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Old 08-20-2016, 03:09 PM   #1
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New x99 build

I have had a watercooled system for 5 or 6 years now, and it has been great... but it's time for a new GPU, and the idea of tearing the loop down and all of the hassle is putting me off. The main reason I went to watercooling was to have a quiet gaming system... and it looks like if I choose my parts carefully, I can have an air cooled system that idle's very quietly.

So, I am thinking of putting this together:

Silverstone FT05 Fortress
i7 6850k (6c, 40 PCIe lanes)
Gigabyte GA-X99-Phoenix Motherboard
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X
Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler
Corsair AX760 PSU
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD

pcpartpicker link here: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/asc...d/#view=n37rxr

I am hoping to run the case fans at a very low speed (500rpm), the GPU and PSU fans wont spin on idle, and the CPU cooler should also run very slowly at idle. Of course, under load its going to be noisy, but if it is under load, I'm gaming or something, so that is fine.

I'm still not 100% sure about going x99. I could save a little bit of cash by going z170, but it means potentially limited SLI potential. And besides, I do other stuff on this PC, so more cores is good.

I have some other storage drives from my current PC which are fine, the M.2 SSD would purely be for Windows and user files.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Yes it is an expensive box, but if it lasts 5 years, it doesn't work out too bad.
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:33 AM   #2
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Very happy with the build, everything is quiet and works nicely.
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:12 AM   #3
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Nice build! Someone is gonna have some good times ahead
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:19 AM   #4
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Sorry I missed this thread, it's a good build. My best suggestion would be to replace all the fans in the case with more expensive and more quiet fans as they are going to be your number one noise makers.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:03 AM   #5
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Ti's should be out before the end of the year. So unless you're doing a big jump like me (770>1080) then I'd wait.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:08 AM   #6
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Ti's should be out before the end of the year. So unless you're doing a big jump like me (770>1080) then I'd wait.
got a 780 and contemplating the switch
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:55 AM   #7
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Love the cable mods individual sleeves.
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Old 08-28-2016, 12:46 PM   #8
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I jumped from 780 to 1080. Big enough jump for me!

As far as fans go, I have ordered some Silverstone AP182's, as they seem to be about the best 180mm fans, and apparently run at a minimum of 500 rpm.
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:10 PM   #9
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those f'ing expensive... I would've chosen something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608017
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those f'ing expensive... I would've chosen something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608017
Noctua fans are just too damn ugly.
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Old 08-28-2016, 04:58 PM   #11
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Very happy with the build, everything is quiet and works nicely.
That's a very nice rig. Excellent bang for the buck CPU and MB combo (you have me thinking about getting the same MB, CPU was already on the radar). Good high quality parts all around. Great RAM choice and an awesome SSD, do want! Also, good fans and a high quality power supply are worth every penny if you're not on a tight budget.

All you need is a sound card. (They really do make a huge difference. I was blown away by how much better gaming and music sound were after getting a Sound Blaster Z card.)
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:02 PM   #12
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Very nice! I'm debating about doing a water-cooled build after graduation.
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Noctua fans are just too damn ugly.
Maybe for a little girl. Noctua fans are MANLY-looking, and hearken back to a time when one would spend more time computing than staring at the baremetal.

I did a build for my wife recently and ordered up a Noctua CPU heatsink and fan combo. Made in Austria.

Might be some of the best PC component quality I've seen in a long time.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:57 AM   #14
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All you need is a sound card. (They really do make a huge difference. I was blown away by how much better gaming and music sound were after getting a Sound Blaster Z card.)

I use an RME fireface UCX as my sound card (it's an external USB/firewire audio interface), so that is well and truly covered!


Regarding the fans... I don't think it would work particularly well replacing 180mm fans with 140mm ones, but yes, the AP182's are a bit pricey.
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I use an RME fireface UCX as my sound card (it's an external USB/firewire audio interface), so that is well and truly covered!


Regarding the fans... I don't think it would work particularly well replacing 180mm fans with 140mm ones, but yes, the AP182's are a bit pricey.
External sound devices are the tippy top for PC sound. By removing the sound from the internal, electronically noisy area you are removing potential interference and distortion. I am not a sound guy so onboard is, if anything, more than I need. I am assuming you are a sound producer, however, Mr. Blue user name. Otherwise that $1000+ unit you're rocking may be a bit of overkill.

Don't listen to the Noctua fanboys. Noctua has made a mint selling their fans that their fans (This sentence, wow this sentence) are the best and that the ugly bown and browner brown (Fuck me this sentence) are intrinsic to good build quality. Of fans. Also, I am right there with you on fan sizes. Of fans. Bigger is better and quieter. I wish the 200mm size caught on but instead so many fans of fans (That's it, I quit) latched onto the 120mm option. So much so that cases with larger standards are forced to offer mounting options for objectively worse units than what is already included in the box.
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Sound cards seem to have really buttz connections at the lower end though, 'Cause I looked into getting one. That said I live in NZ now where the range of options s 2% everywhere else. I bet Zimbabwe has a better selection.
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noctua are ugly but that doesn't change the quality or silence of the product. as for size, in theory bigger and slower is better but not always. as is the case of my suggestion, which is a full 7dba quieter than the AP182's regardless of the size difference. At 10dba it's no louder than someone breathing. They are running at 150rpm faster at the lowest, quietest setting and moving 4cfm more air than the AP182's.

So in this case, smaller is better and quieter. There are a couple of colors like black or a silver/grey if the brown bothers you, but the fact of the matter is they're better fans than 99% of what's out there and they're not terribly expensive either.
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Noctua fans have a good reputation, but fan stats are pretty much the definition of lies. SPCR has tested them, and them seem reasonable (26dBA at 1200rpm and a nice quiet 13dBA at a more reasonable 700 RPM).

The biggest problem with those fans IMO would be mounting them in a way that didn't cause reflow. Would need a shroud of some kind (there are mounting brackets for a 2x140mm radiator, but I'm not sure how sealed it is).

I appreciate the suggestion, and I may try it out at some point, but for now, even the AP181's are not too bad at 650rpm, the AP182's at 450-500 should work out better. If not, I'll try something else.
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I am assuming you are a sound producer, however, Mr. Blue user name. Otherwise that $1000+ unit you're rocking may be a bit of overkill.
Right, I use it for music production (not professionally however), the audio output from games is definitely a secondary feature, and definite overkill for that purpose!
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I feel much better now!
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