Description

My pc life started off 6 or 7 years ago with some old dodgy, poor airflow case, with an Athlon II (I think) CPU, Windows 98, the rest... PSU/case etc., I don't remember specifically what they were and no computer knowledge at all.

It was slow, loud and prone to crashing, so I decided to upgrade, but had to do so on a restricted budget. Plus playing all my games in 360-720p on Xbox (various generations ending with the 360), paying for Xbox Live, when already paying for my internet connection and then seeing my brother playing games like Assassins Creed on his PC in full 1080p glory, was the final straw!

First upgrade was approx 4 years ago with an inherited 965BE, Gelid Tranquillo cooler, 8GB value RAM, x2 Nvidia GeForce Xpertvision 8600GT 512MB in SLi all on an Asus M2N-SLi board. The last two pics show that build in the Fractal case, with the Gigabyte board, after the Asus died. This started the current upgrade approx 2 years ago and slowly but surely, I added the rest of the parts listed, which involved lots of reading and watching reviews etc. I wanted cool & quiet, but powerful (stealth).

What I have noticed, is the more I do, the quieter I want it, notwithstanding the ever escalating cost. The upside is, I've sold all of my replaced working parts on eBay to help with funding.

I recently swapped all the Fractal fans out for Phanteks' and they are excellent. Even swapped the Coolermaster Evo fan for a Phantek. The only real noise issue I have now is the PSU, which has a (I believe) a high pitched whine (coil whine?), enhanced by the quietness of the Phanteks', very likely. As a result, it will eventually be swapped out for a be Quiet! Dark Power @ 750w, which should allow for any future upgrades & it's semi modular, so win, win. Note that I say eventually, as it's quite expensive. However, once purchased I don't intend to change it for a very long time.

I'm really happy with this build, considering this is firstly a multimedia machine, that also allows me to play any game that I want, within reason, at their highest settings. Looking forward to the next gen driving games, especially Project Cars.

I love how fast the PC is overall, especially with Windows optimized for the SSDs', regardless of what I throw at it and I can be an impatient so & so, sometimes. Multitasks excellently, web browsing and torrent downloads are just fast (enhanced with 150Mb broadband), video conversion of 1080p movies in less than 45 minutes, plus they look and sound great and it's even played 1440p videos without any issues, so happy days.

Sorry for the ramble, but I'm quite proud of my little system and I think I did ok for a novice (or noob, whichever you prefer), what do you think? Update Mar 2017 New monitor, graphics card, cooler, case and storage.

Part Reviews

CPU

Running at 4.6Ghz, at min 34, max 56 degrees c & never missed a beat.

CPU Cooler

Best and quietest air cooler I have used to date.

Motherboard

5yr warranty & TUF.

Storage

Excellent for game storage (Origin)

Storage

Excellent for game storage (Steam)

Video Card

Fast, silent and cool.

Case

Excellent to build in and looks great.

Case Fan

Almost inaudible, especially on idle, web browsing etc.

Headphones

Comfy and well made.

Speakers

8 years and still going strong.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job keeping it super clean inside, nice work!

+1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done, nice and clean with the cables! Your description is hard to read with no paragraphs, just thought I'd point that out -- no big deal.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Paragraphs added. Didn't realise I'd had to leave a line space for every paragraph to show.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: Added since initial report - Samsung 840EVO 120GB SSD (OS); Samsung 840EVO 250GB SSD (Steam/Origin); WD Black 1TB HDD; x3 Phanteks PH-F120S 120mm Case Fans (2 front intake & 1 rear exhaust); be Quiet! Dark Power 10 750w 80+ Gold psu; be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim cpu cooler; MSI Nvidia GTX 970 Gaming OC 4GB DDR5 gpu. My pc is now virtually silent, unless under load. The psu & gpu fans don't even turn on when idling or carrying out light tasks, such as web browsing. The case fans are connected directly to and controlled by the psu. The only fan I can actually hear under load is the cpu cooler which keeps the cpu between min 10c to max 53c. I am extremely happy with this set-up for the foreseeable future. Any thoughts/feedback would be appreciated, as I'm still fairly new at all this....

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Update/upgrades - Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid Tower black; CableMod black cable extensions; Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler (CPU stable @ 4.6Ghz, 1.392v, 34/56 min/max temps deg c); x3 Noctua NF-A14 pwm fans; SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB ssd (OS); Zotac GTX 1070 Amp! extreme gpu; sk Hynix Sl308 500GB ssd (Steam); BenQ GW2765 27" 1440p 60hz IPs monitor. Really happy with the way the build has evolved and most parts found at excessively cheap prices, so even better. Next 6 months or so, Zen & equivalent ASUS TUF motherboard + DDR4 ram & possibly M.2 ssd.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this was a while ago, but does the 1070 bottleneck on the FX-8350? I currently have one, and I wanted to upgrade my graphics card to something of the likes of a 1060 or 1070. I'd like to go to the higher end for longevity, but I don't know if it will be bottlenecked by the 8350.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an awesome build, clean, lot's of airflow. I am looking at upgrading to the FX-8350 rather than my FX-4300 I want more speed, lol Oh and Noctua makes awesome fans, i have 5, PF12's although i need 140 mm up front.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

If you would have got a 8gb kit of ram you might have been able to get a R9 290 or 280x or maybe gtx 770 for the money if this is a manly gaming build. Good Job!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feedback, it's much appreciated. All the parts were purchased over a period of time, so mostly whatever deals fitted my budget, subject to reviews etc., plus it's a home workhouse/server/multimedia pc., first and foremost.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

Oh ok, that's not what it means, never even crossed my mind tbh. Well nothing political here, just my favourite wild cat, since childhood, which happens to be be black and stealthily quiet like my PC + Ninja just seemed a bit cliched ;-) Thanks for the comment though, always nice to get feedback and gauge what peoples' thoughts are. Also, for what it's worth, your username conjures up images of devil worshippers, doing satanic dances, rituals and sacrifices, ala the movies, in my warped mind ;-D

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Black Panther is a million things. It's kind of silly to let one instance ruin it.

A black panther is a beautiful wild cat.

The Black Panther is a pretty awesome Marvel superhero.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for your comment, it is appreciated. I agree wholeheartedly on all points B-)