Description

Hey Everyone,

I am a professional 3D artist and I built this system specifically for the software I use. Software includes, Maya, Zbrush, Mari, Arnold, and Photoshop to name a few.

My previous machine was a i7 3770 with 16gb of Ram. The video card for a long time was a GTX 560ti, and then later a 970. I decided to upgrade to something bit more professional.

I decided to take a gamble on Ebay and pick up a Xeon 2699 v4 22-Core CPU. The price was worth it after seeing what Intel decided to charge for the 6950x. The only downside to running a Xeon is the slow boot time. Though a slow boot time is worth it when I am cutting production time down by a lot.

Custom PSU cables are from cable mod. The colors are a bit funky but i like.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 8 points

+1 NEEDS MORE CORESSSSSSS

ahem

Rather impressive.

  • 40 months ago
  • 6 points
I cannot believe how high is the price to performance ratio on that CPU you found.

******* incredible.

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Intel Xeon E5-2699 V4 2.2GHz 22-Core OEM/Tray $820.00 USD

Dat price though.

(From Ark)

Recommended Customer Price $4115.00

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

How in the good earth did you get that processor for 820 dollars it's unit price is over 4000

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, I knew that Broadwell Xeons were going to come out soon. So I kept Ebay tabs open and setup some filters. A batch of 10 came up and I decided to take a gamble on it. Especially since it came with a decent warranty and return policy. I pulled the trigger when I saw them selling like hotcakes. I put it in, ran it with the software I normally use. So far so good.

I was inspired when I saw Linus put a Xeon in an X99 build and saw the benchmarks, so I decided to do the same.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Found a test one on ebay for under 2000$ I'm tempted

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

So jammy!

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a hell of a workstation, man. I'm jealous of your storage alone! Awesome build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy hell! Want some computer with that overkill?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw how on earth did you manage to get that motherboard so cheap?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I think thats the standard price for that motherboard. Its currently on newegg.com for that price.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. It's $550-$600. It's currently listed on newegg for $550

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

woops!, This should actually be the MSI Gaming Carbon, which goes for 330. When I saved this part list, that board wasnt on this list yet.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oooh ok. That makes sense. That's a good looking board too

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the best looking workstation +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha Engineering Sample Xeon's on ebay are awesome! I hope you got one with all the instruction sets! Nice job

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

So far so good!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

wow, I havent seen a build this awesome in a while. This is amazing!

I also dig those cables

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice dude Nyan cat would be proud!!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nailed it!! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, this is an amazing computer. You probably did not need to say you were an artist, as the pictures explain it instantly.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Why not Quadros if you are doing pro-level work?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1080 actually beats the quadro m6000 in most of the software i use. Certain applications are also starting to use Direct X which is a plus for content creation. A $700 card was an wasy choice for my wallet over the $5000 quadro m6000.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an awesome build man!

+1 for the rainbow cables man!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Those cables are the sickest thing to grace pcpartpicker in a long time and really become the highlight of your build +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

LMAO, I love the cables!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like the lighting on that board?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The board lighting is not bad. Has tons of features. However I have two issues.

  1. The color 'white' is more of a really white blue' and doesn't match my thermaltake white ring led fans'

  2. The motherboard power button and two surrounding buttons stay Red, no matter the color settings.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely inspired by this build. My Enthoo Evolve is in the mail... I really like that your lighting is all onboard + led fans. Maybe I'll go a similar route this build rather than the led strips around the edges of the case. Also reconsidering my cabling :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

those cables though! ugh so beautiful! great build

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

My reaction to seeing this

Sweet build man, and you got a once-in-a-lifetime steal on that CPU...

