Not sure how the Dell Slim Multimedia board would work for gaming but we have them in the office and they are decent, quiet keyboards for typing with dedicated media controls. Can't beat the price at $18.
White mice are rare but white mechanical keyboards even more so. I looked and looked and settled on the Roccat Kova and the Tesoro Gram Spectrum. I really like the Roccat software and the low profile red switches on the Gram Spectrum have a very natural feel. Lighting on both is very customizable (I prefer subtle blue). Both like nice on my Reflex Lab XXL mousepad. I went with black with white trim for contrast and to avoid the pad turning dull gray with use.
What else is in your case that you need that much cooling? I have two GP14s in front and 1 GP14 exhausting out the back and even at full load the fans barely spin up. Granted, I'm using a HUGE CPU cooler and just a single GTX 1070 ...
Micorosft discontinued Windows Easy Transfer. There are paid programs that will do this (see link but it's not something I would recommend. A clean install is always better, IMHO.
My process is:
I never like to move the manure with the animals to the new barn.
Page 12 of the instruction manual shows how to do this.
Newer cases like those from Fractal Design, NZXT and Corsair offer strategically placed pass thru holes with grommets that make it easy to run your cables behind the baseplate. The Define R5 has a nice recessed vertical track and comes with Velcro ties to secure the cables.
Great build. The white Define R5 was meant to be paired with a Snow Silent PSU! Really like the sleeved cables.
Not sure you can go wrong with any Fractal Design case. I have a white, windowed Define R5 and a Core 500. Even with the window, the R5 is the quietest case I've ever owned.
The Cooler Master Silencio series is a good option but I prefer the Fractal cases. Whether you save money depends on whether your motherboard is ATX or MATX form factor.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that I replaced the noisy fans in the Silencio 352 I built for my wife with the same model silent fans than came standard with my Define R5. So add that cost and you are in the hole. Had the Define C offered an optical bay, I would have gone with another Fractal case for her.
It's always better to buy a dual DIMM kit (i.e., 2x8GB) rather than a single 16GB DIMM in order to leverage both channels. There are, however, only 2 reasons to buy 8 sticks instead of 4: 1) if it is cheaper; or 2) if you need more memory. I can't imagine needing more than 64GB at home any time soon.
I'm not a fan of the white and gold scheme but I'm glad they finally listened and moved to a top magnetic dust filter. That is the REAL gold here.
You'd think the side intakes on the front panel would be insufficient but they do the trick nicely. Of course, you can always open the door if you're worried.
I had no issue updating an ASRock Taichi board to support a Broadwell-E processor with the CPU in the socket.
I was looking at the DEMCfilter website when I first bought my R5. Their page states the R5 top filter is also compatible with the S. You can even customize the color of the frame and mesh to match your color scheme.
I like the CableMod Widebeam kit. The LED strips are magnetic and chainable, power is via SATA connector, and the kit includes a remote control. The strips are also ASUS AURA compatible.
I'm confused. You list two motherboards here and no NIC. Which mobo do you have and what NIC? Since both listed motherboards have built-in Intel gigabit NICs, is there a specific reason you need a dedicated NIC?
I really wanted the NZXT S340 case but I needed optical bays. Losing the basement in the S340 made me google "white PSU" and there it was. And a Seasonic to boot! I love my mini fridge (as my wife calls it).
I always thought of ASRock as a 2nd or 3rd tier brand. But after problems with ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte I have had 5 ASRock motherboards (3 different models) and they have all been the most reliable and compatible boards I have used. So now ASRock is my goto brand.
The window on my white Define R5 is fairly clear (albeit with a bluish tint) and flat. By no means is it tempered glass but the reflections are not warped.
See the 1st and 3rd pics here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/sBNNnQ
Or you could consider the Gigabyte GA-B150 Phoenix WIFI for a bit more.
Big ups to the G610 keyboard with Cherry MX Browns. My wife's first mechanical keyboard.
The Rosewill RK-9000V2 is a good value on genuine MX Brown switches if you don't need backlighting.
I picked up a Logitech G610 with MX Browns for my wife's new PC and quite like the feel and noise-level. It only has white backlighting but that is fine for her purpose. Matched nicely with a Logitech G Pro mouse.
I was looking at the response time and completely missed the IPS requirement.
If you are looking for G-Sync, the Dell s2716dg is hard to beat. There are cheaper Freesync options, though.
