Build 113 – The Workaholic: General Workstation

The Workaholic is a general workstation.


The Workaholic is a general workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 6-core i5-10400 processor and uses an onboard video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time. This build was designed for business operations, and software development.

This system is designed for use in MS 365, Terminal, Docker, Slack, Adobe Acrobat, SQL Workstation, Zoom, and Visual Studio.

This build uses a case previously used on Pandoras Box.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-10400

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D9L

Motherboard: MSI MAG B460M MORTAR WIFI

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws V 2x8GB DDR4-3200 CL16

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 512GB NVME

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Black 4TB

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA G5 650W 80+ Gold

Case: Fractal Design Node 804

Fans: 4x Phanteks F120MP

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Design Rationale

  • The i5-10400 gave the customer a good amount of single-core performance for general use, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks. This CPU can be easily upgraded to a higher-end model.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a single-tower cooler is recommended. Dual-tower is ideal for higher-end CPUs, this low-wattage CPU doesn’t require much cooling.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 16GB of RAM, 32GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer requested a 512GB NVME for main storage and a 4TB HDD for bulk storage.
  • As the customer wasn’t doing anything that required a dedicated video card at time of building, we didn’t put one in.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 650W power supply was recommended, this also allows for decently-powerful video cards to be added in later.
  • We used a smaller mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“Chris and his team were complete professionals.

I was in need of a workstation for my new company and he went above and beyond in not only producing a great product, but also taking the computer to another business for me so that I could get a decal added.

I plan to get all company workstations through Top Flight Computers. 10/10 would totally recommend.”

Caleb, Norfolk VA

Secure Cloud Innovations LLC

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