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New Build.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GoRedwings, Oct 22, 2015.

New Build.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GoRedwings, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. GoRedwings

    GoRedwings Tagged Donator

    Hi gorks it has been a while.

    In true time honoured tradition I present to you my good sirs a new build.

    Context.

    So for the last 5 years or so I have stuck with teh same primary gaming PC setup more or less. They have been a few graphics card changes but the system for the most part remained the same. I did even one and a half years ago buy a whopping 900d case and watercooling for a project I never completed.

    So I have been on holiday this week and decided I would do it. So originally my upgrade plans were a new monitor and a gfx card. But in BFB tradition if you are going to upgrade then go all the way or not at all.

    So for my choice of monitors there were only two that actually interested me. I don't care about G/sync or monitors that do over 60hz. So everyone knows I only do Dell monitors and everyone also knows I only do IPS monitors.

    The choices were 32' Dell 4k or the Dell 34' Ultrawide. In the end I went with the Ultrawide. I could of been happy with both but when I was reading up on them and looking at other people setup I just felt the Ultrawide was the way to go. Also another primary reason is due to old age my eyesight is failing. If apps and what not, support it and allow you to scale that's great but if not I don't want to be putting my eyes under more strain.

    The other upgrade was a graphics card. I haven;t changed my graphics card in an eternity. Which in reality is not long but in my book and anyone else that knows me 'an eternity'. I bought the 780ti as soon as it came out. I was going to switch to the fury X but when I saw the pricing and then the performance while good but not earth shattering I went with the Nvidia option. When the 980 was released I nearly pulled the trigger on it but knowing Nvidia practices I knew within a short period they would release a Ti version. They did this with the 780's as I have had both the SLI 780 and SLI 780 Ti setups. So I was going to get a 980 Ti.

    But something happened...and it did not go that way...well not quite...

    As much as I love my 2600k setup I felt that my setup on features was lacking behind the times so I started to look at a 4790k setup. Then Skylake was released. With that support for the m.2 standard. If I went with a z97 setup my SSD's were still bottlenecked by the Sata 3 controller limits and SSD technology if using SATA 3. So then I switched my sights to a Z170 setup and Skylake. So I knew this was going to set me back about 800 quid for the setup which was fine and within budget I had. But then I noticed a x99 5930k setup cost the same. So to me it made more sense to go the x99 route. I luckily enough found a 5930k setup used on OCUK for a reasonable price of 550 quid so it was cheaper than buying skylake or the x99 setup brand new. So I got that....

    I thought "Great now I can build it in my 900D case"... But then I realised that I have nothing to stick in it besides a mother and cpu and graphics card. All of media (porn) is being switched over to a NAS and also due to teh fact I have so many gadgets which can accept streaming media a dedicated NAS/Media streamer made more sense. I don;t have any HDD's due to the aformentioned NAS and no SSD's as I didn;t want to be bottlenecked by the SATA 3 limitations. So I ordered a Synology DS1515+, WD Red 6tb drive and a samsung sm951 Nvme pci-e SSD. And seeming teh 900D is way too overkill for this build I got a new case even though I already have 2x corsair cases already. So I got a Corsair 760t to do the build. Sigh :/

    But it doesn't end there. Of course it doesn't. So for my last few build I have mostly gone with Gigabyte windforce, Evga classifieds or MSI lightning. So I was set on getting the Gigabyte windforce 980 ti and was about to click the 'But Now' button but then I was scuppered again by what I can only describe as 'intervention of the gork gods' and ended up buying 2x KFA 2 Hall of fame 980ti cards. It is only what I can describe as a 'lolwut' moment.

    Most of the stuff is already built and ready to go just waiting on the cards which should be here tommorrow. Pics to follow as usual. I do hope you enjoyed the yores of derpiness that is I. I may have been absent from these forums for quite a long time but if there is one I can assure you of is 'Gork4life'

    Thanks for reading.
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  2. MortisAngelo

    MortisAngelo Tagged

    Its... Beautiful
  3. GoRedwings

    GoRedwings Tagged Donator

    Here are the pics as promised. This is the pics of the stuff arriving and testing out:)


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  4. Saundie

    Saundie Prototype Staff Member Tagged

    Has buyer's remorse kicked in yet, GorkedWings19? ;)
  5. MG

    MG Staff Member Tagged Donator

    Saundie did you spot the bike in the background? Can't be redders as I always had the impression he is allergic to exercise?
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  6. BuIIyBeef

    BuIIyBeef Tagged

    Very nice Redders. Well jel.
    Looking for a `stuff for sale` thread right now! LoL
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  7. Saundie

    Saundie Prototype Staff Member Tagged

    To be honest, I couldn't get past the Apple product (Macbook Air?) in the foreground...
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  8. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Tagged

    He is a shell of the man we all used to revere.
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  9. DragonSVD

    DragonSVD Professional Target Staff Member Tagged

    So, to help the poor eyesight of Dr. Gork as well as the poor cognitive skills as pointed out by Bully, and to get Saundie to close his trap, I have done some movie magic:

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  10. GoRedwings

    GoRedwings Tagged Donator

    Update.

