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The Grand National

by B1GD0G


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Date Published

March 20, 2017

Date Built

March 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.632 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


The primary purpose of this rig is audio/video editing & production and secondary as a gaming rig. It's replacing my vintage 2011 i7-2600K build that has endured multiple video card upgrades and a memory upgrade.

Multiple SSD drives to store video projects that are in process with 2 TB Seagate to store video footage that's not currently being worked on. I know I've got a variety of different SSD's but I like to label them and know what is stored on each... OS on Samsung, Games/Documents on the Crucial and Audio/Video files on the Mushkin. If one goes bad then I just open up the case and know which one it is... otherwise I open up the case and have to figure out which Crucial drive has the games on it and which one has the video files on it.

I run 3 monitors so the second video card (1050 Ti) is used to drive those independently. I probably don't need a second video card to do that nowadays but it's an old habit since it was the easiest way to drive 3 monitors back in the early 2000's.

I know I have room for overclocking with this system but I won't be focusing on that, just utilizing the raw stock horsepower of the components.

Nice large case to maximize airflow to keep everything nice and cool while trying to run it as whisper silent as possible.

Some components are moved from the old rig to the new like a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, but the 2K monitor is new along with the Creative sound card that I bought years ago but was never installed because I didn't have an available slot in any of my other machines.

Not big into LED lights but I added some red LED fans and an RGB light strip since everybody's doing it now... right? ;-)

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XFacility 3 points 22 months ago

LOL, I never knew you could use 2 different graphics card and I was in to PC stuff for a while. When I think about it now it makes sense, you just cant ran it in SLI. Nice build anyways :D +Rep

redBadger 2 points 22 months ago

Spends all this money Gets a 1070

good one m8

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Explain to me the benefit of a 1080 over a 1070 for editing video and audio and maybe I'll spring for a 1080 yet. :-)

redBadger 1 point 22 months ago

No huge reason besides some performance boost in games. You're already spending over $4000 so clearly money isn't a huge issue. Seems like it'd be worth the extra couple hundred for a better card, at least for me :-)

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I get it, and I did consider it. 10 years ago when I was a hard core gamer I'd have considered putting more money into the video card to squeeze out a few more FPS. Now my priority was staying within my budget for this build and maximizing the machine for the way I use it when working on video and audio vs any sort of gaming. If anything I'd have opted for more memory over a more powerful video card.

My latest game purchase this year was Homeworld Remastered... so I'm sure my 1070 will be able to handle that load. :-)

datwoo816 1 point 22 months ago

Really nice build, just confused about the 1050ti how does that work?

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Windows recognizes the second video card and runs the 2 side monitors off it it. It all works as one continuous desktop across all 3 monitors. I know I could probably just plug 3 monitors into the 1070 and do it that way, but this is the way I've been doing it since about 2003 so it's what I'm used to. Windows has gotten a lot better at recognizing multiple video cards and running additional monitors off of it so it's dang near flawless and easy to set up.

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I know I could probably just plug 3 monitors into the 1070 and do it that way

That would've worked perfectly fine. I understand why you bought the 1050ti but if I were you, I would try to return it. I'm currently running 3 monitors off my 1060 without any problems.

Anyways great looking build, I love the look of the strix motherboards and graphics cards.

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 5 points 22 months ago

The theory behind two separate cards is that whatever is running on the 2 side monitors is behind driven by that second video card and is not taxing your primary video card running what is on your main monitor. Back in the day when I was gaming competitively and admin'ing the server that we were playing on I could run the game on my main monitor and not take an FPS hit for keeping a server admin window open on my side monitors. It seemed to work well.

For games that utilize hardware-accelerated PhysX support, I can chose to run PhysX off of my second video card and free up my primary card from that load.

Thanks for the comments. I like the look of the strix hardware too.

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Izzet 1 point 22 months ago

Why 2 optical drives? +1

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

When ripping DVD's or Blu-ray's I can load both the drives and have it do one right after the other... saves a little bit of time. Or if I'm grabbing video segments off of multiple disks I can load 2 disks and go back and forth instead of swapping them out repeatedly.

PapaGator4 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Is it possible to do that? 2 different GPUs??

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 0 points 22 months ago

Yup. I've been doing it with nVidia cards for years. I think you can even mix AMD and nVidia although I don't remember ever trying it.

PapaGator4 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Mixing AMD and NVIDIA GPUs,you'll need the hybrid motherboard.Never seen the hybrid boards,One is the old one back from 2002

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

The way I used to do it was a video card in the AGP slot and another in a PCI slot... might have been possible to mix the two brands that way physically but I think the big hang up was the drivers playing nice in either Windows ME or Windows 2000.

PapaGator4 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Does your GPUs make any difference? Performance?Heat? Acoustics?

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I imagine it's very similar to running a rig with 2 cards in SLI. Additional card so a reinforcement of the fan noise, and yes more heat in the rig.

I've never really benchmarked my primary card when it has run a single vs multiple monitors so I guess that would be an interesting test.

When I started the multi-GPU route the video cards really didn't support additional multiple monitors so I really didn't have the ability to benchmark the before and after. I guess I just kept doing it more out of habit or ease than actual performance gains.

All 3 of my machines in current use have 2 video cards with 3 monitors hooked up to them so it's become a habit for me to do it that way to run a multi-monitor setup.

comanderbham 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

That is a really neat setup and I like seeing those 2 separate cards in action. I had read about running Phys X on a separate less powerful card to keep the load off your main one but haven't seen anyone do it on here until your build. Some sleeved cables would perfect this. Very clean and powerful +1.

PoeDomo 1 point 19 months ago

Have you tried running PhysX games with the 1050 ti? It could be interesting.

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

In the past I'd dedicate the second video card to PhysX to take the load off the primary card. It worked pretty slick for UT3. Right now the only game I'm playing is Wildlands and as far as I know that game doesn't utilize PhysX.

Sqüaaa123 1 point 13 months ago

This is a very late comment but what are your CPU temps?

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

I'm running about 80F at idle. The other night I did some video processing that had all the cores running at 100% for a couple of hours and I reached 108F for a max temp. Ambient temp in the room was about 68F.

Catarino. 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

What are temps like with that cooler?

B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Idle around 80F, running a max load for a couple of hours doing video encoding I rarely exceed 110F. The system is not overclocked at all.

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B1GD0G submitter 1 Build 3 points 22 months ago

The breakfast of champions. ;-)