Originally posted on reddit, one user suggested posting here as there’s guys with server building xp that could give good advice. (https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcforme/comments/f7zqwo/5k10k_workstation/)
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Software development using (mainly) visual studio for C/C++ (i.e. large compilations); running anywhere from 1-5 virtual machines at once through virtual box; UE4 development (compiling from source regularly); 3dModeling mainly in Maya and 3dsMax but gradually switching over to blender (with some possibility for Zbrush); starting to get more into Houdini and will be using heavily for procedural modeling and vfx in conjunction with Substance Painter/Designer for baking/procedural textures and possibly several different renderers. Will also be doing a lot more audio production in the future - recording, mixing, and mastering. Not an audio guru yet so not sure which DAW I’d be using it with (likely Studio One, Nuendo, or Reaper) or what all peripherals will be connected aside from a decent mixing board but I think just knowing it will be used for that is more important than knowing which applications/etc.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Depends. This build is intended to last a good 7-10 years (if not more) so if there are any notable (as in an order of magnitude, not 5% here 3% there) improvements coming out in the next year or less I can certainly hold off on it, but otherwise relatively soon.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (Tower/OS/monitor/keyboard/mouse/etc)
Mainly just the machine and Windows 10 Pro, don’t need aid on the rest
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you’re in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
US, Texas, yes
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
None, though I’m open to buying used stuff depending on value vs. reliability
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Nice to support, but longevity is more important. Possibly CPU down the line, likely not GPU
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Definitely a LOT of storage, upwards of 2TB SSD (at least one being SLC since longevity/speed is important for most frequently used apps and OS) and minimum 10TB HDD with at least possibility for expanding as needed (i.e. more storage shouldn’t come at the expense of other parts since I can add more later). My workflows will also require a good deal of fast RAM, likely no less than 64gb, probably not more than 256gb though I’d like the possibility of increasing up to 1TB in the future.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-tower/full-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
This is a workstation, no need for RGB. I’d prefer minimalist, subtlety, and elegance for the case, but wouldn’t be opposed to small accent lighting (I can’t stress enough how little I care for RGB). Size matters not. I’d probably prefer not having tempered glass sides but not too picky. Being quiet is a plus but not necessary. I prefer darker colors that don’t stand out too much. If I had to order preference it’d be: minimalist, elegant, and not too loud (visually “loud”) > air flow and thermals > darker color scheme > acoustics > steel side panels > accent lighting > size. Also minimal/easy cleaning is a big plus… somewhere between air flow/thermals and color scheme.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yep, W10 Pro
Extra info or particulars:
I’m a software dev with not much hardware expertise past what’s important to know for optimization and computer architecture, and though I’m certainly capable of all the troubleshooting and forum searching I’d prefer the build to be relatively painless and work with all the above software without constantly having to fix stuff. Ideally this machine should never need a single upgrade with the exception of storage and RAM. Yes, I am doing graphics heavy work, but it seems (in my uneducated opinion) that I should be fine with 2080Ti(s) as the Quadro’s seem pretty overpriced and a more powerful CPU with high core count is more important for compilation.