A client asked me to build a workstation that needed to be silent, stable and have enough power to run multiple VM's plus occasionally play a game.
Theme: I chose a black/white/grey theme as this would suit the professional use of this workstation. No attention-drawing RGB-blingbling but rather a subtle (I hope) use of white LED lighting.
Case: Since long I wanted to build a system into the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX. The case does not disappoint at all, it is beautifully built and easy to build into. I first chose the tempered glass (TG) edition but quickly swapped it out for the non-tempered glass one as the TG edition has glass on both sides, inluding the backside of the motherboard where all the cables would show - ruining the clean look of the build.
CPU: As budget was less of an issue and stability and compatibility were key, we opted for the core i9. The 10-core i9-7900X was the CPU with the highest core count available at the time so we went with that. Edit: At a time where Ryzen/threadripper is all the rage it seems bizarre to opt for an expensive Intel i-9 CPU. Compatibility issues with older Linux kernels were at the basis of this decision - as the client needs to run Linux VM's with possibly older kernels.
RAM: 32 GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum - this agreed very well with the color of the case.
GPU: GTX 1060, ASUS because of Aura Sync compatibility. The video card sagged some, so I lifted it up somewhat using some black tie wraps (see photos). These are practically invisible when the case is closed.
Fans: The stock fans were replaced with 3 Corsair ML120 intake and 1 ML120 outtake, thus ensuring positive air pressure so dust would have no way of getting into the case without passing by the dust filters. Note: the fans in the parts list are actually 2-packs.
Display: The Samsung 49 (!) inch display has only been announced but is not available yet. I'll update the build when it arrives.
Overall the build looks like intended, is super quiet and has no issue running VMWare Workstation with 25 virtual machines each sporting 2 vCPUs. Very happy with this build :-)