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Cold Noon - Video Design & Photography

by SharpEdit



CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.072 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz


Pictures are a bit outdated, some parts have been added/changed. I will hopefully update the pictures soon.

I present to you Cold Noon.

This is my first build and I am so proud I was able to make everything work. The whole purpose of this build was to make a PC that can work quickly in Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom, Adobe Premiere & After Effects. I also wanted to build a aesthetically pleasing build, since I am pretty picky about how things look.

CPU: The common choice for video editing/heavy computer usage.

MOBO: The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H is a highly rated board, great features, and definitely fit the color scheme of Blue/Black/White. I was going to go with an MSI mobo for even better contrasting blue colors, but MSI makes a unappealing brown PCB on all of their boards.

Memory: I originally went with Corsair Vengeance 4 x 4GB, but I was getting blue screens and errors. It had to be returned and the Patriot Viper worked out better in the long run. Now expandable to 32GB.

Storage: Awesome price for an SSD of this caliber. Older storage drives came from old DELL machine.

GPU: I adore Adobe Premiere and Wanted to take advantage of it's CUDA technology, this was the card that fit my budget at the time (before the 770 price drop, still a great buy. Serves me well and works for my light gaming.)

Case: I was contemplating to get the Black or White R4. I had originally wanted the White case, but after a month of researching I was considering the Black case. The time came when I had to make a decision and on first instinct I went with the white (beautiful case by the way).

PSU: This power supply was a steal for 100USD. Fully modular, platinum, perfect for adding more hard drives or maybe a stronger/2nd gpu in the future.

Many other parts were taken from my older DELL computer, such as the HDDs, DVD drive, TV Tuner (first PCI slot).

Photography gear:

Camera: Canon T3i

Lenses: Canon EF 50mm 1.8 / Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 / Canon EF-S 55-250mm 4-5.6

Feel free to ask any more info on photos or build. Some items aren't included in the pictures as I purchased these few upgrades after uploading these pictures.

Comments Sorted by:

Yourking03 2 Builds 9 points 65 months ago

Awesome build! Love the accent lights in the case. White lighting is so underrated. Makes everything pop! Does NZXT make them in any other colors?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 3 points 65 months ago

the NZXT Hue has an RGB controller. You can mix and match Red/Green/Blue intensities for your own colors.

SgtTherin 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Nzxt also have sleeved led strips in a 1m and 2m option. Red green blue white. They're cheapish, I have a couple red nzxt led strips in a 900D. The adhesive strips and clips are good quality and have failed me yet. I just think the sleeve that houses the leds slips off the leds and accidentally ends up smothering the led. I had to use mini zipties to tackle the issue but overall they're awesome.

Andreww 7 points 65 months ago

Nice build! +1 for Sriracha sauce lol

Starlana 2 Builds 3 points 64 months ago

Haha, glad I wasn't the only one who was going to +1 for good hot sauce on the table...lol

TylerFoerster 5 points 63 months ago

This is my favorite build yet. I'm taking some inspiration from this for my first build, very well done.

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 2 points 63 months ago

Thanks and good luck :)

Rolphy 2 Builds 4 points 65 months ago

Just going to say... **** me.


xxvolwarexx 3 Builds 4 points 65 months ago

Idk what is more impressive, the pc or the photography! :D

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 3 points 65 months ago

Holy crap this is beautiful! The color scheme was great, part choice was great, and overall this build is definitely nice! The deals you got were also pretty incredible. Can you give me a link to that LED by any chance? I've been looking for a LED with that color so if you could do that, that'd be nice. I hope you're enjoying your build so far!

EDIT: By the way, I seen a 250GB Samsung Evo Series SSD on sale for 170$-180$ and I'd say thats a good price. Would you like a link or are you looking for something cheaper?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

I am looking for a 250gb+/- SSD for around <$140USD. The samsung 840 evo would be an instant buy if it happens to drop below 140 or close to 150.


iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Ah okay. Well if I do find a sale like that I'll let you know asap!

Henson.conor 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

you can son times find the Kingston 3k ssd 120gb for 60 bucks

TheTekJake 1 Build 3 points 63 months ago

I just love this build. It gets me every time. The photos, the parts, the whole color scheme. I was personally going to pick literally these EXACT parts to put in a build of my own, probably still will. I plan on purchasing the parts in the next 3 months or so. After having everything for a little while now, what can you tell me about it? Does everything work nicely together in your opinion? I would do this build, but swap out the case for a very similar one (H440 NZXT) and the power supply for a white NZXT modular one. I was going to do an all white build, but the RAM is overpriced and I believe the white graphics card from Galaxy was discontinued, so I can't really do that. Should I get an i5 with 8 GB of RAM with a 770 or an i7 with 16 GB of RAM with a 760, and SLI in the future?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

Thanks everything works great so far. The ram can be left up to you, ram is ram and it's all about aesthetics when it comes to ram (opinionated). The choices you listed are pretty much a gaming machine (i5) versus a workstation machine (i7). The 760 handles gaming at 1080p just fine, so if you really what the workstation pc (with a bit of gaming), then go for the i7 build.

