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*Apologies for the bad cellphone photos but this is a non-rgb build in a monolithic case and there just isn't much to see.

I'm a professional photographer, which is the justification for the expense of this build and a single shoot can (and did) cover the cost. A lot of the parts and periperhals were acquired over time—I didn't order $4k worth of stuff from Newegg in one sitting.

Also, it's a complete coincidence that this build works very nicely for flight simming. ;-)

Multi-purpose PC built for general business, professional photo editing, and hardcore flight simulations. This is my home offiice machine; I have an i7 machine at my studio with a Benq hardware-calibrated photo editing display and a Huion pen display for hand retouching and freehand art. But sometimes you just want to stay at home, drink beer, and work in your underwear.

Chose AMD over Intel for its (alleged) superiority in multi-tasking and a small way to shave the cost of the overall build. The 32gb of RAM is primarily for DCS World (combat flight sim) which is a memory hog that I've seen utilize up to ~24gb on crowded maps. PSU is overkill but I want the option to add a second GPU at some point.

The 3000 series had not been released at the time I bought the Ryzen 2700X. I've just about amassed enough spare components for another build and when I do it, I'll probably put a 3700 in this machine and hand down the 2700X to the "spares" build.

The second display is a Planar touch screen that I use to run Helios, an app that allows me to touch-click on the switches and dials in the cockpits of the aircraft I fly in DCS World.

The box has two 8TB drives in RAID 1 where I store all of my photography, an external 8TB drive where I backup the RAID for offsite disaster storage. The 2TB SSD is for "My Documents" type stuff, and the 4TB drive is for automated backups of the 2TB M.2 "C" drive and the 2TB SSD documents drive. I'm all about backing stuff up.

Not doing any overclocking right now because I just don't feel like it's necessary. I'm getting an average of about 125fps in IL-2 Sturmovik on Ultra settings, at 3440x1440, and have never seen it dip below 100 on even the most crowded multi-player maps. In DCS World, I'm typically getting at least 75fps on very crowded maps. Performance in Adobe PS, Lightroom, and Nik/Topaz plugins is blazingly fast, even on the largest and most complex images.

The Fractal case is amazing. I went with the silent version of the case (no glass) as I'm not interested in RGB. The system is dead silent and runs very cool even under the heaviest loads. The case was a joy to build in and it's fit and finish is outstanding. Can't say enough good things about the case.

I originally started with a Crosshair Hero 7 board but replaced it with a Hero 8 after spending four months of troubleshooting severe latency issues and wi-fi slowdowns. I've RMA'd the Hero 7 back to ASUS at the time of this writing and am hoping they'll send me a replacement versus trying to repair it—or worse, just scratching their heads and sending it back as-is.

I'm not a fanboy of any motherboard brand. The primary reason I went with these expensive ASUS boards is for their massive number of USB ports. I have a lot of USB controllers and peripherals for my flight sims and have found that more than a few of them don't like to be run through external USB hubs. ASUS seems to be the only brand that offered this large number of ports. The ASUS bios is so-so. I've seen better and I've seen worse. They didn't make me jump through any hoops getting it RMA'd, so I guess their customer support is decent (knock on wood).

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have serious concerns over how your WD personal cloud is sitting on the edge of the table...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Rest easy. It's a "portable" drive used to haul stuff back and forth from my office.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the temperatures?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the tardy reply. Temps are a non-issue.