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I've been putting off posting this for a little while, but I've finally found some time to put some pictures up...

This is my first custom computer build. Previously, I used a MB Pro while I was in school, but it was regularly malfunctioning and is about 6 years old, so I decided I needed a new computer. When I first started, I thought I would gradually collect the parts as I went along. This was a mistake and I advise anyone looking to build a computer to form a budget, do your research, and buy everything as close together as possible. This way if anything breaks or doesn't work, you can easily return parts and figure out what you do/ don't need. That being said, this build went very well and I am very satisfied with my end machine.

I am an architect, so I mainly use this computer for architecture renderings, photo editing, everyday computing, and some gaming. I needed a machine that could easily handle CPU intense renderings, NURBS modeling in Rhino, and AutoCAD like a champ. I also edit photos and I needed something that could handle Adobe Lightroom without breaking a sweat.

All of the pieces came together without much issue, and I was able to find a bunch of parts on sale or returned with no use so I could stay in budget. The toughest part was choosing where to spend my money, and where to save money to upgrade later.

Notes:

  • i7-5820K - Really happy with this CPU, didn't necessarily want to go with the fastest chip, but I wanted something that could handle renderings and be dependable. This thing should last me a while.

  • PNY Quadro K2200 4GB - fast and dependable. I may add a second, gaming GPU in the future.

  • Corsair Air 240 - I was inspired while watching TRON to build a white cube machine with white lights. Looks great and was a pleasure to build in.

  • Corsair Commander Mini - After buying all Corsair parts and putting all the fans in, I realized that this part may have not been completely necessary, and I probably put more fans than I needed. Make sure when purchasing corsair link parts that they are the latest version and have the digital output, or else this is completely useless. Lights look pretty though...

  • Dell U2414H - Awesome monitor, but I kind of wish I had bought the U2415H instead, as the resolution is not native for my needs. Looks nice though, super thin bezel.

Pending Upgrades:

  • Second matching monitor
  • PCIE M.2 SSD
  • 32 GB RAM

Chris

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great! You don't see a Quadro card on here often.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, they're rare for sure.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it. Nice little render box you put together here. And ya, you have more fans than you likely need... but it works well lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Job on the build, but your redundant title made me chuckle

Personal PC (double Personal, you see)

sry if cri every tiem

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

:P Noted and corrected.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

An awesome little box you've put together. You were inspired by Tron... yet named it after 2001! lol

I comment for the user. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was going to name it after something in Tron, but my gf mentioned that the white box reminded her of HAL and i liked it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Get upvoted m8

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your WS, mate!!!

+1 r8 m8 l8

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a nice scanner from top view

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

love love love this, serious workstation machines that still look absolutely gorgeous are a way too rare thing, fantastic job +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, gorgeous build dude. +1

I'm intrigued by your choice of GPU. I'm a 3D artist and have used a lot of Quadros in my time but in recent years there seems to be little or no point in investing in one as there are no longer compatibility issues with Geforce cards and professional graphics applications. Was there some specific task you wanted the k2200 for? I can really only see it being useful in very small form factor and low power workstations. But I don't know too much about AutoCAD. I do visualisations in C4D and I've found much better performance to price ratio with the geforce line. How hot and loud does the k2200 get?

Would be really interested to hear your experience and reasonings!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Bananabank! I was looking for a card that would benefit my use of CAD drawing programs. When drawing in AutoCad, Revit, and Rhino especially in wire-frame view Quadro cards are meant to be more accurate due to double floating point precision. Although, I'm not sure which type of card handles shading within 3D modeling programs better... The K2200 is very quiet and low powered so it doesn't get very hot, as it only has small fans. I did notice that the more gamer oriented cards had large cooling fans and heat sinks that are probably a little louder. The benefit of having a lot of fans in such a small case is that the air is very well distributed, and it does not need to work very hard to keep it cool. The GPU idles at around 35 C and gets to around 66 C when doing more GPU intensive tasks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, thanks for the info!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Simple and elegant, fantastic +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Man. I'm loving that case so much. Great build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool case nice build

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I would like to take it, please.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

sees picture 5

What happened to that CPU box!?!?! tears

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I know! I picked it up from amazon warehouse at a pretty good discount. The outer box was pretty mangled, but luckily the inner plastic case was in mint condition.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man, not often we see workstation type builds on here. :) Looks like you have nice cable management.

I may add a second, gaming GPU in the future.

Wait a sec, you can have two independent GPUs in one build? I was wondering if that was even possible. The only multi-GPU arrangements I've seen involved cards in SLI. Is this really possible?

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Im sorry but I can't do that

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