Carbon Bolt | Civil 3D Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Carbon Bolt is an air-cooled environmental engineering workstation designed for use in Autodesk Civil 3D that we built for Kris Bass Engineering. This build is designed around a 6-core i5-9600K processor and a Quadro P1000 4GB video card.

 
 

Long System Description

Carbon Bolt was our 38th build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.

Kris and I connected on Google in early 2019 and had a nice initial conversation about what he was needing.

Over the next several days, we figured out what he needed in the PC performance-wise and catered to his personal wishes.

I have no doubt Kris will return to us when he needs a new high-end workstation.

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i5-9600K

I chose this processor for the high single-core performance.

Kris needed strong single-core performance at a budget for his workload, and using the i5-9600K allowed him to upgrade to an i7-9700K or i9-9900K as his workload changed.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of air. While water does cool better, air is more reliable, and this cooler also runs extremely quietly.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Kris agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the reliability advantage.

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility and robust design. Gigabyte is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

Kris agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 2x16GB DDR4-2666

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility and robust design. Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.

Kris needed 32GB of memory for his workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Crucial MX500 500GB

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Carbon Bolt was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 500GB model for general storage. Crucial is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Kris understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): PNY Quadro P1000 4GB

I chose this GPU for long-term performance in Autodesk Civil 3D and robust design.

Kris needed to run several monitors, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): SeaSonic Focus Plus Gold 550

I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability.

Kris wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: NZXT H500 White

I chose this case for robust design, airflow, and long-term stability.

Kris wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Fans: 2x Phanteks PH-F120MP

I chose these fans for robust design, airflow, static pressure, low-noise operation, and long-term stability.

Kris wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, and water cooling.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.