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My buddy was tired of his noisy rig so we decided to get rid of those annoying chassis fans as well as the AIO in order to reduce the dBA rating. Instead, we fitted his new rig with 3 Noctua fans and a Cryorig air CPU cooler in order to forego the pump noise. He had also decided that it was time for a chassis upgrade and purchased the Air 540. I tried talking him into the Fractal Design Define S in order to maximize the acoustics reduction but the look of the Air 540 won him over. If he's happy, I'm happy.

I apologize for the short, dull description and lack of detailed photos. We started working on it pretty late and were flying through the process in order to get it done ASAP. As a result, the photos do not follow my normal style. Regardless, here are some details for those who are curious:

  • All parts listed as "$0.00" were already purchased with his original build.

  • All parts with price were purchased for the upgrade.

  • HDD's are in RAID0.

  • The swap took a total of 30 minutes.

  • Even though I didn't create the build from scratch, I still wanted to include it in my profile in order to add to the library in case others were interested in the same process.

Thanks PCPP!

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Noctua fans are fantastic, but they're so ugly. Why do they have to make them in brown. :/

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I always ask that as well. However, they are unmistakable and that may be their market strategy. When you see them, you know they are Noctua.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. They know that they're great, and they know that we all know it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I think last year or the other year they released new fans that you can pay a premium to get black instead of poo poo brown.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Actual Some Grey and Black models are same price as the brown as of 12/04/16.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that case!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Slick case indeed. I only wish he would have went with the fractal design instead. I'm a bigger fan of their designs.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea but for what your buddy wants, I think this is perfect! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

always a +1 for anything with noctuas! nice build

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you alneal2787!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Love to see transplant builds!! Very nice! +1

Question - What was the previous (guessing here by the probably stock fans) Thermaltake case? Im a big fan of 2 larger fans over 3 smaller ones and would like to see if I could get my hands on said case.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I normally prefer 200mm as well since they are generally quieter than 140mm and 120mm but the Noctua is king here. Also, that chassis fits a bunch of them. I think he had 2 in the front and one up top plus room for another up top. Total of 4!

Thermaltake Core V71

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Im currently frankensteining 2 computers into 1 with some upgrades in the Element G. Plenty of space but with 5 HDDs, 2 GPUs, 4 SSDs, an optical drive and an AIO cooler Im pretty much tapped out and cant add anything else. If thermals get a bit much I may have to transplant.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a lot of SATA connections! Do you have a board that supports that or are you adding a SATA card?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the ASRock Extreme 6 1150 board. 10 SATA Ports, 6 reserved for RAID (RAID 0 of 2x1TB Drives for slightly increased gaming, RAID 1 of 2x3TB drives for storage of video project raw data, another RAID 0 of 2x250GB SSDs for a video render disk) then 1 sata port for the OS drive, another for an optical (still is a need in my line of side-work, and another port for a spare 1.5TB junk drive just for general S&G storage. It'll leave me with 1 spare port for a small amount of expansion, but the board also has 2 M.2 ports (1 that ties into SATA lanes, the other into PCI-E) so I could always change my render drive to a decent sized M.2 drive if I ever needed more than 1 sata port. Im not really a big fan of add in SATA cards unless its absolutely necessary and its a full blown RAID card thats got decent abilities but those are usually quite expensive.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Stacked!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Your memory sticks are incorrectly set to change to ports for DIMM2 and DIMM4 best performance for dual channel

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Good catch! Didn't even touch the ram when swapping it to the new case. I'll let him know.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would anyone want RAID0, what if one HDD drive died?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the risk of RAID0, but the benefits outweigh the risk under the right circumstances. Its a question of, "does the speed increase outweigh the risk of data loss?". You just don't put any valuable data on it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

So RAID0 read and writes data much faster? thats just the risk is losing it?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. In a RAID0 environment, the data is written (striped) across both HDD's, So if one dies, the result is complete data loss. On the flip side, since it's using both HDD's, it speed is increased.

If you have critical data (documents, photos etc) you may want to look into a different RAID setup along with a proper backup solution. If you just want to install games that take advantage of the increased speeds, RAID0 may be good for you since data loss isn't that big of a deal considering the fact that you can just reinstall the game after replacing the dead HDD.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it seems like a lot, but can you explain all of the RAID set-ups to me?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

There are several different types of RAID configurations so it's probably best if you check these sites out:

RAID Information 1

RAID Information 2

RAID Wiki

Some RAID setups are either obsolete and/or only used for very specific configurations. For the most part, you should just look into RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID(1+0). Once you get those down, you can dive a bit deeper.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I personaly use a lof of RAID-1 for long time data archive and I also use RAID-0 (2 drives) or RAID-10 (0+1) (4 drives) to boost the speed on old hardware. RAID-10 is also the one you want to use for databases.

edit: here is an example of raid level 10 and the machine still runs to this date. It is used daily as far as I know: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/2ZnQzy

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks PCPP!

You're welcome!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my first time on this website and wanted to know if I was able to buy it from you or if I had to build it myself

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello Joseph248. Welcome to pcpartpicker! This site is actually just a place for PC builders to come and plan out their next build and show off what they have already built. As far as I'm aware, no one really sells their computers on this website. However, if you wanted the challenge of building the PC yourself, you've found the right place. This is THE BEST site for that specific goal and no other site will help you succeed more. You can easily copy any part list on here, check out other builds or even check out the "build guides" link up top.

If you are just looking to buy a custom built computer instead of building your own, you can try Hardwareswap. Hopefully it's OK that I just linked that.

Good luck and feel free to reach out to any members here if you get stuck. A ton of us would be more than happy to assist anyone with building questions.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Whaaaaaat!