Description

This is an i7 4770K (Haswell) based powerhouse build, designed predominantly for music production. That means that with multi-tasking between VSTs, real-time effects, and audio rendering in mind, the primary considerations in this design were CPU processing power and memory. It's actually set up as a dual boot with Windows 7 x64 - one side a mild mannered home browsing, word processing, and YouTube cat video PC... the other a beat crunching, bassline churning hulk.

Visually I wanted it to be stylish, but no fuss and 'to the point' - an understated designed, but with class and just enough edge to match what's going in inside. I think I succeeded! At present I've only got the one photo attached, taken while the build was in progress. I'll update this asap

CPU - The 4770K is currently overclocked to a stable 4.2GHz, with a turbo boost to 4.3GHz when less than all 4 cores are being used. I'm still tweaking though and will try to push it further - if anything it's just the temps that are limiting it since Haswell gets HOT. The Phanteks cooler is awesome, performing very well under the circumstances, with peak temps at 100% all-core load over 14 hours via AIDA64 reaching 81°c. In practice I'll never get anywhere near that. And this is with the virtually silent fans running at about 75% their maximum speed.

AUDIO - No internal 3rd party soundcard - Outboard audio/midi interfacing is common in the pro-audio world, especially for home studios, and I'm no exception. I use an Avid / M-Audio USB 'Fast Track Pro' (http://goo.gl/PWVz94) which serves my needs perfectly.

GPU - Predictably, of course... no 3rd party GPU. This isn't a gaming machine, and for my needs Haswell's on-board graphics (courtesy of Intel's HD 4600 engine) paired with HDMI output on the Asus Z87-Plus motherboard are more than capable. It's all complimented by a shiny new Benq GL2450HM LED 24" full HD monitor (http://goo.gl/dhHQY2), which isn't listed on here yet, but I've added as a custom part below.

CASE - What came first here was a balance of practicallity, silencing, and looks. The Nanoxia DS1 delivers! My previous build was housed in the popular Antec P182. That was great at the time, but the Nanoxia just blows it away. Better practical design (with cable management and airflow in mind), better looks (in my opinion), and it keeps it's promise of being practically silent whereas the Antec case never really did. Internal components play a part in this last point of course, but even the bundled case fans on the DS1 are far quieter than the 'silent' fans in the P182. Basically... this is the best case I've ever had :) Reviews here (http://goo.gl/1xVppe) and here (http://goo.gl/AGGeVw)

OTHER PARTS - Well, it's got 16gb of 1600MHz DDR3 memory currently installed, and can go up to 32 in the future if I need it to. The PSU is a 100% silent fanless Seasonic monster that just does it's job. Well beyond what I'll ever need really in terms of output, but you never know what I might want to add in the future. That dual boot OS is running on the SSD, with a time of about 15 seconds from off to ready-to-use! All of the other HDDs listed came out of my previous build and are now actually the slowest parts operating, haha! With the cost involved though, they'll be in use for a long time to come.

Comments and questions are welcome :)

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate! :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool looking build I would give a +1 but not enough photos :(

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I know - I need to get some good photos up as soon as I can, but I'm not sure when I'll get the chance just yet. Might take me a couple of weeks, but I'll get on it :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

2fast

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Smiley :) I'm not sure what you mean - you think it's faster than it needs to be, or faster/hotter than is safe in your opinion?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

your going to need more pics to get up votes

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks very nice. Good job! I'm a little surprised to see you use a heatsink inside this case. Any specific reason why you didn't opt for liquid cooling? Love to see more pics too

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Wow, late reply :)

Basically, I wanted to make sure the machien was cool enough but also quiet... and most liquid cooling blocks don't seem to be very quiet. They tend to have fairly loud fans since they need to push a lot of air through the radiator. Though this is only what I read beforehand when I considered it - I haven't built one using liquid.

The Phantek's cooler is great though, I'm really impressed. It easily keeps my chip cool, even OC'ed and under load. It's practically silent.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PH-TC14PE? do you like it? recommend it or maybe i can get the single fan version PH-TC12DX?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate :) I love it - it keeps my OC'd 4770K cool with ease. And it is QUIET. Though I should say, that's likely a combination of the case too. I've got it on a manual fan controller that's built into the case, and I never need to ramp it right up.

Overall I'm really impressed with it, and it looks awesome.