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It's been over six years since I fully built a computer. In June of 2007, I built the desktop that lasted through high school, through four years of college, and over a year of me being on my own. While the end product had none of the original parts, the computer was one continuous build. Needless to say, by the end, it was like a slow, dying dog. Having an old Core 2 Quad CPU, only 8GB of DDR2, and an nVidia 440 driving three monitors, it was loud, inefficient, and extremely slow for modern tasks.

It's worth noting that I'm not, and never have been a PC gamer. As a professional graphic designer, photography, and video nerd, the computer acts as a workstation that supports media consumption. I'm constantly using most of the Adobe Creative Suite, and am starting to get into light 3D work using software like Cinema4D. Earlier this year, I built a 16TB NAS which handles all of my media storage, including a photo library containing over 50,000 photos and 4TB worth of movies.

Having a real "big-boy-job" and freelance work on the side, it was time to bring my computing up to speed. I set out to build a system sacrificing almost nothing. Cost was important, but not at the expense of building a system that would do whatever I throw at it without slowing down.

For the CPU, I went with the most affordable of the Haswell-E chips from Intel. I didn't need the extra lanes of the 5930K and couldn't justify the $1,000 price tag for 8-cores. I chose the 5820K with plans of overclocking lightly. Paired with the Kraken X61 and it's massive radiator, I'm able to overclock to 4.0 GHz and still maintain near-silence. Lots of memory was key: I often end up running Photoshop, Illustator, InDesign, and Lightroom all at the same time. Paired with Windows, web browsers, and other applications, I wanted to ensure the system would never slow down. Go big or go home.

I chose the motherboard for its sexy all-black design to match the interior of my case, and it had all the inputs and outputs I could ever dream of. For the case, I went with the super simple, but well designed NZXT S340. I'm a huge fan of black and white builds, and tried to keep as much color out of this build as possible. Rounding out the visuals, I got myself another 140mm fan from Phantek and a set of Silverstone individually-sleeved white cables to make the inside of the case stand out.

As I stated above, I didn't need massive amounts of storage due to having a separate NAS. I wanted a super fast drive for running Windows, so I went with the M.2 XP940 from Samsung. Since that drive is only 512GB, I decided to pick up a second SSD to use as a scratch disk and place to drop temporary files such as podcasts and my Lightroom catalog. Gigabit ethernet is a bottle-neck for data transfers, so I wanted to make sure I had enough space to work locally.

I'm not into PC gaming, so I went with a conservative GTX 970 for it's three Display Ports, HDMI, and dual DVIs. I wanted to drive dual 4K monitors and needed to do so without any messy dual-HDMI setups. I figured the 970 would have plenty of juice to drive the monitors, and should work nicely should I need it for video rendering or GPU acceleration in Photoshop or Illustrator.

All told, the build ended up looking great, runs like butter, and is virtually silent. I'm super happy with every single part I chose.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 26 points

visual orgasm :) +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to have 6x4 4gb's of ram on x99a msi gaming 7 mobo?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

3+3 will be logical but I don't have much information about x99s.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ended up ordering these parts http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JrcNdC lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

4+4 perfect :) rest of them are quite well too, wish to see completed beauty ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I like seeing all the slots filled, but I would wait for another kit of 16GB just to shove it in people's faces.

  • 57 months ago
  • 17 points

PSA: Don't put your motherboard on top of the anti-static bag. The outside conducts electricity.

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

Thanks for the tip! I've actually never heard that before, but it makes sense.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

I had my friend with me when I started my first build and he told me about it. Does make sense. Very nice build you have here!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

You can short out parts without them being powered on.

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

Not true, it conducts but that doesn't matter if there is nothing there to conduct

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Only if you would have been familiar with Gauss's law and its application to build a Faraday cage. hilljcaleb is correct.

