Description

When researching the recommended specs for a new program at work we quickly decided that building our own PC was the only real option. With our recommended specs and a <$5K budget in mind we set about building a PC that met our needs comfortably with highly reviewed, name brand components we knew and trusted.

This included some server-based storage solutions (Western Digital 8TB drives) for the large file sizes we'd encounter as well as some external HDDs for transporting these large files back and forth across town (one of our big logistic hurdles).

Seeing it all come together we might have been fine with a smaller case but given how happy we are with the quality of the Fractal Design XL R2 I would still stick with them for the non XL version.

Thanks to some really smart case features this thing is absolutely silent. Much better than I would have thought possible given some of the hardware.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Tried and true. I keep using them and they keep working.

Motherboard

Impressive bios. Great feature set. No need for a back plate. Neat and well fitted. Wish the outward facing label plate fit a touch better but they never seem to.

Video Card

Crushes every benchmark and test. Completely silent.

Case

Awesome. Good space for cord management. Everything feels top notch about this case. Everything inside stays quiet and cool thanks to rubber lifts and bushings on noisy components.

Minor nitpick: The screw holes were a bit clogged with powder coating and ever so slightly off in one spot. They work fine but they're a touch tight for finger screws.

Optical Drive

It is what it is. Works just fine. Nothing fancy. You know exactly what you're getting.

Operating System

I miss 7.

Monitor

Awesome monitor. Can't beat it for the price.

External Storage

It's so tiny!

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Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 6 points

Insert comment here asking why you didnt get a 1700x

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The software doesn't support it yet and I'd rather not be on the bleeding edge for a work PC like this. We really focused on the tried and true.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Why not Ryzen? U could have gotten more raw perf

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

The quad channel memory support probably was a huge factor for him, considering you can't get 128GB with dual channel (yet).

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Dizzle nailed it. Well said.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

128GB RAM!!!!!!!!!!! dang bro

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you have any problems with the board configuring the samsung 960 EVO M.2 as the boot drive and completing the windows installation?? I want to install the 960 Pro M.2 1TB on the same board, but have been reading a lot of posts with users having problems with the Samsung Pro M.2 drives being recognized as the boot drive and windows installing to it. Need some reassurance before I make the purchase.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Why'd you get $1600 RAM and not get more SSD or a better CPU like an i9. Like you probably could've gone a little bit cheaper on the RAM, don't you think? Can you educate me on this I know this isn't a 100% gaming dedicated build I'm not sure what it takes to animate and write code. I've only worked with C++ and visual basic maybe you could tell me what your working with and doing :) ?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask why GeForce instead of Quadro? A Quadro P4000 is an amazing card for the price and made for 3d modeling. Literally designed for it. Software wise and driver wise. Not to mention, the way the memory functions. (With error correcting built right in) Just, curious if this was a money choice, or is their a software compatibility thing going on?

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much. Yes, this RAM would go to waste for most applications but it was one of the more critical parts of the build.

The entire build was intended to get that great performance value per dollar sweet spot with trusted and supported components. This philosophy drove most of the decision making including the processor (Our main application doesn't support Ryzen yet).

I expect the external HDDs will get pretty warm but we don't intend to move over more than a handful of 15 gig files at a time.

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