Description

Wanted a small and quiet PC but I didn't want to sacrifice speed. I don't do anything intense on this computer, I just like having a nice rig for every day usage. This case is by far my favorite case that i have ever used for a build. I am not a fan of the huge fan on the front but it started growing on me once i used fan resistor adapters (came with the Noctua) to slow/quiet it down. Wish i could've gotten a bigger capacity SSD as I don't want to put any hard drives inside this case. I use a synology NAS with (2) 2TB in RAID 1 for all of my storage.

I know many of you will say, "Why waste money on a huge cooler for a non-K Series CPU?", my answer to that is: because the stock intel cooler is crappy and i like my cpu to run icy no matter how fast or slow it is. I did get it up to 4GHz anyway which is more than i will ever need.

Everything fits nicely into this small case and it doesn't sound like a jet engine while i use it.

I didn't get all of these parts at once. I have been adding to it slowly over time. I bought the parts i wanted when i could find them on sale. Did not spend the total that is shown below on this build. MicroCenter CPU+Mobo deals cannot be beaten!

Would've taken more pics but we only care about what's under the hood anyway!

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Comments

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

One thing noticed straight away was this case is a micro ATX case, to have such awesome cable management in such a small case is amazing

Yeah it might be overkill but so what lol i think with everything you bought it gives you plenty of scope to upgrade later if need be.

Very nice build regardless of negative comments

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

took me almost two hours to get the cables the way i wanted. you cant even see that there is an ssd installed in there. it would look even better if i took out the hard drive cage (which isnt doing anything atm anyway).

negative comments were mostly because of my joke that made people think i have no idea what a k series processor is. i can easily swap out for a k series if i wanted to but i dont need to do any overclocking.

thank you very much for the nice comment

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem mate, ahhh right i was wondering why there were loads of comments about that

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Before I comment on anything else, I must first say GREAT cable management and very clean look. I see so many people on here and other forums build new systems and just do such a half assed job and make their brand new system look like garbage. (Builder Clap) Good job on that.

I would be absolutely shocked if the Noctua provides a significant difference in cooling performance over the stock cooler since you wont be overclocking past 4Ghz. Its like Tae Bo making people think they are learning self defense :p I guess if it gives a peace of mind its worth the money. Overclocking a non K series CPU can be problematic and manipulates everything connected, PCI-E, RAM, and could potentially cause bad problems with the SSD and all other kinds of things. Though the extra $30 would have just been a K on the CPU box that goes into the trash it actually could have been of some benefit, if not now, possibly in the future instead of a CPU cooler that wont benefit you at all O.o

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

I am super OCD about cable management and its one of the biggest reasons i chose this case. as good as it is, those two pci-e power cables bug the crap out of me.

again the 3770 alone is already much more than i will ever need. the only reason the cpu is even overclocked is because there is a neat feature in my bios that automatically "optimizes" non k series cpus and put it at 4ghz which it would be doing with turbo boost anyway. i know the difference between a non k and a k series cpu. the cooler might be only slightly more efficient than a stock intel one but it sure as hell is quieter and less winy which is why i rather spend the money on that.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

if quiet is what you were after, quiet is what you got. _^

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

you have a mobo for overclocking, and an aftermarket cpu fan, why get the 3770 when you could get the 3570K?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

wanted the hyper-threading for the rare occasion when i need the processing power.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

You probably should mention that in the description

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool to see someone post a build in this case. I literally almost bought it yesterday, but went with the Fractal Arc Mini instead. Is there enough clearance between the HDD cage and the RAM DIMMs if you were to install multiple HDDs? I couldn't really tell from any of the pictures posted online, and from your pics it almost looks like you don't have the RAM installed yet?

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

haha those were my first two choices as well. i went with this one instead because of the smaller overall dimensions. i never had any intention of putting any HDDs in this case but as long as you use low profile or not super tall heatsinks you should be ok. i can take a look inside my case and try to snap a pic if you like but it looks like you already took the plunge on the arc mini

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

u could've gotten the nhd 14 for less!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

You've pretty much done exactly what I've wanted to do but never have the patience for: Buy parts as they go on sale. Great build and congrats on finally getting it all put together.

Also, for what it's worth, I'm on your side of the K vs no-K argument... :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

i basically bought most of the setup at once (back in feb or march i believe): case+mobo+CPU+PSU+cooler. i used some old memory and a hard drive until i found the memory and the ssd at a steal on newegg. i just added the video card this week and i was using the intel hd4000 before that without issue. i like to have the latest and greatest but sometimes i can wait since i know i dont "need" it.

it helps to have a newegg preferred account with no interest for a year on purchases over $500 ;)

thanks for agreeing on the k series. i just didnt need it but i totally know that my cpu has a very short leash which is perfectly fine.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Good well thought out build.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking of doing a build with the same case and motherboard. How do you like them so far?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case but if i had to purchase again, i wouldve bought the corsair obsidian 350d. reasons are that its a tiny bit smaller, it allows for a dual 120mm radiator to be installed and it has an option for a windowed side-panel. other than that i have no complaints about the silverstone

this motherboard was completely stable for the time i had it and the friend i sold the computer to hasnt had any issues with it. its not suitable for major overclocking but it will treat you nicely if you have a mild over clock 4-4.2ghz

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input. I just noticed you did another build with the Fractal Design Define Mini. Any thoughts on that one? All three seem to be in the same ballpark.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Case is almost perfect but I would've still have gone with the 350d if it was available when I bought the fractal. Same reasons as before but the fractal is my choice over the Silverstone for cable management and looks alone.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thanks for the reply.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the case fan in the rear? A black noctua fan? :O

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

no, the one in the back is different from the others (Noctua); its a COUGAR CF-V12HB

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of the only true silent, high power, small builds I've seen. Well done!

I'm also looking to build one, any updates or thoughts?

You mention you would go with the Corsair Obsidian 350d, is that still your recommended case?

And any recommendations on case fans?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up selling this computer to my best friend and he loves it. If I had to do it again I'd still go with the 350d. I HIGHLY recommend noctua case fans - they are pricey but shop around and you can find them for under $15. They are super quiet and reliable.

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

Why the locked CPU?:)

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. This computer is already overkill for what i do, so i figured why spend an extra $30 to get a "K" on my CPU box that just goes into the trash :) (this is sarcasm, YES i do know the difference between a k and non-k series processor)

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

please tell me you know the difference between the K and non K version besides it saying K on the box.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

k means you can overclock

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

It means you can overclock BETTER. You can still Oc a non-K, it just will not work as well.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

yup i know, my dry sarcasm didnt bode well. thanks

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

see above :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

just checking if OP knew

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry i thought that you guys would get my sarcasm. yes i know that the k series have unlocked multipliers and can be overclocked. i was joking. i just dont need a k series cpu since i didnt plan any overclock

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh ok lol. Still a great build!

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man.

  • 87 months ago
  • 0 points

Why crucial instead of Corsir or Gskill (they are cheaper also)?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I got these sticks on sale for $79.99 (Newegg ShellShocker a while back) so due to the timings and the brand i jumped. I would normally go g.skill all the way since they are cheap and offer awesome performance/reliability.