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#31 OP Andre S.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 18:20

Nice build. I have the same case and SSD. Regarding the Noctua NH-U14S; how silent is it when you're gaming? When I was doing my build I had to cut cost somewhere since I went for the i7-4770K and GTX 780 (55% of total system cost ) and settled for the Noctua NH-L12. It's 'okay' but it's too loud IMO.

Under 100% load and the overclock I currently use (4Ghz), it gets clearly audible but nowhere near loud. When gaming I think the dual video cards make more combined noise, but overall it's still not very noticeable over the game sound itself.

 

There's a huge difference between it and the L12. I have the L12 for my living room PC and had to tweak it to the lowest possible RPM available in the BIOS to get it at something tolerable.




#32 riahc3

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 18:57

Hello,

Andre could you explain the HDD choosing? Ive had it stuck in my head on why you would go that route.

Thank you :)

#33 OP Andre S.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 15:27

Hello,

Andre could you explain the HDD choosing? Ive had it stuck in my head on why you would go that route.

Thank you :)

It was the most silent and reliable drive and those were the factors I was prioritizing for this build. I don't find the speed to be an issue as when I need performance, I use the SSD. The HD is still fast enough for very reasonable load times in games, accessing files, etc.



#34 riahc3

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 15:34

Hello,

It was the most silent and reliable drive and those were the factors I was prioritizing for this build. I don't find the speed to be an issue as when I need performance, I use the SSD. The HD is still fast enough for very reasonable load times in games, accessing files, etc.

:/ I dont know, if that you could have gone with the Green series.

5400rpm vs 7200rpm is VERY noticable, there are even some (this doesnt apply in your case but just as a side comment) video editing software that is starting to only support 7200rpm...

Well, at the end of the day, if you are happy with your build, it is what is most important.

#35 OP Andre S.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 15:40

Hello,
:/ I dont know, if that you could have gone with the Green series.

I had a Green and didn't like it - it tends to park the head quickly when it's unused, causing huge latency spikes. The Red has been much more consistent so far.



#36 riahc3

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:53

Hello,

I had a Green and didn't like it - it tends to park the head quickly when it's unused, causing huge latency spikes. The Red has been much more consistent so far.

Well, at the end of the day, if you are happy, then Im glad for you! :)

#37 ZakO

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 17:53

It's not completely silent, but it's barely above room background noise, so I don't notice it during normal use. My speakers (which are carefully electrically isolated) emit more noise than that when idling. Really the only way I can tell the computer is on is by the peripherals and lights. I don't have any way of taking measurements though.

 

Are you using the stock fans that came with the case? If so are you using the 5v/7v/12v fan switcher built into the case, or using the motherboard to control the fan speed(s)? I'm about to do a new build which is almost identical to this one (only difference is I'll probably use the NH-D14 and different RAM), hoping for it to be as quiet as possible, is there anything you would change if you were building it again now?



#38 tsupersonic

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 18:01

Are you using the stock fans that came with the case? If so are you using the 5v/7v/12v fan switcher built into the case, or using the motherboard to control the fan speed(s)? I'm about to do a new build which is almost identical to this one (quietness is very important), is there anything you would change if you were building it again now?

I have the same case and I do use the built in fan controller - it works well. I'm using some fans from my previous builds (2x Noctua 140mm fans front to intake, 2x140mm fans on top to exhaust, 1x120mm rear exhaust) On low/medium settings, it's about the same audible levels, and switching to high is pretty audible. If I do leave the computer on when I sleep, I usually leave it on low/medium settings, and it doesn't bother me. Temperatures are also great in this case - the GPU idles anywhere from 25-28c, load temps at low 60's. 

 

If I were rebuilding the computer, I would utilize both SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray. I only installed one SSD, and left the other SSD in the main HDD bay (thinking I would replace it). It was a really easy build, and easy to do cable management - just take your time with it. 



#39 OP Andre S.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 18:07

Are you using the stock fans that came with the case? If so are you using the 5v/7v/12v fan switcher built into the case, or using the motherboard to control the fan speed(s)? I'm about to do a new build which is almost identical to this one (only difference is I'll probably use the NH-D14 and different RAM), hoping for it to be as quiet as possible, is there anything you would change if you were building it again now?

Hm, I'm not even sure at this point :p I believe I connected all the fans to the motherboard.

 

The NH-D14 is really massive and not much more efficient than the one I used, take care that it doesn't obstruct RAM or other components.



#40 ZakO

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 21:31

Hm, I'm not even sure at this point :p I believe I connected all the fans to the motherboard.

 

The NH-D14 is really massive and not much more efficient than the one I used, take care that it doesn't obstruct RAM or other components.

 

Yeah, I already have the NH-D14 in an older build, but thinking about it now, if it's not noticeably noiser (which it doesn't seem to be according to reviews) I might just buy a NH-U14S too, because the NH-D14 is indeed a giant heavy beast.