Seymour (after Seymour Cray) is replacing my 2009 editing rig (WOPR), which is an i7-920/ASUS P6T Deluxe V2/12GB RAM based custom built PC.
Seymour's components were carefully researched and chosen. Was looking for better handling of AVCHD footage, potentially RED and 4K. Planning for it to be the main rig for the next 4-6 years. Will run Adobe Master Collection and mostly remain offline, aside from updates.
The only changes from the partpicker list are that I have the Pioneer 209, not the 208 and I also added a Rosewill firewire card. I purchased all components from Amazon and Newegg and then a local shop did the build and OS install.
I just got the tower home yesterday and have been updating Windows 7 and other programs, so I haven't had much time to really experiment yet. But I can say that this thing is SUPER quiet. At one point last night I turned it on and thought it didn't power up. As a cold sweat began, I stood up and looked at it only to discover it DID turn on, I just couldn't hear it. The large case fans plus the Corsair PSU, ASUS GPU and dual fan Zalman CPU fan run so quiet I can't believe it. I was hoping for low noise but did not expect this. The blue LEDs of the HAF X are subtle enough to look good without being overwhelming.
Windows Performance Test scored it 7.8 & 7.9 in all areas aside from the HDD, which was 5.9 due to not using SSD. Just a personal preference at this time, though I am leaning toward that soon for the OS.
As you can see, my office is a little cluttered at the moment as I'm arranging the new set up. I also purchased an iMac at the same time (i7, 24GB of RAM, GTX 780m, FCPX) so that's in there too. And my 2009 rig is still working great, just doesn't handle the AVCHD as well as I need.
For Seymour, I wanted a triple monitor set up. The mount/stand is still on it's way. But one of the things I wanted to do was use the 3rd monitor as an all-purpose screen, so you'll see where I added an HDMI splitter for my DVR and an HDMI 5 port switch that runs to the monitor. Currently I have the PC, DVR and PS3 going into the switch so that I can select any of those displays. I'm also picking up an Omnimount for the 26" TV and it will be positioned just above the triple monitor stand -- so that I can pull the screen out, move it, tilt it, etc.
The only problems I've experienced so far was that Windows 7, installed via original disc (which I've had since it launched but never used until now) was VERY buggy with system hangs, etc. Had to do a ton of updates overnight and this morning to patch it up to current optimization. Other than that, the system is running very cool temps (under minimal load, mind you) and again, is VERY QUIET! Love it.