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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).

Compatibility: See notes below.

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CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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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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Power Supply be quiet! DARK POWER PRO 11 850 W 80+ Platinum Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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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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Slimline S​ATA to SAT​A adapter
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Total: $1188.96
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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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    Comments

    • 51 months ago
    • 1 point

    I am actually at looking to build something very similar to this, what are your experiences with it so far as it would be greatly appreciated.

    Is the FT05 truly silent or would you have gone with something else?

    Is the ASRock Z170 Extreme 7+ really as good as you thought it would be?

    These are just some of my questions, but if you have any other experiences please tell.

    Thank you in advance and kind regards

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Just putting together the parts now. So far so good -- FT05 does seem fairly quiet so far, but I haven't tweaked fan speeds yet. This case looks like it will be a bit of a struggle for cable management, but that's more to do with its size , not the design. (it's not a massive case)

    From what I can tell already, there is A LOT of airflow in this case. Normally, it's all being jetted out one little spot at the back of the case, but with this one, I can feel the air coming out evenly across the entire top of the case, with the exception of directly above the CPU fan, which has the most airflow. I should be able to get the fan speeds pretty slow and quiet with this design.

    The ASRock Z170 doesn't seem to have any electronic noise -- but right now my CPU fan is spinning too loud 'cause it's running at 1.1k RPM or higher right now. Because I only have one graphics card right now, I'm using some of the free space where the expansion slots go to suspend the 2 extra USB 3.1 ports that would normally be mounted in the front 5.25" bay. This should mean I will have the full set of USB available to this mobo: 2x USB2, 6x USB3 (two on front chassis), 4x USB3.1 (two suspended in expansion slot). The expansion slot USB 3.1 interface through the SATA and SATAe ports, which I'm only using one of anyway.

    My primary headache so far is related to the ASRock UEFI: There are two ways to load an XMP Profile. One of the ways simply doesn't work and the RAM always gets set back to 2133MHz (using the "Load XMP Profile"). The other way seems to work fine (Using the "DRAM Tweaker" to individually apply all of the parameters of the XMP Profile). It appears to be a bug in the UEFI 2.00. I've let ASRock know, so hopefully they address this issue. I'm not sure if this is true, but I seemed to need to re-load UEFI defaults after "Loading the XMP Profile" to get things working through the "DRAM Tweaker". It was a pain, but now everything seems good. Also, setting the DRAM Frequency doesn't seem to actually change it half the time, even though it correctly saves the settings. Something's really messed up here, but reloading UEFI defaults and then applying XMP Profile through DRAM Tweaker seems to work consistently.

    On the up side, it was pretty cool that I was able to internet-update the UEFI without even having an OS! This is my first build in about 7 years, so UEFI is all new to me. Pretty nuts.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    I've tweaked the fans to the values recommended by silentpcreview.com ... I would not call this case silent. It does a decent job of cooling, but does virtually nothing to keep the innards quiet. If I remember correctly, the Antec P100 was a quieter case and much nicer to work with in all other ways as well.

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