What I do with it-
I edit video and audio and create graphics and animations for large corporate meetings. The company for whom I work is a Sound, Light & Video Staging company based out of Indianapolis, IN.
Think of the sound system & lighting rig and video screens at a U2 concert. Then imagine that, instead of Bono on stage, it's some corporate CEO (who thinks he's Bono) that's what we do.
So I either create content for show and/or take the camera footage recorded at an event and edit down to a "Didn't we have an awesome time at the Q4 Sales & Marketing Meeting?" video montage.
Not uber glamours, but it's always different and I do enjoy it.
Why I built it-
Though my trusty old HP xw8400 workstation had served me well since 2007, her dual quad-core Xeon’s and DDR2 were definitely showing their age. After Effect render times were getting out of control and as predominately standard definition duty transitioned into predominately 1080p at insane bit rates and a growing amount of 4K (and higher) animations, it was clear that I needed an upgrade. Having built computers from the ground up before, I decided that I would forego the 15 to 25 percent additional cost of an HP or Dell logo. My goal was silky smooth timelines in Premiere Pro and fast renders out of After Effects, Encore and Media Encoder. All while remaining reasonably quiet.
I had about 10 days of down time between projects and needed to move quickly. 90% of the gear arrived on Friday the 14th 2013 and the rest the following Monday and Tuesday. The need to have the rig up, running (and relatively stable) before my next project came in was paramount.
NOTE: everything except the actual workstation and the ASUS monitors were already in place
My initial thought was a custom water cooling loop. I had never done a custom water loop before and became nearly obsessed with the idea. I studied it, read about it, watched hours of YouTube and felt that I had acquired enough armchair knowledge to pull it off. Unfortunately, as I stared at the $1,900 worth of liquid cooling awesome in my Frozencpu.com “wish list”, I realized that it was going to put me woefully over budget (budget had been set at $10K) and I wasn't about to trade “go fast” parts for bling regardless of how epic it would have looked in the production suite. (Though it really would have looked exceptionally badass)
So I went with AIOs from NZXT. and I must say that the Kraken's have been doing a remarkable job thus far.
The Switch 810 was a joy to build in and absolutely swallowed large hardware without looking overly huge itself on the desk.
Initially I was using the stock cooler for the Titan but it would run at about 80c - 85c under load and was pretty loud with the fan at full spin so in late Dec of 2014, I pulled the stock cooler off and added heatsinks, a backplate, an NZXT G10 bracket, an 11db 92mm fan and a Kraken x41 to cool the GPU. It is now running much, much cooler and is dead silent now.
Budget Request Submitted – Late September 2012 Budget Request Approved – June 10th 2013 a.m. Parts Order Placed - June 10th 2013 p.m. Bulk of Parts Arrive – June 14th 2013 Build Started – June 14th 2013 Final Parts Arrive – June 18th 2013 Build Completed – June 19th 2013 OS & Drivers Loaded and Patched – June 20th 2013 a.m. Testing and Mild Burn-In Completed – June 20th 2013 p.m. Stability and Temperature Burn-In, Software Loaded and Patched – June 21st through June 24th 2013 a.m. Mock Editing and Animation Workflow Simulation – June 24th 2013 p.m. 10 hours of XDCam HD Footage Arrives to be Cut Down to 8 Min Including Titles, GFX and Logo Animation – June 25th 2013
Swapped Stock GPU cooler for NZXT G10 & Kraken x41 - Late December 2014