This build is not for gaming. At all. It's a bit wonky too part-selection-wise, but I'll get to that in a bit.
Many who know me understand that I'm crazy about metrics and measuring things. I love to know all the details of the site, particularly how various parts of this site perform. What kind of database traffic, CPU/network/disk load, etc.
As we ramp up our benchmarking effort, I wanted to migrate from the 1920x1080 monitors we were using to larger 2560x1600 monitors instead. (Those are the ones you see in my other build - the H630/Titan build.) So I had those three monitors available for repurposing - so the dashboard was born.
The Lian-Li case was originally slated for a mini-ITX build over a year ago that got mothballed. The Z77E-ITX motherboard was also part of that build. The G640 was one of the lowest performance LGA1155 chips I had on hand, so that's why that's in there. And it's also why there's a Z77 paired with that - otherwise having a Z77 makes no sense whatsoever.
The Crucial Ballistix RAM was the low voltage RAM we got for free from a bundle deal on Newegg. We had tried it in manirelli's R4 build, but it wasn't compatible with the AMD motherboard. Fortunately it worked fine in this build.
The M4 is recycled from an old benchmark rig, which we're upgrading all of the across the board to a larger and more modern SSD type.
I originally threw in a cheapo PSU and GPU I had on hand, but the thing was way too noisy, particularly as it's right by my head. So I threw in a 400W fanless Seasonic PSU and fanless GT640 (picked that one for triple monitor output while remaining fanless). The overall draw is so low that they barely get warm. The PSU ventilation is actually opposite of what you'd expect - with the venting open to the interior rather than the exterior. This is because, well, coil whine. You can't hear it until you silence pretty much everything else. But when you do, you can't un-hear it, and it'll drive you insane. Whhhheeeeeeeeeheheheheeeeee-bbzzzzzzzz-bzzzzzz-wheeeeee-bzzzzzz. I about wanted to scream. So I flipped it over, which hid most of the noise.
The top case fan is actually pretty noisy, so I disconnected it.
The only fan in the system that is running is attached to the H90. I wanted to experiment here with the H90 because it's a 140mm cooler that matches the front fan mounts, and simultaneously cools the CPU and provides a slight amount of airflow through the case for the passive GPU and PSU. I have it set on the absolute lowest setting in the BIOS, and it's essentially silent. CPU temps are fine, as the dashboard web views are not performance intensive whatsoever.
I've purposely obscured the screens as I'm not keen on discussing actual traffic, internal stats, and bits of source code at this point. :) However, what I've got up and running is a combination of real-time analytics, and real-time performance monitoring via New Relic.
|CPU||Intel Pentium G640 2.8GHz Dual-Core|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid||$75.99||NCIX US|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$78.99||Adorama|
|Storage||Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" SSD||$94.95||Amazon|
|Video Card||Asus GeForce GT 640 2GB|
|Case||Lian-Li PC-Q08B Mini ITX Tower||$77.00||Newegg|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 400W ATX12V / EPS12V||$114.99||Amazon|
|Monitor||ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED 21.5"|
|ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED 21.5"|
|ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED 21.5"|
|Intel Pentium G640 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||2.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|