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Hi guys,

here is my latest build. It was time to let go of my old machine, which wasn't capable of running titles like GTA or Fallout. From the beginning I was clear to spend some extra-money for nice optics: "Clean" build with a small range of "simple" colors. After getting some inspiration here, I decided to go for a black and white colored rig, so first priority was to find "best-in-slot"-components in these colors, respectively parts which can be illuminated white.

CPU and Cooler: The X41 is my first AiO-cooler ever. My first impression wasn't the best after experiencing some problems in combination with the mainboard. A wrong configuration in the bios-fan-options led to very annoying, crackling noises of the pump. I fixed it, but I'm still not one hundred percent convinced, because the pump seems to be noticeable louder, when the liquid temperature is below 35°C. Maybe some of you guys have the same impression, altough I never read something like this on the internet.

Right now I managed to run the X41 permanent on 30% (fan-rpm = 840, pump-rpm = 2500), while running e.g. GTA on FullHD (monitor-upgrade follows...) and maxed out details. In the meantime I had an issue that the CPU crossed the 50°C mark, which I didn't like (I hate "high" temps, even if 50°C is nothing to worry about). The NZXT CAM-Software increased pump- and fanspeed to >50%, which led to (for my perception) a fridge-like soundscape. So I decided to undervolt the CPU. Right now it runs stable at 0,8V in idle and 1,15V under load. Playing GTA for three hours results in a temperature peak of 48°C (average is 45°). I suppose with a push-pull-configuration it would be possible to bring down the average temperature to the low forties. Furthermore it could be helpful to change the mounting position of the radiator (I mounted it on the back), to pull cold air from the outside (front) or push air to the outside, without beeing localized above the GPU as the main heat-producing part (top-front).

GPU: For weeks I had the Palit GTX 980Ti in my configuration, because of it's silent cooling system and, of course, the white layout. Just before I ordered I scrolled through the 980Ti's and found out that Gigabyte released their "Xtreme"-Cards some days ago. So I switched to this GPU, because of the higher clockrate and the LED (White!). I'm very happy with this decision: While playing Fallout the fans aren't active for 50% of the time. When active they run at approximately 1000rpm and aren't noticeable. Even on maxed out GTA they sometimes go inactive. Even with HDD cages it should fit in the H440.

Case: I'm very satisfied with the case. I was worried to come across thermal problems because of the small ventilation slits. After solving the CPU-temp-"issue" it's OK for me although I would be scared if I would consider to overclock CPU and GPU. Case fans are always running at 30% speed.

Monitor: I decided to go for the Asus PG279Q. After FOUR RMAs (different panel problems) I now have one with one pixel error, which is OK for me. For all of you, thinking about buying an 1440p-monitor: Go for the Dell S2716DG. It uses an TN- instead of an IPS-panel but is cheaper and the panel is much more developed than the panel in the PG279Q. Don't get me wrong here! The Asus is awesome, when he "roll" a well build panel in the first run.

Board, PSU and SSD are nothing special. I just picked some standard stuff.

Don't hesitate to comment my build, let me know your experiences with the X41 and the i7-6700k, or ask me for further experiences with the mentioned parts!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Four RMAs? Talk about unlucky, it looks good tho hope you enjoy

  • 47 months ago
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I red a lot about panel problems and was aware of the "danger" to return it several times. But I took the risk... The first one had three bright spots (pinhead sized), spread over the screen. They were visible on all colours (checked it with the Eizo monitor tool). Approximately 12 pixels were affected. The second one had extreme blb in the upper right corner and a dead pixel in the lower left corner. And the third had the same problem as the first, but with two such spots instead of three.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang that many issues with any component and I would rate it as bad. Nice build though. Sucks that your pump is noisey as hell

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the wireless mamba mouse? Do you game with it? is there any latency?

  • 47 months ago
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No, I don't notice any latencies. If there are some, they aren't noticeable.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

couldnt u have gotten a 100i gtx for same price as x41?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

He could but I am also finding my 100i GTX pump to be pretty loud as well loudest thing in my case in fact.

  • 47 months ago
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Yep it's well known these things reach over 60 decibels.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Any suggestions for a quieter one little frustrating to have such an awesome tiny build with super quiet fans and a super quiet GPU to hear the pump on the water cooler.

  • 47 months ago
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Well, I tinkered with the idea of replacing it with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE but I stayed with the X41. I got overwhelmed by the combination of case and X41. Maybe I will try to overclock and check the noise level when the pump is running on higher speed. If you ask me if my next cooler will be an AiO again... I suppose not...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe if you get a ton of fans... you can get a passive cooler :P

  • 47 months ago
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sorry but push pull wont affect temperatures at all, it will only lower by about 1 degree if you're lucky

  • 47 months ago
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I'm in the same position as you for GPU's, just haven"t decided on whether i want to go with the GTX 970 or the AMD R9 390

  • 47 months ago
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Wow. Another x41 owner who has quite a loud pump. I sit directly next to my rig so it can be heard through my headphones. Has the pump noise died down at all or are you still having this problem?

  • 47 months ago
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Right now the rig is under my desk but I can still hear the sound of the pump, running on 30% (fan rpm: 800, pump rpm: 2600, liquid temp: 23°C). So yeah: The "problem" is still existent. After some weeks I got along with it. Like I said: It's my first AiO-experience. Maybe the noises are normal for these cooler. Next time I would go for an air cooler (PH-TC14PE). If I have to describe the sound: It remembers me of an old cd-rom, burning a disc with x4-speed... Hard to find a better comparison. What's your impression? Do you have knowledge of quieter units? Would be nice to know if it's worth the effort to RMA it...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. My impression is that the pump is quite loud at times, usually when I first boot boot, but gets quieter if I don't completely shut down my computer everyday. However, I cannot say the same for my case fans as the fan curve set by my bios (which is hard to change) is pretty aggressive
  2. As far quieter units, I would say air cooling with something like the PH-TC14PE (what I was originally going to get) or even a Hyper 212 Evo with some Noctua/Fractal Design/be quiet! fans. From what I gather, AIO are known for loud pumps noises.
  3. Is it worth the effort to RMA? That's a tough question, but if you hear any grinding, then I think you should. Other than that, it's pretty gray area imho, so try to look at the RMA policy
  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hey are there any sag on gpu?