Description

I primarily use this machine for editing photographs taken with professional DSLR cameras. The file sizes are very large and the software is memory-intensive.

This build includes a 1TB SSD and 4 TB HDD. The SSD houses the operating system, my frequently accessed files (i.e., My Documents, Google Drive) and will be temporary storage for photos and videos while I'm organizing and editing after a shoot. The HDD is for longer-term storage of photos and videos, and less frequently used files.

Everything works very well. The instructions for installing the memory was confusing, so it didn't start up initially. After moving the memory sticks to the correct slots, everything booted up correctly.

I've spent that last few weeks working out a few bugs here and there, mostly related to my drivers. Everything appears to be working correctly after I took the time to research a few of the more troublesome items. This was my first PC build, so I originally took for granted that all the hardware would work right out of the box like usual and didn't spent the appropriate time installing all the software and drivers that came with my memory card, graphics card and even my wireless keyboard.

The Fractal Design R5 case is incredible. Even with the front cover open, I can barely hear the system and fans running, even when I'm listening for noise.

Part Reviews

CPU

Incredibly fast and reliable. Barely breaks a sweat when intentionally run multiple intense processing (i.e, converting videos).

Motherboard

Easy to install. Durable build quality. Built-in features are great. Beautiful design; great for a case with a side window.

Memory

Great memory. Very fast and reliable so far. Great compromise between price and speed.

Storage

SUPER FAST! System boots in seconds from fully shutdown. Excellent for working with large files, like raw photographs and video.

Storage

Huge storage space for the price. Very fast for a HDD. Excellent for large file storage. I prefer a SSD for installing the operating system and frequently accessed files (i.e., My Documents, Google Drive, etc.), so this drive serves a longer-term storage device, since space on my SSD is limited and the SSD memory is so expensive.

Video Card

Supports two monitors. Currently connected to two 40" Samsung LED screens and the picture quality is excellent and extremely accurate. With photo editing, this is critical if my completed photos are going to printed and blown up. GPU speed and memory helps support photo and video editing software and speeds up video converting. This is primarily designed for gaming, but I have not used it for the purpose. It is probably more than I needed for my purposes, but I wanted to help future-proof my design as photo and video software continues to evolve.

Case

Wow! This case is beautifully designed inside and out. It's quite a bit larger than I expected, but that worked in my favor when it came to installing the components.

It's also extremely quiet, as advertised. I have a CPU fan, GPU fan, two case fans, three HDD, and a large power supply, yet I can barely hear it, even when I listen for it. With such a powerful PC, the noise was one of my main concerns. There was no need for concern there.

I was also concerned about the heat, especially because I live in a desert climate. Coupled with the component specific fans, the two built in case fans keep things under control without question. This is another benefit of the larger case.

Power Supply

This power supply was about double what I needed for this build, but I wanted to ensure there was room for future upgrades or expansion. It easily supports all of my installed components, while the modular design ensures that I don't have any wires that I'm not using. It runs very quietly as well.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Why is cable management so poor? Were the PSU cables too short? (really interested in this since I am buying a PSU with almost the same cable size and same case).

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Some of the cables were shorter than expected and not very flexible. Also, the harddrive bays are originally configured to face the side of the case where the PSU sits in the back of the case. You can change the direction of the harddrive bays to face toward the back of the case, which would make the cabling easier/cleaner, but it would be more difficult to get the drives in and out.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Make sure you install Samsung's Magician software....and then enable RAPID mode on your SSD...it will BLOW YOUR MIND!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I purchased the same GPU early 2015. I find it amazing what that little card can do for 1080p video.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. What are your temps idle/load on the CPU ?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

For the price, it seemed to suit my needs. My photography software can use the GPU to render and convert photos. When the setting is enabled, it's much faster than just using the CPU for hi-resolution photos.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! All was good until I tried turning it on. Figured out the memory issue, then a keyboard I've been using for months before the build would stop working randomly and my external drives disconnected randomly. I can deal with hardware. It's the software that drives me mad.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

What's the question exactly?

I designed the PC to have a lot of computing power for rendering images and video. The photo editing software that I use is moving towards using the graphics card to render and convert images, so I wanted to make sure I had a good graphics card that could keep up with the new software developments. Also, the video editing and video conversion software that use also uses the graphics card. Beyond that, I have two LED TV monitors and wanted a card that could easily connect two monitors right out of the box with HDMI and DVI.

As for the PSU, I designed the computer so it can be upgraded and there are several internal bays that I'm not using. I wanted to make sure the PSU could easily support the current hardware and any potential upgrades. Besides, the stepping down the capacity wouldn't have yielded much savings.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

My photography software still relies mostly on the processor versus the GPU, so the GPU isn't as critical. However, having an upgraded GPU versus just the motherboard provides added performance, especially if the software begins to place more reliance on the GPU in future versions. It's a gaming GPU even though I don't do any serious gaming, so it's still a considerable upgrade from what was generally recommended for photography and basic video editing.

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