Description

Built for working in a home studio for music production. It sits under my desk, so being quiet was a consideration and the reason for most part decisions. Now that it's together I can tell you it is barely audible, if at all, above the ambient noise of the room. I'll give a rundown of the thought process for each part below.

CPU: I chose the 3800X for the extra horsepower at stock speeds, as I do not intend to overclock. The stock fan is quiet enough. I can't hear it outside the case, even under load.

Motherboard: To be honest, I chose this part because it's what my local Canada Computers had in stock, and it has two more USB ports than most B450 boards I was looking at. Canada Computers updated the BIOS and seated the CPU for me, which made my life easier.

Ram: This was the lowest cost at the speed (3200) and amount (32gb) that was available on the day I ordered it.

Storage: I knew I wanted an NVME drive for my OS and programs, and the Intel was a low cost option with good reviews.

Video Card: I chose this card because I only use this computer for audio production with one monitor at 1080p. If you are doing anything else, I would recommend spending more here. The fact that it is fanless is a plus for me.

Case: I chose this case based on many youtube reviews. It is very solid and the fans are quiet enough for me. There is tons of space if I want to add more drives or a larger GPU in the future.

Power Supply: I chose the G3 for it's Eco Mode feature. The fan only spins when needed. I chose the 650, so that I would be less likely to hit that threshold during normal use.

Part Reviews

CPU

Using the 3800X in my music production PC with no complaints. Not overclocking and it is very stable.

Motherboard

Working well with my 3800X and 32gb of ram. No issues so far.

Memory

Working for me with no issues. What more can you ask for?

Storage

Good cost to performance ratio. I'm using it as a boot drive in my music production setup.

Video Card

Silently runs my 1080p monitor for my music production PC. Just what I wanted. If you are doing anything other that that you might want to spend a bit more.

Case

Bought this based on many positive reviews. It works for me. Very quiet. The foam inside seems to do a good job of dampening the vibrations caused by the fans. Feels very sturdy. It's large and easy for a beginner like me to build in.

Power Supply

Chose this model because of its Eco Mode feature. Works as expected. The fan rarely, if ever, spins up for me because I bought a a higher wattage than my current build really requires. The silence is a big plus in my music production build. Highly recommend.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Quiet builds aren't always easy, this is a nice one. I'm mildly surprised that the Prism cooler is working for you, the Define C case is probably helping there.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

So far haven't noticed it, but if it becomes an issue I will find an aftermarket solution. Was looking at be quite products before.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man, simple and powerful, great job!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

its been a while since i seen a cool fractal design define c case, im gonna get that silent beauty soon thus cool build m8 <3

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Had an easy time building in it. I bought it because be quiet cases are harder to come by in Canada, but I'm happy with my choice.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm also looking at a Audio Production Build And looking at the 3800x. How is it treating you?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Going well so far. No issues to report. Sorry for the late reply.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries! I just built mine with the 3800x a few weeks ago. Its handling all my projects like a champ. I'll post it tonight.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, but how did you get the 3800x working with the b450 motherboard? don't you need to update the BIOS?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, you do need to update. The store where I bought it (Canada Computers) did the update for me.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

How are the VRMs doing on the motherboard? Did you do any overclocking?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't do any overclocking, so I can't help you there. I can say that I push it hard daily with no crashes. Very happy with it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

A bit late, but what DAW are you running? How does the 3800X handle midi controllers and virtual instruments? Any latency? Nice build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I use Reason. Run it at 128 sample latency. Never had a crash. Haven't had any issues with my m-audio Axiom 25 controller.

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