I already did post this build over a week and a half ago but I think I made enough changes in that time justify reposting it. If this is against some sort of forum rules I will gladly take it down! But I felt the world needed to see the new king of CPU air coolers (w/ updated pictures)!
I've installed the new Noctua NH-D15 in my build and twelve Noctua NF-A14 140mm PWM fans for complete motherboard control. Five are connected directly to the motherboard and the other seven to an 8 way PWM splitter powered via SATA connector.
Why didn't I go with water cooling?
This is my first PC build (technically, second if you count moving all my parts to a different case and returning the first case but that doesn't count). Since I'm new to the world of PC building I don't want to take on too much as I was already overwhelmed with the wealth of information I took in over the past month on just the basics. That being said, I hear custom water cooling is a hobby within itself and considering I have the PC building bug, it'll be something I will definitely get into in the years to come. So I decided to see how far I could get with air cooling. I clearly went overboard. I wonder how overboard you can get with water cooling.
Why build a PC?
Getting out of the military and starting school soon for photography but also an emphasize on video editing and a hint of gaming. I am an Apple fan and was considering the new Mac Pro but price and very little expansion meant a lot less bang for the $buck$ than I was comfortable with. Plus the research and struggling with my first build was actually so much more fun/rewarding that I ever thought.
Intel Core i7-4770k: This appears to be one of the most popular CPUs out there and perfect for overclocking. Will definitely meet my needs for years to come.
Noctua NH-D15: I wanted the best CPU air cooler on the market and initially had a Cooler Master GTS V8 installed but the NH-D15 came out in places in Europe so I just had a friend ship it to me. You can look it up, it has stellar reviews.
GA-Z87X-UD5TH: Thunderbolt and Hackintosh friendly along with built in AC wireless and bluetooth 4.0. I currently have no Thunderbolt peripherals so I haven’t tested it’s functionality and speed but eventually I will. Wireless AC and Bluetooth now work natively in OS X with some tinkering. And tinkering I mean the most frustrating part of my build.
Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB 1866MHz: Research taught me plenty of memory is helpful in video editing. I probably won't take advantage of it now but I'm sure I will in the future. And 1866MHz memory doesn’t cost much more than 1600MHz memory.
Samsung SSDs: Larger one for OS X Mavericks. Smaller one for Windows 8.1. Same goes for the storage HDDs.
See update at the bottom.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 6: Returned the Fractal Design Define XL for this. Bigger, more room for expansion, perfect balance between silence and cooling, and aesthetics (personally). I did spend a premium buying this case but I’d say totally worth it. It’s in-between a regular full ATX tower and an ultra tower like the 900D. The insides are covered in sound proofing material, two built in fan headers (doesn’t matter considering I’m using all PWM fans), and open or close chimney on top that I always leave open.
Corsair RM 650W: Their power supplies seem to have a really good reputation and fully modular is always welcome. Definitely enough power for what I need including future expansion.
LG Blu-Ray reader: They’re cheap enough to the point where I was just why not?
Twelve Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm. Three Noctua NF-A15 on the CPU cooler (two included). Grand total of fifteen. Point of diminishing return was probably several fans ago but everywhere on the internet Noctua is raved about and since color scheme doesn’t matter to me it seemed like a good fit. This computer is obviously a long-term investment so I wanted to invest in fans that would pay off in the long run (6 year warranty is a testament to that). Setup is eight intake fans and four exhaust fans. Positive air pressure because that's just how the case was built. I removed all unused hard drive trays for maximum airflow.
NH-D15 is listed in custom parts because it’s not on pcparkpicker yet.
In the pictures.
Let me emphasize I’m new to all this so I don’t quite know what I’m doing 100% of the time so I referenced quite a number of overclocking guides and youtube videos. That being said here are my overclocking stats so far after two hours of AIDA64 on each setting. Also I know two hours isn't nearly enough time to determine stability but consider this a rough draft. Stress testing is done on the windows side, not OS X.
4.4GHz @ 1.15v
4.5GHz @ 1.18v
4.6GHz @ 1.2v
4.7GHz @ 1.27v
4.8GHz @ Coming soon! Test failed after an hour.
Also if someone can tell me what percentage my CPU falls into based on this so far?
Questions, comments, and constructive criticisms are all welcome! Just be gentle, I'm fragile.
Thanks for looking!
Update: May 12, 2014. Two new pics. Spent a couple hours prettying up my cable management.
Update (w/ pictures): May 15, 2014. Went ahead and returned the Gigabyte 770 4GB for a ASUS 780 TI 3GB DirectCU II. Now I'm pretty sure I went all out as much as I could, reasonably.......and unreasonably.
Update: May 28, 2014. http://www.reddit.com/r/CableManagement/comments/26o6gk/maybe_a_bit_excessive/
Switched out the stock Direct CU II cooler for a MK26 VGA cooler. Matching CPU and GPU coolers.