Let's Build a New Workstation PC! Part 2
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
The first entry in my workstation build tips article focused on what the workstation would be used for. I decided that I wanted a computer that would render 3D/2D very well and support extensive video editing. This decision led me to do a good deal of research on what parts I should use to make this building. And with a budget of around $2,000, I made my choices.
Remember that we are building our workstation around NVIDIA'S Quadro M5000 graphics card, so our hardware choices will be made with this card in mind.
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro P5000 graphics processing card
The Quardro series of cards are quite large and require a good amount of direct power. We will have to keep this in mind when we choose our case, motherboard and power supply.
CPU: Intel Boxed Core i7-6800K Processor (15M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz) Great help from several youtube channels and forums at Tomshardware.com led me to the choice between the modern Skylake cpu and the slightly older (and larger) Broadwell-E cpu.
I chose the Broadwell-E cpu because it has a full 6(12) cores for rendering compared to the 4(8) cores for the Skylake cpu. I like the fact that there are good deals on the Broadwell-E as well. In my research, it became clear to me that the Broadwell-E i7-6800k was the best choice as it could be easily overclocked.
Motherboard: Asus X99-A II motherboard
I've been using Asus motherboards for all of my build to date and have never had a problem with their boards. The documentation is good, the bios are always well done (and updated frequently) and the build quality is solid.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) C16 for DDR4 Systems
CDrive: Samsung 950 PRO Series - 256GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD
I wanted to buy a larger size, but it was too expensive. Knowing that I'll have a smaller drive than my previous build, I will have to be careful about the size of my CDrive since I don't want to populate it beyond the 75% mark.
PC CASE: NZXT H440 Mid Tower Computer Case, White
One thing that's interesting about case design in 2017; many companies have done away with the front DVD drive in favor of more room for fans and liquid cooling. This means I'll have to get and external DVD/Blu-ray drive. A quick check told me that these were plentiful and cheap.
CPU COOLING: NZXT Kraken X61 280mm All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooling System
It's interesting to see how fast liquid cooling has come since my last build. The gaming industry has driven this innovation, I think. Many gamers love to drastically over-clock their cpus and liquid cooling is the best way to get very high level results.
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair RMx Series, RM650x, 650W, Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Gold Certified
PARTS FROM MY OLD WORKSTATION
That's it for the parts, in our next post we'll be covering the actual assembly of the parts right up to turning on the power button.