Why did I build this monster?
So I have just sold my old rig a couple of days ago. The old machine had been upgraded various times but I decided I wanted to start a completely clean slate since I wanted to change so many parts. It made more sense to start from the beginning again. So I've built this beast. (Old rig was i5 3570k + GTX 970).
Where is the timelapse of the build?
How did you know there was a timelapse? Anyway I made a little timelapse of the build process, I think it's pretty interesting to be honest. Quite cool being all sped up and stuff haha. You can check that out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLT9SJCFcSU
What components and why?
CPU: 6 cores was the selling point. I'm a video artist so the cores were invaluable to me. My old 3570k was the main aspect of my old machine holding me back so this was a no-brainer really. Easiest part to pick.
COOLER: Originally I was going to go with the H100 for £90 I believe, but Scan had the H110i on sale for £70 on Black Friday, so I got a newer/better cooler for cheaper so yeah, another no brainer. Performance wise it's crazy, old rig had a single 120mm rad Antec which was starting to run warming than I'd like, this thing is around 28 degrees idle and not much more at load. Also looks sick as **** and the braided pipes alone are worth it. Would recommend.
MOBO: With my old rig I dropped a lot of extra money JUST to get the black and green Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 to match my colour theme. Not this time! I got one of the cheapest X99 boards and it's just 100% black so fits any theme. Has all the functionality of more expensive boards, was a good choice.
MEMORY: This was another Black Friday deal, got 2x8gb of 3000mhz for £82. Kind of regret this if I'm honest, would have rather went with quad channel 2400mhz for the same price since the board has 8 slots. Looks dumb only using 2 out of 8 slots. Oh well.
STORAGE: SSD for windows and adobe basically. 4TB RED for everything else. Although I'm quite close to buying a NAS for my footage and then this will just be used for games and the sorts.
GPU: Black Friday thank lord. Originally I was going to stick with the 970, but I picked this up for £500 on Black Friday, like a £125 saving. Plus I sold the copy of Rainbow Six for £25 so I got the Hybird 980ti for £475. ***** insane. Would recommend. The braided pipes match my H110i and it looks sick-nasty with them crossing over each other. Definitely the piece d'resistance of my build. The box is comes in is worth £500 alone IMO (maybe not but I felt like a prince opening it). This thing is a monster and will clock like the white rabbit's pocketwatch with the cooler.
CASE: Right I have conflicting opinions here. I kind of hate Razer as a brand because it's became the new "Hollister" for gamers where all the young teens obsess over it. But I had to go with the Razer edition of the NZXT S340 because it's MATTE BLACK. The original S340 is a god-awful glossy metal, that **** doesn't fly with me. Brushed aluminum as a minumum or I'd rather it be cardboard. The soft matte finish easily outweighs the fact it has a Razer emblem on it. Luckily the Razer logo looks absolutely baller anyway, just try and forget the name and just focus on the fact it's a lovely looking logo. Apart from the brand, case is gorgeous. No harddrive bays in the top is perfect, the PSU shroud is great. Don't like the huge holes for the front panel stuff but oh well.
PSU: Another Black Friday deal haha. This was a bit worrying, and still is. I'm not 100% 750W is enough for my build once it's overclocked, but it was only £65 for a fully modular PSU... an 850 ow 1000W modular would be like twice the price. After lots of googling I'm quite confident it'll be enough as it is but still would have rather had more. Curse you Black Friday!
What's next for the build?
I currently have two 27" monitors, I'm really tempted to pick up one of the 34" ultrawide 21:9 1440p monitors. Perhaps the Dell Ultrasharp version, the LG is too expensive. But yeah that's likely the next step for my setup. I'd love to have a curved monitor like that. Again, I'll sell my two current monitors which should cover half the price. I'll likely wait until January though, Christmas shopping will have priority for the rest of this year.
So there it is. Just wanted to add, I sold my old rig for £500 and I kept the drives from it so exclude them from the price. Also these prices are not what I had on Black Friday, but it has only cost me £750 to build! Which is like, utterly bonkers for the spec. So definitely sell your old rig if you're planning an upgrade, it could save you a huge chunk! Hope my opinions on the parts help someone with their decisions. Good luck with your builds :)
Thanks for viewing!