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I needed to replace an old Dell Precision laptop at the workshop and after browsing new workstations I found this place. PC Partpicker is an excellent resource and after some research I was able to put together a compatible parts list that would handle my work tasks. I had not built a PC before but the posts and guides here showed me the way. I now have a fairly compact PC that works well, looks good and was fun to build for less than the price of a pre-built tower. I'm also more knowledgeable about hardware and will be able to maintain and upgrade as required. This will be used for CAD, graphic design, photo editing, data-logging, and general office tasks. The graphics card is fine for my light CAD requirements.

Things I learned as a novice PC builder: Instruction books are basic or absent. Connectors are delicate (amazed I didn't break one). CPU coolers have strong springs so the board and CPU need to be carefully supported during assembly. Radeon Pro cards only have DisplayPort outs so need a cable with this at one end and HDMI at the other. Graphics card needed AMD software download for it to work. It's tempting to over-specify. It's genuinely satisfying when it fires-up.

I ran Cinebench and Unigine superposition out of curiosity but didn't know what to do with the results. It's a modest build and I won't be overclocking. I need a durable PC for work rather than top speed processing.

The Ryzen Master CPU software is an interesting insight. I tried Speccy first to check CPU temp and it worryingly read 75 C at idle while the Ryzen Master showed 28 C.

It took quite a lot of time for the whole process from research to final software installation so that's a cost but it's well worth acquiring the knowledge.

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done! I love seeing well-thought-out workstations.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Straight to the point no fuss, and nice and clean looks great, redux fans are amazingly silent so top choice on that front. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

nice workstation, how is it working our for you?

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks. After my 10 year old laptop this is a revelation in performance. The laptop had a 1.7GHz processor and 1GB graphics card with an outdated driver. The fans were always on high too. It's great to have a capable machine now.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

That video card is a much thinner video card then I am used to seeing.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

owo so clean

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

no owo

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! And welcome to a new lifetime hobby.... :D

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Job !!, I had the same experience as you ,finding pcpartpicker, research and all. I agree it was a great experience and I'm very glad I did it. I've been a pc user for approx. 30 yrs and did my first build last summer at age 57. I have a new respect for the field of PC Building(not to mention a new addiction). Again, nice clean looking work.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that your 3.5" HDD is not connected with PSU SATA cable. Is it working? The reason I am asking is I have the same drive and I am unable to connect the Power cable. I am looking for some one who was able to so that I can find a way.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable connector was awkward and I looked for an alternative with a different design. I eventually just removed the HDD, attached the cable, then screwed it back down to the case. The wires are a bit squashed. Maybe I could have used standoff bushings and longer screws. The front SSD was awkward for the power cable too.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks for the info, I will try that approach as well. I was thinking about buying a 90 degree adapter like this... https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAH9R7PU0878&ignorebbr=1 but I am not sure that also will help anyway.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Did it the way you suggested, it worked, thank you but it shouldn't be this ugly and hard. Looks like an after thought for NZXT to support 3.5" drives.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job! I'm tossing around the idea of building myself a dedicated workstation to use instead of my gaming rig. With the cost of yours, I just might have to!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

cable management looks good

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Awesome Workstation. I love the size of it. And the clean interior, nice MoBo, cooler, and especially the GPU. (I bet it flies at native freq). Thanks for the tips (Redux fans as quiet). Thanks for posting this your work. Best wishes. God Bless. t.

  • 13 months ago
  • -2 points

You didn't actually spend $150 on the WX 3100, right?

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

How much do you feel he should have paid for this GPU ?

$150seems to be the going price from what I see.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel he should have just bought an RX 550 instead, given that spec-wise they're nearly identical. You can load the "Blue" workstation drivers on the gaming cards just fine.

Edit: And if he was looking for equal direct compute performance and VRAM, the RX 560 would have done that while also surpassing this card in every other relevant workload

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

its a workstation not a gaming pc

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes that is indeed why it says workstation in the title