Description

After using Dell Studio 15 Laptop for 8 years I decided to move on and switch to Desktop machine rather than going for powerful laptop or Mac. The main use was going to be Adobe CC (Photoshop and Lightroom) with additional plug-ins like Nik, Perfect Effect and so on.

When decided to build I had no idea about the latest trends and parts so after searching for more than 1 month going through several builds on PCPartPicker, Toms Hardware and other blogs I decided to go with the new line up of Intel processors.

CPU - reason behind choosing 5820K was ofcourse budget and since I was not going to use multiple Graphic Cards I saved some money over those additional PCI lanes.

CPU Cooler - No specific reason to choose H100i but since I got a good deal I ordered one

Motherboard - Same thing here I do not wanted to go with the top of the line or the Delux mobo because of the budget and that's why I chose X99-A which I think decent mobo for budget Photo editing machine

Memory - Got a good deal for this DDR4 ram and 16 GB is enough for the type of work that I do

Storage - I was already having one 250GB SSD and 750GB hybrid drive which I decided to use as Photoshop Scratch Drive and other one for Data (I know it is small). Purchased new 730 series Intel SSD with I think was a good deal to use as main OS disk. I would be adding couple of disks of 2TB in RAID 1 for Photo Storage.

Video Card - This was again debatable point for me. After lot of read and research I decided to go with 750Ti 2GB superclocked model. Reason to go with EVGA was price, no external power required and the size.

Case - I am sure you will not like this case but in my case I don't have stability and if I need to move to my home country I don't want to pack the case. Rather I will purchase a good case if I move out

Power Supply - Got a good deal so picked this 850W PSU.

OS - So far I don't see any issues with 8.1. Runs smooth.

I hope you like this build. Please do let me know in case of any suggestions which I will consider in future mods.

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

Excellent build for the purpose. Some people might complain about there only being a 750 Ti in there, but for his use, it is all he needs. I'm planning on rebuilding my work rig (Photoshop as well) and I'm looking forward to that CPU.

Nicely done. You spent your money wisely and on the right components.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks a lot Norm101 .. going through several posts, builds and reviews really helped me alot.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I have 16Gb of RAM and I had been using 8Gb as a RAMdisk for a scratchdisk for PS. Ran out of RAM. I'm going to get another SSD so I can make a bigger one. The speed of the RAMdisk was insanely good though. When I move to the 5820k and DDR4, I might go with 32Gb and use 16Gb as a dedicated RAMdisk. :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Let's hope people read the description and realise this is perfect for your purposes. Great part choice, and great cable management as well. You also chose your parts very well.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you geogeodude :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to build something like your build; only for some Autodesk Maya and Adobe software. How do you think it'll hold up?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I think 5820k should be enough since we are not going to utilize all 40 pci lanes and also going to next level CPU adds more dollars. You can add more RAM if you would like to and Scratch Disk for PS which will help boost the performance.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have a ton of money to spare though; 16 GB of RAM would do, and I could try and squeeze in a 32/64 GB SSD for use as a scratch disk. I think I'd have to settle with a 4790K though.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, great work man. One question if I may, considering Photoshop and Illustrator, ECC memory gives any benefit? I am aware of xeon limitations etc. I just am not sure if the error correction is applicable to such software. Wondering if you know.

:)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the h100 fit in the top of that case??

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately not.. I have mounted it on front and fans push the air inside. Had to tweak the front panel to accommodate the Fans.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

OK I thought I was was missing something lol. I have this case. I like it OK but knew it could not hold the H100. It was a budget build though so I was not looking to use that. Nice build though!!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah this case is good at cable management, comes with 3 fans, good Cable Management space I thought that was enough for me. Thanks :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! Can you tell me what tweaks you did on the case? I bought the h100i and I want to install it like you!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

What resolution is that Monitor? And what monitor is that?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is HP z23i I am also using Dell U2312HM which is not in picture.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor is that? Also I really really like this build, really effective and simple

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is HP z23i I am also using Dell U2312HM which is not in picture. Great that you like it. Thanks!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The prices are really excellent. For what you use it for I'd say you did an excellent job.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand why you would get a beast cpu, but that gpu is bottnecking your entire system. ALWAYS have a more expensive gpu than cpu. personally, I would have gone with a cheaper cpu and upgraded the gpu.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Ignoredshelf :)