Description

I've been pursuing a silent gaming build since forever. My last build with 3570k and 980ti in a Fractal R5 could be called somewhat quiet and serves as great learning experience for this build. I live in a tropical country so the summer is pretty brutal on gaming. Ambient temperatures can go up to 38°C, making building a completely silent rig on air quite a task since the fan always have to ramp up to cope with the heat. The Fractal R5 was a great case, but the sealed nature of the case makes the GPU run hot, and high overclock with air cooler are pretty much impossible.

As the old rig got problem booting up, I took the chance to upgrade to a new system, with 1440p gaming at high refresh rate and silence in mind. Good streaming/video encoding capabilities are just the icing on the cake.

My rig is running a 4.0ghz overclock, the rig is whisper-quiet (you can actually hear my cat's tongue moving around rather than the sound of the fans/gpu). I had two overclocking profiles saved on the mainboard, 4.0ghz for the summer when ambient temperature is around 34-38°C, and 4.4ghz for other seasons.

Currently gaming on the PG279Q and the Dell U3415W, the former is used for FPS/Competitive games while the ultrawide is for RPG/Strategies game. Two monitor arms allow the two monitors to switch position with each other for optimal viewing angle (and less neck strain looking up). I do plan to cherry pick a PG348Q with minimal backlight bleed later on. Finally, cat improves your gaming effiency by 150% so you should get one yourself!

Parts Choice

CPU

Intel i7 6800k: The cheapest 6-core offered by Intel. For the best gaming experience, I've decided to never go SLI so I don't need the extra PCI lanes of the 6850k. I chose Intel over Ryzen for the slightly higher IPC which might help squeezing out some fps for the high refresh rates.

Mobo

Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX: I originally build this computer with an Asus Strix x99, but the mobo died, killing my previous 6800k with it so I got a refund and went with the Gigabyte. The Giga is loaded with features, strong vrms for overclocking, PLX chip for additional PCI lanes, thunderbolt, all metal-cladded ram/pci slots. Plus the color theme is more pleasant to my eyes than the traditional "gaming" color of gigabyte (white/red and orange). Only bad thing I can say about this mainboard is that the bundled softwares are crap, it's better not using them.

CPU Cooler

NZXT Kraken X52: I'm a big fan of air cooling, however achieving a 4.4ghz clock with my old Noctua D15s is pretty much impossible so I went with an AIO. Had both the x52 and the x62, with the X62 in my case, I have to sacrifice two HDD slot so I went with the X52.

My ears are quite sentitive (cats' ear haha) so I can here the pump noise even at its minimal speed. However it's not very intrusive (well a tad bit when you're listening to music in the middle of the night). The fan included are decent, not very noisy but not quite good so I replace them with 2x Bequiet Silent Wings 3.

Ram

Corsair Dominator Platinum: Not much to say here - looks good and fit my build. 8 sticks so I can make a Ramdisk for my browsing need.

VGA

Asus 1080ti Strix Gaming: I am particular about my VGAs. I need 2 HDMIs port (one for the 5.1 speaker receiver, one to connect directly to 4k TV to bypass any processing/input lag of said receiver) so the choice narrows down to Gigabyte, MSI and Asus. Silent is my top most priority, and MSI always delivers on this aspect, Gigabyte is meh, and their new "falcon"/Aorus branding is atrocious. After listening to a few sound samples of the MSI and Asus, I decided to try the Asus, thinking I could always sell it and get the MSI if it doesn't work out.

The Asus in its stock form is ... loud, since the target temperature is 69°C and the fan curves are very aggressive. I set mine to constant 40% fan speed and it is very quiet. You can only here the fan late at night when things quiet down. Setting the fan to 40% resulting in 79°C load temp for my GPU but I'd gladly take it for the silence.

Other things to note is that the VGA has 4 pin RGB header on it, so I connect my led strip to the VGA, use Asus Aura and ditched the crappy Gigabyte RGB software.

Card is quite heavy and will sag, I had a (stealthy) vga support if you look hard enough

Case

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower: still the best looking case in my opinion, went with Galaxy Silver since I like the contrast between silver aluminum and black glass, and black cat. However the case is not very big and as mentioned above, if you install a 280+ radiator in front, you will have nowhere to put your HDDs (you can stash them near the PSU, but they VIBRATESSSSSSSS). The frame is not as rigrid/strong as my old Fractal R5, but it's solid enough.

