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The Quiet Night

by skemble

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139 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.5GHz

Description

This was built for a guy who wanted a quiet computer, with solid multitasking ability, and fast boot times. As well as a GPU to play a few games at moderate settings from time to time. He had several requirements for me to put into the build.

Requirements:

Quiet case with a SD card reader.

Processor that can handle many tasks.

$100 in a GPU; enough to satisfy the occasional WoW adventure.

SSD with 2x 500Gb HDD.

Room for future expansion.

He told me he wanted to spend close to $800. I feel that I did this build justice. This case is so quiet I sometimes have to check to see if the fans are even running. It doesn't get nearly as hot as had plagued so many reviews, just remove the top HDD bay. It has great cable management options and cabling was a breeze. The only hindrance was a faulty compression screw on a CM Hyper 212 EVO that sheared in two before I even got close to getting it snug. I have contacted CM in hope of getting that replaced and will be adding that to this build in the near future.

Hope you guys like it!


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Spirafall 1 Build 29 points

Sometimes I see people's builds were they have fingerprints all over, even on surfaces that aren't meant to attract fingerprints. Then I get to this, and damn it's shiny.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 11 points

HAHA! Thank you! I really like aesthetics of the case.

Permalink 20 months ago
Mattkx4 8 points

I absolutely LOVE this build! You have built this build exactly like I would've. I only wished people would ask me to build computers. I'm only an 11 year old, but personally I think I'm pretty good with computer I'm building my $1,000 Build this summer. No one asks an 11 year old to do computer builds. The quality of this build is beyond excellent I bet whoever your customer is, he is very excited now. I would be at least!

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 9 points

Thanks little man! I only wish I would have acquired computer building skills at that age. Keep up the good work!

Permalink 20 months ago

I took a look at your build in progress, not bad at all.

Only thing I could recommend that would be better is the 7870XT rather than the Ghz Edition, since they don't vary much in price.

Other than that I hope you have fun with your project, and I will be looking forward to your build in the "completed" section once it is all done.

Permalink 20 months ago
Mattkx4 2 points

I assume you were talking to me and I will change that!

Permalink 20 months ago

Yup, I was talking to you :)

Permalink 20 months ago
Austn 1 Build 1 point

Looks good so far. I would definitely want to get an ssd though, they make things sooo much faster. Do you plan on adding one to that build anytime or are waiting for the prices of them to go down? If you're on a budget, Kingston v300 series is great for the price. Can get a 120gb model for ~$80.

Permalink 20 months ago

I was skeptical about the Kingston drives, but the people who reviewed them on Newegg seem to be satisfied with them. Personally I would opt for a Samsung 840. Currently the Samsung is the cheaper of the two on Newegg, and Samsung has a little bit of a better rep with their drives.

Both are backed by a 3 year warranty and retail between $80 to $100 bucks, so it all depends on the brand name and reviews I guess. But I do agree with you, I would never build a new computer without an SSD.

Permalink 20 months ago
Mattkx4 1 point

My Budget it a $1,000 So I think I'll just add a boot drive SSD later

Permalink 20 months ago
AQUM 7 points

That case is sexy. I'd get it, but I don't want to get fingerprints all over it D:

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

I really liked working with it! The only real issue is poor ventilation. I've seen some top vent mods for it and that would be really good for it. I tried my best to not get it all fingered up haha

Permalink 20 months ago
BeardCreep 4 points

Nice sam

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

Thanks Salo! Appreciate your feedback as always :)

Permalink 20 months ago
BeardCreep 3 points

anytime brotha

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

Why are you getting down voted? :(

Permalink 20 months ago
BeardCreep 1 point

some butthurt ******* is going around downvoting all my comments.

also commenting on all my advice

"you dont even have a build, what do you know"

i have builds just not posted here, and i think im pretty good at what i do no?

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 3 points

Some people just don't know their place...

Permalink 20 months ago
BeardCreep 1 point

yeah but its aight. i try to help, if people want to take the advice fine :D if not thats aight too.

btw, started ordering my parts :O doing it bit by bit when stuff is on sale/in stock

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

I feel the same way..

Hit me with the parts list!

