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The SRSP Project

by aludka

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Date Published

April 9, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

I would like to introduce you to the SRSP Project. The SRSP Project was designed around the core principles of Stability, Reliability, Silence, and Performance. To align with these core principles the hardware choices were based on substance and build quality over aesthetics and features. With that said though, there still needed to be some aesthetic cohesion. The SRSP Project is a build that has been in the works for quite a while now. The last year as a matter of fact. Most if it involved planning and purchasing the items that wouldn’t be out of date by the time it was finished, i.e. case, fans, PSU, etc. Last week I finally finished installing the last of the components. This will be a 70% gaming and 30% productivity build. This write up will be longer than most on PCPartPicker as I’ve included a small review for the main components along with a tirade about the misconception for the need to have a water cooled PC.

Another driver for this little project was my desire to do something just a bit different. I've seen so many really nice high-end water cooled builds that I wanted to do a high end air cooled build.

EDIT

Before I get more "you spent too much money on ....." comments, let me clarify some intensions. Yes I spent a lot of money on the case and fans. I did this because over the course of the last ten years I've spent a lot of money on cheaper cases, fans, etc and have been disappointed by the quality and performance of all of them. I place a high price on quality and I'm willing to pay that price. These parts are an investment for this build and future builds, not a one and done purchase.

Edit

Updated pricing to reflect actual price paid and not current price from PCPartpicker.

Hardware breakdown;

CPU:

I wanted a CPU with very fast single/dual core performance for gaming and great quad core performance for activities that would utilizes more cores/threads. The I7-4790K was the obvious choice. Since it will only be 30% productivity, dropping the extra cash for an X99 platform wasn’t needed. So far I’ve got it 24/7 stable at 4.5GHz w/ 1.2 vcore. A modest OC from stock, but with the overclocking ceiling for these Devil’s Canyon chips seeming to average around 4.7-4.8 GHz I probably won’t OC much higher as the extra 200-300MHz won’t net me any meaningful performance gains.

Motherboard:

The motherboard’s a tough choice for most builders. It’s what controls the whole system, what you interact with the most when overclocking and will dictate what future upgrades you can add. It’s also the biggest PITA if you want to change it out. You have to reinstall the OS, possibly change wiring layouts, and etc.

The motherboard was one component I didn’t mind putting the extra cash into, but at the same time I didn’t want to pay for a bunch of “features” that I either don’t use or only work well half of the time. I wanted a board that did a few things, but did them very well and was heavily focus on build quality. The ASUS TUF series fit the bill very well with its five year warranty and extra quality and assurance and server grade testing. So far the board has been great. The build quality is very solid with the thermal armor and backplate. Although the dust covers aren’t needed in my environment, I can imagine situations where it would be. The cameo and tire tracks on the rear I/O cover and the PCH heatsink are a little juvenile looking for my taste, but the color scheme of tans and browns go well with my cooling setup.

The BIOS is laid out in a fairly logical manor. The “easy” setup page is very simple with all the required inputs and option, but the “advanced” setup options offers so many options and choices it can get overwhelming quickly. It would be nice to see a board manufacturer produce a BIOS user manual that tells you what all the options mean and what they actually do instead of just telling you what changes you can make and the amount you can increment or decrement each option.

The AI Suite 3 is so-so in my opinion. I’ve never been a fan of the software included with most motherboards. Other than programs that adjust fan speeds most software doesn’t last longer than the cursory “let’s see what it does” look through for me. Others may find more of a use for it than I.

GPU:

I wanted the fastest single GPU solution from the same manufacturer as the motherboard. Yes, technically the Matrix version is faster, but an extra $100 dollars for out of the box overclocking thatI could just as easily do myself, it’s not worth it. Some will say the GTX 980 is overkill for a 1080p monitor, I disagree. It depends more on the games you play than the resolution you play at. If you mostly play games with a Counter Strike level of intensity then yes the 980 is overkill, but for games that have a Crysis 3 level of intensity then no it’s not. With that said, the Strix is a good card. It worked straight away and runs a solid 1400MHz OC. The build quality very solid with the metal shroud and included backplate. The included ASUS GPU Tweak is not that great though. It offers only the basic options and no OSD/overlay function to monitor temperatures, usage, and etc. while in-game.