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

omfg. Not to be rude or anything, but you really need to look up things before you announce them. The static electricity from your fingers can make a whole motherboard go bad. EVER wonder why people have anti-static wrist straps? Static electricity is very dangerous to parts exposed like that, that's why it's unsafe to put the motherboard on top of the anti-static bag, since there could be some static on the outside. This is common info, I'm surprised you're on this site lol.

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

.. What? Of course it matters, static electricity can short out the whole board. Ever wonder why people have anti-static straps while putting computers together?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Correction, only certain anti-static bags conduct electricity on the outside. The one in the picture(s) as you can see has black lines on the outside. Those black lines are there to keep electricity away from the inside where the components are kept. If your anti-static bag has no black lines on the outside it is perfectly safe to place the motherboard or any other component in and on it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorry since this is two years later, but Is that not the point of an anti-static bag? To purposely short out everything so that voltages don't build up on the unit. Common in electronics manufacturing is you short everything together so that nothing gets a voltage. Same reason you wear an ESD band (and why I'm currently wearing an ESD smock). Keep everything shorted and at the same voltage.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Is it possible to have 6x4 4gb's of ram on x99a msi gaming 7 mobo?

  • 57 months ago
  • 8 points

Oh me oh my, love the photos love the PC +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice build, and those pics... I guess you really are a photographer. Looks good.

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice and clean, I LIKE IT....

one suggestion, and will only cost ya a couple bucks cable comb for the pcie cables

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, I really wanted such a device, but had no idea they actually existed. Sometimes all you need to know is the name of a thing - thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you mind posting a link? Thanks, and great build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Excellent future resistant build. Love the cable management and the clean look. Good job.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

love that desk, what is it? and where can i get one? :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

The desk is actually from IKEA. It is the white glass version of GALANT with chrome A-Frame legs. Quickly browsed IKEA.com and couldn't find the same desk, not sure if they still sell it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm not sure a single word in any language exists which could sufficiently summarize the majesty of this build; every aspect of it, from the selection of every part to that magnificent workstation it sits upon.

I especially love the contrast in going all Tim Taylor on the CPU/RAM/SSD and pairing it with an adversely modest video card and choosing elite quality over wattage on the PSU; a perfect yin and yang of indulgence and restraint. The monitors have me perplexed based solely on price, but I can't take my eyes off that last picture so I understand.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Glad you like it.

The monitors were based entirely on what I do with my computer. As a graphic designer and photographer, screen space (7840x2160), clarity (4K), and color accuracy (99% AdobeRGB) are extremely important. I've been watching 4K monitors for a while and wanted to get a pair that would last rather than spending a ton of money on ones that will date quickly. Those monitors have since dropped to $1500 and Amazon was nice enough to price-adjust: so I did get $1000 back from that! (I love Amazon!)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome that Amazon did that! Like I had said, the price is what caught my attention but I figured with how strategic you were in choosing everything there was a reason for those, and of course it makes perfect sense. It would be pretty hard to tear me away from that setup, whether I was working or gaming.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Magnificent build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you mind detailing some parts/software and reasoning for parts/software for that 16TB NAS of yours? I'm looking at building a NAS for my home and would appreciate any insight.

Love the pictures! Great lighting, smooth and even.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought a Synology DS414 with four 4TB Western Digital Reds. All connects to the Internet and my computer over ethernet. Very happy with this setup for mass storage - Would kill for 10 gigabit though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

just a question, is 660w enough for all that stuff?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it's more than enough.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder what country you come from...

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

lol most likely, the platinum power supply can definitely handle what is going through it. But to answer your question, the build is only 441w.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. The color scheme is impeccable; when the SLI Plus came out, I looked forward to the builds with a perfect white/black scheme. And I was not disappointed. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What configuration do you have for the front fans. Push or pull?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Front fans are pull, so they pull cool air from outside the front of the case through the dust filter.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Where those monitors worth it for you photos? It think for myself, sitting in front of two huge screens would be a bit difficult.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 dem sleeved cables doe

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is just amazing. The black/white combination is perfect. Great build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

when i sees that the monitors are 4000 dollars...

