Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

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Derek Semeraro
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Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

Post by Derek Semeraro » Thu May 03, 2018 7:39 pm

This build list is a good place to start (and to revise as needed) for someone interested in building a silent and powerful workstation PC for either professional video editing or 3D modeling. This build emphasizes airflow with a total of 8 fans inside of a well-ventilated case, but silence is attained by running the fans at a very low RPM. Three storage drives are used to achieve a fast workflow at a reasonable price point. Air cooling is chosen because liquid cooling is more expensive, only marginally better and less convenient. The video card choice is debatable because of volatile prices and some creation software needing it more than others. For example, DaVinci Resolve may benefit from a GTX 1080 Ti, whereas a GTX 1080 Ti may be optimal enough for Adobe Premiere. White LED's are included on this list for monitoring fan performance and dust.

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Case: Fractal Design Define Meshify C
CPU: Ryzen 7 2700x
Cooler: Scythe Fuma Rev. B
Motherboard: Asus Prime X470 Pro
Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 Ti Ultra-Silent
RAM: 16 GB (3000 MHz) x2
M.2 SSD: 120 GB (Corsair Force MP500)
M.2 SSD: 500 GB (Crucial MX500)
Hard Drive: 3 TB (Toshiba, 7200 RPM)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer (500w)
Case Fans: Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 PWM (140mm) x4
Lighting: Deepcool RGB 350

Budget alternatives: Ryzen 2600x, Be Quiet Pure Rock Slim, ASRock motherboard, Fractal Design Mini C, 1x 16 GB RAM, GTX 1050 Ti (or GTX 1060), Bitfenix Whisper 550w, the lowest price/GB SSD available.

BrianL
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Re: Silent Workstation PC Build (Mid 2018)

Post by BrianL » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:46 am

Derek Semeraro wrote:This build list is a good place to start (and to revise as needed) for someone interested in building a silent and powerful workstation PC for either professional video editing or 3D modeling. This build emphasizes airflow with a total of 8 fans inside of a well-ventilated case, but silence is attained by gimp freejobalert running the fans at a very low RPM. Three storage drives are used to achieve a fast workflow at a reasonable price point. Air cooling is chosen because liquid cooling is more expensive, only marginally better and less convenient. The video card choice is debatable because of volatile prices and some creation software needing it more than others. For example, DaVinci Resolve may benefit from a GTX 1080 Ti, whereas a GTX 1080 Ti may be optimal enough for Adobe Premiere. White LED's are included on this list for monitoring fan performance and dust.

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Case: Fractal Design Define Meshify C
CPU: Ryzen 7 2700x
Cooler: Scythe Fuma Rev. B
Motherboard: Asus Prime X470 Pro
Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 Ti Ultra-Silent
RAM: 16 GB (3000 MHz) x2
M.2 SSD: 120 GB (Corsair Force MP500)
M.2 SSD: 500 GB (Crucial MX500)
Hard Drive: 3 TB (Toshiba, 7200 RPM)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer (500w)
Case Fans: Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 PWM (140mm) x4
Lighting: Deepcool RGB 350

Budget alternatives: Ryzen 2600x, Be Quiet Pure Rock Slim, ASRock motherboard, Fractal Design Mini C, 1x 16 GB RAM, GTX 1050 Ti (or GTX 1060), Bitfenix Whisper 550w, the lowest price/GB SSD available.
Thanks for this art of a spec list. Just changed the GPU to the RTX 2060 and now i am rolling.

Thanks a lot for that.
Regards,
Shane

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