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4770K 4.6oc - Pro Photography and occasional SWTOR build!
by marcbenjamin
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Description

Work computer primarily for Photography Business / Photoshop and the occasional SWTOR!

Passmark: 5602 Cinebench CPU: 10.01 Cinebench OpenGL: 89.4 PCMark Home Accelerated: 5805

Some Tidbits:

Everything was purchased from Amazon. The actual total including tax is roughly $3K

The top vents on the Fractal Design Arc2 Midi have foam filters. The included top rear fan is exhaust by default so the foam covering that portion needs to be removed if your gonna go for negative pressure. Keep the foam if you're gonna go positive. For my setup, there's no temp difference either way for that one top fan being in or out. It might improve (probably not) if I add another top intake to directly feed the Noctua.

The window is smoked/tinted and really needs a lot of light for things to be visible. I don't care since this machine's left side is up against a wall anyway.

The Asus 4-way optimization is pretty darn good. Stable at 4.6 with that variable voltage going as high up as 1.35 with Prime95 pushing it to 96c. However, real life use/applications/swtor never passes 1.27. Temps can hit 79 just for a quick second but real full sustained load high averages are around 70. I've been at this 4.6 OC via the Asus software since October and no BSOD not even once even will all the editing and SWTOR (very cpu intensive) pvp and raids. I'm ok with only getting 3 years on this chip, if it dies before then, RMA it is.

Transfer rates between Samsung Pro and Toshiba Q averages at around 400 MB/sec.

The Silverstone PSU looks much much cleaner than any modular, though I'm starting to have a slight complex with it. It's perfectly fine (heck of a great deal too) for a OCed system that only draws bout 280ish watts at full load stress (Prime95+Cinebench) so say's my APC UPS that has a wattage draw meter. However, all the cool kids have Seasonic Platinum's nowadays.

The NEC PA271W-BK-SV 27 is a wide gamut 10-bit monitor tailored to photography and graphics pros. Unfortunately, it's gonna take a workstation/Quadro video card to run it at wide gamut. I don't have a wide gamut workflow anyways so no point in getting Quadro. However, the monitor is still much much better than a standard sRGB monitor in terms of color and build quality, consistency/uniformity + the 4 year warranty.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP7227
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reece00567 [1 Build] 5 points 14 months ago

I'm happy you didn't choose apple man, I love seeing PC workstations

 
 
marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 14 months ago

Thanks, I wanted it to be a "true" workstation and I was conflicted and trying to see if I could somehow afford one of those sexy Quadro K's instead of the GTX 660.

I do have a Macbook Pro just to keep up the artist status quo.

 
 
jepoyjepijep 4 points 14 months ago

I agree that noctua fans are prolly one of the best, if not the best case fans out there. But man, it's so hard to find components that could match its color scheme. Wish they just made fans with mainstream colors. Their sales would have prolly been unbelievable.

 
 
marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

I know and it's ironic actually that the enthusiast who value the performance and the warranty/service of the Noctua's turns out to really care about aesthetics a lot.

I'm sure they're working on colored fans though.

 
 
5amith 3 points 14 months ago

The pro photography shows in the pics, nice work man :D

 
 
marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks glad you liked it!

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Excellent build! Very clean and well balanced for what you use it for.

+1 from me. :)

 
 
Harleysmoke 1 point 14 months ago

Agreed!

 
 
marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks guys, trying to keep things neat and clean in there. Though I'm really trying hard too keep not caring about the colors lol.

 
 
JohnTsams [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

That GTX 660 gets amazingly high benchmarks. Quadro cards are only good for CAD and Solidworks. GTX 660 is good for games and photoshop :).

Also nice photos dude!

 
 
marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Oh thanks,

I mean it will take a workstation card like the Quadro to truly unlock the wide gamut color space on my 27 NEC.

There is a very noticeable difference between a sRGB display and a wide gamut display when doing editing and graphics work in a wide gamut workflow (capture-->>processing--->>output).

It's not really so much the fps performance rather the ability to feed the display wide gamut by a workstation card that most of us who have the high end wide gamut monitors opt for.

In my case, I don't have a wide gamut workflow (yet) cause I only print on silver (traditional silver lab prints) and I occasionally play SWTOR. So I'm really gimping my monitor in a way.

 
 
obsideo [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I've a question about your UPS. Does it have a data feedback into your PC. As in, can you set it up to initiate an automatic shutdown when it switches to battery? I haven't had much opportunity to work with any battery backups yet.

 
 
marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

I have an APC BR1000G and yes it does have auto shutdown when it switches.

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KingOFCRuel_ 2 points 14 months ago

You mean your fake pc builds? try image searching them. there's a whole thread on you here:http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/72091-is-it-just-me-or-does-this-guy-act-a-little-conceited/page-3

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KingOFCRuel_ 2 points 14 months ago

What exactly happended to your greek builds? it's all in the thread buddy.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

For the record, so can most of the regulars on this site.

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marcbenjamin [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

It's all good.