Description

The purpose of this build was to create a powerful, nice, and sleek PC that serves as both a workstation for virtual machines and high-performance gaming. Also, picked components out carefully for compatibility reasons regarding upgrades/expansions.

The parts listed were specifically designed to do just that in my use case. The 32 GB of DDR4-2133 Kingston HyperX Fury Black RAM is mainly for visualization. If used only for gaming, I would drop it down to 16 GB. The Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 was perfect for the case as it has USB 3.1 ports in the front USB Type A/C.

The IN WIN 805 case is beautiful as it has a stock white LED on the black version, and the Corsair AF 120/140mm fans add to the white LEDs with the motherboard. I have yet to find another case that looks this nice in my opinion. All panels are smoked tempered glass. The case comes with a microfiber cloth if gets smudged. You will use it a lot. The lights aren't overly intimidating and doesn't scream pure gaming. I believe the white lights are perfect balance by having a gaming look, but can be viewed as a workstation. So, I asked myself, could I bring this PC into the office? The answer is yes.

The build itself took about 4 hours to do. The IN WIN user manual is not too helpful in specific steps of the build. For example, IN WIN states that you can take off the hard drive mounting bracket. I've spent 30+ minutes to try and remove it, and failed. I believe that this part is press fitted on there after removing the screws. This is required if you want to install 120mm fans at the bottom. This was my original idea, and may try again when I have some time. If anyone got it off successfully, let me know how you did it. I have a few fans I would like to install on the bottom for better airflow. The four Corsair AF 120/140 White LED fans keep the system cool, even under a heavy stress test, and without the bottom fans.

I used a Samsung 850 SSD for OS and common applications like VMWare, and 7200 Seagate HD for archiving purposes. EVGA 1000W Platinum Power Supply for its efficiency, quietness, and overall support for system expandability.

Built this system to be expandable being I have only one GTX 980, which for my purposes is outstanding, and will run pretty much any game that I have on the highest setting. Motherboard is expansible for more graphics cards, which I may add more in the future if I have a need. You could go with a lesser power supply, but this will be my main rig that I will add to overtime. Chosen the Gigabyte Wireless Network adapter as I will be moving soon to a place that only has WiFi, and no hardwired connection. Also, chosen Intel Core i7-5820K Hexacore and it is lightening fast and perfect for my needs.

All in all, I would recommend this build if you want a very fast workstation/gaming PC that catches your eye, but not overly intimidating to bring into the office - if you wanted. You may not need all the specs listed for your specific use case as cheaper components could be swapped out easily.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice case :D!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the noise in that case? Loud? Is the Tempered glass somewhat noise blocking? Nice build! +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build...sick case! 980 Classifieds and FTW just went on sale for that price btw.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! Few things I would have done (With budget) 980 ti over 980 the ti is a much better option to the 980 and only $100 more but if you are playing on 1080p or 720p this is very appropriate. I love the fact that you have chose air cooling, it is considered extravagant to do so know but I think it's a more quiet suitable option for mid-tier builds. +1 from me

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, was looking at the 90 TI. Couldn't justify myself going over $500 for a graphics card. For my purposes, works well for me :) Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, over $500 for a GPU is kind of crazy!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that your air cooled, I've got a question for you on that. I was looking at this case, I want to use my BeQuiet! shadow rock slim that is 160mm tall, yours looks to be 159mm tall and fits. In Win on there site says max air cooler size is 156mm. How much space do you have between the cooler and glass? It's the only thing stopping me from grabbing this case or changing coolers. Thanks for any info.

SICK BUILD BTW

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I believe, and I just checked the box that my cooler height is 156mm. The stoppers are barely touching the glass. Not sure if you will be able to fit the 160mm without the glass bowing out a little. The cooler was $30 and highly recommended.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice. love that case. think you should flip your psu. case intake isn't the best and it's pulling in hot exhaust from your gpu that way. not to mention the fan is part covered. +1 for this build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! For VM's the 5820K has really impressed me in comparison to previous quad offerings, even at stock clocks. Wise move with the 32GB, it's my only personal regret.. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome case, IN WIN always has some really nice cases!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this system deserves a better cooler. That evo just ruined it >< but everything looks good.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

WTH is NIM NI? (jk I know it's IN WIN) Nice Case!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Where the USB 3.1 on the board? As I can only find 3.1 on the rear panel.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an 805 and to remove the HD cage, you have to remove the front plastic "foot" on the bottom of the case to expose that last screw holding the cage in. They don't tell you this in the instructions.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

+1 for air cooling!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

No problem.

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