That's a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet. I do a lot of photo-retouching and design work, so it's helpful to have a pen.
For the rad, I decided to stick with the stock fans that come with the Kraken. They're PWM fans that run pretty quiet unless you turn up the heat.
They seemed like a good balance of performance and noise. No complaints.
The desk is from IKEA. It's the white glass version of GALANT with chrome A-Frame legs. Quickly browsed IKEA.com and couldn't find the same desk, not sure if they still sell it.
I tend to think that AIO liquid coolers are a bit more efficient at keeping idle temperatures down. Even at low pump speeds and low RPM on the fans, it is still cycling water which keeps everything cool, and very quiet. (not scientific, just my thought)
I idle around 30-35. Light load will hit 40-50. Heavy load (rendering video or C4D) will hit 60-70. I'm not sure I've ever seen 70 degrees, so high 60s.
Even during rendering, I have the fans set to 50% power, so they are audible, but not loud. (I do hear the difference when it switches from silent to load) If i set everything to 100%, it keeps it below 60C, but it's pretty loud at that point.
Hope that helps.
Sure, happy to help.
I'm extremely picky about how much noise my computer makes. I worked really hard to make it as quite as possible and chose components specifically for their acoustics. My GPU uses three large fans that spin at a low RPM unless they're being pushed. The Power Supply runs passively unless it gets super hot.
So, I chose the Kraken for the same reason. And my basic answer for that, is that it runs about as quietly as you want it to. For me, idle temperatures of around 40C are acceptable, and to achieve that, I'm able to set an RPM curve that makes the fans virtually silent. If I'm rendering or doing something CPU intensive, it will kick in to "audible" at around 55C. The fans it comes with have been great, and I have no reason to blame them pump for significant noise. If you're ok with higher temps, it could definitely be even quieter. (the pump and fan RPM are both configurable based on case temp, CPU temp, or Liquid temp)
My entire computer has a very gentle hum, but I would consider it nearly silent. I have to look at the case lighting to see whether it's on or off. I can't hear it over the refrigerator in the other room, or the sound of traffic out my window, for example.
So, in summary, I'm very picky about the noise, and am very happy with the Kraken. All of my research said it's one of the quietest options out there, and I can vouch for that in real world use as well.
Sure thing! That photo was taken as an HDR with 4-5 exposures and then put together in Photoshop. I've got the two 32in Samsung monitors with IKEA Dioder LED light strips behind them. That small monitor to the left was an old 15in Dell. I've since replaced it with a 25in Dell that functions the same way.
I usually use that third monitor as a place to play videos or live-streams. When I'm not using it for video, I use a really old, mostly broken, program called CDArtDisplay to link to Media Monkey to display album art. I made the skin myself to fill the entire monitor.
Hope that helps!
I use the M.2 as my boot drive, for installing all my software, and for my Lightroom catalog. Keeps everything lightning quick unless I need to access my NAS for files.
I never phyically touch it, but I've had no issues with it at all. Runs fast, but it glaringly points out bottlenecks in other parts of the loop. (Ethernet NAS)
It's working really well. During 100% load, it keeps the CPU around 65C, even in the middle of the summer with ambient temps of around 80 degrees. And it stays almost silent at that temperature.
Love the case! No complaints.
I think they're better bang for your buck. None of my workflow pushes the GPU that hard anyhow.
Awesome, didn't know those existed! Thanks for the tip!
That is an IKEA GALANT glass desk with chrome A-Frame supports.
Sadly, I don't think they make this one anymore. Maybe you can find one used?
The 970 I got has three Displayport 1.3 ports. Each of those can drive a 4K monitor no problem. I'm actually running a third 2560p display now as well, no problems.
Very quiet, nearly silent. I have all the fans on a low RPM when the system isn't under load, so I can't hear it at all over other things in my apartment (traffic outside, refrigerator, etc.)
Amazing. An inspiration to us all. How could would it be if GPU manufacturers made cards with white PCB. That's possible right?
Lovely build. Love the black/white braided cables, and the way the SSDs are mounted/displayed look super cool.
Thanks! Glad you like it.
