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).
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.
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.
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.
Unbelievable quite especially with as much air as it moves.
Love this monitor! Gaming at 100Hz would be nice but this was much cheaper than a 3440x1440 gaming monitor.
This keyboard feels and looks amazing. It is a little loud but I like the click.
Super light and super accurate along with good looks. What more could you want?