After some five years I finally decided it was time to say goodbye to my old desktop PC, an old Intel Core2Quad Q9550 with 8GB RAM and an somewhat ancient Sapphire Radeon HD4870. I abandoned all components except my two SSDs; one Intel 320 (120GB) and one Samsung SSD 840 PRO (256GB). This also means that I replaced my Antec P180 with a new enclsoure.
Goals for the new system were primarily performance combined with low noise emissions. Five years ago, when I was building my old system, it was much more complicated to get a decent system at low noise levels. However, this has become a very easy feat recently, thanks to many great cases and low-noise cooling systems being available. It seems that the computer industry is finally picking up on that trend.
Now, finally, for the components I’ve put into the new system.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5
BeQuiet! Dark Power 650W
MSI Z97 Gaming 7
Intel Core i7-4790
- CPU Cooler:
Alpenföhn Brocken 2
32GB (4x8GB) G-Skill RipjawsX DDR-1600 (F3-1600C9Q-32GXM)
MSI Geforce GTX770 Twin Frozr Gaming
- Optical drive:
Blue-Ray Recorder LG BH16NS40
- HDD (not installed yet):
Western Digital WD20EARX, 2TB
- SSDs (from old system):
I have not run any benchmarks yet, as I am still waiting for the Windows 8.1 installation to finish. That is quite a time consuming process when you have to start from a Windows 8 installation disk and work your way through all the updates.
The system is very silent when running Windows, though. The Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 is an excellent case with excellent cable management plus the components I chose all feature low-noise fans, so I would think that this helped a lot. I’ll see how it performs under load.