Description

GOAL: build the quietest desktop computer to use for light/medium games (Team Fortress 2, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm) to run at medium/high settings on an ultrawide monitor.

The Noctua NH-D15 turned out to be massive, luckily I only had one stick of low-profile RAM so clearance wasn't an issue. The two included fan run very quietly at move a decent amount of air at the lowest speed (230 RPM). I also move my build a few times every year for LANs and the bracket has been a breeze to install and seem solid enough. The GTX 960 runs silently when under light load and the fan noise is very subtle even when running Furmark. The Corsair RMi power supply also delivers its promise of a silent run when under normal load. And the overall Fractal Design R5 does a fantastic job at keeping the noise down. Cable management was also very easy since the case is well designed overall.

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros: overclockable with a lot of room, integrated GPU can run 1440p videos

Cons: heatsink not included

CPU Cooler

Pros: easy to install, excellent cooling (idle 27, load max 55), very quiet with the 2 included fans

Cons: very large, RAM clearance can be difficult, color of fans

Motherboard

Pros: solid motherboard, heatsink and color, 4 fan headers + water pump, USB 3 support, m.2 support, SLI support. Power on button and diagnostic POST LEDs, cheaper 'gaming' motherboard. UEFI BIOS, auto-OC, BIOS fan tuning.

Cons: price, no Wifi

Storage

Cons: intermittent clicking/seeking noise even when not using the hard drive

Video Card

Pros: good performance, silent when idle and under load, fan noise very soft

Cons: no backplate included, only 2GB of RAM

Case

Pros: design, accessible fan filters, plenty of space for cable management, solid case overall, excellent airflow with 2 included PWM fans

Cons: missing a few cable management loops at the back, left side panel latching mechanism makes the panel fall down easily and difficult to put back, no captive thumb screws on the left panel (WHY)

Power Supply

Pros: silent even when under load, USB monitoring, fully modular

Cons: price

Monitor

Pros: out-of-factory calibrated panel, business design (personal preference), ultrawide curved monitor, 1440p, variety of inputs (DP, mini-DP, HDMI), easy to use OSD, monitor adjustements (swivel, raise, tilt)

Cons: power button difficult to hit when standing above the monitor (no physical button or delimitation)

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Is OCing easy on this setup?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh it should be that cooler is top of the line. Unless you go custom watercooling.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the cooler does a wonderful job. You can also use the built-in tool in the Asus BIOS if you're not sure and it works great. Those settings are very conservative but is also very stable

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build with that Noctua!