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Can someone advise me on my new gaming build?

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July 3, 2014 12:56:04 AM

Hi all,

This will be my first "higher" performance build and I am looking for some input/advice. I also have a question about the Samsung 840 evo SSD. It says that it's for a laptop, but that shouldn't make a difference right? I would just have to buy brackets to mount the drive?

I would also like to keep my computer as quiet and cool as possible so any suggestions on other cooling options? Maybe adding more fans, changing to liquid/water cooling, or a cooler master v8 maybe?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jcomiskey/saved/x4CFf7

Thanks in advance everyone!

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July 3, 2014 1:06:09 AM

Looks good to me. The SSD is fine and the case should have mounts for it so you should not need to buy mounting brackets.

Also, if you want quiet and cool, adding more fans is counter-productive. My favorites are Noctua NF-F12. Color scheme is terrible but they are very efficient and come with low-voltage cables so that they run at low rpm while being very quiet. They're expensive fans, but they work very well and are quiet. I wouldn't go too crazy with fans. Adding more fans doesn't equate to better cooling.

A small lesson on physics: air is a poor conductor of heat. So adding fans do NOT directly cool the system. What it does do is prevent heat from being bottled up and making the surrounding areas from getting hotter. So airflow is very important. You want to have air flowing from the front to rear in a good flow. That means putting fans where they should be. That is not to say decorating your case with 10 fans will be good. Often times, it's worse because it causes more turbulence and the air is playing bumper cars inside your case and not doing their job at carrying heat out of your case. Think of a river flowing in one constant stream. You want air to flow like that too. So you don't want multiple streams of air clashing.
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July 3, 2014 1:15:46 AM

Thanks for your reply. I will commence this project in the morning.
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