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Flashy CAD Workstation

by zeagan

Description

The main focus for this build was making something that excels in Solidworks, so high single thread performance from the 8700K and workstation graphics from their supported cards list with the WX7100. The RGB got away from me a little bit but I'm happy with the look. The InWin case was a delight to work with and feels sturdy and premium. Upside to the WX7100 is it's essentially a single slot 480/580 so on gaming drivers has very passable gaming performance, albeit making a LOT of heat. The three case intake fans aimed right at it help mitigate this a little bit, a nice feature in the InWin case. The curved monitor was purchased some time ago before CAD was the focus, I would not recommend curved for doing CAD work as right angles and straight lines can look distorted. This will be replaced at some point. The system is running a 4.8GHz overclock stable at 1.215V which means the 120mm AIO is plenty for cooling, temps never hit the 80's on benchmarks and idle in the mid 30's. Stability and low heat/fan noise is more important than absolute max speed for my purposes so it will be staying at 4.8 for the foreseeable future.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A cheap AIO for very conservative overclock performance. Don't bother with 4.9+ GHz on an 8700k with this, go for a 240 or 280. It's perfect for my purposes and I have no complaints. Nice and quiet, looks nice, fits in the case well and came with tons of hardware.

Case Fan

Very quiet, lighting effect is very nice with the clear fan shroud. Doesn't push tons of air though but great for intake/exhaust fans. Wouldn't use it by itself on an AIO. The little cable to daisy chain them is a godsend though as far as cable management is concerned.

Monitor

It's a huge, cheap, low res curved monitor. Great for HD netflix and 1080p/60hz gaming from a few feet back. You definitely see the pixels though so if you're doing a lot of fine detail work or sit very close to your monitor it might not be for you. I can't really fault it at the price point it sits at though.

Also, get a wall mount, frees up tons of desk space.

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MrThreePik 8 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Inwin has some beauty gear, nice rig.

Otterman366 10 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I really love this motherboard, I bought it for myself, the VRM is incredible, and after a bios flash this board took an 8700k even higher than a z370 strix e could. 11/10.

rymrtz 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

As a recent InWin 303 builder, I'm jealous of the size. Looks solid.

customgtp 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Beautiful build!