First and foremost, I wanted to thank all those that participate in pcpartpicker.com. I saved a lot of time from having to research or learn the hard way, just because of reading the lessons learned from previous builds. This venue is absolutely fantastic for beginners and long time PC builders. This is my 7th PC build over the span of 17 years.
So, I started shopping for this build on Black Friday 2016 and eventually completed it in February 2017. Over a year ago I purchased a DJI Phantom 3 Pro and had been recording 4K videos from random events and leisure. However, my old PC struggled to edit the video files and absolutely refused to play the raw files off of the micro SD cards. I vowed to myself, I'm going to build a new PC that will easily handle multiple 4K video files while editing.
These were my thoughts for what I required: - Lots of RAM at the lowest low latency. - Graphics Video to ensure smooth video playback. - Dual operating systems (Windows 10 Pro & Elementary Loki OS) - Needs to fit into my Home Entertainment stand. - Peripherals to easily allow a wireless USB network adapter, mouse & keyboard. - Will last me the next 5 years or more.
What worked well?
Good News Story #1: I knew by reading the reviews and scouring the internet for photos of the Fractal Node 605 Case, there was little wiggle room for the amount of available space inside the case. However, I made space by getting rid of the Fractal HDD Storage brackets (Big White Brackets in the photos) and going straight up Solid State Drives (SSD). I found the ICY DOCK SSD storage bracket to be the perfect size to mount in the front of the case. There was some creative mounting that had to occur, but I knew exactly what I needed to get it done.
Good News Story #2: The USB 3.0 wireless adapter ended up being an off the wall idea that has worked out really well. The ASUS AC-68 USB 3.0 wireless adapter has a 3ft cable length for the USB connection. I added a 10ft USB 3.0 extension and routed the cable to the very top of my home entertainment stand. This allows me to place the wireless adapter on top of the entertainment stand out of sight, and not worry about any signal loss from interfering equipment or being inside the cabinet itself with the PC.
What is a build without any problems? You're going to encounter issues, and that is most of the enjoyment I get out of new system builds. Learning, adapting and getting creative to overcome problems is what makes most of us here continue system builds.
Problem #1: I was a little greedy when I first bought my 1000W Power Supply. It ended up being 1/4 inch too long. I quickly ordered the EVGA 850W and it was perfect.
Problem #2: The Optical Slim Drive I ordered came with a small face plate (9.5mm). I don't really care at this point, but I will eventually order a new face for the drive to make sure it looks clean (12.7mm is the correct size tray height).
Problem #3: I originally was going to use a PCI-E wireless adapter for my wireless connection. I purposely picked the motherboard (ASUS MAXIMUS VIII GENE) because it was small enough to not interfere with the optical drive, yet give me all the slots I wanted for dual video and PCI-E for my wireless adapter. However, I failed to recognize that both 1080 video cards were going to cover up the PCI-E slot. So, instead of restarting my build from ground zero, I decided to go with the USB wireless adapter (which was honestly my original idea).
Problem #4: The EVGA 1080 FTW Graphics Cards were big. I knew the length of the cards would not be an issue, but the width of the cards presented my biggest issue with the Fractal Case. I had to remove the middle support bar to allow the PSU connections to fit properly. Additionally, I had to work to get the case cover to shut securely with the PSU connections for the Graphics card on the side. I later opted to purchase the EVGA Powerlink (Not Pictured) for each card to switch the PSU connections to the rear of the cards. However, the Powerlink adapters are too large for the Fractal 605 case. The additional height of the adapters prevents the case from being closed.