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Hey there all, this is my first build log! So please forgive any nooby mistakes along the way
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Current Parts List

Intel i5 3570k
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
Corsair Vengeance 8gb DDR3 1600mhz
Sapphire Radeon 7870 OC Ghz edition
Antec HCG-M 620w PSU
Samsung 830 1208b (Boot drive)
Samsung 840 120gb (Games drive)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Removed due to noise
Fractal Arc Midi Fractal Define R4
Antec Kuhler 620 Corsair H100i RMA'd the Corsair H100i, could not fix pump grinding issue

Origin

In December last year I built my first gaming rig, with graphic design capabilities. Here is the imgur album with original build pictures. It performs just as I'd like, works great in games at mid-high settings and handled Photoshop and Illustrator like a champ. My only issue with it was that it was loud when it was idle, and insanely loud at load.

In an effort to curb this, I bought a PWM Fan for my Antec Kuhler 620, which minimised my noise levels by a small amount, but the pump on the Antec was still the loudest part of my system. I put up with this for a few months until I could afford new parts, having just spent $1600NZD on my build.

Here's a video of the build as well.

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Idea

My idea for this build log is to toy with my system and try and get the quietest possible system, while idle. I don't care a whole lot about noise-levels during gaming, as I generally wear headphones. I'd also like to attempt some minor modding in my system. Maybe a window mod in the case, or something along those lines. Suggestions are welcomed, and encouraged
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Current status, as of 7th March 2013.

I've transplanted my system from the Arc Midi into my brand-new Fractal Define R4, I've taken out the Seagate Barracuda and placed in a second SSD, and removed the drive cages. Pictures coming soon, getting a new camera in the next few days.

I tried the Corsair H100i, unfortunately the unit I received has the un-fixable grinding pump-noise. I've tried all the firmware updates, software updates and even playing around in my BIOS. The noise was too grating on my ears and had to go. I've sent it back for a refund which should be coming in next month as well as my tax return. This should give me about $300-$400 New Zealand Dollar's to play around with.

Future Plans

My plans are:
  • Install three 140mm Noctua PLX fan's in the case, replacing the stock fans
  • Installing a Noctua NH-D14 on the CPU. I'm a bit hesitant on this, can anyone recommend a near silent CPU cooler?
  • Install more sound dampening material around the case.
  • Install a fanless 500w Seasonic PSU
  • Install a fanless heatsink on my GPU.

If anyone has any suggestions, please do post, I'd love some encouragement and some good ideas, as well as something I may have overlooked
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Thanks for reading!

Demos

UPDATE: Current status of build

Got rid of my CPU cooler, using stock at the moment. I've decided on the ThermalRight HR-02 Macho for my CPU cooler, and will be ordering the three Noctua 140mm fan's in mid-late april.

I'm also looking into the possibility of replacing the cooler on my 7870 with a passive heatsink.

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Antec Kuhler 620 Corsair H100i RMA'd the Corsair H100i, could not fix pump grinding issue
there was a firmware update to fix that as it was the minimum speed that the pump was spinning

nice build
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worth a try
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will be interesting to see how quiet you get it
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What about the New swiftech h220 water cooler?
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I'm 2 for 2 with CLC's at the moment, with them both being extremely loud. I can't imagine the H220 will provide the level of quiet I'm looking for, plus it'll be a long time before it's available in NZ.
 

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Nice setup!! Bit jealous of your system.
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Would love those SSDs. Hope the build goes well for you.
 

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Nice setup!! Bit jealous of your system.
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Would love those SSDs. Hope the build goes well for you.
Thanks!
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No idea why you'd be jealous! This is like an Xbox compared to some of the rigs here
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The SSD's are fantastic, my only regret is not buying two 830's before they got discontinued. The 840's write speeds are awful.
 

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Well there will always be something better.

Just look over my sig rig. Your setup is pretty sweet compared to mine. I would love a 660Ti or a 670 but had to settle with the 650Ti for the moment. NO SSDs yet.
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Hence, a little jealous.
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I would first decide on the cooler before looking at RAM choices. But if it were me. I'd buy the Corsair LP RAM. As both sets have the same CAS latency timings, and the Corsair is 5$ cheaper.
 

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subbed for the name of the build, Turk!
 

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subbed for the name of the build, Turk!
It's not because of Turkey, sorry! It's a reference to the TV show Scrubs.

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I would first decide on the cooler before looking at RAM choices. But if it were me. I'd buy the Corsair LP RAM. As both sets have the same CAS latency timings, and the Corsair is 5$ cheaper.
Yeah totally. I don't even think I'll need to swap out my RAM with the cooler I'm thinking of going with. The Thermalright True Spirit 140.
 

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It's not because of Turkey, sorry! It's a reference to the TV show Scrubs.
I think he meant Turk, as in the guy from Scrubs
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Anyway, I wish you luck on your silent computing journey. I, too, would like to make a near silent rig in the future when I get some monies to finally upgrade (my PC is like 3 years old already D:). How's the Fractal R4 treating you so far?
 

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I think he meant Turk, as in the guy from Scrubs
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Anyway, I wish you luck on your silent computing journey. I, too, would like to make a near silent rig in the future when I get some monies to finally upgrade (my PC is like 3 years old already D:). How's the Fractal R4 treating you so far?
You got it!
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The Fractal R4 is beautiful. Much easier to build in than the Arc Midi. Noise levels are basically halved and the ability to remove all the drive bays is fantastic. It's such a beautiful case.

The only problem is the blue LED is stupidly bright, so I've unplugged it.
 

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Quick Update

So I've swapped out from the Arc Midi to the Fractal R4. I've removed all the drive bays.

I've RMA'd my Corsair H100i, and am using the stock cooler for now. I think I'll be getting the ThermalRight True Spirit 140 for my CPU cooler. Then it'll be time to upgrade case fans to the Noctua 140mm's and I should be nearly done.



 

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It's not because of Turkey, sorry! It's a reference to the TV show Scrubs.
Yeah totally. I don't even think I'll need to swap out my RAM with the cooler I'm thinking of going with. The Thermalright True Spirit 140.
looool, well its kinda because of both
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both are awesome on their own
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LOVE how the SSDs are in the back. Super cool.
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Happy with my case right now but that is a sweet deal.
 
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