signals inside an incredibly electrical active environment. A PC case contains lots of digital noise, which can be reduced via shielding, or could be a non-issue by using external USB audio equipment.
fn230 is right. Assuming you're running Windows, the RX 480 is the better buy. In DX11, the 1060 (6 GiB) and 480 are essentially tied, and of course the Radeon card still leads significantly in next-gen API's. Back when released, I didn't recommend buying the 480 based on Vulkan and DX12 performance, as those API's could take years to be implemented to the point that it's worth choosing the RX 480, however now with the cards tied in DX11, the added benefit of performing better in the newer API's is a tiebreaker.
Well, Linux is significantly more secure than Windows and more stable, as well as having benefits for programming, being open-source, and all-around a better OS in my opinion. I'm into games, but I'm not a hardcore gamer (I tend to enjoy Valve offerings and racing simulators). Sure, if I wanted to play the latest AAA titles, I'd dual boot Windows. However, I'm very satisfied with the games available for Linux and new ones are always coming.
Linux isn't for everyone (even though these days most GNU/Linux distros are very simple to install and use), but it comes down to personal preference. I'd recommend trying Linux at some point, even for gamers I'd recommend it for productivity - most Linux desktops are quite snappy!
Interesting, I hadn't heard of that..that'll be something for me to consider. Anyway, I've not owned the 480, I was gleaning this from Phoronix.
The first article I saw on the topic was this one, which is admittedly not perfect for several reasons. Firstly, it contians no Vulkan tests (oddly enough) and the 480 was on mesa-dev drivers. For Vulkan testing, Mr. Larabel's benchmark displayed that the AMDGPU driver did improve Vulkan performance, but still wasn't up to snuff with Nvidia's offerings. Most recently, this article shows that the newest AMDGPU drivers have improved Vulkan performance further, but oddly the OpenGL performance of the AMDGPU driver appears to have worsened..? Not sure what's going on there.
Anyway, in most circumstances the 1000 series of Nvidia cards seems to outperform their current AMD rivals. I've now heard that both AMD and NVIDIA have had some proprietary driver compatibility issues with some Linux distros. So I still stand by my purchase, but that could change if AMD can do to their Linux drivers what they did to their Windows counterparts.
Oh? So far my GTX 1060 has been great on Linux. All I had to do was find the option in the software/updates center to use Nvidia's proprietary 367 driver. Like I said on my build, I wanted to use the RX 480 but its performance is abysmal on Linux, even with newer drivers. What specific issues did you have dylhunn?
Regardless, great build (reminiscent of my own: Gnome 3, 6600k, 1060, and even a similar keyboard :D). Well done! +1
Very cool! I certainly am enjoying my speakers, but I imagine yours sound quite a bit more refined! I'm also glad to hear that you're a Klipsch fan! What speakers of theirs did you have? I think people overlook audio because (except for those in the know) expensive audio doesn't look cool in a PC build compared to buying tree Titan X's in SLI, so they'd rather allocate their funds in a "more impressive" way. Of course, if these people could hear a quality audio setup like yours IRL, I bet they'd change their mind. (Also, speakers last for decades, PC's are (unfortunately) obsolete within a decade...I'd rather put my money into something that I can enjoy for many years to come!
On a side note, I had no idea that Windows was filling up the OS of its users with bloatware like Candy Crush. That's awful for many reasons, but especially from a security standpoint as you discussed! Maybe you could try dual-booting Linux, before making the switch if Windows 10 isn't it for you.
Glad to see a fellow audiophile, not to mention someone who prefers Linux! Is this your main setup for listening? Your build is like mine on steroids! It's rare that you see people on PCPP that really pay attention to audio, as often a cheap Logitech surround sound system is mated to a $3500 PC, which makes me scratch my head... Nice build! +1
Thanks! I had a great time choosing components and building the computer. I'll keep ElementaryOS in mind, at some point I want to explore more distros and see what I gravitate towards. Elementary looks nice because it too features hot corners! (A feature I've grown to love in Gnome 3)
Actually fn230 has a great guide to various Linux distros that I'd recommend checking out if you're interested.
Haha, I used Gnome 2 for pretty much all of my childhood, but am testing the waters with Gnome 3 now that I have my own computer... Thanks, I appreciate it! I'm honestly so glad to see so many Linux users on here, the REAL #MasterRace ;-)
Thanks man, yeah I'm lucky that the speakers worked out in their current location! What JBL's do you have? I'm glad to hear that yout PSU is working fine (mine hasn't had any issues). Lots of people complain about Corsairs' budget supplies, but hey, if it keeps working well I'll be a happy camper.
Most Linux distributions are free (Ubuntu, Arch, Mint, Debian...) so nope, Linux doesn't generally cost a penny!
Thanks, I had a great time researching and building my rig. Open source all the way!
Thank you! Obviously that's a limitation of gaming on Linux, support. Though, you'd be surprised how many games are available on SteamOS/Linux on Steam! (6000+) Of course the biggest difficulty is with Triple-A titles, as often they lack Linux support. Also, many people run games under Wine, supposedly with large success, but I haven't dabbled in that yet. Overall I think it's a quite viable platform for gaming, and if you can't give up your favorite Windows only titles, you can always dual-boot :-)
Ditto. It's unfortunate that there isn't a way to get PPP notifications!
Hey man, I'm glad to see that someone else doesn't just completely ignore audio in their setup! I was wondering on the list why the price was so high, then I discovered the speakers, amp, and DAC. Very nice! +1
Fair enough, while the igpu is higher performance, dedicated DDR5 vram could easily give the nvidia card the advantage. Nice build!