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Photography/ Gaming Workstation - My first build - 4770k, 32gb ram, GTX770 2gb

by butch10x

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102 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01Ghz

Description

This is my first photo editing PC that I've built. I will be posting images of the build and benchmarks once I'm done putting it together. So much fun!

I've managed to OC the 4770k to 4.5ghz stable so far. I've added some benchmark images too.

I've completed the build minus all the archive HD's I will be adding soon. I attached the SSD's on the rear panel of the mother board tray. Does my PC look like it should? Cable management ok? I'm really going to be picky on the way it is maintained and running. Is the current windows defender good enough of a protector? I've heard Avast is good too.

I will be adding more pics in a bit.

EDIT 8/13/13: I've completed the Synology NAS addition to my system today. I have 5x4TB HDs to have about 16TBs worth of backed up data (mainly my photos for clients). The Synology was a breeze to setup!

EDIT*** 12/15/13 I have now converted this machine to a Hackintosh. I have changed the mono to a Gigabyte UD5H version. It runs awesome at 4.0gnhz! I don't miss windows at all!!!!!

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TheRealCheekyGit 15 points

Very, very nice. +1

Permalink 18 months ago
Broadsky 7 points

Damn what a sexy beast of a computer. Plus 20 if there wasn't a limit!

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

Thanx man! I gotta say, I feels different being back in Windows after 5 yrs with Mac on a Mac Pro 2010 3.2 Quad

Permalink 18 months ago
usmc0811 1 Build 2 points

I just did the same switch from a mac pro to my first build of a pc. some things take a little getting used to. super nice build you did!

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

Yea, I do miss my mac pro in terms of ease of use. The soon to be released 2013 Mac Pro is not what I'm nooking to get into as far as customization and future proofing. So for the next 5-7 years, I will be using a Windows based PC as my desktop.

How was your transition like?

Permalink 18 months ago
usmc0811 1 Build 2 points

I miss low os prices and other software prices, I miss the security, I miss the auto update downloads for everything at once. back in the day i couldn't crash that mac. it just cost way to much to upgrade stuff for a 2007 computer. I also play more games and I was limited before. I haven't figured the OC out to be comfortable enough doing it. the last window i used was prob ably 95. I'm using google all the time to be able to find stuff in windows.

Permalink 18 months ago
joe1134206 1 Build 2 points

I have to agree $100+ vs $30 is ridiculous.

Permalink 18 months ago

I've only rarely used a Mac before. I find windows to be really easy to use, although it has quirks and an occasional annoyance. I really want to know what makes Mac OS easier.

Permalink 18 months ago
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ESPM400 1 Build 4 points

Nice build, mate. Very clean. Hope you end up putting all of that RAM to good use. Very similar to the one I built over the weekend (see:the 'Drunken Canuck' a few down from yours).

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 8 points

So far I was able to use 19GB of ram on a series of photos I was editing via Lightroom and Photoshop. I'm sure more will be used on super duper panos that I stitch from time to time.

Permalink 18 months ago
jru732 3 points

I would recommend moving your drives to the bottom cage and removing the top for better airflow to your card. Other than that, great build. How did you get your overclock stable with such low voltage?

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

Yea, I will move the drives when I get a chance to get more sata cables. As far as the OC is set, I used the ASUS 4 Way Optimization tool to auto set the overclock. I have no idea how it's set. I'm guessing the voltage increases as I load the CPU.

Permalink 18 months ago
MrImnotMLG 1 point

You don't need more cables you can just move the drives.

Permalink 18 months ago
ezenebework818 3 points

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build.

Permalink 18 months ago
ArrKayCee 1 Build 3 points

Nice build, similar to the one im getting, all the photos really show that you're a photographer :)

Permalink 17 months ago
Pc_Quad 3 points

wow, im really impressed by how many pictures you put out. really nice build too!

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

thnx

Permalink 15 months ago
skemble 20 Builds 2 points

This is so damn good. I think the only thing I would change is to the 770 with the gold trim on the side to match the mobo, but that's because I'm an aesthetic jerk ;)

Permalink 18 months ago
ezenebework818 2 points

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build.

