Description

I made this build mainly for GPU-Rendering (More precisely, to use Octane Render). Took many pictures of the details, in case anyone is wondering about them like I was when I was picking parts. Sorry about the quality.

Part Reviews

CPU

The CPU is great, 6 Cores really do help out in case I do CPU-Rendering, I don't mind the 3.3 GHz clock rate, it's fine how it is. I like the performance you get for such low price, makes it a great deal.

CPU Cooler

I rarely do very heavy simulations that put my CPU under full load, so I figured I won't need a more powerful CPU Cooler and I don't trust liquid coolers either. The temps are normal with Cooler Master Hyper 212X, also the Cooler Master MasterGel Maker does an amazing job. And I don't overclock, ever.

Motherboard

The board is quite amazing, I'm really happy I didn't go with any other brand/model. There are lots of handy features like built-in Wifi and there are 8 SATA ports which is perfect for me. Plus, 128 GB Maximum RAM Support? I mean are you kidding me? It's amazing! Don't forget the x16/x16/x16 feature.

Memory

The Corsair RAMs are brilliant, I haven't had problems with them. I originally preferred to get 4 x 8 GB sticks (just because they would've looked cooler!) but couldn't find any in my country, got 2 x 16 GBs instead. The low profile is great because it allows me to choose whatever CPU Cooler I want if I ever needed another one.

Storage

The Samsung 850 EVO SSD is fairly good, I only use it for Windows and my daily software. I've never had any other SSDs so I can't compare, but I can say that I used to wait 10-15 minutes for my last PC to start Windows when I was using HDDs. It's down to 10-20 seconds now even when the SSD has 2GB free space.

Video Card

I had doubts about the graphic cards, but now I think I made the right choice for getting Strix 1070s, they are really silent and have great fans on them making them cooler than other models/brands. The 1070s have 8 GB of VRAM which are amazing for 3d scenes, I haven't ever had any trouble with exporting big scenes. Nice speed in rendering. I plan to add another card, but maybe a 1080ti this time.

Case

The NZXT Phantom 630 case is fabulous, it's big, it's got nice airflow options, it has a really handy fan hub, has 4 USB ports on top along with audio jacks and a button to turn on a light on the back of the case so you can see the cables better when connecting them. I could get the model with a fan on the window to help the GPUs, but I sacrificed it for the looks! The SD card reader on the front is also very, very handy.

Power Supply

The PSU is fine, it is relatively big, but I guess that's normal for 1000W PSUs. Couldn't find the G3 version which is smaller but I love every thing else about it, it's fully modular and all cables have great quality. I've had some problems though, from time to time when my GPUs are under full load for a long time, they just shut down and I get a black screen, I'm not certain it's the PSU's problem but I can't think of anything else that can cause this.

Monitor

The Asus PA248Q 24.1" is really good in terms of color accuracy, not that it couldn't be better, but fair for a factory-calibrated monitor. The size is bigger than shown in pictures, it can rotate to portrait mode and the best feature: It has 4 USB3 ports on the side! Really, really, handy. It's perfect if you don't want to spend $2000+ on a professional color accurate monitor.

Monitor

The Ultra-wide LG 29UM68 29" monitor is quite perfect in terms of being a "monitor", but definitely not a good choice for someone who's going to need accurate colors. It has a big and handy space for multitasking and production, it's not as huge as the 34" version, it's the perfect size for me with a reasonable price. Speakers are very handy for when I play with my PS4!

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

SICK!!!!!!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the 1000w PSU for future upgrades? Cause that is alot of power for all those parts you have.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I do plan to upgrade (add another graphics card probably) but the main reason I picked 1000W was to avoid putting pressure on the PSU, therefore prevent it getting too hot. With ~600W busy, it can breathe a little, I think. I thought If that doesn't make any difference/benefits, I still have it for the upgrade.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

You do realize that to harness the power of both GPUs you need an sli bridge?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

It is recommended by Octane Render to not use an SLI bridge.

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

why have two gpus then? you're not using one.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I am using both. Octane render, or in fact any other GPU renderer like Nvidia's Iray use both of my GPUs. Double the Cuda cores, double the rendering speed. SLI would not only be non-beneficial, but it is said to may even reduce the speed of both cards (in GPU rendering, not gaming).