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Seymour | video editing




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Seymour (after Seymour Cray) is replacing my 2009 editing rig (WOPR), which is an i7-920/ASUS P6T Deluxe V2/12GB RAM based custom built PC.

Seymour's components were carefully researched and chosen. Was looking for better handling of AVCHD footage, potentially RED and 4K. Planning for it to be the main rig for the next 4-6 years. Will run Adobe Master Collection and mostly remain offline, aside from updates.

The only changes from the partpicker list are that I have the Pioneer 209, not the 208 and I also added a Rosewill firewire card. I purchased all components from Amazon and Newegg and then a local shop did the build and OS install.

I just got the tower home yesterday and have been updating Windows 7 and other programs, so I haven't had much time to really experiment yet. But I can say that this thing is SUPER quiet. At one point last night I turned it on and thought it didn't power up. As a cold sweat began, I stood up and looked at it only to discover it DID turn on, I just couldn't hear it. The large case fans plus the Corsair PSU, ASUS GPU and dual fan Zalman CPU fan run so quiet I can't believe it. I was hoping for low noise but did not expect this. The blue LEDs of the HAF X are subtle enough to look good without being overwhelming.

Windows Performance Test scored it 7.8 & 7.9 in all areas aside from the HDD, which was 5.9 due to not using SSD. Just a personal preference at this time, though I am leaning toward that soon for the OS.

As you can see, my office is a little cluttered at the moment as I'm arranging the new set up. I also purchased an iMac at the same time (i7, 24GB of RAM, GTX 780m, FCPX) so that's in there too. And my 2009 rig is still working great, just doesn't handle the AVCHD as well as I need.

For Seymour, I wanted a triple monitor set up. The mount/stand is still on it's way. But one of the things I wanted to do was use the 3rd monitor as an all-purpose screen, so you'll see where I added an HDMI splitter for my DVR and an HDMI 5 port switch that runs to the monitor. Currently I have the PC, DVR and PS3 going into the switch so that I can select any of those displays. I'm also picking up an Omnimount for the 26" TV and it will be positioned just above the triple monitor stand -- so that I can pull the screen out, move it, tilt it, etc.

The only problems I've experienced so far was that Windows 7, installed via original disc (which I've had since it launched but never used until now) was VERY buggy with system hangs, etc. Had to do a ton of updates overnight and this morning to patch it up to current optimization. Other than that, the system is running very cool temps (under minimal load, mind you) and again, is VERY QUIET! Love it.

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zac16 5 points 46 months ago

holy monitors lol.

looks really nice

animusvox54 2 points 46 months ago

I absolutely love editing rigs like this. They are just cool to look at. +1 for the build, but you should probably fix some of the cable management in that case, especially with that case

GFFMATT submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks! My last two rigs are similar with the black cases and blue LEDs. These HAF X towers look like tanks though. I didn't do the cable management, so I'm not really sure what you mean. Can you be more specific?

animusvox54 2 points 46 months ago

I'm just talking about all the cables hanging around on the inside and not put behind the back panel.

GFFMATT submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Ah... wow, I didn't even really look that closely last night. I'm gonna have to open that back panel later and see what was actually routed that way. I assumed everything that could have gone back there was put back there. Good catch!

TNTrocks123 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

are u gonna get a quadro too?? that would be amazing though if u got one

GFFMATT submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I've always considered a quadro, but I'm not sure what the difference would be...? And for the cost value, this GTX 770 4GB should be perfectly fine. I think... my 09 build's GPU was a GTX 260 so I'm already expecting such a huge boost in performance from the video card.

Ochi14 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago


Redrock 1 point 38 months ago

Nice office! Killer set-up all the way!

How do you like the monitors for editing? I keep reading that IPS is the way to go for maximum viewing angles and color for editing. I do photo editing and would like to learn video in the near future, so I'm considering which monitors to buy with a relatively low budget such as these.

I absolutely love your set-up!

GFFMATT submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

So sorry -- I haven't checked this site in months! To answer the question, I love the monitors. I've never used or been in the presence of IPS so I can't really compare but I've had no issues with color. I'm shooting 4K video on Panasonic GH4 and it looks great, even at the 1080p resolution with these monitors. The real estate is most important to me, which is why I stretch across 3 screens. So for me, at that time (a year ago), this was the best value for my needs. All monitors still working perfectly!

ImYourChrist 1 point 9 months ago

Hows the cpu cooler?

GFFMATT submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Initially, it was very difficult to install. Other than that, it's very quiet and effective. However, going it's 4th year of heavy use now, I discovered that one of the fins was cracked last month. Doesn't affect performance though. I'm planning my next build and looking at easier-to-install options. This one looks cool and does its job quietly, but I'm older with less patience now!

ImYourChrist 1 point 8 months ago

Haha, thanks for the answer! I see it's discontinued, so it doesn't matter.

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