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The primary purpose of this rig is audio/video editing & production and secondary as a gaming rig. It's replacing my vintage 2011 i7-2600K build that has endured multiple video card upgrades and a memory upgrade.

Multiple SSD drives to store video projects that are in process with 2 TB Seagate to store video footage that's not currently being worked on. I know I've got a variety of different SSD's but I like to label them and know what is stored on each... OS on Samsung, Games/Documents on the Crucial and Audio/Video files on the Mushkin. If one goes bad then I just open up the case and know which one it is... otherwise I open up the case and have to figure out which Crucial drive has the games on it and which one has the video files on it.

I run 3 monitors so the second video card (1050 Ti) is used to drive those independently. I probably don't need a second video card to do that nowadays but it's an old habit since it was the easiest way to drive 3 monitors back in the early 2000's.

I know I have room for overclocking with this system but I won't be focusing on that, just utilizing the raw stock horsepower of the components.

Nice large case to maximize airflow to keep everything nice and cool while trying to run it as whisper silent as possible.

Some components are moved from the old rig to the new like a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, but the 2K monitor is new along with the Creative sound card that I bought years ago but was never installed because I didn't have an available slot in any of my other machines.

Not big into LED lights but I added some red LED fans and an RGB light strip since everybody's doing it now... right? ;-)

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  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

LOL, I never knew you could use 2 different graphics card and I was in to PC stuff for a while. When I think about it now it makes sense, you just cant ran it in SLI. Nice build anyways :D +Rep

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Spends all this money Gets a 1070

good one m8

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Explain to me the benefit of a 1080 over a 1070 for editing video and audio and maybe I'll spring for a 1080 yet. :-)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

No huge reason besides some performance boost in games. You're already spending over $4000 so clearly money isn't a huge issue. Seems like it'd be worth the extra couple hundred for a better card, at least for me :-)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I get it, and I did consider it. 10 years ago when I was a hard core gamer I'd have considered putting more money into the video card to squeeze out a few more FPS. Now my priority was staying within my budget for this build and maximizing the machine for the way I use it when working on video and audio vs any sort of gaming. If anything I'd have opted for more memory over a more powerful video card.

My latest game purchase this year was Homeworld Remastered... so I'm sure my 1070 will be able to handle that load. :-)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, just confused about the 1050ti how does that work?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Windows recognizes the second video card and runs the 2 side monitors off it it. It all works as one continuous desktop across all 3 monitors. I know I could probably just plug 3 monitors into the 1070 and do it that way, but this is the way I've been doing it since about 2003 so it's what I'm used to. Windows has gotten a lot better at recognizing multiple video cards and running additional monitors off of it so it's dang near flawless and easy to set up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I could probably just plug 3 monitors into the 1070 and do it that way

That would've worked perfectly fine. I understand why you bought the 1050ti but if I were you, I would try to return it. I'm currently running 3 monitors off my 1060 without any problems.

Anyways great looking build, I love the look of the strix motherboards and graphics cards.

  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points

The theory behind two separate cards is that whatever is running on the 2 side monitors is behind driven by that second video card and is not taxing your primary video card running what is on your main monitor. Back in the day when I was gaming competitively and admin'ing the server that we were playing on I could run the game on my main monitor and not take an FPS hit for keeping a server admin window open on my side monitors. It seemed to work well.

For games that utilize hardware-accelerated PhysX support, I can chose to run PhysX off of my second video card and free up my primary card from that load.

Thanks for the comments. I like the look of the strix hardware too.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 2 optical drives? +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

When ripping DVD's or Blu-ray's I can load both the drives and have it do one right after the other... saves a little bit of time. Or if I'm grabbing video segments off of multiple disks I can load 2 disks and go back and forth instead of swapping them out repeatedly.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to do that? 2 different GPUs??

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

Yup. I've been doing it with nVidia cards for years. I think you can even mix AMD and nVidia although I don't remember ever trying it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Mixing AMD and NVIDIA GPUs,you'll need the hybrid motherboard.Never seen the hybrid boards,One is the old one back from 2002

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The way I used to do it was a video card in the AGP slot and another in a PCI slot... might have been possible to mix the two brands that way physically but I think the big hang up was the drivers playing nice in either Windows ME or Windows 2000.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your GPUs make any difference? Performance?Heat? Acoustics?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I imagine it's very similar to running a rig with 2 cards in SLI. Additional card so a reinforcement of the fan noise, and yes more heat in the rig.

I've never really benchmarked my primary card when it has run a single vs multiple monitors so I guess that would be an interesting test.

When I started the multi-GPU route the video cards really didn't support additional multiple monitors so I really didn't have the ability to benchmark the before and after. I guess I just kept doing it more out of habit or ease than actual performance gains.

All 3 of my machines in current use have 2 video cards with 3 monitors hooked up to them so it's become a habit for me to do it that way to run a multi-monitor setup.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a really neat setup and I like seeing those 2 separate cards in action. I had read about running Phys X on a separate less powerful card to keep the load off your main one but haven't seen anyone do it on here until your build. Some sleeved cables would perfect this. Very clean and powerful +1.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried running PhysX games with the 1050 ti? It could be interesting.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

In the past I'd dedicate the second video card to PhysX to take the load off the primary card. It worked pretty slick for UT3. Right now the only game I'm playing is Wildlands and as far as I know that game doesn't utilize PhysX.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very late comment but what are your CPU temps?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running about 80F at idle. The other night I did some video processing that had all the cores running at 100% for a couple of hours and I reached 108F for a max temp. Ambient temp in the room was about 68F.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What are temps like with that cooler?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Idle around 80F, running a max load for a couple of hours doing video encoding I rarely exceed 110F. The system is not overclocked at all.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

The breakfast of champions. ;-)