In September, I built a new computer to replace the computer I had built at the beginning of 2010. The previous computer served me well and, over the course of those six-plus years, I upgraded the hard drive to an SSD, swapped the video card out for a GeForce GTX 670, and replaced a few other minor parts. Despite that the computer was holding up well, I had started to feel its age due to the increased amount of video editing I was doing. I finally decided it was time to build a new machine.

Specs

  • Monitor: 2 Asus PG279Q 27” LCDs
  • Motherboard: Asus X99-Deluxe II
  • Processor: Intel i7-5820K (Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz)
  • Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1080 (STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING)
  • Memory: 32GB Corsair (Dominator Platinum DDR4 3000)
  • Storage (1): Corsair Force 960GB SSD (CSSD-F960GBLEB)
  • Storage (2): OCZ Vector 512GB SSD (VTR1-25SAT3-512G) - Re-used from previous computer
  • Case: Corsair Carbide 400Q mid tower
  • Power Supply: Corsair 850W (RM850X)
  • Processor Cooling: Kraken X61 liquid cooling (RL-KRX61-01 280mm)

Monitor

With my previous computer, I opted for two 23” monitors. Having lived with that for years, I realized that I much preferred a large monitor as the primary screen, so then I had to determine which one to get. I considered various high resolution monitors, but ultimately settled on the Asus PG279Q monitor. Although the resolution is just 2560x1440 (a resolution that was available when I build the last computer), it’s a very high-end display with a ridiculously high refresh rate (and G-Sync to take advantage of it). After a few months of using it, I ended up buying a second one because I liked it so much.

Video Card and Noise

To get any use out of a good monitor, it’s important to match it with a solid video card. I picked up a GeForce GTX 1080. It was pricey, but I expect it to be powerful enough to avoid upgrades any time soon. It’s also beefy enough to avoid struggling during most typical usage, which means the fans stay off. The power supply fan also stays off when not taxed, but the case has sound dampening, which means that it’s nearly silent even when taxing the system heavily.

The Rest

The motherboard ensures the machine can be upgraded as needed for the next few years, but the processor, RAM, and SSD give the machine enough speed to handle the software development and video processing that I throw at it right now.

Sometimes it’s nice to spoil yourself a little bit.