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone said something to do with them, apparently he got them on sale for 3k. Still a lot though I know xD

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management is unreal.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and clean build my friend +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great pics and a slick looking build. I jaw about hit the floor when I saw 64GB of ram. This thing looks to be a beast, you mention you don't game but how does this beast run your programs; I would imaging it crushes them.

On a side note the only mistake I see is you using the static bag to build on, that is actually a bad idea. The outside of the bag is conductive, its the inside that is not and only when closed. Use the box or a wood table to build it on, that being said its been a really long time since I saw a part die from a static charge.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

"I'm not into PC gaming, so I went with a conservative GTX 970" Damn i wish i had your kinda money :DDDD

+1 for just crazy overkill on ram !

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Love how clean everything is great job! You might want to get a rear exhaust to help with directional airflow but besides that its gorgeous!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a clean build! i love it! +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Going to pick up the rest of my head now... +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That is amazing

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

you owe me pants!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

L.O.V.E the RAM the 850 pro and the front interior clean setup _^

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I.. I'm speechless.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

nice rig man +1 from me. love white cases and i want to be on the x99 chipset. maybe in the future. you should check out my rig if you ever get a chance. mines a white scheme also.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

gpu temps?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

These monitors...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If you wanted a Black&White build you should've went with Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM. Awesome build either way.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM was quantity over quality for me. I decided to put my money towards 64GB of cheap decent-looking RAM rather than 32GB of super awesome RAM.

I figured the GSkill RAM looked cool enough though, but I totally agree, the Dominator would've looked amazing.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

HI JMarimon, i am looking to purchase the same motherboard. I am also thinking to install M.2 SSD on it. Could you please share your experience with having M.2 installed in this MB? Is this your boot drive/do you have OS installed on it? Thanks for sharing.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Using the Samsung XP941 was completely seamless for me. I made sure to update the Bios firmware before attempting to install Windows because the newer builds stated they improved M.2 compatibility. When I first installed and booted up, I made sure to unplug my 850 Pro while I installed Windows, just to make sure I chose the XP941 when installing.

Installing Windows, booting, and everything else was completely seamless. Had no issues at all. For some reason, the Bios still doesn't really recognize the XP941, but it does notice that that bay is populated.

Would highly recommend it, that thing is stupid fast!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard come with 2 M.2 slots? I can not tell by the pics. If so, why the slot you selected vs the other open M2 Slot.

By the way, that entire room is clean. Your build, your desk layout.

I enjoyed your pics, you did a great job of displaying your build :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool workstation! Are you able to tell the if the X61 variable pump speed makes a difference for noise?

Are you using the Kraken software? From what I've read, it sounds like the software+USB connector is the only way to use variable pump speed. But I've heard the software is kind of clunky. I'm curious what your impressions are.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using the X61 with the CAM software. Completely agree: it's slow and clunky. You really only need it for initial setup and then you can just leave it in your tray.

I set the X61 to run in "silent" mode in the CAM software and it only picks up if the CPU gets good and hot. My i7 hovers around 30C and will hit 40-50 on heavy load, just barely enough to increase the fan/pump speed up a notch. It is very slightly louder, but almost impossible to tell unless I have my ear up to the tower.

I've been a silence nerd with my computers from the start, and am shocked at how cool and quiet this build runs, with literally zero effort. Default settings for all and I don't hear a thing. (leads me to believe that HDDs were my biggest contributor of noise previously)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

aren't you supposed to NOT put sensitive parts on an esd bag?? yeah...you're not. This is because the outer layer of the esd bag is what absorbs all of the electricity, in one of his videos, Linus describes this and I hate to see people potentially mess up their expensive parts.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You want to look into this:

some guys swapped out the horribly ugly blue leds on the g1 gaming

http://www.overclock.net/t/1519475/gigabyte-gtx-970-led-swap

Awesome clean build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. this is a stunning looking build, great job.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is awesome. Only if I had the money.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I like it. upvote #100

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that gpu working out for you?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. What kind of desk is that? I need it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

that question was answered about 3 comments back... seems that white one isn't available anymore here's the closest thing... http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80221465/#/80221465

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. Didn't even see that. Thanks for the reply.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that GPU? Any good so far, in regards to graphic rendering?

