This machine was all made possible by the fact that my old one was exactly 5 years old at this point. My old 5850 was on its last legs going through 2 coolers. It was loud as could be. I decided to do a new build at this point due to the fact I wanted to celebrate my new job and leaving my old retail job. As part of said retail job I also had access to the bi-annual Intel Retail Edge program which I used once in the past and once again before quitting to get the parts for this ultimate build (ultimate in relative terms of course!)
To put together a really powerful and SILENT workstation level PC with minimalist styling and capability to game on occasion with no hiccups and stunning graphics....
Here is a breakdown of the parts I used, the price on the side is actually accurate once taxes and shipping are factored in, it cost me about $200 more than it came out to be on pcpartpicker
Not much to this, I wanted to go with Haswell and 2011-V3 which I will outline why when I talk about the motherboard. This was offered as one of two available chips from retail edge. I have no issues with it. 6 cores, 40 PCIe lanes and a fast enough clockspeed. No over clocking will be happening here.
Intel 750 400 GB SSD
This was the second part that was also part of retail edge. I decided to go all out here. I'm not sure if it was a mistake or my misreading the description but I could've sworn I was getting the AIC PCIe add in card version not the U.2 2.5" version. The landing page is gone so I can't tell. I was slightly disappointed about the fact that I had to deal with another cable. Then I saw the speeds and was no longer disappointed :) I've never seen progress bars move so fast. 8 minutes from Windows 10 install loading to Windows desktop.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4
It's corsair memory, not dominator, nor does it have to be. As mentioned above, no overclocking. I ran memtest86 for 4 hours and prime95 for 24 hours. Not an issue. It is 4x8GB sticks to make sure it is in Quad Channel mode. Nice low profile black memory.
I've always had Corsair PSU's, this one touts to be silent. It is. The corsair link digital software is garbage but the monitor can be exposed using OpenHardwareMonitor and this was another reason I wanted it. Reviews were all positive after the original RM850 series was torn to bits. Good quality components and my first major annoyance has been avoided. NO COIL WHINE.
Scythe Kotetsu HSF
I wanted silent, I went with this. Jury is still up in the air, the PWM fan is silent. The Heatsink itself looks bad *** due to the BLACK top plate unlike other coolers with silver and copper on top. It was the most silent reviewed on SPCR. I always have a hard time navigating that site and everything looks outdated, but luckily it was compatible with 2011-v3 so I went for it. Hard to find, but I managed, ended up paying more than its actually worth, but I took the risk. One thing I realized later was the the TDP was 10W less than my CPU was rated for. This wasn't on my mind because I got it for silence and clearance compatibility. I later found out when I tested an OC to 4Ghz on full load it could get up to 97C which I'm not too comfortable with but I'm not OC'ing and I've yet to see tepms go over 71C stock. Again the jury is still out on this one..I might look into the Hyper 212 with the scythe fan on it later, right now this one just looks too good to remove :)
Arctic Cooling MX4
I bought some new paste since I didn't have any. Boasts no curing time using a non conductive material. I'm not sure how well it's working considering the TDP issue mentioned above.
Still hasn't come in, I still need optical drives. (UPDATE: came in, works great!)
EVGA 980Ti SC+ ACX2.0+ 6GB
I bought this before deciding to build this machine. I wasn't seeing the performance with this that I was expecting from it in my old machine, especially for the money I paid(which I got a good deal on still!) I decided to go big or go home here and I wasn't disappointed. I like the fact that it is better value than a Titan and is pretty much the same thing. I like the cooling EVGA has, the backplate is awesome and it makes no noise whatsoever. Including NO COIL WHINE again :)
Define R5 Blackout w/ Window
There seems to be an overall theme here which is black. Black always works, but I was pleasantly surprised by not only the black parts but how the rest of the machine came together. This case had a big part in making this build so perfect. At first I didn't like the window placement but I got used to it after the build was done. I went blackout to make it look nice. The dampening is amazing and the features are spectacular. No faults with this case except the front filter clip is nonexistent and makes it super annoying to remove it and the side panel doesn't clip that well using the spring loaded retention on the side but none of that is a big deal.
ASUS HyperKit Adapter
I had to buy this when I realized that I wasn't getting the PCIe AIC based Intel 750. It works great EXCEPT it faces the port from the opposite side making a giant ugly braided cable show right in the middle of the board. It's nit-picking yes, but annoying at the same time.
ASUS X99-E WS USB3.1
I wanted to leave this for last because I have the most to say about it. This motherboard has a lot going for it and I'm not sure why its not as popular as any of the other boards out there. First and foremost I bought this motherboard for the future. The fact that is has 8 DIMM slots and full 16x x 7 PCIe slots is what made it for me. The fact that it is compatible with the Xeon CPU's is another. I understand this is a revision of the original WS board from 2014 just with built in USB3.1, but I couldn't find it anywhere when I decided to build this PC. 2011-v3 isn't going anywhere any time soon I don't think. Skylake is too new. This board fits all the criteria I need it for and then some, unfortunately I had to buy it from a third party re seller on newegg and paid a lot more than I wanted to, but it ended up well worth it. I also took a gamble on the compatibility with the define r5 recessed motherboard tray, I'm glad to say it fits perfectly. Options are endless, everything is perfect, it weighs about 100 pounds and I think will last me forever. The plan is to replace this LPX ram and 5930K with a Xeon and ECC ram when it is time to upgrade. I have yet to hear about the SkyLake server platform or what will replace 2011-v3, nor do I care. I still don't know why this motherboard is so rare all of sudden, I'm guessing its being discontinued. It's a shame because it is stable as a rock.
A friend and I put it together, the parts slowly came over the course of a few days. This wasn't my first build by any means but I wanted to make sure it was done right. Took our time doing things properly and spent 4 hours on it. I didn't know what kind of theme I was going to go with except black, but then I saw the motherboard and its black and gunmetal like main heatsink and it matched perfectly with the evga card and it was like the heavens opened up....the white LED's on the card really add to the effect and adding in the RGB strip I have decided to mimic the cool white from the GPU as well, even though the rest of the colors work well.
This is still a work in progress, I'm still deciding on how to best approach cooling, oh yeah, this thing is DEAD silent too. Temps hover between 35 and 40 idle and I couldn't be happier. I still have some cable mgmt I want to do along with getting the actual BD-R drive in and installing it
Minimal, quiet, powerful. Mission Accomplished.
This computer will go along with the Predator X34 Monitor at some point, I'm waiting to see if something comparable comes out and if the price will go down. I'm in this deep, I might as well go all the way.