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Silent But Deadly

by SquelchMuffins

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23 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 10, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 8, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.57GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1GHz

Description

Insert Fart Joke Here

In summer of 2016 I came up with the idea for a powerful build inside a minimalist case that runs everything I want smoothly and quietly. This is the end result of nearly a year of careful planning and purchasing.

This is my first PC build ever; honestly everything went incredibly smoothly during assembly. I can now run all my favorite games at 1440p/144 fps and I'm loving it. I'll get around to overclocking the cpu eventually, right now I'm just busy tinkering with the desktop and my games.

Big thanks to reddit user u/Osuets as well as r/buildapcsales, r/buildapc, r/monitors, and r/mechanicalkeyboards for all the super helpful tips!

P.S. - my adorable sad eyed puppy that you see is a real sweetheart, but we're teaching him not to chew my expensive cables.

Part Reviews

CPU

Bought this "refurbished" from Newegg, hence the lower price. This is an incredibly powerful cpu, I'm happy I was able to snag one for such a good price. Installation was easy, despite my freaking out about every little detail.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is massive, unwieldy and frankly its colors don't match with any PC build I've seen so far. So why do I like it so much?

cricket noises

Exactly. This thing is whisper quiet, I can't hear a damn thing coming out of my case, and my 7700k is perfectly cool. If you are able to fit this cooler into your case, I'd highly recommend it.

Motherboard

Nothing too special about this board, but it didn't give me any problems and everything installed easily and runs smoothly. Only reason I'm deducting a star is because one of the 7 or 8 available fan connectors doesn't seem to work.

NINJA EDIT: This motherboard has no on-board wifi, which means your new PC will have no internet access even through the ethernet port until you download the required drivers from MSI's website on a separate computer onto a flash drive and install from there onto your new PC through Device Manager. It seems the existing drivers that come on the motherboard are broken and/or missing, but installing them from a flash drive is easy enough.

Memory

It's RAM. It's fast. Low profile too. Not much else I could ask for, besides a lower price.

Storage

Best bang for your buck if you are looking for a 1TB SSD. The M.2 factor made installing this thing a breeze.

Video Card

Beautiful card. Runs oh so quiet but stays oh so cool. This card is quickly becoming my favorite part of the build. It runs EVERYTHING at an incredibly smooth framerate on my 1440p 144hz monitor, my new favorite hobby is cranking every game's settings to the max and letting this card push through it without breaking a sweat. I'm confident the 1080 Ti will remain relevant for years in the future.

Case

Amazing case. Fits my DH-15 cooler with millimeters to spare. I added an additional 12mm fan for intake since I hear this case can use the airflow, and I'm not having any problems.

Only thing I'd possibly hold against this case is the terrible thumbscrews, which make it hard as hell to open the side panels or PSU cover for access since they don't seem to want to match up with their threading and strip very easily.

Power Supply

It's small and efficient, which I like. The Eco mode means that it almost never makes noise as well, combine that with the excellent warranty and this is a killer deal.

Operating System

Bought it on a flash drive, installed in less than 30 minutes. Only taking off a star because charging over $100 dollars for an OS is still lame.

Case Fan

Before I assembled this build, I considered swapping the standard case fans out for some Noctua 120 or 140mm fans instead. I shouldn't have worried. These fans are very quiet, and although they probably don't move as much air as say, a Noctua, they work just great. I installed an additional 120mm fan in front to help the case's positive air pressure.

Monitor

Copied from my reddit review of this monitor which can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/comments/6vg0b2/asus_rog_pg279q_my_experience/

After purchasing it through Amazon Monday morning, it showed up this afternoon and after work I set it up and calibrated it and gave it a run-through of typical tests for quality, dead pixels, backlight bleed, etc. All I can say is, wow. This monitor is f****** unreal. There is NO noticeable backlight bleed so far as I can see, its colors are consistently clear with NO browning towards the edges whatsoever. Considering the IPS glow that is typical for these monitors, I was skeptical of how "black" black could be on this screen, but I was pleasantly surprised at how little glow there really was. When viewing from ~35-40 degrees to either side, this thing doesn't change colors at all, past that the glow becomes quite noticable, but I figured I'd never be using it at those extreme angles anyway. In conclusion; don't take my experience at any more value than any of the other reviews on here, but I'm extremely happy with this monitor. After reading all the nightmare reviews and RMA horror stories on here I was prepared to return this monitor as many times as necessary in order to get one I was happy with. This was a pleasant surprise and I can't emphasize just how little backlight bleed there is, this thing is incredibly consistent. I don't know if my silly anecdotal story will convince anyone else to brave the IPS lottery, but if it does, I wish you the best of luck. This monitor is fantastic.

Keyboard

Is good keyboard, build quality is fantastic. Taking off a star because the non-standard layout means that your choices for switching out keycaps are extremely limited.

Mouse

Good mouse, although I still frankly prefer my Razer DeathAdder Elite. This mouse feels a bit...low? It's hard to describe, but I have big hands and it's hard for me to actually hold this mouse without squishing my hand over the top of it. CUE software is also a pain, but so is Razer's gimmicky Synapse software, so that's a moot point.

NINJA EDIT: Taking off a star, this mouse will sometimes disconnect randomly when I first start my PC, I have to pull it out and replug it in to make the computer recognize it. Go figure.

