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Hello,

I am hoping you guys can help me with this build. I am going for a quiet build for living room gaming. That will be the only thing this does. I originally wanted to go with a smaller tower but I have a spot out of the way in my living room for this and don't want to overheat the components or have unnecessary noise that may result from a smaller enclosure. Please review and comment how I can improve. I am over budget already smile.gif so not sure I want to make any significant additions but willing to if needed. Just looking to see if I picked out quality parts. I am willing to go up or down on budget if needed. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 24
Great build, but there's a few things you might want to consider:

1. The EVGA B2 750w is much higher quality and $20 cheaper.

2. Thanks to Ehume's fantastic review, we can see the Sythe Ninja 4 cools better than the NH-D15 at half the price. It's huge and I believe it requires low profile RAM or removing RAM heatsinks though.

3. Those fans are quiet but don't move much air. Phantek, Noctua, and Thermalright 140mm fans (for example) are just about as quiet at low voltage but can move much more air if needed. Here's a good 140mm fan roundup, so you can see what I mean.
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Also, if you don't use a CD drive, look into the Fractal Define S, it's pretty much the same as the R5 but cheaper! I have one and I love it! thumb.gif
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Great build, but there's a few things you might want to consider:

1. The EVGA B2 750w is much higher quality and $20 cheaper.

2. Thanks to Ehume's fantastic review, we can see the Sythe Ninja 4 cools better than the NH-D15 at half the price. It's huge and I believe it requires low profile RAM or removing RAM heatsinks though.

3. Those fans are quiet but don't move much air. Phantek, Noctua, and Thermalright 140mm fans (for example) are just about as quiet at low voltage but can move much more air if needed. Here's a good 140mm fan roundup, so you can see what I mean.


Thanks. I will check out the ninja and the 140mm fans you linked. I am a little confused about the PSU though. From my research the corsairs run much quieter and also the one you linked is Bronze and the one i picked out is gold. Can you help with what I am missing here?

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Also, if you don't use a CD drive, look into the Fractal Define S, it's pretty much the same as the R5 but cheaper! I have one and I love it! thumb.gif

I thought about this. I will have to compare a bit closer. I will not be using a CDROM drive and only will have 2 drives in the PC. The only thing I worried about was the noise. I just wasnt sure if the S would live up to the outstanding noise isolation of the r5.
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I am a little confused about the PSU though. From my research the corsairs run much quieter and also the one you linked is Bronze and the one i picked out is gold. Can you help with what I am missing here?
Power efficiency ("Gold," "Bronze," etc.) is no indication of build quality or performance, very important in an overclocked rig . That unit uses cheaper components, is not built as well, and has inferior performance compared to many competitors in that price range. See "Why you might not want to buy a Corsair RM PSU" and "PSU index thread."

The B2 unit I linked is a great value, but there are certainly better PSUs out there. Looks like it doesnt have an Eco Mode (where the fan only comes on when it gets warm), something you might want, though it is very quiet IMO (I have one in my family PC).
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I thought about this. I will have to compare a bit closer. I will not be using a CDROM drive and only will have 2 drives in the PC. The only thing I worried about was the noise. I just wasnt sure if the S would live up to the outstanding noise isolation of the r5.
The only potential noise difference I can see is the Define S front panel has no door and no foam. smile.gif
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post #6 of 24
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Thanks again for your reply!

I have decided I am going with the Corsair rm750i. Already pulled the trigger on it. Thanks for the links. That is an interesting read. Glad I went with the rmi. Seems like a legit PSU. Agree?

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=432


Oh... I also bought the ninja 4. So thanks for that advice as well! It it tough to find, so paid a little more for it, but still less than the noctua i originally picked out!

Also I think I am just going r5 to be on the safe side. I plan pulling all the cages out but something tells me the r5 is going to give me a little more piece of mind.


Last thing I am debating now I think is the RAM. Not really sure about what I picked out...
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Thanks again for your reply!

I have decided I am going with the Corsair rm750i. Already pulled the trigger on it. Thanks for the links. That is an interesting read. Glad I went with the rmi. Seems like a legit PSU. Agree?

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=432


Oh... I also bought the ninja 4. So thanks for that advice as well! It it tough to find, so paid a little more for it, but still less than the noctua i originally picked out!

Also I think I am just going r5 to be on the safe side. I plan pulling all the cages out but something tells me the r5 is going to give me a little more piece of mind.


Last thing I am debating now I think is the RAM. Not really sure about what I picked out...
Your welcome. thumb.gif

Real legit but very pricey.

I would probably do the same only because I like the front door; you can close it during low duty stuff and open it for more flow when gaming.

DDR4 3200 RAM can be had slightly cheaper, but its still a good value, especially because it appears it's the only low profile RAM in that speed/price range. That heatsink is a beast, and with low profile RAM you might not have to take the heatspreader off to get it to fit.

All other low profile RAM I'm seeing under $100 is more expensive and doesnt fit the motherboards colors (Geil Dragon 3333mhz and Mushkin Redline.
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post #8 of 24
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Quote:
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Quote:
Originally Posted by terminaldawn View Post

Thanks again for your reply!

I have decided I am going with the Corsair rm750i. Already pulled the trigger on it. Thanks for the links. That is an interesting read. Glad I went with the rmi. Seems like a legit PSU. Agree?

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=432


Oh... I also bought the ninja 4. So thanks for that advice as well! It it tough to find, so paid a little more for it, but still less than the noctua i originally picked out!

Also I think I am just going r5 to be on the safe side. I plan pulling all the cages out but something tells me the r5 is going to give me a little more piece of mind.


Last thing I am debating now I think is the RAM. Not really sure about what I picked out...
Your welcome. thumb.gif

Real legit but very pricey.

I would probably do the same only because I like the front door; you can close it during low duty stuff and open it for more flow when gaming.

DDR4 3200 RAM can be had slightly cheaper, but its still a good value, especially because it appears it's the only low profile RAM in that speed/price range. That heatsink is a beast, and with low profile RAM you might not have to take the heatspreader off to get it to fit.

All other low profile RAM I'm seeing under $100 is more expensive and doesnt fit the motherboards colors (Geil Dragon 3333mhz and Mushkin Redline.


unfortunately the graphics card I am going with will throw off the color scheme.. but this PC will not be on display so I am not worried about it.
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unfortunately the graphics card I am going with will throw off the color scheme.. but this PC will not be on display so I am not worried about it.
Mushkin Redline has tighter timings, while the Geil RAM is a small bump in speed, but neither are worth the extra $15-20 IMO.

RAM is comparatively cheap right now if you want to get 16gb. If you don't mind taking the heatspreaders off, GSkill DDR4 3200 is $120. A 2x 8gb Corsair LPX kit is $150. Just throwing that out there.
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unfortunately the graphics card I am going with will throw off the color scheme.. but this PC will not be on display so I am not worried about it.
Mushkin Redline has tighter timings, while the Geil RAM is a small bump in speed, but neither are worth the extra $15-20 IMO.

RAM is comparatively cheap right now if you want to get 16gb. If you don't mind taking the heatspreaders off, GSkill DDR4 3200 is $120. A 2x 8gb Corsair LPX kit is $150. Just throwing that out there.

Parts are ordered.. Just going with 8gb because this machine wont be multitasking. just playing games. All I read said 8gb is fine for that. I shall see. I kinda dont believe it but going to trust it. same with the reason i went with i5. all the benchmarks are saying its not worth the i7.
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