Description

I built this machine to use to process my photos as my D800 files were just killing my old machine. I will also play a few games like PCars on it. I only have it OC'ed to 4.5ghz right now and its rock solid and quiet. The Thor case is massive but nice and the cpu cooler works beautifully though can be a bit noise at full fan speed.

Chose 3770k for Lightroom and Photoshop work (Paid 319.99) Chose Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro cooler as I didn't like the review on the corsair products and still wanted H20 for OC'ing (Paid 62.99) Chose OC Formula MoBo due to great reviews and wanting to OC and have a rock solid system (Paid 229.99) Chose ram because one set came free with the Mobo (wanted Mushkin blackline 16gb ram though) (Paid 39.98) Chose case because one it fits the MoBo, two has good reviews, three looks nice to me (Paid $89.99 Paypal price match FTW!!!) Chose Win 7 because its cheap and familiar but will tri boot this computer on Fedora and OS X (Paid 99.99) Chose Corsair HX750 P.S. for extra power for SLI in future maybe and for rock solid performance (Paid 99.99) Chose Sandisk Extreme 240Gig SSD for space and reviews (Paid 134.99) Chose Asus DVD player for reviews and price (Paid 19.99) (11-7-13 Update) Picked up a Asus GTX 760 2gb Using old 19" monitor until I can afford a IPS one as well as using old Microsoft keyboard mouse setup (6000 series) Will put my old WD 1tb HDD into the machine once I'm done backing up stuff on the old one too

Total for new parts: $1097.90

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Comments

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is the GC???

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

He said he's using an old 550Ti, which honestly will bottleneck hugely but there's not much you can do.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Messoid,

I was looking down your list of components after reading your description and did this. "great", "great", "great", "nice", "nice, "works" O.o GPU? hey GPU? Where are you GPU?!?!??? ha ha ha ha Great build!! Since you have SLI in mind do you have any GPU's in mind? Such as GTX 670 or Radeon 7970?

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I mentioned in the bottom of my post, I'm using my old GTX 550Ti for now. I plan to get the 670 FTW when I get some more cash.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I really thought I read everything :P I guess I needed my coffee before I continue my day :P

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

My sister is a photographer who uses photoshop and, I think, lightroom too. I'm thinking of building a desktop for her to use as a workstation. Do you really need an i7 CPU for those programs? That's way out of our price range. Most we could probably spend on a CPU is less than half the cost of the i7 ($150).

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I use a Nikon D800 and shot upwards of 12gigs of photos for an event. The files that the D800 makes are HUGE and I get over 800 megs in size very quickly when I start to do any layer work in PS. When I was shooting with a D300 my old I5 650 oc'd to 4.4ghz would handle it nicely. I just went with the I7 because of hyperthreading helping out here.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

So does a video card help you out in your work? CUDA and OpenCL?? What kind of video card would you recommend for someone who doesn't game and only uses photoshop and lightroom?

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Supposidly it does, but I don't use the filters that Cuda and OpenCL work with much. I honestly just have the card for video games on the side, lol.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the Mobo? I cant decide between this one and the maximus formula. Anyone that has honest opinions about which one to get would be greatly appreciated; also, can cases that fit ATX and EATX fit this mobo (I have the switch 810 by NZXT planned). Thanks

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest thinking about a MSI Z77 MPOWER board, it has all the same features as the ASRock and ASUS, but is only $180, and is ATX form factor, so it will fit in a lot more cases. For most budgets, there is no use spending over $200 on a motherboard, unless you need thunderbolt, so I think the MPOWER would be the best choice all around.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

The MoBo is realy nice so far. My only complaint is that the fan speed controls in the Bios don't talk with the Formula Drive software so my CPU fan spins up at boot until I reapply the curve in Formula Drive from windows. If this board is worth the extra money, I don't know. My other choise was the Sabertooth FYI. Also, this board isn't as large as I thought it would be. It might be a tight fit in a small mid tower, but when I put the E-ATX standoffs in the case in preperation, when I put the MoBo in, it only used the standard ATX ones and was about 1in short of the E-ATX mounts. I was going with the NZXT Phantom becuase a reviewer said this fit but ended up going with the Thor for some reason.

  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

More images or it did not happen lol but by the list it seems decent :D

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I spent all day putting it together and getting all the os optimizations and software installs done, so I didn't get any photos yet. After work I'll be sure to get some up of it though.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

i know after i posted my comment i didn't read last part lol sorry dude

  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, although I'm not particularly fond of your choices of cpu cooler, mobo, or ssd.

The Corsair H60 or H80 would have been a better choice for your money, they have a reputation of reliability and great performance.

As for the mobo, a better choice would have been a MSI Z77 MPower. It's about $50 cheaper, has all of the features, can fit in more cases, will overclock better in most cases, and has better brand reputation.

Finally, the ssd. There are many other options for an ssd that would perform better all around, Samsung 830/840, OCZ Vertex 4, Kingston HyperX, and Crucial M4.

Overall, I think it's a very nice build for the price, though these few minor things may have been better choices.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your comment, but you must have not read the prices I paid for stuff. The lowest price on the H80 is $10 more than what I paid for my cooler which does just as well in tests and is doing a fantastic job so far. The SSD, I wanted a Samsung 830 but the price on the Sandisk was too good to pass up. And with the latest firmware, all of the trim issues are fixed and its a very good performer. The mobo, sure I splurged on that, but its the one I wanted, so there :P

  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, I missed the prices listed, for those price points these choices are good. I guess the motherboard is fine since you just wanted one, there's no real downside to it other than the price.