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Now that is really cool. Amazing.

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Looks like a hovercraft with the two fans... nice setup tho....

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I took a few pictures of my computer\music listening station...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I put all the headphones away...

 

post #8584 of 9154
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Setup look familiar? I had a lot of help selecting components, and based the overall build strategy largely on @ohhgourami testbench build. Enternal thanks.
Basically I spent much time and effort making previous closed case quiet, and open case just blows it away both thermally and sonically. It is silent in the truest sense of the word in that even when I put my ear next to the fans I hear nothing. It is also cheaper, vibrates less, and allows for better cable management and maintenance. Win.

Nice build, specs? I'm considering a test bench style build. 

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Originally Posted by VXAce View Post

Now that is really cool. Amazing.
Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Johnnyhi View Post

Looks like a hovercraft with the two fans... nice setup tho....
Cheers
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Originally Posted by Sniping View Post

Nice build, specs? I'm considering a test bench style build. 

Dimastech mini testbench
Asus p8z77-v deluxe
Ivy bridge i7 3770k
Thermalright HR02 heatsink
GTX680 VGA card
Prolimatech Mk-26 cooler
Noctua pwm fans (cant remember specific models but they were the quietest pwm models)
Corsair ax1200i psu
post #8586 of 9154

The original :bigsmile_face:

 

 

Except my pics aren't nearly as good.

 

Lian Li T60 testbench

Gigabyte Z87 UD4H

i5-4670k delidded

Noctua NH-D14 with 2x NF-A15 pwm fans

GTX 670

Prolimatech MK-26 cooler with 2x NF-S12A pwm fans

pure ssd storage

Rosewill SilentNight psu

post #8587 of 9154
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The original :bigsmile_face:

 

 

Except my pics aren't nearly as good.

 

Lian Li T60 testbench

Gigabyte Z87 UD4H

i5-4670k delidded

Noctua NH-D14 with 2x NF-A15 pwm fans

GTX 670

Prolimatech MK-26 cooler with 2x NF-S12A pwm fans

pure ssd storage

Rosewill SilentNight psu

How's the dust...? Big problem for me cause I don't have an air compressor. Still not sure a test bench build is right for me cause of that.

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How's the dust...? Big problem for me cause I don't have an air compressor. Still not sure a test bench build is right for me cause of that.

The bottles last quite long if you don't have a Datavac or something.

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How's the dust...? Big problem for me cause I don't have an air compressor. Still not sure a test bench build is right for me cause of that.


Not bad at all. Gotta spray everything down once ever couple months. Just lug it outside and spray; at least it's not that bulky.

 

Occasional cleaning is a lot better than restricted airflow which causes increased noise.

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The bottles last quite long if you don't have a Datavac or something.

 

Hmm, I have uses for a compressor besides my PC, but yeah. I had some bottles and cleared them out a while back.

 

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Not bad at all. Gotta spray everything down once ever couple months. Just lug it outside and spray; at least it's not that bulky.

 

Occasional cleaning is a lot better than restricted airflow which causes increased noise.

I agree, though my main rig is dang loud either way. I guess I do have an argument for a test bench case though, even if I don't need the "test bench" usages, it just look way too cool.

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Is this test bench thing coming into fashion nowadays or what? 

 

I just haven't seen many of them until now

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Hmm, I have uses for a compressor besides my PC, but yeah. I had some bottles and cleared them out a while back.

 

I agree, though my main rig is dang loud either way. I guess I do have an argument for a test bench case though, even if I don't need the "test bench" usages, it just look way too cool.

 

I chose to use a test bench since I liked the smaller size. Even smaller cases take up an excess amount of room because of silly drive bays which also get in the way of cooling. The best way to cool something is to have direct airflow, and the only way to do that is to get all the crap out of the way. Open case means perfect airflow.

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Is this test bench thing coming into fashion nowadays or what? 

 

I just haven't seen many of them until now

 

I was the one who tipped off drez of building a test bench set up like me since it had such effective cooling. We could have the least amount of fans necessary while still maintaining ridiculously good temps. We both wanted completely inaudible rigs for the majority of our use plus a small footprint which can stack on top our DAC and amps. This was simply the best solution.

 

The traditional case design from a noise and cooling perspective is actually really stupid.

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May not be the right forum for this but I'm about to get a computer built mostly as a hi-fi component when I'm not using my turn table and a little bit of internetting.  Any suggestions from people who have one or know more than me about computers (which wouldn't take much).

 

Thanks in advance

 

budget - under 2000$

needs - play music, internet, have two video outs and one spdif out

planning on using liquid cooling to help keep it quiet

don't really want to use an all in one

 

Questions...

sound card?

cd drive?      can I skip the sound card and go directly from the cd drive to a digital out to my DAC effectively using the cd drive as a transport

anything else I need to look into or think about?

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Originally Posted by awsanderson View Post
 

May not be the right forum for this but I'm about to get a computer built mostly as a hi-fi component when I'm not using my turn table and a little bit of internetting.  Any suggestions from people who have one or know more than me about computers (which wouldn't take much).

 

Thanks in advance

 

budget - under 2000$

needs - play music, internet, have two video outs and one spdif out

planning on using liquid cooling to help keep it quiet

don't really want to use an all in one

 

Questions...

sound card?

cd drive?      can I skip the sound card and go directly from the cd drive to a digital out to my DAC effectively using the cd drive as a transport

anything else I need to look into or think about?

 

 

You can build this machine for considerably less.  Now if you are into gaming, then I'd say your budget is about right.  But for basic use, media, with dual monitors you don't need to spend that much.

Liquid cooling is not more quiet. LC uses radiators that have fans.  A good (read that "large") case with air cooling is extremely quiet. The key is large, slow spinning fans, which you typically find on full-towers...not so much mid-towers (but there are exceptions)

The only people that "need" liquid cooling are hardcore overclockers who want to milk every smidgeon of performance from a machine.   A well thought out air-cooled PC will be just as quiet for a lot less money, just pay attention to what case you get.   I'm not a fan of the test bench builds, simply because I want all my expensive components secured in the relative protection of a case.

 

I personally wouldn't bother with a in-board sound card and go with an external DAC.  This opens up way more options.   Some of today's portable DAC/amps are very good and let you take your act on the road with a portable source (phone) and IEMs. 

post #8595 of 9154

If you're not gaming you can build a computer for super cheap. Lower that budget to around $750, get a nice looking case (something aluminum or from Corsair), get an i3/APU for CPU, proper motherboard with the connections you need, reliable 450W power supply (i.e. Antec earthwatts), small 64GB SSD for booting, and lots of storage hard drives, which is dirt cheap (last storage HDD sale was two days ago, $100 for 3TB Toshiba drive) and you should be good to go. Spend the extra money on a new pair of phones or something. 

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