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Glorious Workbench

by fshutdown

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Date Published

April 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz

Description

This is my new build which should help me move to PC platform after several years as a Mac user. Going Mac helped me to cut down on computer use at home as I din't have a good platform for Windows Application development.

Since now I seem to work from home more often I need to have a good platform to support C# and Java development. I have no interest in gaming so the only use of a dedicated graphic card would be to allow support for three 2k monitors.

The key objectives of the build were:

Feature Required
Support for three 2k (possibly 4k) monitors Must Have
No noise (totally silent or at least non-audible) Must Have
Fast mass storage (i.e. M.2 drives), possibly additional 1TB SSD Must Have
Latest connections (i.e. Thunderbolt 3, Usb 3.0/3.1/Type-C Must Have
Low power consumption Should Have
Ability to mount 4-6 3.5' hard-drives which I already use in a HP MicroServer NAS Must Have

CPU

I known that I want to have the latest and greatest but wasn't sure whether I should go with better performance (i.e. i7-6700K) or less power consumption (i7-6700 or even i7-6700T). In the end I've decided that I can work around the noise issue with better case and cooling.

CPU Cooler

I really wanted to get into WaterCooling but after reading in several places that water cooling is not the synonym of a silent operation I've decided to look at air cooling solutions. The Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced C1 is a very capable (at least on the paper) cooler which should ensure quiet operation. The cooler can deal with a CPU with 180 TDP (i7-6700K is only 91 TDP) and will only generate 14.4 dB(A) at 75% RPM which should be non-audible.

Case

The case selection wasn't easy. I was first looking at the passive cooling solution with meshed case from Nofan (CS-80 Fanless Computer Case) using NoFan's passive cooler (CR-95C Fanless). After awhile I've realized that that set-up would make any future updates nearly impossible and might even end up putting fans to keep the components nice and cool. The second choice was Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Rev B. Although a very good case I concluded that is too large for my needs (or rather I couldn't find a nice motherboard to fill up the space :) Finally I've settled for Nanoxia DS5 Rev B which is a right size and has a perfect noise insulation and cooling capabilities (same as Nanoxia DS 6 Rev B)

Motherboard

From the start I known that I'm not going to build a gaming platform and I was trying to steer away from the Gamer's targeted motherboards thinking that they probably have stuff I do not care about too much. After I've made a list of features that I would like the motherboard to have the only choice which made sense was a Gigabyte's Gaming G1 board. I really has a plethora of connection options which I do not thing any other board could match.

Connectivity Required
M.2 at least 2 connectors Must Have
Thunderbolt 3 (no need right now but must have for possible future use) Must Have
USB 3.0 Must Have
USB 3.1 with USB Type-C connector (no need right now but must have for possible future use) Must Have
SATA Express Nice to Have

Storage

I grown used to fast SSD storage and wanted to make sure that my new build will have storage which is at least as fast as the MacBook Pro and possibly even faster. I decided to use the latest M.2 memory over NVMe for the main system partition and the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 seems to be almost the fastest available. I found the Intel 750 series a bit too expensive and with shorter lasting that the Samsung counterparts. I'm planning to configure two of the M.2 chips in RAID 1 RAID 0 for even better read/write performance.

As the secondary storage I've decided to go for a slower (but still fast) Crucial BX200 which should provide some ample storage in case I need more than 1TB on the M.2 drives. As with the M.2 memory I'm planning to configure SSD drives as RAID 1 RAID 0 array.

Graphic Card

Not a gaming PC, well it's going to be tough to sell that one given the graphic card choice :) I though that if I have to fork out £375 for something like PNY NVS 510 for a memory card capable of supporting 4 monitors I might as well buy a proper gaming card for £200 more. That way I will have an option to play games if I ever decide to do so. If not I might have a look at some CUDA development, who knows...

So after all what started as a workstation ended up like a pretty beefy gaming station. Hope this could help anyone who is building similar system.

