Description

Used mainly for general engineering: IPython, Matlab, Java/C++, Ansys, Solidworks. Also, steam (all TW games, CivV, Tomb Raider on extreme settings is really smooth).

The Xeon processor is a dream. Hyperthreading for all that CAD at an i5 price. I've been really impressed with the 750ti, as it runs very cool even at max performance: a smooth, cool cat with a kick-*** bite.

I'm running Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 in dual-boot on the SSD, with symlinks to all of my files on the HDD. It's been fantastic so far, but just remember Ninite.com does not allow you to install to the non-OS drive.

On the down-side, make sure to have an extension and/or splitter for the PWM fam in front. The cable wasn't long enough for a gentle connection with the Mobo, and there are only 2 4-pun slots on the board. Fine with me, the splitter from fry's was just right.

I'm also getting a very quiet, very high-pitched whine from the HDD, but nothing I can't live with once everything is in a proper desk. I'm using my old Acer H388H 23" monitor in the pics, but the new Asus is FANTASTIC. So...much...productivity.... tear

Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

Really good call on the CPU, not many people know about that one in particular. Only thing I would have done differently is an h97 board

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm hoping the workstation/server grade CPU may even give me a tad more reliability for simulations...? So, what exactly am I missing out on for the price difference with an H97? I almost went for a Z-type instead of H.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

The advantage of H97 is that you could upgrade to 5th gen Intel processors in the future whereas h87 only supports 4th gen. As for Z vs H the main difference is that Z series chipsets support overclocking, which is completely useless with a Xeon.

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice to see a Xeon once in a while, hats off ti you mate +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Glorious!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Can we get a picture of it all in the case?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Done

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Now I can help you out, you RAM is not setup in the proper slots. You need them to be in the same color slots to take advantage of dual channel. Check your motherboard manual to see if using the black or yellow pair is better.

EDIT: Checked the manual myself does specify if one pair is better than the other so either put them both in yellow or black

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Already done!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

how's the GPU in rendering ?