Quiet and Cool PC build advice

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jahrollin3
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Quiet and Cool PC build advice

Post by jahrollin3 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:54 pm

Been browsing the forum, since I'm looking to put together a new pc. Goals for this pc to be quiet and cool. Current computer is loud, and is also is like a heater in the summer. Been tolerating it for a while now but I don't want to be sweating this summer... Thus I came across this forum which looks helpful.

Need to support 3+ monitors. Main uses are regular browsing, tv/movies/music, and software development.

Here's what I'm considering so far:

Case: Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK-W Black Computer Case

Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V/EPS 12V, 660W

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Storage: Haven't decided yet.

Anything else I should consider?

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Re: Quiet and Cool PC build advice

Post by CA_Steve » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:55 pm

Welcome to SPCR.

Your stressed load is under 140W. So, 660W PSU is a bit overkill. :D

What resolution monitors?
The Asus mobo has 1 ea DVI-D, HDMI, and Displayport output. I don't remember if Z97 has 3 PLLs to drive all three at the same time. If not, you'd either need to use monitors that allow for Displayport 1.2's Daisy chaining ability (PC->monitor1->monitor2) or add a discrete gfx card for the 3rd monitor.

You'll want an aftermarket CPU cooler. Check out the Scythe Kotetsu review.
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, Asrock Z97 Anniversary, MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front + rear) case fans, Seasonic SSR-550FX. 35W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)

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Re: Quiet and Cool PC build advice

Post by cerbie » Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:33 pm

jahrollin3 wrote: Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Overkill?
PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V/EPS 12V, 660W
For low power, if going with a fulll-size supply, why not go passive right off the bat? Either a 400W Seasonic, or maybe ~150W PicoPSU.
Storage: Haven't decided yet.
A nice SSD, of a usable size.
Anything else I should consider?
CPU cooler. The included stock cooler will not be great to have under load, and you may get throttling just from it, too.

You will likely need, or if not need, want, a video card, for the 3 monitors. What resolution will they be?

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Re: Quiet and Cool PC build advice

Post by jahrollin3 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:43 pm

I have a tv that would need to be on hdmi and my two monitors can be daisy chained. All would be at 1920x1080. Might add a graphics card later if needed.

Reviews look good for Scythe, I'll add that on.

Good point on the PSU. I'm considering the SeaSonic Platinum Series SS-400FL2 or Seasonic SS-460FL2.

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Re: Quiet and Cool PC build advice

Post by CA_Steve » Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:49 pm

jahrollin3 wrote:I have a tv that would need to be on hdmi and my two monitors can be daisy chained. All would be at 1920x1080.
That'll work.
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, Asrock Z97 Anniversary, MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front + rear) case fans, Seasonic SSR-550FX. 35W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)

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