TheTekJake 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

Alright so I put together two sets of builds. I know my parts pretty well and I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to pc's yet I cannot decide at all.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ESGs Here is one I was able to get for under $1200 with a 780

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EPsG Here is one that has an i7 and is very similar to your build.

I mean, the whole purpose for doing this build and saving up this much money for me is honestly something that will last me the rest of high school and college. I play games quite a bit, but I don't see why I can't just SLI in the future, you know? I would like having a top of the line CPU with 16 GB of RAM, but is the 760 underpowered? Being able to fit a 780 for a cheaper price is really bugging me... This is why I need your help! I can't decide! Let me know what you think!

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

Yes the 760 is somewhat underpowered if you really plan on gaming seriously. The 770 is a much higher performing card and I don't see the 780 justifying the price. If you really want the cpu power for encoding and want a higher gpu than the 760.id say drop the power supply in your i7 build. That psu is way overpriced and is covered in the case anyway. Then with the extra saved from the psu, and maybe cheaper ram, the 770 would give you great gaming performance.

dschutt84 3 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Congratulations on your first build and very nice mind you. One thing I would change would be to move your "2" HDD's down to the lower cage and remove the upper cage. This will improve airflow within the case. Other then that nice parts and solid build!

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Yeah the only reason why I put the HDDs on the top half of the bays was because the SATA power cable has to run to the top of the DVD drive. and I'd rather just use one sata power instead of using 2 sata powers (DVD and HDD).

Mediciu5 3 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Very nice build and great pictures. Did you just adjust the shutter speed to get the clearer pics in the dark? I assume a tripod was used or something similar?

Also, custom sleeves on the cabling or were they from a specific site?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

Yeah, I closed the shutters to make the room darker. Makes the lighting for photos much better.

Almost all the photos were taken with a tripod Because I used lower ISOs (lower the noise), I had to be able to keep the shutter open longer. Some photos were nearly 20 seconds long.

The cables are bitfenix sleeved cable extensions. http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=34_804_1011

kozality 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks for posting the link to the custom cables. I will definitely be using these for my next build.

This build is great and will definitely be an inspiration on my upcoming project.

malcar11 4 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Beautiful machine, and soo powerful! congrats!


Thegentlemann 2 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Beautiful build, beautiful photos. +1

Taurasaurus 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

+1 What a beautiful build! Well done! The case, the parts, the colours are so well made for each other. Truly a masterpiece at an amazing price.

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Nice f.stop

M0JOJ0JO 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

Those pictures are beautiful * . * Great build too!

Xxmg98xX 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

Just a beautiful build. +1

iClooly 2 points 65 months ago

This is insanely awesome. +1

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Love the photos and definitely love the build ! +1

Mikeymane 2 points 65 months ago

I could cry at how nice this is.

maestrochi 2 points 65 months ago

I've got the same motherboard on my list and I'm considering the same cpu cooler. I'd like to know how the Hyper 212 cooler fits with the ram. Was there enough room under the cooler to fill all four slots? Would high/low profile in the ram make any difference? Thanks. Beautiful setup and pictures as well!

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

Yes, the z87x-ud3h + evo 212 (note, not the hyper 212) give you enough space for all 4 ram slots (high or low profile ram). Shouldn't have to worry at all :)

ristintin 2 points 63 months ago

Very pretty and amazing photos!

Ilrita 2 points 63 months ago

Where did you get those lovely sleeves?

Amazing build by the way. One of the best I have seen so far!


Aha, should have read better. Never mind, saw the comment about the cable extensions. lol

bloog07 2 points 63 months ago

Finally someone who takes time to take some good pictures of their build so they can show it off! I am so tired of the low resolution shoddy pictures on this site. You sir get a +10 for the quality work behind your pictures. You also get a +10 for the build in my book, great cable management, and great color scheme and lighting choice. Probably one of the top 10 best looking builds I've seen on this site. Kudos to you.

scorza 2 points 63 months ago

BRAVO, sir!

Deano_Awesome 2 points 62 months ago

Great build and photography Well done !

Mackle 2 points 62 months ago

Beautiful build

Sniper_Gamer_MC 2 points 61 months ago

I love the way you took the pictures! You are great at photography! Build is nice!

