I've built gaming rigs before with sheer brute force, an OC'd CPU (i7-3770K), SLI GTX-680s, and just raw performance, so I know my way around computers. The problem I'm having is this next build I'm working on is for a very different purpose, specifically:
1. The PC will be on 24/7, with occasional reboots once every 1-2 weeks.
For the duration of the machines "life." I would hope it lasts at least 8+ years with the occasional part replacement after 5. This is not only going to take a toll on the hardware, but also CPU degradation, CPU cooler, case fans, operating costs, etc. I'm worried about 5 years down the road and the PSU giving out or power consumption with consideration to annual electricity costs to operate.
2. GPU Functionality and Productivity > Raw GPU Processing/Rendering Power.
I personally do not want to see any of my coworkers playing Planetside or Star Citizen on this thing, ALTHOUGH, I am open to an independent GPU for a user friendly multiple monitor control interface and some applications like autocad or 3DS max. Like I said my home PC has 2 GTX 680's. I am not budgeting $500 for gaming GPU's let alone the $1,000 I spent on my home desktop, not happening. (Besides I hate my coworkers lol). I gotta really think about this one hard and any insight or opinions from you guys I'd really appreciate it.
3. Total budget/build cost.
I have a loose budget on this build, but bare in mind I spent $3500 on my gaming rig just cause I could. This is my work computer. I do not love my job enough to spend a dime on this place lol. I really want to keep the hardware costs as low as possible without sacrificing reliability and longevity of the overall machine.
4. Ventilation and Routine Maintenance
This thing will most likely be "neglected" in a sense. Our current Front Desk PC, I'm a little afraid to open it up. In terms of cleanliness, it could probably be compared to the inside of a vacuum bag. Routine cleanings with compressed around would probably be once a year if not ever (oh god...)
Anyone with some insight or opinions I would greatly appreciate them. If you know specific hardware components or specifications, I should definitely pay closer attention to, please feel free to list them.