Other

Got this keyboard with MX clear switches because I wanted something a bit firmer to type on than my gaming keyboard which has MX browns. I love this thing, 75% keyboards are the perfect blend of functionality and space efficiency. This keyboard is quality, I love how sturdy it feels.

Comments Sorted by:

cobalt_blue 1 Build 5 points 11 months ago

Nice quiet build there, and if it ever does make a noise you can blame it on the dog.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I like this idea. :)

itscourts 2 points 11 months ago

nice build. +1 for the vortex board, I love r/mk it got me into building my own custom boards.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah that subreddit is amazing except it makes me want to spend all my money on keyboards I'll probably never use! Haha

customgtp 20 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

+1 A quality build that doesn't......

customgtp 20 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Stink

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

hehe

ajmalik 1 point 11 months ago

$3,200. wow.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, that includes all the peripherals including the expensive monitor. Real price of the rig is actually around $2,100.

Bosswoman3 1 point 11 months ago

Great choice for the monitor. I've seen alot of reviews on YouTube about how good this monitor is.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Hey thanks! I know there's little difference between this monitor and the ACER and AOC variants, but I was willing to pay a little bit extra to get a monitor that didn't scream "OMG GAEMR". I can turn off the red ASUS ROG logo in the settings and then the monitor just kind of drops into the background until I power it on, it's nice.

ckrc 1 point 11 months ago

awesome build!!! need to put a standoff for that m.2

Gimli looks like he wants to go to the park

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

yeah i fixed that later during the build! good eye

LordJackie98 1 point 11 months ago

Does the 27" monitor makes it harder to see things? compare to 24". Would you prefer a smaller size but still have those specs?

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Honestly, no. It's just that I have a very shallow desk, so this monitor takes up a lot more of my field of vision than my previous 18" laptop ever did. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the quality on this monitor is superb, I wouldn't change the screen size since 1440p at anything less is just wasting the extra pixel density IMO.

LordJackie98 1 point 11 months ago

Ah, cause I just ordered a 24" 1440p 165hz Gsync for 440$ CAD. Most 1080p 144hz cost around 380-400$ here so Its a good deal for me. Kind of wondering if the 24" is a bad choice. 27" models cost around 800$ here and I don't think the extra 3" is worth the extra 400$. But I did some research and people said it depends on how far you sit and if your desk is small or not. Mine is small so there's that.

Also, I heard that 24" has more PPI than 27" but you would need scaling rather than 27" doesn't need scaling but has lower PPI. So, I assume 24" and 27" is all about preference?

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Pretty much. Personal preference is huge, just go with whatever you feel will suit you best. IMO, you won't notice much of a difference just based on the PPI between a 24" and a 27" monitor if it's already 1440p - the 27" just means you get a much larger screen. And it is much larger. 24" vs 27" might not sound like much of a difference, but it really adds a lot of real estate. I'd recommend going with a 24" screen if you sit close to your desk or don't really want a distractingly large panel in front of you, otherwise 27" seems to really be the "sweet spot" for 1440p if I'm honest. It lets you experience the higher resolution on a much larger scale without sacrificing any of the picture quality.

I don't know what monitor you are getting or how much you are willing to spend, but I initially was looking at this Dell 27" monitor (there is also a 24" variant) and only rejected it after hearing multiple complaints of severe color banding: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-27-gaming-monitor-s2716dg/apd/210-agjr/monitors-monitor-accessories

I ended up going with the ASUS panel since I was eager to test it's IPS-type quality (this model uses an AVHA panel)... to be honest it looks incredible, the colors are incredibly deep and accurate at whatever viewing angle I might be at. This is the main advantage that my monitor has over most "gaming" monitors, which typically use a TN panel that can affect how accurately color is reproduced at varying viewing angles. With my monitor, I could be sitting on my couch across the room and the color looks nearly identical to if I was sitting in front of it. My only hesitation I had while buying is because many people complain about quality control on these things. Mine turned out great, others have had different experiences. If you head over to https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/ I'm certain you could get some more concise and helpful advice than what I'm giving here.

Again, personal preference. You say your desk is small, I'd say go with the 24" screen - you won't be disappointed either way as long - as your panel doesn't have hidden quality control issues.

LordJackie98 1 point 11 months ago

Yea, I ordered the S2417DG. It was really cheap with all the discount applied and I don't think I can find any other monitor with those specs at that price point. Glad to know that 24" 1440p isn't a bad choice. I sit 2 feet away from my monitor and I have a small desk so I guess it fits perfectly.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Good luck! Hope that you enjoy it :)

Primate541 1 point 11 months ago

With the case closed how much space do you have between the CPU cooler and the side panel? Asking because I'd be interested to know if the new Noctua Chromax heatsink covers would fit.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

If you were to use the DH-15S instead of the regular DH-15 like I did, I'm pretty sure it'd work great! The 2nd fan on the DH-15 is the problem, since it doesn't sit flush over the low profile RAM I installed, it needed to be pushed out further than the center fan (you can clearly see this in picture #7). The heatsinks themselves fit in the case just fine in spite of their large size, it's the fan that is the real problem. The DH-15S should be a good fit, and the Chromax heatsinks look dope!

quinnstagram 1 point 11 months ago

Hi, nice build! I'm trying something similar and I'm wondering if the cpu and gpu thermals are okay in that case. I heard its not a great case for hot GPUs.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I heard similar things; but no problems so far! Best advice I could give you is to throw another 120mm or 140mm fan on top of the preinstalled one in front that comes with the case, the positive pressure will really help out!

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