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Workstation/Custom PC
by MaverickZero
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Description

First custom PC I've ever built, used some of the earnings from my stock portfolio to re-invest in starting a company I've been working on for some time now.

Decent mid-range workstation used for programming, app development, hosting an SQL Database/Server and running FlexiCapture Engine to process as many Intelligent Character Recognition requests as my workstation can handle (Which admittedly isn't many, as they're fairly demanding on computing resources).

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.9GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load59.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle48.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
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xx116xx [3 Builds] 22 points 11 months ago

I don't think "mid-range" is the right description for this... This is crazy. Also, I have that same mouse. It's pretty awesome.

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 7 points 11 months ago

We'll go with mid-high range, then. (Top tiers being set apart for dual Xeon workstations with 128GB of RAM)

The mouse is very nice indeed, excellent set of customizable buttons. Between the mouse and keyboard, I can pretty much do anything or open any page/folder with the click of a button.

 
 
saporob 0 points 9 months ago

that mouse is pure crap, i had to change 2 in 1 year. One for click problems and another one has rust on the wheel.

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jamiesinn 8 points 11 months ago

For a graphics/3D Modelling workstation it is Low-Mid, but for gaming it is High-Extreme.

 
 
JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

Me too.(mouse)

 
 
a_slow_descent 10 points 11 months ago

$7000. mid-range. what?

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 11 months ago

Again, this is a workstation. Top tier for workstations would be something like a dual Xeon E5 with 128GB RAM, a Xeon Phi coprocessor and a simple graphics card for display. If you really wanted you could add a Tesla K20 in Maximus configuration.

 
 
a_slow_descent 3 points 11 months ago

dude. Im a .NET developer and my machine at work is probably worth $400 at the most.

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 11 months ago

OCR Scalability

Needless to say, a light workload of OCR requests brings my workstation to its knees. Once I get a sufficient customer base I'll have to invest in multiple dedicated servers, each with 384GB RAM, dual Xeon E5s and Xeon Phi Coprocessors.

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

my desktop runs an e5 i love it

 
 
gammin1234 1 point 1 month ago

I am a .Net developer too running on a $400 i3 Intel graphics 3000 laptop with about a 10 inch screen. LOL

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 4 points 11 months ago

This is very nice, how are those temps on the 770s? They seem a bit close together

Those monitors IMO are a big price chuck of the build, could you have found something for a bit less? (Not saying I don't like them just curious)

Also what type of company are you starting?

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

I haven't gotten a chance to start CUDA programming yet, so they haven't been placed under much stress. I was looking at the Dell U2412M but read some negative reviews (Mainly on the screen coating), so I went with these instead.

As for the company, it's related to health/nutrition and complex optimization problems. Hopefully I'll have everything up and running by March 2014.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 5 points 11 months ago

Cool cool, good luck with your company, you've got the beast to do it!

 
 
Orthithian [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Wow that is an amazing build! I love the way that you have the monitors setup on your desk. Just one question did you Raid any of the drives of jsut have them seperate?

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you! The 3TB Reds are setup in RAID1 for backup. Sadly, you can't configure network drives in such a configuration, otherwise I'd set them up as RAID5.

 
 
mattataki [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

How does it feel to own such machine? Well as your description suggests, you do use it at it's full potential, probably bleeding out all it can. I know a lot og gamers that would love to have such OP gaming machine. I guess as a workstation for such level of work I totally agree on mid-range. I used to have that mouse too lol. It seems like a lot of people owns it. And finally +1 for 900W Uninterruptible Power Supply if it's what I think it is, being a power failure battery thingy. My brother uses one for his server.

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

At the beginning, you notice a huge increase in productivity from using triple monitors, I have virtually eliminated switching tabs from the equation altogether (I'm able to do everything I need to do simultaneously) Likewise, with the machine itself, I initially perceived a huge performance increase over my old pc. However, after using it for a couple of days you grow used to it and it becomes your new baseline. Kinda like how we think internet nowadays is slow if a video can't buffer quickly enough to stream it in HD, yet it wasn't that long ago that dial-up was commonplace.

It would certainly make a great gaming machine, I wish I had something remotely close to this back when I had the free time. Workstation-wise, I think it's pretty good performance/value. The top tier products are significantly more expensive ($2,800 for a Xeon Phi coprocessor) so instead I bleed it for all its worth, bottlenecking my components to their full capacity.

