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note - I paid in Japan in Japanese Yen for everything, the prices are manually converted to AUD supposing 1AUD <-> 75 JPY) Prices actually paid in local currency :

| Component | Price |

CPU Intel - Core i3-6100 3.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor ¥12,685

CPU Cooler NoFan - CR-80EH Fanless CPU Cooler ¥5,990

Motherboard ASRock - B150M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ¥8,645

Memory Crucial - 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ¥13,980

Storage Crucial - MX300 750 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ¥18,900

Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 470 8 GB Gaming X Video Card ¥33,451

Case Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ¥6,480

Power Supply Super Flower - Golden Silent 500 W 80+ ¥12,480

Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit ¥14,680

Case Fan Gelid Solutions - Silent 14 PWM 74.5 CFM 140 mm Fan ¥1,490

Monitor Iiyama - GB2488HSU-B2 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ¥36,215

Total (Purchased): ¥164,996

I built this PC to be able to play games again, and to have a computer that is silent even under heavy CPU load, after using an Apple Macbook air for a while (no gaming, silent while idle but extremely noisy fans even under moderate load). My goals were :

  • not too expensive (affects all the other goals)
  • be able to play all modern games at 1080P and >= 60fps with high/ultra graphics settings
  • using freesync technology for the display (I really wanted adaptive sync and I already owned the freesync screen)
  • completely silent even with high CPU load (not using the GPU)
  • reasonably silent while gaming
  • SSD with enough space to not worry too much about it
  • Lots of RAM (ram and silence under cpu load are to run servers in virtual machines)

The result is really silent as there is only 1 moving part, the case fan, which I suspended mid air to blow on the CPU cooler at minimal rotation speed. I cannot hear it and my room is extremely quiet. While playing the GPU's two fans also start to spin and are audible, but it is not a terrible noise and I play with headphones anyway. According to the reviews the graphic card is a very quiet one under load so I think it a good level of quietness and performance for the price (more performance can definitely be found for cheaper, but quietness was my first priority).

I'm happy with the temperatures and the performances - I play Doom on ultra settings and it is perfectly smooth for my level - the fps counter is most of the time above 100fps. Windows starts very quickly and Chrome seems to start instantly.

Update on 2016/09/18

I just updated the graphics drivers to a new version (catalyst 16.9.1), and I ran a 3dmark FireStrike 1.1 benchmark. The results are :

3DMark Score 8489 ("Better than 53% of all results")

Graphics Score 11915

Physics Score 6094

Combined Score 3307

Graphics Test 156.5 fps

Graphics Test 247.83 fps

Physics Test 19.35 fps

Combined Test 15.38 fps

Here is a link to the benchmark result page, although I'm not sure how long this link will remain valid :

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/10199018

Update on 2017/06/30

A few months ago I added an additional 1TB of SSD storage, added it to the part list. This PC still works really well and is really silent. I had to move my Apple time capsule router to another room at it was the most noisy thing in the room. Now I can hear the other computer in another room... The quest for silence never ends it seems :-)

Update on 2019/04/24

I updated the parts list and added prices I paid when I bought them, although I gradually upgraded it over time so not all prices are from 2016 - for example I added the 4k monitor in 2018.

The prices were in Japanese Yen but I could not find a way to change the currency - these are not dollars !

Update on 2019/06/05

The previous Yen prices were too confusing because of the lack of support for Japanese Yen so I updated the part list with manually converted AUD prices. I also reverted to the original list of parts from when I first built it in 2016 as the added parts increased the price too much and did not give a good representation of the value of the build.

Update on 2019/10/15

I recently tried to clean up the build, with some minimal cable management. I uploaded photos of the new arrangement.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I have never seen that heatsink, but it looks pretty dope.

+1 for fanless.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :-) !

That heatsink is the heart of this build - the motherboard has been chosen because it's one of the rare microATX ones that lets you use the PCIe 16x slot with that cooler.

I really wanted to post my build on this site especially because I searched, and could not find a build with it, so I added my own :-).

Under fully fanless operation though the CPU got above 90C (prime95 stress test) so I added one fan and the system is not fully fanless. But it is still basically silent and the temperatures are now quite good in my opinion.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

"NoFan fanless"

lmao you didn't say
  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

3000 for that wow

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what 3000 you are referring to but one weird thing about this page is that I entered the prices I paid in japanese yen, but found out later I could not change the displayed currency.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

i went into google to see how many au dollars and it was 3000

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh you are totally right I didn’t even realize I spent that much haha :-S.

It was over 3 years though, during which I added a 1Tb SSD and a 4K display which bumped up the total significantly. The original build in 2016 totaled 164996 yen which is roughly 2200$AUD at today s rate or 1530$USD (although the rates were different 3 years ago). Still expensive but that included the monitor which alone was ~ 620AUD / 430USD. So just the computer was around 1000$USD which was my budget.

Many parts are less powerful or more expensive than many other choices because silence was my first goal, so you are right still an expensive build, one could have built much more power for that budget in 2016, but that was not my goal :-). I was and still am happy with the result because at idle or low usage it is quieter than one external hard drive :-).

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

silence...

its an amazing build the only thing that gets me is the fan? and great record of the most expensive build on pc part picker! must have been the best of its range back then, gg.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the nice comments :-) !

and for making me realize about the price filter I didn't think about this at all and was really puzzled as to why I was getting new comments now on this old build.

I guess I will have to do all the conversions manually and enter converted AUD prices to make it comparable, it's really weird now, most expensive Core i3 build ever. I really wish I could have chosen the currency when entering the prices I paid, I can do conversions but as the rates change it's not really accurate, I really paid for those in Yen...

