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Photography/ Gaming Workstation - My first build - 4770k, 32gb ram, GTX770 2gb
by butch10x
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Description

This is my first photo editing PC that I've built. I will be posting images of the build and benchmarks once I'm done putting it together. So much fun!

I've managed to OC the 4770k to 4.5ghz stable so far. I've added some benchmark images too.

I've completed the build minus all the archive HD's I will be adding soon. I attached the SSD's on the rear panel of the mother board tray. Does my PC look like it should? Cable management ok? I'm really going to be picky on the way it is maintained and running. Is the current windows defender good enough of a protector? I've heard Avast is good too.

I will be adding more pics in a bit.

EDIT 8/13/13: I've completed the Synology NAS addition to my system today. I have 5x4TB HDs to have about 16TBs worth of backed up data (mainly my photos for clients). The Synology was a breeze to setup!

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load57.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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TheRealCheekyGit 13 points 8 months ago

Very, very nice. +1

 
 
Broadsky 6 points 8 months ago

Damn what a sexy beast of a computer. Plus 20 if there wasn't a limit!

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanx man! I gotta say, I feels different being back in Windows after 5 yrs with Mac on a Mac Pro 2010 3.2 Quad

 
 
usmc0811 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I just did the same switch from a mac pro to my first build of a pc. some things take a little getting used to. super nice build you did!

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Yea, I do miss my mac pro in terms of ease of use. The soon to be released 2013 Mac Pro is not what I'm nooking to get into as far as customization and future proofing. So for the next 5-7 years, I will be using a Windows based PC as my desktop.

How was your transition like?

 
 
usmc0811 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I miss low os prices and other software prices, I miss the security, I miss the auto update downloads for everything at once. back in the day i couldn't crash that mac. it just cost way to much to upgrade stuff for a 2007 computer. I also play more games and I was limited before. I haven't figured the OC out to be comfortable enough doing it. the last window i used was prob ably 95. I'm using google all the time to be able to find stuff in windows.

 
 
joe1134206 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I have to agree $100+ vs $30 is ridiculous.

 
 
joe1134206 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I've only rarely used a Mac before. I find windows to be really easy to use, although it has quirks and an occasional annoyance. I really want to know what makes Mac OS easier.

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MadBadger 4 points 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

Nice build, mate. Very clean. Hope you end up putting all of that RAM to good use. Very similar to the one I built over the weekend (see:the 'Drunken Canuck' a few down from yours).

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 8 months ago

So far I was able to use 19GB of ram on a series of photos I was editing via Lightroom and Photoshop. I'm sure more will be used on super duper panos that I stitch from time to time.

 
 
jru732 3 points 8 months ago

I would recommend moving your drives to the bottom cage and removing the top for better airflow to your card. Other than that, great build. How did you get your overclock stable with such low voltage?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Yea, I will move the drives when I get a chance to get more sata cables. As far as the OC is set, I used the ASUS 4 Way Optimization tool to auto set the overclock. I have no idea how it's set. I'm guessing the voltage increases as I load the CPU.

 
 
MrImnotMLG 1 point 8 months ago

You don't need more cables you can just move the drives.

 
 
ezenebework818 3 points 8 months ago

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build.

 
 
ArrKayCee [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

Nice build, similar to the one im getting, all the photos really show that you're a photographer :)

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

This is so damn good. I think the only thing I would change is to the 770 with the gold trim on the side to match the mobo, but that's because I'm an aesthetic jerk ;)

 
 
ezenebework818 2 points 8 months ago

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build.

 
 
on4209 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Very nice build! That motherboard looks amazing. Just one thing, I find those temps a little odd

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

yea, the temps are a bit off, ill have to play with the OC'ing a bit more.

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

i love the gold look, didnt think asus could pull it off but i must say this looks NICE!

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

i agree. i didnt think gold was gonna look pleasing at all. however, being a 49er fan, i set the corsair pump to red. a red n gold combo..for the niner pride in me

 
 
jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

thats def a great build for a window.

 
 
gseyffert [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Nice man! Using this case for a build in a few days. I'm wondering what the process was to mount the SSDs behind the motherboard? I definitely want to do that.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

mounting ssd's on the rear panel is cake mode. the screw holes are already there. the case is awesome so far.

 
 
gseyffert [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Ah alright. Just haven't done it before! And the case is still shipping.

