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Sparkles with Pebbles and strings

by plsg



Date Published

April 10, 2014

Date Built

April 4, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Sparkles w/ Pebbles and Strings

For video graphics and editing - mostly 2k film and time lapse photo.


i7 6-core.
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I prefered the Asus X79 Deluxe because it has Wifi. It comes integrated into the back I/O with a small magnetic antenna that I placed on top of the case.
I have yet to try OC even though Asus visibly made an effort to make it easier. ie: switches on the MB ~ ~ ~


I may upgrade to 64GB but for the moment 32GB seems fine.
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The price/performance of the GTX 780ti is pretty good. It really improves playback response in Adobe's software. Having fast drives helps too.
I'm using 2 monitors (1600x1200 and 2560x1400).
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Asus PB278Q has Samsung's PLS panel (IPS).
I like the dot pitch (size of pixel), the anti-glare, and the view angle. And I got it refurbished in excellent condition.
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Anyone remember Discreet Logic's Flame with Stone and Wire?
My drives aren't really that great but I'm not getting dropped frames on basic edits at 2k so I'm good with that.
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The Seasonic looks great. Curiously some labels seem upside down for my installation (fan intake is from bottom).
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A full tower case! the Fractal XL R2 looks good, it's big and the price is good. I found the edges were smooth and didn't hurt my hands. I left the fans on low to keep the noise down.
This case is very nice but I'm not sure about the start/restart buttons because when I pulled out a usb from the front I/O panel I turned off my computer inadvertently. I'm more careful now and haven't had any problems.
I got this case from NCIX during the Vancouver transport strike - so I put the parts onto a piece of wood while I waited. When the case finally arrived the box was damaged but the case itself seemed fine - as it turns out one bottom thumbscrew got a bit bent. I simply pushed it back out - I suppose it is fine if it works. And it does.
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Although I prefer typing on mechanical keyboards I wanted an affordable back-lit chiclet style full sized standard layout keyboard.
Having a back-lit keyboard when color grading is really nice IMHO. And the Perrix keyboard I got from Amazon is great value if it works as expected.

Zowie FK mouse is ambidextrous which is nice since I'm left handed. I like how this mouse feels in my hand. I like the quick switch dpi. And it has extra buttons for the thumb (which I never use).

I also have an old A4 walcom pen.
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Thanks for reading and happy building ...

Purchase Price includes tax and shipping.

Comments Sorted by:

polarbehr 4 Builds 5 points 60 months ago

noctua coolers make me happy

Hellvaguy 1 Build 3 points 60 months ago

Looks like they are covered in poo.

desync408 1 Build 12 points 60 months ago

Poo never looked so good

boofheadfred 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago


xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

VERY clean. Best pictures of a build? Possibly. +1

skemble 24 Builds 5 points 60 months ago

Hey now.. ;)

plsg submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Making pictures of a build is an interesting challenge.

(to get an aesthetic yet illustrative image of an object that has lots of black and white and matte and shiny and dusty and finger prints ... in a small space)

I very much appreciate browsing through the pictures that are on this site. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Your pictures are elegant and clean! Did you use a tripod to get the identical shot with the panel on/off?

plsg submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Thanks, I like the pictures you made for your builds.

Using a tripod and shooting at various exposures. And remove/retouch things that distract from the subject ie: the background

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thank you! I don't have any real picture taking skills haha I just take a crap load of pictures from different angles and then sift through the ones I like. I only started touching them up a bit on the last build I did.

desync408 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

What is the 80mm fan used for?

plsg submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

It is for another build to replace an old noisy heatsink fan. That build will also get the 2x2TB WD reds in Raid 1 for use as archive. That's why you didn't see them in the pictures.

Graestone45 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

If only noctua made sanely coloured fans... Then we could have build with good cooling, that LOOK GOOD too!

plsg submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks for all the comments and +1 :)

The 80mm Noctua is to replace a fan in an old build which also gets the WD reds for network archive.

I don't mind the Noctua colors but I agree that it can seem out of place sometimes. Although having a color scheme wasn't a priority for this build I admit that having a choice is always nice.

The ADATA SSDs are working as intended but I think I'll be looking at improving on my storage before anything else. It really makes a difference when handling lots of images.

Aelon51 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Nice pics, good parts. +1.

bytesize 1 point 60 months ago

Are you planning on overclocking your GPU and CPU for better performance in Adobe?

plsg submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

I'm still in that state where I'm comparing to my previous build.

But yeah, that GPU looks like it's already OCed. There is a utility to switch three speed levels and Asus offers the same sort of thing with switches on the MB. I think the x79 Deluxe is a really nice board.

I've started by tweaking win7 and Adobe preferences and storage raid etc.

Rufus_239 0 points 60 months ago

Love the pictures. Love the description. Love the parts (Except the Adata SSD's, I haven't had the best experience) Love it. Love my love of it. +1 for every time i say Love then multiply it by 30