The glass is smexy as ****, with just enough tint.

PSU

SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold: fan doesn't spin even when the system is heavily OC-ed. Modular cables and Seasonic quality. I did pick the Seasonic over the Corsair RM850x dues to the cabling though. Corsair uses capacitor in their RMx/RMi series so if you plant to do PSU cable modding, they're quite clunky (you can remove the capacitor but your PSU ripples will increase slightly).

Lighting, Case Fan and Other accessories

-The case is lit up by my 4 custom-made led strip (normal 5050 RGB led, strapped on an aluminum tubes with an acrylic diffuser on top). The result is quite pleasing, soft and even light. I decided against the Hue+ Led Strip due to the amount of cable management required, and with normal led strips and Asus Aura, you can sync the case lighting to other components like Ram.

-Rear exhaust fan is NZXT AER 140, not the best fan in the world but it's quiet enough when stopped down to 600RPM, and the led is pretty.

-PSU cables are MDPX B-Magic, Platinum Grey and White.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 15 points

What are the specs on the cat? Can it run Minecraft? +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 26 points

Cat specs are quite potato, in sleep mode most of the time :p

  • 26 months ago
  • 13 points

In my experience you need at least a dual-cat setup to run Minecraft

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

But can it run crysis?

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

The cat runs Solitaire on beast mode....

  • 26 months ago
  • 5 points

Are you going to overclock the cat, i heard you can set some good frequencies on them.

Great looking build +1 for the cable management

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

That evolv cable management is godly

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN!

This build is amazing!!! 1+! i love it! i like the looks and i love that cat :3

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Cat likes the build too, I usually come back from work to see her napping on the case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so sweet! My cats also has a strange spot ;D behind my case or on my keyboard

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN! Nice clean build

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, worth every second spent on cable management xD.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

AWESOMMEEEE!!! Also funny how u used your monitor stand as cat bed as well.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Kinda a waste to stow away the Rog monitor stand so I made in into the panda hat hanger :p.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

YEAH man, love it!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Mmmmm, the cleanliness of this build though!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful. The use of the evolv case has grown since I bought mine last year. Love seeing other builds with it. I could see this as a feature... Only because of the beautiful cat ;) +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Cat. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

So clean, all that hard work definitely paid off. That first cat pic is a classic.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Niiice build. Don't think I didn't notice the $1500 headphones in the third pic...

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely beautiful. Im so happy tempered glass cases became a thing. +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Had my doubts at first but seeing tempered glass in person, I could not ever go back to acrylic side windows.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet setup and love your cat! Your keyboard is so tiny!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

desk used?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just some random table used for storing machine I found locally applied with like 5 bucks worth of vinyl wrap.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems the cat has claimed the computer ;)

Great build! +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Cat has claimed my life too ;).

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful!! It's so well coordinated, puts my build to shame. I need to get some custom cables for mine to complete the look I think. GORGEOUS. +1

P.s who are your cables by?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

My cables are from someone local who specializes in mdpc x. Here is his page:

https://www.facebook.com/Hitman5011/?pnref=lhc

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Thanks for the info.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! what a cat! Just kidding :) Great build tho.. wish my cat had that.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks beautiful!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love this build!!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow our builds have striking similarities. Uploaded mine yesterday. +1 for my build-brother! You definitely have taste! ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The cat must like the heat from the PC... that thing looks HOT

Definitely gets my +1

Heh... get the pun?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

you should have put the cat on your part list... it is a major part of the aesthetics of your build!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The puuuurfect build.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What speaker is that in the third picture? Looks pretty dope! I like the set up! I have two cats as well.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the Adam A77X.

I want to run Cats in SLI too, maybe in a few years!.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

what are those headphones?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the Sennheiser hd800 and Hifiman he6.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful PC! Love the cat lol.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean beautiful job +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, excellent !!!! WOWOW!! I am an Audio Engineer so i love your Adams :) i must ask.. my ultiamte goal is to have your exact setup monitor wise... which arms did you go with? I recently started shopping for gas spring arms.. is that what you use? Thanks for any feedback, and truly amazing space to game/work !

