Description

I posted this build back in the beginning of April ( https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Tbm8TW ). At that time, I was pretty satisfied with my rig but I was awaiting Broadwell-e's arrival for a potential upgrade. After reading reviews, seeing its performance benchmarks, and price; I decided to stick with the Haswell-e platform. So then the question was to either stick with my 5820k or upgrade to a 5930k or 5960x (which I can't really justify having an 8 core). I had read certain reviews claiming that the new 6850K was a better overclocker than its little brother the 6800k and seemed to just be more stable and that Intel "cuts corners" on its cheapest enthusiast CPUs. So I figured I'd give a 5930K a try and just see how it did. Maybe the 5820k vs 5960k are similar in that aspect too? I could always return it anyways. Of course, I didn't see much of a performance increase. However, I am more pleased with with the 5930k over the 5820k. The reasons will probably sound nitpicking to most, but I am very particular... The core temps of my 5930k seem much more stable and near the same amount. The 5820k had a core that was constantly around 10°C more than the rest and my cores were always spiking for what seemed to be no apparent reason (I tried reapplying thermal paste, no change). The 5930k does idle a little higher but, that doesn't really matter, and the highest core temp difference I see is 5°C and that gets smaller as temps rise. The temps are not jumping around or spiking constantly. Photo editing does seem to go a little smoother but that could just be mental lol. My physics score did go up 1000 points running at the same clock rate on booth CPUs. I also like having the lanes to run both my 980 Ti's x16. So this may be looked at as a pointless upgrade to most but I am happy with it and made almost as much as I spent on the 5820k back from selling it :). I have not tried pushing it with overclocking and I have just been running it at 4.1GHz which is plenty for me.

I also changed out both my Sandisk Ultra II ssds for two 850 Evo (1TB for my games, 500GB for some photo back ups). This gave me an amazing decrease in load times with games. I was really shocked at how much faster the Evos run. I guess you get what you pay for.

I replaced the NF-F12 fans in the front for some MUCH quieter NF-S12A fans. This really improved the PC's noise level. At least when I am not gaming and my reference cards are screaming.

The build was originally in a White Air 240 while I had a different build in a black one. I moved my other build from the black 240 into a Jonsbo W2 ( https://pcpartpicker.com/b/trTH99 ) which freed up these black panels to put on this build. I definitely prefer the black case over the white. This led me to next change out my white cold cathodes for an RGB strip. Which I am in love with (if you can't tell from all the pics lol).

Last but not least, the keyboard and mouse. No longer having a white case made the Apple mouse and keyboard I was using stand out like a sore thumb! So I picked up a Razer Blackwidow Chorma and Deathadder Chroma to go with my RGB lights in the case. I doubt I need to go into details on how much better they are over the Apple peripherals. And just look at those colours!

I think I can write this build off as complete for now... especially since my bank account is hurting lol. But this gives me plenty of time to save up for a 1080 Ti.. or two :).

In case you did not click the link of the original build, I use this for photo editing and gaming. It is my main rig that is used everyday, multiple hours a day. The original build was titled Colossus which led me to titling this one Shadow of Colossus due to the change from a white set up to a black one (and yes, I did steal the title from the game lol).

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU so far! I find that if you can afford it, this is a better choice over the 5820k. Especially if you won't be overclocking much.

CPU Cooler

For the size, this little thing is amazing! I had actually switched to the giant NH-C14S and changed back because this little guy cools better! My 5830k @ 4.1GHz idles at 32°C and 75°C under 100% load from stress test.

Motherboard

Love this mobo. If I could go back, I probably would have chose a X99-E WS instead to have more PCI-e slots. But regardless, this is a great board with great features. Not to mention its stability being a workstation.

Case Fan

Unbelievable quite especially with as much air as it moves.

Monitor

Love this monitor! Gaming at 100Hz would be nice but this was much cheaper than a 3440x1440 gaming monitor.

Keyboard

This keyboard feels and looks amazing. It is a little loud but I like the click.

Mouse

Super light and super accurate along with good looks. What more could you want?

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

NF-F12s are virtually silent, how in the world were they not quiet enough for you?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have beyond crazy sensitive hearing, its quite ridiculous actually. So when I am at my desk, the computer is practically against my left ear.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I have pretty damn sensitive hearing too, so it'd probably annoy me as well, but then again I've never actually heard NF-F12s. I will soon though, I have one coming in the mail that I'm going to mod into my servers PSU(the fan on that would drive you ballistic).

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine would just make a humming noise around 1400rpms. These are pretty silent all the time. The S12A also moves more air but very little static pressure. I actually had slitely better temps with the F12s but the noise level is worth it for me.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that's why, you don't run NF-F12s at 1400RPM. Run them at 800-900RPM and you wouldn't be able to hear them. They'd still push a similar amount of air too.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I like my fan profile set high lol. More air!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You seem to really like wallpapers

You should check out a desktop customization tool called rainmeter

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice!