The monitors were based entirely on what I do with my computer. As a graphic designer and photographer, screen space (7840x2160), clarity (4K), and color accuracy (99% AdobeRGB) are extremely important. I've been watching 4K monitors for a while and wanted to get a pair that would last rather than spending a ton of money on ones that will date quickly. Those monitors have since dropped to $1500 and Amazon was nice enough to price-adjust: so I did get $1000 back from that! (I love Amazon!)
I've had no issues with the GPU, but I'll be honest, I've yet to push it past rendering some videos in Adobe Media Encoder. It drives my two 4K monitors and a small 15in monitor with absolutely no hitches and runs virtually silent. Nothing more I could ask for.
Haha, not rich at all. Working on a graphic designer budget. But it's been around 6 years since I last built a PC - I wanted to save up and go all out as an investment in my future as a designer. I was sick of being creatively hindered by my slow computer. Trust me, it made a very painful dent in my bank accounts.
Most of my work involves a mix of photography, composting, and 3D work - all of which are RAM/CPU intensive. With high-resolution photo composites, it's not rare for me to have 2-3GB PSD files with hundreds of layers. Helps a TON to have virtually unlimited RAM. Also, animations inside After Effects will render your frames into RAM, which makes volume very helpful. I use Cinema 4D for 3D, which renders on the CPU.
I didn't want to slouch on the GPU, because I know it's used for real-time rendering in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects, but I was more concerned with the CPU/RAM side of things.
I have the radiator set up to pull air from outside the case. The front of the case has ventilation for this, and an included filter. It's great being able to cool the CPU with air outside the case, although it does warm up the inside of the case for the GPU. I was more concerned with CPU power, so I was not too concerned with the GPU getting too hot.
So, I have the fans attached to the case pulling air from the front (blowing into the case) and the radiator attached to those fans on the inside of the case. Works well - I'm typically idling around 30C, up to about 58C on load and the fans have never spun up past 30%.
It is a blue LED. The masking on the front is white, but it's very bright blue. I do wish it was white, but not a deal-breaker since it is a great/quiet card.
The desk is actually from IKEA. It is the white glass version of GALANT with chrome A-Frame legs. Quickly browsed IKEA.com and couldn't find the same desk, not sure if they still sell it.
I am using the X61 with the CAM software. Completely agree: it's slow and clunky. You really only need it for initial setup and then you can just leave it in your tray.
I set the X61 to run in "silent" mode in the CAM software and it only picks up if the CPU gets good and hot. My i7 hovers around 30C and will hit 40-50 on heavy load, just barely enough to increase the fan/pump speed up a notch. It is very slightly louder, but almost impossible to tell unless I have my ear up to the tower.
I've been a silence nerd with my computers from the start, and am shocked at how cool and quiet this build runs, with literally zero effort. Default settings for all and I don't hear a thing. (leads me to believe that HDDs were my biggest contributor of noise previously)
Wow, I really wanted such a device, but had no idea they actually existed. Sometimes all you need to know is the name of a thing - thanks!
RAM was quantity over quality for me. I decided to put my money towards 64GB of cheap decent-looking RAM rather than 32GB of super awesome RAM.
I figured the GSkill RAM looked cool enough though, but I totally agree, the Dominator would've looked amazing.
Using the Samsung XP941 was completely seamless for me. I made sure to update the Bios firmware before attempting to install Windows because the newer builds stated they improved M.2 compatibility. When I first installed and booted up, I made sure to unplug my 850 Pro while I installed Windows, just to make sure I chose the XP941 when installing.
Installing Windows, booting, and everything else was completely seamless. Had no issues at all. For some reason, the Bios still doesn't really recognize the XP941, but it does notice that that bay is populated.
Would highly recommend it, that thing is stupid fast!
Thanks for the tip! I've actually never heard that before, but it makes sense.
I bought a Synology DS414 with four 4TB Western Digital Reds. All connects to the Internet and my computer over ethernet. Very happy with this setup for mass storage - Would kill for 10 gigabit though.
Front fans are pull, so they pull cool air from outside the front of the case through the dust filter.