Description

I call it White Wind because it's rapid and it's white.. I built this rig for intense video editing. My old rig was editing in 240p so I though it was time to change.

I have overclocked the CPU to 4.2 GHz and wow have Intel improved the power consumption and temperature, it's only showed an increase of 3-5 degrees on idle and 10-15 degrees on load which is surprisingly good. The GPU is now running at a stable 1100MHz but it's not really necessary for video editing.

The three 1TB Seagate Barracuda are in a Raid 5 array with speeds of 150MB/s to 200MB/s, since I'm a video editor I need lots of storage for films. I'm going to get another Seagate drive to go for a Raid 10, as the write speeds aren't brilliant. Also it's not very good for the CPU.

I also have a G-Drive 4tb which contains all of my films as you can see from some of the pictures. I have been planning this build for a while and finally found out about the Haswell release and thought I would go for it. I replaced the SSD with a Samsung 840 Pro.

If your wondering why not the GTX 770. It's because I bought the 670 last year to try to make my old build better for video editing but because of bottlenecks I wasn't getting it's full performance.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 6 points

Really nice build, I don't really see any issues. Is the SSD your boot drive? I like the massive RAID setup, too.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks very much, yes the SSD is my boot drive.

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

You know you are addicted to PC building when you use bokeh to show off your components. Great pictures and nice build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thanks a lot.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the rear fan on the r4 a 140mm or 120? Nice build man!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

140mm, and thanks :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

A 120 gb SSD will get write speeds that are slower than the bigger versions (240 & 480 gb have the fastest write speeds), but you should be seeing read speeds of at least 450 mb/s, if not higher. I would definitely try to fix that; 160 mb/s is quick, but not for such a high-quality SSD. In terms of worrying about the lifetime, if it's only your boot drive, I wouldn't worry too much about it. These SSDs are rated to have over 50TB of data written to them over the course of their lifetime, and there's a 5 year warranty on them if they die before their rated amount of written data.

TL;DR - Fix that SSD, 30 GBs of space is A LOT (1/4th of your drive), and worth it to fix those (fast) HDD-like read/write speeds.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your advice, I'm replacing the SSD with a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a beaut! Excellent cable management and part choices across the board. One thing that I have to ask is if you have the PSU facing up for any reason? Looks like the case is pretty low to the ground?

I had to shrink down the the pagefile.sys in Win 8.. it was doubling my RAM and clogging up what very little SSD space I had.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Linus on LinusTeh Tips on always seems to have it facing up, he says to draw air away from the graphics card and out the back.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd trust anything that guy says, he's the man!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need to defrag your SSD. Files are not read sequentially like on a regular spinning HDD, so defragging provides no performance benefit on an SSD.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for telling me, I will definitely avoid it. I'm replacing this SSD anyway hopefully that will solve the problem of speed.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are lovely pictures.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) as well as Filming I do photography to and you can't make something as extravagant as this without taking nice pictures :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How quiet is your set up when it's under load?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really not sure, but it's very quiet compared to my old one. I'd guess around 20DB my old one was like 40DB.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I like the contrast of the white case.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You. that's the look I was going for. Couldn't get everything in white so went for this instead :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It's startling how much better you can see in there with the contrast. I'd be ashamed to post pics of my last build (I don't do cable management worth a poop), but at least some of it is less obviously awful because you can't see a thing inside my (black) case, even with the blue lights on.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Get rid of the CX before it burns down your house.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

How would it burn down my house?? It's a good PSU.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The CX series CPU's aren't that great and they have a reputation for failing. I'd get a TX850. They're amazing.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I've never had any problems with them but if I ever want to upgrade I 'll consider the TX series

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  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I hoped but it appears not mine :(

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You need to run it in AHCI mode in BIOS before you install the OS on it. You should also considering installed the AHCI driver during OS install for your mobo to get the best performance.

IDE mode will kill SSD performance.

Edit: Despite what all the other comments say, DON'T defrag you SDD. They don't get fragmented, that's not a possible. Flash storage works completely differently from mechanical storage.

Also, anybody telling you to remove your page file or shrink it is silly. Pagefile is useful, the solution is to MOVE it and have it stored on a mechanical HDD.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

When I look on the BIOS it is in AHCI mode already. So do I still nedd to uninstall WIN 8, even if it's already in the right mode from the start. It's a pretty advanced MOBO so you would hope it sorts that kind of stuff for you.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that mine was set to IDE by default. That said your board doesn't appear to have any SATA2 ports whatsoever, so if yours is indeed in AHCI mode, you should be getting significantly better performance.

I'm still not completely sure how your PC is managing to report 30GB of fragmentation on an SSD. Like I said, flash memory doesn't become fragmented.

Also, you're running RAID 5 with the mobo's built in RAID controller. Typically 5 isn't recommended without using a dedicated RAID card. I can't see that affecting your SSD performance, but you might see a performance increase in other areas by using a dedicated RAID card.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Once I reinstalled windows the fragmentation went to 200MB But still no speed increase, so I've ordered a Samsung 840 to try that instead. I did consider a dedicated Raid cards, but I got the impression they were all over £100 and already this computer cost a bomb. Thanks for your advice.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Maximum pc just did an article on how to change the sata ports to ahci after you install the os. You have to edit the registry.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

oh i know, i've done it. that said, i've yet to see the impact of having the AHCI driver installed during/before the OS, and without it altogether.