Description

I do this stuff:

  • 3D CAD design

  • 3D Scanning

  • 3D Printing

  • Video Editing

Games: - Nope.

CPU | Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor | I needed a fast machine to run solid modeling CAD programs and do video editing. I've never built a computer before but I really couldn't find one pre-built in my budget and suited to my needs. I selected the i7-7700K with the premise that 80% of my time would be 3D modeling and 20% would be spent in 3D rendering. The machine is so fast that even when my workload has more rendering it does very well. I'm running it 21% overclocked using the nice ASUS software tools. Seeing speeds of 5.0 GHz now. CPU-Z VALIDATION

CPU COOLER | Corsair - H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | Fairly quiet unit. The RGB light on the CPU is a nice touch. My CPU temperature is at 30 °C as I type this but I see temperatures up to 75 °C when fully loading the machine for extended times. By design, the unique architecture of this generation of chips leads to higher temperatures when compared to its older siblings. I won't debate it here but many are suggesting that anything under 100 °C for this 1151 chip is acceptable. Of course, lower is better if you can wrangle it to behave.

MEMORY | Corsair - Vengeance LED 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | I chose 3000 MHz and bought 64 GB worth. The 7700K CPU is rated for 2400 MHz ram but CPU-Z shows it is using the full 3000 MHz of the DRAM.

VIDEO CARD | PNY - Quadro P4000 8GB Video Card | I selected the NVIDIA Quadro P4000, a model released early 2017. I probably went a bit overboard but my new rule of thumb for CAD is to get the best video card you can afford. The decision was fueled by bad experiences at my last job -- I was working at about 20% efficiency because the video card couldn't keep up. The IT manager's solution was that I should always work with wireframe models only and no rendering -- eye roll here. Yup, that's how I did it in 1989 so let's keep doing it.

CASE | Corsair - Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case | I bought this well known "ammo can" case in black. I then modified it to look a bit sci-fi. Motivation and colors are taken from the Star Wars "The Force Awakens" movie. I wanted it to look as though the heroine Rey possibly scavenged this from the desert. I painted the interior gloss white and used the Star Wars orange color for stripes. I painted the fan intakes/exhausts with a warning pattern. To give a distressed appearance I sprinkled sand over surfaces before I painted them; then scrubbed off the paint and sand after it dried. The stamped letters on the front were done with a cheapo stamped lettering set from Harbor Freight. I used a dremel tool to grind off the Corsair logo on the front of the case. I then used the dremel to grind in the Star Wars Rebellion symbol and painted it red. Then I sanded paint off edges, dragged the case on concrete, beat-scratched-dented the case with a rock. Yup, I rather enjoyed that part.

Part Reviews

CPU

I selected the i7-7700K with the premise that 80% of my time would be 3D modeling and 20% would be spent in 3D rendering. The machine is so fast that even when my workload has more rendering it does very well. I'm running it 21% overclocked using the nice ASUS software tools. Seeing speeds of 5.0 GHz now.

CPU Cooler

Fairly quiet unit. The RGB light on the CPU is a nice touch. My CPU temperature is at 30 °C as I type this but I see temperatures up to 75 °C when fully loading the machine for extended times at 5.0 GHz (21% overclocked i7-7700K). By design, the unique architecture of this generation of chips leads to higher temperatures when compared to its older siblings. I won't debate it here but many are suggesting that anything under 100 °C for this 1151 chip is acceptable. Of course, lower is better if you can wrangle it to behave.

Motherboard

Tons of features at a great price. Great supporting software from ASUS for setup, optimization, LED lighting.

Monitor

Love this monitor. Very crisp. Sound from on-board speakers is good if you don't want to invest in external type. The embedded Qi wireless charging pad on the base is pretty darn slick too.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

"Games - nope"

Haha.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, I am planning to switch my build to the "Ammo Can" very soon, I really like the mods you did to it, they look really nice. +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent job giving it that worn look. Looks like it could be a movie prop!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Find some rusty chains, and beat that case some more! Love the build!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx. You are so right -- I do need to distress it just a bit more to give it the look I want.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually gonna get this case until my eyes fell on the OH So wonderful .... Corsair 570x

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I've not seen many builds using the P4000, though a fantastic card I understand.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build,

How you finding the fan noise on the P4000? Find it annoying that PNY/NVIDIA has bios locked it to a minimum of 46%, which is still 2200 rpm. It like using a computer from 1989....

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Job. The performance of the machine should be excellent, I will build the pc for my producer, I work with Video Editing and Motion Graphics

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