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Cool, Quiet Office PC

by LAWISON

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11 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 9, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.32GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

17.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

35.0° C

Description

What can I say? For what it's needed for it's more than enough. The idea was that it wouldn't need too much upgrading for at least 4-6 years. This computer is only going to be used for office related work, however speed is always needed. It looks sleek, runs quite, and under full load doesn't even scratch 36 degrees. Scored 620 on cinebench r15 which is pretty good. Cooler is overkill, but this pc isn't for me and I had guidelines to keep to! The plan is that this PC lasts a MINIMUM of 6 years so being that cold constantly should help.

The build: Everything went perfectly. Except a minor annoyance. After routing every friggin cable and plugging the whole thing in, I realised I'd forgotten to put the cooler backplate on the motherboard!! So essentially I built this computer twice, buy hey ho.

Part Reviews

CPU

The processor does its job and does it well. Very quick. With this cooler the max temp I've had on it is a mighty...36 degrees c. It is really fast, I mean those of you who overclock processors...you guys are weird. This does the job more than well enough. Tested it with a friends GTX 980ti and it works flawlessly on BF1 maxed out on 1440p.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is insane! Keeps everything crazy cool, as long as you use it as a pull, not push configured cooler! The tubing is very stubborn, good luck getting it to go where you want it to! The corsair logo colour can be changed which is a nice touch, but thats through Corsair Link, and I know there are a lot of people who have had issues with the software. For those of you that can run the software, it's very useful. You can monitor LOADS of temps, change the speeds of each and every fan in your system, change your fan settings, and even see a full graph of your temps and fan speeds.

I had my own issues with this cooler - when plugged into the CPU header it wouldn't boot at all, the logo just flashed red. DON'T WORRY IF THIS HAPPENS!! Simply plug it into your system fan header (I know you PC guys will complain but I know what I'm doing!) and boot up. Next make sure you install EVERY NEW DRIVER for your motherboard. Reboot your PC to save the updates. Now turn your PC off, plug it into the CPU header (and plug your system fans back in) and turn your PC on. TA DA it's now fixed!

I give this cooler 4 stars because of the issue above.

Motherboard

The motherboard is great, only has one system fan header, however the case I used has both fans linked so you can plug both into one fan header, so for me wasn't an issue, but something for other people to bear in mind! The placement of all the ports etc is perfect for building and the IO is great. This motherboard is amazing for the money.

Only other complaint is the orange light on the bottom right of the motherboard which you can't turn off as far as I can find. Also for those of you who are going for a 100% perfect colour scheme, if you look very closely it is actually just an extremely dark brown and not black!

4 stars because of only having one fan header and the orange light!

Memory

RAM is RAM. It's white, it fits the theme, what more can I say?

Storage

The HDD is just an HDD, maybe I'll add an SSD in the future. It does the job. Only complaint would be that it's very loud on startup, but that doesn't exactly take long so it's all good.

Case

The NZXT S340 has SO much space! Cable management is a dream, everything fits perfectly. Paint is easy to scratch, make sure you're careful, and use a blanket or something on your desk when building it. Also keep the film on the side window until the VERY end as it gets fingerprinted very easily. 3.5" drive cage and power supply are kept hidden, a huge bonus for someone as OCD as me, and the 2.5" drive trays are on the inside, so you can show off your power if you have it! ;)

Power Supply

The power supply is awesome. The cables coming pre-sleeved gives the pc a very clean look, and the cables that aren't sleeved can't be seen in the NZXT S340 anyway. It barely makes a noise while on 'hybrid' mode, and even when spinning at full speed is barely audible. It has a huge amount of connections, but remember that as much as this power supply can support up to 4 graphics cards, you're going to need a higher powered version!

Operating System

It's Windows. It's not perfect, but no OS is. Windows 10 is the best of the series though now...Windows 8, lets be honest, was rubbish.

Wireless Network Adapter

The wifi/bluetooth card is great...no dropouts, massive range, and the bluetooth worked through 3 walls across 4 rooms, so no complaints there!

Comments Sorted by:

AnyOtherWay 4 points 14 months ago

Cool, Quite Office PC

Yes, this is quite an office PC.

The processor does its job and does it well. Very quick. With my cooler the max temp I've had on it is a mighty...36 degrees c. It is really fast, I mean those of you who overclock processors...you guys are weird.

I mean, those of you who get $100 coolers for a non overclockable CPU... You guys are weird.

It's a pretty nice build, should be quite enough for office work.

LAWISON submitter 2 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

Well, build isn't for me, I had guidelines to keep to, hence the random cooler...I personally would have gone for either phanteks passive cooler or just a plain ol' evo 212. Client likes the look of it, I do as I'm told.

mlach 4 Builds 0 points 14 months ago

should be quite quiet enough for office work.

FTFY XD

AnyOtherWay 2 points 14 months ago

Actually, quite is still right, since the person who made this misspelled quiet as quite. In fact, it perhaps makes it even better to be quite instead of quiet.

LAWISON submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks for the indirect tip...corrected!

AnyOtherWay 2 points 14 months ago

Indirect mind control, it only sometimes works!

LAWISON submitter 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

You have the power! ;D

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Cooler is overkill, but this pc isn't for me and I had guidelines to keep to!

It HAS to be perfect.

LAWISON submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Indeed!

LibriLector 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Hey, if you want to turn off the orange light on the mobo, its in the BIOS under the Peripherals category.

LAWISON submitter 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Oh sweet, thanks for the advise! Sick of the orange LED :P I’m not really a huge fan of LEDs as it is to be honest!