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First and foremost, I would like to thank PhantomTaco for all the feedback and advice, I wouldn't have been able to pull this off without all the great advice and feedback mate. Thanks a lot.

It's been over a decade since my last custom PC, ever since I moved to work in Dubai, I embraced off the shelf gaming laptops for the high mobility and ease of use. I took on this project of building a new rig as an opportunity to do something relaxing during the weekends, studying the different components out there, picking the components, reviewing feedback, giving it another try and then assembling the beast once all the components finally made it to this sunny land of camels, magic carpets and massive shopping malls. Getting the components delivered all the way here by itself cost me approximately $700, but it was all worth it in the end...I took a lot of pleasure building this rig.

The theme was: Mid-ATX, silent enough that it would be inaudible once I step away from the desk (3 meters away from my bed) but powerful enough to sustain a steady 60 FPS, 4K resolutions on the latest games. Below the reasoning behind each component:

Case: NZXT H440... there wasn't really any competition at this level, an absolute beauty, great value for money, great build quality, perfect fit for my project.

CPU: All the feedback I saw pointed out that this was the right fit. Solid performance, easy OC, good value for money.

Mobo: where most of the hesitation lied... ended up following PhantomTaco's recommendation and not over-investing in a fancy Mobo when all I needed was 6 fan connectors, Z97 chipset and SLI/CFX capable. Very satisfied with the Gigabyte UD5H. solid mobo, a breeze to work with.

GPU: Initially went for 2x780 TIs, but again with so much feedback recommending the 290X, and with the favorable rating for the PCS+ model, I ended up switching for ATI instead of NVIDIA, there simply wasn't enough to justify the difference in cost ($200+ per card). Disassembled the fan brackets and spray painted the frame white to stick with the overall color theme. Very happy with the looks of these babies.

AIO: needed one that supported 120MM fans and I likes a lot the looks of Corsair's H105, very satisfied with the noise level and performance, OC'ing to 4.5k didn't even raise the temps by more than 4 degrees C.

RAM: Here again, overwhelming feedback that 8GB of DDR3-1600 was MORE THAN ENOUGH for gaming and that more expensive RAMs would make absolutely no difference. went for the Fury White as they looked great and were a good fit with the overall theme of the computer.

HDD:Combination of SSD for OS and Apps and Mechanical for flat files. the EVO 840 was a no-brainer, went with a 2.5 form factor for the mechanical HDD as I originally intended to use the 2 front trays on the H440 (ended up going for back trays in the end to leave more room for fresh air to find the PC+ vents)

PSU: EVGA 1300W, great price, solid specs leaving me with enough wattage for OC and upgrades and also remaining within the 50-60% capacity so the PSU always runs silent.

Fans: NB eLoops B12-PS. Another recommendation from PhantomTaco (was onboard the NFF12 bandwagon at first), absolute STUNNERS and amazing build quality, all 6 of these bad boys run between 680 and 1200 RPM and you CANNOT hear a single thing unless if you're OC'ing the crap out of both the CPU and GPUs and maintain amazing temps (sub-50 degree C). They may be expensive, but they are worth EVERY penny.

Monitor: ASUS PB287Q: no monitor came close in terms of value for money for a 60HZ 4K monitor. Still waiting for this one to be delivered (expected within 4-5 days)

Cables: EVGA individually Braided white cables, essential to stick to the white theme, although I found it hard to orient the cables in such a way that they don't apply too much pressure on the inlets/outlets. They're quite rigid and not so easy to twist or bend...

Overall satisfaction: 8/10.

Under load, the 2 PCS+ in Crossfire are loud...loud enough that the sound would keep my girlfriend up at night. Disabling Crossfire brought the noise levels back to a level that makes the system inaudible 3 feets away from the computer. I suspect that the narrow space between both cards and the bottom of the case doesn't let enough cool air flow in front of the GPU fans, the latter end up spinning at high RPM causing the noise (as soon as I close the game, the sound goes down instantaneously).

I'm considering to go for 2 Kraken G10s and a 120MM RAD and install these on the case front fans (which are in-taking fresh air intot he case). Saw good ratings and feedback for the G10s, there is a version in glossy white which fits with the color scheme but I still can't find a good 120MM AIO that would do the trick. any advice on this point would be greatly appreciated.

Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 6 points

+1 Wow. That is a sick build. Nothing wrong with it that I can spot. I like your case choice btw :) (I have the same case)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers :)

had a crush when I first saw the H440... perfect fit for me.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

i saw something wrong but it's no biggie just saying dont take this the wrong way but you could've gotten the 4790K other than that ur build is sick and #PCMASTERRACE

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same reaction!

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

Welcome to Club 4k! Great Build!

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

Beautiful build. Great parts too. Personally, I think the motherboard hinders the aesthetics of your sexy white computer, but good choice.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

This needs way more upvotes! Great build man!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

cheers !

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the scheme. I have the same case, also RAM strangely, although that is literally the only white set on PCP. Love it. +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 What a nice build. Also props for the Bayern jersey in the background.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

+2 This is Awesome, spray painting the GPU's just was a sick edition props to that. Nice rig overall though!

