The Task: My dad is a mechanical engineer, and having recently started a home business, he needed a computer to base his business off of. The computer was to be mostly used in programs such as CAD and Bluebeam, as well as for everyday tasks such as web browsing, Microsoft Office, and Outlook. My dad specified to me that the build total (not including a monitor or OS, which is why I don't include those prices in my parts list) should come to about 900 US dollars, look flashy yet professional, and perform generally well. Note that my dad is NOT a gamer and this computer will never be used for gaming (especially since he decided last second that he wanted a 4K display). Immediately, a black and white themed setup behind a tempered glass panel came to mind as a professional yet flashy build.
The Parts: The final parts list used for this PC was refined over about a duration of 3 weeks, taking into account fluctuating prices and part compatibility. All parts were purchased during the week leading up to Black Friday, so I got some really nice deals. The most notable deals were 16GB Dominator Platinum for $99, a 550W semi-modular corsair PSU for 29.99, and a decent 120GB SSD for $35. I included in this build the SSD as a boot drive and the two 1TB HDD's to put in RAID 1 so that my dad would not lose any important business files. If you are doubting one of my part picks ( like an expensive gaming motherboard for office use), it was probably picked specifically because it would fit the color scheme. Black white parts aren't the absolute most common, and I wanted to keep painting down to a minimum. The graphics card was not originally planned, but thrown in after my dad went and picked up a 4k display(the GPU hasn't even arrived yet!), which would run at an unpleasant 30Hz using only Intel 530 graphics (Mobo did not have Displayport or HDMI2.0 support).
The Build: Wow, building in this case, was an extremely different experience from my other (S340) build. There were no grommets and extremely few holes for cable management behind the case, and innovative thinking with zip tie placement was required here for any amount of cable management. I decided at some point that I would paint the top of the RAM bars white to match the build better, as well as an old HDD I got off of eBay for 4 dollars which would fill the place of an empty 2.5" mounting bracket while it was not in use for an actual SSD/HDD. With 7 fans running at once in this case, I had to decide between looks and proper in/out airflow with which way the fans were facing in the case. I determined that the way the air flows in this case probably would not matter at all after I watched a LinusTechTips video showing that airflow inside a mid-tower case did not affect CPU and GPU temps even when shirts and stuffed animals were randomly placed inside the computer. So all fan placement had only looks in mind, and I'm currently looking at sub 30 C temps while idle, so I don't think this mattered at all in the end.
The Result My dad's face was priceless when he saw what I built him compared to that Dell tower he wanted to buy at best buy before I intervened. Mission success! Enjoy the photos, more to come!