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Encompass - Entire Setup Build, Including PC. Lots of pics (start to finish).

by Johnny_7_Bravo

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Date Published

May 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description


Brief Summary:

Alright, lets start at the top: This build is the whole 9-yards: Desk Build, Monitor Build, PC Build, and Accessories.

Here is the pricing breakdown:

  • ~$1,300.00 PC build standalone
  • ~$1,750.00 PC Build including Accessories (keyoboard, speakers, mouse, and backup dirve, etc.. )
  • ~$2500.00 PC Build including Accessories and Monitors
  • ~$3200.00 PC Build including all the above plus the desk and top

This setup is for work. I am not a gamer.. (hence the no "triple-monitor-row" configuration). However since this site has a large population of gamers, let me elaborate on the gaming potential of this little beast. This little PC eats the latest games for BREAKFAST. (And btw, my PC stays cool and frosty if you were wondering, even at full workload). (I wanted to test it, and I did)

For those of you that don't want to read all this, just know that a mini ITX PC can do literally anything you can ask of it if you build it right. My PC is a monster, but it is not as crazy as some of these multi-thousand dollar crossfire/SLI machines. This PC is 4-6 year future proof guaranteed, and is one of the most powerful for the money. I would highly recommend this build to anyone that is considering building a mini ITX PC.

If I could personally make a scale from 1 to 10 for how this PC will run games (1 being a simple chromebook, 10 being a quad SLI GTX Titan build) - I would put this at around a 7.5/8 on today's market. At least the benchmarking I have done indicates so.

In all actuality PC builds are like sports cars.

  • You can spend 20K to get an average car (Honda Accord)
  • You can spend 40K to get a much faster car (BMW 3 series loaded)
  • You can spend 80K to get an much much faster sports car (BMW M5 loaded)
  • You can spend 120K to get a sports car that will rival 300K cars (Nissia GTR ) --- This is where I would put my PC and setup
  • You can spend 300K to get a sports car that will be somewhat faster than the 120K car (Lambo)
  • You can spend 1M to get a sports car that will be somewhat faster than the 300K car (Bugatti)

It is just the law of diminishing returns... Buy something on the power-curve, but don't loose your mind.


PC: -

////// Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

Best part of the PC for me. This 4 core, 8 thread at 4.4ghz is incredible. I can crunch a million formula Excel Macro in mere seconds. Plus because it is designated "K" it is unlocked and over-clockable. The price is steep, but it is worth it. This CPU will still be lighting fast comparatively to future CPUs year down the road.

////// Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid

Short and sweet - this does its job and does it well. the highest CPU temp I have ever recorded was 58c, this was a 20 minute sustained test at 100%. People routinely get their 4709Ks up to 80c without issues with extreme overclocking.

////// EVGA Stinger WiFi Mini ITX LGA1150

OK - good board, looks cool, IT HAS A/C WIFI (that is why I got it). However this board is NOT for the cable management gurus out there. If you have looked at the pictures you will notice that the USB board ports, the Sata ports are clearly in stupid locations... right beside the PCIEx16 slot. So I did the best I could to keep cables clean, but it is not entirely possible. Regardless I recommend this board.

////// G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133

Had a little mess up with this, the 4790K only supports DDR3-1600mhz. Regardless, this ram bundle was only 10$ more and the Mobo negotiates down to 1600mhz automatically.... so I wasn't going to waste my time sending this ram back and getting new stuff. The ram works fine, recommended.

////// Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" SSD

If you dont read anything else, read this: - hands down this is the best SSD on the market right now considering speed and price and capacity. Incredible fast AND the speeds advertised ARE the speeds I record in testing. ~520Mb down and up. Also the RAPID mode gets me 7Gb/s (no joke), but for a few reasons I leave that off. If you are going to drop more than a grand on a PC - do the world a favor and get a large SSD. Boot SSD drives and spindle data drives are a thing from 5 years ago when SSDs were $3 per gb... Now they are $.25-.40 per gb... Transferring files, applications - if it lives on the SSD you will notice and you will never ever ever go back. Do not penny pinch when it comes to this.

////// EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0

Obviously I gave into the 970 bandwagon - because according to the facts this is the best high end card for the money (r7 290x is identical for the AMD fanboys). After much consideration I went with the EVGA because it is super quiet, extremely heat efficient and looks cool.

////// Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower

Hands down this is the best mini ITX case on earth right now. I did spend much time researching case sizes because I wanted a full size V-card, and water cooling and a full size power supply but in the tightest and coolest layout possible - this was the only case that fit the bill.

////// EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V

Good average PS - bronze level cert. will meet the needs of my build even if i do monster OC.

