Hi guys. Life happened and it's been a while since I posted.
I'm looking to build an expandable, silent to very quite machine for heavy development including Nvidia GPU compute usage and some light gaming. My ideal would be something like one of the gaming builds that SPCR has done over the last few months but I can't go there just yet.
Quiet is paramount. The machine is going in the office my wife and scaredy pets spend most of their time in, and frankly I'm sick of white noise myself. But, I do unfortunately need 1-2 TB of storage for in machine data over the short term. Beyond that I am trying to keep the initial cost down.
The basic parts list is http://pcpartpicker.com/p/J6ZQ99
ASRock Z97 Anniversary Micro ATXRAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600SSD:
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GBHD:
Seagate 1TB BarracudaGPU:
MSI GTX 750 Ti Twin FrozrCase:
Fractal Design R4PSU:
Windows 7 Home Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro
I chose Nvidia for power efficiency and because I specifically need it for GPU compute code rather than AMD. The HD is for image and VM storage, I do have a couple WD 750 Caviar Black laptop drives on the shelf, I could possibly use instead.
I plan to incrementally upgrade the following as needed and when I can:RAM:
16GB for VM usage.CPU:
Intel i5-4670K for performance or possibly an i7 if I need the threads for my image analysis programs I'll be writing.GPU:
GTX 980(?) SLI(?) as needed for additional compute resources and occasional 1440p gaming.HD:
Build a remote storage server when we get into a house.
I'm uncertain about additional fans or aftermarket coolers for this rig either now or later.
Hopefully I haven't forgotten anything and I look forward to your feedback.