For the videos I'm doing, I wanted a decent X99 rig that I could also spend a fair amount of time in Linux hacking away at stuff for y'all.
Like many of you, I have the small machine fetish. The problem with small machines, though, is that it can be difficult to get a lot of connectivity and peripherals. Enter the Lian Li PC A-51 -- This is one of the smallest full-featured ATX cases on the planet. This case would be perfect for our needs -- light weight and small enough to be portable but no-compromises peripheral options because it fits a Full ATX motherboard.
The rest of the build was a little harder -- I outfitted the build with the following hardware:
Plextor 512gb M.2 SSD An Asus X99 Sabertooth Asus Strix 980 Ti Intel X5960 8-core CPU Corsair H110i GTX AIO CPU Cooler Corsair RM1000i PSU Corsair Vengance LPX DDR4 Ram (Quad Channel) Black Magic Intensity Pro 4k Avermedia LiveGamer HD
I love the Lian Li PC A51 but the power supply location is problematic if one plans to run SLI graphics. I thought about it for a bit and decided that I could commit to always using a closed-loop water cooler. That meant I could relocate the power supply to be above the motherboard, but I would need my hacksaw.
While I am perfectly capable of precision CNC machining I really didn't want to spend a lot of time working with the metal so I decided to just do a functional mod. Someday I may do a pretty case mod but that day is not today. The mod involved making the hole for the fan at the back of the case larger, and rectangular, and fitting the power supply mounting bracket from the front of the case to the back.
As the PC-A51 in its default configuration has air exhausting out the top and front, this mod allows a more traditional airflow configuration where hot air is exhausted out the top and back. Do note that I am still experimenting with using the top fans as an intake or exhaust -- one amazing feature of the PC-A51 is the removable bracket at the top of the case that facilitates easy fan re-orientation for the H110i all-in-one liquid cooler.
The Corsair Components for this build were an easy choice. These are top-shelf components to begin with, but Corsair's policy of being reasonable with regard to damage caused by AIO liquid leaks seals the deal. Without a second graphics card for SLI, the RM1000i is overkill but I appreciate the Corsair Link interface for upping the fan speed to assist with system cooling given the compactness of this configuration.
The Asus Sabertooth X99 was also an easy pick for this build -- given the external temperature probes and the assist fans, I thought it would be a good choice for this particular build because of the compactness of the overall project.
For the video card my first choice would have been the Asus Strix 390X. However, I am using that for another project so I am using the Asus Strix 980Ti. This card performs better on Windows and at 4k, but the 390X seems to be a better fit for my needs on Linux.
For video capture and storage a bunch of mechanical hard drives (including a WD Velociraptor 10k RPM HD and a 4tb HGST storage drive.
I would like to round out this build with a few 3d-printed parts to assist with hiding some of my hackery and with the drive mounting in the bottom. If there are any volunteers there should be enough physical layout data for the components in the specs on the Lian Li website.
I had a lot of fun building this and a lot of fun playing with these components from Corsair, Asus, Plextor and others.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://teksyndicate.com/videos/lets-build-x99-video-editing-rig