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 Post subject: 4770k silent build
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:49 am 

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I'm about to build a new pc that will be used for programming and music production.
I want it to be dead silent and lightning fast !

I won't do any gaming so I didn't include a graphic card.
Will the onboard graphics be enough ? I will be using 2 monitors.
I chose the lowest dBa fans I could find for the case and the cpu. (I plan on replacing all fractal design's fans with the 120mm noctuas, 2 intake/1 exhaust)
I know haswell gets pretty hot and my psu has no fan so I'm not sure if the fans will be enough.

I'd like some criticism before I order this.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($187.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($147.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($248.75 @ Vuugo)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A ULN 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ Memory Express)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A ULN 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ Memory Express)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-S12A ULN 120mm Fan ($18.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 400W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($108.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1287.52

 Post subject: Re: 4770k silent build
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:17 pm 

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Welcome to SPCR.

When you say "music production", do you mean live mic or running VST's or both? If the latter, do you plan to do orchestral levels of VSTs or a handful? If you don't run orchestral numbers of virtual instruments then you won't need a quad core with hyperthreading. Don't know what your programming entails to comment.

Onboard gfx easily supports 2 monitors - just need to make sure your mobo has the correct outputs for your specific monitors.

Your stressed system power will be under 130W...and most likely under 90W for your apps. So, not a ton of heat produced inside your case.

Fractal R4 is a popular case and can be very quiet. Another option is the Antec Solo II.

Case fans: Really, the existing fans might work great for you. Run them down to 5V with the included controller and see before you spend $'s on replacements. You'll only need 1 slow rpm input and 1 exhaust.

CPU Cooler: Step up to a 120mm like the Noctua NH-U12S.

RAM: I'm guessing either you run a lot of VSTs or your programming requires 16GB? Make sure your RAM height doesn't conflict with your final cooler choice.

Mobo: Get the -Pro if you need mobo wifi/BT. I can't imagine you'd use the mobo codec for your music production, but that's the other upgrade on the PRO. If you don't need those features, you can drop down to the - Plus.

Haswell: In general, you might want to wait until ~September for your Haswell build. The currently released chipset has a bug in the USB3 controller, where devices sometimes aren't recognized when the PC returns from Sleep. The user fix is to dismount/remount the device for it to be recognized. Intel released the fixed chipset to mobo mfgrs in end it might be September when the new versions are available/old inventory is flushed. If, that "feature" doesn't bother you, then no worries.

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