Part Reviews

Power Supply

Quiet and advertised and overall good PSU

Although this is not directly related to PSU alone here are my findings on the system's overall power requirements:

  • 5.5W - Turned off
  • 192W - Max draw during bootup
  • 76W - Idle (looking at the desktop icons)
  • 80W (max spike 185W) - Light usage; spike could be caused by hardware acceleration when opening programs
  • 155W - Running CPU benchmark with 100% CPU utilization

Comments Sorted by:

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 4 points 36 months ago

Gonna need some completed build pics not just some boxes.

526christian 5 points 36 months ago

Actually building the PC? Pffft! Who does that?!

jjkfeng 7 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

It's all about the boxes. Boxes reminds us of the simpler days.

UnicornWarriorrr 2 points 36 months ago

Pics

lorenzog.music 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

RAID 0, my friend. RAID 0 gives you better read/write performance. RAID 1 cuts it in half due to the fact that it makes two copies of the same file onto both the drives separately so if one of them fails the file is still existing.

RAID 0 joins two drives together, twice the size and writes half of the data onto one drive and the other half on the other one. Thus, if one of them fails, 99.9% of the times your files are corrupted or lost forever. However, you have almost always the chance to improve considerably, if not double, the read/write throughput.

If you use RAID 0 on your OS drive (thing I never advice to do just for overall stability) buy a backup solution for your OS where you store images of your latest (or the ones you need to keep) snapshots of your OS, that way if, hopefully not, one of your 950s fails or a lighting strikes your house down into shreds, you have all your system files ready for restore.

REMEMBER...RAID 0 is what you want. RAID 1, 5 and 10 are more for NAS applications.

Peace

fshutdown submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

I was actually thinking about RAID 0 (stripped) not RAID 1 (mirrored). You are correct I really want a RAID 0 for a better performance and possibly a cloud backup for a critical data.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I know. It was just a typo. But, you never know. I prefer to help those that may be in the dark about computer stuff like that. RAID is not really the easiest of topics. So...Happy days.

Nerd4L1F3 2 points 36 months ago

I don't think your gpu is clocked at 7.1Ghz... Source or gtfo xD

fshutdown submitter 1 Build 0 points 36 months ago

I just checked under graphic card system information. It is indeed 7.1GHz

HelloPeyton 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

You bought a 980 ti just to be able to support a three monitor setup? Hard core.

fshutdown submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

The first two pic which I've uploaded are from this morning..I'm expecting more merchandise to arrive by the end of the week. Will try to post as I build and hopefully there should be some user experience feedback early next week.

As for the "who builds a PC"...hmmm. There are many people (me including) who would just buy off the shelf. It's easy and quick and sometimes it's all that you need. Also my ***** cat friend - Ginger he no good building a PCs; he just enjoy an occasional snooze on a keyboard and regardless whether is bought or roll your own kind of thing he might just piss all over it with a complete disregard for the components used.

Need to remember to post some pics of my feline fella as well.

Edison528 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

My suggestion. . . DELETE THIS and pretend it never happened. . . when you get the rest of the parts and take pics of everything as its built and the parts THEN you can post again. . . I think I speak for all when I say; we WILL LOOK THE OTHER WAY!

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

You have a picture of boxes and then a picture of unboxed products ..... perhaps a picture of the actual PC itself?

Michelle.G 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Billboard...PC PICS COMING SOON!!!!!

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

K-series CPU just for programming & 980ti just to run 3 monitors. Now that's some 'new money' decision. Solid components.

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Um, nice boxes?

Nerd4L1F3 1 point 36 months ago

Who uses that tool?

I thought only plumbers used them.

I don't think youre a plumber...

Lyrix 1 point 31 months ago

Why did you choose the g1 gaming and not the Gaming 7?

shasha78 1 point 23 months ago

Seems i have some problems being able to do some mathematics,but.... how come with the avalable prices your build (CPU, CPU cooler, Mother Board, RAM, GPU, 1 Samsung SSD and Case) is a 2K Pounds build, and it is writen it is a 1k6+ build, and i didn't take into consideration the second Samsung SSD and the 3 Monitors and the UPS!!! o_O

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