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Coffee Lake 1070Ti workstation & gaming build

by JimmyBareHands



Date Published

Dec. 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


I wanted a system for both workstation tasks and gaming.

For the workstation aspects, I use apps such as Lightroom, Photoshop and code editors and other developer tools. I was initially going to make a Ryzen 7 build but as I found out through some research, the Adobe apps don't take much advantage of multicores and work better using a fast single core with a good boost clock speed, hence, I chose the i7 8700k instead.

I like gaming, but I'm not a hardcore gamer so a 60hz IPS display is fine for me (taking into consideration the photography work I do using Lightroom).

The build was easy enough - I like all the cutouts in the S340 elite. There's still loads of room in the case so I'm glad I didn't go for a larger case like the H700i. Cable management is easy in this case.

The Asrock board is solid. I had to be careful not to plug the HDD SATA cable into the disable port the M.2 drive was taking up. When I initally booted I noticed the RAM speed was set waaaay slower than the 3200Mhz speed the modules should run at. I realised there's an XMP switch on the motherboard I needed to toggle on to load the correct XMP profile data. This was pretty weird but glad I found that out in the manual.

The 1070Ti is fast and I used EVGA's software to auto overclock.

Overall very pleased!

Comments Sorted by:

Magik_uwu 1 point 11 months ago

solid build!

JimmyBareHands submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you!

SebMonster1030 1 point 11 months ago

Where did you get the desk and those prints on the wall if I may ask?

JimmyBareHands submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

The desk is an IKEA Galant with an oak veneer, which I'm not sure they do anymore, they replaced it with the Bekant. The pictures I got from Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/400983481/hayao-miyazaki-movie-posters-set-of-3

c_clems 2 points 10 months ago

Love the Ghibli prints man

nickmnickm 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build, just compiling ideas together for my own first build. I'm a PS / LR user, but do want to have the capability of 4k editing (from an A7 camera) in the future. How does your build perform with PS tasks, and have you tried anything with more taxing graphics?

(I'm a novice - does PS/LR benefit from the GTX 1070?) appreciate any advice

JimmyBareHands submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

There's an option in LR to use the GPU to boost performance so I've been using that. Overall both apps are running really well!

nickmnickm 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you for this useful information. The GPU choice at the moment is the one thing holding it all off! I'm going to do some research into the 1060 vs 1070 comparisons between PremPro mainly (as the 1060 is already very powerful for LR/PS according to most forums)

nickmnickm 1 point 4 months ago

Did you ever find a solution for what GPU to go for? I'm in the midst of building mine and finding it tricky to find a GPU specific answer forLR / PS use

rashadd26 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah awesome build and I am very please with my FTW 1070 ti as well.

JimmyBareHands submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! It's a great card.

mpt5000 1 point 9 months ago

What is that screen that shows cpu, gpu, and ram info?

JimmyBareHands submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It's CAM, software included with NZXT products.