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Gorgeous Architecture Workstation

by muffin_man_dan


Greetings fellow builders,

I've finally completed my professional workstation! I'd love to show you all how I chose the key components, and what decisions I had to make during assembly.

Part choices:

My firm has been purchasing 6-core CPUs since X99 because of their (relative) affordability and ability to handle large-resolution renderings faster than Intel's mainstream CPUs. With the release of Coffee Lake we finally had access to that kind of power on the mainstream platform, which is why I chose to go that route instead of X299. Quad-channel memory just isn't worth it for the minuscule performance advantage it would provide us.

As for the GPU, I chose the GTX 1060 for its larger video memory size (6GB), which should allow it to last us a good long while for our purposes. This card represents our ideal price/performance ratio, especially considering the recent price increases.

I wanted the rig to remain quiet even when rendering for longer periods of time, so I opted for an AIO from Corsair to keep the rig reliable and stylish. I was tempted by the Kraken series coolers because they look so damn pretty, but I've read about too many pump failures for me to consider using one in a professional environment. I wanted this system to last as long as possible without a part replacement.

Assembly notes:

This challenge of assembling this system was dealing with the stiff tubing on the Corsair H100i v2. The tubes were so rigid that I was forced to install the radiator with the tubing on the bottom end in order to stretch it out. With the tubing on the top end the bend was so tight that the tubing was protruding well past the open end of the case. This would have put a dangerous amount of pressure on the tempered glass side panel.

After figuring out which way the radiator would be mounted, I was forced to remove the pump from the CPU in order to install the graphics card. It was too tight inside the case to maneuver the card into place with the pump screwed down. This was probably the most annoying step of the build, but a necessary one nonetheless. You can save time if you attempt a similar build by knowing this is coming and anticipating it in your assembly process. After installing the graphics card I re-seated the pump with the hoses wrapping around it, and voila!

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kmaingrette 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I am thinking about making a build similar to yours and I was wondering if it would it be possible to flip the liquid cooler so that the tubes would run against the top of the case, above memory sticks?

DevanshDixit -2 points 12 months ago

Great job staying with a 1060 6gb, which is good for your needs and will save you a lot of money. 32 gb of ram is not that necessary, especially the Corsair Dominator Platinum. 750 PSU is kinda overkill for your GPU as well. Overall, the build looks very nice, and the specs are too. +1

SlackPackSam 1 point 12 months ago

For the programs they're most likely going to be using the RAM isn't really that overkill at all...

DevanshDixit 1 point 12 months ago

Well, I guess he had a bit extra money from getting a 1060, instead of something better so he could have just used it to get 32 gigs. But, it also says he will do some rendering and playing around with other things, so i guess, but im still not really convinced he needs to spend 200 bucks more for 32 gb ram.

muffin_man_dan submitter 5 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

We need it occasionally. Multiple open Photoshop files with other programs open take up more RAM than you'd think. Plus, we want it to be enough for 6+ years ideally.

PhuchopH 2 points 12 months ago

16gb of ram is definitely enough if all you plan to do is game on your machine. However, the moment you venture outside of gaming and into any kind of photo / video editing 32gb+ becomes a necessity. I do a small amount of video editing and it's not uncommon to see 45-50gb of ram used (I have 64gb).

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muffin_man_dan submitter 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

How else would I get that sexy color matching without the dominator platinum :P hehe, thanks.

DevanshDixit 1 point 12 months ago

Ok I get you. For running photoshop files and more would need that. I understand also that spending a bit more buck on something looking sweeter (graphics card etc)