I built my whole system around it. Not sure I would have even considered a white case otherwise.
Take a look at the features of the X99-A II and Strix and see if they have anything you need. If not, save the money and go with the Taichi. My 6800K is very happy in my Taichi. It's a solid board that offers a lot of features and looks great doing it.
If there is a better looking motherboard, I haven't seen it. Pairs nicely with the Define S and the white interior accents.
Lots of white and black options mentioned previously in this forum:
I can't speak on the 400C's cable management but the Define R5 has excellent cable management. Hard to beat the s340/h440's basement, though.
The NZXT cases are all great cases but you may also want to consider:
Fractal Design Define R5
Corsair Carbide 400C
You won't go wrong with any of these.
Also with a NAS you can backup multiple computers and share data. Both QNAP and Synology have nice entry level offerings for the SOHO and Home market.
Should work. If you can get ahold of a Cryorig H7 it would definitely fit and work just as well.
Is that a magnetic cover replacing the moduvents? Can't wait to see more!
I do like the black version with the tempered glass window. I like how the power supply and drives are hidden. Just be mindful of the maximum 163mm CPU cooler height. That would have been an issue for me as I needed 170mm clearance.
I have a Define R5 White Window case and love it. Easiest case I've ever worked with. Great cable routing. Very flexible. The only real downside is the top vents. If you don't plan to use those (I did not) then it is a great case.
Known issues with the Creative Core 3D chip made me shy away from the Gaming 7 board.
Long thread here: http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php?topic=16850.0
Some folks have seen improvement using the alternate PAX drivers. You may want to try those.
You won't go wrong with any of these suggestions by my experience is that it is always worth waiting for the item you really want. The S340 Elite is a VERY nice case.
This is essentially the course I took since the 1070 was the best bang for the buck at the time. My thought process is that you can upgrade video cards thru several generations and extend the life of a system. So I'll either add a second 1070 later or upgrade to a next gen GPU once new games demand it.
And if you are looking to go with a 1440p/144hz/G-Sync monitor you really can't go wrong with the Dell s2716dg. Great monitor with an ultra thin bezel and a simply but excellent stand.
Have you considered the ASRock Taichi? Looks very comparable to the X99 A-II and there is currently a 15% off promo code at Newegg bringing the price down to $168.99. A great deal on a very stable and capable motherboard.
If you are looking for G-Sync, you'll be hard pressed to do better than the Dell s2716dg. If you have an AMD video card or don't care about adaptive sync, there are cheaper options such as teh Acer XG270HU. Many folks strongly prefer an IPS panel such as the Acer xf270hu but you will not get the 1ms response time you want (though there is some discussion about how important this actually is).
That is just cool.
I love my Define R5! Easiest case EVER to work in. The S is just optimized for water cooling.
Both are sharp looking cases but I can't say enough good things about Fractal Design's cases.
Please to enjoy Hardware Canucks' video review of the Define S: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaU72f0hMVo
This article is right on:
Revisiting the Killer NIC, eight years on
Basically the downside is higher CPU usage. I personally found the software suite superfluous and used the base driver instead.
I was originally set on the Cryorig H7 but like you could not find it in stock. I then poked around and discovered Tweaktown's review of the Thermalright TRUE Spirit POWER 140. The included fan is black and white but could easily be replaced with a DeepCool UF140 or other similar 140mm fan. Just make sure your case can accommodate the large (170mm) total height.
G.Skill TridentZ are the best looking in my book. Sharp, understated heat spreader with multiple color choices to match your rig.
I'll second the ASRock Taichi. For the price, it has a lot of features:
I also count the use of Realtek audio over Creative as a plus (too many problems). The board is rock solid and has great memory compatibility.
I put a Seasonic Snow Silent in my white Define R5 for just this reason.
The Define S has a big window precisely because there are no ODD or HDD cages at the front of the case. The R5 window is designed to hide those and shows only the motherboard area. The window is still plenty big. Still, it would be nice if the R5 had a basement to hide the PSU and cabling.
Some options here:
They aren't customizable but are large and cheap. I am using a Reflex Lab 36 x 12 pad and am really ejoying the large surface area.
Going from a 23" 1080p to a 27" 1440p monitor felt like a revelation. I'm not sure how the latest Doom compares to BF4 in terms of system demands, but I have Doom on max settings (including nightmare textures) and never feel the action is less than smooth. I'm running an i7-6800K with 32GB DDR4-3200 and a GTX 1070.