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This is my first build ever. I researched the parts and the build process over two weeks. I wanted to keep it under CDN$2K. Start up is incredibly fast with Windows 7 on the SSD. The fans are quiet under normal conditions. I like the gaming peripherals, feel good for a comfortable work station. Dual monitors I picked up used. Very happy with the size and resolution. The case is just the right size, so cable management was a big deal for me. I ended up using empty bays to sneak cables through so they wouldn't just dangle in front of the window. I do like that the cabinet design allows for liquid cooling. I was able to get in on the newest selections of motherboards and processors that had just been released in September. I am very happy with the performace of both and i would like to add an SLI SSD in the future. I have encountered a few start-up issues, but they seem to have resolved themselves. Very happy with the results. Everything is running as is out of the box and is very stable.

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  • 63 months ago
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was the pictures before you did the cable management?

  • 62 months ago
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The pictures are current. This is my first experience with putting everything into the case, being a med size, I felt it was a little tight on room. I am open to pointers.

  • 63 months ago
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Wow, prices are high where you live (Canada?); I can see why you don't have much video card. I was wondering, is that all the cable management you're going to do? And what is an "SLI SSD"? Otherwise, I can see this machine lasting you quite a while.

  • 62 months ago
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Pricing: yes the prices are high, but these are some of the best Canadian prices to be found. The video card is the best for the dollar seeing as I only require it for a work station. I have done some gaming on it and it seems to work great. But again the design was primarily for charting live feed stock markets which requires minimal effort for this card. I found the case a bit small for the cable management I was trying to do, but yours is not the first comment about the cables. I am open to discussion. An SLI SSD is basically a card that into a slot specially made for high data rate. I am not completely sure of all the tech but it performs faster than just plugging in an SSD to one of the ports. THe machine works great and do expect to get a long life (relatively) for the dollar. Thanks for the comments.

  • 63 months ago
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What do you do on this workstation? Image editing I guess?

  • 62 months ago
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The work I intended for it was live feed stock market trading. I am not currently working this angle, so it is a glorified word processor for the moment. I haven't had to render anything as of yet, but that would be fun to see how it would handle something large like that.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

please tell me you plan to upgrade your gpu.

  • 62 months ago
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You must be disappointed. :( Pricing for equipment is high in Canada. I was able to stay within ten percent of my budget, but that meant making certain choices. The video card was one of them. Upgrading is going to be a ways out yet. When I see the price of the current card drop, then I know it is no longer relevant and will begin the search for a new card. As it stands, I bought it at slightly under fair market value and that price point is holding. The card performs well for my requirements so it I am so far happy. Thanks for the comment. I would like to know what card(s) you would suggest. : )

  • 62 months ago
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i am sorry , had no idea prices were high in canada. i would go with either 1 gtx 980, or 2 gtx 970s in sli. if you wanna go crazy, go with 2 gtx 980s.