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The idea with this build was to have something which would sit in my living room, be as silent as my other Home Theater gear for watching movies, TV and web browsing, but which would still be able to play modern games at 1080p on High settings or above. I have achieved this.

Idle temps on the CPU are a little higher than I'd like, but I'd put that down to the aggressively quiet fan settings ASUS' Fan Xpert software set for me. Turns out the Samsung Magician software enables a power management profile which doesn't allow the CPU to clock down at idle.

This is the first PC which I have built for myself in probably ten years - I'm always putting them together for other people's needs so it felt good to do it for me this time around. I'd love to hear some feedback :)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

dat fitment

pretty solid build. a little too much on the psu, but that will be good if you decide to upgrade the gpu later.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

My thinking behind the PSU was that i wanted some headroom to add a second 960, or upgrade the GPU in future, and that the Seasonic XP series are passively cooled under 30% load/25 degrees which suits my need for quiet.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How quiet was it for you?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

It's completely silent at Idle, and the only time I have been able to hear it under load was when a cable had slipped into and jammed one of the video card fans and forced the other two to spin at max to compensate (I sit around 3 meters away on the couch).

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk if you're active still, but I'd like to know a little bit about how the dark rock 3 cooler fits in that case. Your ram is pretty low profile so I suppose clearance isn't a problem for you, but if you had to raise the fan on the cpu cooler a little bit, would the side panel of the node case still fit? And also how easy is it to move the fan?