TheWickedTaco 2 points 61 months ago

+1 for cool build AND the sriracha!

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Nicely done! I like how the 24-pin and the PCI-E power cables go together! What cable extensions did you get?

The only thing I would have changed is the 760 to a 660 Ti.

For all the gamers out there, the 760 is faster for games but the 660 Ti has more CUDA cores, which makes it faster than the 760 for Adobe programs. 660 Ti is still a respectable gaming card too.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

I think its better that he went the 760. You did make a good point with the CUDA cores but in general the 760 is a better card overall and the 192-bit interface on the 660ti is quite trash.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

What exactly "in general" or "overall" means is different for each person. Here he mentions a lot about workstation use (even in the title) and just one side note about light gaming. If overall usage leans more to visual work than gaming, the 660 Ti is the better overall card.

Electrospeed 1 point 65 months ago

Just because it has more CUDA cores doesn't necessarily mean it will be better for rendering. The 760 has a higher clock speed, more VRAM bandwidth, and a wider memory bus.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 3 points 65 months ago

True, but there's virtually no difference between a 660 Ti and a 680 in terms of GPU accelerated rendering. When that happens, you go for the cheaper card, especially when your focus is working, not playing.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 0 points 65 months ago

Where are you getting this information? Just wondering.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Great pictures, great build!

I've been meaning to delete/re-upload my build and take some great pictures like that but just haven't had the time... you've inspired me to do so! +1 and more if I could

JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Nice beautiful build. +1

Nice cable sleeving

ladyjdoga 1 point 65 months ago

Awesome build sir. +1 for the great photos (love the depth of field)

jonroces 1 point 65 months ago

What keyboard is that blue one? Nice build by the way :)

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Thanks. Quick Fire TK (blue switch)

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

OMG. This computer.

cwegrecki 1 point 65 months ago

Did your NZXT LED strips stick properly to the top of the case/ or come loose at all? I have the same case in black and the LED's didnt stick very well. I am temporarily using some double sided tape to keep it in place...

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

I actually used some tape for extra support (scotch tape, hope it doesn't leave stickiness)

WickedRG 1 point 65 months ago

1 word- Beautiful

FGarray 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

dat graphics card picture tho

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

A picture of a camera taken by a camera :0. I've been looking for a camera, would you highly recommend the Canon T3i?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

The T3i was my first DSLR, I am very happy with it. It works great for many scenarios. Just note the price you pay for a d800/d600 or a 5dm3/6d/7d really helps with ergonomics/functionality/lower noise performance.

Scorey 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Word of advice. To get rid of all of the HDD cages just put your hard-drive into the optical drive cage. Then take out the HDD cages and you will get much better air flow and it will look much cleaner.

Very nice build thought and congratulations.

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Thanks for the advice. But both optical bays are occupied by a dvd drive and the nzxt hue.

Scorey 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Oh then your out of luck. Good build anyways.

shadowXninja10 1 point 65 months ago

what monitors are those?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Dell ST2210b. nearly 4 year old monitors, but they're not broken so I don't want to spend the money to upgrade when they work fine for me :D

shadowXninja10 2 points 65 months ago

ok thanks they look nice :)also nice build +1

canders 7 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Nicely done.

I_can_not_play_solo 1 point 65 months ago

I assume you finished purchasing parts before November. The only thing I dislike about this build is the PSU. In my opinion, Platinum PSUs are not worth the price premium they come with, about $30-50 for an extra 2% efficiency. Shopping around can net you an 850W XFX BEFX model for $100, and I got a 1000W V1000 for $115 last month (rebate + 10% discount code). Both are manufactured by Seasonic, and both are gold rated, but the 760XP2 is enough to run two 760s, and you did get it for about 40% off, which is pretty impressive.

I would have also ordered the ram from NCIX, seeing as their price is 145 now(if it was 165 or more at the time, I apologize) and they have a new customer discount code, IIRC about 20% off orders of 100 or more + free shipping.

Also, the Black Pearl or Titanium Grey versions would have fit your color scheme much better, seeing as most of the parts on your are grey, black, and/or blue, and the black and grey R4s have blue power LEDs, but I assume they weren't on sale at the time, and this is just nitpicking. Overall, this is a very beautiful build and very capable of doing what ever you need it to do.

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Thanks, for the great comment.

We all have our own opinions, and sadly NCIX didn't have the Viper Ram in blue, nor did newegg. It's a fairly new addition to the line as you can see not many builds or reviews on that specific model. So amazon was the only route to go with that specific color/model.

And as for the case. I did consider the black, but white was the one because I did want that color contrast from the parts Dark/Light. The blue LED is no big deal as I am still waiting for my replacement led for the red power led.

