Prologue: Little bit over a year ago I built my Consoler Ruler and during the year I updated it bit by bit. Finally I think it has leveled up enough for it to be reasonable to make new article about it!
I have told more about why I built living room pc on my first article, so I won't use space for that anymore here. Living Room PC to Rule Them Consoles have actually evolved to standard desk pc with long HDMI cable for TV nowadays. Reason for that is actually that I found myself hooked on PUBG and wanted to have keyboard and mice for that. I also updated my home theater setup and PC lost it's space from the cabinet.
After moving to desk-based setup I realized that Node 202 was actually still too loud for my preference. I had upgraded GPU to MSI Gaming model which is actually lovely quiet little beast and I also updated fans from the GPU-chamber to Noctuas. Problem was Cryorig C7 as CPU-cooler. It still was too loud even without any overclocks. After I had looked for new cooler for some time I realized that I had to change case too and that's why I'm making this new article!
Case of Choise: I was actually going to get Fractal Design Define Nano S first, because that would be able to have almost any CPU-cooler there are in market, but I decided not to. I just wasn't able to move that far away from my Console Killer - What if I someday want to have my PC back to the TV-cabinet! - and therefore I decided to go with Silverstone RVZ03. Actually I decided to go with any one of these Silverstones cases with similar setups but I chose RVZ03 for the looks when its on vertical position.
These Silverstone cases also have MUCH more room for CPU-cooler than the Node had. 83mm in fact when Node had only 56mm. Then I just had to find CPU-cooler for this beauty.
CPU-Cooler: First I was going for Noctuas NH-D14 but after deciding to stay with console like chassis I had to reroute my thinking; I would need to have low profile cooler, but which would be the biggest one this case would be able to have? First I looked for Cryorig C1, but after some google based detective action I found out that it wouldn't fit to RVZ03 with my motherboard and I wasn't going to change motherboard too.
Then I turned my eyes back to Noctua. They have NH-l12s which was almost perfect. It just need low profile ram and would not fit (according to its measurements) with fan on top. But then I found it! They still had NH-l12, the older model which was discontinued and replaced by NH-l12s, was still available trough Amazon! So that there it was: Perfect cooler for the case. I just had to remove top fan and replace it with Noctua’s own NF-A12x15 as a case fan on the RVZ01. With that one there was probably 1 or 2 mm of free space between fan and the cooler. And. It. Just. Works!
Re-Building the Case: So first I had to remove all my parts from the Node. Which was actually surprisingly hard because of the GPU and pure size of it. After some wiggling I finally managed to remove all parts form the Node and I was able to start building in to RVZ03. As a advice I recommend to start building with motherboard because that makes cable management a lot easier. Also I recommend to have modular power supply.
I had couple of setbacks with this build too. First of all I hate the power supply bracket this case has. Node's bracket was SO MUCH BETTER. I had installed motherboard and all the cables for it before I installed PSU so there was not too much space available. I have SFX-L PSU with adapter so it had lots of free space in the bracket (this is actually useful for cable management) but probably because of that the bracket was pain to install. You have to screw it from the bottom of the case and bracket just did not fit to the screw holes and I had to push and bend it to install it. After too much time I finally was able to screw the bracket in.
Other setback was GPU. This case actually have less GPU-space than Node had. My GTX1070ti is actually one of the largest GPU's this case can have. Because it is so much larger than pcie-slot covers it can't have the support brackets this case has. That probably ain't problem because node 202 couldn't either have any bracket when using 2 fans. Other problem was also related to this cards height. Power cables were so high that I had to force the GPU-chambers screw in so it would not jump out from its place. If someone is thinking about buying this case I would recommend to get some other GPU than MSI Gaming even though these coolers are amazing. I actually managed to finally fit the GPU in tho so if you are masochist like me go for it!
Then I only had CPU-cooler to install. Yes. I didn't install it first because it will cover all the motherboard when it's on. Fortunately Noctua is amazing with its installations. I had installed the bracket for the cooler so I just had to put cooler on and screw it in with Noctuas provided long screwdriver. Fitting cooler in was surprisingly easy. You just had to use some force so the cooler pushes all the cables away from its way.
Of course I first had installed RGB-header wrong way on the motherboard so I had to remove CPU-cooler and install it again. But luckily it still was easy to install.
Epilogue: I haven't have much time with this setup yet but yesterday when I tested system I fell right away in love with it. It is so damn quiet! Even on high rpm:s this setup is about same noise level as the old one was on idle. And the temps? On high rpm:s and CPU on stock clocks prime was not able to brake even 60c. GPU did hit 70c but stayed actually quiet. Afterward I have overclocked cpu to 3.8 ghz at 1.2125 volts and it still stays under 70c.
After that I have turned fans down for quiet action and with these settings I have just tried couple of PUBG runs and cpu did not cross over 45c and GPU stayed pretty quiet at 75c. Even GPU seems to be cooler and quieter than with node. Maybe those full sized Noctuas were not a good house back then. There was not a lot room between those fans and the GPU. Now with RVZ01 there are only Silverstones own slim fans under the GPU. Gotta love this thing.
PS Lately I've been updating my PC again. First off all I bought new Ryzen 7 3700x which is awesome upgrade! Unfortunately I had to buy new motherboard too because Asrock's BIOS didn't work well enough. (It had bootloops every time I booted my computer). So I upgraded my motherboard too. Now I rock ASUS B450-i Gaming which works better. This has bugs too. It seems that it doesn't work with Ryzens own power limits but overrides them somehow. At least if it seems that way on Ryzen Master. Also MB:s CPU temps seems too high and Ryzen Master reports lower.
Also I decided to try full sized fans under the GPU although MSI Gaming X is little bit fatter than normal 2 slot cards. It worked on node 202 so I decided to try with this rvz03 too! Well it actually DOES FIT! There is only 1mm or so clearence but it works and its quieter and cooler than it was with silverstone slim fans so I'm happy with it!
Finally I also bought m.2 ssd of 1tb, so I don't have to uninstall games to fit more.
Amazing performance for the price! Gaming performance seems much better than on my old Ryzen 5 1600
Great motherboard with great VRM. Bios still little bit buggy with Ryzen 3000 series but better than ASRock.
Great ram for Ryzen! Little bit pricey though
Great ssd for the money. Seems to be as cheap as sata drives but much faster.
Well I wanted 1tb ssd and this was cheapest. It is actually pretty fast too and I've had no problems with it.
I bought this used for 4k gaming. It can't handle it in ultra presets but it's possible when lowering some settings. It's silent thought which is fine! Nowadays I also play on my desk with 1080p 144hz and this is mora than enough for that.
I wanted to stay on something console like that could sit nicely on my living room with my tv if I someday go back to that setup. This was in my eyes coolest looking from Silverstones lineup and the cooling capability in these are amazing!
I wanted to have something quieter than normal sfx power supplies so I went with sfx-l. This has already worked well for over a year and it has never been loud so great job.
Not the best that noctua has to offer but still great fans today.
Absolutely beastly slim fan!