A build for professional software developers interested in compile speed, fast/plentiful working memory and storage, and near silent operation. Graphics performance was not a big concern for software development, but reducing noise from this development daily driver was.
The challenge with the Inwin D-Frame Mini case fitting an ATX-sized motherboard was to replace the provided aluminum backplane (a shame, it's so sexy) with a new one, created from a Target-purchased cutting board (not so sexy).
My air cooler had a tight fit in the end, so I modified the glass side panel stand-offs to extend them a bit. Also etched the glass for some class.
Special mention goes to the Inwin D-Frame Mini open air case and the Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition air cooler, both of which keep heat and noise to an absolute minimum. While my build is not greatly overclocked, it could easily handle such. Still hasn't really made any noise, even with my software builds.
A remaining challenge is to add a bracket to the backplane to support add-in cards, such as when I need to use a 3rd-party graphics card.
I love this sexy yet workmanlike system. Time to take my old, noisy, non-SSD, boat anchor of a development system out behind the shed for a mercy killing.
UPDATE MAY 10, 2019: Got around to adding a proper graphics card (EVGA 16 series). Added a few more pictures showing how I added a bracket to hold the card in the slot. Along with the card lock at the end of the slot, this should be more than enough to secure it, even with a mild bit of reorienting the case to work on it.
What can I say: it's the best Intel CPU for development, balancing cost, features and flexibility for overclocking. In development, the more cores and threads, the better for compiling, building, encoding, etc. This CPU is the latest/greatest from Intel for such (without treading into exotically priced CPUs). Plus I like to use the included graphics capabilities of the chip, instead of buying another video card.
OC CPUs to 5.0 GHz and RAM to 3200 MHz, running between 25°C and 59°C average on CPUs with my development workloads, so far. Really not stressing system, so fans haven't spun up.
I highly recommend it for software development.
This is a silent edition of the the respected Mugen 5 CPU cooler, developed in cooperation with PC Games Hardware magazine. The asymmetric design and cooling fin height worked well for compatibility, while the two Kaze Flex 120 PWM fans (running 300-800 RPM on sealed liquid bearings) are virtually silent (4-14.5 dB). Honestly, the only way I can tell they are running is the slight waft of air I get from the open air case I'm using.
I love this air cooler and highly recommend it.
I was drawn to this motherboard by how easy it is to overclock one's system, it's many advanced features, plus it looks a treat, which is important with my glass panel-sided, open air case. I'm not using the built-in LED lighting, but I could easily customize it for any color scheme if I did. Two M.2 slots (one 22110 sized), with cooling metal covers, support the high performance storage I need for software development.
My only hiccup was when the built-in LED lighting near the I/O ports initially didn't function. Fortunately, the problem slowly seemed to correct itself, with the LEDs getting brighter and brighter over the course of a few days. Now it works correctly (?!)
Works great so far so I recommend it. Pricey, but having a lot of RAM is the answer to many software development questions/problems. 3200MHz seemed like a good new minimum speed vs. cost. Seamless overclocking with this motherboard.
Fast, pricey, but worth it to me as a professional software developer. This drive is the OS, programs, documents, source code repository drive, which needs to be very fast. Silent operation was also a reason to go with this M.2 drive.
Faster than a hard drive, pricey, but worth it to me as a professional software developer with recent capacity-related problems. This drive is for bulk storage of development artifacts (pictures, videos, music, etc.), so ultimate speed is not a concern. Silent operation, however, is.
I guess I like to make things difficult by putting an ATX motherboard into an ITX case. I just wanted the smaller size/price of the D-frame Mini, with the benefits of a larger motherboard. My solution was to create a new backplane from a Target-purchased cutting board that matched the color of my system.
In particular, I love the open air case concept as well as the excellent build quality Inwin is famous for. Get one while they still last. (Inwin had stopped making them for a while.)
I highly recommend this case.
This well specified power supply is silent, looks pretty slick and has functioned flawlessly so far (i.e., no coil hum noise, no muss). With my open air case, it also gets plenty of cool airflow. I've never seen such attention paid to a power supply's packaging before.
Yes, as some may notice, I did add my own black metal mesh covering to the power supply area...to dress it up and add a place at the bottom to collect my power cables' extra length. Hot glue worked well to hold its edges.
I highly recommend this power supply.
Life-long programmer of DOS and Windows. My relationship with Microsoft has been a long and rocky road. Not very happy with all the consumer phone/tablet crap mixed in with desktop Windows. Seems a privacy nightmare. This marriage is on the rocks.
This is a great software development 4K monitor, which can take in up to four HDMI inputs, with adaptable layouts. It is also targeted for desktop use, which is an improvement over using a consumer 4K TV (i.e., the TV features are stripped out).
I was concerned before buying it that it would be too big to work up close with on a desk, but I have no such concerns now after using it for a while. I've just had to adapt my old habit of throwing a window to another monitor, to managing multiple windows within one (very) large screen space. I use AquaSnap to manage windows.
I highly recommend this monitor for desktop development work, and AquaSnap for managing multi-window layout.
Best mouse for me, ever. Smaller wireless mouse, fits hand well and has scroll wheel and "back" button built in, which I swear by. Batteries last forever. Not the most durable, but that's why I actually have a case of them in my closet; I like it that much.
Excellent bass and clarity without having to use a subwoofer. Love the externally cabled desktop volume wheel/jacks/power control. First class quality, you pay for what you get.