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I originally built this PC in Nov 2009 with a Core-i7 950 CPU and a ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 MoBo. There have been a few upgrades along the way. My original EVGA GTX 295 FTW Edition with a lifetime warranty died and was replaced with a GTX 490. My original RAID 0 boot drive utilizing 10K RPM Velociraptor drives was upgraded to a Samsung 840 EVA SSD. These are just a few things that changed since then.

Fast forward to Nov 2015 and its time for an overhaul. I chose the 5820K because i preferred the 6 cores over 4. I do a bit of video encoding and having more processing power was necessary.

It was a bit hard to pick a MoBo and went for the ASRock because i felt that it was the best bang for my buck.

I chose the Sapphire R9 390 because it wasn't the most expensive and it wasnt the cheapest. It had great reviews, 8GB RAM, could support 3 monitors. etc. I'm not that big on gaming now as I have an 8 month old but wanted to make sure the card could handle anything i threw at it.

The Samsung 950 Pro is my OS drive, and the 840 Evo is now used as my default video encoding output device.

My build scored a 5256 on Passmark (http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=50200743431) with no overclocking to any device. I feel like the components last longer if they are not stressed through overclocking as an attestation by my 6 year old i7-950 which is still in working condition.

I stress tested the build with Prime 95 and temps were great.

Pretty happy with the upgrade.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The Samsung 950 Pro is my OS drive, and the 840 Evo is now used as my default video encoding output device.

You are now number 3 to display it in your very own PC. Nice!

I am curious on one thing... that PSU's wattage... do you intend to 3-way Crossfire? Though I am not too familiar with BFG but from a couple of reviews, claim it's a quality PSU. No idea really with much about it so I am curious of what you know about it and what you intend to do with so much oomph.

It's must be a nice upgrade with your parts, so great work from a 2009 to a 2015 update.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

It was quite a challenge to get the OS onto the M.2 as its not even detected in BIOS. You basically have to turn off the SATA controller and turn off all Legacy support and strictly boot using UEFI. Windows 8.1 saw it, but the upgrade to Windows 10 always failed. I had to purchase and do a fresh install of Windows 10 to get it to work. after all drivers were loaded i then turned on my SATA controller.

As far as the PSU, I don't really know why i picked the BFG in 2009, but i have never even come close to even using half the wattage. I strictly only had one graphics card inserted. i did read somewhere, i don't know how true, but if you have a PSU with a lot more wattage than you need it runs ultra efficiently.

I have the PC, a monitor, and about 5 external HD's along with 2 routers and a Verizon network extender connected to a battery backup. While running Prime 95, the battery backup program was reporting only 322 watts used.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It was quite a challenge to get the OS onto the M.2 as its not even detected in BIOS. You basically have to turn off the SATA controller and turn off all Legacy support and strictly boot using UEFI. Windows 8.1 saw it, but the upgrade to Windows 10 always failed. I had to purchase and do a fresh install of Windows 10 to get it to work. after all drivers were loaded i then turned on my SATA controller.

Ouch, I'm sorry there was so much hassle with that. I'm glad you got it working though, despite the painstaking process.

As far as the PSU, I don't really know why i picked the BFG in 2009, but i have never even come close to even using half the wattage. I strictly only had one graphics card inserted. i did read somewhere, i don't know how true, but if you have a PSU with a lot more wattage than you need it runs ultra efficiently.

I have the PC, a monitor, and about 5 external HD's along with 2 routers and a Verizon network extender connected to a battery backup. While running Prime 95, the battery backup program was reporting only 322 watts used.

Ah, I see. It's being reused. Makes sense. Thank you for your responses. I appreciate it!
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow we have very similar builds lol. Unfortunately my old i7 950 x58 sabertooth build died so I made a x99 system with same Mobo and cpu as you earlier this year.

I'm looking to upgrade to a 950 pro in my rig and I had a few questions. What are the temps you get on your 950 pro? I'm about to run 2 970s in SLI and I've heard that the 950 pro gets pretty hot along with the issues of detecting the M.2 is making me pretty hesitant atm. Did you follow the guide here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No-ct8pQcIg

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

Yes i did watch that video prior to setting up my Samsung 950. I do not really know the temps on it though as its not detected as a hardware item. I read that the BIOS programmers need to update the way that the device is seen.

One thing about possible temps is that the graphics card sits directly on top of the M.2 slot. I chose my graphics card because the fans help move air down over it instead of out the back.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you not using a fan controller? Or just splitting them to the moba fan headers?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like using spliiters that use power directly from PSU, picture 4 at the bottom I spy a fan connector, I've got mine setup similar and they run at full RPM, but I'm perfectly okay with it.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

You are correct Dragon. the 4 fans that are on the side panel run at full RPM pulling air in directly over the video card and CPU Cooler. the fans on the top, bottom and rear pull air out.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the interesting description...solid build

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That a whole lot of fans lol. +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a total of 15 fans inside the case (including the 3 of the video card and the one in the PSU). The PC is really quiet. I would say it has more than adequate airflow for cooling... :-)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Cougar has some really nice fans.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting the 950 Pro for my first build but I don't know what motherboards are compatible. I was thing of getting an ASrock Extreme6+ because I am almost positive it is compatible. I really like the Asus boards; will they work?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe any motherboard should work as long as they indicate that there is NVME support in a BIOS upgrade.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How was it connecting everything up to this mobo? i'll be doing a similar build this weekend if my OS shows up. Asrock x99, 5820, 390 etc. This is my first build though, so am curious how it worked out. Thanks and great build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply. I hope everything worked out for you. I liked the mobo quite a bit. everything connected nicely and I had no issues...

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Still have a few quirks but that's because it's my first build and I'm doing it with my son. Neither of us had any idea what we were doing but it's been a great project. Thanks.

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