Permalink 18 months ago
on4209 1 Build 2 points

Very nice build! That motherboard looks amazing. Just one thing, I find those temps a little odd

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

yea, the temps are a bit off, ill have to play with the OC'ing a bit more.

Permalink 18 months ago
jakethemp 2 Builds 2 points

i love the gold look, didnt think asus could pull it off but i must say this looks NICE!

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

i agree. i didnt think gold was gonna look pleasing at all. however, being a 49er fan, i set the corsair pump to red. a red n gold combo..for the niner pride in me

Permalink 18 months ago

thats def a great build for a window.

Permalink 18 months ago
gseyffert 1 Build 2 points

Nice man! Using this case for a build in a few days. I'm wondering what the process was to mount the SSDs behind the motherboard? I definitely want to do that.

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

mounting ssd's on the rear panel is cake mode. the screw holes are already there. the case is awesome so far.

Permalink 18 months ago
gseyffert 1 Build 1 point

Ah alright. Just haven't done it before! And the case is still shipping.

Permalink 18 months ago
iAmNicklezz 2 points

Beastly. (:

+1

Permalink 18 months ago
Austn 1 Build 2 points

Nice build! Great part selection and the cable management is great as well.

What did you use to attach the SSD's to the motherboard panel with? Velcro?

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

The Samsung SSD has screw holes on the sides and bottom. I used the bottom side to attach the ssd's to the rear panel.

Permalink 18 months ago
Austn 1 Build 1 point

Oh, ok. Gotcha.

Permalink 18 months ago
3XTINCTORIS 2 points

BEAST !!! but LOL windows still hates us even if we spend over 2k for a computer :D

Permalink 17 months ago
jonsy777 2 points

hey im looking to do almost exactly the same build for audio editing/gaming! any first impressions? anything you wish you did differently?

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

Well, if anything, I could have used less ram to abour 24gb and save some money.

Permalink 16 months ago
jonsy777 1 point

cool thanks im assuming you are running multiple displays? is the gtx 770 powerful enough? i was debating which way to go (lower model in SLI or single 770)

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

im actually just running a single 27" nec display at the moment. I find that a second monitor isn't speeding up my workflow. im pretty sure it would be more than capable of running two displays tho.

Permalink 16 months ago
ellevold 2 Builds 2 points

Hi! Did you run into any problems mounting the h100 with the Z87?

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

Hi. I did not run into any problems with the mounting at all.

Permalink 16 months ago
tylerste85 1 Build 2 points

It's beautiful man.

Permalink 16 months ago
skylarz 2 points

Cool! But imo I would prefer the Sapphire 7970 Vapor X over the EVGA 770 :D anyway... How are you going to use 32gb of ram o_o 50 copies of ps?

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

The only time I actually use 20gb+ ram is when I'm stiching huge panos. Sometimes my psd/tiff files can reach 1gb just on their own.

Permalink 16 months ago
odinsride 1 Build 2 points

Awesome build for photography! I'm currently working on a very similar build for photography as well using many of the same components as you. I have been strapped for time and still trying to transfer everything off of my Mac, but can't freaking wait to get the new build up and running/overclocked/benchmarked...seeing your build has only increased my excitedness :)

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

Awesome! Can't wait to see your build!

Permalink 16 months ago
Gooberdad 3 Builds 2 points

Holy crap, dude. That is something else.

I noticed you moved the top fans as far too the left as you could. was this too clear the mother board and ram?

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

yea, the mobo was the issue as far as clearance....luckily the case has multiple screw holes on top.

Permalink 15 months ago

gotcha I had to do that on my daughter's.

Permalink 15 months ago

Hi, first very nice build. I want to purchase the same psu but how you connect evga gtx 770. This psu have 6 x 8 pin pci express but he is no 6 pin pci express. Just tell me more about connection, thank you very much in advance.

Permalink 14 months ago

Sorry for my english, i'm speaking french.

Permalink 14 months ago
Teiko 2 points

very nice ! please check out my build !

