I set out to build a quiet but fast-enough machine to run off the Asus ROG Swift 27" monitor. That means a targeted frame-rate of 144FPS in most games that I play, including but not limited to:
- Starcraft II
- EVE Online
- Team Fortress 2
- Planetary Annihilation
A friend of mine pointed to me to Noctua HSFs, and the AeroCool DS 200 (DS = Dead Silent). The case comes with sound-dampening features and has plenty of space for large (and therefore efficient and quiet) chassis fans. Going for a 2011-3 build wouldn't be worth the extra ~$1k (NZD) so I settled on the 1150 with a Z97 chipset.
After removing the middle drive bays from the case, I set about attaching the (rather large) HSF to the CPU/Motherboard. This was met with one problem: the heatsinks on the memory were too tall for the CPU Heatsink. After reluctantly removing the heatsinks from the memory, the Noctua assembly was finally in place. This meant another problem, I got a lot of small cuts and nicks on my hands while trying to squeeze them into the spaces around the HSF, plugging in fan and power cables onto the mobo. I made a mistake with the assembly, by attaching the HSF too early. I should have attached the base plates only, and then wired everything up.
I like the upgrade paths this setup affords me. The case has space for watercooling radiators and the base components can be overclocked if needs be. Right now that's not required and I'm really loving the low-noise and unassuming looks of this case, hence the 'Sleeper' title :P
- More photos and screenshots coming soon
- Will move to Windows 10 when it arrives.
This HSF is HUGE. I had a few problems installing it alongside tall memory banks, but it makes up for it's bulk with great cooling and whisper quiet fans.
I really like this case, it's super quiet and has lots of upgrade options. The manual could do with a little more content, and I'm a bit sad that I can't use many of the metrics in the LCD (because I connected my fan controls to the motherboard, rather than the case readouts)
Wireless Network Adapter
I've tried different drivers and different slots for this card, and it keeps blue-screening my Windows 7 build everytime I connect to a Wi-Fi network. Not impressed. :(
Great monitor. Terribly expensive though.
Clicky-clacky-clicky-clacky. These keys make a lot of noise, and in hindsight, I should have order brown switches. Still, the mechanical keys are great. The lighting schemes range from obnoxious to silly, but there seem to be a few sensible settings in-between.