Zero issues, perfect compatibility. Fast system! Used for photography processing and web design. Very occasional gaming. Couldn't be happier with this setup.
I too am interested in a Xeon Desktop build...any advice post build? Things you would have done different? What made you choose the e3-1246v3 out of the MANY cpu choices e3-12XX v3 line? more pictures please & I am assuming that you are running those 2 ssds in RAID 0? If so were you able to benchmark the performance increases of 2 in RAID0 vs just 1 running in non-RAID?
I'm also interested in building a rendering PC with an Xeon, I've heard they handle rendering like a beast compared to i7 in the long run.
Maybe an e5... but a e3 xeon like this is more or less a locked i7-4790k with ecc memory support and a lower clockspeed. (At least thats my understanding)
Don't have experience with a comparable i7, but this Xeon rips through instructions pretty damn fast. Wouldn't change a thing...in this price range. ;-)
I build a new box every 4 or 5 years, so don't do it as much as I'd like...this one is my 4th build. It's very satisfying and rewarding to me building rather than buying complete. I would've done nothing different now that it's completed (last Sunday night). From first boot forward has been flawless. Absolutely perfect.
Knew I wanted a Xeon. Have a E3-1270 on one of my Linux servers, and it blazes. Would'be like and E5, but needed to stay within my price range. Very satisfied with the E3-1246.
Not running a RAID. The other SSD is for data. Also have 3 HDD's installed for backups. I backup the system drive with Acronis nightly, so if I have a failure, I have a 3rd SSD ready to replace & restore. If I were to do a RAID later, I'd do RAID 1 for more redundancy, but think I'm covered pretty well.
Make sure your motherboard is a Non-"Z" board. It would be a waste, due to the locked Xeon.
Not really. There are other features besides overclocking the cpu on Z series boards. One example is multi gpu support.
I wouldn't say that those features really matter for a photographer, though. For example, OP has a 650, and another 650 won't exactly benefit him.But I still think it's okay to go with a Z97 just because it's a $1500+ build and another $20 can't hurt for a potential backup plan.
Nice Build, friend! Why did you choose the gtx 650 over the 750 ti? Then 750 ti is cheaper than your gtx 650, and offers a tad more performance.
Actually, I went with a GTX 660 2GB in the end. I compared with the 750 ti, and it was nearly a coin flip from what I recall.
if he only uses to power his screen in normal usage and not gaming. Pretty much whatever graphics card he choses will be ok except maybe for a 4k setup
I bet he had it lying around in a previous build...
I do game on rare occasions...just too busy with work mostly. But when I do game, I want it to be amazing. Installed my old Black Ops disk last night, runs at 45-60 FPS consistently with all settings maxed. Have a copy of X-Plane 10 Global on the way. Really look forward to checking that one out with this system.
Otherwise, I'm powering four 27" Viewsonics. Each output is split to accommodate the second set of screens for clients. Works great.
in the photo its a GTX 660....maybe a incorrect posting?
Huh... OP. Y U DO DIS?
Anyway, as blackie sheen said he wont be gaming, so it doesn't really matter.
Yes, I bought GTX 660, not the 650. Sorry for the incorrect post. All else is correct.
Nice build! Any more pics coming our way?
Thanks! It came out amazing. I should've taken some wide shots when I had it on my bench. I only have closeups of all my serial #'s. lol. I'll try to get some good pics soon and post. It's all buttoned up now.
why the maximus 7 hero??
Knew I wanted Asus for the mb since I've had a flawless experience with that brand mb in the past. Also wanted to future-proof to the best extent in this price range. This mb is ready for the 5th gen processors once the price falls.
I'm obviously not overclocking with a Xeon...not interested in doing so anyway. But this mb has some other nice features that sold me. Needed at least 7 SATA ports, love the UEFI bios, and will play with the RAMDISK feature soon.
And sure, it looks great too.
I KNOW RIGHT!?!
IT JUST DOESNT MAKE SENSE
Z BOARDS SHOULD NOT BE USED WITH LOCKED PROCESSORS
unless someone wants the ability to upgrade to an unlocked Broadwell later on and once it comes out...
Maybe the board has features (s)he wants or maybe (s)he wants multi-gpu support
Don't judge a man on his choice in motherboards we all understand it's a waste, maybe it's for the looks. Red color scheme maybe?
if it was for looks then maybe he would have chosen a better looking ram kit, for a green pcb showing does not look nice with a high end rog motherboard.
Didn't do this build for the looks, but the performance. Although all but the ram are very nice. The case stays closed up, so I'm not enjoying the view anyway.
Hey, red's my favorite color. ;-) Bonus
Was pleasantly surprised at all the comments and suggestions. Thanks, and I will post more pics soon since some are interested.
Hi. I am also going to build a pc with this cpu for photo editing. I just want to know how was the temperature with your setup in the picture. I notice that you have not used a aftermarket cooler. Is the stock cooler good? what is the max temp?
Are you using this for video editing? The CPU and RAM are way too high compared to the GPU if you were to game. Other than that, looks like a solid build if you do 3D rendering or video editing.
he did mention "Used for photography processing and web design", what i do find overkill is the 850 watts psu.
I like lots of headroom regarding power. Can never go wrong. If you like overkill you'll love that I have two APC 1500 watt battery backup / surge protectors in series powering all my electronic gear.
Oops, didn't see that. But I agree, always better to overkill then underkill.
Light video, audio editing and After Effects...didn't mention in the op since the core of what I do is web design and photography.