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Will this build be suitably cooled for stock speeds and overclocking?

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August 4, 2013 1:40:29 PM

Hi I am building a new PC for the first time in 10 years. Things have changed!
The goal of this build is to be quiet durning idle/light work, and minimise noise under heavy load. iMac sound levels are my goal, but not sure how realistic that is.

I am concerned whether I have enough fans to keep the motherboard and the inside of the case cool enough.

This is my build: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1nSM2

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Corsair H90 94.0 CFM CPU Cooler
Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Samsung 840 Evo 250GB or Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Windforce rev2 Video Card
Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified Power Supply
LG Blu-Ray RW
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor
I will add a spinning HDD or 2 if I find I need more room.


I am planning on replacing the rear fan with the h90 and keeping the front case fan

As I understand it the h90 works best as an input, so the front will have be turned around and be an output. I could also add the removed rear fan to the front and have a duel front exhaust.

Alternatively I could leave the stock front and rear fans as is (front input, back output) and mount h90 on case top as an input.


Is either option suitable for running at stock speeds and keeping everything cool enough?

What about for overclocking? Nothing too extreme.

As the GPU and the CPU fans are dumping all their heat in the case I want to be sure I am removing it adequately but with minimal noise.

Should the power supply be mounted to be and input or output, if there is a choice?

Can I get away with a smaller PSU? A 530w seasonic seemed a bit too close to the limit.

If anyone is interested, the build is for:
- game dev using unity and oculus rift (when it arrives)
- windows and windows phone dev (why I need win 8 pro)
- gaming

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August 4, 2013 5:09:00 PM

a much better build
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1ogGa

-better CPU cooler rather than the piece of junk watercoolers
-better board for much less
-a much cheaper SSD that in real life is just as fast
-upgraded the GPU
-the airflow version of the case that is a bit cheaper
-you dont need windows 8 pro
-cheaper dvd drive
-in my opinion a better monitor
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August 4, 2013 5:09:51 PM

windows 8 pro has no benefit over the regular windows other than supporting more ram. if you were going to use more than 16gb of ram in a system to begin with, you should have selected a i7
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August 4, 2013 5:49:29 PM

I think you guys missed the point, he wants this thing quiet. Keep the case fans front>in back>out, and exhaust the cpu through the top. I think that would be best, the amount of airflow would be fine. No need to make the water cooler an input, and you can still overclock the crap out of it. Also make the PSU draw cool air from the bottom (if possible) it will vent out the back anyway.
Stick with the psu you have picked out you will need the extra power in the future when you decide to add more drives, not to mention the beast of a video card.
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August 4, 2013 5:56:17 PM

the hyper 212 evo is no where near quiet.
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August 5, 2013 1:31:36 AM

Thanks TheBigTroll for the alternative build. Some food for thought on there.

Thanks StonedGamer. That fan config makes sense.

In case anyone is interested this was my reasoning for each part:

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - Can overclock. Don't need i7 and Hyperthreading for vast majority of work. Cheaper.

Corsair H90 94.0 CFM CPU Cooler - Did not want a beast of a copper heatsink. Don't want to damage board when moving PC or installing for that matter. Reviews say it is quiet, and 5yr warranty. [1] [2]. Looking back at reviews, there may be others that are quieter.

Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard - This was the hardest choice. All the motherboards seem the same yet different. Narrowed it down to the following citeria. Fanless, good audio - preferably isolated, plenty of USB3 ports on rear, can overclock. The inclusion on wireless and bluetooth was a bonus, and may be useful when doing development work.

Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory - Most apps only need/can only use up to 8GB. However, doing game dev I am more likely to be using multiple RAM heavy apps at once. Experience has taught me that 16GB is a minimum. If I need more, I have 2 free slots.

Samsung 840 Evo 250GB or Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk - Previous research led me to believe Samsung is one of the best and is also affordable. Evo looks to be as good as Pro, but cheaper [1]

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Windforce rev2 Video Card - It quieter than competition [1]. I was originally considering a Gainward Phantom 660Ti. But this seems better.

Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case - Reviews consistently say it is a great case and quiet: [1], [2]

SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified Power Supply. Seasonic in general had good reviews, and various forum posts said that it is a great PSU and quiet.

LG Blu-Ray RW - Wanted a Blu Ray drive that can write Blu Rays. Read somewhere that LG is quietest.

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit - To run the Windows Phone 8 emulator you need Windows 8 Pro. MS has to shift those licences somehow. If not for dev work, would have stuck with win7 [1]

Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor - The more pixels the better for dev work. Height and tilt adjust is a must. Some monitors have strange ideas as to what is an acceptable position. Vertical option is a bonus. Is great having a 2nd monitor vertical for reading. Ideally would go for a 27" 2560x1440, but don't have room on my desk, as iMac is taking up most of the room. May change my mind on this monitor. Need to properly measure up the physical size of it and others and the space that I have.
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August 5, 2013 5:37:50 AM

-the backplate is perfectly suitable for moving around. its not quiet by any means at full load nor is it going to be more safe when it the thing starts leaking. your 5 year warranty wont cover anything damaged by the unit itself

-the audio isnt much better than the gigabyte board, all the other boards are fanless, wireless can be bought seperately for much cheaper than having it pre-intergratedl, every board can overclock the same, and realistically no one uses 10 usb3 ports

-get the 770

-same goes for the ar midi r2. i personally wouldnt pay that extra 10 pounds for extra foam. both cases are dam quiet to begin with

-how is 170 pounds affordable compared to 120 pounds for the same speed in real life. that money can easily be spent on something that actually has a noticeable increase on performance

--the xfx unit is also made by seasonic. at this wattage, you definitely dont need platinum efficiency and full modularity due to how little power you suck in the first place and how little cables you have to manage at this low wattage

-if you are to get 16gb of ram, grab the cheapest 2x8gb 1600mhz cl10 or 9 kit. corsair is definitely not in the equation if you want good prices for the same performance
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