The build started today. I have some video, but no system rigged for video editing (that is what the BRUTE is being built for). How ever, I did break out the camera app on my phone and got some shots for you, which will follow.
One of my boys. Yes, I used extra hands today.
Fans installed, so in goes the drives.
Prepping for motherboard install. The HAF Stacker 935 is ROOMY!
Time for the CPU. So little, for the best AMD CPU out right now.
Motherboard in, CPU slotted, and H105 cooler mounted.
Wiring in place, and this is the first power test. Looking nice!
The video card, a Sapphire Vapor-X R9 280X, will be delivered and installed tomorrow... so I can actually start loading software!
Expect more soon!
Some updates today:
1st is the video card in all it's glory.
2nd is the UEFI Internet Update. My 990FX Extreme 9 came with the latest firmware on-board already, FX-9590 ready.
3rd is the Corsair K70 Vengeance with Cherry MX-Red keyboard. Simply amazing.
4th is the Windows 8.1 install. A complete install to the SSD was done in less than 5 minutes.
There are a LOT of things I will go into in depth as I use them, but in general the machine is rock solid and stable. The CPU at idle is ice cold, but I haven't gotten things loaded to push it yet.
One note, despite the memory being read via XMP as DDR3 2133Mhz, the board immediately set them to 1333Mhz, and I had to manually adjust the speed. I opted for 1866 as this is the highest non-OC level for the FX-9590. I may try 2133 in the future as I tweak the system, but for the time being this is WAY faster than what I was running before (DDR2 800Mhz).
'From the ground up' builds are sweet :) Enjoy
My God that HAF Stacker 935 is one sexy beast. Excellent work on that PC Build. Promoted to FrontPage.
AMD was nice to offer a bundled Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon key in, delivered with the other parts from Newegg. And, the one thing everyone wants to know, how does it play?
Well, running 1920x1080 120Hz, I'm not seeing a lick of tearing, and the framerate is SMOOTH like butter. Even at Ultra HD (or 4K) I have to limit it via VSync (as the Seiki display can't refresh faster) and have seen LOWER GPU temps at 4K than at HD, meaning the GPU is liking the reduced refresh more than the workload for 4K generates.
I'm building the first video tomorrow, which is mostly stuff my boys shot over my shoulder during the build, and we'll see what can be done there. I'm expecting incredible number crunching.
For the record, parts inside (for those who haven't seen the initial build thread):
ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 motherboard
AMD FX-9590 8-core 64-bit CPU at 4.7/5Ghz
Corsair Hydro Series H105 CPU cooler kit
G.Skill Sniper 8Gbx4 2133Mhz clocked at 1833Mhz
Sapphire AMD R9 280X Vapor-X (manufacturer OC to 950/1070Mhz)
Corsair RM1000 80-Plus Gold PSU
Corsair GS 240Gb SSD
2x WD 2Tb Black HD
Asus BR and DVD Writers
NZXT Sentry MIX2 fan controller
And the whole rig is bound in the Cooler Master Stacker 935 with a boat-load of Corsair fans.
With all fans at low (except the primary fans on the cooler itself, which are motherboard controlled) the CPU doesn't exceed 36°C and the GPU doesn't exceed 42°C at load. I have yet to hear the CPU fans speed up yet, the GPU does but it is absolutely inaudible when playing a game. I will say that considering the fact that I have 15 fans (if you count the memory cooler as two) running, yet the sound level is incredibly low.
When I have the video ready to do, I will also get the good camera out and get some nice quality system shots to show off.
We had an issue, it seems. One of the 2Tb Black hard disks failed yesterday, and essentially fragged up the computer horribly. Thankfully, I was able to save the critical data, so the only thing lost was time.
Sadly, one of the drives for the server also was bad, refused to fully initialize. It was a 2Tb Green, also from Western Digital. That was replaced (4 2Tb drives in ZFS, providing 5.2Tb space with failure redundancy), but it strikes me as scary that I've had two new WD drives pop on me. I've always preferred them to Seagate drives, especially with the recent reviews, but to have fully a third of the drives I ordered fail is frightening.
Video will still be coming, don't worry. But I was set back a bit.
Most assuredly that's an above normal rate of failure for WD drives. Maybe they suffered the foul hands of very rough transit. Looking on the bright side of things it's better they fail now while under warranty. :)
I totally agree. One has already been replaced, and the other is on it's way. I've never had this many go bad at the beginning before.
I'm syncing video files with the server now, tomorrow we will take a crack at video production.
Sorry about my lack of work. I've been dealing with an on-again off-again stability problem, which I was very much blaming on the video card, until I finally found it... the memory. Before the hard drive disaster, I had bumped the memory up to 2133Mhz. I wasn't expecting the G.Skill product to be problematic as I have used their memory with great success with both AMD and Intel builds in the past, and it turns out it wasn't the memory itself that was the root of the problem.
Yes, the increase from 1866Mhz to 2133Mhz (which is technically the stock speed of the DIMMs) did bump up the temps a little, but with active memory cooling this wasn't a trouble zone. Likely it would run OK without the memory cooler at that frequency.
The trouble seems to be rooted in the memory controller on the Piledriver CPU. By it's spec, it can handle memory speeds up to 1866Mhz, and can then be overclocked for higher speeds. However, having done some reading, while my CPU happily OCs to 5Ghz with the liquid cooling, it seems to generate a hotspot on the memory cooler that the liquid cooling system can't dissipate quickly enough, and this seems to be a trouble spot on the FX-9xxx processors. Some can do it, others have issues.
So, the memory is back to the 1866Mhz clock, and everything seems to be rock solid. In truth, faster memory does help the Piledriver in overall scores, to a degree, and I noted that where 1066 to 1333 is a huge gain, the performance gain drops every level to where 1866-2133 is nearly negligible. Which is probably good for me, because I'd rather have stability over that last tenth of a percent.
Video test will be coming soon. I may not be able to use Sony Vegas Pro anymore as I am having licensing issues, but I will be ready to go hopefully before the weekend is over.
Newegg just got the bad drives processed today. I'm expecting that I should have them by Friday at the latest. I'm holding off on the video until then.
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