Case:

I’m sure someone out there with say “you spent $550 on a case? You could have gotten [insert name and quantity of some component here] for that much.” I have a very good reason for spending that much. Quality quality quality. I have owned my fair share of cases throughout the years and have never been fully satisfied with a single one. They were all stamped out in some factory in Taiwan, made from thin steel, crappy rivets, had a bunch of features/extra that I either didn’t use, or didn’t work as advertised, etc. For someone who is constantly opening and closing the case, for cleaning, tinkering, or what have you, build quality is important. The focus of this build was quality and reliability and CaseLabs delivered in every way. Worth every penny. Some of the best features of the case are that it is made in America by Americans from high quality thick aluminum and fully modular, allowing the user to purchase a replacement for absolutely any section of the chassis.

Cooling solution:

This section is my little rant about the misconception that water cooling is God’s gift to the PC. This is an opinion piece and not meant to be taken as gospel. In the PC community there seems to be an overwhelming school of thought that liquid cooling is the end-all-be-all for cooling the PC. To anyone who may be thinking about getting into it, whether it be a CLC or custom loop, don’t believe all of the hype, just some of it. Don’t get me wrong, liquid cooling is not without its merits. CLCs work very well in small HTPC/ITX builds where there isn’t room for a large air cooler and a custom loop, if done right, can turn into a work of art. Air coolers are not without their shortcomings either. They can be big, clunky and not as efficient. In the end it comes down to personal choice, but I want to discuss some misconception I’ve seen. I’m not speaking from inexperience either. I’ve owned my fair share of CLCs and have built more than a few custom loops over the years for myself and others.

In the custom PC community there seem to be the implication that CPU temperature and CPU speed are inversely related. I’ve gotten the impression people generally believe a given CPU clocked at 4GHz running at 50 deg C will be faster than the same CPU clocked at 4 GHz running at 80 deg C. It’s not until the CPU begins to approach the TJ. Max that thermal throttling and thermal shut down come into play. Until those two actions to begin to take effect, your CPU temperature is just a number with no impact on performance.

In regards to overclocking, with most modern CPU’s manufacturers bring the TDP of their chips down to the double digits and the stock speed getting closer to the overclocking ceiling, liquid cooling just isn’t the necessity it was in years past. Each chip will only overclock so far no matter how cool it is. As an example, my last chip, an I5-3570K, would only ever overclock to 4.8 24/7 stable with 1.4 vcore. With this set up I had a 280mm and a 420mm radiator cooling just the CPU and nothing else. I was getting into the low 70’s to the mid 80’s at 100% load across the CPU, FPU and Cache (Aida64 Extreme.) This same chip on a Bequite! Dark Rocks Pro 2 air cooler could get 4.6GHz at 1.325 vcore and would get to the mid to high 80’s. So in the end I paid almost $600 for and extra 200MHz in performance and a 10-15deg temperature drop. An amount that is so small it makes absolutely no difference in real world use. Even in all my benchmarks the results of the 100MHz fell within the 2% margin of error.

While there is some conjecture as to the impact on life span of a warmer CPU, without finding any recent solid data on the one can only make estimates. If a stock CPU last >10 years and the same chip running 10-15 deg c warmer with an few extra millivolts has a 30-40% reduced life span, that’s still a life span of 6-7 years. Long past when overclockers replace their chips anyway.

Cooling components:

In keeping with the design intentions of the overall build I wanted a high quality CPU air cooler and case fans with great performance. Obviously Noctua was the choice for this. The NH-D15 was the 1st choice as its tops the air cooling charts and even beats/equals most CLC’s. I picked up a third set of fan clips for a third Noctua NF-A15. Granted I’ve not found that it decreases temperatures at all, which coincides with reviewers findings, but since I could fit one nicely I figured why not? As for the case fans, I wanted to stick with Noctua. The 10 Noctua NF-S12A PWM fans are performing very well. They are quiet and move nice volume of air. Although there’re other fans out there that can certainly move more air, with both the CPU cooler and VGA card each having 4 of the fans blowing directly on them, I would not gain any benefit of more volume or static pressure.

Closing remarks:

Over all it has been another fun build that should last at least the next few years. To those of you who have actually read all the way through, thanks for listening. Later…..

