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MagicBox Workstation

by JoeMommaX

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Date Published

April 25, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 26, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Arthur C. Clarke's First Law:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Workstation + Home Theater + Gaming

http://www.protosynth.biz/

Adobe Photoshop + Creative Suite + PTC Creo Elements

3D Mark Firestrike benchmark score 9716

Part Reviews

CPU

A Great Value CPU. Asus 5-way optimization overclocked it to 4.5 Ghz. Sometimes when rendering 3D I wish I had an i7 but 90% of the time it is excellent. This capable CPU does everything that an i7 can do, it just takes 5 seconds longer.

CPU Cooler

The Thermalright (that's 'right', not 'take') Macho B CPU cooler has worked out well. I painted the fan blades and heat sink fins red. Also added the duct to connect the airflow to the exhaust fan. Much cooler and quieter than my old 92mm cooler.

Motherboard

Incredible deal! 5-way optimization is nice. The PCI-E and M.2 lane sharing options are limited and confusing.

Memory

Bought a second pair to total 16GB. Overclocked to 1800. No issues

Storage

This Intel 750 PCIe SSD is new but seems to work just fine and fast. I had to flash update my BIOS to get my Z97 motherboard to boot from the card but that was easy, and I needed the update anyway.

Storage

I setup my Samsung drive to hold my Steam Library.

Storage

Good value for my games storage.

Storage

This drive is 3 years old. Perfect size.

Video Card

The newest addition. I don't know how future proof it is, but it works great for now. My old 660 x 2-way SLI got 7987 in Firestrike and this gets 9716. A single 660 got 4363.

Case

Excellence. Well built, easy to work in, good fans. It is a full tower, not a mid tower, a big case. Of course one week after I bought it, be quiet! announced the smaller Silent Base 600 mini tower that I would have preferred.

I added some Chrysler Inferno Red accents, two white LED fans and a single orange LED case light strip.

Power Supply

I needed this much power for my old GTX470. It still works fine. Painted Mazda Dark Gray.

Optical Drive

I have my case on its side and this drive sometimes makes vibration noise and/or will fail to burn. Turning the drive flat (case up) is fine.

Case Fan

I was surprised that the be quiet! Silent Wings fans included with the case are better than this fan. I painted mine red with black blades.

Case Fan

Replacing my old 1 fan with these 2 increased my o/c from 4.2 to 4.5 and dropped GPU temps by 20C! I love the way the LEDs light the case so I can work on my PC while the power is still on. I painted the blades orange, making the lighting Creamsicle orange.

Keyboard

Excellent keyboard. I do not like the flat chicklet keys. It is hard to locate the home row. I glued rubber bumps on my keys. I have no use for the 19 macro keys so I wish there was a smaller version.

Mouse

The best mouse I have ever tried. It is a large mouse, but I'm a large guy. I love the looks and I am so glad it works great too.

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NocturneKittie 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Big change from first two setups (200 and 2008). Looking into getting Noctua fans as well, will do a RAID 0 on SSDs on upcoming build, Thanks for sharing, seen pics on Twitter as well _^

Tastynacho 1 point 12 months ago

please tell me that that isn't your setup.

+1 for the awesome looking beast!

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