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The iMac at home that my father uses for photo editing and CAD software for his architectural firm has been closing in on the end of its usable life for a good while now. The time had finally come for the poor old 2010 machine to see a replacement. He didn't fully realize just how outdated the iMac was until his company upgraded to BOXX rigs about a year ago and he got his first taste of the decent render times and overall speed brought by some decent modern hardware including an overclocked 4790k and a SATA SSD boot drive. After progressively getting more and more frustrated with the performance of the Mac (and the OS, he's been on windows computers otherwise for his whole life) he dove in for an upgrade.

After exploring various options he eventually settled on the parts list you see here. I'll try and run through some of the thought process for selecting these components. First thing he had mentioned to me was the desire for a small form factor. I had previous experience with the fracal define series of cases and recommended the ITX version and he liked that. He also toyed around with the idea of spurging a bit for a fancy Lian Li ITX case, but settled with the Define Nano S for the cost, though we both agree it looks pretty dang sharp as is.

That out of the way, he said he desired excellent performance in photo editing software like Lightroom, CAD software such as Revit as well as Graphic Design such as Adobe inDesign. These wishes were met with a liquid cooled i7 6700k as well as Samsung's M.2 PCIe SSD offering, the 950 PRO, to provide not only excellent program performance but supurb boot and program load times.

Motherboard choice was somwhat limited by not only the requirement for an M.2 slot, but also for his desire for bluetooth. This Asus option fit the need quite well actually. In addition to having bluetooth 4.1 it also comes with 2x2 802.11ac wireless, neat!

Initially I might have gone with a cheaper GPU, but a few things made me change my mind and recommend the 1060. Firstly, he used to own a Cessna and loves to fly around in X-Plane 10. Certianly not the most graphically demanding application out there, but on the 3440x1440 LG 34UM95, the extra graphics horsepower would certianly be welcomed. As it is, I think it was a good option. 6GB VRAM is a healthy amount for the large monitor, and the extra power allows him to hold an easy 60FPS in X-Plane, with which he has been quite pleased! In addition, the price for a 1060 is really not all that bad, and gives plenty of room for more demanding applications in the future if he ever desires.

The monitor was sort of the crowning jewel of the whole thing. He has always appreciated a good monitor and this certainly fit the bill. For Lightroom and X-Plane, I can't think of a better option. The amount of horizon that fills the 21:9 screen is stunning and since it is an IPS panel, colors are supurb! I secretly took it for a spin in Battlefield 1 and Civ V. In fast paced shooters I would certainly stick with my own Dell S2716DG, the response time and 144Hz is just too much to give up for the widers aspect ratio. But in games like Civ V and Forza 6 Apex...I can't think of much better! It really is a gorgeous display and is a awesome experience to sit in front of.

Other than that, a couple 8GB sticks of Corsair DDR4 RAM, a 2TB storage drive, Windows 10, and a nicely priced fully modular 550W PSU finished everything off.

That about does it, I'd be glad to expand on anything if anyone is interested!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Props to you for hooking him up!

Nice build! +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job. +1

Hope your dad will love it.

Funny thing is I have also used a 2010 imac too ( 27" with an i5 2500, 4gb GDDR3 and radeon hd 5750 1gb ) and that thing was SO SLOW, just opening Safari would take like 5 mins, I told him we should add another 4 gigs because 4gigs is too little, but it doesn't matter now because it is gonna be replaced now :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I know the pain, doesn't matter what the task is, the thing is just sloow. I believe his was a 27" with an i3 if I'm not mistaken. Either way, he's loving the new speed!

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. :)

For me I cant wait to build a PC

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Fun stuff for sure, you got a build planned for the future?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey that looks sweet! Nice kaby lake build. Case looks very sleek, jet black, nice! And dang thats a good price for a 512GB M.2, you'll have to let me know how it works out!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build for your dad. Hope he likes it. +1 :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Rig, he should be very happy with that. I have the same MB, it rocks.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! I was really impressed by it. This is my first ITX build and it was a really enjoyable piece of hardware to work with

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

DAMN!! whoo i bet hes happy he banged ur mom

wtf lol i'm letting myself out, upvote

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the temps on the 1060 with it sitting so close to the PSU? +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I have just built something similar (will post in few weeks) and ended up changing the PSU for a SFX one, managed to reduce the temperature of my 980Ti by 10°C. I wasn't expecting that much difference! The noise level from the fans also reduced considerably.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! That helps a lot!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use a Silverstone PSU for that one? Cause they're the only SFX one's that'll fit my budget.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that is the one I have.

https://1drv.ms/i/s!AmuzAx_JxPKbhL15JACvGvVUbHmbiw

I am very happy with this PSU, and enough room for the card to breathe. Will upload some other pictures with the card fitted.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright, thanks for the help!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent question, mid 70's under gaming load. I was actually very surprised to see just how close the PSU and GPU were and it concerned me to some degree. I found that the temperatures were nothing out of the ordinary, but I have noticed much more fan noise from the GPU as compared to a 980ti I have in another computer which has more room to breathe than this 1060. I was thinking it might have been beneficial to go with a longer card with two or maybe even three fans so that it would have access to more 'unobstructed' air, but I don't think it matters all that much. I really like what kkimic suggested with the SFX PSU, I think that is an excellent suggestion to reduce interference with the GPU fan intake.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks for the answer! I have a Sapphire RX 480 Nitro, which has two fans, so I think I might be fine. I was thinking of getting an SFX PSU, but I'm not really a fan of the SilverStone cables on their SFX series and the reviews are mixed. I'll probably stick to the EVGA one cause it's a bit cheaper. Thanks for the help