    Got my led strip for inside the case. Also the gork lords have gifted me more goodies...

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    And the obvious nightime shot.

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    Also been trying a few games out.

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    Pretty much finshed the build with justa few bits and bobs to do. There is also a Synology ds1515+ hiding behind the macbook. But nobody wants to see pics of a NAS so didn't bother. I am justwaiting on the Razer Mamba chroma wireless to be released in the U.K then I think I will be finished.
  11. Ralthen

    Ralthen Tagged

    Drool.... Slurp!!!!

    Nice build redders wish i could afford that but what happened to the plan for water cooling

    and how much did all that set you back lol :)

    also out of curiosity whats the game with the jets ?
  12. MG

    MG Staff Member Tagged Donator

    Nas details!
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  13. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Tagged

    I wouldn't mind seeing mini nas review, I'm really looking at getting a new nas, file server or custom build, but the fact that my zyxel 310 is going so strong and does everything I need I think it's just preparation for when it dies.
  14. MG

    MG Staff Member Tagged Donator

    I've had a Synology DS214+ nearly 2 years thinking about getting a new one but like above it does everything i want.
  15. GoRedwings

    GoRedwings Tagged Donator

    Hey guys.

    Ralt>I have probably spent somewhere in the region of 4k thereabouts. Which is a lot of money but then I don't plan to upgrade for at least 3 years. PC tech moves too slow for my liking with only graphics cards advancing at a decent rate. Take a look at monitors and cpu tech. Until g/sync, freesync very recently becoming popular the monitor developement stage has been stagnant for years. Same with PC cpu even though I have clocked my cpu to 4.2 ghz in everyday usage it feels no different to my i2600k setup which I am still using just as much.

    My watercooling setup that I planned nearly two years ago ended abruptly after I bought a 4770k setup after 3 days I decided to delid it and replace the thermal compound and killed it. In a fit of gork rage I trashed my MB thatt went with it due to the fact in general I am pretty good with looking after stuff and I couldn't believe after all the gorking I did I killed a cpu..

    THe Corsair keyboard is my first ever mechanical keyboard and was an impulse buy I wanted to see what the fuss was about as at the moment they are very popular which might explain their pricing currently. And the Razer firefly was just because I wanted to complement the rest of the setup. In all honesty I never been into the lighting aesetic side of pc building but I just fancied something different from my usual build which are decent but very standard and boring. In all seriousness I think mechanical keyboard are stupidly overpriced and the razer firefly. I can't belive they charge 55 quid for a mousemat which lights up.

    Funnily enough I still have the watercooling bits. Maybe one day I might get round to using it.

    Btw the game is Battlefield 3. You are now the second person to ask me this. Someone asked me this before on a different forum as they didn;t recognise the game in the ultrawide format.

    Mg+Sexy>This is my first ever nas. I did look into doing a freenas setup but in the end I decided that it was not for me. Let me just move the mac and take a pic of it for you. Like most people these days media consumption is what's it all about whether you are doing it via mobile, tablet etc. So in my room I now have two pc's, one mac, 2 mobiles, 1 tablet, ps4, wii u, xbox one and a few other bits and bobs I can't remember. Now all of media is on my older 2600k pc and I find it a right pain in teh ass if I want to watch anything on a certain device. So it made sense to me to have one central hub where all the media is kept whether it music, photos, movies, whatever on one device and that one device would stream to the rest of the components on my network or over wifi.

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    So why I did I chose this brand and this particular model. Well tbh I could of gone with any other brand but the reason I went with synology was I read that their software is very good but more importantly it simpler to use then other vendors especially for someone who has not one clue about servers or networks i.e such as myself. FOr all the gorking I do I hate anything to do with servers or networks and avoid it like a plague that's why I know nothing about them.

    So why the DS1515+? good question the reason was becuase I have something like 5x3tb drives all crammed not to mention the countless amount of 1.5/2 tb drives that are just full that I haven;t used in years. So this being my first Nas I filled them with 6tb wd red. Years ago I was a fan of Sammy F1 drives. THen I discovered wd red's and have only ever use them since. Most of my 3tb drives are wd red as well. I don;t know whether they are highly regarded but I do know I have a few seagates 3tb and I hated them. One died straight away with 3tb of my dirtiest smut on there. Like the rare kind you will never see again. After that I never touched Seagate ever again.

