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Silent, But Deadly: Build Your Own Gaming-Ready 0 dB PC

CPU Cooler: SilverStone Heligon HE02

A Giant Cooler

SilverStone's Heligon HE02 CPU Cooler is truly a giant. Of course, that also means it's heavy. As you might imagine, that combination actually bodes well for this build. The Heligon employs a smaller number of fins spaced further apart than what you might be familiar with from competing heat sinks.

The first thing that catches our eye is the Heligon HE02's shape, which isn't a big block, like many other large air coolers. Rather, it resembles dual crosses. According to SilverStone, this helps maximize surface area. The Heligon HE02 is also asymmetrical, giving you a choice between using tall memory modules or our mini-ITX motherboard’s single PCIe slot.

The cooler weighs in at a hefty 2.18 pounds. Fortunately, the included brace makes it bearable for the motherboard.

The Heligon HE02’s base plate and heat pipes are made of nickel-plated copper, while the fins are aluminum.

SilverStone's Heligon HE02 is supposed to cool 95 W processors passively. That's probably a little too optimistic for the Temjin TJ08-E case, though. After a few modifications, the chassis did have enough internal volume to handle our APUs.

  • ASHISH65
    great article !!!
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  • azathoth
    I was disappointed there wasn't actual stress test temperature results of the APU for the passive cooling solution.

    But otherwise it's a neat article, personally I would sacrifice dead silence to use a cheaper HDD and perhaps more of those silent fans if I were to build one myself.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    Great article! Much more DIY than the usual articles on Toms.
    Much appreciated.
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  • _Pez_
    Great PC !, but if it was mine I would be scared... "no fan noise .. is it burning?"
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  • Nintendo Maniac 64
    As someone that also uses a semi-passive PC (fan only turns on when needed), I'm disappointed that you guys left out a few big things:

    1. undervolting the CPU and GPU

    2. underclocking and farther undervolting the GPU for 2D mode

    3. hybrid cooling setup for GPUs where the fan only turns on at a high temperature (may require GPU BIOS editing depending on GPU model)

    OPTIONAL (due to risk): removal of CPU IHS
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  • dudewitbow
    no love for sapphire's passive ultimate HD 7770?
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  • Madn3ss795
    Pentium G2120 + Sapphire Ultimate HD7750 would have been a better choice. And you can pay extra for a low-power Core i5 instead since it's not that expensive compared to the rest of this build.
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  • ivyanev
    When i hear gaming from the TH I really expect to see something in the realm of 500$ SBM machine or at least something close. What I see here is realy nice office pc.
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  • Nintendo Maniac 64
    10589934 said:
    When i hear gaming from the TH I really expect to see something in the realm of 500$ SBM machine or at least something close. What I see here is realy nice office pc.
    The main issue is the GPU, and that would require a hybrid passive-active cooling solution much like was done for the CPU, but for some reason they didn't even try such a thing...
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  • twelve25
    I wonder about an i5 or i7 S or T model and crossfire 7750's. You might need a bigger case and a longer motherboard that allows gaps between cards.

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