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RAI Labs Research Machine 01
by jeredrwells
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This machine is used for medical image processing and reconstruction. All parts work well together. Assembly and installation were easy with no unexpected hardware defects or incompatibilities. In particular, the programmable graphics card will be a very welcome addition to list of tools that we have available in our lab.

Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate975MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.10Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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slykrysis [3 Builds] 2 points 25 months ago

Probably could have gone with the Corsair 300R for a case. Just as good and nice looking.

Hydro 1 point 25 months ago

You could have saved a bit of money if you didn't go for a Z77 motherboard, since you have a locked CPU with a unlocked motherboard.

jeredrwells [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks for the tip. This is my first build, and I didn't know that such a difference existed.

Oliver [4 Builds] 1 point 25 months ago

Also the cable management could use a little work to improve airflow and looks.

Bseagull 1 point 25 months ago

Good build, especially with the needs you specified! I would recommend working on cable management, and maybe a GPU with more CUDA, but I don't know if medical image processing utilizes that, it just sounds like it would. :)

Smily 1 point 25 months ago

You could've saved like $70 or so by just buying the 64-Bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate. It's like $160.

edman545 [10 Builds] 2 points 25 months ago

HIPPA requirements state that you either encrypt the drive, or you have to notify all patients if there is any sort of information security theft.

One of the few builds I see on here that actually has a case for using Ultimate

Source: http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/psa/hipaa-phi-encryption.pdf

Smily 1 point 25 months ago

Nice. Thanks for explaining.

Smily 1 point 25 months ago

Even then, do you have a use for Ultimate?

saw1833 [1 Build] 2 points 25 months ago

He might have reused a copy and just listed, and as far as ultimate, being for what he says it's for, he might be making use of things like BitLocker.

Smily 1 point 25 months ago

True. I don't really know the benefits of Ultimate, thanks for explaining.

saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 25 months ago

I use it too, but I got it for free. :P

AlexLive 1 point 25 months ago

Great build. I understand this is your first time, but next time don't go with such a high end Z77 board. A solid H77 in the $110 range would be perfectly fine. Otherwise, great build and hope it serves you well at work.

Xareh [4 Builds] 1 point 25 months ago

Cable management :/

jeredrwells [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 25 months ago

Thanks all for the useful comments. The larger case was used with the intention of installing multiple HDs for backup and running multiple OSs (i.e. adding a Linux option at a later date). Yes, my cable management could be a bit better - maybe I'll return to that when I have so downtime in research (which isn't likely anytime in the near future!).

In response to the comments on Windows 7 Ultimate - I have an institutional copy of Windows 7, so it was free for me to install. I also have encryption software which works with Windows 7 (plus, I hate the look and feel of Windows 8).

Finally, this is also my first attempt at GPU programming with CUDA. MATLAB makes it easy to program in CUDA from my understanding. GPU programming makes things like image processing and reconstruction run at speeds 10x to 100x faster than equivalent CPU programming, so this was the driving force behind the video card selected. Again, I'm very new to the graphic card world, so any hints are helpful.