////// Arctic Cooling Arctic F8 PWM 31.0 CFM 80mm

Very quiet

////// Dell S2340L 23.0"

IPS panel, any angle viewing. They are glossy (they are glass) - but that is not an issue unless the sun is shining directly on my screens. I actually bought this 2 years ago and the prices have only dropped 40$ since then. Some of the better IPS panel monitors on the market today. The refresh rate is not for hardcore gaming though, but I have literally never noticed it.

////// Logitech K800 Keyboard

Wireless, illuminated keys, volume control - well worth the money.

////// Logitech MX Master Bluetooth Wireless Laser

Horizontal scroll! Plus it looks like a sports car. Not sure if it is worth 100$, but it is worth buying anyways. I have had several Logitech mice, and this is the best one by far.

////// Seagate Backup Plus 2TB

USB 3 , only 5400rpm, but it gets the job done and it looks cool, sleek black.

////// Mackie CR3 3-Inch Creative Pair of Reference Multimedia Monitors

Hands down the best speakers/monitors for the money- I did not want to spend anymore than 50$ on speakers, but this was hands down worth every penny - these will be good for years and they will not need replacing because there is something better. Studio quality monitors, geared towards personal PC entertainment use. Plus there is no annoyingly large sub-woofer that you need. These speakers put out the bass!


Desk Build

////// Uplift Desk 900

I am 6'4" - This thing raises to way higher than I could want - it also goes way way low if you need. After much searching in the 'newish' market of raising desks - this one had the best: strength, distance to raise, functionality (memory settings, one touch operation) compared to anything else in the $400-$700 price range. I bought it bare, because I made the top myself. (space constraints). Do yourself a favor - if you will be spending half or more of your day at a PC - buy this. $500 today is better than $50,000 in medical bills when you are 60 or a lifetime of back pain when you are older..

////// Desk table top

Made this from scratch - bought a giant oak plywood board, oak trim (plain square), red mahogany and walnut stain (came up with a color and mixed it in ratio), brushes, varnish, wood glue, screws, and dowel rods. I cut the top specifically so that my entire setup can be moved in and out of interior doors (I can work anywhere in my house, living room, room, office, even the deck if I wanted). I laminated two identical pieces ontop of each other (1.5 inch thick) and lined the outer edges with oak square trim. I left a notch in the back - laminated two boards (as you can see in the pics) for my monitor bracket. The top came out beautiful.

If you have taken the time to read all this - thank you. I personally am tired of typing as well. I will post a plethora of pictures to explain everything further - do not hesitate to ask me any question!


Update

////// Little tricks I had to do

Monitors

  • If you will notice, the bottom two monitors are actually in front of the top ones. This completely eliminates the bottom bezel of the top monitors!
  • The monitor mount is super strong, however, as you can imagine if you hit the desk by accident the monitors would shake... was kinda annoying. However I just ran a thick bead of hot glue along the backside in-between each monitor and everything is secure, nothing can move (plus hot glue is completely safe, and easy to take back off)

Attaching the PC to the bottom of the Desk

  • After searching and much thought - the easiest way to securely, semi-permanently attach the PC to the bottom of the desk was actually velcro! I bought some kayak foot hooks, and ran the velcro through them like a fulcrum. I can easily let off the velcro and let the PC slide down if I need to get inside the unit

Comments Sorted by:

tlerdahl 1 Build 5 points 43 months ago

The cable management on your desk is AMAZING. Looks so clean!

Also relieves any worries about cables when raising and lowering your desk. All you need to worry about is that one power cord.

Not sure how much you use USB's but maybe a little USB Hub next to your desk controls would look great IMO.

Thank you for the photo log. It was very enjoyable to look at.

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

I hate cable jungles..... be there done that, never going back! It does look better in person, there are levels to the cables, and they are tied off and such.

The black and blue thing (see pic 128) right smack dab infront of the monitor pole, that is a 7 port (powered) USB3 hub :-D

tlerdahl 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Oh yeah! Nice! I wasn't looking hard enough.

Eltech 20 Builds 4 points 43 months ago

I'm in heaven... >Faints<

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 10 points 43 months ago

The first time I sat down to the desk when it was all said and done..... I felt like I had sat in the captains chair on the USS enterprise - and was at warp speed !

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

This is quite a beauty. Would you mind me asking what type of work is this for? Day trading perhaps?

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

I work in IT, particularity enterprise data storage - but let me tell you that 4 screens = epic, makes work faster. I am the 'power user type' so I take up every inch of the 4 23" screens.

Perfect setup for day trading though

mlach 4 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

In that case, sir, you have a machine perfect for a part time job as well! :)

BlinkSh0t 2 points 43 months ago

I wanna eat off this build... It's so clean! droools

patlican 2 points 43 months ago

im building the same setup, minus the monitors and the desk:) great job +1

Kreuzer 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Sooo beautiful! Great job: desk, PC... everything. Congrats.

