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Athena - The Greek Goddess of Inspiration and Strength

Up to this point, I have called my gaming PCs Dante. That was part of the old naming convention ("dead writers"). I was also beginning to feel it didn't fit once I upgraded my gaming PC to the X99 platform, and it became a professional video/photography editing PC as well. A well-rounded PC needs a well-rounded name.

The build also coincides with a change in naming convention. From now on (or until I change my mind again), all my computers and hi-tech devices will be named after goddesses and female mythological figures from the ancient Greek pantheon. In that pantheon there are few figures as appropriate as Athena, the goddess of wisdom, inspiration, courage, civilization, law and justice, mathematics, strength, war strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Sounds like a good fit for a gaming/workstation PC.

While many of the parts in this system are new, some are carried over from the previous build, Dante III. The CPU, power supply, and the Samsung 840 EVO SSD all come from the last build. The 2TB hard drives I've had lying around for some time now. The keyboard, mouse, monitor, headphones, and external drives are all the same, but everything else is new and detailed below.

CPU: I bought the Haswell-E 5820K about a year and a half prior to building this PC, and it was the brains of my last build as well (see link above). Broadwell-E does not offer substantive upgrades to performance for me, relative to the amount of money I'd have to spend on a new CPU, like the equivalent 6800K. However, upgrading to a 6800K or 6850K in the future is certainly an option. [OVERCLOCK TBD]

MOBO: I swapped an MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition for this Gigabyte X99-Ultra-Gaming board. I had a number of problems on the MSI board that I couldn't fix. None were system-breaking, but there were several, and it was kind of annoying. I was also not a fan of the UEFI interface. Given all the options available, I decided to go with this Gigabyte board, because it sits at exactly the same price point as the MSI board was when I bought it, so the performance and features should be roughly equivalent, but hopefully with a better UEFI interface and fewer small problems.

GPU: My last GPU was an EVGA GTX 970 Super Superclocked (yes, they really called it that), and I was very happy with its performance (despite the whole 3.5GB of VRAM thing). EVGA is quickly becoming one of my new favorite brands (clearly replacing MSI, who made the three graphics cards I owned before the 970), and since of the current crop of video cards I like EVGA's look best, I decided to go with them again. I stepped it up this time and got the FTW edition of the card.

MEMORY: G.Skill TridentZ, because it's well-reviewed and fits the aesthetic of the Gigabyte motherboard. I doubled my previous amount of RAM, bringing the total to a largely-unnecessary 32GB.

STORAGE: The system drive is a 240GB Kingston HyperX Predator NVMe M.2 SSD. I am replacing a superior (and more expensive) 256GB Samsung 950 Pro, because that drive failed on me. And honestly, I don't need the extra performance provided by the 950 Pro over the Predator. The reason I bought the 850 Pro was because, at the time, it was the only M.2 drive with a black PCB. A 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD will serve as my new scratch disk, replacing an 840 EVO (which will now become a new games drive, specifically for heavily-modded games, such as Skyrim and Cities: Skylines). I plan on adding a second 850 Pro and running them in RAID 0 for a super-fast 1TB scratch disk. And because I have a bunch of 2TB WD Black drives lying around, I decided to throw four of them in together in RAID 5 to give me a big 6TB mass storage pool.

CASE: My last two gaming PC builds were both in the Corsair Carbide 500R (in white/black). It's a great case, and there isn't any practical reason why I decided to get a new one. It's just that I've been building in the same case for at least seven years now, and I want a change. I decided to go with the Cooler Master (makers of the first case I ever bought) MasterCase Maker 5. It's specifically designed to be customizable, so I'm hoping that if I have to continue building in the same case for years to come I will at least have some freedom to change the case over time.

PSU: EVGA 750W 80+ Platinum, fully modular. Got it for the previous build to replace an aging Antec 850W PSU.

PERIPHERALS: The Corsair Vengeance K70 is my first mechanical keyboard, and I love it. The software for customizing the LEDs is a bit obtuse, but I can deal. The Mionix Naos 7000 is replacing a Razer DeathAdder, which I loved until it broke (every Razer product I ever buy finds this same fate). I like the wider body of the Naos, which allows me to rest my right ring finger on the mouse during gameplay. I'm no pro gamer, but the accuracy seems very good to me, and it's great for first-person shooters.

MONITOR: I actually received this Acer ultrawide panel as a gift (I know, I still can't believe it either), which is why I have a Freesync panel matched up with an Nvidia graphics card. My preference in GPUs is for Team Green, and I don't see myself switching anytime soon (especially since I use GeForce in-home streaming to my SHIELD console in the living room). But even though I can't take advantage of the variable refresh rate of the monitor, I'm still happy with it, as it's a major upgrade from the 24" 1080p Dell monitor I was using previously.

