Description

I haven't build any PC in the last 15 years because my company has been providing the best PCs & laptops money can buy for those doing a lot of nm Microwave design & simulation. Since I have become an independent contractor and is tackling a new trading career, I am looking to build for myself a PC w/ 3 primary objectives: Front runner technology w/ foreseeable upgrade path, extremely fast storage data manipulation & extremely quiet in addition to aesthetic pleasing since I will be at my desk 6-7 hours a day. Thanks to many individuals' valuable comments, builds here in pcpartpicker & in youtube, I completed my PC to my extremely satisfaction. Following is my comments of components particular to my interest

Temperatures: With my Intake & PCH fans set as silence mode, CPU fan & Exhaust fan as normal, my CPU during idle is around 37C. My CPU during trading session is around 45+C and during gaming is at 60+C. The Chipset internal temperature is max at 80C and external is 60C during gaming.

Noise: With the case is fully closed, trading session noise is very very quiet, 34 dBA. It's only noisy while gaming but that's expected from the PCH fan.

PS: I reuse my GTX 1060 video card, Samsung 970 EVO for live session capture & ICY Dock DualSwap for portable data transfer when I need to archive my data from the 3 NVME drives.

Part Reviews

CPU

It has been scrutinized long enough so we all know what it can do.

CPU Cooler

I used plenty Noctua Air Coolers & Fans in the past & I do like them a lot so it's naturally I would choose them again. The height of the 2nd fan will interfere w/ the G.Skill Trident Z Neo since there isn't enough room to raise the 2nd fan up so I only install the center fan and use the 2nd fan as the bottom intake fan.

Motherboard

X570 Aorus Master: Even the ASRock X570 Taichi has matched 3 NVME's requirements as the Gigabyte X570 AORUS Master and cheaper, as a designer I just do not like the design mistake of the USB-C header placement. It's too simple to catch & they missed it. This may not be important to the other users and I'm sure the next revision would fix the Taichi problem. Gigabyte BIOS is improving but still clumsy & carried some clunky features of the past like Resume by Alarm. Non heavy technical users beware. Everything else including the Fusion 2.0 software work just fine.

Storage

I use one for OS, another one for trading session and it works as advertised. The photos above are the Sabrent Rocket 4.0 speed vs the Samsung 970 EVO.

Case

Nice design feature & operational wise. The frontal fan's mounting frame is a cutting cost design w/ flimsy metal bracket, hollow in the middle & not sturdy. As a result, the bottom ARTIC BioniX F140 vibrated and produced 194 Hz noise. Even though the noise is low at 22 dbA, it's very annoying. It took me couple days to locate the noise source & implemented a work around by attaching a thin bracket across the frame to reduce the vibrations. After the fix, the case is completely quiet, whisper level in all circumstances except during gaming. The fix is shown in pic 4.

Case Fan

Nice price performance & very quiet.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo we have like the same nasal spray

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How the heck were you able to make out the brand lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

My favorite RAM and non-AIO CPU cooler. Nice.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Noctua cooler is just amazing, and other Air cooler manufacturers should go after them, as long as they don't hire a bean counter as their CEO.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea they have great airflow, but other manufacturers mostly don’t use them because they manufacture their own. Like Arctic and Be Quiet!.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Well, You've sacrificed 2nd Noctua Fan to those white add-ons on cooler :) The fan should be able to be moved up, because of the case CPU cooling clearance 185mm. Anyway it look great!

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't figure out where the bracket was that you added in pic 4 to fix the case vibrating from your fans... until I took a pic of my case and compared it to your pic.