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 Post subject: Silent PC for Gaming/Work
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:48 pm 
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Hi. I'm planning to build a new PC for gaming and work, and want it to be as silent as possible, especially during idle. My current PC was built in 2011 based on guides by this site, and it's been great (I have upgraded the GPU once :) ).

Here's what I'm planning so far (inspired by some forum posts here and elsewhere):

  • Case: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C
  • PSU: Corsair RM750X 750W v2
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI
  • RAM: Corsair 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2666Mhz CL16 Vengeance LPX
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 9700K 3.6 GHz 12MB
  • CPU cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
  • M2 SSD 1 (Windows): Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
  • M2 SSD 2 (Storage): Intel 660p 2TB
  • GPU: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 Super ROG Strix Gaming Advanced 2xHDMI 2xDP 8GB

I think I will try out the three included 140 mm case fans on the Define R6 (2 front, 1 back), but if they're not good enough I've heard that the Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 are great.

Will also be attaching some 2.5" SATA SSD:s that I already have, but no old-school HDD:s (good-bye WD Green 5200 rpm).

If you see any parts that could cause trouble, I'd love to hear your thoughts, as I'm not really that experienced in PC building.


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 Post subject: Re: Silent PC for Gaming/Work
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:16 pm 
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All of your choices are good quiet components, if you spends sometime tweaking your fan control you should end up with a very quiet setup.

Some minor comments,
I like more Aorus Master out of the M.2 placement (i don't use near the gpu), and better heatsink/vrms, but more expensive.
I prefer the Noctua NH-D15 CHROMAX, specially since you are choosing standard profile memory you will be able to use both fans.

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 Post subject: Re: Silent PC for Gaming/Work
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:02 pm 
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Thanks a lot for your suggestions! I've already learned a lot from your responses in other threads as well.

After looking into it, I will probably go with the Aorus Master. It seems to have a better audio solution as well, plus I do like the three M2-slots like you said. I assume it would be best to mount the GPU in the bottom PCIe-slot, furthest away from the CPU, to keep it cool, or am I wrong?

I had completely missed the Noctua NH-D15 Chromax version and that it comes with dual fans. That's definitely interesting. You don't notice any extra noise from the extra fan in idle?

A review claimed that the Dark Rock Pro 4 was slightly quieter in both idle and load compared to the original Noctua NH-D15, so that's why I was drawn towards it, although the temperature was higher, so it might mean it raises the fan rpm earlier.


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 Post subject: Re: Silent PC for Gaming/Work
PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:06 pm 
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I found a French review that seems to show great noise vs temperature ratings for the NH-D15 Chromax, so I'll definitely go with that :) Thanks a lot for the recommendation. I'm thinking a lower CPU temperature should help the GPU stay cooler as well.
https://overclocking.com/test-noctua-nh ... x-black/7/

I'm still a bit confused over GPU placement. The top PCIe lane seems to generally be the fastest, as it's directly connected to the CPU (or something like that). But people say the performance gains are minimal, and I'm still thinking it might generate more heat if it's close to the CPU?

Also, in consideration to this I'm trying to figure out what the optimal placement would be of my two M.2 drives, as I'm planning to go with the Aorus Master with its triple M.2 slots.

EDIT: Right now I'm leaning towards placing the GPU in the top slot, as that's what everyone else seems to be doing. And put my two M2:s in the top and bottom slot, avoiding the middle slot which ends up directly underneath the GPU.


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