Description

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.

Notes:

  • 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.

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Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 to the Doritos

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, looks nice! You know they make a windowed version of this case :o

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I specifically bought the non-windowed ver. because I was paranoid that my GPU might not have gotten sufficient intake air.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. +1 for tokyo ghoul!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How is a 780 ti costing more than the 980ti?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Older so less sellers all is left are the overpriced ones

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. Or he could of bought it a year ago but didn't put the price in manually.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Part list has been updated to include the prices the parts were purchased at (purchased Oct. 2014).

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not just get 2 980ti's for the same price as the 2 780ti's?

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Part list has been updated to include the prices the parts were purchased at (purchased Oct. 2014).

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The Noctua NH-D15 is orientated vertically: pulling from the graphics card, and pushing out the top of the case.

I don't see how this is possible. Unless you re-oriented the fans, the cooler would be pushing air down onto the GPU.. Correct me if I'm wrong?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not quite sure I understand your question.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU heatsink is blowing air onto the GPU in this orientation other than exhausting out the top of the case

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No, It's currently blowing out the top of the case: I changed the default heatsink orientation as well as the default fan orientation.

You can refer to the manual here: http://noctua.at/pdf/manuals/noctua_nh_d15_manual_en.pdf

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, that's what I was curious about.

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