Originally Posted by sgtgates
Your good Got the message, no refusals here: ) looking good everyone and the badges haha. Working on Megatron today, did 3 other builds the last 2 days, yeesh I'm exhausted. Add ya as soon as my desktops back running
Thanks man! Here's the unboxed version of my rig to be:
It's going to be a fairly humble build. nothing like the awesomeness many of you guys in here put together. I have three objectives with my build.
1. It shall perfom well for photo&video editing. Photo because it's a hobby and video because I capture some frames of my kids occasionally.
2. It shall be fun. Technology is fun and it's great to say I built my puter myself. And some of the fun is trying out the concepts available, not because I really need them but because of the inherit joy in doing so!
And it will of course be better just a bit better than I really need...
3. It should be prepared to grow into a gaming rig as it matures, my sons are 10, 7 and 5 and mostly play minecraft but soon they will be demanding to play some frame rate demanding FPS games and daddy will become a teenager again... soon...
+. It should be silent... not quite but silent... hush
So my components are with a (very) short justification as to why I chose it. There are really long versions for almost all parts but will not bore you with those:
Why? Obvious to everyone here but my reasoning was that I want a stylish well built case to grow in but still as small as possible. This case seem to fit beutifully. The alternatives I was seriously considering was primarily the 350D as it's smaller but restricted to mATX and the 750D due to it's nice features but too big. Also don't like the fan exhaust through the top.
Case fans: Included ones
Why? I'll try them out and see.
PSU: Corsair RM750
Why? Well research and friends convinced me I should get a Gold certified PSU, I like Corsair, the RM models are quiet at reasonable load. 750W becasue I found it to be the price performance sweet spot for me, it's more than I'll ever (?) need but that only means less relatve load and less noise and hopefully a longer life. I also wanted it to be modular even though the H440 takes care of cables for me.
MOBO: Asus Maximus VI Formula (M6F)
Why? Well this was the hardest choice actually. And mostly chosen because I wanted it not because I needed it. Still justified based on sound circuits, wifi module, asus ROG reputation, personal asus experience and included software (particularily the RAM disk)
Why? Because photo and videoediting software make use of the hyperthreading available with i7. Otherwise would have saved the 1000SEK (100 Euro, $125) and gotten the i5 instead. K model obviously since I'll OC, just for the fun of it! Becasue I can.
CPU cooler: Corsair H110
Why? Well, why not? I am not mentally prepared to go custom water cooling and the size of my current Zalman heatsink is haunting. So an AIO suits me fine and makes the build so much cleaner. Was almost getting the Kraken but as I am replacing the fans the lower pricepoint of H110 swinged me that way. Reviews are not decisive here. I should probably have gotten the Swiftech 220 as then it would have been possible to include the mobo cooling later. Well well, it'll be great, first water cooling for me. Did I say it's like 7 years since my last build.
Rad fans: NoiseBlocker BlackSilent PRO PK-PS 140
Why? They're expensive! Yeah, they are, but seriously? This is a real jungle and so many opinions but after too much reading these were my choice. Hard to find good high pressure 140 fans to start with. Noctuas are ugly and seem to live on old merits, very split opinions here. Other serious contenders were the Scythe GT and Be Quiet SilentWings... flipped coins and got the NoiseBlockers!
RAM: G.Skill Trident X 2x8GB 2400 CL10
Why? There are many opinions out there regarding if it's worth getting RAM at speeds above 1600, some say it helps some say it's a waste. But several reports are indicating Haswell actually uses the higher speed so I am willing to take chance. There's hardly any price difference anyway.
I'll probably get another set if the RAM disk experiments goes well.
System drive: 2 x Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB in Raid 0
Why? The EVOs are price performance winners at the moment. Raid 0 because speed is speed and HD speed is important in photo/video editing. Also read very favourable review of runing the EVOs in Raid 0 configuration. SSDs primary problem is that they don't like too many write cycles on them and this is where the RAM disk comes into play, my intended usage is not to have it as cache storage for speed but rather to map temporary files onto it to save the SSDs from as many unnecessary write cycles as possible. Then of course there's the obvious risk of running raid 0 but i'm mitigating that with Acronis True Image for backups (and recovery if necessary)
Data drive: 3 x WD Red 1TB in Raid 0 + Corsair Neutron 64 GB SSD
Why? I want large, I want reliable, I want fast, I want quite and I want it to be fun! So three lower spinning drives in raid 0 should be fast (in my previous rig I was runing 2 7200rpm disks in Raid 0), large enough and crossing my fingers.... silent. But to boost the speed even moore I am going to use the Intel RST caching technology available on all Haswell configurations, basically it uses a SSD up to 64GB as a cache and daring people as me may even use it as write cache!
Scratchdisk: For an optimal photo&video editing rig one needs many hdd's for various puposes, one is for a so called scratch disk. I am not getting one at this time but maybe later to boost performance if I am not satisifed. Would probably get another SSD for this purpose then.
Why? Don't need it now and want some fun for the fall.
If I would have gotten one now I was looking at the MSI GTX770 as it seem the best price performance GPU with MSI currently building comparatively quite cards. At least so I've heard.
Let's start unboxing. Whish me luck!
And yes, one reason the build is not going to be as pretty as most is that I didn't spend any money on sleeving. Should I? We'll see....