Description

All the parts are purchased from Arvutitark (www.arvutitark.ee). Indicated prices are actually paid on August 28th, 2015.

This PC will be used for heavy coding, testing and gaming with silence in mind (when not gaming). It won't be overclocked and will operate at stock speeds.

Decided to go with the new processor i7-6700K as it uses new 1151 socket which is future-proof and new DDR4 memory which is becoming very affordable.

CPU Cooler is Noctua NH-U12S which is slim and do not cover RAM slots, efficient and silent. UPDATE - added a second NF-F12 fan for push-pull configuration to lower CPU temperature.

The motherboard is Asus PRO Gaming as it features M.2 slot which will be populated in the future, USB 3.1 and more.

Video card is Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II / 4GB GDDR5 / OC / STRIX which is great for gaming in ultra settings in 1080p and also features 0db fan mode when not loaded.

Power supply is Corsair Corsair RM750i 80+ Gold wit zero RPM mode. Very efficient PSU, a step up from RM750.

Memory is Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 as it has a low profile and a good price.

The case is Fractal Design Define S Black (window version). It is a very nice looking case, with a good airflow (as there is no HDD and ODD cage and a lot of space for cable management). UPDATE - added a Noctua NF-A14 - 140mm fan to the front of the case as intake to get a positive pressure inside the case to minimize dust build up and get some more fresh air inside.

Storage - 850 EVO 500GB SSD for operating system and software + Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB drive for archiving.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, i bought the same case for my future pc build, although i have seen other cases i like so i'm debating on whether to keep it or not

  • 57 months ago
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This case is very easy to build in, has a lot of space for cable management, very good airflow and very solid build quality. And looks really good!

  • 57 months ago
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Beautiful, Simple build. Great pictures too!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What coding language do you use?

  • 57 months ago
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Yeah, what language, IDEs and all that dev stuff are you using? I'm learning Python and I'm planning a build with very similar components so I want to know what resources coding use more, whether it is more CPU intensive or memory intensive, or maybe even it can utilize the GPU. I appreciate your response very much. Thanks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I'm also learning python!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Python is the go-to entry-level coding language. Helps give a feel for coding languages as a whole, as its' syntax allows you to express concepts in fewer lines of code than it would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java. Everybody has to start somewhere.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, did the installer installed a 64 bit version? Because I have just got a 32 bit version even though I have 16gb of RAM.

  • 57 months ago
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Well, as I mentioned, I'm not a coder (even though I do some PHP, CSS, HTML and javascript). This PC is for my nephew who is a java programmer. IMO what do the trick here is CPU speed, amount of RAM and speed of the SSD. GPU is just for gaming. I don't know how it can be used for the programming purposes.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much. I found out that python does not install a package with support for 64 bits so maybe in python RAM is not that much of a problem. But thank you.

  • 57 months ago
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I'm not. This PC is for my nephew. He is a programmer. Languages are java (mostly), php, javascript, jquery, css, oracle sql, mysql etc.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

1-10 how quiet

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd give it a 9. You can hear it only if you lean against the front intake. Otherwise it is very quiet. It was build this way. I used Asus GPU and Corsair RMi PSU because they both have a 0db fan mode. They only engage under load (and you can tune it the way you need it). I went with Noctua CPU cooler for the same reason - very quiet operation (even without the low-noise adaptor which is included with the cooler). Fractal Design case also includes their 2 dynamic GP14 140mm fans, which are pretty quiet. Those fans are not PWM but the Asus Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard can easily control those fans. So when CPU is not running very hot, fans operate at lower rpm.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

would the noctua fans help i think they might to make it even quiter if u want

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you're right. We were thinking about changing all the fans to Noctua's.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome do the brown black ones also they look pretty nice

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a 1x8 1866mhz but t says its running at 798 mhz how do i change that? please help!!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not an expert here, but my guess would be that you should multiply this by 2. Means you have 800Mhz x 2 - 1600Mhz (DDR SDRAM stands for "DOUBLE data rate synchronous dynamic random-access memory"). Your motherboard set it automatically to 1600Mhz. May be this is the maximum it can handle. You should check your motherboard specs and BIOS/UEFI configs. If it supports 1866Mhz memory, then you should be able to configure it in BIOS/UEFI settings.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a 1x8gb stick, only one ram stick, and its still running at 798 mhz

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Go into your UEFI and look for an XMP option, then enable the XMP profile.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that CPU cooler work with an i7?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do not plan on overclocking, this cooler performs very well and quiet. You may also consider it's bigger brother NH-U14S (if you have room in your build). What's good about NH-U12S - it doesn't cover the RAM slots, so you can go with the sticks with tall radiators. Yesterday I added another NF-F12 fan to the radiator so now there is a push-pull configuration and it performs even better. Now under full load (tested with Prime95), temps are ~55C, at idle ~24C. But keep in mind that the room temperature during testing was about 22C.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, my room stays 22C or lower all year. If i were only intending to boost the 4790k a little further, like say.... to 4.4 or 4.5 ghz(10-12%). Do you think this cooler could still keep up?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the NH-U12S could keep up in push-pull configuration, but the fans would be spinning too fast and it might become a bit noisy. You probably better off with at least NH-U14S, with an additional NF-A15 PWM fan for push-pull configuration. It is also compact, doesn't cover RAM slots but has a bit thicker radiator (6 heat pipes vs 5 on NH-U12S), and a bigger 140mm fan.

