Update: I have retired this computer after 3 years and I have a new 16 core computer build you can check out
JJ Guerrero from Asus contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in building ‘a beast‘ of a computer for video editing using the very latest Intel X99 chip set and their new X99 motherboard. JJ liked my “Monster Computer Build” I did about 18 months ago, and thought my viewers would like an update to that build.
He said I could keep the computer for free after we were done building it. While I thought that was very nice of them, I don’t like taking anything for free so I can remain unbiased.
This is not really a review of any of any of the Asus computer parts and computers are really not in my wheel house, but still I don’t like taking stuff for free so I will be donating my old computer and the difference in cost for the new machine to Asus’s favorite charity in their name.
The Build Video
Dave’s ‘Beast’ Computer Parts List
- Intel i7-5960X 8-core Haswell-E
- Asus X99 Deluxe Motherboard (upgraded to version U3.1)
- Crucial DDR4 64G 2133MHz
- NZXT H630 CA White Case
- NZXT Krakan X61 CPU Water Cooler
- Seasonic Platinum Series SS-860XP2 Active PFC F3 860W The
NZXT Hale 1000 Watt 90+ Gold PSUwas too noisy so I swapped it out.
- Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm
NZXT FN120 V2the NZXT got noisy after a year so I swapped them out.
- Samsung 2TB 850 Evo SSD (Media Drive)
- Kingston 480GB SSD (Scratch Drive)
- Samsung 840 EVO SSD 1TB drive (Export Drive)
- Corsair Force Series GT SSD 240GB (OS Drive for Windows 10)
- WD 6TB HDD for two (Backup Drives)
- LG 34UC97-S 34″ UltraWide I love this wide curved monitor, great for editing.
- Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader
- I removed the card reader shown in this video because it never worked well and was hard to reach.
The main reason why I agreed to this build was because JJ knows a ton about computers, so as he was building the computer I was peppering him with questions. To me JJ’s knowledge about computers was more valuable to me than the computer itself, I got to ask him tons of questions for the day and a half he was here.
JJ was at my office for a day and half and I recorded 3 hours of the build. I cut the video down to about 30 minutes with the best content. This is not a how-to computer build that shows very set, it is more of me asking questions during the build that were important to me.
First question I asked was about graphics card since it seems like my GTX680 is never working that hard on playback.
Filming in my office with two people and a large computer case was a bit tight so forgive my shooting style. I will admit some of the things that JJ told me was over my head and I had no idea what he was talking about. 🙂
Raw Footage from the actual build (new material)
Replaced Fans Noise Test
Music by ccMixter DoKashiteru
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