Anyway again thank you for making me realize this (and the fact that over the years I spent far more that I thought myself too :-P)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

About the fan - in fact I did not get it originally, the project was really fanless at idle, but that failed as it didn't feel safe at high cpu usage, temperatures were really too high (90+ celcius) so I added one low rpm fan, suspended in the middle because there is not even enough space between the cooler and the case to put the fan at the "normal" location.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Note, I opened a feature request for pcpartpicker to add support for changing the displayed currency because this is so confusing :-O :

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/316341-supporting-entering-custom-part-prices-with-any-currency

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I just added more photos of the completed build. The machine was running when I took the photos - it's possible to see that the graphic card fans and the case fan are stopped.

The only moving fan is suspended to suppress vibrations entirely. Also, there is not enough space behind the heatsink to insert the fan. I tried to put the fan outside at first, but the cooling effect was almost nonexistent and it was extremely noisy as the whole surface was vibrating (although it was attached with rubber parts). Suspended the fan is inaudible, and blowing directly on the heatsink temperatures are down about 20° C. I have to really push it to go above 80° C - Playing doom the temperatures are stable 69° C for the CPU and 71° C for the GPU (room at 26° C).

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You will never use 32GB of RAM in 1080p gaming. Probably.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true - even the 8GB on the graphic card is overkill for that.

The memory is for other usages like setting up several virtual machines - I'm a software engineer and do server-side development.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Also with that heatsink I was afraid it could be very hard to upgrade the memory later, so I chose to buy the maximum allowed by the chipset :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to locate a price for the heatsink. Around $55-$60 on Amazon. Is there a site that you can look at the power supply that isn't in Japanese or Chinese? Might be interested in trying out this build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure - there is a detailed review at : https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/SuperFlower/SF-500P14FG/

I found an international page from the maker : http://www.super-flower.com.tw/products_detail.php?class=2&sn=13&ID=79

I could not easily find a retailer page in English, maybe it is hard to find (was listed but unavailable on amazon uk). On the main Japanese price comparator many shops list it though : http://s.kakaku.com/item/K0000268913/

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I have had an issue also. Saw at overclockers £120.27 which would equal about $158 us dollars. But sketchy when I cant see the actual £ to $ at check out. Is there a comparable one that could possibly be used and easier to obtain? Definitely looking for a system with as few fans as possible

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a similar one you would suggest? Getting irritating finding this online

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I considered the Silverstone Nightjar Series 520W before which is fanless as well, but it was far more expensive in Japan.

I also think that many modern PSUs with fans actually stop their fan completely under light load, that could be good too. I measured about 250W at the wall under a 3d mark benchmark, so even under load it's only 50% of the PSU power, might be low enough to not start the fans.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is pretty amazing, I've seen a heatsink like that before! Well done on the very unique build indeed.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :-) !

The same brand does an even more impressive (and more efficient) heatsink, the CR-95C, I recommend checking it out for heatsink (and silence) enthusiasts ^

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That fan less CPU cooler looks pretty dank

1+

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

hey how is the monitor, im thinking of getting it but im stuck between 2. this and AOC - G2460PF. they are both TN, 24", 144Hz,

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This monitor has been great for me, and it was much, much cheaper than all alternatives where I am when I bought it. I cannot comment on color or image quality as I am not an artist nor photographer - I use it at 0% brightness and low contrast to reduce luminosity to be easy on my eyes, I don't care about color accuracy at all for my personal use cases.

Big pros for me are freesync + high refresh rate which work perfectly for me, lots of inputs (with all cables included in the box which is nice), and the stand is sturdy and convenient. There is one issue with it though, the buttons are capacitive and a pain to use - if you often have to change the monitor settings it could be a problem. Also the power light is ultra bright and distracting, but it can be turned off in settings. Another issue for me, the minimal brightness is still quite bright, so my eyes hurt more after playing for a long time at night than with my previous monitor.

Overall the downsides are really minor and getting freesync for that price I am extremely happy about it.

I hope this helps :-)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is this build in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range bahaha

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Those were the prices i paid in Japanese yen - But I could not find a way to change the displayed currency :-O.

I opened a suggestion to add an option to change the currency in the forum : https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/316341-supporting-entering-custom-part-prices-with-any-currency

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks !

This is an rx470, this is a big difference :-).

I see very good performance at 1080p, Doom in ultra settings at >100fps. Anandtech recently reviewed that cpu and found it offered almost the same performance as much pricer cpus for gaming :

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10543/the-skylake-core-i3-51w-cpu-review-i3-6320-6300-6100-tested

For the price difference with the top i3 I could buy the heatsink.

Note : I chose the i3 intentionally because of its lower TDP compared to the i5, and knowing that single threaded performance is more important for my particular use case (gaming).

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I paid 12480 yen for the PSU at a Japanese retailer (http://shop.tsukumo.co.jp/goods/4936014931169/202810000000000). Google tells me it's around 122 US dollars today.

I chose it as it is a 80+ platinum and it has a stellar review on techpowerup.com.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is correct - I live in Tokyo.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely silent when the GPU is not used as that fan in the middle is the only moving part. I cannot hear it as it is on the ground close to me and I am sitting on a chair. If I put my ear 20cm from the case I can barely hear the fan spinning at 700rpm (it's night and the environment is quite silent). I think there are fans even more silent than the one I chose though.

While playing the graphic card is definitely noisy, not very noisy, but still. I do get to play at great framerates though :-).

Also, the build can work fully fanless, but in a stress test it attained very high temperatures (I stopped the prime95 test at 93° C). For normal usage though I could be OK.

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