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After much back and forth about buying vs. building, laptop vs. desktop. I finally decided to do a build. It definitely seemed like more bang for the buck. It turned out pretty clean, and looking at the specs and future compatibility, I think it will serve me well with both gaming and productivity. This has very minimal RGB. The only thing I would like to change would be the RGB lighting color of the GEFORCE RTX. I may tinker with the system a little more as well as upgrade a few things...mostly peripherals at this point as I am using a ~10 year old Dell sts2124L monitor, 2007 Mac Pro OEM keyboard, and a Microsoft x08 18741 mouse which is about 20 years old.

10/20/19: I decided to get the NH-D15 chromax.black. It was originally what I wanted for the build but it had not been released at the time... about a month later Noctua decided to do so. It is surprisingly quieter than the fan on the 212 Evo (not that this was a loud fan). So far the CPU is running 8-10 degrees cooler. I put the fan from the Evo onto the top front intake slot for now... I'm debating doing 2 140's or 2 120's for thae intake slots. Most likely Noctuas as well. 12/25/19: Logitech G703 Hero wireless gaming mouse. Finally replaced my old Microsoft mouse. I'll keep this as back up for another 20 years. 12/25/19: Added another 16gb of RAM. I just stuck with the same Crucial Ballistix Sport LT since it fits well under the large Noctua heatsinks. 12/28/19: Pulled the CM Evo fan from the intake location and installed 2 NF-a14 black chromax. I have yet to overclock GPU or CPU.

Looking to upgrade to either a 4k monitor or a 34" ultrawide. Logitech g915 wireless keyboard

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  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the temperature of your i7 when overclocked? Does the cooler really cut the heat well?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried to overclock yet. I'm new to this whole thing so still doing some reading. When I was putting together the parts list, noctua did not have the all black nhd15 so I settled for the 212 black edition knowing that I may have to go bigger. However, I did just purchase the newly released noctua, and will try to get some numbers before install.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I just ordrerd this set up. I did order 2 140mm noctuas ... will they fit.. do you think it will help?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read some reviews about the H510's negative pressure setup and how intake fans would be a waste of money. I do intend to add 2 140's in the future. I just dont like looking at the empty space on the front. Let me know how it goes. In my mind, the H510 elite has 2 intake 140mm fans and I'm pretty sure other than the all glass frame, it is the same case.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I would do 2 things to the pc: buy a fan for intake (you wont regret it, especially in this case) and upgrade the cpu cooler for a better overclock.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

like this (Phanteks PH-F120SP_BBK) fan

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input... I was looking at a noctua or maybe go aio kraken. Any other suggestions?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I would go with this https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/4vzv6h/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd15 for the raw performance. But the fans are ugly, so change them for the Chromax variants. Or go for Corsair AIO, they are pretty good bang for buck.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Nice build

Can you provide some cpu under load temps?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Just ran silverbench stress test. I only ran it for 10min and CPU with the 212 evo got as high as 67c shown by HWMonitor. Still new to this, so not really sure how long I should run the tests for or what others' preferred monitor or benchmark program are. I am not OC'ing at the moment.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try to get some numbers before I install the new cooler.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we get pictures with the updated config?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the Ballistix Sport LT ram kit able to fit under the NH-D15 perfectly? Or do you have to do some adjustments to the front 140mm fan height?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll update the build pics. I did fit without having to force things in. There was enough room without the fans touching the glass and i'm pretty sure the fan isn't touching the RAM sticks either. Very happy with the cooler and fans. They definitely made a difference compared to the Cooler Master I had in there initially.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

How did overclocking go with the dh15?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I have yet to overclock the 9700k. Compared to the Evo, the NH D15 is much quieter and it does run cooler when it is working hard. I am still trying to do my research on how to safely overclock. You can't go wrong with the cooler though. Quality and build is excellent.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Im looking to build a similar rig. Why air cooling over water?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I had purchased a coolermaster. Pretty basic cooler fan and can be had for ~$30. I had wanted to go with a black noctua to keep my build black, but at the time they did not have it available. It is my first pc so I tried to keep it "simple" and then eventually add/replace things here and there. The noctuas are so quiet I cant even tell they're on. Definitely a sound and temp benefit as opposed to the coolermaster. I've been playing around with overclocking lately. From what I've read and hear, the d15 is right up there with some of the water coolers.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats awesome! Unfortunately they are now just as expensive as a WC. Ive had a WC'd system for 10 years without any issues and love it but looking at all options for a new build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, did you have any trouble (or any workaround needed) to hook the nzxt f_panel connector to the ultra mobo f_panel slot? I can't figure it out with a similar case (nzxt h710i)