Permalink 20 months ago
BeardCreep 1 point

like look at http://prntscr.com/1bri6t

i dont even

Permalink 20 months ago
ItsJxzza 3 points

Got to have a cat calender :D

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

The things we do for love.. ;)

Permalink 20 months ago
Djangosp2 1 Build 2 points

Very nice choices. He should be very satisfied with this computer :)

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Thank you much!

Permalink 20 months ago

+1 for parts, and cable management.

Permalink 13 months ago
jorceshaman 2 points

Nothing against the computer but, I'm most impressed with the picture quality! Those are some very nice HD pictures!

Permalink 10 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

That was one of my first documented builds! My picture taking skills have gotten much better since then, but thank you for the compliment. :)

Permalink 10 months ago
Bigmeanmike 2 points

I am rarely impressed by builds. This though... this is gorgeous.

Permalink 3 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Well thank you! Have you looked through my other builds? I have to say that this is on the lower end of impressive compared to some others.

Permalink 3 months ago
Spiral350 1 point

That sucks about the 212, it would be quieter with it in. I'm wondering why you went with one 1TB HDD as it is cheaper.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

They person I built this for wanted to have a 500 for games, music, movies. And another 500 for a backup of all of it. I told him it would be cheaper, but it's his computer in the end. That case also has a hot swap bay, so he could use one for that too I suppose..

Permalink 20 months ago
Norm101 2 Builds 1 point

Really clean build.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Graci!

Permalink 20 months ago

For the love of god gigabyte better making a mobo that is black like this one without those terrible blue accents for intel CPUs.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

The blue boards totally turn me off! I feel your pain.. This board is beautiful and a pleasure to work with :)

Permalink 20 months ago
hunter32tz 1 Build 2 points

I just took another look and that Mobo is sure sexy for the price. And people need to stop giving biased hate about AMD, if you look into it the 8350 actually outperforms the 3770k in most tasks.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Thank you! It does just fine for gaming and is a beast at multi threaded tasks. I'm not biased either way, I just like what's best for the price!

Permalink 20 months ago
Austn 1 Build 1 point

The build looks great! You did well with the requirements he gave you.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Thank you sir. I appreciate it!

Permalink 20 months ago

nice build! excellent cable management

very similar to what im making as your aware

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Thank you! Yes and I expect to see pictures on here!

Permalink 20 months ago

will do my best, nearly everything is in shipment now. Just need to decide on the GPU, what i was going to get is out of stock now :/

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

7870 ghz or XT?

Permalink 20 months ago

EVGA 660 for $185 actually, then found an XFX 7950 for $210...but apparently they have heat issues

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Probably why it was so cheap :/

Permalink 20 months ago
18hockey 1 Build 1 point

Hey man, I know this is three months old, but I was wondering how your PSU is holding out. I have the same one and some people have told me they fail after a couple months. How's yours?

Love the build also :D

Permalink 17 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Graci! XD I have had no complaints from the owner. I see him several times a week and ask him how his machine is holding up and he loves it. He really doesn't do hardcore gaming or super stressful stuff so I imagine people whose have failed are trying to to do too much with it. Your guess is a good as mine :)

Permalink 17 months ago
DrPhartPhD 1 point

Just out of curiosity, why did you decide to get two 500GB Caviar Blues instead of a 1TB? I am sorry if this is a stupid question, kinda new to building computers...

Permalink 17 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

No serious questions are stupid :) I built this for someone else. He wanted to have one for all of his media stuff and the other to back all of it up. I personally would have just gotten a 1Tb drive if this were just for a boot drive or something to put games on.

Permalink 17 months ago
zeeman706 1 point

Okay, this is awsome, but why not just get 1 TB HDD instead?

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

He wanted a 500 for games, music, and movies and another 500 to back up all of those things. If I would have been building it for myself I would have just gotten a single drive, but the customer gets what he wants!

Permalink 16 months ago
brntlr 1 point

I have the same processor and mobo and I had a heck of a time trying to get the stock cpu cooler on. Just wondering if you had the same problem with this build?

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

I've had trouble getting on the AMD stock cooler before. Some of them seem to have shorter metal "arms" and they can't reach the plastic mount. I had this trouble with my Sabertooth board.

Permalink 16 months ago
Eschaton 2 Builds 1 point

Is there a difference in loudness between 7200 and 5400 HDDs?

