Description

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)


DESIGN

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

  • VR ready


PURPOSE

Purpose is multi-use for home office:

  • Primary. Workstation (Multiple VMs)

  • Secondary. Gaming

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.


CPU

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.

GPU

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.

Motherboard

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:

  • Taichi

  • Gigabyte Gaming K7

  • AsRock Fatality

In the end I got a good deal on the Gigabyte and it was in my opinion the better looking card or my build.

RAM

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.

PSU

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.

STORAGE

I had the two HDD from a home built NAS I was no longer using and the SSD from my previous laptop.

CASE

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.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management I'm impressed. +1 for the cool build and for cable management.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Cable management was my favourite part the build. I'm extremely happy with the stock corsair cables. More pics added with a few tweaks to cable management.

EDIT You may also be able to see a piece of Lego I've re-purposed in to a GPU support to stop the sag!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

If The Define R5 had no HDMI at front, should have went for NZXT S340 Elite its VR Ready

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at this. A lot of the parts were bought as a part of a sale so a few compromises were made.

Looking at this case makes me want to just get it and swap it all into the NZXT S340 Elite... Tempered Glass, Full PSU shroud, and forward HDMI port.

Although the R5 is super quiet which is exactly what I wanted. I am not very impressed with a few aesthetics.

  • How easily the plastic window has been scratched.

  • Viewing the PSU, the sticker on the top of the Corsair which you cannot remove, less you lose your warranty. Not really the cases fault, but a shroud would fix this.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, if you have the non-windowed version of the Define R5, would you able to fit a 25mm thick fan on the side panel without it touching the graphics card? I do have a Define R5 with a side panel fan but my graphic card (R9 290 Vapor-X) is much slimmer (i.e the width of the backplate). For reference, if the graphic card that is installed on the motherboard in a Define R5 is not wider than the width of the PSU (that is also installed in the same case) then a side fan can fit since the distance between the PSU and side panel is ~30mm while a fan is only 25mm.

I hope this picture explains it: https://linustechtips.com/main/uploads/monthly_2016_10/question1.png.d67e0aefc410afea0874d88b7fa18f33.png Thanks!

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I will eventually, I didnt want to spend too much without knowing for sure that the RAM would be fully SPD supported. Kind of waiting for reliability with BIOS updates and ram compatibility for 32GB 3200MHz range.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

*XMP not SPD

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