PHASE 2: This build is expensive, and I upgrade parts in waves. New mobo, RAM, GPU, SSDs, and case made this the single most expensive upgrade to my system yet. There's plenty more I want to do, but I need some time to recover. The next phase of the build will focus on aesthetics (but possibly also a couple of hardware upgrades). I want to swap the windowed side panel for the tempered glass panel Cooler Master offers, as well as do a full set of custom-sleeved cables (haven't decided if I'm going to go with CableMod or something like that or do it myself). And obviously a full water cooling loop is always something I'm thinking about.

Fire Strike 1.1; Fire Strike Extreme; Fire Strike Ultra; Time Spy

Thanks for checking out my build! Please feel free to ask any questions or offer tips and ideas in the comments.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

You sir, have got yourself a feature. This build takes it to the next level, awesome work! :)

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Glad to see other people appreciate it too :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh god... This is gonna be a tough one... Good luck Ryan!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryan :

Sobs

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That's also the one I'm hoping actually gets the next featured spot.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Between my build and that? Honestly, I think Peppermint Filling is way more worthy of being featured.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You are the same guy behind dante III?! ive been seeing your builds since forever. Once again with an awesome build. Well done

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I appreciate the support.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, nice pics.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you much!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the X99 club. I have the 5820K, and combined with some good RAM its really easy to work with 4K video.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm looking forward to working on a 4K project. Should have one coming in soon.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated the description with 3DMark scores.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Judging from the pictures you forgot to peel of the plastic cover from the EVGA logo facing towards you on your GPU. :-P

Other than that very nice build! I would probably switch the radiator around for better tubing routing and WD Blacks might not be the best drives for raid operation, but since you already had them why not use them. :-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I peeled off the plastic before putting the GPU in the build, but yes in the pictures of the GPU I took before putting it in the PC the plastic is definitely there :P

I originally had the tubing from the AIO going the other way, but it was butting right up against my optical drive, so I decided to go the other way and just spread the tubes apart as far as I could so I could still see the illuminated Corsair logo. And yeah, about the WD Blacks, that was exactly my thinking; saved a little money by not having to buy all new drives.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build bro, excellent hehe

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Glad you like.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhh wow! i love it! 1+! Hope this gets featured.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, me too!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Even my mom (named Athena) approved. So I guess you're legit. :p

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

All right! If I've got the approval of a real Athena, then I think I've done my job :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

V-sync monitor with a G sync gpu...? You dare devil. +1 for the build!

How does that work out by the way? Does G-sync react in any way or does it just not try to kick in at all?

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

G-Sync just doesn't activate. You can change all the settings in game and in the Nvidia Control Panel to adaptive refresh rates, but nothing happens.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Great system! While fun to have, I am curious if you even hit that swap disk having 32gb of ram already? I used an old SSD as a swap disk as well, however mostly it holds cache files etc.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't use the SSDs for swap. I use one as a video/photo scratch/work drive. Helpful when editing for loading files and scrubbing video faster. The other SSD is just for a few heavily modded games. Skyrim, Fallout 4, Cities: Skylines, GTA V, their associated mods and utilities, and that's it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on the build man

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the way your brought everything together.

This should definitely be a featured build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I appreciate that. I hope I could get featured, but there's so many amazing builds to compete with.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice! i love mastercase makers. i have a mastercase pro, im not sure if i can modify my front to that of a maker.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I think if you got a new front panel it would work. The door-thing on the front hooks into a couple notches in the front panel and at the bottom. I believe the frame is the same, so the notches at the bottom should be the same, but the Pro doesn't come with the notches on the front panel. I'm really just guessing here, though.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Omg i only saw what monitor u had now. My... god... jellyness overload

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I feel pretty lucky to have a rig like this.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Xen0bear, how do you feel about this build? Is it reliable and how hard was it to build it? I am looking for roughly the same parts to build a workstation, but cheaper and I was wondering how do you feel about it and would you change anything inside it? This is the build that I am looking to buy on Black Friday, if you could take a minute and offer an opinion about the build or what would you change, it would mean the world to me: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $368.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG R1 Universal 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $88.65 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus X99-A II ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $233.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $191.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $157.30 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $84.80 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 8GB AMP! Edition Video Card $413.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case $176.34 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1816.04
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1796.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-29 15:34 EDT-0400
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Christian, sorry I've been off the site for awhile and just saw this comment now. Your build looks really solid. My experience thus far with Athena has been a positive one, save for a few issues I've been having with the RAID array (which won't be an issue in your build, obviously). The 5820K and GTX 1070 are solid performers in Adobe CC (I mostly use Premiere, Lightroom, and Photoshop). And I think the Asus X99 mobo you've chosen should work out well; it's the one I would have chosen, but the aesthetics didn't match what I had in mind. If I had a do-over on Athena, I probably would've come up with a different arrangement of hard drives, but other than that I'm pretty happy with it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It's alright xen0, I appreciate you taking the time to answer in detail!! Those are a few of the softwares that I will use as well and I am glad to hear your answer! All the best!!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha!! That's a fine looking build you've got there. Rest assured, Athena's flattered.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, nice work on a 500R build. My last two PCs were in a 500R. I made a half-hearted attempt at replacing that side grille with a window, but you did a really nice job of it. Well done!

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