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Asrock Z87 Extreme4 compatibility with Fractal Design Define R4 and other system parts?

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December 17, 2013 7:49:37 AM

Hello all, i am a new member here. Have been a silent reader of this excellent website and its articles. You ppl are doing a great job here by reviewing products and helping ppl like us to understand things :) 

i am buying a new computer and i want it to be silent in operation.


Desktop, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4.

CPU: Haswell core i7 4770S or 4770.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro, 16 GB 1866MHz (8GB x 2), (Intel XMP).
Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler

Cabinet:
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case(non side window version).

Noctua NF-P12 PWM at front bottom intake.
Noctua NF-S12A PWM at front top outflow.
Noctua NF-S12A PWM at top of cabinet intake.
Exhaust Noctua NF-S12A PWM fan at back of cabinet outflow
(is this setup of inflow/outflow fans proper?)


Power supply: Antec Earth Series 650W.

GPU: SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 Silent Graphics Card, 128it GDDR5, 1GB(fanless).

SSD: Samsung pro 840 SSD 256 GB, MLC.
Western Digital Green Cavier quiet 500GB internal.
Dvdwriter(any).

3 monitors simultaneously: BenQ RL2455HM 24" LED backlit, HDMI, HDCP, HD monitors.



System will be used for day trading stocks and browsing the internet and doing work 20 hours a day. i dont want to overclock, instead i prefer silent, low power consuming system, with no lag on monitors.

a) Is the system and its components compatible and appropriate?

b) Can three USB 3.0 ports be used for running 3 monitors simultaneously without any lag?

c) Should separate Graphics card or Internal graphics card or a Combination of both be used for running the 3 monitors simultaneously?
Asrock extreme4 website mentioned triple monitor setup using their motherboard. But how to connect the monitors?

i am a novice when it comes to hardware compatibility. Got this list from a friend. Can some Tomshardware expert guide me plz!


a b V Motherboard
December 17, 2013 8:15:14 AM

A little over kill i should say, on the cpu's part;
USB IS NOT USED FOR DISPLAY>> USE HDMI, DVI, DISPLAYPORT, D-SUB.
usb's purpose is for the easy transfer of data. Hope this helps
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a c 252 V Motherboard
December 17, 2013 8:23:46 AM

My thoughts:

No computer with fans is silent. Quiet, yes.
For good research on quiet computing, go to www.silentpcreview.com

You can run 3 1080P monitors off of the integrated graphics of a 4770 and a appropriate motherboard..
Monitors do not attach via usb ports.
You may want a B85 motherboard which is cheaper since you will not be overclocking.

The noctua NH-D14 is probably overkill, but there is nothing better or quieter.
One of the other noctua tower type coolers with a 140mm fan would do just as well.

Fans cause noise. You do need need extra cooling. I would try the stock 140mm fans first.
Just one 140mm as intake is sufficient.
No value in adding more.

The Samsung ssd is fine.
You might buy a larger ssd and ditch the hard drive entirely.
Samsung EVO is cheaper and will perform equally well.

For a trading sustem, consider a single 4k monitor.
seiki has a 39" and 50" unit that looks stunning. I saw one at compusa.
You could fit the equivalent of 4 1080P monitors on one.
The advantage is that you could resize your chart windows and locate them appropriately.
I think the haswell chipset will support 4k via hdmi.

You only need a minimal psu. 400w would be all you need.
Buy a gold rated Seasonic unit. The fan will not run at all because it is so efficient.
Use an external usb hard drive for backup.

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