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Posted 15 December 2014 - 03:57 PM

Just got paid out for a website job a couple weeks ago and used some of the money to build a new workstation PC. This is replacing my Alienware 17 Laptop (2013). 
I find it very important that my tools don't get in the way of my work. I am at the point where I work at double or triple the speed than my laptop can render detail and it's extremely annoying. Very needed upgrade. I'm running Windows 8.1, alot of people hate on it, but after using it for a week or so I prefer it to 7. It allows for a much faster workflow imo. 
 
 
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The picture doesn't really do justice, but all I had was my phone camera. 
 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor  ($169.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($99.89 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($80.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($69.79 @ Newegg) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($102.98 @ Newegg) 
Monitor: Asus PA238QR 60Hz 23.0" Monitor  ($209.99 @ Newegg) 
Keyboard: Corsair K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($119.99 @ Newegg) 
Mouse: ROCCAT Savu Wired Optical Mouse  ($56.98 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1592.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Posted 15 December 2014 - 04:25 PM

Wow! Amazing headquarter  :baa60776:


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 04:10 AM

As a long-time build creator, there are some things I would recommend against in some of the part selection, but it's definitely not a bad build. In fact, it's pretty good for what you are doing. Your setup looks very nice - the S340 is definitely one of my favourite cases as well. Nice!


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 06:44 AM

8.1 is better than 7. When I have my own workstation, i definitely will buy a long mousepad. easier to use. 

Nice workstation you got


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 08:19 AM

How much was your coffee? JK But, I really do love your set-up though.



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 11:47 AM

How much was your coffee? JK But, I really do love your set-up though.

 

The coffee adds up more than you'd think. The coffee itself is around $1.29, and I always tip $1. I get coffee 5 days a week, every week. I need to start brewing my own at work but I'm lazy


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 11:50 AM

As a long-time build creator, there are some things I would recommend against in some of the part selection, but it's definitely not a bad build. In fact, it's pretty good for what you are doing. Your setup looks very nice - the S340 is definitely one of my favourite cases as well. Nice!

 

In hindsight I would have went Intel, but either way this computer has given me no problems at all. This will hold me over for a couple years or until I actually need more power.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 02:54 AM

In hindsight I would have went Intel, but either way this computer has given me no problems at all. This will hold me over for a couple years or until I actually need more power.

 

Yep, exactly what I was thinking. An Nvidia card would have been better as well, since CUDA is superior in the majority of video editing software, with some exceptions being Adobe After Effects. Also, the R9 290s go as low as $270 before rebates right since the release of the GTX 970s, so you could have went for that instead, assuming you bought the parts recently. But in the end, if you're not a heavy gamer, it's all good.


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:04 PM

Yep, exactly what I was thinking. An Nvidia card would have been better as well, since CUDA is superior in the majority of video editing software, with some exceptions being Adobe After Effects. Also, the R9 290s go as low as $270 before rebates right since the release of the GTX 970s, so you could have went for that instead, assuming you bought the parts recently. But in the end, if you're not a heavy gamer, it's all good.

 

I don't think that's the case with photoshop

http://www.guru3d.co...c-features.html


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 09:57 PM

You could have gotten a much better intel/nvidia build for $500 less... Plus, it's a hackintosh build (just in-case).

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2n2RsY


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 11:28 PM

You could have gotten a much better intel/nvidia build for $500 less... Plus, it's a hackintosh build (just in-case).

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2n2RsY

 

"Much better" You're joking, right? First off, 8GB of ram... That already makes this computer worthless to me for anything other than gaming and surfing the web. Second, there is no reason for a $200~ motherboard in a budget build. Third, that price doesn't include the GPU. Adding a 780 would add an additional $4-500 dollars to this, making the computer $1500. Fourth, seagate drives are crap. Lastly, that build you linked me doesn't include a Pro Art Monitor (or any monitor), keyboard, mouse, or mousepad. 

 

tl;dr: that build you linked me is worthless


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Posted 18 December 2014 - 05:34 AM

I don't think that's the case with photoshop

http://www.guru3d.co...c-features.html

 

 

Oops, my bad. Skim-read your post and assumed you meant video editing when you mentioned the word 'rendering'. Doesn't really matter if you're just using Photoshop. Ample RAM and a good enough CPU is pretty much enough for just Photoshop. Graphics card isn't as relevant in Photoshop.

 

 

You could have gotten a much better intel/nvidia build for $500 less... Plus, it's a hackintosh build (just in-case).

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2n2RsY

 

That build is pretty terrible considering, to be honest. The 780 ti/780 is pretty much irrelevant nowadays after the release of GTX 970s/980s.

 

 

Fourth, seagate drives are crap.

 

 

They're not. The difference between Western Digital Blues and Seagate Barracudas are minimal. I'm assuming you're basing this off that one article where it showed how high the failure rate of Seagate drives were compared to other brands? That article was proven to be bull****, so no, Seagate drives are not crap.


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Posted 18 December 2014 - 08:14 AM

lol i have the same exact case just white

you also have my old mouse, roccat savu, its the best mouse i had, then after 2 years it broke and upgraded to zowie fk



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Posted 18 December 2014 - 11:31 AM

lol i have the same exact case just white

you also have my old mouse, roccat savu, its the best mouse i had, then after 2 years it broke and upgraded to zowie fk

 

Yeah it was a hard choice between the black and white for me. The mouse is awesome, I love it.


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Posted 18 December 2014 - 11:35 AM

 

They're not. The difference between Western Digital Blues and Seagate Barracudas are minimal. I'm assuming you're basing this off that one article where it showed how high the failure rate of Seagate drives were compared to other brands? That article was proven to be bull****, so no, Seagate drives are not crap.

 

Just from personal experience I've had 2 seagate drives fail. I've never had a problem with WD Blues and I've built 5 or 6 computers. 

 

Edit: I'm not claiming to be the build master, but in my personal experience I've found them to be crap


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Posted 19 December 2014 - 04:59 AM

Just from personal experience I've had 2 seagate drives fail. I've never had a problem with WD Blues and I've built 5 or 6 computers. 

 

Edit: I'm not claiming to be the build master, but in my personal experience I've found them to be crap

 

Oh, alright. Were they the Barracudas, though? If you've build 5,6 computers, I'm going to have to guess that has spanned over a decade or so (unless you rebuild a computer very frequently for some reason..). Either way, I understand how you feel if they failed you in the past much more than WD drives.


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Posted 19 December 2014 - 01:00 PM

Oh, alright. Were they the Barracudas, though? If you've build 5,6 computers, I'm going to have to guess that has spanned over a decade or so (unless you rebuild a computer very frequently for some reason..). Either way, I understand how you feel if they failed you in the past much more than WD drives.

 

I built 3 in within a short period of time (and helped my brother order and build one) awhile ago. Then just built 2 more this month. Not sure what kind of seagate drives they were

 

edit: not over the course of a decade by any means though. More like over the course of 3-4 years probably


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Posted 19 December 2014 - 03:35 PM

That's a lot of money, time, and effort to make though computers. I give props to you!

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 04:10 PM

That's a lot of money, time, and effort to make though computers. I give props to you!

 

It's not expensive to build a PC. It's more expensive to buy one pre built if you want it with the same specs. Also, it's easy. You should build one rather than buying a laptop. 


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Posted 19 December 2014 - 06:24 PM

It's not expensive to build a PC. It's more expensive to buy one pre built if you want it with the same specs. Also, it's easy. You should build one rather than buying a laptop. 

I don't think I have the ability to build one truthfully. I might end up letting someone else build it for me if I get all the parts and etc.  :3_014:






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