Description

I built this PC for playing console emulators like Dolphin and PCSX2, as well as running virtual machines. And I wanted it to be as quiet as possible, since I hated how my laptop's fans screamed into action whenever it was asked to do anything demanding.

The cable management looks brutal, but they're all tied up out of the way of the main intake fan, which is what matters. This case has nowhere to stuff cables, so I bought specially shortened cables for my Silverstone power supply to make things easier.

It might seem odd to pick an Intel CPU now that Ryzen is available, but unfortunately emulation is the one area where Ryzen really falls behind Intel. For some reason, Intel's CPUs offer far better performance in Dolphin than Ryzen CPUs do, and most emulators can't use more than two CPU cores, so Ryzen really has nothing to offer here.

The graphics card is a fanless RX 460, and I believe this is the first build on this site to feature it. I can't say how it fares in modern PC games as I don't play any of those, but it works wonderfully in Dolphin once the Vulkan backend is chosen. Temperatures usually hover around 65-66 degrees Celsius, occasionally creeping up as high as 71-72 degrees.

Because of the fanless GPU, Platinum-rated PSU and Noctua fans, the system is whisper quiet. It's not quite silent, as I can hear a faint whooshing sound when it's running, but it's much quieter than trying to game on a laptop.

Overall, this build is not great in terms of value for money. I spent a lot on things other people probably don't care about, like the Pro version of Windows and a high-quality Dell monitor. The whole build was made for my specific needs in work and gaming, so that's why it seems underpowered for the amount of money I spend on it.

Therefore, I name this roughly assembled machine...The Peasant Wagon!

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Cute little budget build, almost looks like the PCs I have at school.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the idea! I used to work in an IT company that serviced PCs in local schools, and their ancient machines inspired this build. I just love the classic "old PC" look, and I wanted my PC to look as generic as possible.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that thing in the lower 5.25" bay? It looks like a bay with a bunch of extra I/o ports

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a 3.5 inch SD card reader!

This case doesn't have a 3.5 inch bay, but it came with an adapter for the second 5.25 inch bay, and that adapter holds the SD card reader. You don't see too many of them in new PC builds these days.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that fanless GPU. Nice job!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not go full fanless? With a fanless cooler on the CPU?

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