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Iridium [Editing/Gaming]

by AhoyCapnBlake

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30 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 30, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C

Description

Thank's for all the feedback! Really love to see all the support on my first build!

UPDATE I've upgraded to a GTX 1080 FTW Edition (Last Picture), but will not change the original.

TL;DR : This PC is very good for Editing in programs such as Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, After Effects, and Cinema 4d. It is also very good for gaming as you would imagine with a core I7 and a GTX 980Ti. If there is one thing I would change when buying parts is I would buy 16-24gb of RAM instead of 32gb. But hey, it looks cool, right?

I was planning on spray painting the PSU basement shrouds white, but I'm not too sure if it would make it look any better than it already does and draw unneeded attention to a part that doesn't need attention. But if you think otherwise let me know, I'm still undecided.

Problems I had during this build: I had only three problems and they all relate to the chassis.

Number One: If you buy the Corsair 400C and plan on putting a 240mm Radiator at the top, don't. It will interfere with your 4/8 pin connecter that power's your CPU and basically cuts off all options of cable management using the open holes on the top of the case (That is with a ATX motherboard. ITX's should be ok, but don't quote me on that.)

Number Two: If you think you're going to be able to route 15 two inch wide cables back there, you're going to be disappointed. Buy a fully modular PSU and use only the cables you need, you'll save millions of headaches, make your PC look cleaner, and have the satisfaction of being able to slide that back cover on with no problems.

Number Three: A very annoying problem when I need to move the PSU basement shrouds out of the way is that when i need to put them back on there is NO room for it to slide on without interfering with the motherboardin some way. It always hit's it and it's not the safest thing in the world.

Other than those three problems, my build was extremely smooth and super fun. Best day I've had all my life and I plan on doing some more challenging ones in the future.

I'm open to criticism, leave your opinions.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very fast and smooth. It has taken everything i've thrown at in with no problems.

CPU Cooler

Very good looking AIO cooler. Keeps the CPU very cool but the stock fans it comes with are a bit loud under load. Would recommend buying other fans for it.

Thermal Compound

Easy to apply. Does it's job very well.

Motherboard

Amazing board. So many perks that come along with this MB such as you don't need to overclock your items manually, and a ton of fan headers. Also looks very sleek.

Storage

Super fast load times and enough memory for a bunch of games/software.

Storage

Very well made HDD. Play's it's role and holds everything with no problem.

Video Card

I've always wanted this GPU and now that I have it my expectations were well over met. Such a beast rather it's games or rendering in 3ds Max.

Case

Very sleek looking case. The door is very fun to use as well, though it does have some problems as listed in the description.

Power Supply

Powers everything perfectly, no crashes, no broken parts. 10/10

Operating System

Although you can buy this for much cheaper on some sites, it's a bit too shady in my opinion. It installed nicely and I've had no problems with it as I type this.

Case Fan

Ambient lighting that you don't notice if you have LEDs in your case at all. It also is super quiet and when it's under load it sounds like an ocean's waves crashing along the seashore. Super pleasing to the ears.

Case Fan

Ambient lighting that you don't notice if you have LEDs in your case at all. It also is super quiet and when it's under load it sounds like an ocean's waves crashing along the seashore. Super pleasing to the ears.

Comments Sorted by:

Pacemaker13 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

omg those rgb's - I like the rainbow effect +1

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

As do I!

FiveThirty 3 points 26 months ago

Nice work! I just picked up the Asus Z170-A for very similar build mostly for CAD and design work. Can't decide on whether to spring for the i7-6700K or go with the i5-6600K as I have read lots of good reviews of overclocking the i5.

I'm going with the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 (2x8) to start off but will be adding another 16MB to it in the future. The rest is to be determined. I think I'm going to add an M.2 SSD for the OS and a few programs but waiting to see whats in store in the next few weeks, they are releasing the newest versions. Hoping the price on the Samsung SM950's will come down a bit. I'm pretty much building around my board because it has everything I want and need and then some. Still in the process of sorting out the rest of my wants and needs. Thanks for posting your work, looks great and its been helpful!

You cant go wrong with Asus, this will be my 3rd build with an Asus mobo in the last 7-8 years. And I've never had any issues. Easy to use and install with pretty decent support if you get in a bind.

+1

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

The i7-6700K is really nice. If you have the extra money to spare it's worth the buy. And sounds like a nice build! If you make a completed build link me! Would love to see it. And yeah Asus is a really good brand to go with as of right now haha. Best of luck with your build!

FiveThirty 1 point 26 months ago

Will do, thanks!

Tpgeee 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Criticism? What's to criticise?! This thing's the nuts!

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you! :D

Froglodyte 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Wow, I don't normally like crazy lighting but yours looks absolutely fantastic. Great job dude +1

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Really appreciate it!

Cazza_ 1 point 26 months ago

I like the build, but, I think you might have been better off going with a 1070. Although, you could maybe sli the 980 ti in the future, or upgrade to a 1080 ti. I do not speak from experience as i only have a 970 lol, but nice rgb's :D

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thank you! I was thinking about the 1070, but if I can remember the 980ti had more Cuda cores which would benefit me more in editing and rendering, defentily might SLI soon in the future along with water cooled GPUs.

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Awesome looking build! How's that cooler? I've been eyeing that model as my Kraken X61 is failing.

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

It's very nice. Keeps my cpu very cool (22-26c idle. Low 70s under load. Also the water block is very pleasing to the eye. It's a win win.

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Alright, thanks!

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

No problem!

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Ris3n_Gaming 1 point 26 months ago

it is a really good looking and performing pc for the price and it is a good build and buy. good job!

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Thank you!

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

2133 ram? Curious as to why; price?

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

It's 2666, and yeah. It's still fairly fast ram that keeps the white color scheme.

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Ah you have the wrong ones listed then

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I've updated it. Thank's for letting me know!

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Gladhands 1 point 26 months ago

Cool lighting

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Quite an eye catcher! :D

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Very nice build man. Clean As F. +1

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks!

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

This looks slick! Move those product box photos lower so people can get a better idea of the build. +1

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Alright will do! Thank you!

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Much better! I had that same case in my first build and ALL the problems you list with it. I ended up ditching the right side of the PSU shroud entirely in the end.

But how amazingly smooth and buttery is the door and hinge? I love opening and closing the damn thing. Great work man!

AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Hahaha! Very buttery! Makes dusting it off addicting, and thanks again!

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AhoyCapnBlake submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Cheers! :D