My second PC build (from Oct. 2014), optimized for silent gaming. It is as quiet as a whisper while idle, and gently hums at load.
It handles demanding games (such as Arma 3, Battlefield, Crysis, Daylight, etc.) at 55-70 FPS on very high-ultra settings, and handles less demanding games (such as Skyrim, The Talos Principle, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, etc.) at 120 FPS (my monitor is only 120Hz) on ultra settings.
Yes, I know: I am using a Formula MOBO with air-cooling. I chose the Formula over the Hero due to it's superior DAC, backplate and other features. It hurts me not to use a custom loop with this MOBO, but I chose air cooling because: 1. I am not very expierenced in PC building (this is my 2nd build) and 2. I am picky about noise levels.
The CM Storm case is excellent, but very, very big. This rig is one heavy son of a gun, so the carrying handle built into the case is a major life saver.
The Noctua NH-D15 is orientated vertically: pulling from the graphics card, and pushing out the top of the case. I personally prefer this orientation, as it prioritizes expelling heat from the graphics card (which I stress more than the CPU).
Corsair's RGB Gaming peripherals are excellent, besides the buggy and Non-user-friendly software, and the fugly tramp stamp Corsair logo.
Monitors not included in the list (3 total): 1. Samsung SyncMaster SA700 (23'', 1080p, 120Hz, 2ms) 2.Acer & Dell (~18'', 1280X1024, 75Hz)
Overall, this build turned out pretty well. If I had a little more money to burn, I would:
- Make a custom loop
- Put two 780Ti's in SLI
- Get a smaller case with a window (such as the NZXT H440)
- Use the ROG Swift (with glorious G-sync, 1440p, 140Hz, 1ms, etc.)
Please let me know what you think of this build: any and all constructive feedback is appreciated.