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The be quiet! Upgrade - Total Silence

by DrWhoCares

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Details

Date Published

April 16, 2016

Date Built

April 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.9GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

900MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.8GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

Description

EDIT: Please forgive me for my terrible pictures. I wanted to take more but I lack a real camera and it was dark so the lighting is terrible. I may add more down the line. Also, the only parts I didn't bring over from a previous build was the CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard, Memory, and Power Supply. I still don't know how much I spent on the video card.

The be quiet! Upgrade Build - Total Silence!

Forewarning about my love for be quiet! I could go on for days about how much I obsess over be quiet! products. From their products ability, to their looks, and even their customer service. This is the company I would trust all of my dollars with. Everything is a sleek black, with a maximized amount of silence. When I show people my case, the first thing I do is have them put their ear next to the front fans. All they can hear is my HDD. be quiet! products are absolutely stunning to the point where I hope this build serves as an advertisement for them.

CPU - Intel (Skylake) i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

Everyone knows the new Skylake processors. I chose the cheaper of the two because I have a Microcenter nearby and I hate spending money. On the Z170 chipset, I can overclock this baby, especially since I chose the ASUS Z170-A motherboard and the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3. The Z170-A has auto performance boosts out of the box, so that's a nice little bonus when I need it. I haven't tested this thing too much yet, but I'm glad it's not the super hot, super loud AMD CPU I had previously.


CPU Cooler - be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 (67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing)

The entire reason I decided to upgrade. When I found out about this, I obsessed until I figured I should just upgrade it all. This cooler is amazing. Absolutely massive, with a TDP of 250W. Maximum decibel output of 26.1dB. Massive, and difficult to install, this thing will crush temps and do it all without you realizing your computer is even on. However, I found it really wasn't difficult to install at all. Just make sure DO NOT USE THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL. It is completely useless. It was so confusing, I ended up doing everything wrong. It all worked out in the end. Just go watch a video, I personally watched one by Hi-Tech Legion, which I found by googling.


Motherboard - ASUS (ATX LGA1151) Z170-A

This board is pretty sweet, I have got to say. I didn't need all the fancy features of a super expensive 200 dollar board, but I wasn't happy with all of the lower, 100 dollar boards. I found this beauty two days before I bought my parts and I will never look back. I don't care about what my parts look like on the inside, so the color contrast doesn't mean anything to me. Packed with features, I found the little LED's for post to be the most helpful, as I had issues with my first boot. Honestly I'm not a crazy overclocker, or even a casual overclocker, so I didn't mess with anything in the boot. All I know is, fast boot is enabled by default, and I had to turn it off as it makes everything go funky. Also, I misread the manual and placed the RAM in the black slots. It recommends the grey slots for maximum clearance. I had to push the "MemOK" button twice because of memory issues during post. This was probably my fault. After clicking the button, everything worked.


RAM - G.Skill (DDR4-2133) Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)

Now I wanted to go for the G.Skill (DDR4-2133) Ripjaws V, because of their compatibility with the Z170 board, but they are 2mm too high. I could have still got them and removed the heat spreaders, but that would void the lifetime warranty. So I had to settle with these X99 designed sticks. I chose the 2133 because I see no real reason to get something more expensive or overclock when Intel states they don't support anything above 2133. The motherboard states the same (unless you overclock). I'm absolutely certain I could get higher speeds, but I don't personally feel it's worth the effort. Also I found out, I probably could have used the Ripjaws V. If I placed the RAM in the grey slots, I would have enough clearance.


Storage - (SSD) Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" - (HDD) Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Samsung is the only choice for SSD's in my opinion. They are the only ones making all of the components inside an SSD, and the 840 Pro did a stress test and wrote 2.2 PETAbytes before it ran out of reserves and died. I'm using the new V-NAND 850 EVO. 500GB because I wanted to be able to use it as my main storage. No issues, and damn is this thing fast. I can't even bear to boot up my old HDD anymore. Seagate is the worst company to buy for Harddrives, but I didn't know jack about computers when I got it. It's lasted this long, and hopefully it lasts longer. I use it to store a backup OS, Pictures, Music, and other misc files.


Graphics Card - MSI (Radeon HD 7850) 2GB

I honestly have disliked this card for a while now. Loud when the fan is above 40%, and produces a ton of heat, the two things I hate the most in computer parts. However, it's lasted this long, and it continues to run games incredibly easily. I would recommend this card to people who are stuck in the past and want a cheap card that will last you upwards of 4 years.


Case - be quiet! (ATX Mid Tower) Silent Base 800 (Orange)

This case is absolutely amazing. I frequently go to 300 - 400 person LANs at my university, and the first thing I notice is that no one has a case that even comes close to looking as good as this beast. be quiet!'s first case on the market and they absolutely nailed it. Without a doubt, this is my favorite case I have ever seen. It comes with 3 Pure Wings 2 fans. Two 140mm in the front and one 120mm in the back. Let me assure you these things push a ton of air, all while making absolutely zero noise. The drive bays are amazingly polished, and have a nice locking mechanism for extra vibration protection. Full rubber clips, and the drive bays can be swapped out so you can provide even more airflow. I personally swapped out the larger bay for the smaller one, but if I end up getting two SSD's I'll probably drop it entirely. The filters are so incredibly easy to remove and clean, a huge improvement over my old NZXT case. Tons of space for extra fans or airflow. I don't use liquid cooling so no reason to use the top chamber (unless I want to put more be quiet! fans in there at some point!) The detachable feet at the bottom are amazing for transporting. Remove them, put it in the car then reattach later for more airflow underneath. Everything about this case seems polished with absolute care. Even the thumbscrews are something I could brag about. If you value silence and low temps, this is the case for you.


