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NB: Silent Gaming & Workstation Computer

Tobbe
Level 7
Hi,

So I will FINALLY build together a new Stationary PC around March/April 2014. It was over 10 years since I last built a stationary rig DIY style and my god. How much progress have been made.

Anyways I need some help piecing together Silent but Perfoming computer that I will OC but not to the extreme.

Budget: 5000-5500usd
Main uses of intended build: SILENT Gaming & Working (Photoshop PSD Layers, HD Video Editing, Editing 16mb+ .raw Photos)
Parts required: New rig from Scratch.
Previous build information: Keyboard & Mouse
Monitor resolution: 3 monitors will be used but don't know what res to run at.
Storage requirements: 2x SSD Raid 0 for Boot & Edit 1x Storage Mechanical drive.
Will you be overclocking: yes
Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers):
Extra information about desired system:

The nr1. Goal is to have a Silent High-Performing rig. The Computer IS NOT intended to be a Bling Bling "show the goddies" with a window etc. rig. If that could be had without compromising noise levels then I'll consider it but the rig needs to be QUIET.

I will be doing a custom Watercooling loop.

Additional Note:
Below I will list the parts I am thinking about so far. Please not that in my Budget I am looking at having 1 monitor included. The other 2 I can buy afterwards. Cost for Watercooling not included in Budget (treated as extra).

Chassi: Fractal Design Define R4
PSU: Unkown, will go High end. Main goal is Quiet, High energy efficiency. I'm thinking somthing from or similar to Be Quiet?
MOBO: Maximus VI Formula (use onboard crosschill with watercooling)
CPU: i7-4770K
RAM: 32GB - Need suggestion on Brand, Type & Speed (Goal is to prevent bottleneck) - Possibly use Ramdisk.
GPU: 2x EVGA Geforce GTX 780ti Hydro Copper
SSD: 2x Samsung SSD 840 PRO 512gb (Raid 0)
HDD: WD Desktop Green 3TB
MONITOR: Need suggestion for 3-monitor setup for Gaming & HD Video Editing. I spend A LOT of hours behind the monitor.

WATERCOOLING:
Suggestion needed. I don't need the nr1 focus to be Ultimate Perfomance. My main goal is Silent High Performance. Clear (non Dyed) fluid. Solid color tubing / or clear.

I have also been thinking about using the same overall build as above but do a
MOBO: Rampage IV Extreme - Black Edition
CPU: i7-4930K

I am not sure what would be the better Alternative for my needs. RIVE or Maximus?

Any feedback and help on this matter is greatly appreciated. It's A LOT of money
but I've been holding back for YEARS due to a Bad Debt that is finally paid off so
I can allow myself to go a bit "Overboard" 🙂
Laptop: ROG Asus G750JH
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Zka17
Level 16
For your needs described at the beginning of this thread, I think, 6-core CPUs will fit better... as well as quad-channel RAM too - so the RIVBE would be a good choice... However, be aware that the RIVE and perhaps the RIVBE too are not designed for workstations... they're the very high end for OC'ing... - yes, you can use them for workstation, but it will be overkill...

32GB or 64GB of RAM is almost nonsense when it's about OC'ing... if you can run that amount of RAM at the XMP settings, that's enough OC...

Go with the NexXxos radiators instead of the Black Ice ones if you want silence... more radiator surface you have is better... the Noctua fans are doing a very good job if you don't care about their color scheme...

Zka17 wrote:
For your needs described at the beginning of this thread, I think, 6-core CPUs will fit better... as well as quad-channel RAM too - so the RIVBE would be a good choice... However, be aware that the RIVE and perhaps the RIVBE too are not designed for workstations... they're the very high end for OC'ing... - yes, you can use them for workstation, but it will be overkill...

32GB or 64GB of RAM is almost nonsense when it's about OC'ing... if you can run that amount of RAM at the XMP settings, that's enough OC...

Go with the NexXxos radiators instead of the Black Ice ones if you want silence... more radiator surface you have is better... the Noctua fans are doing a very good job if you don't care about their color scheme...


Thanks for the heads up on the NexXxos rads. I'm new to watercooling so your advice is very well appreciated. When it comes to memory I've read somewhere that when you work with many sticks of ram there really isn't an advantage of running a very high speed memory? Is that true? I also wonder if you can recommend a memory when looking at filling up and using 64gb of ram?
Laptop: ROG Asus G750JH

kkn
Level 14
it all comes down on how good the cpu is and if it can handle the mhz and amount of ram whit out giving you trouble.

what country are you from??

kkn wrote:
it all comes down on how good the cpu is and if it can handle the mhz and amount of ram whit out giving you trouble.

what country are you from??


Sweden (Stockholm)
Laptop: ROG Asus G750JH

Tobbe wrote:
Sweden (Stockholm)


If you're looking for a nice 32GB kit to go with your RIVE:BE, this G.Skill Ripjaws Z 32GB DDR3 PC17000/2133MHz CL9 8x4GB (F3-17000CL9Q2-32GBZH) kit is perfect for your needs. And at 2499 kr, you're getting amazing performance at a low cost. 😉

Chino wrote:
If you're looking for a nice 32GB kit to go with your RIVE:BE, this G.Skill Ripjaws Z 32GB DDR3 PC17000/2133MHz CL9 8x4GB (F3-17000CL9Q2-32GBZH) kit is perfect for your needs. And at 2499 kr, you're getting amazing performance at a low cost. 😉

but for ram disk he would need more depending on how mutch the workspace would be.
( read OP )

kkn
Level 14
then the best page would be to look at aquatuning.de ( choose country where you live ) they deliver all over the world whit the main office/storrage in germany.
it took just a few days from my order to get here after i pushed buy.
but they have ended the companionship whit EK so they dont sell that enny more.
if you want EK parts you have to search for them online or buy straight from EKWB's online store.

and go for the kit chino posted.

chrisnyc75
Level 12
One word of advice.... in my experience, you can have silence OR you can have performance. You can't have both. It doesn't matter how much money you throw at it, you just can't.

Even high end watercooling requires fans to push air through the radiators, and those fans generate noise. So the choice becomes this: keep temps low (fans at higher speeds, more airflow, more noise) OR let temps get high (fans at lower speeds, less airflow, less noise).

Just a thought to keep your expectations realistic as you plan your build.

That said, I heartily recommend Noiseblocker fans, they're practically inaudible until around 1200rpm.

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