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ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 11 points 32 months ago

While I can agree with some points on your opinion on water cooling, i can not condone the use of that many noctuas lol. so damn expensive

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yes they are very pricey. They weren't purchased all at once. They were collected over the course of last year. Aside from the color they are worth every penny IMO.

ryan2pro 4 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

But you even stated that the components are fine with being a little hot. So why spend so much money on a cooling solution that keeps your case a little cooler when you would've been just fine with a few of those fans. I just don't get it...

aludka submitter 1 Build 7 points 32 months ago

Read the second paragraph

"Another driver for this little project was my desire to do something just a bit different. I've seen so many really nice high-end water cooled builds that I wanted to do a high end air cooled build."

ryan2pro 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. Pure curiosity drove you to do so many fans. Nice build man !

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you

XxD34THxX -2 points 32 months ago

Noctua do sell the black and crap brown(only way I can describe it)... Plastidip won't work here...

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

I had though about the industrial PPC versions, but that would have bumped the price up another 70 dollars. Plus, the extra 800 RPMs of the 2000 RPM would have pushed the noise level past what I wanted. I would have put them on PWM control down to about 1200 RPM anyways. This way I can run them with a straight 12v and its perfect.

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aludka submitter 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

No the color choice is definitely an acquired taste. They have the iPPC ones in black but they are much louder, at a higher RPM, and don't include any of the extras like the extensions and splitters. A lot of people disagree on how much I spent on just the fans but their quality and performance are worth every penny.

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niinq 2 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

i've always been a fan of the mercury s8 and its nice to see that someone put it to good use. +1 from me!

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thx. I will never buy a case other than Case Labs. They may be pricey, but they are worth every penny. I almost ended up with an SMA8 but ended up cancelling the order. So glad I switched to the S8. So much better for this build. I fell in love with the horizontal motherboard mounting while using a Coolermaster HAF XB, which is what drove me to the S8.

Bossyfins 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

I have to say. For someone who used to always recommend water cooled parts,

10/10

I have moved to air, and it is the ONLY reliable cooling solution. With a AIO, you cant replace the pump without sending the entire unit back. However, just send the fan back and BAM good to go.

+1 for showing people you dont need ******* water cooling

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you very much.

AlexisGarcon 1 point 31 months ago

I agree that aircooling isn't useless, and quite frankly, I think it's less of a mess, but do not generalize, as there are plenty of advantages to watercooling and aio, especially in a dusty environment! But they aren't as present as some might say....

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Oh I quite agree. Water cooling, both custom and AIO, both have their place. I just don't believe they're the end-all-be-all that many, including myself at one time, are lead to believe.

elvenson 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I'd say the way that cooler is mounted is good. The biggest problem with those giant coolers is typically the weight it puts on the board, but in this configuration that's not an issue.

Bossyfins 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

ON a quality MOBO, there should be no issue to weight. I have had a lot of problems with MSI about that but not Gigabyte asus nor asrock.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

That can certainly be an issue with some boards.

tabascosauz 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

The issue with the weight of behemoths like the D15 and TC14PE are mostly, if not completely irrelevant. The mounting system employed by Noctua (Secufirm2) and Phanteks are very similar and very robust. Graphics card sag is a much more urgent issue.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you very much.

BusterVic 2 points 32 months ago

I never seen so many Noctua fans slapped into one case before...

jrhigs 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

+1 for air cooling with Noctua. It's good to see a high end system on air. I absolutely agree with you about liquid cooling. There is too much hype built up around it, especially the closed loop units. Most of the time, the cost to benefit ratio just doesn't make sense most for custom loops. I will say that they do look awesome, and if that's the purpose for doing it, I have no qualms with that. To each his own.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah. I think anyone who is big into building PCs should do a custom loop at least once. Getting a custom loop up and running for the first time is an awesome experience. But outside of that the only real benefit is aesthetics.

Thank you for the comments.

marekazipol 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Holy mother of fans!

aludka submitter 1 Build 5 points 32 months ago

Yep. I've seen so many "high end water cooled rigs" that I wanted to do something a bit different. I wanted a "high end air cooled rig."

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Beautiful and clean.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you very much.

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

You, sir, are fan high Lol sweet build, +1

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

thx so much

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

:)

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you.

MRE_Teck 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

My thoughts are bunched up on the fans and case and lots of things

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thoughts like?

MRE_Teck 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Can't quite explain like there Are some unique thinpgs

malymilo 4 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Around $250 of fans...

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Yep. As I said in the description, I wanted to do a build that was a bit different. I wanted a high end air cooled build. And I didn't drop it all at once. It was 20$ here 40$ there over the course of about 6 months.