On a side note, on a scale of infinity to infinity, how rich are you?

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

I've had no issues with the GPU, but I'll be honest, I've yet to push it past rendering some videos in Adobe Media Encoder. It drives my two 4K monitors and a small 15in monitor with absolutely no hitches and runs virtually silent. Nothing more I could ask for.

Haha, not rich at all. Working on a graphic designer budget. But it's been around 6 years since I last built a PC - I wanted to save up and go all out as an investment in my future as a designer. I was sick of being creatively hindered by my slow computer. Trust me, it made a very painful dent in my bank accounts.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

The gpu is pretty incredible.. But be weary of the display port. I've had issues along with many other people on the nvidia forums. There is supposed to be a beta driver to help fix it. I'm not the builder of this computer but it thought I'd share the news so people can be informed.

Cheers

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably would have been better to spend around 300-400 total on ram and then use the extra 400 for another gpu in SLI since that will do the rendering. Good color scheme and parts seem to be top of the line. Hope you enjoy your new machine.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of my work involves a mix of photography, composting, and 3D work - all of which are RAM/CPU intensive. With high-resolution photo composites, it's not rare for me to have 2-3GB PSD files with hundreds of layers. Helps a TON to have virtually unlimited RAM. Also, animations inside After Effects will render your frames into RAM, which makes volume very helpful. I use Cinema 4D for 3D, which renders on the CPU.

I didn't want to slouch on the GPU, because I know it's used for real-time rendering in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and After Effects, but I was more concerned with the CPU/RAM side of things.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Quick question- the cpu cooler's fans (on the radiator) are facing what side of the case? Like how are they in there? (exhaust or intake) because i am building a pc with the same case and cpu cooler and wanted to know.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the radiator set up to pull air from outside the case. The front of the case has ventilation for this, and an included filter. It's great being able to cool the CPU with air outside the case, although it does warm up the inside of the case for the GPU. I was more concerned with CPU power, so I was not too concerned with the GPU getting too hot.

So, I have the fans attached to the case pulling air from the front (blowing into the case) and the radiator attached to those fans on the inside of the case. Works well - I'm typically idling around 30C, up to about 58C on load and the fans have never spun up past 30%.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build soo much! Build a x99 White black (Some blue) soon my self..!

The G1 GPU's Led looked like is was painted white? or was it just off and the camera angles made it seem white.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a blue LED. The masking on the front is white, but it's very bright blue. I do wish it was white, but not a deal-breaker since it is a great/quiet card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

"""I'm not into PC gaming, so I went with a conservative GTX 970""" LOLLZ just a tiny little gtx 970. That's it?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems like everyone has my dream build but me...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build +1 what fans are you using in front of the rad btw?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

really like this very clean

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. You can clean up your PSU cables w/ these combs. http://www.performance-pcs.com/e22-cable-comb-4-24-slots-black.html

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This case or the NZXT H440???

