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
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.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$299.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM||$76.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus Z87-Plus ATX LGA1150||$158.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$95.00||(Purchased)|
|Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$87.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD||$269.99||(Purchased)|
|Toshiba Q Series 256GB 2.5" SSD||$149.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB||$159.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$64.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Silverstone 500W ATX12V||$39.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$21.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (32/64-bit)||$69.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||NEC PA271W-BK-SV 27.0"||$1100.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm||$21.99||(Purchased)|
|Noctua NF-A14 FLX 68.0 CFM 140mm||$19.20||(Purchased)|
|Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm||$18.79||(Purchased)|
|Custom||APC BR1000G Back-UPS Pro 1000 Uninterruptible Power Supply||$123.59||(Purchased)|
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.6GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||70.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P7227|