I've yet to see anyone on here scoff at $250 worth of water cooling gear.

malymilo 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I'm not disagreeing...just commenting...I spent almost $200 on fans in my build.

lethalseraph 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Clean build. +1

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you.

ZionIsLast 1 point 32 months ago

Why did you go with a soundcard over an AMP/DAC solution?

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I was going to, and still am. I At the time it was the last purchase on the list and I still needed a mic too. I couldn't find one [DAC/AMP] I wanted for less than 200 so I picked this card up on ebay for something like 45$. Temporary solution only.

Mikehandsdown 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Say you had no case fans and a single fan cpu cooler what would happen? How much hotter would it run?

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

With no case fans the increase would be minimal. I did test using just a single fan in the center of the cooler and there was a 2-3 deg c increase at idle and a 5 deg c increase at 100% load.

william.cummins 1 point 31 months ago

Could you please post some temps of CPU and GPU on idle and under full stress? A 800$ air cooling solution deserves to be tested.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

CPU 65 deg c 100% 35 deg c idle

GPU 60-65 deg c 100% 25-30 deg c idle

william.cummins 1 point 31 months ago

Great, thanks! Delta T of 30C for a cpu is good. But I'm really impressed by the GPU temps. Clearly all those Noctua case fans do their job.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yep. And that's with Aida64 testing or video file transcoding. Under normal operations, i.e. playing games and such, it sits at about 55.

Shashwat 1 point 31 months ago

great build! one question is why u didn't go for the gtx 980 classified by evga. maybe the price? but if you were looking for the fastest single gpu at that time it had to be the evga 980 classified..

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

That card was definitely on my list, but the improvement in FPS would have been marginal especially since I can overclock it to 1400mhz no problem.

Shashwat 1 point 31 months ago

ok, not a bad choice

oCollective0circuits 1 point 31 months ago

Holy Noctua that's a lot of fans. Looks good! Case looks nice, but 500$??

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Yep. Worth ever penny!

oCollective0circuits 1 point 31 months ago

Cool, congrats on completion. glhf

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

And that was with some extras I ordered for future case mods. The out the door cost was about 425 for the case. Still expensive, but again it was worth every penny.

dolken 1 point 31 months ago

Oh man, it's so nice to see somebody else with the same ambitions. I'm in the process myself to build a monstrous air-cooled rig. These days I find myself playing less and working more. Or listening to music, that's a great way to spend money by the way. I don't know how much I've burned on CDs.

Anyhow, it'll be a X99 rig meant for work primarily and I've decided on most parts except the GPU. I can either go SLI/Crossfire and enjoy insane performance. Or I can go single card, use an aftermarket GPU cooler (Prolimatech MK-26) and enjoy low temperatures and low noise.

Still though, it's nice to see someone with a Case Labs and an aircooled build. It does inspire me a great deal.

10/10.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I'm glad I could inspire. if your wanting an after market cooler I'd just grab something like gigabytes g1 gaming. The cooling performance would not be far off from the prolimatech

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

But the black Prolima tech is really nice.

Auruz 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I don't know man...i think it needs more fans.

zizoandy 1 point 31 months ago

lol 'made in america by americans' sounds a bit over patriotic but I know what you mean :D

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yes the statement was a little over zealous but I will always buy us when I can.

elvenson 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

This is definitely not a budget friendly build, and performance could obviously be far higher for the cost, but you did exactly what you set out to do and pulled it off very well. Great build you have here. It's also very telling that you chose the psu you did as opposed to many of the higher priced units available considering again that this is not in any way a budget build. It echoes the general consensus among many of us about the quality of those newer evga units.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

No this was not budget friendly. I saved up an slowly collected all the part for a long time. The psu is great.

Thx for the comments.

jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I love all these comments about your abundance of fans. "Oh my god, someone spent a lot of money on their computer because they want to!? Blasphemy" +1, wishing I could afford a caselabs case. They look and sound amazing.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I know right. If I had spent twice that on water cooling gear the comments would be different, but God forbid someone spend money on high quality air cooling.

Thx so much.

Kimchi 1 point 31 months ago

Cool

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you.

JasonBent 1 point 31 months ago

Holy case fans Batman! Noctua should use your build as an advertisement.

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

That would be cool!! No pun intended.

