I have hundreds of hours of family video/audio I need to digitize and needed a machine up to the task.
The build went smoothly. I had a bit of trouble getting Windows to recognize the Raid 0, but found the solution in the manual.
Everything is installed and running. I'll be getting a couple more case fans in the near future, but they're really not needed.
If I had it to do over, I would probably go with the Samsung Pro’s instead of the EVO’s.
I wanted faster RAM than I got, but settled on the 1600’s because they came as a pretested 8x8 set, certified to work in the Sabertooth. I read too many stories about people having issues with getting high speed RAM to work and wanted none of that. My RAM passed full memtest86 twice and I’ve had no issues. Best of all, it was only $600. Only.
The CPU normally idles at 27-29C, the GPU idles at 33-35C. My previous Radeon was idling at 60C.
This build scores all 7.9’s on Windows Experience Index save the CPU which got a 7.8 for reasons unknown. Suggestions welcome.
I love the case. I went from a full tower to a mid and thought I was getting a smaller case. Ha! It’s very large, but it’s well designed and very easy to work with. And it's white.
I went with the EVGA because it was the best deal amongst decent brands on a GTX 760 with 4GB RAM. I wanted the extra RAM for down the road because I don’t intend to SLI. This EVGA consumes 50-60 < W idling than the aforementioned Radeon, which explains the 60C on the Radeon.
I went with the case\mobo combo in part because of the native IEEE 1394 capability\top-front port. I read a lot of comments where some people think a 1394 port is now obsolete, a useless waste of space. Well, not for me for video work. My other hardware, esp my old video cam (the gateway to my vast library of mini-dv tapes), make excellent use of 1394. For me, it was a requirement.
I’m using Izotope RX3-64 to crunch/restore audio, and Adobe Premiere-64 for the video. This machine is very much up to the task. No regrets. I'm also running RamDisk Plus, and plan on testing SuperCache soon.
I also purchased AiseeSoft Blu Ray player software and it works well with the Lite-On.
(Prices shown are PCPP auto displayed. Close, but not necessarily what I paid.)