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the NZXT S340 in white

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nerd boner activated...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Finnally someone compitent in photography, really does help make your build look so much better +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You've had the build for some time now, and I'm sure you've done a lot of work... how's the cooler holding up? It's the one I've been looking at myself so just looking for some feedback.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's working really well. During 100% load, it keeps the CPU around 65C, even in the middle of the summer with ambient temps of around 80 degrees. And it stays almost silent at that temperature.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool (I guess) +1

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

you should have gone with ECC ram if you're going all out. good photos. they'er like orgasms for my eyes

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how's the case??? Are the dust filters good??? I'm trying to decide whether to get this case or the H440. Thanks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case! No complaints.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing, picture 25/25 showing your desk in absolutely mint!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the gaming GPU over a workstation GPU?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they're better bang for your buck. None of my workflow pushes the GPU that hard anyhow.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

This configuration is very close to my current "dream build". Hardware specs seem really impressive and well-rounded. Usually I prefer over-the-top ridiculous monitor set ups but yours is really clean and elegant-- love the backlit effect! Great work overall.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, hats off to you sir. The love and care you put it into it is breathtaking. I myself am going for a new build using the H440 in the black/blue combination (https://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/143-h440-performance-mid-tower.html). I do want to ask why you didn't go with the white H440 case, It seems like it would have better suited your higher end components and the NZXT logo would light up in white LED would just add another layer of uberness to your build. Otherwise, this is an absolutely fantastic build :-)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build my friend! I am actually going for a white and black build with the same cable extensions and case as you! I would suggest that you buy some cable combs to tidy up the GPU and 24pin cables :) Here's a link: http://mainframecustom.com/shop/cable-management/lc-stealth-cable-combs/

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, didn't know those existed! Thanks for the tip!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest putting in a different cooler. Up in the dark rock pro 3 and it will be very quiet and still pretty cool. Overall nice build. I love the color scheme, but you should also upgrade to the h440

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk are you using???

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an IKEA GALANT glass desk with chrome A-Frame supports.

Sadly, I don't think they make this one anymore. Maybe you can find one used?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I'm a year late but how are you running two 4k monitors with a single 970 like... how

Nice build btw

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The 970 I got has three Displayport 1.3 ports. Each of those can drive a 4K monitor no problem. I'm actually running a third 2560p display now as well, no problems.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the noise level?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very quiet, nearly silent. I have all the fans on a low RPM when the system isn't under load, so I can't hear it at all over other things in my apartment (traffic outside, refrigerator, etc.)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Commenting on this strictly so I can revisit its beauty

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE JOB!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Like the pictures. Looks so clean

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to have 6x4 4gb's of ram on x99a msi gaming 7 mobo?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure wish I had a "Big-Boy-Job" xD +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

a "conservative gtx 970" lol. That just makes me laugh. I guess compared to the rest of your build its quite conservative (64gb of RAM and all). Although I plan to use this exact card for gaming in the future and I gotta say it looks like it will do whatever I want.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How is them.2 SSD doing? I have heard they can run very hot.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I never phyically touch it, but I've had no issues with it at all. Runs fast, but it glaringly points out bottlenecks in other parts of the loop. (Ethernet NAS)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the monitor for audio display, good idea! Great build, and setup.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

very impressive

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

IM impressed. I cant justify the total cost, (wife would leave me) but Impressive. What are you using your M.2 for? General storage, utilities... ?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I use the M.2 as my boot drive, for installing all my software, and for my Lightroom catalog. Keeps everything lightning quick unless I need to access my NAS for files.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You really spent a lot on that RAM

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I'll really like to hear what you did in the final photo, the screen on the right with the bullet song, what's that? I'll like to do something like that

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing! That photo was taken as an HDR with 4-5 exposures and then put together in Photoshop. I've got the two 32in Samsung monitors with IKEA Dioder LED light strips behind them. That small monitor to the left was an old 15in Dell. I've since replaced it with a 25in Dell that functions the same way.

I usually use that third monitor as a place to play videos or live-streams. When I'm not using it for video, I use a really old, mostly broken, program called CDArtDisplay to link to Media Monkey to display album art. I made the skin myself to fill the entire monitor.

Hope that helps!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

So I have no idea if you'll see this or this or not, but I'm having some dilemmas about the CPU cooler I'm going to choose and I wanted some user experience.

