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Audio/Video Rendering @4.4 GHz
by stillnotregistering
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Description

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.)

Details
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Dual FTW ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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zac16 2 points 10 months ago

ill start off by saying it does look damn sexy, but why just a 760? all the high end stuff and then a 760, just doesnt really fit together.

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 10 months ago

I'm not a gamer. For my main purpose, AV rendering, the GPU was not a big factor. I could have gone with less and still got my work done.

The only game I have loaded right now is WarThunder, and this rig benchmarked ave = 88 fps with ALL vid settings maxed, including movie mode, which is not recommended. So I'm good.

 
 
zac16 1 point 10 months ago

ok that makes sense thanks for clearing that up. again very nice build.

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

thanks

 
 
cacolaco 1 point 10 months ago

Even so, the Gigabyte 770 overclocked card is going for only $10 more right now...

 
 
Deathwyhsh 2 points 10 months ago

two 760's in SLI run better than a gtx titan. Kewl. Also great build!

That case is beautiful...

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks.

Even though I don't intend to go SLI it's nice to know I have the PSU, Mobo and case for it if I change my mind.

 
 
RichardFoxfire [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Great build +1.

Wondering how did you deal with the USB 3.0 cable...did you got with back connection or adapter?

Also about the H100i...was there any reasoning in whether to mouth it (hose side right instead of left)? Saw you switch it around.

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

At first I ran the USB 3 cable out the back of the case into the outside mobo port, and it was a tight stretch, and ugly. I recently got the 8-inch USB 3.0 20-Pin Motherboard Female to 2 Type-A Female Connectors Y-Cable from Amazon and rectified that problem. I like it, the cables run from the mobo header directly out the gromets, very clean, and I have an extra port if I ever need it.

After looking at some other builds I decided to run the cooler hoses down the left side (back side of case) to the cpu, an easy option, because the hoses were in the way of power plugs and cables when reversed.

I'll try to upload a pic of the latest arrangement tomorrow.

I'm also waiting on an internal pci-e card that will give me the 1394 internal header I thought I had, but don't (to hook up front panel 1394).

 
 
RichardFoxfire [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Instead of a PCI card I went with the NZXT IU01

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/99-iu01-usb-expansion-case-accessory

So I could connect the front panel and have room to plug in the H100i usb connection.

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Not sure I understand. Link you provided is for USB 2.0. Hooking up the USB 2.0 (x4) on the front panel worked out ok4me, i.e., enough mobo headers. I bought the Y cable as the most elegant solution to the front panel USB 3.0 port problem, i.e., panel cable doesn't end in mobo header connector.

 
 
RichardFoxfire [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry misuderstood, thought you were saying you ran out of USB Port on the Mother board for your front panel.

 
 
daes79 [3 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Why didn't you go with and external DAC instead of a sound card

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 10 months ago

That's a good question.

I probably should have listed I have a Korg Kronos 88\Tascam Neo2488 workstation for that kind of stuff. When it comes to making music I prefer less computer, more actual buttons and keys and sliders. Go figure.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

This thing is a rendering monster. MONSTER I TELL YA!

+1 for a wicked (and clean) looking build!

 
 
Vainslay [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

hehe 64 gb of ram... Shame they don't have 16 gb sticks ,that be great. :D

I wished I have something like this at home for school work, though I'm not into video/audio editing, I have felt the power of 32 gb ram with an Intel Xeon E3-1275 V3 in my digital art class computer and they sure are great rendering 4096000 × 2160000 resolution images. Hope you use your computer hardcore.

 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Great work pc. Well done.

 
 
Anthony21 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I've been thinking on getting this cooler but idk, can you test it out for me? I do similar things myself like video editing with tons and tons of videos I have besides gaming as well.

I was wondering if you can test this thing to the max of the CPU witch is 4.9ghz (nearly 5ghz)

Besides your processor reaches 4.8. I'm just curois bc I may be getting this, idk yet.

 
 
stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I don't have much background in over clocking. I bludgeoned my way to 4.2 (meaning I haven't read the manual or done any research). I'm not sure when or even if I'll OC to higher frequencies, but if you check some other rigs using the cooler/cpu combo I do believe I saw one or two 4.8's listed.

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stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Another great question. To get the radiator and fans completely inside the metal housing of the case, yes, I had to do some "fitting." The fan housings barely made contact with some fins on the mobo. The only way to get it to fit was to clip a couple of pieces of plastic from the fan housings. No big deal. It works.

Then I saw some other folks were installing just the radiator inside the metal housing with the fans outside but still inside the plastic white shell of the case. See pic. This arrangement works better but you lose the 200 mm fan on top. They give you a screen to replace the side window and presumably install a fan there, but I couldn't get the 200 mm to fit (holes don't line up). Much more room inside without the fans.

 
 
coolflame57 [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

This rig would be MASSIVE overkill for me, but it has great parts. Nice build! (upvote)

 
 
Chrispy4 1 point 7 months ago

Are you using the gpu to render at all?

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stillnotregistering [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 10 months ago

@SpicyPickle: If you have the cash, you should always target your PSU for at least twice your anticipated power usage. Most, like this one, run at maximum efficiency at half power. And, of course, they also run cooler and quieter.

Again, if you have the cash, a 4GB 760 for very little more money, provides insurance/future-proofing. I intend to do some gaming, or at least my son does, and some games are already recommending 3GB. And, I don't intend to SLI as mentioned.

No reason for 64 GB RAM, completely unnecessary? Have you ever tried to crunch a 20 GB .avi file? Now, have you ever tried to crunch one with the aid of a 45 GB RAM drive, or run Premiere with a scratch disk assigned to a RAM drive?

RAM drives are fun. I'd get 128 GB if I could afford it.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

RAMDrives make all video/audio rendering applications go ZOOOOOOOOOOM!

64GB is unnecessary if you play games and watch youtube, we have the 8GB sets here for ya..... As for any sort of rendering, more/faster RAM is better. The RAID0 SSDs ensure there are no bottlenecks.

May I borrow this rig for college :D I'll have so much more free time with this baby!