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I built this rig for use at the office for 3D modeling and occasional code compiling.

I haven't overclocked yet but mostly because I haven't had the need to. Default clock speed on the 5820k crushes everything I throw at it.

The Silverstone TJ08B and Noctua NH-D14 are incredibly quiet even under "load". I put "load" in quotes because it is actually pretty hard to stress the system as I haven't done full stress test yet. The Corsair 650W is quiet as well because most of the time it can passively cool itself without having to turn on the fan.

If you want native graphics support for 3D CAD you don't have a whole lot of options for graphics cards, but the W5100 seems to get the job done.

The build itself was quite easy as the TJ08B has plenty of headroom for the Noctua. I took out the bottom HDD bay and mounted a SSD directly which makes cabling pretty straight forward. The TJ08B also has an isolated PSU in the top back of the chassis which is quite nice for airflow but makes initial assembly a bit tricky. You basically have to take off all the sides and top of the case but it is around a dozen screws in total, not a big task if you just pay attention. The W5100 has no issue fitting inside the case. A larger consumer graphics card would also fit easily if the HDD drive bay was removed (as I did). It might be able to fit in the 1st PCIe slot but the Noctua NH-D14 is very close to the 1st PCIe slot so I wouldn't recommend this. On some motherboards, PCIe slots higher than 1 don't support 16 lanes of PCIe so make sure you account for this in your MB selection.

Total cost of the rig was ~$1800 (Oct 2014). Considering the W5100 is $500 the build could be replicated quite easy on consumer grade hardware for around $1250 (including fancy DDR4 RAM) or probably closer to $1000 without the DDR4.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 10 points

OCD tells me it's upside down. Carpet tells me it's upright.

OCD wins.

+1

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't know why but this made me lol.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn you. Time to return it...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

well if it was for a workstation the other option was a xeon imo the e3 1241

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That noctua cooler looks sick in that case it dwarfs the whole motherboard! I always forget how big that bad boy is. I usually opt for water cooling. However I usually only overclock very moderately! My 4690k is at 4.3 at 1.2v and my g3258 is at 4.4 at 1.2v increasing the voltage I have been able to get much higher clocks on both! Seeing as that noctua unit works just as well as most aio wc your build has convinced me to go air on my next build ! Thanks man and happy computing!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to get the window for "shock" value. Most people walk by say something along the lines of "is that the heat sink"?!

GL with the clocks! Noctua has worked great and even with the PWM up to 100% (~1200rpm for each fan) I can barely hear it. My zalman watercooler at home with 80mm fan is significantly louder at load...and I'm pretty sure it doesn't even cool as well, the surface area on the Noctua is tough to beat

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty sweet build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry pantsParty, but I'd like to ask you guys which of my builds are better: My Intel based build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ButteryTurtle/saved/NgZWGX My AMD based build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ButteryTurtle/saved/B9rwrH Thnx for all the responses

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I've always been an Intel guy so I don't know much about the AMD chipset :( With that said I have a 4690/Z97 at home and haven't been disappointed. If you ever want to tinker with overclocking make sure you get the "k" version of the CPU. GL!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the load temps on this build? I'm about to build a very similar rig.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I'm way late, but if you are still looking my load temps go up to low 40s doing general CAD/rendering (no OC).

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Gave much early inspiration for my own recent 5820 build, many thanks and great work!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How much space does the DH-14 have? I bought one for really cheap and I still wanna fit my gpu.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very little room under the DH-14 for the RAM so make sure to get lower profile sticks. Between the side panel and the top of the DH-14 it is VERY tight, about 1/4".