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"Silverfish" Silent VR Gaming + Rendering Workstation

"Money is no object."

  • Silent (inspired by Silent PC Review's "Quiet SLI Gaming PC Build Guide": http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1445-page1.html)
  • Optionally expandable to 8x + 8x SLI while still supporting 4x PCIe SSD
  • GTX 980 Ti supports the first year or two of VR gaming
  • 32 GB RAM for lots of headroom for multitasking while rendering
  • Takes advantage of NVMe with Intel 750 series SSD. 1.2 TB capacity so there's less worry about ever running out of space.
  • NO data redundancy: assumes you will use an external RAID for backup and mass storage/archive.

Current available hardware pain points:

  • No 6-core 6th gen i7 is currently available. Too bad, 'cause the extra core might be really good for rendering.
  • NVIDIA Pascal GPUs are expected half way through 2016. They will likely make this 980 Ti seem like a bit of a waste of money.

Other notes: ASRock mobo because I was unhappy with my old Asus P5WDH Deluxe, so I want to stay away from Asus. Also the flagship Z170 Gigabyte won't fit this silent tower. Maybe there's an MSI that would be a good alternative?

Front USB 3.1 bay included in mobo is throwaway. It's wasteful, but this mobo still seemed the best choice for future expansion. Maybe there's a way to mod it so the ports can be accessed through an expansion slot opening...

RAM could be faster/cheaper maybe? ASRock lists F4-3000C15Q-32GRK as compatible when using 4 slots; this RAM has the exact same specs, same price, but uses only 2 slots, so I went with it instead. ASRock does NOT list F4-3200C16Q-32GTZB has compatible, but would probably be a better choice if they did (cheaper and faster, but also 2mm taller... not sure if it will interfere with CPU heat sink).

1000W PSU is totally overkill for this system, but I wanted lots of headroom for future SLI and other expansion. The 850W BN253 would probably be a better choice for SLI. Also, the Dark Power Pro PSU are larger, so the 3.5" bay must be removed to allow it to fit. As of now, it seems that HDD are the only 3.5" things anyway, and I will not be adding any HDD to this silent PC.

Compatibility: See notes below.

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CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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$433.00
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CPU Cooler Scythe Kotetsu 79 CFM CPU Cooler
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Motherboard ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
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Storage Intel 750 Series 1.2 TB PCI-E Solid State Drive
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Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB Video Card
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Case Silverstone FT05 ATX Mid Tower Case
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$278.10
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Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1000 W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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$319.99
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$319.99
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Optical Drive Sony BC-5640H-01 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
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Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
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10' Displa​yport Cabl​e
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$19.30
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Slimline S​ATA to SAT​A adapter
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Optical Ca​ble
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Total: $1304.00
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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:Sony BC-5640H-01 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer will need a Slimline SATA to SATA power adapter.
  • Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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