Permalink 14 months ago
Skeptique 2 points

This is a sexy build. Its very close to the build I want. Though mine is more gaming oriented so I'm going with the Z87-Pro and the EVGA 780 SC ACX instead of the 770. God I wish it was gold though to match the MB like this one. How do you like the Define R4? In the long term.

Permalink 14 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

so far the r4 has been great. no problems what so ever.

Permalink 13 months ago
Simon_Science 2 points

Loving the gold! +1

Permalink 13 months ago
Bantha-cain 2 points

Awesome photos...most of the people who post seem to use the 1mp camera phone with no image stabilization. Great Build!

Permalink 12 months ago
Ace_Smay 2 points

Man I love looking at photographers' builds... their pictures are so pleasing to look at.

Permalink 10 months ago
lrosiak 1 Build 2 points

Awesome build. Was wondering why you went with an NAS instead of loading up your case with hard drives? Looks like you could squeeze the five in there and have that case fully utilized, and I figure your mobo probably has just about enough SATA connectors, but I could be wrong. I was just curious what the advantage of an NAS for a situation like this was as opposed to taking advantage of all the space in the case.

Permalink 10 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

the synology has has many apps that i can use to access it when I'm away from my desk. and huge plus in my decision,

Permalink 9 months ago
Tooderptolose2 2 points

since it seems money is not really a problem for you, I would suggest upgrading to a 780 or a 780ti since you are using a 4770 processor, it will significantly increase performance and 1080p and higher resolutions.

Permalink 10 months ago
18hockey 1 Build 1 point

So expensive... so fancy... My only qualm: why Blu-Ray?

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 4 points

Price wasn't that much of a factor as much as quality and reliability are for the build as I primarily use the rig for my business. Got the blu ray to watch movies and maybe rip them for higher quality archiving for my apple tv movie collection.

Permalink 18 months ago
DontUSASme 1 point

Amazing build, just amazing.

Permalink 18 months ago

Thats a work of art!

Permalink 18 months ago
on4209 1 Build 1 point

Very nice build! That motherboard looks amazing. Just one thing, I find those temps a little odd

Permalink 18 months ago
Papajenkinz 1 point

Photoediting with a 770? Good build though. I am glad you BUILT a PC, and didn't get a Mac like most people.

Permalink 18 months ago
DSVLM 1 point

Unless integrated AC 802.11 WiFi and Thunderbolt are absolutely necessary, I'd go with the ASUS Z87-Pro. And you're spending a bit much on SSD's. Otherwise great :D

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 3 points

i got the new apple airport router which has 802.11ac, so i can transfer files faster wirelessly to/from my notebook and mobile device. I did probably spend a bit more on the ssd's, (1 for apps and os and the other for a scratch disk for Lightroom and Photoshop), but I'd like to keep my workflow clean incase of any mishaps within the OS.

Permalink 18 months ago
DSVLM 2 points

But don't get me as if it's a bad thing. As you stated, money isn't a problem, so why not? Still a great build!

Permalink 18 months ago
godshawk 1 point

Show the WEI, I wanna see if Windows is trolling you with the scores.

Srsly, looks good!

Permalink 18 months ago
Spirafall 1 Build 2 points

I've done some research on this, and it appears that WEI has more uses for Windows to see what hardware people are using in their computers than for people to use as an actual "experience rating". In fact, it's not a rating, it's an index which Windows periodically edits.

Permalink 18 months ago
godshawk 1 point

Ahh, that explains why it trolls epic builds with 0.1 off of a perfect score.

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

ive posted a pic of the WEI.

Permalink 18 months ago
sketch24 7 Builds 1 point

Awesome build with awesome part selection. You went overboard with the bokeh though. Use those aperture settings.

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks for the nice words. Bokeh wasn't intentional. Light wasn't great, so i had to open up.

Permalink 18 months ago
skemble 20 Builds 1 point

I use Zone Alarm on all of my computers and any computers I have ever built. It's light weight and I've never had any virus problems, ever.

Permalink 18 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

cool thanx for the insight. ill look into it.