Though I must admit that SLI gpus without water cooling make me cringe! What's the top gpu supposed to do to get cool?!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually not as bad as you'd think. Having an intake fan directly in front of it helps alot. The hottest I've seen the top card get was 77C while playing the witcher 3 @ 3440x1440, ultra setting and hair works on aax4. The bottom card typically only gets to about 65C though. They don't throttle until 84C I think so I never get any throttling

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG i love you, sadly i don't have money to build a PC Like this but, all the wallpapers you used i also use them here. Amazing build friend, i hope you enjoy it xD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm completely obsessed with changing my wallpaper and making my RGB lights match! Lol. Thanks! :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You do know you wasted money on Razer? Anything from Razer is low quality knock off garbage. Cherry MX > Kailh any day

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detailed explanation as well as beautiful photos! You've done a really nice job with this upgrade.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I worked hard on those photos lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Screaming out "money ain't a thang"

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Kudos on the build! Overall very clean and well done. One thing to keep in mind if you have not is consider running the Fan Xpert calibration to get the lowest RPM options. For sitting at your desktop for basic operation you can set profiles to silent which stops the fans altogether which is fine for basic tasks like email, web browsing, streaming etc. You can also if you want assign fan profiles to specific applications.

That being noted always love to see a #TEAMWS build! Makes me smile.

Best of luck with your build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Now had no idea you could assign fan profiles to specific applications. Could you explain on that a little more?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out the options in the Fan Xpert / AiSuite utility. It is part of Turbo app. This allows you to see clock speeds, fan profiles, audio presets and even LAN prioritization based on application.

An example is when in Chrome why not have fan profile to silent with LAN prioritization to high

This can then change when you move into another application like editing program or game where you could have the fans set to standard, and also set LAN prioritization to high.

Hope this clarifies things for you.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does! I did not really understand what Turbo App was for. Thanks a lot for the info!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I was planning to get the Noctua NH-U9S (125mm high) but the specs on Corsair Air 240 says maximum CPU cooler height of 120mm. Did you have any trouble fitting it? Does it push against the window? Alternatively, I will have to get the Noctua D9L (110mm high).

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

No problems with fitment. Corsair's specs are wrong. It's close but does not touch the plexiglass.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for making this build and answering this question! I was about to change my cooler but I saw your build! it's definitely the best air cooler for this case. good choice.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem lol. I can definitely vouch that this is the best cooler for the case! I've had a Corsair H105, Noctua NH-D9L, NH-L12, NH-C14S, and the U9S of course, and the U9S has performed the best! I wish I would have waited before reposting my build cause I just put two 1080s in it.. oh well lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

can you record a video near the machine? I want to hear the noise when it's idle and when it's at 100%. the fan configuration in my build is pretty much exactly like yours, except for the front fans being redux s12b.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll do my best to get this for you. It will have to wait for night however because my loud AC unit is near and that is all you'd hear lol. And forgive me if it ends up not the best, never really posted videos before.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! take all the time you need ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Got the video. I hope it is helpful to you. This was my first video to upload so I'm sure it could be better. I am in fact using NF-S12A fans, but if you notice, mine run a little over 1300rpm vs the 1200rpm they are suppose to max out at. Guess I got some good ones lol. Here's a link and let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXYAI1YoM1c&feature=youtu.be

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely video, I had to crank up my headphones to max volume to hear anything on that silent profile, It's impressive how quite it's! it only gets annoying when it's running on full speed, which I'm pretty sure gets less noticeable when you turn the AC on in your room.

thanks for making this! it was a lot to ask but you're awesome for actually doing it.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah when my AC is running, you can't hear it at all. And of course I never turn them on full speed. Usually game with the turbo setting which isn't very loud either. No problem at all! Glad I could help :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

For your cpu cooler did you use a fan splitter to connect the 2 fans? If so hows it working for you? This is a great build and its been my inspiration to make my first build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

No fan splitter was necessary. My motherboard (and a lot of motherboards now) has a CPU 4 pin fan header and a CPU OPT 4 pin fan header. The CPU OPT header is specifically meant to run a second CPU fan and is "locked" at the sane power percentage as the CPU fan header so that both fans run at relatively the same RPMs. That is, as long as it is two of the same fans. And thank you! Good luck on your build! Feel free to ask if you need anything else.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, that is one great looking beast! Congratulations!

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose 80mm in the back verses a 120mm in the top because it just made more sense to me. If the air is coming in at the front of the case, then being pulled through the cooler in the same direction, then exiting the case directly behind the cooler and still traveling in the same direction. If the exhaust fan was on top, the air would have to change directions of flow to exit the case. The two NF-A8 worked great for me! This setup of a high flow case and direct airflow that travels in a straight line gave me great cooling results especially when you take into consideration that the U9S is a low profile cooler. And I never tried any different setup with the exhaust because it worked well for me.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The reference cooled GPUs exhaust out the case rather than inside the case like all the aftermarket coolers. So I was only concerned about being able to exhaust the hot air from my CPU which worked perfectly since the U9S blow directly to the exhaust fans.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The noise of the 980 Ti reference cards was comparable to a jet at take off... They did stay cool though! Top card usually around 70-75C. It does help tremendously to have the direct airflow to the reference cards. I am currently running two 1080s in SLI and the new "Founders Edition" coolers are MUCH quieter. That was mostly why I made the change. Also, if you want to run a blower style cooler, I'd recommend water cooling your CPU.. (which I do not usually recommend as I do not like water cooling). But if the CPU is air cooled, when the GPU (blower style) is under load, the CPU will be forced the cool with its exhaust. In my opinion (which everyone has one) the best combination is a good air cooled CPU cooler and reference cards!

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