Also, is the stock cooling fan really that quiet on this build?

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

If your computer is up on your desk and you have zero sound dampening then yes you will hear any drive, but this case is so padded up and sits under a desk. And no the stock fan is loud as hell, a Hyper 212 Evo was put in this later because the first was faulty.

Permalink 16 months ago
Eschaton 2 Builds 1 point

That's cool, no I was just wondering if a 5400 is quieter than a 7200 or vice versa, for my own edification. I've never really compared them to find out for myself. In any case it'd be interesting to know what the conventional wisdom is.

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

From what I've read in tests it's a difference of about 3dB. That is about a 23% increase in noise. A 10dB difference is roughly twice as loud.

Permalink 16 months ago
Eschaton 2 Builds 1 point

which is the increased one? The 7200 variety?

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

7200s are a tad louder. Not enough louder, in my opinion, that you should get a 5400 drive unless it's for only storage or a HTPC that uses it as the primary drive. If you have a SSD and a secondary HDD the HDD doesn't spin all the time so it's normally pretty much silent. I have a 3Tb 7200 Barracuda and I only hear it when it kicks to life from idle state.

Permalink 16 months ago

How has the AMD FX-8350 been with the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3?

Just wondering since I am using the same combo on my build.

Thanks!

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

I don't personally own that computer, but I've heard only good things from it's owner!

Permalink 16 months ago
AceofPortals 1 point

In the process of brainstorming a build today, I ended up with something pretty akin to this. Of course, I didn't need 3 Hds (even after reading the explaination to this it still seems funny, though I like the idea of booting from a small SSD drive for lightning bootup times), so was able to throw on a much nicer video card, ending up with a very versatile little rig. I expect the prices of some things to dip as we approach Cyber Monday.

Also, this. Yeah, I don't care what I put in it, as long as I get to stare at THAT all day :D (not really though)

Overall, nice build, it has the customer in mind and who can condemn that?

Permalink 16 months ago
ryan0ing 1 point

Cute cat calender bro :)

Permalink 16 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

You make me blush ;)

Permalink 16 months ago
ryan0ing 1 point

haha anytime :)

Permalink 16 months ago
lancer45 1 point

did this come with all the wiring you needed?

Permalink 15 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

In reference to the PSU or mobo? It had enough for everything needed in this build.

Permalink 15 months ago
lancer45 1 point

Thank you

Permalink 15 months ago
Shuck 1 point

So, you mentioned the fact that this pc build could run some games. Do you happen to know if it could run some higher end games such as battlefield? At a reasonable fps of course

Permalink 15 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

It will excel on the CPU side of things in BF4, but the single GB frame buffer and more budget GPU it won't be able to handle BF4 at higher settings, but I'm sure medium at 1080p getting 30 FPS or higher shouldn't be an issue.

Permalink 15 months ago

Clean build. I can't wait to look at the others you have posted.

Permalink 12 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Thank you kindly! I'm working on another this week so keep your eye out for it this weekend! :)

Permalink 12 months ago
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teenmatthew 1 point

you could have got a segate beracuda 1tb for the price of one western 500gb

Permalink 9 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Read the description.

Permalink 9 months ago
5rovic 1 point

Damn man you are a master builder! Going through your builds now... Even non-modular you make it look so CLEAN. Love how you care about looks and aesthetics as well. A+ !

Permalink 9 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Haha thank you! Thanks for checking out my stuff, I really appreciate it!

Permalink 9 months ago
71Passengers 1 point

What monitor is that?

Permalink 8 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

It's just a Samsung 1360x768 TV that I use for playing emulators and general movie/TV streaming.

Permalink 8 months ago
ownerbeast 1 point

Would you like to play WoW sometime?

Permalink 7 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

I'm not a WoW player myself actually. Sorry!

Permalink 7 months ago
jdoge10 1 point

Did you need to update the BIOS?

Permalink 7 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Nope!

Permalink 7 months ago

Why two 500GB mechanical hard drives? At this moment, a 2TB mech. is way less expensive.

Permalink 4 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

The user wanted two drives. One for storage and the other for backups of that storage. He didn't need even 500 GB of storage to begin with so he decided that two 1 TB drives would be wasteful.

Permalink 4 months ago

Ok. It just seems like he was also wasting money by getting a way worse deal per GB. (Not meant to be insulting.)