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Its an OEM. Lookup what that means and youll know

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

The price to performance ratio... IT'S OVER 9000!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

its on 4000 U$D too.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

How is it at gaming? gulp

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Not trying to be rude but why didn't you go with a quadro card?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You should really step up the CPU cooler. Any Corsair AIO is garbage, plenty of benchmarks showing they are piss poor coolers compared to the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate and Universal , Noctua NHD-15, be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3, and the Swiftech H220-X2, H240-X2, H320-X2, H340-X2 series of AIO coolers or the EK Predator

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful! Gotta love that 22-core Xeon! +1

Also, would you mind doing me a small favor? I sort of ****** up ordering cable combs for my custom sleeved cables. Accidentally ordered combs that are proven to work with cable mod cables instead of the ones that are more generic for custom cables. So if you don't mind, could you measure the width of the cablemod cables? I wanna know if my cables are the same size. Thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know if i have anything that will accurately measure them. I will see if cablemod has measurements. This thread might help. It goes over the different sizes of sleeving. http://www.overclock.net/t/929480/cable-sleeving-comparison

I chose paracord as my cable sleeving.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, hopefully cablemod uses 550 paracord. If they do I am fine.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Rainbow Cables!!!!

Legendary Build. Great work.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I wanted to do more rainbow stuff but started out with this.

I haven't seen any rainbow cables and didn't want to do the standard rainbow colors.

Overall I am a fan.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Would the #*?!> downvoting all the comments please stop this!?!
btw PCPP: look at this build! We need that favorite button now!!!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the rainbow cables, I gotta get some, maybe for my next build in a inwin 303....

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet mother of mercy!!!!
Think you got wrong PSU and GPU in your part list tho.
Here are yours:
EVGA P2 850
EVGA GTX 1080 FE

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I will update this ASAP. The part list was made a few days before i ordered some things changed via price. Ended up going with the Evga parts since they were bundled on newegg and not overpriced to oblivion.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope i am not late for the party

but so far in PCPP community,

your build is the only one with a 22 core Xeon on a X99 board.

seeing how you manage to bag this CPU

i may try my luck on getting this over the 6950X now that the price of the 6950X is stupid at 1.7K USD for a 10 core with OC features.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It all depends on what you are using your Rig for. If you are gaming and love to OC then this CPU is probably not the best choice. You are right though, the cost of the 6950x is insane. However with a Xeon you dont get any XMP memory features or CPU OC features.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Gaming will be the other use of the planned PC.

I need the cores for my Adobe Creative Suite because my side hobby is doing Cosplay Photography.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

eermm...how did you buy that 22-cores V4 for 820 bucks?? 0.o

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

In the description i mentioned I took a gamble on ebay. You can find lots of engineering samples/ used cpus.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

wow. Props to you mate!

  • 40 months ago
  • -1 points

Engineering sample processors are illegal to buy or sell and are the sole property of Intel. Intel may demand the processor back at any given time upon discovering the use of an engineering sample processor.

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh, don't kill his fun :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi- Your build looks awesome. got a question in mind - do you think MSI X99A Gaming PRO can handle all these cores?. did you ever test it? I haven't see any info about No of cores supports in MSI support manuals. Just for curiosity. I'm looking to build something similar to this but with less cores-12. Have a plan to upgrade CPU to support more cores in the futures with same MOBO. So looking for some best board with more cores support features.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If the motherboard supports the CPU, it should use all the cores. All 22 of mine are used as I use it daily with my software. Just remember that if you go Xeon, you are not going to be using a lot of the features this mobo offers. such as overclocking, etc.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

how do u like the mobo? had any issues during set up ?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard is nice. I mentioned that the LEDs set to white has more of a blue look but that is a minor complaint. Setup was really easy , and out of the box it works with Broadwell EP CPUs. Everything booted up fine.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

yea thanks for the reply, trying to decide between x99 strix , gigabyte designare and this bad boy

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

damn , 22 cores ...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

this the dream build for gamers and programmers man soooo nice +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Post some Cinebench numbers or some render or export times in applications, i want to see them!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build...question- do you know what color variant the PSU cables are? I can't find them on cablemod...those are the cherry on top!

edit: I FOUND THEM! :)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely thought about it. I have a 970 I would like to put in and try before it goes away. I am curious to see the performance in certain applications with and without it.

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