Yours,

Caroline.

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malcar11 3 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

Always welcome, dear hehehe

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Sorry for posting twice here. Does your MOBO have the capability to utilize RAM with XMP Profile when into your BIOS? To manually unlock RAM speeds I meant. I never had this MOBO sorry but just asking if you know. Maybe it will solve the locked 1600MHz dilemma there. My MOBO is more... well pricey but it has such a feature.

Of course I seen the ark.intel.com information too but I do recall reading many forums were able to solve this IF their motherboard has XMP. To turn it on and set the speeds basically.

X.M.P. = Extreme Memory Profile.

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Yes, this EVGA board its UEFI is completely geared for overclocking, and yep that includes being about to read XMP profiles (the uefi is kinda ugly, but idc). My RAM has its XMP profile (of course at 2133mhz, but I am not using it currently (had to move down to 1600mhz) (I think 99% of all RAM these days comes with the factory XPM profile built in) - but thanks anyhow I will look into one day, but I feel like I jumped into a hyper-car already. If I have the need for more speed this is the first on the list to do.

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Oh ok, just was wondering about that since you mention about the "memory" speed issue with the i7-4790K. Sorry about that, also understandable with not needing more MHz on the RAM. I didn't need more MHz for my RAM at the time either so I understand on what you mean. I would have spoken more about your build but I think I was in shock. The skills of a carpenter, building computers and you mention in a post, an IT profession. It's very noticeable in a great way. Lovely accomplishments you created here.

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Much thanks, anything worth doing is worth doing well, or a least giving your all, because that is best you can do! Besides (seriously this point was my 'sticking point') - if I am going to be staring and sitting at a desk for the next few YEARS -I was going to be sure that it would be good

powellbm86 9 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Mad props. Desk looks amazing and computer is a cute add-on. Nice job

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I pondered for a long time getting a sup'ed up laptop that had DP 1.2 (so I could run 4 monitors) (like a razor or something) - but for the same specs I was looking at 2500+. Therefore the cute little add-on was born!

Trevor123456789 1 point 43 months ago

very clean +1

karneychen 1 point 43 months ago

This is what you call dedication. (nothing bad about the set up but it always bothers me seeing the lin in between

fogman103 1 point 43 months ago

What is the keyfob (pic 44) used for?

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

VPN authentication token, just a reference for how giant the Video card is! (my first video card remotely that big)

cwuzzell 1 point 43 months ago

how large is that fan is picture #46?

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

200mm

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I love the setup & build, but when I was reading at first I kinda got sad because not only have I never heard anyone call it a 'row-tri-monitor' setup but also I love pc gaming but triple monitors/surround simply doesn't appeal to me. I like dual displays, maybe dual ultrawide. Anyway, love it.

waffle502 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

hello there, i have the same psu as the one in this build and i am wondering, how has it been working out with the gtx 970? have you been doing alot of overclocking?

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

I do no overclocking, I mean I can do anything on ultra pretty much, and I don't hardly play any games. I want my PC to live a long time, overclocking increases the heat of the components outside the recommended range. If you have enough sense to ignore the gaming/OC groupies, you will realize that yes, it does take off life from your components (yes, even with good cooling)... even though it is only noticeable in the long run - I would say it is just being smart with the heavy investment not cooking my hardware.

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Sorry, to answer your question - Power supply is rocking pretty nice, I do not think I have ever eclipsed 400w at any point in time (measuring from the wall socket - I have a watt meter) - that is everything cooking at 100%, processor, fans, and video card (ran a benchmark test for about 15 minutes). Only if you plan on doing OCI, I would get a 600 or 650. But I did not want overkill, and wanted something quiet. Therefore I went with the 500.. plus I saved 70$ :-D

waffle502 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

thanks!

zyploq 1 point 38 months ago

Nice Pc build (I'm a mini-ITX fanboy too) and really neat setup. I personally use the dual monitor version of that mount and the under the arm cable management hooks are a god-send. Was wondering if the under-desk cube gets in the way of your legs when sitting at your desk?

Cheers, +1

Johnny_7_Bravo submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

The answer to this is slightly complicated - to me, barely, I have bumped it a few times, especially in the beginning. My legs are longer than average (I am a tall dude)... so I have challenges most do not. typically, if you are anywhere near average length, you would have little to no issue.

Also keep in mind that my desk is shallower than normal, I designed it to fit in between interior doors, most desks are deeper - meaning that again, if you and your desk are more average then you should not have any issue!

endershack 1 point 36 months ago

dude

oscarj1109 1 Build 0 points 35 months ago

Lol kinda dumb display set up. Why stare at that center? Just buy a 50 inch TV. Sike.

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