PCPartPicker always helps me to find the exact part I need. So it's my turn to testify.
My purpose was to optimise my computer year after year. I first wanted something powerfull. Then, I reached silence and low power consumption. Compacity was my next goal. And now, why not to have a nice rig ?
As you can see, I didn't succomb to RGB LED and other party ornament. I also prefered the Fractal Nano S case without window because it is bad for temps and noise. I had to avoid HDD to a full SSD M2 system too. I opted for a Founder Edition GTX1080 so that it expels heat, despite throttling and making some noise in game without Vsync. I bought the biggest and most silent heatsink that just fit in my Nano S. A 1 mm space remains between the heatsink and exhaust fan but the heatsink touches gently the DDR. I didn't want any watercooling as it generally generates a little hiss and consumes more. I have 3 fans (2 x 12cm BeQuiet Silentwings 3 PWM and a Silentium Fortis 3 V2 fan). At min, it turns respectively at 500 and 700 RPM. At max, they all turn at 1400 TPM. At IDLE, we can't hear the computer.
Here are my stats
- Min consumption : 27,6W (system unit)
- Max consumption in game : 260W (system unit)
- Max consumption in stress test : 300W (system unit)
- 3D Mark 11 P graphics score : 28 350
- 3D Mark 11 P physics score : 15 739
- 3D Mark 11 P score : 23 449
- Time Spy graphics score : 7 239
- Time Spy CPU score : 8 000
- Time Spy score : 7 343
- Super Pi mod 1.5 1M : 7,970 s
- Super Pi mod 1.5 2M : 17,893 s
- Rough temps in recent games (max out details, Vsync) : CPU at 60 °c, GPU at 80 °c
- Windows 10 boot from power on to desktop : 15,5"
The monitor is a great AOC Q3277PQU MVA. Not the best for games, but it's still really ok and responsive. And, above all, perfect for office, surf and medias. I place it on the wall to move it away and preserve my eyes.
My keyboard is a Logitech K800 as it is -as far as I know- the only wireless and illuminated keyboard. Moreover, it is not too noisy. The mouse is a Logitech G602 for its big battery life and numerous buttons. The clics are a bit noisy, but so less than those on MX Master.
For some games, I use either Xbox One Patrol Tech controller (cars games essentially) or Mad Catz Fightpad (fighting games exclusively).
For sound, I link my PC to a Denon Ceol N9 by optical wire and profit of my Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers. Simple. Efficient. Not so good with my headphones Plantronics Backbeat Pro+ as they produce a little but disappoiting hiss generated by Windows.
What's next :
- A SFX PSU like Strider Titanium, but I really don't like the blue scheme.
- Next gen GPU, if not still in 16 nm process
- A new ITX case that support 16 cm heatsink tower and benefits of sound dampening and USB C. But it doesn't exist yet...
- Plantronics Backbeat Pro+ replaced by a Sony MDR-1000x, more expensive. This last one delivers as precise sound, maybe even more, and without any parasite hiss. Moreover, its design and comfort are better. So far so good.
- Seasonic Prime Titanium Fanless 600W replaces Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W. Probably a detail, but I save few Watts and still have much more than what I need (300W max in a stress power supply application). Like before, it doesn't produce coil whine. (PS : I'll change the photos soon)