Dohrann 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I appreciate your cable management, also surprisingly looks pretty cool (most people complain about the noctua fan color scheme, but it actually kinda works). I have the same cooler, love it ;D sweet build.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yes the color scheme is not the favorite of many but if you can pull it off I think it looks very professional and clean which I like.

josecod77 1 point 31 months ago

This is one of the best build and review then i have read is so specific and complete, you shuld write a guide, you can be good on that

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you very much that means a lot. What kind of guide?

josecod77 1 point 31 months ago

A build guide, A youtube video, i would like to see you building it or building something similar, talking about component’s, i would see it.

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

I've thought about it. If I ever get a decent camera I will. Right now I only have an iPhone which does well with still photos but not that well with videos. Thx. It nice to hear when your work is appreciated.

josecod77 1 point 31 months ago

Is also nice to see someone sharing all the knowledge and opinions with others. Thanks

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you..

piemancoder 1 point 31 months ago

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!! Caselabs build. This is truly awesome. I am thinking of getting the little brother of your case, the s5. How do you like the build quality? Also how much does it weigh? Also, have you seen the build log on OCN based off the noctua color scheme?

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The build quality is amazing and it weighs much less than every full tower I've own. I've not seen the build log. Could you shot me a link?

piemancoder 1 point 31 months ago

Here you go

andrefoster 1 point 31 months ago

How is the Monitor as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I love it. It's the best 1080p I've used. If there is a down side it's the black piano finish on the base. Dust and finger print magnet.

andrefoster 1 point 31 months ago

OK thank you very much

ruff_hi 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Very nice. Both of my builds at the moment are air cooled. I don't need to overclock so I didn't even think of liquid cooling.

There is a very similar build at overclock.net using the same case as yours and air cooled with a James Bond GoldenEye theme.

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

That 007 build is very nice. It's amazing, spend an @$$ load of money on a bunch of water cooling gear and people are like "wow," spend half an @$$ load on high quality air cooling and people are like "oh you spent too much money."

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you

APEBuilt 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

When putting $600 dollars of watercooling onto your 3570K it probably should have had the IHS removed or modified with better TIM. Without a modification of that sort it would never hit 4.8GHz with any cooling solution. I believe that with that modification you would have only needed a single 280 or 420 radiator to decimate the performance of any name brand CLC or air cooler ever produced.

All that aside I like the unique direction you took with the build, but like the others said I can't condone $300 in fans even in a case labs case especially with such mild hardware going inside.

+1'd none the less

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

That water cooling set was originally intended to go with an sli setup as well but I never got that far.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yes some people would not agree with spending that much on those items, but I look at it as an investment. I've bought so many cheaper cases and fans over the years and have been disappointed in the quality of every single one. I wanted top quality components that I can use on future builds and was willing to spend a little extra to get it.

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leonccyiu 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Why do you need to reinstall the OS if you change the motherboard?

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The last time I cha mother boards I had to reinstall to get it to boot. Not sure if this would always be the case.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

What would happen if you plugged the power in and pressed the power button?

I know you have this on display in the corner, but what is the inside like when you power up? Anything of color? Please continue with your display and a few pics of the inside. Surely almost every system, puts out one light :) with the power on.

Yes, I took the time to completely read your review and I appreciated your thoughts and organization of what you put in writing. I enjoyed the reading.

I support users that put effort into a thought and not worry about their actions.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

When I get back from vacation I'll thr some pics up of it running. I have some white led strips on the front and top but that's it.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I think so many people get hung up on the individual parts, "this part out performs the one you picked," etc, instead of understanding why the part was chosen.

Thx for the comments and reading.

kchp 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

This is a sick build! Would love to see some photos of your entire set up. I've got a couple of Noctua fans in my rig and they are worth every penny. This thing must be ice cold.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I'm out of town but will be throwing up some pics of it running when I get back. Yes it does run very cool. People seem to think that with that many fans it's really loud but it sits right next to me and it doesn't brake 20 dba

DaBacca 1 point 31 months ago

While I do agree with some of your ideas on liquid cooling, some of its not all true. You say that how cool it is doesn't affect performance. With Intel turbo boost it does, Intel turbo boost turns up the clock speed when it is cool enough and it is needed so temps do mater to some degree. Also the cooler a CPU is the farther you can OC but yes there is still a limit. Digital Storm has cooling system that cools an sub zero temps (c) and they get 5.0 from a 4790k. So while temps can give you a better OC there is still a limit as you said.

