Description

Wanted to build a silent PC that also has a small footprint. The way I achieve silence is an oversized CPU cooler, no case fan, and semi-passive PSU (and video card if needed discrete graphics).

Not many mini-ITX cases can house a Noctua NH-D15/D15S. Lian Li PC-Q33 and Fractal Design Core 500 are two of them. Q33 is much better looking IMO but if you needed higher end graphics you'd have to go with the Core 500 for compatibility. At the time of my purchase the Q33 was nowhere to find so I ended up with the Core 500. Later I picked up a Q33 as well.

The NH-D15S fits perfectly as you can see in the photos.

I have had 3 Fractal Design (Define S, Core 500, Node 202) cases by now and none of them are perfect. I always love the layout and aesthetics. But manufacturing quality of FD always disappoints me as all 3 FD cases had alignment issues. On this Core 500, the top fan/radiator bracket is not aligned properly with the rest of the frame. I have to squeeze the frame diagonally to make it fit. The design of PCI slots is also flawed due to insufficient opening. If you have a video card that has a legacy video output e.g. DVI/VGA near the top/shoulder, it can be very card to insert the video card.

SSD and memory are both chosen from Gigabyte QVL for maximum compatibility.

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Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice super silent build! What do you use it for?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I use it for MS Office, MATLAB, web browsing, YouTube, Google Earth

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, should be very quick then!

Also Matlab gives me nighmares hahaha

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

haha love the coke can! xD +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your build and thank you for the photos. You've really helped me plan out cable management in my Core 500 build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could help!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting pics of this build, my brother wants me to build him a Mini-ITX PC with an optical drive (a blu-ray burner) but cases these days rarely come with ports for 5.25 inch optical drives these days, especially in Mini-ITX form factor. The pictures you posted show that its possible and gave me some ideas for the computer to build for my brother :-)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Noted your comment (above) - suggest you take a quick look at how my Blu-ray writer has similarly been incorporated in FD Core 500 fully-loaded build - might give you some extra ideas?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the heads up, I was actually debating getting the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO for my brother because it didnt look like the FD Core 500 was big enough to have a video card in it but after looking at your build I do see that it is possible to have a video card inside of it :-) thank you for letting me know, this does indeed give me more ideas for his computer build.

Right now im waiting to see when Asus releases their Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX motherboards for X570 because the only ones in the market right now are the Gigabyte and AsRock Mini-ITX X570 boards. Thanks for the heads up and for posting your build :-)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Core 500 is probably still the most efficient layout out there that supports full size ATX PSU, 5.25" drive and tower air cooler. I hope newer batches don't have the alignment issues I had with my unit. Consider posting your build too when finished!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Despite your reservations over Fractal Design's case build quality - it still looks like you have achieved a very credible build which offers strong cooling along with quiet performance. I have a 4.8GHz overclocked 8700K CPU in FD Core 500 set-up and the D15S handles its temps admirably even when gaming with all highest settings in 4K resolution Assassin's Creed Origins . Max on CPU stays permanently sub 65C

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. No complaints performance-wise.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

So no gpu? I guess it will be good for watching youtube!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Silent Work PC. Probably doesn't need anything more than integrated for display output.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked into it the CPU has its own graphics not as good as he could get in a video card but it'll push some games just not intense

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

And for everything else I do with it. Quite happy.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Excuse the pun, but that's pretty cool. How are CPU temps?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on usage scenario obviously. Most of time between 45 and 75. Tjunction 100C so I no worry.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Me personally at those temps I'd put a fan and cap it at like 500-600 RPM's

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like you are using Seagate Firecuda SSHD (not mentioned in a part list). In case it's still there - what can you say about the noise it produces?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems quieter than other HDDs (2.5s and 3.5s) I have used in the past.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I was searching for the pictures of CPU cooler clearance on the side of HDD mounting side if I would fit a 1tb HDD I think it will fit got some 3tb that for sure based on those pictures it won't fit

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you found something useful!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, only a couple of parts from now I'll finish the final form of my build a morpheus 2 and noctua industrial nf f 12 will post it after few mods

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