My first build ever.
I had very simple goals for this build. Because I do a lot photo editing throughout the year with Adobe Lightroom my main goal was fast file access. This was relatively easy, but expensive $$$. To that end I choose the Gigabyte Gaming 7 motherboard for its dual M.2 support and 2 512GB Samsung NVMe M.2. I am using one for the c:\ (OS and app installs) and one for the E:\ for Adobe catalogs, cache, scratch disk and for my current working set of photos. I configured Adobe Lightroom to use 100GB for the cache on the E:\ Drive, thus plenty of room for 1:1 previews. I went for 16GB of RAM to help the photo editing as well. I am sure 8GB would have been fine but the price of RAM compared to the SSD storage was such a small factor i said what the heck. The Asus Pro Art monitor has fantastic color. This is one area that i resisted the urge to pay up for the 27 inch version. Some day I will revisit this but for now the 24 does the job.
My second goal for this build was quiet operation. Thus the EVGA 970 SSC video card, it shuts the fans down when not under load. The Corsair power supply also has quiet operation when not under load. The Define R5 case has great sound dampening and the choice to NOT include any mechanical hard drives also helps keep the machine running as quiet as possible.
My third goal was to build a Steam gaming computer. The EVGA 970 SSC does just fine for gaming and although the monitor is not specifically designed for gaming it holds up fine. The gaming is more for my boys than it is for me so i didn't feel the need to go for a dual 980 setup.
I added in a 1TB Samsung EVO SSD for additional storage. I use this drive for the Steam library as well as Lightroom exports, finished photo sets and eventually catalog exports when i start to need room on the M.2.
note: I had posted this build previously under a different title, this is the final configuration with new pictures.
No problems with this CPU. Its fast and the benchmarks were fine. I have moderately overclocked to 4.4GHZ
I followed the crowd in this choice. Plenty of great reviews. No clearance issues installing 4 RAM modules on the motherboard.
What a great motherboard. No issues at all with the build, once i figured out the CPU power was not optional. What can I say, this was my first build ever. I plugged in the first M.2 and got the machine up and running and Win 10 installed before i tried installing the other drives. This approach worked without a hitch.
Super fast. Blew away the benchmarks and there is no waiting for anything.
Love it. Quiet when not under load and performs fine.
Nice and quiet. Solid case with easy cable management. Very simple to build with this case. I originally wanted to build with the blackout edition of this case but there were none in stock when I purchased the parts from the local Micro Center. This was the only part that I had to compromise, because of availability. I am very impatient, I was determined to get everything that day and start the build that same day, so one compromise didn't deter me.
A bit of overkill for my build, but its still a great PSU.
Love this monitor for photo editing.
Nice speakers. small footprint with great sound.