Power Supply - be quiet! (850W Semi-Modular ATX) Dark Power Pro 11 (80+ Platinum)

I love be quiet! Did I ever mention that? Well, I do. I had to go with a be quiet! PSU since that's what made them famous in the first place. Owning the PSU market in Germany, you can expect their PSU's to be top of the line, and I must admit, this thing is great. It says "Semi-Modular" but man, it feels fully modular. This thing is an absolute beast, and the power efficiency is amazing. I can even plug fans into it, which from my experience, works just fine. I didn't even bother plugging my two front fans into the motherboard because I don't expect to see much difference. Each cable is sleeved and feels amazing. The smooth exterior of the PSU is something I wasn't expecting, but can't get enough of. This thing looks absolutely amazing, and my terrible pictures do not do it justice. Keep in mind, be quiet! is the only PSU manufacturer that uses their own brand of fans. These are not some generic fan you'll get anywhere. This is the same amazing Silent Wings 2 fan we all know and love. Silent, and high performance, I can't get enough.


So yeah, this is my first real computer build that I picked all the parts for. I now have a full second computer, minus a harddrive, since I have a spare PowerColor 7850? laying around I got for free from a friend. Message me with any questions, or overall comments, or leave a comment.

I'll be doing part reviews after using the parts for a bit longer. For the ones I've been using already, I'll review now.

Part Reviews

Storage

Blazing fast speeds, from the only SSD manufacturer I would trust. They build all of the parts in the SSD in house, and the 840 Pro did a stress test and wrote 2.2 PETAbytes before it died. This one used V-NAND. 500GB is more than enough for most people.

Storage

Lasted me almost 4 years. That's about 4x the average lifespan of a Seagate product.

Video Card

I honestly have disliked this card for a while now. Loud when the fan is above 40%, and produces a ton of heat, the two things I hate the most in computer parts. However, it's lasted this long, and it continues to run games incredibly easily. I would recommend this card to people who are stuck in the past and want a cheap card that will last you upwards of 4 years.

Case

This case is absolutely amazing. I frequently go to 300 - 400 person LANs at my university, and the first thing I notice is that no one has a case that even comes close to looking as good as this beast. be quiet!'s first case on the market and they absolutely nailed it. Without a doubt, this is my favorite case I have ever seen. It comes with 3 Pure Wings 2 fans. Two 140mm in the front and one 120mm in the back. Let me assure you these things push a ton of air, all while making absolutely zero noise. The drive bays are amazingly polished, and have a nice locking mechanism for extra vibration protection. Full rubber clips, and the drive bays can be swapped out so you can provide even more airflow. I personally swapped out the larger bay for the smaller one, but if I end up getting two SSD's I'll probably drop it entirely. The filters are so incredibly easy to remove and clean, a huge improvement over my old NZXT case. Tons of space for extra fans or airflow. I don't use liquid cooling so no reason to use the top chamber (unless I want to put more be quiet! fans in there at some point!) The detachable feet at the bottom are amazing for transporting. Remove them, put it in the car then reattach later for more airflow underneath. Everything about this case seems polished with absolute care. Even the thumbscrews are something I could brag about. If you value silence and low temps, this is the case for you.

Monitor

I got it refurbished at Newegg for about 50 to 60 dollars less than retail price. Honestly not that bad. Light, big enough, and works just fine. Only issue is no HDMI on the back, but hey, you can't really blame them for that.

Keyboard

This thing has a 5 lb steel plate inside of it. If you love the sound of machine gun fire in the morning, get this. Honestly, it's not bad at all, just loud and heavy.

Mouse

Razer Synapse is pretty terrible, but I used to it turn of the LED's and uninstalled it after. Mouse has lasted me this long, and I use it very heavily. I would buy it again honestly, but if I buy a new mouse, it'll be the Gigabyte XM300.

Comments Sorted by:

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

"WOLLT IHR DIE TOTALE SILENCE?!?"
inappropriatejokes

DrWhoCares submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Nothing but silence my friend.

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

So one might say, you really struck gold!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Nice budget build!

+1

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DrWhoCares submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I thought about setting up some profiles since the motherboard seems to do it pretty well. However, I turned my computer on this morning, and I couldn't tell it was on. Luckily there's a nice, not too bright, matte LED for a power switch. Also the PSU makes a nice click when it powers on.

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526christian 3 points 19 months ago

the 6600k is more towards 1440p

https://i.imgur.com/crkBCXk.gifv

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DrWhoCares submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah, the GPU comes later, I'll probably go with AMD however. We shall see.

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