First Build Config Check: Very Silent, Ivy Bridge-E 4930K / GTX 780

Hello, I am about to order the components for my first build and principally wanted to know if I'm making any sort of computer building error that I, as a newbie, can't see in terms of my component choices.


Ivy Bridge-E 4930K CPU
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler
ASUS P9X79 LE Motherboard
EVGA 03G-P4-2784-KR GTX 780 GPU
Corsair Vengeance LP 1.5v 1600mhz 4x4GB (16GB) RAM
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD
SeaSonic SS-660XP2 Platinum Certified Modular 660w PSU
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid Tower Case
Asus Blu-ray Burner Drive BW-12B1ST
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band N900 Network Wireless Adapter


Dell P2214H Monitor
Logitech K740 Illuminated Keyboard - Wired
Logitech Wireless Mouse M510
Bose Companion 2 Series III Speakers
Windows 8.1 - Full Version

I am putting a premium on silence and have decided on the Ivy Bridge-E 4930K (as opposed to the Haswell 4770K) because the six cores appear to be better future proofed for gaming. More specifically, I like playing the Total War series, multiple clients of Eve Online, MMOs in general, and also alt-tabbing out to surf the net, and it seems multiple cores are better suited for this. I chose the GTX 780 because I wanted a higher end GPU, and the 780 Ti and Titan are a bit too expensive and don't give quite enough bang for buck for my 2-2.5K budget.

I chose the P9X79 Motherboard because I doubt I will ever SLI (too much noise), add any hard drives, or want to hook up a lot of things to my computer. The 660w power supply isn't any higher for the same reason.

As can be seen, I chose a quiet case, strong CPU fans, a silent PSU, etc., because I want to minimize noise any way I can. I do not intend to overclock the CPU (and the GPU is already a bit overclocked by EVGA). To this end, I think given the lack of overclocking, lack of SLI, single hard drive, etc., adding more fans to the case (other then the three included + whatever each component has) would add more noise then take away from it by keeping things cooler.

Finally, two things worry me. First, the P9X79 Motherboard appears to have had trouble with the Ivy Bridge-E chips - something about a BIOS update. Do I need some special device or another computer to update BIOS on a mobo? If the 4930K is initially incompatible, how can this be done? Second, the specific Corsair RAM will likely require me to go into XMP Mode to turn up the clock to 1600mhz and set the voltage to 1.35v. From what I've read, this should be easy, but I'm not missing any unforeseen difficulty here am I?


EDIT: Changed the Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler to Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler to support the processor/motherboard's LGA 2011 chip set without a mounting-kit. Spotted this before ordering!

EDIT: I in fact ordered the Asus P9X79 LE Motherboard, not the Asus P9X79 Motherboard. Luckily, because my system is minimalistic in terms of hard drives, doing SLI, or need for many USB ports, this is not a problem.

Added Asus Blu-ray Burner Drive BW-12B1ST

Added TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band N900 Network Wireless Adapter

Added Peripherals section

SECOND EDIT: As it turns out, the Corsair Vengeance LP 1.35V 1600mhz 4x4GB (16GB) RAM is relatively large with its heatsinks and will not fit the very large Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler, and so I had to replace it with this low profile Corsair Vengeance LP 1.5v 1600mhz 4x4GB (16GB) RAM. Bummed about this being higher voltage memory, but at least the CAS timing is better at 8-8-8-24 vs 9-9-9-24 for the original RAM.

THIRD EDIT: I wanted to add my build with PC Part Picker, excluding the monitor and peripherals:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($567.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($74.94 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 LE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($229.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($205.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($308.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($505.91 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($42.92 @ B&H)
Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($140.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2338.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 22:27 EST-0500)
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  1. Nice build. And don't worry, download the BIOS from ASUS web-page , put the BIOS file on your flash drive, boot in to your BIOS SETUP and flash the update straight from the flash drive.
  2. Thanks, that sounds simple enough then. Was worried I would have needed to plug the mobo into a working system or something along those lines.
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