PC Build of the week – 5950X & RTX 3080 Ti CREATE Bespoke SFF

PC Build of the week – 5950X & RTX 3080 Ti CREATE Bespoke SFF

We occasionally get asked to build something from scratch, not available to buy or configure online for various reasons such as compatibility issues and lack of available options, but when a client like Simon comes along, we have the opportunity to answer all of his questions and provide him with the best selection of components for his needs. (Read Simon’s review further down the page)

This PC was, from the outset, going to be as compact and quiet as possible, while performing at the highest level for both gaming and content creation.

The case chosen for this build is the Jonsplus i100 – which is a small form factor (SFF) case, designed for Mini ITX and DTX motherboards, as well as supporting 360mm AIO CPU Coolers which is fantastic.

So what did we manage to squeeze into this small form factor case you ask?

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti MSI Suprim X GPU
  • ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact (DTX) motherboard
  • NZXT X73 360mm AIO CPU cooler
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB (2x32GB) 3600MHz RAM
  • 2x 2TB Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD storage drives
  • 1x 4TB Samsung 860 Pro SATA SSD storage drive
  • Seasonic GX-850 850W Gold rated SFX power supply
  • Jonsplus i100 SFF black case
  • Fans upgraded to the Noctua A12-25 (6x fans in total)
Purchased June 2021. High end workstation PC in a discrete black box with silent operation. Intended use: Photoshop, 3d modelling and rendering, as well as web-browsing and other everyday tasks. It was over ten years since I bought my previous PC, and although that’s an impressive amount of time for one machine to be subdued to a heavy workload every day, the time had come to replace it. My old workstation was purchased at Pcspecialist and initially that’s where I turned to look for my new PC as well. I found that I had become a bit pickier (knowledgeable?) about the components I wanted to use, and although the people at Pcspecialist were helpful enough, they could not source many of the components I wanted. I looked around for an alternative (Overclockers, Chillblast etc.) and eventually found CreatePCs. I’m very happy I did. Not only could they provide all the components I was after at a fair price, but they also took their time to answer all my questions with great patience and offered suggestions when asked and helped me put together a workstation that I hope will last for many years. Although I was quite confident of what parts I wanted to be in the PC, I had not decided on a case when I reached out to them. I’m not a big fan of RGB style gaming computers, but I do think that gaming pc components offer the best value for money. I also preferred a small form factor, quiet machine, with great thermal performance. That’s a long wish list and I expected some compromises would have to be made. Shiv at CreatePCs suggested that I go for a Jonsplus i100 case. It could fit all the components I wanted, and would have enough airflow for the fans to operate at a low speed (something that they helped me set up with a fan speed curve that keeps the operation quiet unless the CPU gets very hot) It’s not the smallest case on the market that can fit these components, but It’s a great compromise for airflow and quiet operation. A very good choice for what I needed. I have had the computer for a few months now and so far I am very happy with it. It ticks all the boxes for me and the only issues have been a few driver-related things (sound/bluetooth), that I either managed to work out or find workarounds for. It was Windows 10 related as opposed to hardware. At the time of writing there is a global shortage of GPUs, so I have been put on a waiting list for the graphics card I want, and in the meantime I plugged in my old card into this new computer. This had been agreed with CreatePCs beforehand and they set everything up so all I had to do was to plug in the card and turn on the computer. As several other reviewers have pointed out, having pictures sent over of the build process is a great bonus and it’s very satisfying to see everything come together after a long time of research and discussion. I’d be very happy to recommend CreatePCs. Five Stars! -Simon

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