This is a new build for solidworks modelling and excel during the day, with some programming and gaming at night. Had been planning a build with a 7820x, but with the launch of coffeelake I swapped the planned build to a 8700k. Other than the fans everything was bought in the black Friday sales. Amazon took 10 days to deliver the PSU so the build was delayed.
This is my first complete build, since a 3770K bought on launch day. There have been a few itx atom builds, component swaps and upgrades. I Normally like big cases, have a few fractal design xl's and big coolers like the dark rock pro. Wanted to follow the returning trend and build a PC with a window, something I had not done since 2004 with my thermaltake armour 939 build with UV lighting. Had thought about water cooling, but decided the up keep hassle is not for me. Looked at AIO's but risking pump failures and downtime on my primary work computer was not something I wanted to do. Wanted a smaller case to fit on my desk and being a fractal fan went with the meshify. Like the tinted glass as it keeps the build subtle for a office.
The 8700K's faster single core performance is of more benefit to solidworks than the multiple cores, so ryzen and thread ripper were ruled out. The extra cores would have been nice for rendering, but plan on getting a new GPU for that. Had got the P4000 a few weeks before black Friday. So had time to test it, had found that not only was it good in workstation loads, but gamed well to. At 1200p could play battlefield 1 on ultra and hold 60fps with a 79% gpu load. Also tested how well quadros played with geforces. There was no issues at all, could game on the geforce one monitor and work on another. Also found that using solidworks on the monitor connected to the geforce, would use the P4000 for model viewing (CLASS). I had planned on getting a 1080ti as a gaming/rendering card but with seeing the performance I was getting form the P4000, I thought I would wait for volta.
The age old problem you buy a new GPU and then you buy a new monitor, in my case a 43" LG 4k. Went 43" as some software I use does not scale in windows, so 43" 4k the DPI is right for 100% scale. Had been looking at this monitor and getting £100 off on black Friday £750 -> £650, was the tipping point. On the plus side, 2 of the 3 x 24" 1920x1200 monitors from my old setup, work well as portrait side monitors. The P4000 handles 4k workstation loads well but in games you have to scale them down to get solid 60FPS.
- The PSU is actually a rm850i, was not in the pick list and did not know how to add it.
- The P4000 was a Ebay purchase, they said unused and the package looked to support this.
- Normally use a bequite dark rock pro cooler but wanted RGB RAM so went with its little brother.
- Case not as silent as the fractal design XL, but this was expected.
- Loudest component is the P4000, bios locked to 46% min fan speed, not saying it loud just it louder than all the 120 and 140mm fans.
- The 135mm fan JUST fits on the front of the cooler, but there was vibration on the glass. I ran it in a pull configuration while waiting on more fans. Used an old clear 120mm fan for a few weeks while waiting on the 15mm silverstone fan, this fan fit prefect with the build and can see all the RGB RAM.
- The Noctua fan cables are short as others have said, Not an issue for this small case. The problem was there is a connector right at the fan which did make fitting one of the fans a pain. The thing I dont like is is the sleeve on the fan extensions, is a rubber coated braid which will not bend in a curve, it folds which can be a bit ugly and hard to hide.
Tests 2 hours prime95
- 12 threads 4.3GHz 78C max 1 fan pull on cpu
- 12 threads 4.7GHz 90C max 1 fan pull on cpu
- 12 threads 4.3Ghz 70C max 1 push & 1 pull
- 12 threads 4.7Ghz 85C max 1 push & 1 pull