Lastly, the Uninterruptible Power Supply is wonderful. Due to the energy efficiency of the monitors/workstation, it runs at about 200W when not under load. This gives me roughly 30 minutes of runtime in the event of a blackout to finish what I'm doing and save/backup my work.

 
 
mattataki [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Aha, right what I thought. Well of course a Xeon Phi is quite an elite product. Yes, I can imagine what you mean about the monitors, on a workstation, it is very easy to attach yourself to separate monitors. I really like how the one on the left is vertical.And it's funny how you remind me of dial-up, because this summer I read an article saying Samsung is expecting to provide a 5G wireless network, 5G like in 4G and LTE mobile internet. It should reach hotspots and many others somewhere around 2020. As of now, they are able to achieve 10GB od download speed. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/514931/what-5g-will-be-crazy-fast-wireless-tested-in-new-york-city/

 
 
chuchanpr 2 points 11 months ago

Good taste

 
 
Kali.CR [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Very nice Built! Are you using Nvidia Surround, Im asking because the third monitor is vertical

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I am not, the third monitor is vertical for more screen real estate when working with long documents.

 
 
jokermike [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

damn with that much storage your gonna reach a petabyte lol. jk but good job on the build. wish i had a desk like yours :/

 
 
jokermike [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

quoting orthithian im wondering the same as well. are you planning on getting a raid card or your running on board raid. if so what type of raid is it?. Defiantly would mirror this beast

 
 
JoseyMG [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Witha 7k budget i would have gone 780 sli AT LEAST.

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

The workstation is going to be used strictly for the aforementioned purposes. I'm using the graphics cards for parallel programming and multiple displays (hence the 4GB version). That being said, the increase in cost is not worth what little performance boost I'd get from a 780. The only alternatives would be to go the Tesla K20 route and that's a whole new price tier.

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

so are you trusting the motherboards on board raid controller than?

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

That is correct, I'm using the onboard raid controller.

 
 
SumanIV [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Temps on those 2 770s with the GPU Air Duct?

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Just ran a quick stress test, 78/59°C for top/bottom video card.

 
 
WickedRG 1 point 11 months ago

OMG the money doe

 
 
Mattkx4 1 point 11 months ago

"Decent mid-range workstation used for programming, app development, hosting an SQL Database/Server and running FlexiCapture Engine"........ I'm sorry that's almost worth a downvote. :P this build is crazy awesome. It's more powerful than most peoples computer time 10 or 15. Let's stop being humble and say this is a crazy (and sexy) monster.

 
 
wydomkr [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Do you have any info on the monitor stand? Will it hold 3 27"?

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Triple Monitor Stand

It's listed as the upper boundary for what it can hold, I'd say you'd be cutting it close.

 
 
mhoffman52 1 point 11 months ago

Why those monitors? I did a little research on them they don't seem anything special.

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

They got fairly good reviews, once I narrowed it down to a 24" 1920x1200 monitor, the candidates were Dell U2412M, Asus PA248Q, HP ZR2440w and NEC EA244WMi. From those, HP and NEC had the fewest negative reviews and were both in the same price range. I then picked NEC over HP due to the features, up to 5 monitors can be synced together so I don't have to re-do whatever changes I need to make on one monitor on all 3, I just need to change the master. Lastly, it's got other miscellaneous features I found interesting, lowest energy consumption, it automatically turns off once I leave my desk, turns back on when it detects me again and alters brightness according to ambient lighting and white content on the screen.

 
 
winny314159 1 point 11 months ago

If he was spending this much on a build, wouldn't it make sense to go with two 780s. Also, no liquid cooling on the cpu? Great build, but you could fo gotten dual xeons and two titans for the same price.

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I'm using the 770s merely for the CUDA cores and memory, the small improvements I would gain from 780s would not be worth the increase in price. The air cooling works great on my CPU, at load it never goes above 50°C. A single Xeon E5 4640 costs $2,800, dual Xeons would cost me $5,600 alone. Lastly, two titans would be a terrible investment, a Tesla K20 would be better for my specific needs.

 
 
winny314159 1 point 10 months ago

I am just pointing out that you are depending on scaling with last gen architecture. You will not get double the CUDA cores with 770s, and even then you are at 3000, dont give me the 3072 crap, you know as well as I that silicon manufacturing does NOT call for exact advertised CUDA cores. Anyway, with a GTX 780, you get 2304 CUDA cores guranteed, without scaling dependence, and the same chip that is in the Tesla K20X, the one of 20,000 GPUs used in the Titan supercomputer. So if you want the newer chip and more guranteed cuda cores, spending the 250$ on one gtx 780, 500$ on two, when you already spent over 7k is a small price to pay.

