So I've been wanting to build an excellent PC for a really long time. I've only ever had laptops, and as we all know they have a ton of drawbacks: Reduced performance graphics, massive heat issues, annoying drivers, tiny & loud fans, and they have a short lifespan due to their lack of being upgraded to name a few.
Finally, I can get something good. When selecting parts I wanted something that beat my old laptop in every way. It had to be; quiet, powerful, quality and up-gradable. I think I've found a nice compromise and I'm looking forward to having this build for at least the next 5 years.
To start off, I'm very satisfied with the Phanteks P400S. It sacrifices having front panel media expansion for some really great sound insulation on the front and sides. There's dust protection on all the intakes (Front and Bottom) and on the top with magnetic covers. I really like the clean looks of the case, and the easy installation of the magnetic 1m RGB strip is fantastic.
I already had a lot of peripherals that were connected to my laptop on my desk and I have included those in the build list as I will be using them on the new build.
After a few days of use and optimising the fans speeds I am extremely satisfied! The overall noise is really low, the only thing you can hear on idle is the water cooler and even that is very quiet. I've never had anything with an SSD before and the speed of boot up, installation of windows and general operation really surprised me. It's a really neat case and routing the cables was relatively easy too. I've replaced the stock fans with noctua industrial ones, they're running at ~10% at idle and are practically silent.
Please leave any comments or feedback, I'm very interested to hear what you think.
I need to upload some juicy new pics with the gpu and noctua fans installed. I'm so satisfied with the final result. The only thing I will replace is the bitfenix fan, the clicking drives me a little crazy. otherwise this build is super quiet.
Great looking memory for starters! At this price point it has a great ratio of frequency to CAS timing.
You can't go wrong with a Samsung SSD, epic boot times and loading speeds. I'm just going to add a second drive for more space later for all those game backups and media.
This card is of amazing construction, and it's performance is astounding! Unless you want the very, very best, get one of these. The first game I got to put this card through it's basics is Rise of the Tomb Raider, and it looks gorgeous. Doom can be cranked into it's ultra and nightmare settings too with this beautiful beast.
Make sure you get NVidia GeForce Experience for driver updates, and go to the Asus support page to download GPU Tweak II to get the overclocking, 0DB fan control, and the Aura module to control the RGB lighting
For its price point, this case excels in value, it is beautiful and is actually a great case for people who are new to building (like me)
Pros: + Roomy enough for full size video cards + Cable management is easy with Velcro ties, lots of tie points and space for routing as well as tidy rubberised holes + Phanteks RGB strips are easy to plug in and display 10 different colours + Sound insulation on front and side panels + Easy to take panels off and put on (the screws don't fall off) + Drives are easy to move and have rubberised mounts to reduce noise
Cons: - No disk drive bays - Mildly restricted air flow on the front - Smaller size means no crazy huge radiators on the ceiling - Stock fans are below par in quality
Amazing value for the price! It's fully modular to start off with so no annoying cables to squash into the case. All the cables come sleeved and are made to last. It is silent most of the time with Eco mode on. Oh, and the packaging was rally nice too and it came with a full manual.
I cannot ask for more in a power supply. If I could give it 6/5 I would!
Best windows to date, updates frequently unlike older versions. Microsoft is listening to it's user-base and often make changes to windows 10 based on user feedback, if you're thinking about upgrading do it.
A great fan all round, quiet, massive air flow and high CFM. The fan blades are very rigid, the styling is tasteful and the build quality feels quite solid. Much cheaper than Noctuas and mildly better looking, this fan is a great performer for the price
There are some really nice touches too, you can either use the provided screws and rubber washers or the easy to pop in rubber things (I used screws as they mount flatter)
My only issues with installing this was that there was no flow direction indicator (as with most fans it flows towards the plastic housing) and the holes aren't already threaded for screws so you end up with a bit plastic dust entering the case :(
After a couple of months of use, i'm a little disappointed with the quality, it has developed a clicking noise which i originally thought was my liquid cooler, due to their proximity. its super silent most of the time... until the clicking begins
Practically silent and idle on PWM mode at ~10% speed, they're super powerful at moving air into the case to the motherboard. Yeah they're pricey but if you want near silence these are the ruling monarch.
Beautiful design, black colour and replaceable rubber pads (i bought white ones for the theme), these are beastly fans.