 
 
iAmNicklezz 2 points 8 months ago

Beastly. (:

+1

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Nice build! Great part selection and the cable management is great as well.

What did you use to attach the SSD's to the motherboard panel with? Velcro?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

The Samsung SSD has screw holes on the sides and bottom. I used the bottom side to attach the ssd's to the rear panel.

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Oh, ok. Gotcha.

 
 
3XTINCTORIS 2 points 6 months ago

BEAST !!! but LOL windows still hates us even if we spend over 2k for a computer :D

 
 
jonsy777 2 points 6 months ago

hey im looking to do almost exactly the same build for audio editing/gaming! any first impressions? anything you wish you did differently?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Well, if anything, I could have used less ram to abour 24gb and save some money.

 
 
jonsy777 1 point 5 months ago

cool thanks im assuming you are running multiple displays? is the gtx 770 powerful enough? i was debating which way to go (lower model in SLI or single 770)

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

im actually just running a single 27" nec display at the moment. I find that a second monitor isn't speeding up my workflow. im pretty sure it would be more than capable of running two displays tho.

 
 
ellevold [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Hi! Did you run into any problems mounting the h100 with the Z87?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Hi. I did not run into any problems with the mounting at all.

 
 
tylerste85 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

It's beautiful man.

 
 
skylarz 2 points 5 months ago

Cool! But imo I would prefer the Sapphire 7970 Vapor X over the EVGA 770 :D anyway... How are you going to use 32gb of ram o_o 50 copies of ps?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

The only time I actually use 20gb+ ram is when I'm stiching huge panos. Sometimes my psd/tiff files can reach 1gb just on their own.

 
 
odinsride [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Awesome build for photography! I'm currently working on a very similar build for photography as well using many of the same components as you. I have been strapped for time and still trying to transfer everything off of my Mac, but can't freaking wait to get the new build up and running/overclocked/benchmarked...seeing your build has only increased my excitedness :)

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome! Can't wait to see your build!

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

Holy crap, dude. That is something else.

I noticed you moved the top fans as far too the left as you could. was this too clear the mother board and ram?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

yea, the mobo was the issue as far as clearance....luckily the case has multiple screw holes on top.

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

gotcha I had to do that on my daughter's.

 
 
Pc_Quad 2 points 5 months ago

wow, im really impressed by how many pictures you put out. really nice build too!

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

thnx

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

So expensive... so fancy... My only qualm: why Blu-Ray?

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 8 months ago

Price wasn't that much of a factor as much as quality and reliability are for the build as I primarily use the rig for my business. Got the blu ray to watch movies and maybe rip them for higher quality archiving for my apple tv movie collection.

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 8 months ago

Amazing build, just amazing.

 
 
max_carnage [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thats a work of art!

 
 
on4209 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Very nice build! That motherboard looks amazing. Just one thing, I find those temps a little odd

 
 
Papajenkinz 1 point 8 months ago

Photoediting with a 770? Good build though. I am glad you BUILT a PC, and didn't get a Mac like most people.

 
 
DSVLM 1 point 8 months ago

Unless integrated AC 802.11 WiFi and Thunderbolt are absolutely necessary, I'd go with the ASUS Z87-Pro. And you're spending a bit much on SSD's. Otherwise great :D

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

i got the new apple airport router which has 802.11ac, so i can transfer files faster wirelessly to/from my notebook and mobile device. I did probably spend a bit more on the ssd's, (1 for apps and os and the other for a scratch disk for Lightroom and Photoshop), but I'd like to keep my workflow clean incase of any mishaps within the OS.

 
 
DSVLM 2 points 8 months ago

But don't get me as if it's a bad thing. As you stated, money isn't a problem, so why not? Still a great build!

 
 
godshawk 1 point 8 months ago

Show the WEI, I wanna see if Windows is trolling you with the scores.

Srsly, looks good!

 
 
Spirafall [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

I've done some research on this, and it appears that WEI has more uses for Windows to see what hardware people are using in their computers than for people to use as an actual "experience rating". In fact, it's not a rating, it's an index which Windows periodically edits.

 
 
godshawk 1 point 8 months ago

Ahh, that explains why it trolls epic builds with 0.1 off of a perfect score.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

ive posted a pic of the WEI.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome build with awesome part selection. You went overboard with the bokeh though. Use those aperture settings.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the nice words. Bokeh wasn't intentional. Light wasn't great, so i had to open up.

