LATEST UPDATE 29SEP17
Two Noctua Fans as intakes to increase static pressure, needed custom fan curve to keep them quiet.
Moved case fans and storage to assist with efficient airflow (Front to Back, Bottom to Top)
TPM Module added
New Mouse and Mousepad
Oculus Rift added
Desk setup, moved PC to desk height and dog tax (Charlie - Japanese Spitz, Floof)
This build has the guidelines:
Must play the current generation of games at the highest settings on a UHD monitor
Easily handle multiple virtual machines for a Testing Lab
PC must maintain satisfactory temperatures with quiet operation.
Future proof (meaning the best I can get for now)
Aesthetically pleasing build with RGB ability
Purpose is multi-use for home office:
Primary. Workstation (Multiple VMs)
The intention of this was to replace my laptop and current aging PC so I could setup my own Virtual Pentesting lab at home, whilst also being able to play some of the great games coming out at 4k. I'm a Computer Science student, I already have a decent enough laptop in the Dell XPS 13. But it wasn't up to the tasks of running many VMs which is essential for me to play around with testing. It is obviously no good for gaming as well.
While putting together a build I find if you can settle on the CPU and GPU you want, everything else just falls into place from there. The following was chosen in the order laid out.
I decided from the requirements I wanted the Ryzen 1700. It comes with an excellent stock cooler and is the best bang for buck in the multi-thread department. I couldn't justify paying more for the 1700x when benchmarks show little difference compared to price taking into account you must also buy a CPU cooler.
GTX 1080ti was what I wanted. I decided on buying a local Gigabyte 1080ti Windofrce Aorus. Excellent warranty and top of the range card. It was also heavily reduced in a sale which is always a bonus.
Note: I re-purposed an old piece of Lego to support the CPU, its hard to see because it blends in so well. I glued a rubber pad on the end touching the GPU and secured the other end by screwing it into the bottom of the case. You can also see the headset stand I made out of Lego in the second desk setup pictures.
Next I decided on a MoBo. I was certain I wanted an x370 to keep me happy with the future proofing. The problem was deciding which one. I boiled it down to the:
Gigabyte Gaming K7
In the end I got a good deal on the Gigabyte and it was in my opinion the better looking card or my build.
Checking the MoBo compatibility and a bunch of forums for reliable OC's it turns out there weren't that many people reaching the XMP amounts for their RAM even if it was listed compatible. I didn't want to play around with beta BIOS releases. In all the confusion I jumped on what I thought was a sure thing (to reach SPD level) I bought the Corsair LPX. Lets just say I did end up getting it to 3200MHz but the timings are not ideal.
The Corsair 1000Hxi fit the part within the build even if it is complete overkill, it will allow me to easily add another card later on if required, runs highly efficiently and was modular so I could put together a neater build.
I had the two HDD from a home built NAS I was no longer using and the SSD from my previous laptop.
Once I knew what I wanted I decided on a case. I wanted silence, a window, and reliability. The Fractal Define R5 was highly reviewed and exactly what I was after. The only complaint I have is no HDMI on the front of the case.