Thanks :)

I_can_not_play_solo 1 point 65 months ago

You might as well keep the red LED, you know, for contrast.

CancunMike 1 point 65 months ago

Hi SharpEdit,

Absolutely love this build. I'm looking to build my first pc and i like this one so much that i'm ready to copycat this one hahaha , i'm serious. You did a great job with it. Let me ask you (and the other members here) a total noob question. When you put a build like this together and buy the parts, do all the cables come with these parts? I know at some point you bought costom colored cables from Bitfenix.

Anyway, looks great!!

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Thanks mate,

All the power cables come with the power supply. It's a fully modular power supply, so it comes with all the cables needed, if you get a non-modular power supply all the cables will be there.

let me know if you have any other questions.

wobblemaster 1 point 65 months ago

How's that Mobo working out for you. Also what are you going to us the ssd and hdd for? I'm planning to build a photoshop build and am indecisive about how many drives I need. :D

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

Motherboard works great. OCed to 4.3, pretty much just set voltage and ratio (not a know-it-all on overclocking).

I just installed the SSD today, right now it holds the OS, programs and like a few games. The HDD's are good for holding all the photos and videos. Especially if you have a bunch of raw photos.

Ethanace 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

Nice build! What keyboard are you using? I'm just curious...

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 2 points 64 months ago

Thanks, the keyboard is a Quickfire TK (blue switches)

Ethanace 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

Just checked it out, I've been looking for a keyboard forever... I think I have found the one... I'm so glad I didn't hesitate to message you about it.. thanks dude! :D

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

No problem, the Quickfire TK was and still is my first mechanical keyboard. I love it! and for the price and being a full backlit keyboard, it's just feels amazing. Enjoy the keyboard and good luck :)

lachrymal 1 point 64 months ago

I wasn't aware how bright those white led strips are! Is that all one strip or did you have to put a couple in?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

the NZXT hue comes with a RGB controller + 2 meters of LED strips (can't separate the length).

Esentialy you have 2 meters of LED lights with any color you want.

lachrymal 1 point 64 months ago

Seems like you only used half of that. Is the rest behind the board? Sorry for questions. Making build with same lights and case.

winstonofwar 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

Great looking build!

Kartexa 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

It's, it's beautiful... (derped from the awesomeness)

cooperred 2 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

Nice build :) Are those cable extensions? If so, where'd you get them?

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

Thanks. Yes, they are bitfenix cable extensions. Purchased from here: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=34_804_1011

MasterArt7 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

lol @ the srirasha

hzc_9 1 point 62 months ago

Well done! I like your build.

justthatzac 1 point 61 months ago

Where did you get the threaded cable? Btw such a awesome build!

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago
BFBCIE2 1 point 61 months ago

what are the blue cables connecting to the gpu?

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chengvang 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago


Gabeson765 1 point 52 months ago

such photography

dccorreia 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I am speechless with your photo work. Almost perfect.The leds effect made all the difference, and the Canon too. Great job and a wonderful machine!

fundoguy 1 point 48 months ago

can you look at my build and give me some advice

SgtTherin 1 Build 0 points 65 months ago

I call BS on all this!

This isn't your first build, its too pretty, well researched and clean to make me believe this is your first one haha. +1 bc I'm a fan! Good job

cwegrecki 2 points 65 months ago

I am building my first build as well and I spent HOURS researching every part and making it look this awesome!! Except mine is Black and Red. Just wating for a camera for christmas(from myself =) to upload some pics of it. I used the same case the same ram and the same RGB LED from NZXT. It is an awesome case for cable management!! +1 on your awesome pics

SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Well I am pretty picky how things look/appear. Could be the designer in me just making sure everything is perfect/excellent.

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SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

If photography is something you want to learn then the T3i is a good camera to learn and take pictures with. I don't have any complaints about the 760. It handles all my games at 1080p (I dont play the graphic intense games).

White LED Lighting just makes everything look awesome. The white lights make everything stand in its pure true color, instead of making everything a red/blue/green color; the white lighting really lets the colors seem awesome.

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SharpEdit submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

If you want video, I wouldn't reccomend the 1100D (I think the same camera in the USA is called the Rebel T3). The T3/1100D is a beginner's camera and it doesn't record video in 1080p (only 720p). There are some smaller drawbacks to it.

You can buy a 550D/600D (t2i/t3i) for the cheaper prices under 500 dollars. If you want that real creamy/sexy DoF, then you'll need a lens with a wide open aperture like f/1.8 or f/1.4. Usually these lenses come in prime values (no zoom), like the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm or 85mm.

I have the T3i/600D and it shoots great video and photos with the right lenses.

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