P.S, Check out my H440 build I had a Red/Black theme on mine!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

A NZXT X40 AIO might do the trick for you with the G10s. If those didn't work, I'd possibly look at the X60.

Although those 290Xs look really nice...

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet baby Jesus that is sweet. Btw, don't you think your GPU sag a lil bit?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

felt the same way, even went as far as checking this with a level tape but it appears that despite the weight of the card, the PCI slot and screws are keeping it levelled.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

+2 nuf said!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

hehehe, thx :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous. Even the non-white sinks on the mobo go with the copper pipes on those 290x's.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks :)

i felt the same about the sinks, intended to take them off and spray paint them too, but then decided not to as I like the mat gold/copper combination.

glad someone else spotted it :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

reminds me of tek syndicates white build. +1 for creativity.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

cheers.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

mmm I remember working with you on this parts list :P. It looks great bud congrats

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

cheers !

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Supernatural?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you go for the WD Black?It's quite a bit faster than the Green.Otherwise,amazing build.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

OP said they were using it for basic file storage. Nothing wrong with that, especially since they have a 1 Tb SSD. The Blacks are also highly overrated.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course there isn't anything wrong with it.The reason I'm asking is because first and foremost the Black 2TB is cheaper.Aside from that,even if it was a bit more expensive,I'd say it's still a worthy investment considering the budget of the build.

Also,even if OP didn't get the blacks,the greens are especially slow(their slowest model)which is why I found it odd with the huge budget.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

form factor :)

I initially intended to use the front mounts which only fit 2.5" disks and only the WD green was able to fit the bill.

I only need that drive for static files storage and archiving, speed is not important, only total space.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

49 degrees under load for CF 290X -- I don't believe you...

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the typo, I meant 59 degrees. uploading a screenshot of catalyst 45 mins into Diablo 3 on Ultra settings

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

wow, you definitely got lucky with those GPUs. I would suggest stress testing with some more GPU demanding games like Crysis 3, BF4 and Skyrim with ENB. If those temps hold up, then you will have a ton of overclocking headroom.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip.

Once I get the PB287Q and can set 4K Res on all these, I will stress test the GPUs again.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick Build! Do the PC+s really run at 49 degrees? :O How much does one run at??

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

it's actually 59, 49 would've been great at the fans would not spint over 40% of full capacity and remain relatively silent

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait a minute.... Is that 40 bucks per fan??? Never seen 120mm go higher than 20

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Nice build! How do you find the air flow to be in the H440?

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

really good. the ambient temperature in my room is about 24C(approx 75F)and the way my desk is setup, cool air hits the case straight, so the air intaken is cool and the fans are pretty damn good. There is also very little to no obstruction from the drive bays, so that works quite well in keeping the components relatively cool.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, did painting the GPU's void the warranty for that particular card? If so does just taking it apart void it as well??

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

it normally shouldn't, didn't have to unscrew any of the security screws (the ones that say "warranty voided if broken" only 4 standard screws and the 3 screws per fan that are holding them against the frame.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

i would have gone with the shadow rock pro from be quiet, looks better and would have covered the yellow and only runs 2 degrese higher

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you getting any kind of sag with those cards? Some people are saying the backplates on those cards aren't very good. I just wanted your thoughts since you have a pair.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1. Would you recommend those noiseblocker eloops as exhaust fans on the h440. I've heard great things about them but I'm not sure if I should get those or the blacksilentpro which are 140.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The eLoops are great looking, silent and produce excellent results in both intake/exhaust and as Radiator fans. I couldn't be happier about these fans.

I have no experience with the blacksilentpro, so I can't say much about those.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, good job spending $200 just on case fans. Nah, but really, this is a sick build, and you have a really nice white and black theme to it. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Low noise levels was paramount for me, otherwise I can't keep the computer on at night as it's just 2 meters away from my bed.

I'm very happy with these fans, even with the high price tag. Worth every penny in my opinion.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, funny things happen when you buy $40 fan cases.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

did the mobo come with onboard wifi adapters? if so, what protocols did it have?

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip !

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately the H60 would not work with the G10. The G10 is only compatible with the blocks that have the circular design, so you cannot use the Corsair blocks other than the H55, and H110. I wish the Kraken X41 was 120MM! Does the H440 not fit 2 140MM fans in the front?

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

The H440 does support 2x 140mm fans in the front. http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/143-h440-performance-mid-tower.html

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured so! I remember seeing the fan mounts for both a 120 and a 140MM fan.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

NZXT is making a 120MM cooler its going to be called the X31. http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/nzxt-kraken-x31-aio-water-cooling.html

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

That actually helps out quite a bit for people with smaller cases!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

this is great news ! I will follow this up from up close.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

it does fit 140 MMs in the front actually... but I'm just in love with thow silent these fans are and would prefer not to have to swap them for 140MMs (NB don't have 140MM PS fans) It will be the last resort in case I cannot find decent 120MM AIOs.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Like i said above NZXT has the 120MM x31 in the making.

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