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1440p +90 FPS gaming very quiet build

by piomil2005



Date Published

Oct. 1, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

44 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C



It is the first iteration build for 1440p 144Hz gaming - maybe not yet capable for stable 144 FPS but solid 90+ for sure. Additionally this performance must be delivered by a very quiet system (the case is placed next to the monitor).

Some remarks ref. less common / obvious components and building issues:

CPU AIO Fractal Design Celsius 24 - selection based one very goo reviews (very quiet with good cooling performance). There are also three options to control pump/fans speed: (1) full auto by build in sensor/circuit; (2) PWM with pump and fans controlled by MB via CPU fan connector; (3) PWM with pump and fans controlled by MB but separately. I have applied the third option (MB has 4 fan connectors), with custom control pump/fan curves (more aggressive number of pump rotations, less aggressive fun speed). Effect - complete quiet arrangement, with 60 deg. C in gaming and 65 deg. C in Prime95 30 min test (processor at 4.4 GHz but without voltage increase). Thermal paste Gelid Extreme. I have also replaced original FD PWM fans (pretty good anyway) by Noctua NF-F12 fans I had from previous build, as having slightly higher static pressure with less noise.

EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid - the biggest issue was to control fan/s speed on radiator, as this card originally delivers full speed voltage to the stock fan mounted on the radiator, which is neither smart not quiet. There is an option to control GPU radiators speed by GPU temperature by additional HW (pretty expensive) or by SpeedFan SW (however from my experience with another bild this is complicated and not always stable solution). Finally I have installed two 120 mm bequiet Silent Wings 3 High Speed fans (push-pull; also acting as exhaust vent) connected to the MB fan header and set the fixed 1,300 RPM. It gives GPU temperature as 27 deg C during office work, 60 deg C in gaming (GPU core clock is 80MHz up in Afterburner). Low GPU temperature helps to keep high and stable GPU built-in boost feature, to core frequency well above 2000 MHz (as 2050 MHz). To deliver fresh, clod air to the card built-in turbine I have installed in the bottom of the case one additional 120 mm low speed Salient Wings 3 fun. And this cooling arrangement is both quiet and very efficient. Card delivers FPS typical for 1080 chip but in very stable mode (with G-Synch monitor no problems with image quality). To be considered (will I manage to see difference between say 90 FPS and 144 FPS ? ;-)) - upgarde to EVGA GTX 1080 TI FTW3 Hybrid (I still have room for CPU overclocking as well).

Fractal Design Define Mini C - my third FD case (after Node 604 and Core 500). Optimal size, good quality, sound dampening material works perfect. In my configuration I have decided not to open top ModuVent cover to keep the system quiet - and it seems I have no problem with hot air concentrating in the top of the case. One unpleasant surprise - the is very limited space for cabling management on the opposite (behind motherboard) compartment … dedicated to cable management. I use only 2,5 inch drives (2 x SSD and one hybrid) and I do not have enough flat connectors for SATA power delivery in a set of cables in my power supply unit. It leads to the situation that some cables (with angle / 90 deg connection or power “cable goes thru” ones) are in contact with the side panel, creating pressure on SSD SATA power connectors and on the back of the MB even (see photos – please note there is app. 3mm dampening material cover on the inside surface of the side panel). For the same reason I had to buy more flat SATA signal connectors – could not use 90 deg angle ones. There should be 1 cm more space between side panel and internal element incl. cables/connectors. The rest it OK with his case.

Part Reviews


still best CPU fro gamimng anyway

CPU Cooler

very good and quiet - see details in the main text


good enough, perfect value for money, powerful and stable. One cons - no SLI.


rather incidential choice however works well - stable keeps its 3200 MHZ from XMP without problems


a bit old but with Samsung Magican SW still fast and stable, good enoght for system drive.


bought to keep games and all work files / photos - very fast.


back-up, dewlnoad etc. drive. Fast adn quiet; well know issue with going quickly to sleep mode (so needs time to spin-up) bot it is not issue for backup drive used from time to time.

Video Card

fast, stable and quiet bit requires some DIY in radiator fans management - see main text


Perfetc size - still small but capable. very good sound isolation. Good quality. One issue (for many 2,5 inch drives user) small space for cable management - see main text

Power Supply

Perhaps is still where is put it in the case as the system works - I have never heard from him again :-) good quality, quiet and stable, long guaranty, plenty of power ...

Operating System

do we have any choice ?


approved after long selection and testing other models - perfect image, very good work with G-Syng cards, easy to customize to gamimng and office wor.

Comments Sorted by:

shadrack97 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

44GHZ.. where can i buy that nuclear reactor?

piomil2005 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Well, think BIG ! ;-) no option to correct this and some other typos ..

bearrugz 1 point 18 months ago

Hi there. Could you possibly include more information about your CPU cooling setup? Specifically what header you have the AIO plugged into on the motherboard and what headers you are plugging your two fans into? Also, how do you have these managed in the BIOS?

I have the same setup (AIO and CPU), and my temps seem high. And If I turn on PWM and increase fan speed in the BIOS, it gets rather loud. I also seem to have temps jumping around while idle and gaming. One second temps could be 40C and the next they will jump to 65C and quickly back down again. Any help you can offer is appreciated!

Seabassom 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

hey I saw you bought the monitor i was thinking of buying. The tn predator. I was wondering how the color is and if you like it? I was debating between this one and the ips one I want to know if its worth the 150 dollars more to get 3ms less and an ips display. thanks!

sonicspider 1 point 14 months ago

can u give me some videos that taught you how to install liquid coolers. all these videos in youtube shows a regular fan, can u give me suggestions. im trying to switch from xbox to pc so im new