Drafting PC AutoCAD & 3D modeling / Architectural Visualisation.
This is a Silent 3D Modeling & Drafting Workstation. Will be predominantly running Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 and occasionally doing 3D modeling and rendering in SketchUP Pro & V-Ray. It will also have Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.
In order to keep the build silent all case fans have been upgraded to Noctua NF-F12's replacing the Fractal Design 120mm fans included, and the stock CPU cooler was upgraded to the Noctua NF-U12S. The sound dampening material helps keep the noise levels down also.
The Xeon E3-1241v3 is a pretty powerful CPU for the Price. It is essentially an i7 without the on-board graphics and gets a slightly better score than the i7 4790.
I went with 16GB DDR3 1600MHz (2x 8GB Dimms) to leave room for upgrading to 32GB in the future if needed.
Asus Z97M-Plus is a very reliable MB and gives room to upgrade to the i7 4790K in the future and still allow for overclocking.
Samsung 250GB 850 EVO for Windows & Applications. Very fast Boot times!!! WD Red 1TB for Dropbox and Mass storage. My client wanted to prioritize high reliability when it came to storage hence the RED Drives. I would however usually recommend WD Black Drives due to the great performance. The Fractal Design Define Mini has plenty of spare HDD slots so adding more drives in the future will not be a problem.
The Quadro K2200 was a bit pricey for the performance but it was a requirement from the client and AutoCAD will love it. If I had my way I'd have put a GTX 970 for around the same money. It is however very quiet so it does help in the silence department
The Fractal Design Define Mini is a beautiful mATX case and has great silent properties. The Client wanted it to be microATX and it came down to either this case or the Corsair Carbide 88R. The Define Mini won out on both looks and silence although it is around 3x the price. the case has plenty of upgrade potential in the future and lots of cable management options which makes airflow fairly good.
The Corsair CS550M is a very good PSU for the Price. It's Semi-Modular so great for Cable Management and it's 80+ Gold should provide nice clean efficient power without adding too much heat. I would have liked to have used the SeaSonic 520W 80+ Platinum Fanless PSU, but it was out of budget and the Corsair PSU Shouldn't be too loud.
I've decided to go for a positive air pressure setup with 2x Noctua NF-F12 intakes at the front and 1 NF-F12 exhaust at the rear. If I need any more cooling I have the two spare Fractal design Case fans to add if needed but I doubt overheating will be an issue with this build.
Amazing CPU easy to force into constantly running at 3.9Ghz with Asus Z97M-Plus. And then minor overclocked base clock to 103mhz bumps it to 4.0GHz stable.
Very fast boot times. Amazing drive.
Great PSU. The Modular Cables are great for cable management but I wish the 24pin connector had all black Cables.