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Small form factor graphics workstation/gaming machine

acphire
  • 13 months ago

I'm looking to replace the behemoth (speaking of size/weight more than internals) of a workstation I currently use, primarily for motion graphics in Adobe After Effects (AE) with some light 3D work. I also use it for gaming, though the primary purpose is graphics. I'm based in the US.

My budget is $2,000, though I'd happily pay less. I am willing to spend more on things that affect the form factor (i.e. a case from DAN cases). It needs to be able to fit in a carry-on suitcase; if it can fit in a medium-sized backpack, that's even better!

My current build features an i7-4770k, 32gb of DDR3 RAM, and a GTX 770. These parts, while dated, still work fine for my needs. I'm hoping to get a performance boost in the new build, but definitely don't need the absolute latest and greatest.

Because I use it for AE, I need an Nvidia GPU to take advantage of accelerated graphics. For that same reason, I need an intel processor – for whatever reason, they tend to have much better performance with this software.

I'll also need to pack this thing full of solid-state storage (it seems like 1tb SSD's have suddenly become cheap??), and at least 32gb of RAM.

If anyone has the time and interest to help me put together a list of parts, I would really appreciate it!

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $479.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Thermalright - Macho Rev.B 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler $49.90 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $183.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $169.59 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $219.99 @ B&H
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case $65.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS SGX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $117.45 @ Amazon
Case Fan Cooler Master - MasterFan Pro 120 Air Pressure 62.1 CFM 120mm Fan $9.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1996.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 15:31 EDT-0400

If You want really small You could do more like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $479.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Scythe - Shuriken Rev. B 3 11.81 CFM CPU Cooler $29.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $183.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $169.59 @ Newegg
Storage Intel - 660p Series 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $219.99 @ B&H
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Node 202 HTPC Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS SGX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $117.45 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1960.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 15:37 EDT-0400
  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point
Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $389.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Corsair - H100i PRO 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $109.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $199.98 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $154.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Intel - 760p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $189.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB ROG Strix Gaming OC Video Card $769.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - H200 (White) Mini ITX Tower Case $89.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2044.71
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1994.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 15:21 EDT-0400
  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $365.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler $84.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - Z370M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $113.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $184.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $115.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $115.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $115.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case $78.38 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1966.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 15:26 EDT-0400

Something like this should do the trick. I personally think the 8700K is the best consumer grade Intel CPU besides the 9900K right now even though it's 8th gen. The Dark Rock Pro 4 should cool it exceptionally well. The case is 14" long, 9.5" wide, and 8" tall if that's about what you're looking for. It's got plenty of room for the cooler and all of the internals too. If not you can always pick out a DAN case that's also mini ITX and can fit a 162mm tall cooler. The only problem I can see with this build is that there are only two RAM slots on the motherboard so if you needed more than 32GB you'd have to get a whole new set of 2x32GB. Also for the storage I just threw on 3x1TB SSDs but feel free to change that to whatever you'd like. I would also advise you to check out the UFD deals website to see if there are any deals for any of these parts. Let me know what you think

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't have a DAN cae but it's still very small.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $479.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX RGB 153.04 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $77.59 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI - MPG Z390I GAMING EDGE AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $189.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - PM981 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $51.94 @ Amazon
Storage Intel - 660p Series 2 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $219.99 @ B&H
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card $699.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Core 500 Mini ITX Desktop Case $57.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Cooler Master - MWE Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2001.47
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1981.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-18 15:34 EDT-0400

Added some nice features like a top of the line CPU, fast RAM, and 2TB of SSD (as well as a separate boot drive).

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $479.99 @ Walmart
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler $57.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Z390M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $113.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $66.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $66.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston - A400 240 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $19.99 @ Amazon
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $99.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS Video Card $699.99 @ B&H
Case Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake - Toughpower Grand RGB 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1980.87
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $1950.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-19 06:19 EDT-0400
  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That case actually has quite a large footprint, so I wouldn’t consider that as ‘small’.....

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