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3700X Build Suggestions?

Trying to keep the total cost of CPU, MB, and 32GB of RAM around or under $700.

I'm leaning toward the Gigabyte Aorus Elite or the Asrock Steel Legend for the MB. For RAM it seems like 3000 CL15 or 3200 CL16 is the best I can do while keeping it within the budget; I'd like to stick to low profile heatsinks. I was looking at this kit which is on the QVL for the Gigabyte board (presuming that the R in CMK32GX4M2B3200C16R refers to the color).

I'm planning on the NH-D15 for cooling unless there's something that performs the same or better for less? Any help is appreciated please, especially on RAM kits .
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Scythe Mugen 5 $45.95
https://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Cooler...dp/B01M6CR4GH/

Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler with Dual Fan $59.99
https://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Ninja-.../dp/B079X3DBH8

Scythe Fuma 2 $60 (normally at $50 price)
https://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Fuma-H...dp/B07RFNG89S/

Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT $79.99
https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Macho-R.../dp/B01BCLXO7Q

Thermalright True Spirit 140 $49.99
https://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-.../dp/B00IYEEOMO

Thermalright Macho Rev. B $49.90
https://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-.../dp/B00PKJ21LW


(I haven't been keeping up with coolers but those seem like good buys to me)


Gigabyte Aorus Elite $200 (great choice, seems to be sold out at many places)


Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (Micron Rev.E) 2x 16GB $125 after code (sold out as well)
https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-32g...82E16820164128


Ryzen 7 3700X $329 - $20 code JULY20SAVE (first purchase only)
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I'll take a look at reviews for all the coolers and go from there. A shame the ram is sold out. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Out of those coolers I'd say the TS140 Power is the best VFM, only very slightly less performance than the best (and most expensieve) dual towers, arguably easier to install/clean and without the extra few db of noise from an additional fan.

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Umm, just a small point. In my experience in everyday operation 2 fans are quieter than one because they are spinning at lower rpms. When stress testing who cares about noise?

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Quote: Originally Posted by miklkit View Post
In my experience in everyday operation 2 fans are quieter than one because they are spinning at lower rpms.
That doesn't work in reality because you can always run a single fan the same speed as you run two (running two doesn't magically unlock a new PWM or Voltage/RPM curve), who cares if it's 2°C warmer? It works both ways

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Quote: Originally Posted by upgraditus View Post
That doesn't work in reality because you can always run a single fan the same speed as you run two (running two doesn't magically unlock a new PWM or Voltage/RPM curve), who cares if it's 2°C warmer? It works both ways
https://www.overclock.net/forum/246-...l#post24021109
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1395-page5.html
1 fan vs 2 fans comparison. At the same temperature, 2 fans is quieter. And not insignificantly so (2 to 4 dB(A) with 120mm fans and up to 9 dB(A) for the 140mm ones).

As for the OP, the Gigabyte Aorus Elite is a great $200 X570 board. If you want to shave off some bucks, the MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon is excellent as well ($175, but no flashback). The Crosshair VI Hero is also an excellent X370 board and is super discounted ($120, flashback). You lose PCIe 4.0.
NH-D15 is great. I personally got a cheap Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 3 and already have a Pro 2. Dual tower coolers have great performance and are nice and quiet. I would always pay just a bit extra compared to single tower coolers. Scythe are excellent value as well, but they don't have fans larger than 120mm as far as I know, so they will always be noisier or hotter (by a bit).
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Quote: Originally Posted by DeathAngel View Post
https://www.overclock.net/forum/246-...l#post24021109
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1395-page5.html
1 fan vs 2 fans comparison. At the same temperature, 2 fans is quieter. And not insignificantly so (2 to 4 dB(A) with 120mm fans and up to 9 dB(A) for the 140mm ones).

Curious where you're getting 9dbA from? the first link leads to a 404 and the SPCR has them at max 3db(A) difference for a whopping 1°C difference at the 7v mark, the lower RPM test points have larger temp difference but lower spl difference while the dual fans lead is reduced as fan RPM is increased.

It's also worth noting that it looks like they run open bench where a case would likely restrict performance of both setups, but more so dual as it needs more cool intake air unless it will pull more case ambient air or even worse that which has been warmed by the GPU.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Shardnax View Post
Trying to keep the total cost of CPU, MB, and 32GB of RAM around or under $700.

I'm leaning toward the Gigabyte Aorus Elite or the Asrock Steel Legend for the MB. For RAM it seems like 3000 CL15 or 3200 CL16 is the best I can do while keeping it within the budget; I'd like to stick to low profile heatsinks. I was looking at this kit which is on the QVL for the Gigabyte board (presuming that the R in CMK32GX4M2B3200C16R refers to the color).

I'm planning on the NH-D15 for cooling unless there's something that performs the same or better for less? Any help is appreciated please, especially on RAM kits .
THe new Noctua single tower is the way to go. I think it's the NH-U12A. The performance is crazy for a single tower. Also for Mobo the Giga is the way to go.
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Quote: Originally Posted by upgraditus View Post
That doesn't work in reality because you can always run a single fan the same speed as you run two (running two doesn't magically unlock a new PWM or Voltage/RPM curve), who cares if it's 2°C warmer? It works both ways



LOL! You just proved my point. A single fan runs faster and louder in order to achieve the same temperatures as two fans at a lower, quieter rpm. In my experience.
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