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imran7799 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, Great build dude. I am planning to build a desktop (for the first time) for myself with same CPU(Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core) as yours. I am really confused in choosing motherboard between RAMPAGE IV EXTREME, P9X79 DELUXE, SABERTOOTH X79, Asus X79 DELUXE,

Can you please tell me why you chose this board over the others and does this board have Bluetooth and WiFi built in ?

 
 
imran7799 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

This is what my build looks like at moment.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1QRxY

 
 
MaverickZero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Mainly, I went with the Asus X79 Deluxe because it was one of the few motherboards at the time (Alongside EVGA X79 Dark) that were built for use with the Ivy Bridge-E platform in mind, as opposed to currently existing boards (P9X79 Deluxe) that would merely have bios updates. I, personally, would rather have a product that's been built from the ground up to support my chip as opposed to having the support added on.

As for the Rampage IV Extreme, it didn't have any functionality I would use that the X79 Deluxe didn't have. On the contrary, the X79 Deluxe had more SATA 6Gb/s connections than the other boards (Which I would need, as you can see from my storage configuration), and came with a couple of new features which have been extremely handy like the 4-Way Optimization feature that automatically overclocks your system fairly nicely (Got my processor up to 4.9GHz with the click of a button)

Lastly, yes, this board has Bluetooth 4.0 and AC (Newer, faster standard) Wi-Fi built in. I've used the wifi with much success, but the Bluetooth functionality hasn't worked as well for me, possibly because of all the interference as my workstation sits atop my network center.

I would most definitely recommend the Asus X79 Deluxe over any of the boards you listed (It's also cheaper than all but sabertooth, too). And unless you're going to be running the SSDs in RAID, I'd recommend getting a single Samsung 840 Pro 256GB instead, it's got the fastest read/write speeds as of now, and it's also cheaper than getting the 2 128GBs you have listed.

 
 
imran7799 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks Maverick. This is really helpful information.

 
 
javagenki 1 point 10 months ago

Great build. I actually found you while trying to find alternatives to the Asus x79 Deluxe. I also want to use the i7-4930K and the same G.Skill Ripjaws Z DDR3-2400 memory. It seems that the best board - maybe the only board - would be the Asus x79 Deluxe but it seems to be out of stock everywhere. I realize you built your system over a month ago but can you recommend a place to buy this board or recommend an alternative that fit your similar build...very hard to find anything comparable to the x79 Deluxe at the moment.

 
 
pizzaclawz [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

wow, just wow.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Do you realize that the thermal paste that came with the cooler is better than the as-5 you paid for?

 
 
Floorwalker 1 point 9 months ago

Are having any problems running the G.Skill Ripjaws memory? The 1.65v of these generates an error, saying voltage isn't compatible with the mobo's 1.5v.

 
 
saporob 1 point 9 months ago

This is not a workstation, it is a expensive game machine. Wtf needs 2 770 and 3 monitors for programming ?

 
 
ColdELITE [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Mid-Range? Lolz

Dude, you have 2 770 4gb editions, a 4930k, 3 of the best monitors you can get and a bunch of other awesome stuff. I would definitely consider thing to be High-End. The only thing you are missing is custom water cooling.

VERY nice PC though! +1

 
 
GreenLightning 1 point 7 months ago

howd.....u glue the monitors together xD

 
 
hardscoper9v [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

12 TB ?!

 
 
Pigwidgey_JC 1 point 6 months ago

Did you have any clearance issues with the Phanteks heatsink and the first PCIe x 16 slot?

 
 
lrosiak [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Very similar to mine (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/FZv) and we built it for the same purpose--to handle huge OCR tasks. Few people realize how computationally expensive those are (and in disk storage as well as CPU, in my case). Nice job.

 
 
NotTheLysander 1 point 1 month ago

Any issues running the DDR3-2400 memory i7-4930k proc? I was planning on going DDR3-2400 also for my new rig I'm currently obtaining the parts for, but supposedly the 4930k's max supported memory speed is 1866.

 
 
DontUSASme -2 points 11 months ago

I need to get into stocks now. Haha. Great build.