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Coming from a mATX setup that ran pretty loud and hot I wanted to build something that was quiet this time around. I still wanted to OC everything and try to get the whole system under 25 dBA while gaming/stress testing.

The real compromise I had to make was taking off the side moduvent and adding a third intake. Without it the top card would heat up to around 83-85°C unless I bumped up the fan curve. With the third intake the noise is about the same since I no longer have to change the fan curve and the Noctua fans have much better acoustics then the fans used on the ACX cooler.

UPDATE: Ended up getting two 980 Ti Hybrids to replace my two ACX 2.0+ cards that just got to hot and loud when two are involved for me. Added a Swiftech PWM splitter and have everything running off of that. Overall I'm really happy with the build now. The performance and noise level's are right where I want them to be and if the case didn't have a blue LED to let me know it was on I really wouldn't be able to tell.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Lots of Noctua!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

That cooler is Epic!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! It's super similar layout to mine except I'm only running a single 970 atm. Noctua NH-D15 + Define R5 :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a great combo

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

People always talk about how they think those fans are ugly. But there's just certain systems that they look perfect in. And this is one of them.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your build! I wonder if the third NF-A15 performs well for the cooler because it's 1200 rpm max. And you have a noctua 140 for exhaust. I am building a very similar setup as yours, and also considering adding a NF-A15. But many people tested and said that the third fan does not improve the cooling towards the CPU. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pmPKvK

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

At max speed no it doesn't add performance. But when you run the fans at 400 RPM then the third fan begins to help out.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. Thank you very much for the helpful information! Btw, what is your overclock result on your hybrids? I got +103core/+124 for most stable and highest 3d firestrike score of 16256 for single GPU I have IPPC nf-f12 2000RPM for the hybrid.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

About +122 core / +200 mem. I don't know exactly but somewhere similar. One tip is if you want to OC the memory on the card you have to turn up the blower fan in the OC software.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I got 131core,487memory 18060 highest so far. I will use 131core, 230memory for video editing. I do have the custom blower fan curve set to 100% after 47C during load The max temp on GPU is 50C.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, where are your SSD's mounted? I see two on the back but you have 4 listed.

Very nice build btw.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Two are in the 5.25 bays.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but that case reminds me of Oregon Trail in kindergarten circa 1989.

So jelly of your dual ti's though, I pulled the trigger on the 980s too early!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally had 980s too but EVGA came through with the Step-Up

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the wording on the 980's light up?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

They do not

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweeeeeet. Ty

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Hmm. Wondering if you knew how well 1 of those gpus performs.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Not enough to push 1440p 144hz to the max

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? Not 1440?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

One 980 Ti can't do 60+ FPS on 1440p

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! That'd be all i need, thnx!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey , hello, those temps are nice isn't? at what room temperature? Where i live is always at 37Celsius around 120Farenheit and with my Hyper12 Evo i get around 40 idle is that ok? Thanks in advance, I've been looking into the Noctua d15 Cheers!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow it's like 21°C in my room. The D15 is definitely a upgrade over the Hyper212 Evo but it's also 3 times the cost. Is it 40 idke with an OC? 37°C is really hot man!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Its 40ºC idle "no overclock" at 37ºC room temperature....yeah summer here sucks, i can't imagine overclocking this thing in summer. But hey...our winter is pretty cold(not really) 10ºC min...and in special occasions around 5ºC..

I also need to tell you about how well you managed the cables...just as my gf legs;tight jk i don't have a girlfriend(jk again in case she read it)

Thanks for the answer!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great. i think only thing would make it look better is cable combs

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Any recommendations on where to pick some up? I've always loved the look of them.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I highly recommend this ones http://www.moddiy.com/products/Professional-Single-Sleeved-Cable-Wire-Clear-Comb-(4-to-24-Slots).html

Had a friend order some and they work pretty well according to him. hope i helped :P

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How have you set up your case fans?

Your part list has pwm and non-pwn fans, interested to know, especially that diddy fan in the optical bay.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The 80mm fan is PWM w/ a LNA running at like 500 RPM (basically does nothing but does looks cool)

I own quite a bit of Nocuta fans (like 10+) so the fans I listed are a little wrong. I'm currently running 2 FLX in the front intake and one ULN on exhaust. Those are connected to the cases fan control which I leave on the middle step.

I plan to move the bottom video card down to the bottom PCI-E slot and hopefully close up the side of the case but for now I have another 140mm ULN Noctua fan on the side intake. The NH-D15 is PWM and along with the 80mm fan are set to Silent mode using FanExpert2 from ASUS. Adding intakes to the bottom really add no benefit in the case. The temperature change is within margin of error and you get a 1-2 dbA noise level increase.