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=64&lng=en

  • 57 months ago
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At that point should i just go watercooled?

  • 57 months ago
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Well yes, for overclocking it is always better to go watercooled, as it is usually more efficient.

  • 57 months ago
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This very similar to a build I am planning as well. I'm curious about your CPU and GPU temps under load with the Noctua and the case fans. Nice build! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU at idle is 41C. As this video card features 0db mode, fans do not spin at idle. I didn't yet have a chance to test it under load. Will report a bit later. As for CPU and Noctua cooler, at idle CPU is at 26-30C. Under load (using Prime95) it goes up to 71C. This is in the configuration you see on the pictures. But yesterday I added two other Noctua fans - one NF-F12 to the CPU cooler (so now it is in push-pull configuration) and one NF-A14 to the front of the case. So now there are two intake fans in front (one Noctua NF-A14 and second Fractal Dynamic GP-14 which will be later changed to Noctua NF-A14), one exhaust fan on the back (Fractal Dynamic GP-14 which will be also changed to Noctua NF-A14), and two fans on the CPU cooler in push-pull configuration (2 x Noctua NF-F12). In this configuration the cpu at idle is 24C. Under the Prime95 stress test it is up to 55C. This is considering that fans are spinning only at ~50% of their max rpms and systems stays very quiet. Why two fans for intake and only one for exhaust - to create a positive pressure inside the case to decrease the duct build up on the components.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean design, I like how the hard drive and SSD are mounted behind the right panel. Thumbs up!

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is probably my favorite build I've ever seen. Bangin' choices! I gave it a +1. I never give +1's. Literally. It echos what my build is/will be: i5-6600k, noctua nh-d15, Corsair 8GB DDR4-2133, 850 Pro 256GB, WD Green 1TB, H440 Black/Red, Corsair HX750i. God, I just love it!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Glad you liked it :) Hope to see your build in pictures soon!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Kas Arvutitargast tellides tulid kõik need kastid eraldi kohale või kuidas? Kui tulid koos, kas siis ühes hästi suures kastis või ükshaaval andis kuller üle? Või käisid esinduses järel?

  • 57 months ago
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Käisin esinduses järel. Sain kätte kõik kastid eraldi.

  • 57 months ago
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Going for a very similar build myself! amd rather than green team though. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/kMWJ3C

  • 57 months ago
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Nice buid! Honesty, today I would also go for AMD for several reasons. One of them is a horrible coil whine of GTX 970.

  • 57 months ago
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Thank you I hope to build it once the funds are there. Oh that's really not good, I have my pc on my desk that would drive me insane! Although the heat/power usage of the 390 is a bit OTT!!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool. I will build something similar:) thanks for sharing!

  • 54 months ago
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Glad you liked it!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the mobo good ? Does it have any cons ?

  • 53 months ago
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I think this mogo is a very good combination of features/quality/price. It has everything needed, like M.2, USB 3.1 + many USB ports, Z170 chipset for overclocking, Intel gigabit ethernet, quality on-board audio, nicely designed UEFI BIOS utility etc. And it looks great. For this build I honestly see no cons.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This motherboard or Asus Z170-A? I will be over clocking as well and I want to know hot good it is. Z170-A is only £1 more so I don't care. I just to know which one is better. Thanks.

  • 50 months ago
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I don't really know which motherboard is better as I don't have much experience in overclocking. Better You better ask guys who overclocked using this board.

  • 49 months ago
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I'm kind of a noob. Is there a reason you went for the 4-4gb sticks over 2-8 gb sticks? I saw a tutorial video where they mentioned you should always use all the slots, but I've also seen some people in forums say 2 might be better for longetivity, and others say it won't matter. Just curious if you had a reason.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not an expert, but as far as I know, when you get a kit of 4 ram sticks, those sticks are tested together and are guaranteed to work properly together. If you plan to add some ram later (considering that your motherboard has 4 slots), you should go with 2 ram sticks. But it might happen that you won't be able to find the exact same sticks in 2-3 years. It's not like it's a huge problem. No. In most cases it will work just fine. The person I built this PC for said that 16Gb is all he needs and has no plan to add memory later. So I went with 4-4Gb kit to populate all 4 slots, as many say it is a good way to go. But if you are concerned about your PC performance, then there is no noticeable difference whether you use 2 sticks or 4. Price might be also a reason to go with 2 or 4 sticks kit (which one you can get cheaper at the time of the build).

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate! I just didn't want to waste money if it was a none issue.

  • 44 months ago
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Would you recommend the motherboard and its bios?

  • 44 months ago
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Yes, definitely.

  • 43 months ago
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Would you make any changes to your build if you were to do it all over again and now? Would you be waiting for the i7-7700K? GTX 970 still seems like the best value, followed by GTX 1070. I guess 1080 too but I don't need that kind of power. I'd probably get a few Seagate Barracuda 3TB instead of WD Caviar for archiving. Is the Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO worth the extra couple of dollars?

  • 43 months ago
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For now I wouldn't change much in this build. I think it is well balanced. May be today I'd go with GTX 1070. As for motherboard I personally wouldn't spend extra on MAXIMUS VIII HERO as it will not give you any performance boost, and the extra features it has are just not needed in my case.

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  • 57 months ago
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Well, can't really say yet. This PC was just built and it will go to my nephew. I didn't have time to test it yet. But so far so good. I mean this PC is very responsive and silent.

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  • 57 months ago
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Thank you!

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  • 57 months ago
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Thank you!