Being a creative professional, I am often asked what kind of computer I use. Many people assume just because I’m a photographer that I use Mac’s, and when I tell them that I build my own PC’s, they are often very surprised. I am often questioned on what the quality is like and if the performance can keep up with the new imac or this macbook pro or whatever.
I have been building my own PC’s for close to a decade now and while it can be frustrating at times, its not only rewarding to put together your own machine with total customization, but you can save tons of money in the process. All while building a high performance machine that will rip through any advanced process you can throw at it.
OK, so going to geek out a bit here, so be warned…!
This upgrade started several months ago, because of some instability I was having. I was having random shutdowns and it took me a while to figure out that the power supply was failing. The difficulty lied in the fact that my computer would run basic tasks with no problems, but whenever I would run any filter in Photoshop, or put any kind of load on it, it would just shutdown and wouldn’t record any errors in the system log. Swapping out the PSU was simple once I diagnosed the problem, but it forced me to take a closer look at my PC and I decided I would start upgrading it little by little.
The goal of the build was to get the most bang for my buck, so everything I included I did so because it provided a great price/performance ratio and almost everything was purchase on sale or with a rebate. When I priced out a similar spec’d mac system from Apple’s website, I got $3500 price tag. I was able to put together this system, for just over $1000, saving myself overt $2000!!!
Here are my system specs:
Intel Core i7 4790K overclocked from 4Ghz to a stable 4.6Ghz
Corsair H110 Closed Loop Liquid Cooling System
16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 ram
2 – GTX 760 SC’s running in SLI
1200w EVGA PSU
Tri-Monitor Setup – 2 acer 22″ & 1 Dell 24″ Ultra-sharp High Color
7 TB of hard drive space:
– 512GB Crucial MX100 SSD (Running the Operating System)
– 2TB WD Caviar Black Hard Drive
– 2 – 2TB Lacie Rugged External Hard Drives
– 500GB Samsung Hard Drive
– 250GB Seagate Hard Drive (Acronis System Image Backup)