    Don't know anything about nas drives so I can;t really help with mini review as I have no baseline comparison let alone experience. Also when I was researching nas products I liked the fact you can add an expansion box if needed up to 2 expansion boxes. So that was a consideration. Although I am pretty sure you can do this with other vendors. BUt the simplicity that the Synology reputated to have sold me on this. More experienced Nas users might find this limiting but like I said I have no comparison to other vendors such as Qnap etc.

    So if I was totally honest it is way much more than I wanted to spend which was orignally about 1k or under. Which would of covered a new monitor and gfx card. But I am pretty confident that I won;t upgrade for quite a while as like with many of the old skool gorks I have no interest in it anymore. Years ago the gorks would change every year as there would be exciting products each year. I just don;t get that feeling any more besides gfx cards.

    Anyways thanks for reading and hope you guys have been fine.
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  16. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Tagged

    The only Seagate I ever got is now used as a gorky coaster. I too went from Samsung F1 (they are all still working) to WD Red and love them, I've used the Blue and Black variants but the Red's work well in NAS and alongside SSDs in my opinion.
  17. GoRedwings

    GoRedwings Tagged Donator

    Sexy our experiences pretty much mirrors each others. I loved the sammy drives but needed more storage capacity. I think at the time when the 3tb drives were released there were like 2-3 options available at the time. THey were the wd red 3tb, Seagate 7200.11 and the hitachi deskstar 3tb. So I ended up being a wd red convert for life when a)Before I used sammy's I used a lot of hitachi deskstar drives. THey worked fine but they ran hot and were quite noisy. So I didn;t particularly want to revisit that drive. So it was down to the Seagate and the Wd's. I went with the Seagate option as they were significantly cheaper than the WD red option. THe first one I bought was fine had no problems with it. So with that being said I bought a second.

    There were 2 things taht put me off Seagate for eternity. A) THe moment I put the drive in it was already clicking. Any self respecting gork knows this is the click of death. Don;t get me wrong any manufacturere can have a DOA product so to me it wasn;t a big deal until the click only started after I initiated a 2.5 TB data transfer. The pc froze and when I rebooted all of it was lost.

    B)the drive needed a firmware update. This update bricked the drive as the software engineers at Seagate didn;t test it and released it.

    ANd that's how I ended up on WD red's and stuck with them ever since. I am pretty sure there are people here you have had bad experiences with WD and have positive experiences with Seagate but I am not one of them and there is nothing in this world that can convince me otherwise.

    So later tommorrow I will be setting up the NAS and transferring all the data. Not sure how long that will take but it quite a bit so I would expect it to take quite a while.

    Probably will still need some help with it though so I look to you network gorks.
  18. BuIIyBeef

    BuIIyBeef Tagged

    I think i`ll be needing a NAS soon, with MiNi being back and forth from Uni, it will be handy for him to back up his stuff regularly. Any chance someone may put a walkthrough guide together. Or a do & don`t list for a NAS & network noob
  19. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Tagged

    Well budget is the first thing you want to decide on. Zyxel seem to have the cheap end covered they are low powered, performance isn't too bad either, but I'm not keen on their file system although you can run kodi on most, if not all of them. Their software isn't too bad, but I bypass it almost all the time now if I'm honest.

    Synology cover the mid well but their higher end stuff gets some stiff competition from the file server market, so you have to start asking yourself what your use case really calls for.

    It's all fairly easy if you have the slightest competency with computers, just make sure you've got gigabit running throughout,
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  20. DragonSVD

    DragonSVD Professional Target Staff Member Tagged

    Who did I buy the HP MicroServer from on here? I think it was Fish. It has been a good little box, doesnt use much power, has decent drive bays, and works MUCH faster than a NAS for file transfer. The NAS is typically bottlenecked by the CPU in my experience. I added an external JBOD with RAID 5 from Lian-li to it for esata extra storage (5x2TB WD Reds) and am running windows server essential which is really easy to setup and maintain. It is where the windows home server migrated to. I also run plex from the server, not just using it as a file server. A little more expensive, but loaded with performance and features.

    HP MicroServer:
    http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/04/12/review-hp-proliant-microserver-gen8/ (i have the gen7 not the gen8 here)
    Lian li EX-50:
    http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/ex-50/
    Windows Server 2012 Essentials as a home server:
    http://winsupersite.com/article/win...012-essentials-home-server-replacement-144275
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
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