Description

I will use this for video editing at work until we get company computers and then it will be my personal computer for editing, gaming, etc...

So far everything works great and I couldn't be more thrilled.

EDIT: According to this article from Puget Systems ( https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/ ), the 6950x is the best CPU for editing with Premiere Pro CC (that's what I use). I agree its at least a little overpriced but with this in mind, I think it's worth it for me. I also should probably mention that I purchased the 6950x before I read this article.

Part Reviews

CPU

Super fast, super awesome. Certainly pricey but I edit 4K video so worth it for me. Didn't want to go xeon because its still a personal computer.

CPU Cooler

Fantastic cooler, works very well. 30 degree idle temps on i7 6950x and 45 degrees on 100% load

Motherboard

Amazing motherboard. only cons are price and the cable for the thunderbolt 3 adapter are brightly colored so it looks awful in my system but still worth it

Case

I had high hopes for this case. Aesthetically it's everything that I wanted and nothing I didn't. However, on the inside were some of the same quality issues I saw on my $40 corsair case. The metal is very thin in the expansion slot area and flexible on the motherboard tray. I have a 280mm radiator in the top as an intake (intake: 2x140 in the front and 280mm rad up top ; exhaust: 140 at the rear and the PSU is fan up as an extra exhaust) which was easy to install thanks to the removable mount at the top. Over all I had very high hopes for a case that costs almost $200 usd and I was a little disappointed to the same shortcuts taken to save on production costs.

Power Supply

Amazing! I love this PSU. It comes with plenty of cables and the build quality is fantastic.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 61 points

Only 10 cores? You really should have gotten the 2699 v4, it's a great value at $4000 for 22 cores & 44 threads. How do you live with just 10 cores?; browsing, playing pong, and tasks like that usually require more cores.

This CPU is going to be a bottleneck.

  • 40 months ago
  • 9 points

It took me a little too long to realize this was a joke haha

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  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

or dont get it lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

That's one hella expensive CPU, but I bet it processes like a god. I imagine I could probably get some of my compile times to some ludicrous speeds with that. The build looks nice and clean too, sweet stuff!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I put a lot of time into making it look nice. I grabbed the CPU from microcenter for $1,599 because I walked in store. I also got a nice bundle deal with the mobo. As for compile/render times, they are fast to say the least but things like Magic Bullet Denoiser II are still very slow :(

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

any particular reason for not going with xeon? generally they are more workstation oriented and better bang for your buck when going with a lot of cores

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It's still my personal computer so I wanted better support, faster clock speed, and the ability to get it fast (I don't know much if anything about them so I wouldn't even know where to start)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This article from Puget Systems shows how different CPUs work with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and how Xeon CPUs aren't actually better. I thought what you said above was true until I read this. The results are certainly interesting. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

aren't we fancy.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy Moly.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a lot of cores

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

They are all used and needed :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice practical build. That CPU should work great for editing. Do you think you'll ever need to utilize more than 10 cores?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Need? Probably not for a while. BUT it would be awesome to have more than that at my disposal. Like I said, this is for personal use so once we get something better at work, I plan on putting at least one xeon with more than ten cores in that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What a great build with a kicking CPU :) +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it's so much better than the i5 4690k build that it replaced

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the fans on yours radiator are upside down, might want those pushing air through the rad. +1 for the monster CPU, please post more pics.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I wanted the fans to be an intake but I didn't want them to be pushing the air into the rad. Iv'e seen some gross pictures of how dust can get inside and be impossible to clean without taking the fans off when they're configured like that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Pics posted

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

emm at this price I expect inwin cases. xD

Great build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I loved the look of this case although I am a little disappointed in the quality of it. Believe it or not, i was on a budget though.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You do know that one can make a similar or even outperforming rig using slightly old sandy/ivy or even haswell xeons? For about a $1000? But awesome build and +1 for that 6950X, nothing says bada$$ more than some $$$

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely wanted new and I didn't want a Xeon because its still a personal computer. With those criteria, its basically impossible to outperform this for that price.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This article from Puget Systems shows how different CPUs work with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and how Xeon CPUs aren't actually better. The results are certainly interesting. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

this rig need more RAM!

yup you have one bad *** rig rig here

the 980Ti is a great GPU until you are planning to get the GTX 1080Ti

but the price of the CPU is pretty stupid when the Xeon 14 cores cost less than the 6950X

