Description

Hi All,

I just wanted to post this for future reference in case it could help anyone.

Goal was to build a workstation for design work: 3Ds, Adobe, CAD, general productivity, etc. I was looking for a good balance between speed and a decent amount of cores for test renders. All final renders are sent to an online render farm. I wanted a decent reliable workstation for 3k to 4k.

Main components:

-i7 6900k. It has a good amount of cores and I am confident it can easily be overclocked to 4GHz. I wanted to stay away from liquid cooling so I got the D15 to cool it. Temperatures stay under 50 Celsius during prolonged rendering.

-1080 ti to test the progress of GPU render engines, but really didn’t have use for all the features of a Quadro card (even more for the price). There is room to throw another one in at least if needed.

-Motherboard had the features and I/O I needed with a solid quality build and no RGBs or other bling.

-RAM. Good timings from the motherboard compatibility list.

-CASE. I wanted the smallest form factor possible for an ATX board and the Noctua D15. Main storage is on a NAS server so didn’t need many drives. I considered the S340 and the fractal C but wanted something without a window and with a removable shroud so went with the 400Q.

Not much more to say, it all works well together and performs very well as expected. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Very happy with it. Keeps the slight overclock on the 6900k under 50 Celsius. No problem fitting the RAM either side of it (Corsair vengeance LPX).

Case

Exactly what I was looking for. Good build construction, small form factor, removable shroud and modular HDD caddy, fits everything with good airflow. No problem fitting the Noctua D15. It could have a few mm more for cable management but can easily work with it.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I predict a rush of people asking why you didn't choose AMD Ryzen 7...

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Although my reason were many that is something I thought myself when posting here...

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

You may want to explain your reasons in the OP before you get about 10 comments asking why.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's okay, I'll be happy to address specific concerns anyone may have beyond the obvious. Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you going to upgrade to the new skylake-x chips that were just announced?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It is highly unlikely. To me this is the sweet spot in terms of timing. This is a computer to work, not an early adopter computer or try to push every 1% of performance... I need it to be solid, that was the main consideration. X99 its been around for couple of years now, there are choices, there are drivers, hardware experience, documentation, instructions, software, etc.

If I waited months for release, some more for availability, motherboards, compatibility, etc, etc. I could squeeze some performance. To me is not worth it, This computer can do what I need, and I needed it now. There is aaaalways something around the corner. When I am due for an upgrade in 2/3 years all those will be mature and I'll take advantage. There is lots of cool stuff coming up in the market.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I know its been over a year but I'm building a PC for rendering 2D, 3D, videos and photos up to 8k and not really sure where to start apart form a threadripper 1920/1950 depending If you could give me some tips I would really appreciate it

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the late response, dont get here very often.

It depends on budget and needs, here there are plenty of builds to go by. That's a very popular processor.

One example:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tWQgGf

Good luck!

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The D15 seems made to size in mine! Not too much that it will touch anything but not too little so space will go unused... just perfect. Weigh though is something to keep in mind. The shroud its totally a pain, it helps that is detachable to work inside case but requires patience. I also though I would break it, by the end even on purpose... I couldn't be bothered anymore.