Description

Basic Skylake build for a friend, for multi screen home office use, media consumption with consideration of adding a GPU at a later date for gaming.

Brief was a £600 budget for low noise, power consumption and 24/7 use.

SSD/HDD from a previous system.

Yes It's a Z170 with a locked CPU and a large high performance cooler... The feature set of the Z170 was simply better, superior fan control, M.2 support etc. and the rig, although not high end was desired to last for a good number of years with scope for upgrades. Motherboard price was reasonable also. The cooler, although excessive runs at an inaudible level at full load and will allow for a huge red hot gaming GPU to be installed at a later date without worry of the additional heat in this relatively compact case. The logic of a 120mm variant is to keep the audio profiles of the fans as similar as possible to reduce perceivable noise... Unfortunately this plan was somewhat compromised by the supplied Fractal fans...

My friend chose the case out of preference. Having never worked with a Fractal before, last few builds in various Lian Li offerings, I must say for the price it is fairly well made. Being steel the Node commands quite a weight, feels solid and has no rattle on the panels and all intakes are filtered with reasonably graded mesh that will hopefully not become too clogged for a user that chooses to not clean the system as regularly as one might. Having to install the standoffs was quite a shock but no issue. The real disappointment to me were the 120mm fans, which do omit quite a 'screech' at anything around 500RPM or lower. If you are looking for a truly quiet system I would strongly recommend replacing these from the outset. That said, PC noise is perceived very differently by users, while I was left disgusted by the volume of having to keep the case fans running at 600RPM, the friend it was built for was delighted by the operational noise levels...

System idles at around 19W at the wall, and 66W during stress testing.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

What GPU are you adding?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The build is for a friend, but I'd hasten a guess it will begin with P...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Paszkel?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Or some kind of pole star...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done! Your friend should enjoy his new pc!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The one time I consider a Noctua cooler to look good is in this kind of situation. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, in a lot of situations, I find people make them out to look worse than they actually are, and vice versa.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Right, but I think that sometimes the brown is too out of place. In builds where white is present, then you could probably pull it off.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

See, I think that brown looks terrible with white, but looks decent with black. And when you use a wooden case, the mismatched browns look the worst.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not built in a solid Oak case for a while :)

My personal build has Noctua's and white :(

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Y'know, know that I think about it, white doesn't look awful. And also, darker wood cases look fine. But I can't stand the bamboo-colored cases. Eww.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua is always a great cooler. It just doesn't always look super pretty. They are a little bit big and clunky. Plus they have that beige and brown color scheme. I wish they would do something that makes more sense. Like red and black. Or silver or something.

Noctua needs a better color scheme. But it is impossible to argue with the air cooling performance that they offer.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

True. I've ordered a Noctua NF-S12 ULN because the next build I'm doing is required to be completely silent. Plus, no one will see it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

If nobody will see it I think it is a perfect solution. Personally I really like the reliability of air cooling. It's super unlikely to break down on you. Liquid cooling pumps break and fail all the time. Custom water cooling leaks all the time. All the connections are more points of failure.

Long term reliability matters too. Fixing broken things, being down for repairs, and possible damage to parts is not fun. It's much more fun to just keep gaming with reliability IMO.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

As I am typing on a liquid cooled PC. lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Also agree in regard to the undeniable reliability of air cooling. Personally I really like the distinctive Noctua colour scheme, but can totally see why it isn't for everyone...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Same here!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You have some nice parts in your build. This will be a good PC for you.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Suggestion: Rotate CPU fan 180 degrees so you can hide the cable behind the fan.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad suggestion, forst time with a windows but I was hesitant to bunch any cabling on the other side and restrict airflow across the DIMMS...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The cabling doesn't actually matter too much. Take a look at the LinusTechTips video that'll be released in two days (yes, I can travel through time).

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you have this prophesy!?

Gonna stuff the case with all the junk on my desk now, and sleep in happy tidiness :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Have fun!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

All joking aside I found the video rather interesting, no more stressing about the 24 pin cable in my personal build!