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[Completed Build] The Quiet King

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Intro

My very first PC build.

I want one great box next to my TV instead of several good ones.

Broke college student.  Bang-for-buck was heavily considered.

For home recording studio; low noise is a major factor

60 fps gaming ; 1080p (1440p down the road)

Some video editing and 3D modeling also 

 

Budget ($837)

 

Ryzen 5 1600 ($195)

Beast.  Totally crushes anything. 

Ryzen 3 would've been plenty, honestly. 

Good for long-term though.

 

GTX 1060 3GB ($199)

Great value for mid-range card.

Will get high-end card eventually.

 

Scythe Mugen 5 ($46)

Big, but it fits.

Silence and great cooling

 

ASRock AM4 Pro4 MATX ($60)

Overclocks.  Works fine, but no wifi.

Good BIOS once updated.

Limited fan inputs. Needed splitter.

Probably should've gotten a better one though.

 

Rosewill Capstone 550w ($55)

Does its job well.  No power issues.

Quiet, but not silent compared to other parts.

Will get a silent PSU eventually or replace fan.

Semi-modular is good (way better than non-modular)

I do kind of regret not going full modular.

 

GSkill Aegis 3000 MHz 8GB RAM ($75)

8GB is enough for me, no problems.

If I ever need more, I can always buy it.

 

Intel 120 GB SSD ($37)

Amazing value.  

Works like any SSD (really well)

 

1 TB 2.5" HDD (from old laptop) ($0)

Free.  Can't complain.

Makes some noise.

Would've bought External, otherwise.

I hope to be SSD only someday.

 

Fractal Design Define C Mini ($67)

Heavy, bulky case.  Not "mini".

Good build quality all around.

Clean professional aesthetic.

 

Apple 2007 Wireless Keyboard ($35)

Excellent build quality.  Holds up.

Thin, dense, highly portable.

Perfectly responsive and firm keys

 

USB Bluetooth and Wifi Adapters ($12)

Mostly reliable.  Good price.

It's 2017.  Why don't all boards have these?

 

Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2 140mm x2 ($23)

Great price and build quality

Lots of airflow.

Inaudible unless ear is next to it.

 

Antec Truequiet 120mm ($10)

Good quiet fan with manual settings.

Needs molex cable to work (ugh)

 

Noctua Thermal Paste ($5)

Cooler came with a tube anyway...

 

Wired Keyboard ($4)

You need a wire keyboard to run BIOS.

Got at Goodwill.  I keep it in my closet.

 

Deepcool 350 RGB LED Kit ($14)

Aesthetic, but worth the money.

Allows me to monitor my parts.

 

Future Upgrades

1440p IPS 60Hz Monitor

Another 8GB RAM Stick

Gaming Mouse

 

Noise Test

Runs at 25-30 db (40db at most)

Not silent, but definitely quiet.

Mostly satisfied.

 

Tips for Beginners

Watch a full-length building tutorial (not a 5 min one).

Know where each cable goes before you build.

Disassemble the case at first for more room.

Place IO Shield (from inside) before installing motherboard.

Install the video card last, so it doesn't obstruct your view.

Download Windows update before trying to resolve driver issues.

Download an anti-virus ASAP (seriously)

 

My Next Build

Several years from now.

15-30 db noise is the goal.

Mini ITX.  Micro ATX is way too big.

Motherboard w/ USB-C, wifi, bluetooth.

Silent and fully modular power supply.

1 TB M2 SSD (no Internal HDD)

Ryzen 2700 + 32 GB RAM + NVidia Volta

27" 1440p IPS 144 Hz G-Sync Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

PC Build: R5-1600.  Scythe Mugen 5.  GTX 1060.  120 GB SSD.  1 TB HDD.  FDD Mini C.  8 GB RAM (3000 MHz).  Be Quiet Pure Wings 2.  Capstone-550.  Deepcool 350 RGB.

Peripherals: Qisan Magicforce (80%) w/ Gateron Blues.  Razer Naga Chroma.  Lenovo 24" 1440p IPS.  PS4 Controller.

Audio: Focusrite (Solo, 2nd), SM57, Triton Fethead, AKG c214, Sennheiser HD598's, ATH-M50x, AKG K240, Novation Launchkey

Wishlist: MP S-87, iPad, Yamaha HS5's, more storage

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PC Build: R5-1600.  Scythe Mugen 5.  GTX 1060.  120 GB SSD.  1 TB HDD.  FDD Mini C.  8 GB RAM (3000 MHz).  Be Quiet Pure Wings 2.  Capstone-550.  Deepcool 350 RGB.

Peripherals: Qisan Magicforce (80%) w/ Gateron Blues.  Razer Naga Chroma.  Lenovo 24" 1440p IPS.  PS4 Controller.

Audio: Focusrite (Solo, 2nd), SM57, Triton Fethead, AKG c214, Sennheiser HD598's, ATH-M50x, AKG K240, Novation Launchkey

Wishlist: MP S-87, iPad, Yamaha HS5's, more storage

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