Description

My goals with this system were as follows:

  • As silent as possible
  • Sacrifice no gaming performance
  • Will not need component upgrades for ~5 years
  • Enough memory to run a few Linux VMs in parallel with main OS (Windows 8.1)

I have conservatively overclocked the CPU as follows:

  • bclk set to 125mhz
  • CPU Multiplier changed accordingly to increase base frequency from 3ghz to 4ghz
  • DDR running at the manufacturers tested values for DDR4-2800

The Kraken X61 closed loop liquid cooling is very quiet. I was worried that since it is installed on the top of the case that I'd be able to hear it from where I'm sitting, but unless I have the CPU under a very heavy load the fans generally only spin at 25%. The 60hz hum from my slightly dimmed halogen light bulbs in the ceiling are louder than the fans in this machine.

The kraken radiator wasn't wide enough to fill the entire top grill, so I used some black padding material that my PSU was wrapped in and cut a 2-inch wide strip to fill the space between the radiator and the side of the case (see photo above). This helped drop the Kraken's idle liquid temperature a couple degrees as airflow out of the top of the case was forced to go through the fans/radiator.

Under normal loads, the CPU sits at around 65c. Under full stress loads (furmark fullscreen at 2560x1600 with 16 threads of prime95 runnng) the CPU reaches 85C. This cpu has a thermaltrip limit of 95C, so that left me with 10C of headroom which is great. The CPU sits at 36C-40c during normal everyday usage.

The vido cards sit at 55c with the fans not running. The GPUs never ramp up to the 65c threshold to turn the fans on unless I'm playing games, and even then the fans are very quiet. Maxwell + video card fans that shut off are a godsend for silent PC builds.

For silence, the noisest part in the system is the WD black HD I put in. I may eventually pull this HD out and replace it with a WD RED since the WD RED is significantly quieter when accessing the disk.

At the time I built this machine the Intel Fultondale (P3600) 400GB SSD was the cheapest PCIe card SSD I could get. I would NOT use this PCIe SSD again as the newer Intel 750 PCIe SSD is half the price and double the write bandwidth of the P3600. Since the PCIe SSD is the boot disk, I had to use windows 8.1 as earlier versions of windows cannot boot from an NVMe disk.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, what a budget!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I built my last PC back in Christmas of 2009, and this system has replaced it. I try to stay on a 5 year cycle with the desktops I build so this is 5 years of savings into my PC budget.

The speaker system and 24" monitor came over from my prior build, so although they'll show up on the total system cost, they were not a part of my budget. I also got a half-price special deal on the CPU which helped.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

with a plan like that, I'm impressed. job well done.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You paid $500 for a 5960x!? Dude what a steal!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you even hear anything from this computer? (Minus the hard drive)

Plus +1 for golden silence.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For normal every day usage, it is totally silent. The fan that turns on periodically in my Yoga laptop is much louder.

The video card fans are perceptible when they kick on but only if the video game I'm playing is relatively quiet. In any kind of action game I usually don't even notice the video card fans. I've never heard the Kraken radiator fans spin up to perceptible levels except for when I was purposfully stressing all 8 cores on the CPU for burn-in testing or one of my cats realized that the top of my PC is warm and was laying on the radiator openings!

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Aw, you should have posted a picture of the cat. Pets are welcome here. ;)

Good to know that Kraken is relatively quiet. I've been considering picking it up for my build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for X99 and Define R5

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Good work. How is that Logitech speaker set compared to Z506 (using two)? Does it worth the steep price?

I intend to buy Z906 for a new home build once the latest Intel CPU (low power) hits the market.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never used the Z506, so it's hard for me to say. I also haven't used a 2.1 system in a long time.

My prior speaker system was a Klipsch 4.1 system that lasted me about 10 years. I've been very happy with these logitech speakers as a replacement. The addition of a center channel is really nice for both movies and gaming, and its tough to go back to a 2.1 system after having used a 5.1 system.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

600$ for ram, holy crap. That's worth more than my first computer. Lol. Maybe the next step for the build is aesthetics.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Very strong build, congrats! I've started buying parts for similar build (5960X, X99 Deluxe), but still not sure about the case. Could you please elaborate on your fans setup? (looks like an Antec one at the front?)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, one of the front intakes is an Antec Truequiet 140mm fan. The stock fans that came with the case were more than acceptable in terms of performance and noise, so I didn't replace them. The only additional fans I purchased were the Antec and the 2 fans that came with the Kraken x61.

Breakdown:

  • Front Intake: 1xAntec TrueQuiet 140mm, 1xStock R5 Fan
  • Rear Exhaust: 1xStock R5 fan
  • Top Radiator Exhaust: 2xStock Kraken x61 fans
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very awesome PC Build, but the photos are not good

But still you deserve a +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

Almost my dream machine right there. ALMOST...

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm very curious about what you would do different!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rXNVXL Is what I will be working for the next 2 years and a half.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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