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Silent yet powerful PC build - my first build ever

by Creatium



Date Published

Feb. 17, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 12, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


My main goal for this new machine was for it to be as silent as possible and yet powerful enough to handle high-res (for now - 1080p, that's what monitor I have) gaming at max and all the work I do as designer. The result I got is exactly what I wanted. My new PC is very powerful and very silent.

I finished this build 6 months ago and since then been using this machine for at least 7 hours/a day. Had no problems whatsoever, everything is working perfectly. While using AI Tweaker tool from ASUS I managed to tune PC fans to turn on depending on temperature. Result: when idle my PC is running as silent (at least I can't measure lower) as my ambient noise is (app. 40 dB), while running only 2 fans (CPU cooler and one case fan). Though I'm pretty sure it is much quieter. What I'm really sure is that my external and internal HDD's make a lot of noise now...

My PC is sitting on the floor under my desk, so I didn't need glass side panels in my case, nor any RGB lighting or braided cables. So I chose (in my case) best case I could choose: be Quiet! Silent Base 800 mid tower. It is full of customization abilities and has a lot of sound-dampening material and is easy to cable-manage. Ant it looks really cool jus sitting there and making "no noise". Just like a sleeping powerful beast under my table :)

I have also tried some overclocking using ASUS provided options in BIOS. At 4.4 GHz I was having max temperatures (under load) of ~80 °C degrees with my CPU cooler. I assume that is totally not bad, bearing in mind that this CPU cooler is rather small. But this was just for testing. As my daily driver I'm running at stock speed of 4 GHz. That is enough for me right now.

Overall I am very happy with the parts I chose for this PC build and especially with results I got. Of course, there is no stopping: one can always buy an M.2 SSD, 1080 GPU, liquid cooling and etc. But for what I have right now I think it will be enough for me for at least several years (I'm not hard-core gamer). One thing for sure is that I really want a bigger screen with a higher resolution (instead of my current 24" 1080p LG).

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Papparone 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

LOVE THE COLOUR SCHEME! I was looking at getting this case for my build but decided to go with Fractal Design R5 Blackout. I may try this one for the next build

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah. I wasn't actually trying to create a specific scheme, so that's why you can see like a red graphics card from MSI. But still it looks rather nice with all that stealth-looking inside.

ethanBa 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

You should paint the GPU :D

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

For a first build this is SPOT ON :D

No wasting money on stupid things, super fast, good parts (SSD/i7)

Well done!

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! Need to say that it took a long time for me to select the right parts. I've been adding and deleting stuff from my part list for a couple of weeks :D

carlosmorales 2 points 11 months ago

Hey I'm kind of new to this I'm and artist, designer and looking to build a PC basically Photoshop and some 3d software this build seems exactly what i'm looking for power without breaking the bank.

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hi! As to what I have tried right now working with Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects (rendering video), this system holds on as it is supposed to. Everything is snappy and fast. So hopefully it will also work good for you :)

carlosmorales 2 points 11 months ago

Hi have you done any 3d with it?

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nope, not working with that stuff.

Shambo98 2 points 11 months ago

Are you only using your SSD? do you not have another hard drive?

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

So it happens I had another same SSD and older HDD left from my older PC. So I'm using one SSD for Windows and programs, another SSD for game installs and HDD for downloads. I've also recently bought D-Link NAS (6 Tb Raid 1) to replace my older external HDD of 2Tb.

Catarino. 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Where the case fans at ? 1000$ budget and no case fans?

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I used the ones included with the case itself. Does the work pretty good as you can see with my temperatures and how I managed them via software.

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Two fans at the front and one on top of the case. This kind of setup I found best for my setup and this case. Air gets pushed out through open grill in the back (the one you can see in pictures)

Johnzil 2 points 10 months ago

Do you have any GPU coil whine?

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Nope, haven't noticed any. This GPU is very silent.

Johnzil 1 point 10 months ago

Oh i see thats nice then. But what monitor are you using (hz, resolution) and how many fps you reach?

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

To be honest, I did some tests right when I built my system, however I do not remember the exact numbers. What I can say now is that I've tried GTA 5, COD, Crysis 3 and none of these on ultra settings had any lags.

But give me a few days, I will turn on my GTA 5 and do some basic testing. Will get back with results.

Johnzil 1 point 10 months ago

yes it would be great if you could test your gpu again!! But to mention that, your 1070 is immposible to lag. What we want to see is if your msi 1070 gaminx x coil whines or if you hear any buzzing sound coming from it while you're playing (GTA5 for example) and you get high fps. Also you have a very good and quiet pc case and maybe thats why you are not able to hear anything

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I'm pretty sure there is no coil whine as I cant hear any, neither when in standby, nor while playing games.

P.S. Forgot to mention that I have a standard 60Hz LG monitor with resolution of 1080p. Not the best option, looking for an upgrade to at least 1440p.

Creatium submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hey again. I did the test I promised. GTA 5 everything ultra, 4X FXAA, no motion blur. While standing in the street I get around 80 FPS, when shooting near police station (4 stars) I got around 70 with downs to ~60. A few times I got like 100 FPS, but those were only in a second matter. In settings it showed estimated GPU RAM usage of ~3.8 Gb.