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So, I work from home, as a software developer, so I typically do the code -> compile -> test cycle, and often use containers and VMs as part of my development. Hence LOTS of RAM, and a fast processor (single thread) was needed. Also, hangouts EATS cpu, and as I work remotely and all my conversations are on hangouts, I needed something that could keep up with that.

The ARCTIC Freezer 240 is pretty much silent in the Fractal Design S, so that worked really well. And that's on full load. I've not overclocked (yet) and might not, as this thing has enough power for me and is quiet.

The RX 480 on the other had is very, very, noisy under full load. I've undervolted it, knocked a few kHz off the performance, and slowed the fans down to make it acceptable. I'll change the card for something else (maybe Vega if it's any good) in the future.

I could've gone Ryzen, and seriously thought about it; however, I wanted a known solution, with excellent stability and good performance. The 'old' X99 + 6800K gives me that, and it will still be a good machine for several years. (and yes, that's probably confirmation bias after the fact to justify my purchase decisions!).

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Mobo looks good with the white fans, and good cable management! :) Did you have to update the BIOS or anything to get the CPU to work with the motherboard? PCPartsPicker gives a warning when I try to use a similar parts list so I figured I'd ask.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply; I don't seem to get notifications -- perhaps it's something in the settings?

Thanks re: cable management! It wasn't quite so neat once the graphics card went in. But that's hopefully temporary (waiting on Vega!). Anyway, no, the ASRock Taichi X99 board has full support for Broadwell-E (6800k, etc.), so I didn't need to update the BIOS. It worked straight out of the box and the memory XMP profile went straight to 3200.

It's a really nice, but expensive, system. If I didn't need legacy support, I'd have gone for a Ryzen based system, but at the time I put it together, Linux support was a bit iffy.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I wasn't. I literally said that I wasn't suggesting sites like kinguin

  • 27 months ago
  • 5 points

My above comment is not limited simply to suggestions. As stated,

in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Fair enough

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What is happening with the completed builds? There are lots on the homepage but no new ones since 22nd on completed builds page.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

We're looking into remedying it. It should be fixed soon.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is working out very well. I just finished Tomb Raider 2013 on it at 3440x1440; I had to knock the quality down to 'high' from ultra, but it was maintaining 65+ fps in even the most demanding open world sections. It is a very, very good graphics card, and with it undervolted, the noise is kept under control.

My problem is that, for work purposes, I have a BIG monitor, and would like to play Rise of the Tomb Raider. And the RX 480 doesn't quite have enough pixel-pushing for that. Not its fault; it's a really great mid range card; I just need a high end card that does FreeSync; I'm really hoping that is Vega.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that too, is my fear. If it's 1070+ performance, and 'affordable', then I'll get it, even if it does use more power than the nVidia equivalent. I really want the FreeSync support!