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Silent Workstation / Editing Beast (2018/2019 PC Build)

General recommendations for a hypothetic build in these use cases. 

            

                       High End

CPU:   Ryzen 7 2700x

CPU Cooler:   Noctua NH-D15

RAM:   16 GB, 3200 MHz (Ripjaws V) (x2)

Motherboard: Asus X470 Pro

Video Card:   RTX 2070 (EVGA)

SSD:   1 TB + 250 GB (Crucial MX500)

Hard Drive:   4 TB (Seagate)

Case:   Fractal Design Define C

Power Supply:   EVGA Supernova 650w

140mm Fan:   Noctua NF-A14 (PWM) (x2)

120mm Fan:   Noctua NF-F12 (PWM) 

 

                       Mid End

CPU:   Ryzen 5 2600

CPU Cooler:   Scythe Mugen 5 RevB

RAM:   8 GB, 3000 MHz (Ripjaws V) (x2)

Motherboard: Asus B450 Prime

Video Card:   GTX 1060 (6 GB) 2-3 fans

SSD:   480 GB (Inland)

Hard Drive:   2 TB (Seagate)

Case:   Corsair Carbide 270R

Power Supply:   EVGA Supernova 650w

140mm Fan:   Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (PWM) (x2)

120mm Fan:   Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (PWM)

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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i wanted to post these as a reference for others who may have questions, considering that workstation pc's are becoming more popular, and noise is a concern for a lot of people.

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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A high end editing beast would use a i9-9900K.

 

Evga uses the Supernova designation for a number of different psu of varying quality.

 

Ripjaws V memory modules and the NH-D15 are not an optimal pairing. The outer fan of the the cooler overhangs the two outer memory slots allowing 32mm clearance in its normal mounting position. So a memory upgrade becomes problematic.

 

I don't understand having a small and large ssd. Also, for a high-end workstation I would expect to see a large NVMe ssd.

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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Dual SSD's for simulanteous use.  Good point on the cooler overhang.

 

9900k or Threadripper would definitely work, but would an appropriate cooling setup for it be under 20 decibels?

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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1 minute ago, minervx said:

Dual SSD's for simulanteous use.  Good point on the cooler overhang.

 

9900k or Threadripper would definitely work, but would an appropriate cooling setup for it be silent?

custom loop with large or multiply radiators

I may be wrong.

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Where was the 20 decibel max specified? Certainly an NH-D15 will generate more noise at load.

 

Which Supernova model is going to meet this limit at load?

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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47 minutes ago, minervx said:

General recommendations for a hypothetic build in these use cases. 

            

                       High End

CPU:   Ryzen 7 2700x

CPU Cooler:   Noctua NH-D15

RAM:   16 GB, 3200 MHz (Ripjaws V) (x2)

Motherboard: Asus X470 Pro

Video Card:   RTX 2070 (EVGA)

SSD:   1 TB + 250 GB (Crucial MX500)

Hard Drive:   4 TB (Seagate)

Case:   Fractal Design Define C

Power Supply:   EVGA Supernova 650w

140mm Fan:   Noctua NF-A14 (PWM) (x2)

120mm Fan:   Noctua NF-F12 (PWM) 

 

                       Mid End

CPU:   Ryzen 5 2600

CPU Cooler:   Scythe Mugen 5 RevB

RAM:   8 GB, 3000 MHz (Ripjaws V) (x2)

Motherboard: Asus B450 Prime

Video Card:   GTX 1060 (6 GB) 2-3 fans

SSD:   480 GB (Inland)

Hard Drive:   2 TB (Seagate)

Case:   Corsair Carbide 270R

Power Supply:   EVGA Supernova 650w

140mm Fan:   Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (PWM) (x2)

120mm Fan:   Be Quiet Pure Wings 2 (PWM)

Remove those psu for fanless psu

I may be wrong.

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passive cooling isn't required for a silent pc.  the pc only has to be quieter than the ambient noise in a room and the self-noise in the microphone. moreover, i wouldn't completely remove the possibility of being able to have more performance in exchange for more noise at certain moments.  a semi-passive power supply is a good idea though

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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under 20db is practically inaudible (unless one literally is listening an inch away from the pc).  under 27 is quiet but lightly audible.  pwm can help adjust the noise specifically to where it needs to be

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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2 minutes ago, minervx said:

passive cooling isn't required for a silent pc.  the pc only has to be quieter than the ambient noise in a room and the self-noise in the microphone. moreover, i wouldn't completely remove the possibility of being able to have more performance in exchange for more noise at certain moments.  a semi-passive power supply is a good idea though

Why isn't it a good idea?

and who said anything about passive cooling?

I may be wrong.

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