Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

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Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

The Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide we posted last week was an obvious hit, judging by the traffic and discussion it provoked. Nice that our work is appreciated, but no resting on laurels this week.

In the middle of our work on that system, we took delivery of a sample of the new Fractal Design Define R5, the next generation of the R4 which will be in the stores in December. A 10-minute examination was enough to convince us: It is a better case than the R4.

How much better? Usually we answer this kind of question in a series of exacting tests with a reference system so acoustic and thermal performance can be compared easily with other competitors. In this case, knowing there wasn't enough time to do a complete case review, we decided to do the next best thing. Just swap it in place of the R4 used in our Quiet ATX Gaming Build and examine the differences. Quicker, and about as good, killing two birds with one stone: A pretty thorough silent-slanted review of the R5, and an upgrade to the ATX Gaming PC with a single component swap.

So here is SPCR's Quiet ATX Gaming Build, R5 Version. We'll be referring to our article on the first version, so hopefully you have read it already, or have it open in another browser tab.


No other components have been changed, just the case. Here's the component list.

SPCR's Silent Mid-ATX Gaming PC Component List
SPCR Build Components
Street Price
MSI GTX 970 Gaming - US$350
Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel I5-4440 - US$180
Intel Core i5-4460 - US$190
Scythe Kotetsu
Noctua NH-U12S - US$62
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Universal - US$33
Scythe Mugen 4
- US$50
Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Slim - US$50
Silverstone Argon 3
- US$50
Asus Z97-PRO
ASUS Z97-P - US$115
ASUS Z97-A - US$140
Kingston HyperX Genesis 2x4GB 1866MHz DDR3
Kingston HyperX Savage 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 - US$80
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
Crucial MX100 256GB - US$110
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB - US$120
Crucial MX100 512GB - US$210
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
- US$400
Seagate Barracuda 2 TB
Seagate Barracuda 3 TB - US$100 (for performance)
Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive (for performance)
Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB - US$105 (for low noise)
WD Red 3 TB NAS Drive - US$125 (for low noise, warranty)
Fractal Design Define R5
Fractal Design Define R4 - $120
Antec P280 - $90
Silverstone Raven RV05 - US$115
Corsair Obsidian 550D - US$130
Silverstone Fortress FT05S - US$180
be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W
Corsair CS 650 - US$95
Corsair RM 650 - US$110
Seasonic X-650 - US$120
Antec TrueQuiet 140
Fractal Fan from R5
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