 
 
skemble [10 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I use Zone Alarm on all of my computers and any computers I have ever built. It's light weight and I've never had any virus problems, ever.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

cool thanx for the insight. ill look into it.

 
 
LeMonarque [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Can you link me to that Synology NAS box? Thinking of adding a water cooling loop to my build, and I gotta remove the HDD cages to make room.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

This is the product link for the one I have. It is easy to setup.

http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS1513%2B&lang=us

 
 
Pit 1 point 6 months ago

I bet you can load as many pictures 'till your heart's content! XD

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Indeed. It's been hiccup free.

 
 
RTodd 1 point 6 months ago

I am also looking at doing a build to be dedicated to Lightroom work. This box looks sharp.

Are there any problems with the SSDs being mounted on a flat surface with regard to making the data and power connections?

I've only done one build, and I have this notion that the SATA cables are usually straight on one end (mobo) and 90 degrees on the other (device) end. In a typical cage mount, there is room for cables to go downward from the connectors. Mounted on that panel, there wouldn't be.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

The connections are tight. Real tight! I had to use cables that are not 90*. Using the flat ones are a must.

 
 
DaveW 1 point 4 months ago

Love the build but whats with all the fake bokeh? Show your parts off, don't hide the beauty with cheap effects.

 
 
Daisyahoy 2 points 4 months ago

if its real he has an f-stop of like .7, looks like the tilt-shift plugin in Photoshop.

 
 
Daisyahoy 1 point 4 months ago

the third shot of the cpu clamp up in the air. the head spreader to the left is blurred but the ramm slots on the right arent. these are at the same distance.

oh well, this isnt the place for such badgering. +1 anywho, nice build

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

hi, its not fake. i have lenses that produce that blur.

 
 
thibodeaumartin90 1 point 4 months ago

Hi, first very nice build. I want to purchase the same psu but how you connect evga gtx 770. This psu have 6 x 8 pin pci express but he is no 6 pin pci express. Just tell me more about connection, thank you very much in advance.

 
 
thibodeaumartin90 1 point 4 months ago

Sorry for my english, i'm speaking french.

 
 
Teiko 1 point 4 months ago

very nice ! please check out my build !

 
 
Skeptique 1 point 3 months ago

This is a sexy build. Its very close to the build I want. Though mine is more gaming oriented so I'm going with the Z87-Pro and the EVGA 780 SC ACX instead of the 770. God I wish it was gold though to match the MB like this one. How do you like the Define R4? In the long term.

 
 
butch10x [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

so far the r4 has been great. no problems what so ever.

 
 
Simon_Science 1 point 2 months ago

Loving the gold! +1

 
 
Bantha-cain 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome photos...most of the people who post seem to use the 1mp camera phone with no image stabilization. Great Build!

 
 
italikum 1 point 1 month ago

superb build, what is current noise level read under heavy load (gaming/video editing) and light load (browsing)?

 
 
FallingSoul 1 point 1 month ago

This is a beast of a computer. I have the same case and I'm turning it into a nice gaming computer. Nice to know that it can be turned into a complete bad ass if I really want it to.

 
 
wardoner 1 point 1 month ago

dont you think that you overkilled the amount of memory you have

 
 
jpetersen77 1 point 29 days ago

Why is you GTX different than the one in the ad picture? I want to get the card but I want to make sure I get the "reference edition" as it has a better cooling design for my case.

 
 
lilycan 1 point 23 days ago

can i add this image processing software into the pc. this tool seems great and will make this pc more powerful. http://www.rasteredge.com/how-to/asp-net-imaging/imaging-processing/

 
 
Ace_Smay 1 point 9 days ago

Man I love looking at photographers' builds... their pictures are so pleasing to look at.

 
 
lrosiak [1 Build] 1 point 4 days ago

Awesome build. Was wondering why you went with an NAS instead of loading up your case with hard drives? Looks like you could squeeze the five in there and have that case fully utilized, and I figure your mobo probably has just about enough SATA connectors, but I could be wrong. I was just curious what the advantage of an NAS for a situation like this was as opposed to taking advantage of all the space in the case.

 
 
ezenebework818 -2 points 8 months ago

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build

 
 
joe1134206 [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Hey, you have a few too many comments.

 
 
ezenebework818 -3 points 8 months ago

Wow, very sleek design. I'm really crushing on this build.