Building a PC

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Michael Firstlight Veteran Member • Posts: 3,312
Re: Building a PC

It all depends on your use and budget.  I need the fastest machine I can build and do use huge amounts of RAM (mostly for Gigapans built from 100+ 36MP NEFs per composite). Here is a new build I just completed this week (I am loading and testing it right now):

  • Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Series Trooper (a step up from my wonderful CM HAF 932)
  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme 64GB
  • CPU: Core i7-3930K SandyBridge E  - I currently have it OCed at 4.6GHz
  • RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR3 2400 Quad Channel 1.65v 10-12-12-31
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i modular (will be supporting a Firepro V7900's  - maybe 2 in X-Fire)
  • Cooler: Corsair H100i Hydro
  • DVD BR: Two LG Blue Ray 14x Rewriters
  • SSDs: Pair of Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in RAID 0 with TRIM (OS/Apps/Scratch)
  • DATA HDDs: 6GB - Quad Seagate 3TB Sata III Baracuda HDDs in RAID 10
  • CF/SD/SDXC Internal Reader: Uspeed USB3.0 3.5" multi card reader
  • Display Card: 2GB Sapphire Toxic HD 5850 (Reusing existing 5850 for now - temporary)
  • OS: Win 8 64-bit Professional with Classic Shell (auto boots into Windows Classic)
  • Display: Temp using a 24" - waiting for a Dell U3014 30" 30-bit IPS to arrive
  • Keyboard/Mouse: MS Wireless 3000

I've quickly easily OCed the i7-3930 to 4.6GHz within a few minutes of the first POST using a turbo multi of 46 at 1.325 Vcore holding rock solid at 70c under stress testing but shooting for 5Ghz shortly if I can keep the temps under 75c.  I should get it to at least 4.8GHz.  The dual Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in RAID 0 are benching sequential read at over 1GB/s with sequential write at just under 1GB/s.

No, not a cheap rig.  Some people think a 1200W PSU is overkill but the don't draw any more actual current than a smaller supply plus I al leaving room for high-end X-Fire.  The PSU is silent - the fan doesn't even come on until it draws over 350W and its the most stable PSU I've ever used for OCing; an average PSU can drive and overclocker nuts. I had to retire an old Dell tower in my studio and the new build becomes my new main post-processing system.  The old box is still a screamer based on an i7-920 OCed to 4.0GHz with dual Intel X25M-256 SSDs in RAID 0 Sata II and 24GB 1600 RAM, but the new Sandy-E i7-3930 at present spec is benching tasks about 40% faster and I've only started optimizing.


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