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

My arms are Ergotron MX and Ergotron LX Sit-Stand. They are both spring loaded. I bought the MX first for the Dell since it is about 1kg heavier than other ultrawides (internal power supply, duh). If you use lighter monitors you can always go with a LX Tall Pole and a LX Sit-stand.

The MX does look pretty though, only drawback is the its height adjustment is much.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you do when playing an fps game, the pointer its visble, whats your experience playing in that monitor setup

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to say best of both worlds but it's a bit wasteful. For online/competitive FPS I only use the PG279Q and turn off the ultrawide. For things that looks good in 21:9, the monitor arm allows me to lower the 34" to table level, and move the 27" to the side. Even though it's a dual monitor setup, I mostly use one at a time when gaming.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks I was searching for an opinion for a dual monitor setup for gaming

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cat and I both want this to be featured.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

bad time to build since skylake-x is a month away

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The core part (CPU, Mobo) of this build was purchased around August last year so it's not that bad. The final build took a while though due to swapping components and waiting for the 1080ti to be in stock.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

so will you upgrade to skylake-x?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably not, unless Intel can manage something like Karbylake IPC and 5.0ghz OC with AIO cooler for the 6800k successor. But since it's Intel, Skylake-X will probably be a 5-10% IPC increase, better ram compatibility and better nvme speed :p.

The 6800k is quite plenty for most games already, even with badly optimized stuff like PUBG I rarely went above 50% CPU usage (60-70% when streaming).

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

skylake-x will not even be that much better in IPC(about 2-5% better that broadwell-E) and there is no way could ever reach 5.0ghz OC since the 4 core skylake CPU can reach max 4.6ghz OC,but it does have 14nm+ Lithography.At the end of the day its intel so 1-5 more fps in games and no innovation..............yay.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is clean! +1

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE this; beautiful build! Luckily my cats don't lay on top of my PC :p

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous build dude. I dig the cables, I have a set similar so I super feel the color choice. Really nice job.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Extra kudos for the cat model :p sweet build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you control the Nzxt fan without the Hue? I'm having trouble...

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

BRO HOLY ****, YOU GOT ADAM SPEAKERS. Hahaha you, and your potato cat, must stick your **** in the aux port. 100 bucks they sound nice. Who needs a demo, just ask BOSSMEOW but seriously, nice choice of speakers.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you able to put your Kraken x52 on the top? Or will it hit the Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, late reply but you can put any aio on top, no compatibility issues. However it'll cover a small part of the ram due to the low ceiling of the case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I decided to with the G.Skill Trident Z just because it has a lower height.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Height won't be an issue even with Domis. But if you want to show off the Rams and the VRM heatsink, you'd better mount the AIO on the front since the Phanteks in its stock form can only install AIO on top with the fan under the radiator and will obstruct the view of the VRM mosfet and a small part of any rams.

Better temp in most cases too, but installing AIO on top is slightly easier.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

DANG GOOD LOOKING BUILD! If i were you I'd enter TechSource Setup wars!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those HD800's?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

yep

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

SICK!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

What cable lengths did you get for your 24pin, 8pin PCI, and 8pin EPS CPU cable?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

If I recall correctly it's about 40cm each.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

With those specs it might be able to get 4K 60-75FPS in most AAA titles. +5 for the cat

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

is their any difference in performance between the x52 and x62?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Around 3-5°C on heavy loads/overclocking, pretty much the same performance at stock. 120mm radiator fan choice is better than 140mm though.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, awesome build! Where can I find that wallpaper?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice setup and build i was gonna make this as my first build and was wondering whats the fps like on 1440p for games like gta V pubg?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

This kitty knows the good stuff :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

I still dnt get why people even bother considering X99 platform for just 6 Cores CPU

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The 6900k is more than double the price of the 6800k, and the 6950x pricing is just.... ouch.

Plus when you have like 36°C ambient temp in the summer, it's quite hard to get a good OC on the 8 and 10 cores without heavily invest in custom watercooling.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean.. the R5 1600X is a very good CPU for the price. Especially after the latest bios patch.. now people are reporting RAM speeds over 3200mhz with 4.0ghz CPU overclock

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