- 56 months ago
I've recently been kicking around the idea of investing in a workstation. Since there's a possibility I could be taking it different places very often, I figured that the smaller the build, the better. However, I'd still have to balance size with performance.
By the time I build something like this, the new Pascal cards are likely to be out for NVidia, so the GPU choice will probably be bunk by then.
I'm not sure if this is in the correct section of the forums. I wanted opinions, but alternate parts lists are also welcome. My location is US, without access to a Micro Center. I'd prefer the build to stay at least a loosely red theme, as my current build is a blue theme. As far as budget, there isn't really much aside from the fact that I do not want to spend more than $2k. Or I don't need to at least. Ignore peripherals and OS, because I have the peripheral setup that I'd need, and I can get free OS because of my university. As far as form factor, it doesn't necessarily need to be mini ITX, but the case needs to be small and easily portable.
I'd be using the build for either 1080p or 1440p gaming (if I can manage to upgrade to a 1440p monitor in the future), as well as engineering-style workstation use. Ansys, NI Multisim, SolidWorks, and the like. Nothing outrageously intensive (I know Ansys can be, but not my uses), but the programs aren't pushovers either.
Here's my reasoning behind my choices in the list:
-CPU. Since it's a workstation, i7 is the prime directive. The 10+ core Xeons are not considered because I need the high clocks for gaming and I don't have a fortune to spend. Additionally, putting an x99 in such a small form factor proves very difficult, because there are few acceptable ITX boards. Currently, the only setup compatible for x99 in the case is an ASRock board with a CM Seidon cooler, which can't even be verified to be compatible with the case. So it's pretty iffy. Giving up on x99, I figured that a Skylake i7 is still a great bet.
-CPU Cooler is a solid choice that is actually compatible with the rest of the list. There aren't many that will do well and still work with the case. Also, this fits the loose red theme, so even better!
-RAM. I figured 16gb is plenty. Nothing I would be doing would really require any more, so I'll just play it economical and get 16. A solid red set of ram.
-Storage. Yes, it's a single, small SSD. I wouldn't use much on this computer. On my current desktop, I have way more installed than I would ever put on this workstation, and it's not even 200gb.
-GPU. MSI and Corsair got together to put out a liquid cooled 980ti and the results are great. I figured a liquid-cooled solution would be the best considering form factor. I also considered the XFX R9 Nano. I'm still unsure which would be the best choice. I know either will max 1080p.
-Case. I wanted a nice, small ITX case with plenty of expandability and I also wanted the contents to be visible. I figured the largely mesh-like construction of the V1 would be a great way to both keep the build cool and keep it visible.
-PSU. I know my choice isn't very glitzy, but I don't feel like bothering to pay more for full modularity when I know I'm going to be using all the pre-wired cables of a semi-modular. The Antec HCG is a solidly reliable unit, and with enough wattage to support the sytem, I think it's a great choice.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor||$366.89 @ OutletPC|
|CPU Cooler||Phanteks PH-TC14CS_RD 88.6 CFM CPU Cooler||$64.99 @ Newegg|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard||$186.98 @ Newegg|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory||$109.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Crucial BX100 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||$79.99 @ Amazon|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card||$756.98 @ Newegg|
|Case||Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case||$42.99 @ SuperBiiz|
|Power Supply||Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply||$49.99 @ Newegg|
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