Description

Please note: I live in South Africa, so all prices shown are the equivalent of how many South African Rands I paid, directly converted to US Dollars.

Description/About:

I'm a photographer, and though I'm only 16 years old, I've got a pretty decent business going in which I take photos of events for people. 'Infinity Studios' is my business's name. My previous PC was dying on me (tired from years of long, hard use), so about six months ago I decided to start planning for an upgrade. I paid for this entire rig myself (excluding the screen).

I'll be using this computer for the following:

  • Intense editing in Lightroom & Photoshop (predominantly raw files): 60%

  • Schoolwork, research, programming: 20%

  • Casual FPS gaming: 20%

Yes, some of the components are a little over the top for the above uses, but I wanted to make sure that it was as future-proof as possible. The PSU is overkill, no doubt, but unfortunately there were no others available at time of build. It's likely that I'll add a bigger GPU in the future, so then it'll be more justified.

The build:

There were hardly any problems along the way. A big thanks goes out to my dad's IT assistant from work, who mentored me through the build.

Comments:

  • Intel's stock cooler is way, way better than I thought it would be! My temps are consistent, and super-low. (In fairness though, this is the coldest winter I can remember, so it's likely that the weather is playing a part in keeping the CPU cool!)
  • The case is amazing. No words.
  • The motherboard has an awesome red light panel running up the side!
  • The RAM looks outstanding.
  • Everything runs super-quietly.

I plan to buy some FPS games and an Xbox controller in the future, though the holidays are almost done now, so I won't get too much time for gaming. (That's why I skimped out a bit on the GPU.)

To sum up:

All in all, I'm really happy to have done this, and I'd definitely do it again in the future. Thanks for having a look at my build!

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Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a nice build, only thing I personally dont like are the pictures. You take too many pictures of the corners of boxes and not enough of just the build. I understand that it's supposed to be artistic but it's about the computer and it's components... Alittle rude but its what I think. Still going to +1 though

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Fair point. Guess that must be my artistic nature creeping in. ;) Thanks for the honesty, I totally understand the critique.

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

I like it though. Looks professional and from a true photographer! +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks very much, mate!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

nice +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Agree with this. And nice build +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the 750 Ti? I'm planning on getting it for power efficiency purposes.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I must admit, I haven't been pushing the GPU too much yet - I've been focused on getting my current editing jobs done - but what I have noticed is that it's very, very quiet. I'll try to remember your comment for when I get into the gaming side a bit more and give you some feedback if it'd help.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

One problem is that when the temperature goes up the fan speed does not increase.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build i wouldve gone with an r9 270 or 270x but solid build

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I must admit, I was looking at those exact cards, but they were unfortunately just out of my budget. Thanks for the comment!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

If He's doing editing jobs, and possibly using the Adobe Suite, it might have actually been the better choice to go with Nvidia. Adobe can use the Cuda core technology to create better efficiency. +1 on your build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment and prop!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Apart from the PSU and Motherboard it's pretty nice actually, 1+

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I do agree with you on the PSU, like I said, it was the only one available, but the motherboard's really great. Thanks for the prop!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

A tad bit overkill on the PSU for the build however it's still a solid build! I particularly like the macro of the RAM sticks too! +1

If you had some time would you be able to check out my build's pictures and give me some feedback on them?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I'll have a look.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

gpu bottleneck?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand what you mean, but if you read the description, for now, I don't have much use for a high-end GPU. I might add a more powerful one in the future though.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

What camera do use? Nice build +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I use a Canon 650D. Thanks for the prop!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you from the US? Because if so you overpaid quite a bit. I would assume you are from Austrailia because I can see the prices being correct in that currency and you said it was winter for you at this point. If you didn't pay in USD change the currency to avoid confusion. Didn't see the first part of the description haha.

Love the build!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, no prob man. Thanks so much!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, prices for almost anything tech-related are sky-high here in SA. It really sucks.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build! Just one things to do (In my opinion) is get a nice cooler, it will make the PC so much quieter.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'd love to do that. It's definitely on my upgrade list for the future. Thanks!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

From personal expereince:Do it as quick as possible. Later you will forget things and it will be arder to change or you will jusdt not do it at all. Good Luck with the Photos!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how derpy the focuses are, "Oh you want to look at the processor? NOPE I'm gonna focus on the ram haahhaa take that"

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

These pictures are great!!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much bud! Sorry for the really late response.

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Care to elaborate? Interested as to what you mean.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're on about the PSU, it's definitely got room for upgrading, but the GPU has a really low power draw so it wasn't necessary for a 700w PSU unless you plan on upgrading in the future, but then again atleast you're safe!

If you meant about the other part, I basically mean check out my build I posted on here (Right of my name) and just give me feedback on the pictures I took as you take some professional photos! :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. Thanks for the compliment!

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  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

cough hyperthreading cough cough

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

He didn't mention anything about video editing.......

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair comment, however, at this stage, I'm not doing much video editing. I may go into it in the future, but for now I'm definitely more focused on photos.