I built this rig for the intention of homelabbing, gaming and personal computational research (in hopes I go for my Ph.D within the next year or so). I'll explain why I got Win10 Pro versus home in a bit. My last rig has been in use since 2010, so it was time for an upgrade after 9 years. Please keep in mind that this isn't meant to be a complete gaming computer, I had a budget and this is what I got. I consider it a hybrid and hybrids have their downsides (to gaming mostly).

It's not the most amazing, but she's still purdy.


  • Game 73%, Desk 87%, Work 63%
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K - 88%
  • GPU: AMD RX 580 - 73.1%
  • SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 500GB - 91.6%
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) - 101.9%
  • RAM: Unknown TEAMGROUP-UD4-3000 2x8GB - 73.2%
  • MBD: Asrock Z370 Extreme4

Homelab Build

  • Dell PowerEdge R610 (x2) - X5560 Intel (two per server - 16 cores per server)
  • A-Tech Micron 16GB Kit 4 x 4GB PC3-10600 1.5V For Dell PowerEdge (x4 so 32GB per server)
  • 146GB SAS Hard Drive G73IN 10K Enterprise (x4)
  • 600GB 10K SAS 2.5" SAS HARD DRIVE (x4 Not shown in picture)
  • Cisco Catalyst WS-C3750E-48PD-SF 48 port 10/100/1000 Gigabit PoE
  • Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X (x1 Not shown in picture)
  • IKEA Lack Side Table (200.114.08 ) (x2 to make a cheap man's rack)
  • IKEA RILL Caster 4-set (966.713.00)
  • IKEA FIXA 260-piece screw and plug set (001.692.49)
  • Random Dell Inspiron, very old, Domain Controller.

Part Reviews


Nothing much to say, just noticed a vast improvement versus my i5-2600k that I had for years.

CPU Cooler

I was really disappointed with this purchase as the pump makes an incredibly loud and annoying grinding noise. I couldn't take it. I found that online that if you lay the computer on it's side the noise goes away, which it did. This is my second water cooler I bought from Corsair. It's also a pain to assemble. I would not recommend this purchase again. The LEDs look cool though.


Powerful board with a lot of USB 3.0 and a single USB 3.1 port. I will say though the extra shielding made it a little difficult to put in the GPU. Sadly, I will say that there is room for only one GPU as the extra shielding on the mobo almost prevented my Rx580 from seating all the way in. I knocked off one star for that.

I like how the SATA ports are upright like a PCI expansion/Sister card in a server. Incredibly useful.

Cool LEDs.


Not much to say other than the fact that they work.


This is the second one I've owned. Boot times are vastly increased, especially with Windows 10.


I was a bit skeptical buying a rusty-spinny but, I needed some cheap storage for games. Does it's job.

Video Card

I have yet to play any games with the card or build any Artificial Neural Networks- but this is my first biggin. I will come back to review this under load of a game versus a benchmark. Even with three monitors, the fans don't spin at idle and it sits at 30C.


Incredibly happy with this case! So much room for things. I highly suggest it!!

For looks: Tempered glass makes it look cool to look inside and reflects outside light. Cool for the LEDs.

Cable management is godly with this one. The case is very easy to take apart for maintenance.

There is two compartments. Below is where the PSU and hard drive bays go, and the main compartment is where everything else goes. There is plenty of holes to string your cable through to make everything look neat and dandy.

Pros: Didn't have to hide any cables as the case allowed for awesome cable management.

Cons: Cardboard was stuck in one of the hard drive bays, kind of a pain to get out.

Power Supply

It's quiet and gives power. Thank god.

Operating System

Now, you are all probably wondering about this. I require Windows 10 Pro for RSAT tools (Remote Server Administration Tools). This allows me to do some work on my homelab that I have. I'm building a Windows environment right now to practice better into my System Administration tasks in terms of Windows environments.

You cannot have Hyper-V Manager, Server Manager and other extremely useful automation tools without Win 10 Pro.


  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did u put ur pc sideways?

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

bruh read the desc

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

In the description I mentioned that there was a grinding noise from the Corsair CPU watercooler. Turning it on it's side, made it go away.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

My mistake sorry.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this Phanteks case! I used it for a build I made for my brother. It was a joy to build in. :) Great choice!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I thought it would be plastic, you should have seen my face when I found out it was tempered glass.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it really is a great case. Good bang for the buck! :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 0 points

Why did you go for a lower range graphics card for building Neural Networks? Does it hold up well?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

It was all I could afford for now.