If you tell me what fans you have available I can help you out. I spent a lot of time learning about air flow and managing air flow to noise for this build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I have an R4 with a bequiet shadow rock 2 for the cpu cooler (1600rpm max, single 120mm fan) that's fine, cpu temp maxes at 55°C at 1178 rpm. GPU is MSI 970 4G Gaming (two 100mm fans, 2300rpm max), reaches 65°C with 1268rpm.

Previously had stock two 140mm 1000rpm fractal fans (1front and 1 exhaust). Now have 3 NF-A14 FLX and planning on using as 2 front and 1 rear exhaust on the case fan control at 5V for less intensive tasks and 7V for gaming. Hope to keep system pretty quiet, but am reasonable in this regard for gaming.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's a great setup. Only thing I could say is remove any of the HDD cages you don't use to help with better airflow. For the video card you have up to 83°C before it throttles so you can even setup a fan curve w/ your OC software of choice and play around with it to get it even more quiet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Already set up a fan curve, it seems to work pretty well so far.

Noted about the drive cages.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How much of a temp drop did you get with those hybrids? How do you like em?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I won't ever go back to none AIO GPU's. Idle around 28c, load is around 61c with the fans spinning at 500 RPM. They're amazing.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I've been eyeing those bad boys for my dream build for a while now and without a custom water loop they just seem like the best option for SLI.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that asus monitor perform? Does the color look good on it or does it require some tweaking? Really been trying to fing a good quality 144hz monitor for gaming.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a monitor expert but I really have no problems with it. The settings out of the box are actually quite good and GSYNC can be amazing.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

love this build. I'm going the same route. d15 cpu cooler, but with a single 980Ti hybrid. I was thinking of having x2 140mm fans as intakes, a single 140mm exhaust and connecting the TI rad to the bottom of the case. I considered having the Ti connect to the front as you did (and still might hook it up that way).

Nice werk sir

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

how much power is it drawing under load and idle?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you just but a single tb of SSD? It'd come out Cheaper that way.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought the 500 GB and the two 250 I got for free.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just starting to put together my first ever custom gaming rig and it seems very similar to yours. I haven't purchased my gfx card yet but I'm thinking about going with one of the same cards you just got even though I was trying to avoid liquid cooling altogether. Also the case I'm using has two locations for fans very conveniently located near where my gfx card will be. Guides I have read say the best way to ventilate a case is intake at front, side(s) and bottom and exhaust at back and rear. Would one of those side panel vents be a good choice for exhaust for the video card radiator? Any recommendations, review of the cards you own or tips would be much appreciated! Here's a link to my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Soulsplitter/saved/T8Yj4D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Love what you did with this case :) i have the same myself.. check it out :) https://pcpartpicker.com/b/g8NNnQ +1

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly, plus that is most likely default fan curve.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I had seen that report and I believe all those benchmarks are stock (factory) oc's. They took the cards straight out of the box and threw them in a test rig. From what I've read, all 980 ti's are limited by heat and ASIC scores when it comes to their performance. Coil whine seems to be an issue on all brands but moreso on MSI and Asus cards (in the Maxwell arc anyway). So I went with the card that had the lowest temps under load and at idle to maximize oc potential. Also customer service was a large deciding factor and I've heard nothing but good things about EVGA. And since this is my first build, I didn't want to do a water block or install any liquid cooling myself. My card is now in the mail and I'll see how it measures up to the hype when I rip it out of the box like a kid on Christmas. :)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

The first one. I wanted a quiet rig but still be able to push some frames.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks so much for posting this, i'm a complete noob to pc building and cobbled together a crude list : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V2dkQ7 .... but really I have no idea what i'm doing Its nice to see a build similar to what i was aiming for using GTI980ti hybrid + Define r5, and most importantly, KEEping it quiet.

Gonna order something quite similar to this I think, and then take it for a spin in Blender and maybe starwars battlefront in NOvemeber.

thanks, god bless

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks like a great build. Good luck with it. I'd go for a different PSU though. Modular PSU's can really make a build look clean.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! Yes my build looks like a wire monster took a **** in my computer case.

Are you fitting your top 980Ti hybrid in a 16x pci slot or only 8x? On my asus-x99 deluxe, the CPU cooler fan (noctua nh-15) is just too damn big and won't let a gpu fit in the 1xt pci slot. I notice you have moved yours down . so thats why i ask.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

On Z97 so the cards run in 8x when using SLI.

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