Description

I am a Motion Designer and longtime Mac user. This PC was my first build and has replaced my old 2012 12 Core Mac Pro. If your interested in seeing what kind of work this machine will be doing, check out my website: www.sanagustin.tv

The build is based on the recommendations from CGdirector.com and digging through other peoples build lists. Essentially my goal was to create a super fast work machine for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Cinema 4D, and Octane Render.

I already had a GTX 1080TI, and GTX 980 TI. Everything else I picked up new. I'll eventually pick up some faster GPUs and throw the old ones into a render box. But for now, I think I already over did it.

This was my PC build! I watched a ton of videos which helped out a ton but I did end up running into some issues.

Day 1: I got the CPU, RAM, and CPU cooler into place. I then got the board into the case and everything else wired up. The computer wouldn't boot. Lights on the motherboard worked but no fans, no bios, nothing. I went to sleep.

Day 2: Talked with my friend and ended up pulling everything out and tried booting the computer with one stick of ram. That worked. I went part by part and eventually tracked it down to a SATA cable that was going to my SSD. For whatever reason, that was preventing it from booting.

Day 3: Played around with the Bios. I am running a simple 5.0 overclock and everything is running stable. Cinebench and User benchmark test are looking really good. I think in the near future I might test out doing a Per Core overclock and try pushing a couple of the single cores further. I am Mac user so this is all new and exciting for me.

Drive Layout: My drive set up is a little crazy but this is what I was thinking. 1TB M.2 drive for the boot. 500G M.2 drive for Adobe cache files. 1TB working drive synced up to Dropbox. 1TB SSD for larger files, video footage, archived projects. I have a 2TB hard drive laying around that I'll eventually throw in to use as a backup but for now, most of my files are being backed up to Dropbox Business anyways.

Questions/ Issues: Right now I have 3 case fans + a Dark Rock Pro 4. The bios only show 3 fans. I've checked and all the fans are running. The Dark Rock Pro 4 came with a Fan splitter cable and one of the front fans is plugged into the M.2 fan slot. Would that make a difference?

SD card slot does not work on Ben Q monitor.

Having a hard time getting used to the new keyboard layout but it is getting easier every day.

Windows 10 file explorer is super messy. My next project is to get that dialed in because right now I am having a hard time navigating + organizing.

Front fans are a little loud. Since I can't edit one of the fans in the BIOS I suspect it's just running full speed, unlike the others which are set to silent.

Overall:

Definitely a really fun and rewarding process. The computer is super fast. Looking forward to becoming fluent with the Windows OS so I can start concentrating on work and not be so obsessed with optimization, programs, tricks, shortkeys, etc...

Updates:

03/12/19

One of the case fans was spinning at full speed. I tracked it down to it being plugged into the M.2 Fan slot. I ordered a Fan Splitter which will solve the problem.

Also figured out the problem with the Ben Q monitor. Apparently it shipped without the USB cable which is needed to power the USB hub. Picked up a cable and it works now.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This part was recommended to me to cool my Intel Core I9-9900K. Current idle temps are under 32c with the CPU overclocked to 5.0ghz.

Pretty straight forward to install. It was pretty scary tightening the cooler on the CPU. I thought I was going to crush the CPU.

Installing the fans is definitely pretty awkward. Seems like those metal clips are pretty standard.

Cooler looks great and runs super quiet. It came with a Fan Splitter which is awesome because my other premium fans did not.

Monitor

3 stars because my display did not come with the required USB cable to power the USB hub. It took some digging around on the internet to figure out why the USB wouldn't work. Not a huge deal but for $700 a USB cable would have been nice. Otherwise this is a 4/ 5 star monitor. Super crisp. Running at 125% scale.

Most apps scale well with the 4k display but Cinema 4D does not. So if your a Cinema 4d user beware!

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I am just wondering, what is the case and motherboard like because I am thinking of buying them(check out my description) also I love the build!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is really nice, it's a lot smaller than I thought it would be. In my mind, I was ordering the S2 and not the C. But it holds everything just fine, I really don't need more room.

The motherboard is nice, I think moving forward I'd probably spend more money and get something with more bells and whistles.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I think you skimped on the power supply. That much hardware needs at least 80+ Gold

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Which one do you recommend? Power Supplies are cheap and I rather replace it now than later. I had this one on hand so just ended up using it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA G3 or P2 or T3

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any way to monitor my Power Supply health? Because it's running great now.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build /will/ be fine with a Bronze power supply but since it's high end, it's more efficient to use a higher end one. There's nothing inherently bad with using the Bronze one if your power draw is in check. With regards to monitoring health i don't really know.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Many of the Corsairs are at least 80+ Gold and can give you good performance

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

1080 ti and 980 ti. how does that work? nothing against the build, it is absolutely stunning. im just wondering how the graphics work.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

He probably uses the 1080 ti as the main card so if he played a game it would be off the 1080 ti, and the 980 ti is probably just a compute accelerator.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

GPUS are purely for OCTANE Render.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The dual GPUs are set up for rendering in Octane. They were pretty damn good in my Mac Pro so I assume they will be even better in this PC. I don't use SLI so mismatched cards is just fine.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you using Dark Rock "PRO" 4 or Dark Rock 4?

Your description and selected part is confusing.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Dark Rock Pro 4.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

For what I use it for, yes. Benchscores for Octane put it right at the new RTX 2080! https://render.otoy.com/octanebench/results.php?sort_by=avg&singleGPU=1

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