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

That's true, but I wasn't talking about temperature based auto overclocking. I was talking about a chip at a set multiplier of say 45 running at 80deg c vs 60deg c. A simple CLC on a stock chip would certainly allow an Intel chip to hit those turbo frequencies faster and more often than most air coolers but most overclockers I've known don't use the turbo boost. They just set the speeds manually.

I'll have to check out that digital storm. Sounds very cool. No pun intended.

Thx for looking and the comments. I always love a little debate over PC stuff.

Statecat 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Too many fans. XD

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I say not enough......

Statecat 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

To each their own I suppose. :D

Alexander.Leith-Ross 1 point 31 months ago

Dat optical drive doh!

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

It does throw off the looks, but I do still use discs a lot though. I recently painted with a mat black powder coating and it matches the case perfectly. Blends in so well now that you can hardly tell its there.

PinoyZoi 1 point 31 months ago

Was it hard to fit the Noctua D15 with the Kingston Fury ram?

AlphaCeph 1 point 30 months ago

Is you case handling 2 way sli?

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yes, the case does support SLIx2, but I'm currently only running one card.

zzheads 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

NIce build. Have couple questions about sound. I see Creative Labs Z PCIe, how much it better than onboard sound with your AKG? Why Creative not Asus?

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

The sound difference was minimal. I only chose that one because I found it dirt cheap (not sure if i have the right price listed on my build though) on ebay and it came with the mic. I'm not actually using it any more. It works 97% of the time, but every great once and a while something will happen where both my headphones and speaker will emit incredibly loud static and the only way to fix it is to restart the system. I'm afraid that one of these times it will blow out the drivers on the headphones or desk speakers.

Thanks for the comments.

Charizarlslie 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Noctua fan colors are the reason I chose a window-less case.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I actually love the look of this build. I have a 450D, but like the HAF XB Evo, except certain parts of. Do you know of any other horizontally mounted motherboard cases, but arpund $150?

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you. I've actually done a quite a bit more to clean it up. I took out the optical drive as I don't use it as much as I used to, removed the top fans and got a solid top, and customs sleeved the cables.

Lian Li has the PC-V33 (for ATX) and other models for m-ATX and m-ITX that are horizontal.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Lian-li is expensive

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yes they are, but you get what you pay for though. Another horizontal option is the Cooler Master HAF XB Evo. That was my last case and I absolutely loved it! I actually had the original (Non-Evo edition) and with the upgrades Cooler Master put into the Evo-Edition I probably would have not gotten the CaseLabs.

ALDJ0922 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I saw that too. The Lian-li PC-V33 you mentioned, is supposedly around $230 upon release. That does not seem too high in my opinion, I just can't wait for better reviews and actual user builds on PCPP

MPapathimiu 1 point 26 months ago

Clean, Powerful, Strong. I love it! Lovely beast :D

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you so much.

Hen_Ree 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Its like a beige explosion LOL

Nice build!

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks so much. I really need to take some updated photos. I've changed a good bit of it.

darkmatters 1 point 24 months ago

Looks great, doing something similar myself now. Question: why go for 120mm fans instead of 140mm for the case - e.g. cpu exhaust, front right intake? 140 would fit for the exhaust - but would it be noisy on the case? Noctua (y)

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

I went with 120's because the difference between the 140's and the 120's is minimal. The 140's are a little louder at the same RPM and were a few dollars more expensive at the time I bought them.

ledozo 0 points 32 months ago

damn that probably sounds like a jet engine!

aludka submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Nope. All case fans are straight 12v and don't break 20dba.

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aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yep. I wanted a high end air-cooled build and that's what I did.

WalrusRick 1 point 31 months ago

Well, you did one heck of a job.

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aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I loved my old DR pro2. I was going to go with a DR pro3 but I've never used Noctua before so I thought I'd give them a try. That plus the mounting system for the DR Pro2 was a PITFA.

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aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Yep. Just contact Noctua with a request and send them an invoice showing the purchase of the NH-D15 and they will send you the clips for free.

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chuckdickiner 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Put noctua fans on the h80. You'll get better temps guaranteed if you are using it as an air intake to your case

aludka submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The NH-D15 beats/equals the H80. Not to mention Corsair uses crap Asetek / Coolit pumps that are weak. I've owned 3 different Hx style all in ones over the years and 2 of them died within a year.

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chuckdickiner 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

you have pump noise?? i may not have the 80 but i have the h100i and i havent once heard the pump, my rig is virtually silent, albeit i do have a so called "silent" case.

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