Permalink 4 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

It's understandable! He did not get a good deal/GB. I personally would have went with two 1 TB drives if he hadn't asked for something specific.

Permalink 4 months ago

How do you get people to ask you (and pay you) to build them computers?

Permalink 4 months ago
DMiller004 1 point

Just found this build. Overall very nice. I have used that MB/CPU combo many times, they have never failed me. Nice work!!

My only comment would be on the PS. I have had multiple horrible experiences with Cooler Master power supplies. So much so, I will never use another one!!

Permalink 3 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Thank you sir! I've used it twice since then and have had great results.

This being one of my early builds, I didn't quite have my personal experience parts quite hashed out. I won't be using another one of these, that's for sure!

Permalink 3 months ago
Corre 1 Build 1 point

Yo, just wanna ask if you would recommend that case over the define r4. thankies

Permalink 2 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Go for the Define R5 :)

Permalink 2 months ago

Mobo boxes are so ugly in my opinion...

Permalink 2 months ago
jwhite9911 1 point

Wouldn't it be cheaper to get a 1tb Seagate drive

Permalink 2 months ago

What I really want to say is FINALLY SOMEONE WITH A GOOD CAMERA.

oh yeah and nice build....

Permalink 2 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

This isn't even close to my best work, but thanks! :)

Permalink 2 months ago
Jizzandapuss 1 point

Excellent Pictures !

Permalink 2 months ago
PickItApart -2 points

Why 8350+990 instead of i5-3570+H77?

Permalink 20 months ago
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AustinL 1 Build -9 points

It isn't overpriced it is priced higher than AMD cause it's better

Permalink 20 months ago
ItsJxzza 3 points

You are a stuck up biast *. Also one who is incorrect.

Permalink 20 months ago
rajmahual 1 point

Amd is cheaper because Intel's brand name cost so much. The for a build 800 or less less go with amd anything above go with Intel.

Permalink 4 days ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

I used it in my personal rig and recommended it.

Permalink 20 months ago

You seem to only have AMD builds on this site. I'm assuming that you are slightly biased. lol

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 3 points

I know it looks bad.. I'm not against Intel, I personally have an Intel computer other than my gaming one. Mine was for budget, my grandmothers was for budget, and my boss wanted what I had. My hands we're tied XD

Permalink 20 months ago

I feel. AMD is good price to performance, from what I read. I personally haven't built my own and am wanting to work with it to get a feel for them.

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

You won't regret it!

Permalink 20 months ago

no hes going with what the budget allows

Permalink 20 months ago
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Spirafall 1 Build 7 points

I think it's helpful if you explained why you thought it was a bad drive.

It could be two things:
1. You thought it was a bad drive because it's not as popular as the Samsung 840 Pro.
2. You thought it was a bad drive because there were too many reviews of it failing on Newegg (or some other reason).

The first answer would make you look like a biased fan.
The second answer would be more reasonable and constructive than simply saying it was bad. They may decide to switch it out for a more reliable one, or keep it because it's been working fine with no problems.

Permalink 20 months ago
MrsSmallCow 1 point

I was looking around for an ssd then saw that it had so so many bad reviews

Permalink 20 months ago
Ggadget 4 points

It's not bad, it's just not the 840 pro. Don't be biased. Just say the 840 pro would've been better, rather than saying the one he had was bad.

Permalink 20 months ago
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barkinos98 1 Build -4 points

Dude, dont get me wrong but amd's stock cooler and silence are teh exact opposite of each other :D $35 and a hyper 212 evo/212X would get this rig WAY silenter.

Permalink 20 months ago
Grazzert 2 Builds 3 points

"The only hindrance was a faulty compression screw on a CM Hyper 212 EVO that sheared in two before I even got close to getting it snug. I have contacted CM in hope of getting that replaced and will be adding that to this build in the near future." I see someone just looked at the pretty pictures...

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 2 points

Took the words right out of my mouth :)

Permalink 20 months ago
barkinos98 1 Build 3 points

oh, sorry mates :D i didnt read all of the description, my bad :thumb:

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

No worries :)

Permalink 20 months ago
skemble submitter 20 Builds 1 point

Did you read the description about the faulty EVO?

Permalink 20 months ago