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Cygnus 1.0: Astrophotography post-processing optimized machine

by ktflory


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Date Published

July 11, 2018

Date Built

July 11, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.5° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.404 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C


I've been using my old 2013 ASUS laptop for Photoshop and running my telescope/camera/cooled CCD for a few years but it could no longer keep up so I built this. It benchmarks pretty well against other systems in the PixInsight database considering I'm running a stock cooler. If the CPU starts to require more cooling as it ages and gets dusty I will probably upgrade to an AIO. For now it consistently scores just under 10000 in all three benchmarks and chews up data with a swap speed of 1900MiB/s. Installing proper swap directories and using 4GB of memory as a RAM drive was the key, along with normal overclocking technique on the CPU/RAM. Haven't messed with the GPU yet since I don't do much gaming anymore.

CPU OC to 3.8GHz @ 1.325v, RAM at 3200MHz 1.2v IIRC. May upgrade to 32Gb of 3200MHz eventually.

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EASTER_EGG 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

the AMD stock cooler is actually quite capable of minor overclocks.

ktflory submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'm not ready to call it quits on OC just yet, gonna go higher and upgrade to a 2600 or 2700 some day. Plus I kind of want to play with water for the first time.

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

yea that's fine, water and AIO's do provide a bump in performance when it comes to cooling. It's really up to you man.

crichardson26 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I would not say an aio is worth it for you. An air cooler like the cryorig h7 would be just fine.

ktflory submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I kinda just want to try out water cooling. This is my first PC build since 2006ish.

ChipHanson 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Very nice, simple, capable build in a smart looking case.

So many uninformed dork builds on this sight. People cramming overpriced parts into the ugliest, overpriced cases, with power supplies that would light up a small town; all of which will never be fully utilized. Oh, also, the water cooling for builds that don't even need it.... 3 month's later it's in the shop cuz it sprung a leak.

noochems 1 point 8 months ago

How well can it run games?

ktflory submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It does well on Kerbal Space Program and World of Warships, about 80 fps on max settings, 1080p. Resource monitor says that is only 40% usage of the GPU. Haven't tried it on any FPS games yet.

Peanut123 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

What fans did you use for the case they look pretty cool

ktflory submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Cheap ones on Amazon, was just looking for x3 matching 120mm fans and they were the same price as plain ones.

AJHorfilla88 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Im jealous af im using q300p and my cable management is terrible because of too much rgb cables or idk im having a trouble in terms of cable management lol.

ktflory submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Mine was pretty bad for the first two days until I couldn't stand the pile of cables in the visible side anymore. I figured I'd just disconnect it all and start with the largest bundle at the source. Once I had them all roughly in place I figured out which ones looked best on top, wrapped this way or that, and started in with the zip ties. If I could do it again I'd buy colored zip ties, plastic split loom cable wraps, colored headers for the board, and of course a modular power supply.

AJHorfilla88 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah mine was terrible using Cooler master Q300P and EVGA 600W was a mess case have a little room for cable management and psu thick cable with messy mesh nets ruined my cable management.