I've already settled for water cooling and for the Kraken X61 but there is one thing holding me back from the purchase:

How loud is it? Say for example when you don't have anything on and the room is silent, is the X61 annoying? Does it get drowned out while gaming? You said near silence but I just want extra clarification on that. Thanks and I hope the PC is treating you well!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, happy to help.

I'm extremely picky about how much noise my computer makes. I worked really hard to make it as quite as possible and chose components specifically for their acoustics. My GPU uses three large fans that spin at a low RPM unless they're being pushed. The Power Supply runs passively unless it gets super hot.

So, I chose the Kraken for the same reason. And my basic answer for that, is that it runs about as quietly as you want it to. For me, idle temperatures of around 40C are acceptable, and to achieve that, I'm able to set an RPM curve that makes the fans virtually silent. If I'm rendering or doing something CPU intensive, it will kick in to "audible" at around 55C. The fans it comes with have been great, and I have no reason to blame them pump for significant noise. If you're ok with higher temps, it could definitely be even quieter. (the pump and fan RPM are both configurable based on case temp, CPU temp, or Liquid temp)

My entire computer has a very gentle hum, but I would consider it nearly silent. I have to look at the case lighting to see whether it's on or off. I can't hear it over the refrigerator in the other room, or the sound of traffic out my window, for example.

So, in summary, I'm very picky about the noise, and am very happy with the Kraken. All of my research said it's one of the quietest options out there, and I can vouch for that in real world use as well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for this answer! It's really helpful considering the CPU cooler was the last part I had to decide on until everything was ready for ordering.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

So I have one more question and that is:

What temperatures are you getting on load? Idle doesn't matter as much to me but if you can include them, that would be great!

The reason I'm asking is because I'm worried that if I set the fan curve to be silent or audible at different given temperatures, then a big air cooler might be better.

I mean, if the watercooling is silent, it most likely means you're sacrificing a couple of degrees to achieve that silence but air coolers are generally quieter then AIO's anyways and they are running at stock settings. If you make the cooling curve "too silent", would it fall behind the big air coolers?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I tend to think that AIO liquid coolers are a bit more efficient at keeping idle temperatures down. Even at low pump speeds and low RPM on the fans, it is still cycling water which keeps everything cool, and very quiet. (not scientific, just my thought)

I idle around 30-35. Light load will hit 40-50. Heavy load (rendering video or C4D) will hit 60-70. I'm not sure I've ever seen 70 degrees, so high 60s.

Even during rendering, I have the fans set to 50% power, so they are audible, but not loud. (I do hear the difference when it switches from silent to load) If i set everything to 100%, it keeps it below 60C, but it's pretty loud at that point.

Hope that helps.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really helpful! I think I'm pretty much sold on the X61, especially considering my ambient temps aren't that hot either.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Your desk setup in the final photo makes my heart race sexually. I have never seen such a pleasing clean build and those side shelves with the audio setup is a fantastic idea. This build is going in my favorites list because its honestly goals. At this point you should get cable combs for the extra tidiness and do some nice cable management in the back just because. I would put the rig on the shelf with the monitor so you can gaze inside to see its beauty and perhaps put the extra monitor elsewhere. Huge fan of the S340 for the same reason as you, being its appearance and simplicity; which is why I own one :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Also love to see such nice PC's put to heavy duty professional use

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your desk?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The desk is from IKEA. It's the white glass version of GALANT with chrome A-Frame legs. Quickly browsed IKEA.com and couldn't find the same desk, not sure if they still sell it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is sensual on so many levels!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice P7s in the background +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This build + Bullet for my Valentine.. B-) <3

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of fans do you have for your rad?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

For the rad, I decided to stick with the stock fans that come with the Kraken. They're PWM fans that run pretty quiet unless you turn up the heat.

They seemed like a good balance of performance and noise. No complaints.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE the sterile look of your computer and room. I need to find some of those extension cables.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

In the last photo, what is the thing that is in front of your key board?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet. I do a lot of photo-retouching and design work, so it's helpful to have a pen.

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