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Industrial Designer PC

by gregoryhayter@gmail.com



Date Published

June 8, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.046 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.012 GHz


This is the second PC I've built. However, the first one was 8 years ago in high school. I was totally overwhelmed when I started researching hardware, but I feel good about where I ended up. The enthusiast market is pretty incredible right now, and you can build a seriously powerful machine even on a budget.

Mainly, this machine has been pieced together to accommodate any and all creative desires I may have. I'm an Industrial Designer by trade, but I still get cravings to do personal projects in my free time. I needed something that can handle heavy Solidworks and Keyshot use, along with the occasional NURBS modelling in Rhino.

The build went pretty well, I enjoyed planning out how I wanted the fans oriented, and tweaking in Corsair Link was fun.


i7-5820K - this thing is a beast, glad I decided to upgrade to LGA-2011 X99 platform. I think the DDR4 and potential upgrade options will suit me well in the long run.

Quadro K2200 - so far, no problems with Solidworks or Keyshot. I specifically went for the Quadro to unlock necessary drivers for professional programs that the GeForce series doesn't offer (EX: Real View in Solidworks). It does a good job of handling CSGO, HearthStone, and Team Fortress so far. I haven't tried any of the latest games yet so we'll see.

Corsair Air 240 Case - so sweet. Love the form factor, and love how it looks on my desk!

ViewSonic VP2770 - I'm blown away by the quality of this monitor. The WQHD resolution is perfect for my needs.

Hope you enjoy! Please let me know if you have any suggestions for upgrades or tweaks. Thanks for reading.


Comments Sorted by:

geogeodude 8 points 47 months ago

There are two stunning things in this link; a stunning computer and a stunning person. +1

DTF1129 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

That's nice of you to say.

dsargent7 1 Build 5 points 47 months ago

This is a great looking workhorse.

I am just a teeny bit envious of that monitor.

coolguy562 2 Builds 4 points 47 months ago

Wow, I never thought of turning the air 240/540 on it's side like that it looks really cool.

MightyHammer 3 points 47 months ago

cool build. I want to know how a quadro GPU will handle AAA games.

pnged 2 points 47 months ago

Nice build man! Love the 240, did a build for a friend in it recently and fell in love with mATX all over again.

It's refreshing to see something other than run-of-the-mill gaming PC's on here once in a while.

dumpster 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Ahh, this makes me regret not going with a mATX. Nice job. Monitor is a dream

Soul_Est 1 point 47 months ago

That is an amazing build Gregory! I especially like how you set it up so that function meets form in the most harmonious way possible.

How was the Industrial Design program at your school? I am currently working on getting into the one at my local institution. While I have had a tour and given some background, it doesn't top first-hand accounts of students who were in it.

gregoryhayter@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

It's a fantastic profession and I had a blast when I was at school!

A word of caution - Industrial Design (especially the school part) takes a lot of self-discipline and drive. Many of the projects have long timelines and it is all too easy to lose your momentum. I would only recommend going into the field if you are truly passionate about design (for the right reasons). In short - you have to care.

Soul_Est 1 point 47 months ago

I am very passionate about design. Always have been and went into another field for the wrong reasons. Self-discipline, I find, can always be learned or re-learned. Passion, not so much.

DTF1129 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

This build is sick, i have that same motherboard on the way. is there anything you dont like about it? oh yeah and asus is coming out with the X99M_WS board which is there micro atx version of the workstation board, that would be perfect with your setup, since your doing industrial design... not that it would help you but the features are probably way better, im probably gonna get that when it comes out, just thought id stop by and compliment this build

gregoryhayter@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

So far, this setup has been amazing. After about a month I really can't complain.

I will say, if I could afford it I would have went for the Quadro K4200 instead of the K2200. This is simply due to the types of designs I work on have extremely complex surfaces and many repeating elements which can bog the system down.

Other than that, the H80I is pretty loud when I turn it on performance mode, but it keeps everything nice and cool and it fits well within the boundaries of my case.

Overall, I love it!

sniperk1ng20 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

So sweet man ! Love to see a great looking air case with my favorite cooler ! I have a similar build with the same air cooler and case as well. I went with a i7 4790k 1150 socket instead though so its alittle different, check it out ! http://pcpartpicker.com/b/YDsJ7P

blakem09 1 point 40 months ago

Great build! I'm an industrial and graphic designer using an old X58 first gen i7-920S and looking to move to X99 in the future.

What sort of workloads does SolidWorks and Keyshot put on the system? Do you feel the H80i GT provides adequate cooling for the 5820k?

Godzlegend1 0 points 47 months ago

It does a good job of handling CSGO, HearthStone, and Team Fortress so far.

Yes..... when I want to evaluate a gpu I go to the games that rely heavily on the Cpu :P

Great build man! Nice pictures and everything! I hope you enjoy using it!

gregoryhayter@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago


And point taken. I'll post an update when I try a GPU heavy game. Any suggestions?


racsorrac 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Get the witcher 3 in the steam summer sale in the next week or GTA 5.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I just read that the "Quadro K2200 is around 7% slower in games than GTX 750 Ti", so Witcher 3 may not be the best choice for him. However, that CPU should more than cover for it.

At least if he gets it through Steam, they have that new return policy so he can get something else if it doesn't run well. A good way to find out for sure.

gregoryhayter@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Good idea!

I am trying out Heroes of the Storm and it looks amazing! Perhaps this is also another CPU heavy game?

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I tried the beta on machine and had no problems, so you should be fine. my CPU is only an i5 and the video card is an AMD equivalent of a nvidia 750 (AMD 7770 ghz edition).

linkleo 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Crysis (obviously)

Godzlegend1 1 point 47 months ago

People have down voted me for no reason lol.... I was making a sly little joke I was trying to be rude too you. Which is clearly indicated by the :p and me saying great build lol..... Unfortunate.


LOl, I said I was trying to be rude too you....... I mean't I WASN'T trying to be rude.

gregoryhayter@gmail.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

No worries! It was a legit concern I had when deciding between Quadro and GeForce.

In the end, it had to be Quadro for the gained benefits for the vital programs I'm using. I'm only into casual gaming so no need to run everything at top levels. I very well may buy Witcher or Crysis next week to test how it performs with a Quadro.

Godzlegend1 1 point 47 months ago

I completely and totally understand... It's unfortunate how literally people take these things. The Quadro was obviously your best choice, I guess people just don't understand things.

I thank you for responding in a calm and respectful manner.

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Godzlegend1 1 point 47 months ago

So... For me to qualify as having knowledge of computer parts i must have published a build to this specific site? Hmm.... I'm trying to understand your logic... but nope, it's that stupid.

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FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Day 5, 11:40 PM. I found most downvoted (not by me) jipster69 comment ever.

I did it!

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pnged 0 points 47 months ago