Build 83 – Nautilus: Coding Workstation

Nautilus is a coding workstation, designed around an 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X processor and a GTX 1650 Super 4GB video card.


Nautilus is a coding workstation, designed around an 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X processor and a GTX 1650 Super 4GB video card.

General System Design

This build is designed around an 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X processor and a GTX 1650 Super 4GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This was a rather different build for us. The client needed a low-power coding workstation that had lots of storage (caching web content offline), could withstand constant movement (would live in a yacht on the ocean), had WiFi, and could withstand prolonged periods of high temperature (South Pacific ocean).

This build influenced Hyperion One.

This order was managed by one of our former tech consultants, now memorialized in The Johnson Process. Builds managed by Chris include HephaestusThe BeastJangoNautilusData DozerHoudinierThe BebopSilver SurferEl Rey Del Muerto, and The ArkenScripter.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 240

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 2x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 2TB NVME

Video Card (GPU): Gigabyte GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair SF 750W 80+ Platinum

Case: Sliger Cerberus X

Fans: 4x Noctua NF-F12 PWM Black

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Design Rationale

  • The Ryzen 7 3700X gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for general use, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a single-tower cooler is recommended. The small case used in this build limits the height of air coolers, so we used a 240mm AIO.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM, 64GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer wanted a single 2TB NVME drive.
  • We recommended the GTX 1650 for multi-monitor support and low power draw for the budget.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 750W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a very small mid-tower case to fit the build, as requested by the customer.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“I found Top Flight Computers doing a specific search for custom computer builds while cruising. I have retired from the high tech industry, bought a yacht upon which I now live and cruise. I missed the more high powered systems and wanted something, in addition to my laptop, that would remain on the boat, act as a chart plotter, and allow me to automate custom tasks.

Top Flight Computers created their “Nautilus” build to meet my rather unique design requirements. I needed low power consumption, as few moving parts as possible, small footprint, ability to leave running 24/7 in situations and communications with the boat’s network and NMEA equipment.

After a few discussions back and forth, they delivered a powerful coding workstation, with plenty of storage, in a small package which I was able to hide behind a cabinet. It is silent. I have given it some airflow. It remains relatively cool after long periods of operation. It consumes between 90 to 110 watts during almost all of its operation.

Great company and team of people. I recommend them.”

Kurt, Placentia CA

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