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

RAM upgrades are coming when i get more money. I didn't want a xeon in this because its still for personal use so this one was perfect, just expensive

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

While using after effects today, I almost ran out of RAM so I think I'll need to add an other 32 GB

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

64GB is plenty for power user unless your name starts with L and ends with S and owns *TT. Do you need 128GB of RAM and 22 cores.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure I could find a use for all of that haha

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Linus tech tips?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This article from Puget Systems shows how different CPUs work with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and how Xeon CPUs aren't actually better. So basically if I went with a Xeon, I would have wasted money. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Prob how the codec works and Adobe did not expect users to use Xeons for their applications.

Linus did a video of his Xeon vs desktop i7 and he got similar results as well. The i7 are pulling ahead and destroy Xeons

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you update the building list to include your hdd/ssd choice (s)?

Jealous of this build. 10 intel cores is jurassic park levels of raw power.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD should be in there. It's just not on this site last I checked so its an external link. Either way, here it is (SUPER fast): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G3HLQLU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrGtY4QhZXw

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it was under custom parts :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. I see it now. Thanks. And nice build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I may add an other SSD for bulk storage later, we'll see

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the 6950X cut through 4K footage? I'm planning on getting one within the next month so that I can start shooting 4K on my FS7.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if I'm having some troubles or not with that because while rendering, exporting, etc... the cpu only sits at about ~10-20% load and the times aren't as fast as I would like. If I fix it i'll let you know or if you have any ideas about whats up I'd love to hear it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

10-20% load? Have you tried setting Adobe Premiere Pro to distribute multiple 'jobs' across multiple cores? For example, instead of rendering one frame at a time with all 10 cores, I think you can tell it to render 5 frames using 2 cores each.

Lemme know if that option exists. I'm interested in building a video editing rig.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, that doesn't exist. However an article on Puget Systems website showed that the 6950x was still the best in Premiere Pro cc (link in the build description). If you find such a setting, PLEASE let me know

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This article from Puget Systems shows how different CPUs work with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and how Xeon CPUs aren't actually better. The results are certainly interesting. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to know if this system plays everything in real time. Also how long does it take to burn a 2hrBlu-ray or 3hrs. My 3960x and 4960x takes quite sometime. I have to leave the machine alone and move to another system. I want to get this 10core and I wants to get it right this time before investing this huge cash whiles the speed is only 20%

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never built a computer with a disk drive of any kind in it haha. Sorry I couldn't help

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm attempting first build, and am planning on using the same motherboard, with a 6850K. Mostly for Maya, 3ds Max, and occasional gaming. I was curious, why you used the OCZ RD400A? Wouldn't the M.2 slots on the board be a little cheaper, just as fast and free up a pci slot with a SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2?

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all, it's a great motherboard. As for the SSD, honestly idk. Using the card was easier than doing the research to see if this mobo had the correct slot for it or if it would be as fast. I don't need all the PCIE slots so it doesn't really matter I guess. Also I think the M.2 slot on this board makes the drive stick straight up and I think that looks super ugly...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I thought there was a technical reason I was missing. The M.2 does have a bracket thing, sticks straight out from the board from what I've seen in the literature. Sick build btw.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a bit noisy and lacking some pizzazz so I think some LEDs, new fans, and water cooling are coming in the future ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't understand, what's the disadvantage of going for a Xeon that may offer better performance/price ratio?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Check out this link: https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-3-CPU-Comparison-849/

That plus the fact that this is for personal use as much or more than it is for workstation use means that having an overclockable, fast, and user friendly chip makes this worth it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the 980ti going?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Working great. I don't game much so its actually super overkill. No complaints though.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I might add an other 32GB kit of RAM but hopefully no more upgrades for a while haha my wallet hurts

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha the ram is for video editing so things like abode premier and after effects

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I try not to multitask as much as I can just for maximum performance but so far RAM hasn't been a bottleneck

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

This is still a personal computer though. I want to keep all the nice consumer features of an i series CPU but be able to edit 4K like nothing. Honestly, the 3 GHz clock on the 6950x isn't that great, I definitely need to figure out how to overclock. I'd be pretty sad if I spent this kind of cash on a rig that didn't have very good single core performance...

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