I primarily use this machine for editing photographs taken with professional DSLR cameras. The file sizes are very large and the software is memory-intensive.
This build includes a 1TB SSD and 4 TB HDD. The SSD houses the operating system, my frequently accessed files (i.e., My Documents, Google Drive) and will be temporary storage for photos and videos while I'm organizing and editing after a shoot. The HDD is for longer-term storage of photos and videos, and less frequently used files.
Everything works very well. The instructions for installing the memory was confusing, so it didn't start up initially. After moving the memory sticks to the correct slots, everything booted up correctly.
I've spent that last few weeks working out a few bugs here and there, mostly related to my drivers. Everything appears to be working correctly after I took the time to research a few of the more troublesome items. This was my first PC build, so I originally took for granted that all the hardware would work right out of the box like usual and didn't spent the appropriate time installing all the software and drivers that came with my memory card, graphics card and even my wireless keyboard.
The Fractal Design R5 case is incredible. Even with the front cover open, I can barely hear the system and fans running, even when I'm listening for noise.
Incredibly fast and reliable. Barely breaks a sweat when intentionally run multiple intense processing (i.e, converting videos).
Easy to install. Durable build quality. Built-in features are great. Beautiful design; great for a case with a side window.
Great memory. Very fast and reliable so far. Great compromise between price and speed.
SUPER FAST! System boots in seconds from fully shutdown. Excellent for working with large files, like raw photographs and video.
Huge storage space for the price. Very fast for a HDD. Excellent for large file storage. I prefer a SSD for installing the operating system and frequently accessed files (i.e., My Documents, Google Drive, etc.), so this drive serves a longer-term storage device, since space on my SSD is limited and the SSD memory is so expensive.
Supports two monitors. Currently connected to two 40" Samsung LED screens and the picture quality is excellent and extremely accurate. With photo editing, this is critical if my completed photos are going to printed and blown up. GPU speed and memory helps support photo and video editing software and speeds up video converting. This is primarily designed for gaming, but I have not used it for the purpose. It is probably more than I needed for my purposes, but I wanted to help future-proof my design as photo and video software continues to evolve.
Wow! This case is beautifully designed inside and out. It's quite a bit larger than I expected, but that worked in my favor when it came to installing the components.
It's also extremely quiet, as advertised. I have a CPU fan, GPU fan, two case fans, three HDD, and a large power supply, yet I can barely hear it, even when I listen for it. With such a powerful PC, the noise was one of my main concerns. There was no need for concern there.
I was also concerned about the heat, especially because I live in a desert climate. Coupled with the component specific fans, the two built in case fans keep things under control without question. This is another benefit of the larger case.
This power supply was about double what I needed for this build, but I wanted to ensure there was room for future upgrades or expansion. It easily supports all of my installed components, while the modular design ensures that I don't have any wires that I'm not using. It runs very quietly as well.