Description

Updates to my hideously self-indulgent "gaming workstation" after a few months of getting to know each other.

  • Replaced 16 GB DDR4-4133 with 32 GB DDR4-3333
  • Removed PSU shroud panel & HDD cage, added 120mm bottom intake
  • Replaced 2TB SSD & 4TB HDD with 2 × 4TB SSD in RAID-0
  • Replaced 2 × 60mm front intake with 1 × 120mm
  • Added 2 × 140mm top exhaust
  • Benchmark baselines & new photos in full color — WOW, SUPER
  • Replaced TV & side monitors for increased symmetry
  • Plunged face-first into the prosumer end of the VR pool

Original 2019 completed build Deadpan Demiurge

Part Reviews

CPU

I suspect most people who buy this CPU would be just as effective with something less exorbitant. This is really about perching at the top of a totem pole (for a while).

Thermal Compound

I enjoyed the packaging with the wipe packets I still haven't used instead of paper towels & alcohol.

Memory

Probably still faster than I can appreciate with the Intel situation, but a more reasonable 32 GB than the DDR4-4133 sticks I used first. These at least POSTed with XMP on the first try.

Storage

Sick & tired of moving or uninstalling games to make space for new ones. Everything I own fits on one of these drives. I doubled down for plenty of breathing room in 8 TB of RAID 0.

Case

Perhaps my favorite Fractal Design case yet. No more & no less than I want for a modern ATX build. Evaluate any case by these standards & you won't go wrong.

Sound Card

I'm not a real audiophile, playing lossless jazz all day or whatever they do. I haven't compared everything out there & I'm not sure I can tell the difference between good & great audio. I just wanted some equipment that promised to exceed all my expectations. So far I can't find anything to complain about.

Case Fan

Noctua moves air. If you want your fans to do other things, get other fans. If you want to move air, it's hard to do better than Noctua.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why the gt710

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The idea was to run a few non-gaming screens without dividing the attention of the main GPU. Currently have 2 monitors on integrated graphics and another pair on the GT 710, trying to dedicate most of my rendering resources to the center screen. This is another thing that will take some comparison over time to confirm or deny, but I thought it was worth trying.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh didnt think of that, that's incredibly smart.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

First pic got me wildin in confusion. +1 for creativity

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that's one of the bigger Chromax fans on top of the cooler — Noctua shipped out the special clips for it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Superior benchmarks. Making use of every square inch with those 40mm fans. What a beast!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It actually needs all the air it can get because the GPU heat can be alarming. I think removing that piece of the shroud will do a lot of good. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It was the best option I found for maximizing PCIe bandwidth on this particular motherboard & set of devices. The crucial factor escapes me now a few months later, but I remember this was the conclusion I reached after trying a different board first (ASRock's Z390 Taichi). It may have been the requirements or recommendations for the sound card that forced me into this bottom-heavy arrangement. In any event, the top PCIe slot is most commonly preferable & so anyone would ask this. Mine happens to be a "workstation" motherboard I picked mainly for its PLX chip to give this lower slot the same resources a GPU would demand from the top position.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Having revisited the interior again, I'm pretty sure I was addressing the airflow challenges of the tight space as well as the choice between 2 PCIe slots with ×16 bandwidth for the RTX. Due to its thickness, it actually has more bottom clearance for air intake when mounted below the other cards. In the top slot its fans are half covered by the next card down. There it would also effectively cut the interior in half, concentrating more heat in the top half with the CPU. That might be less of an issue now with the addition of the top exhaust fans. So far I haven't felt the same startling exhaust as I did from last year's configuration.