Description

This system was put together primarily to handle technical image processing workloads. Since this will be installed in a home office environment, I was looking for a very quiet machine. Multithreaded processor performance and low noise were the primary drivers for parts selection.

The parts went together without much trouble. The biggest confusion factor was sorting out the cables of Corsair modular power supply. While I was very impressed with the overall packaging of this Corsair power supply, the manual was of little use. It provided a parts list and basic specifications only. The modular outputs on the power supply were not labeled and I had to search the web to find a diagram which showed the pinouts of the PSU connectors. Most of the cables themselves were labeled with their function but it was unclear in some cases as to which port on the power supply they plugged into. (This was my first encounter with fully modular power supply.)

I am really impressed with the overall design and quality of the Deep Silence one case. About the only thing I could suggest is an improvement in this case is to increase the depth between the motherboard tray and the side cover. Because of the sound absorbing material on the inside of the cover, it is a very tight fit for some of the cables behind the motherboard.

Cable routing could've been done a little more neatly but with ample use of cable ties I was able to fit everything in. I will likely redo all of the cable routing when I change the CPU cooler.

Even with this temporary cooler, the system is extremely quiet. I have just started running some benchmarking and have found the cooling to be more than adequate. The processor has not gone above 47° C under load. (I am not yet OC'ing the CPU.) Under loaded conditions, the CPU fan has been running about 1500 RPM. I currently have the two front fans and the rear exhaust fan running off of the case's integrated fan controllers. I can barely hear the case fans running even when set to their highest speed.

I am currently running with a temporary cooler because I was unsure as to whether my first choice would fit the case. Now that everything is assembled, I can see that my first choice for a closed loop liquid cooling system should work out just fine. I will likely run with the temporary cooler for a few weeks before converting to liquid cooling.

About the only limitation I have left to work around for now is that I don't have a second set of USB 3.0 internal ports on the motherboard to use for my card reader. The Deep Silence one case has two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports recessed in the top cover. These are currently being driven from the only internal USB 3.0 header on the motherboard. It looks like I will have to get a short adapter cable for the card reader and route the cable out of the case to one of the external USB 3.0 ports.

EDIT: Updated temperatures with overclocking to 4.3 GHz. Temperature reading were taken at 28 C ambient for idle and 100% load running Prime95 for 6 hours.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build!

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you can get a PCI card that will give you an additional internal USB 3.0 header. I think this is what you'd need: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815256003

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that Suggestion! I've seen regular USB 3.0 add in cards but hadn't seen one made specifically for use as supplying an internal header.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

You put the lean in Clean with that cable management

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am not overly happy with it. I think there is still too much clutter in the area of the lower left corner of the motherboard tray. There are too many cables competing for space there and the overlap makes it hard to get the side cover back in place and locked down.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Only suggestion is to change from the Thermaltake Water 2.0 to the Swiftech H220 its the best in the market for closed loop cooling solutions and is only $20 more :P

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm getting the Swiftech for my next build (or my next upgrade). They are impossible to find in stock anywhere. Any time a company gets some they sell out in hours.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I've given more thought to the Swiftech product. Since I'm running OK with the temporary cooler, I just may wait for the H220 to become more readily available. Thanks!

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

It's definitely a great starting point, and it gives you the option to cool everything else as well down the road :P.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, very clean! Just one question though, how do those front 2 fans get air when the front is closed?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

In the third picture you can see the side vents on the case.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

As Norm101 answered, there are air vents on each side of the lower door for air entry. I like the split door design of this case and also like the way the fans swing out for easy cleaning of the dust filters.

I should have mentioned in the main description above that the doors are slightly spring loaded and have magnetic closures. Once you close the door to about the 30 degree position, the spring finishes the job and the magnets keep the door closed. Very nice...

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thank you, I thought the fans were suffocated haha

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

is it just me or is your graphics card slanted?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not just you. I think it is slanted also. It is firmly in the card slot but seems to just sag on the unsupported end. I think it is due to the considerable weight of the heat sinks and the nature of the unsupported back end.

It was sagging even before attaching the two power cables. Is this common? Maybe I should change the position of the power cables and let the stiff cables do some of the support.

Has anyone else seen this on their heavy video cards?

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

This is common. I have a 7950 from Sapphire and the first time I put it in it sagged pretty bad. To fix this I routed the cables up to support some of the weight. Take a look at my build to see what I mean.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable routing seems to have fixed most of the sag. I will play with different schemes when I change out the cooler to if I can improve the sag on my HD7870XT.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen it before. ive even seen custom made brackets to support the card

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I took the side cover off a few minutes ago and looked again. (I am posting from the beast as I load software on it.) I think I should be able to move the two power cables so they come underneath the card and wrap up to connect. That will allow them to give some extra support at the back portion of the card.

I originally chose to bring the power in from the top because I thought the cables might interfere with the right-most fan on the card. In looking at it now, I don't think that will be a problem. I'll likely re-cable that section when I update the CPU cooler.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

oh I went with the same cpu cooler. I put another fan on it for push pull seems to work very nicely. idles my i5 at 28c and ive never seen above 35c on it

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I was a little surprised that it works so well given the 130 W CPU in my system. The Enermax ETS-T40-TB seems to be somewhat under-appreciated.

I could be happy with it but I don't think it will stand the strain once I over-clock this system.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I overclocked my asus to z77 to 4.2. the push pull seems to be cooling it very very well. I havnt touched 38c since I installed it. I also have a very well cooled case antec 900. I am seriously considering the antec 1200 I just love the case. wire management can get a little tough but its a solid very well build very good case for air cooled.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! very fast, great parts and nice work w/ the cables :)

Oh, and the CPU... P O W E R !! :)

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