Description

Background

I set out to build a quiet but fast-enough machine to run off the Asus ROG Swift 27" monitor. That means a targeted frame-rate of 144FPS in most games that I play, including but not limited to:

  • Starcraft II
  • EVE Online
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Planetary Annihilation

Research

A friend of mine pointed to me to Noctua HSFs, and the AeroCool DS 200 (DS = Dead Silent). The case comes with sound-dampening features and has plenty of space for large (and therefore efficient and quiet) chassis fans. Going for a 2011-3 build wouldn't be worth the extra ~$1k (NZD) so I settled on the 1150 with a Z97 chipset.

Assembly

After removing the middle drive bays from the case, I set about attaching the (rather large) HSF to the CPU/Motherboard. This was met with one problem: the heatsinks on the memory were too tall for the CPU Heatsink. After reluctantly removing the heatsinks from the memory, the Noctua assembly was finally in place. This meant another problem, I got a lot of small cuts and nicks on my hands while trying to squeeze them into the spaces around the HSF, plugging in fan and power cables onto the mobo. I made a mistake with the assembly, by attaching the HSF too early. I should have attached the base plates only, and then wired everything up.

Potential

I like the upgrade paths this setup affords me. The case has space for watercooling radiators and the base components can be overclocked if needs be. Right now that's not required and I'm really loving the low-noise and unassuming looks of this case, hence the 'Sleeper' title :P

Notes:

  • More photos and screenshots coming soon
  • Will move to Windows 10 when it arrives.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This HSF is HUGE. I had a few problems installing it alongside tall memory banks, but it makes up for it's bulk with great cooling and whisper quiet fans.

Case

I really like this case, it's super quiet and has lots of upgrade options. The manual could do with a little more content, and I'm a bit sad that I can't use many of the metrics in the LCD (because I connected my fan controls to the motherboard, rather than the case readouts)

Wireless Network Adapter

I've tried different drivers and different slots for this card, and it keeps blue-screening my Windows 7 build everytime I connect to a Wi-Fi network. Not impressed. :(

Monitor

Great monitor. Terribly expensive though.

Keyboard

Clicky-clacky-clicky-clacky. These keys make a lot of noise, and in hindsight, I should have order brown switches. Still, the mechanical keys are great. The lighting schemes range from obnoxious to silly, but there seem to be a few sensible settings in-between.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

Looking great cant wait for more pictures :D.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

144 fps for what game? That's awfully demanding

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

@Griesyburger - apologies, I've updated the post. I've still got to take more photos and screenshots tonight, but both EVE Online and Starcraft II are getting capped at 144FPS. It looks amazing on the monitor @ 144Hz!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you at 1080p or 1440p?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

1440p

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

are you getting the full 144 fps?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

In SC2, TF2, and EVE yes. Still gotta test PA, but it's looking really smooth so far.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks Very Good, Waiting For More Pictures :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Uploaded some of the case and the internals - taking picture requests - anything you want to see specifically?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Internals Please :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I've heard of Eve online, is it worth getting? I'm not sure as it seems like I'd have to plough 100's of hours into it just to understand the game... Great build btw! congrats. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

EVE Online is one of those games you have to work really hard at getting into. There's a ton of knowledge you need to build up before you can really feel like you're into it. I like that sorta depth in games, but yeah, if you can't handle the hundreds of hours of 'homework' then it's not worth it. Thanks for the compliment :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work! Looking forward to playing you in Planetary Annhiliation!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build cross sea neighbour :) (Australia is better :P)

How is that case treating you? Was it easy to work in and cable manage? I have recently ordered the blue version of the same case for my first build so I am just wondering if I made a good choice. :) (Also I did pick the case because it had 'DS' in the name and my abbreviated online/gaming name is DS :P )

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, but sleeper is a title generally reserved for a modern build housed in a "beige" chassis.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

@fogman103 Agreed, but since the case is going to be in my room, I want it to be quiet, so I'd be able to 'sleep'. The case is unassuming, but certainly not beige :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the RAM run without the heatsinks?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

@paintboy131, I'll have to do some more tests tonight to determine how hot they get. I saw on the G.Skill site, that the trident series can have their top heatsinks removed without voiding the warranty. See: http://www.gskill.com/marketing/design01.jpg

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting... and you still have it at 2400 Mhz?

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep :) I suspect the red-parts of the HS are primarily cosmetic - since removing them doesn't affect the warranty.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

NZ Huh? live here to, did you get all the parts in NZ

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep - all through http://www.playtech.co.nz

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, how old are you?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Mid-30s :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, XD lol.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking about buying a GeForce GTX 970 4GB should i get the msi version or another one

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

@vuyelwar - I suspect it's much of a muchness. Stop agonising over the choices and just pick one - that's what I had to do in the end. :) Gigabyte have a 3-fan system on their WINDFORCE cards, but those could tend to be noiser, since they'll need to run at higher RPM? Worth checking out.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA is my go to Nvidia brand unless someone brings something special to the table (ASUS POSIDEN).

The EVGA cards have the best cooler and their warranty allows you to liquid cool them, they also have a VERY close partnership with Nvidia I believe.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

thnx

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics please, love to see how the case looks with some guts to it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Rog swift has ALOT of issues. Quality control is bad and faulty ports. Youtube it

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Got any specific sources I should check out?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Try joker productions on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtXAHPUmol0

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that guy has had some horribly bad luck, coupled with some terrible experiences at NewEgg (which probably added to the negative review). Look at the comments. The vast majority have had great experiences with the monitor (like me).

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

True, the monitor is a great panel, just when i see a bad review on anything, I get nervous that the one that i get will be defected lol :p

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I wished I could get some pictures of the monitor. Oh well, gr8 build though.

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