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Engineering Workstation

by cjeckert



Date Published

Jan. 24, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

824 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.5 GHz


This is a workstaiton used for engineering design purposes. It spends the majority of time at full cpu load running various mechanical and electrical simulations. This build replaced a i7-4470k build and radically speed up simulation computer times in FEA and linear spice simulations. The W8100 card was reused from that old workstation but is still quick enough for our needs.

The i7-7820x puts out a considerable amount of heat especially if the process is avx instruction heavy. This is one CPU i'd advise water cooling if its to be used in an office. This is not a good processor for gaming but is fantastic for heavily threaded simulations.

I built a personal machine at the same time and ordered the same 400c case in black and swapped the removable panels from each to add a bit of contrast between the frame and panels.

The initial configuration had the fans pulling cold air in over the AIO radiator and into the case. Over a period of a few hours at full cpu this could heat soak the W8100 graphics card to over 88c even with 2 140mm and 1 120mm fan exhausting air at full power and cause it to throttle. We reversed the air flow such that the AIO radiator fans now pull air from inside the case and exhaust them out of the front. The case fans were also reversed to pull in outside air into the case. This configuration has proven to be the most effective at keeping the temperature inside the case not more than a few C above ambient.

The Corsair case is great and would recommend for anyone who wants a lower key highly functional case. I love the hinged door!

Part Reviews


Fantastic for simulation. Runs Hot. Not a good CPU for gaming.

CPU Cooler

Handles the output of the i7-7820x easily. Corsair link seems to work well.


I also have good luck with ASUS motherboards for our workstations. So far this one has been great.


Noticeably quicker than our sata3 Samsung drives from the prior build. Boot times are silly fast.

Comments Sorted by:

Cyrus_014 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

What do you mean with that the CPU is not good for gaming?

psychocifer 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Idk what he means either the single thread is almost identical to the 6700k its that w8100 thats not good for gaming.

I_dunno 1 point 15 months ago

i reckon he meant that it was a silly idea to get if you are just planning to game, due to the expense of the processor and that platform in general

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bomully 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

As an engineering student it’s refreshing to see a workstation build. +1

mysticial 6 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

The upside down water block is killing me.

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Me too but the backwards fans are killing me even more.... It's a good looking build though

cjeckert submitter 1 Build 0 points 15 months ago

Yes... We a person who never built a PC before do the initial component population. I didn't have the time to change its orientation before it needed to be put into production. Overall I think they did a great job and I know they had fun learning how to do it!

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Very intriguing and powerful build! +1

cjeckert submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks! I must say I love the builds you have completed using the custom water loops. The precision of your bends reminds me of complex cad models of coolant loops.

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you! That is an amazing compliment!! I've only done 2 loops but I'm working on a third one now!!