Permalink 18 months ago

Can you link me to that Synology NAS box? Thinking of adding a water cooling loop to my build, and I gotta remove the HDD cages to make room.

Permalink 17 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

This is the product link for the one I have. It is easy to setup.

http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS1513%2B&lang=us

Permalink 17 months ago
RTodd 1 point

I am also looking at doing a build to be dedicated to Lightroom work. This box looks sharp.

Are there any problems with the SSDs being mounted on a flat surface with regard to making the data and power connections?

I've only done one build, and I have this notion that the SATA cables are usually straight on one end (mobo) and 90 degrees on the other (device) end. In a typical cage mount, there is room for cables to go downward from the connectors. Mounted on that panel, there wouldn't be.

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

The connections are tight. Real tight! I had to use cables that are not 90*. Using the flat ones are a must.

Permalink 16 months ago
italikum 1 point

superb build, what is current noise level read under heavy load (gaming/video editing) and light load (browsing)?

Permalink 12 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

it can get noisy with the fans when I'm rendering images/ video. but its ok when it spits out final versions at those speeds.

Permalink 9 months ago
FallingSoul 1 point

This is a beast of a computer. I have the same case and I'm turning it into a nice gaming computer. Nice to know that it can be turned into a complete bad ass if I really want it to.

Permalink 12 months ago
wardoner 1 point

dont you think that you overkilled the amount of memory you have

Permalink 12 months ago
jpetersen77 1 point

Why is you GTX different than the one in the ad picture? I want to get the card but I want to make sure I get the "reference edition" as it has a better cooling design for my case.

Permalink 11 months ago
lilycan 1 point

can i add this image processing software into the pc. this tool seems great and will make this pc more powerful. http://www.rasteredge.com/how-to/asp-net-imaging/imaging-processing/

Permalink 11 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

sure.....go for it

Permalink 9 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

EDIT***

I have now converted this machine to a Hackintosh. I have changed the mono to a Gigabyte UD5H version. It runs awesome at 4.0gnhz! I don't miss windows at all!!!!!

Permalink 9 months ago

How do you find the WEI in Windows 8? Cant seem to find it at all?

Permalink 5 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

I've since changes my mono to a gigabyte brand and installed osx. can't stand windows

Permalink 4 months ago
Dextriouss 1 point

Where did you put the radiator/fan for the liquid cooling.

Permalink 5 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

it is mounted under the top of the case

Permalink 4 months ago
AllanT 1 point

Like the design I was planning a similar design around mid 2013, I would have used your specs..Never did build... BUT now I'm hoping to create a build also as a professional photographer for Lightroom, Photoshop etc... Thinking of new 5820cpu, and gtx 970.. your thoughts!

http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/57314-help-building-a-2000-worksation-5820k-with-gtx-970-gpu-2-ssd-3gbhd-photo-editing-desktop

Permalink 3 months ago
KiLL17 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j8RpMp what do you think it's a budget build and i am using after effects and photoshop

Permalink 2 days ago
Pit 0 points

I bet you can load as many pictures 'till your heart's content! XD

Permalink 16 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 1 point

Indeed. It's been hiccup free.

Permalink 16 months ago
DaveW 0 points

Love the build but whats with all the fake bokeh? Show your parts off, don't hide the beauty with cheap effects.

Permalink 15 months ago
Daisyahoy 1 Build 2 points

if its real he has an f-stop of like .7, looks like the tilt-shift plugin in Photoshop.

Permalink 15 months ago
Daisyahoy 1 Build 1 point

the third shot of the cpu clamp up in the air. the head spreader to the left is blurred but the ramm slots on the right arent. these are at the same distance.

oh well, this isnt the place for such badgering. +1 anywho, nice build

Permalink 15 months ago
butch10x submitter 1 Build 2 points

hi, its not fake. i have lenses that produce that blur.

Permalink 13 months ago
ezenebework818 -1 points

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build

Permalink 18 months ago
joe1134206 1 Build 3 points

Hey, you have a few too many comments.

Permalink 18 months ago
ezenebework818 -2 points

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build.

Permalink 18 months ago