Hello everyone, I've got a Raven build I want some feedback on:
Case: RVZ01B-E Black
CPU: i7-6700 (65W TDP)
RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2666
MOBO: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact
PS: Silverstone Strider Titanium 600W
Cooling: Silverstone TD03-Slim / Corsair H60
Fans: 3x - NF-F12 iPPC-3000
SSD: PNY CS2211 240GB (OS)
HDD: Seagate ST2000LM007 2TB (Storage)
GC: GTX 1080 (model pending, current candidates EVGA 08G-P4-6286-KR 8GB/ASUS ROG Strix OC)
SATA Cables: 2x Silverstone CP11 (very small/easy to route)
Fan Gaskets: 4x Phobya Radiator Gaskets 120mm
Arctic Silver: already on-hand (may need to order if can't find)
Fan Grill: Apevia G-120 (Don't want fan scraping radiator hoses.)
Over-engineering, simple as that. Not going too crazy on most components, with a particular focus on low power usage (where possible), and longevity. This setup is intended to use notably less power than my previous build, while running cooler, being significantly smaller, blowing its performance out of the water, and operating for years on end.
For reference, the system I'm replacing is a full tower system, built upon a Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ (the original, not the r2), running a Phenom II X4 (125W TDP), 8gb G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3, housed in an Antec DF-85, powered by a Fatal1ty 750W bronze PS, running 2 EVGA GTX480's in SLI. A huge build that has just had parts swapped and moved into different cases over the last 6 years.
The processor is nearly top end, while being only 65W TDP. It does sacrifice OC capabilities vs its "K" sibling, but that wouldn't fit the longevity, cool, or low power draw conditions anyways. Cooling it with an AIO should be the final nail in the coffin for any CPU heat issues with this setup. The Motherboard is a bit of splurging for features. The primary reasons are the quality components ASUS put in its high-end boards (remember - longevity), & included software. It includes utilities for fan scaling to utilize those overwhelmingly powerful fans when needed, and keep their noise in check when they're not needed (made easier with the separate fan board). The other main utility included is their RAM Cache program, to utilize the otherwise excessive RAM capacity to speed load times in games. The power supply was a simple choice, and one of the main reasons for using the "E" version of this case. The Titanium certified PS is in there specifically for 2 reasons, besides the modular flat cables. It turns less power into heat (always a good thing), and has a larger/quieter fan than any of the SFX power supplies (and most SFX-L). The choice in case fans is largely just for overhead, able to ramp up pretty high, though at the cost of sound. While I have no intention of ever ramping up to their 3k RPM max (except maybe for the humor of it), I will likely have the fan curve progressing above the 2K limit of their smaller siblings if temps get out of control. On the topic of fans, I have included fan/radiator gaskets in this build. While this is a minor touch, it is there to ensure that the fans are always drawing air through the filters & radiator, and not the gap between the fan and the case/radiator (especially when the filters are dirty and providing more resistance than normal). I know this may seem like an unnecessary/extraneous step, but on my last build, I noticed dust buildup at the edges where the push/pull fans met the radiator. This indicated that some air was being blown past the radiator on the push side, and sucked from around it on the pull side, making it cool less effectively.
Concerns/Questions to you all:
The RAM version itself is one of the main areas of contention, though after my research this seems to be the best fit/performance in a 2 stick 32Gb kit at 1.2V, especially since it is also the lowest height. Another point of debate is the AIO cooler. Right now both the Corsair and Silverstone coolers should theoretically fit. However, with the MOBO having that large protrusion near the CPU, it makes me worry about height interference. The last item up for finalization is the Graphics Card. Aside from availability problems, any recommendations here on solid performing, cool running 1080’s?