Quiet case advice

kozuki

Enthusiast
Hello everyone, been lurking here since the start of this Autumn following a few threads, got my order on 12th of October, a pc mainly for video editing, music production and gaming, so I kinda need bit of everything here. Using a 3440x1440 144hz monitor. I feel like i'm pretty happy with my choices, but been dwindling about the choice of case, the S600 seems to be 50/50 with airflow and i'm wondering if it's worth upgrading to a twice as expensive case (Fractal define 7 quiet case), since I want a quiet case that wouldn't sabotage my temps either. Another thing is the 3080 size, from what it seemed to me, it should fit S600, but there wouldn't much "breathing" room.
I deleted the irrelevant lines to save space. I will be using my current system home 1TB Samsung m.2 SSD so there's no windows and only 1 drive in the spec.
Also I know that AMD is better for workstations, but I'm not doing anything too demanding, so I feel that I wouldn't feel the difference. That, and the fact that I wasn't waiting around for the new AMD chips either.

Thanks for any advice in advance!


Case
COOLERMASTER SILENCIO S600 QUIET MID TOWER CASE
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i9 Ten-Core Processor i9-10850K (3.6GHz) 20MB Cache
Motherboard
ASUS® PRIME Z490-P (LGA1200, USB 3.2, CrossFireX) - ARGB Ready
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB ASUS ROG STRIX GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP
1st M.2 SSD Drive
2TB INTEL® 660p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 1800MB/sR | 1800MB/sW)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre European Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 (120mm) Fan CPU Cooler Black Edition
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Extra Case Fans
2x 120mm Black Case Fan (configured to extract from rear/roof)
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/intel-z490-pc/5b5v3vEmVF/
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
bumping my own thread here, would really love any advice on this matter, especially now with the extra fan shortage
 

AgentCooper

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Moderator
You wouldn’t have to wait for AMD’s new processors, even their current ones will trounce Intel’s for your requirements.

Here’s an alternative spec... it’s cheaper too! Given the amount of time you’ll likely be waiting for a 3080, you’ll be able to swap in a 5900X CPU.

Case
FRACTAL DEFINE 7 BLACK QUIET MID-TOWER CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core CPU (3.8GHz-4.6GHz/70MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX X570-F GAMING (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB ASUS ROG STRIX GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP (Xmas delivery not guaranteed)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD (2000 MB/R, 1100 MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H115i RGB PLATINUM Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
NO RECOVERY MEDIA REQUIRED
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Firefox™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 13 to 15 working days
Price: £2,297.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/jACJe6TFcK/
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
You wouldn’t have to wait for AMD’s new processors, even their current ones will trounce Intel’s for your requirements.

Here’s an alternative spec... it’s cheaper too! Given the amount of time you’ll likely be waiting for a 3080, you’ll be able to swap in a 5900X CPU.

Case
FRACTAL DEFINE 7 BLACK QUIET MID-TOWER CASE
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core CPU (3.8GHz-4.6GHz/70MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® ROG STRIX X570-F GAMING (USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 4.0) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
10GB ASUS ROG STRIX GEFORCE RTX 3080 - HDMI, DP (Xmas delivery not guaranteed)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
1TB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD (2000 MB/R, 1100 MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 850W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Corsair H115i RGB PLATINUM Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
NO RECOVERY MEDIA REQUIRED
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Firefox™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 13 to 15 working days
Price: £2,297.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/jACJe6TFcK/
Hi, thank you for your input. Also answering to Scott - I mostly chose them by myself while looking at my current budget, was lurking here just to follow the whole 3080 situation and reading up on some parts here and there, sorry for misleading you with that :)

For this kind of build, would liquid cooler really be necessary? I'm not keen on them personally and I would rather spend less on that and go back to the 2TB m.2 as I need storage space, and with that my question is does the X570-F have 2x m.2 slots? On asus website it says AMD version has only 1? . Supposedly if I got onto livechat when they release, PCS could swap everything out while keeping my 3080 slot?

Thanks
 
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AgentCooper

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Moderator
The Rog Strix has dual M.2 slots so you’re all good there.

An AIO cooler is pretty much a necessity on the 12 core chips in order to keep them performing optimally, I generally wouldn’t have air cooling on anything above 6 core. Why’s the reason you’re not keen on them? The Corsair ones are fantastic, I’ve had my H100i running pretty much constantly since purchase and it’s given me no bother at all.

You can always add more storage easily later on, in my opinion it’s more important to get the fundamentals of the build bang on first time.
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
The Rog Strix has dual M.2 slots so you’re all good there.

An AIO cooler is pretty much a necessity on the 12 core chips in order to keep them performing optimally, I generally wouldn’t have air cooling on anything above 6 core. Why’s the reason you’re not keen on them? The Corsair ones are fantastic, I’ve had my H100i running pretty much constantly since purchase and it’s given me no bother at all.

You can always add more storage easily later on, in my opinion it’s more important to get the fundamentals of the build bang on first time.
I might give more reading into the AIO's then, just that the good ones that don't go bad or loud after 2-3 years are expensive and I would be really stretching my budget more than I want. Unless I dial back on the storage and go for a 512GB m.2 to save now, it's stretching my budget by about 230 euros, with storage dialed back it would be about 110-120 eur above, which I was ready for with the case issue. I might do that since i'm not sure i'm ready to stretch my budget that much now.
I don't know much about the AIO's, but is there a non RGB version of the same performance model? I don't care about RGB as I am getting an enclosed case and noise level > aesthetics :)
Also can anyone advice what would be the best way to change from intel to amd build while keeping the 3080 queue slot AND get the new ryzen not too late in the day? Would live-chat work?
 
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Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
I might give more reading into the AIO's then, just that the good ones that don't go bad or loud after 2-3 years are expensive and I would be really stretching my budget more than I want. Unless I dial back on the storage and go for a 512GB m.2 to save now, it's stretching my budget by about 230 euros, with storage dialed back it would be about 110-120 eur above, which I was ready for with the case issue. I might do that since i'm not sure i'm ready to stretch my budget that much now.
I don't know much about the AIO's, but is there a non RGB version of the same performance model? I don't care about RGB as I am getting an enclosed case and noise level > aesthetics :)
Also can anyone advice what would be the best way to change from intel to amd build while keeping the 3080 queue slot AND get the new ryzen not too late in the day? Would live-chat work?

If you wanted a cheaper AIO option the Coolermaster 240 Lite is a great choice. It only has standard fans but it's a high performing cooler which means that they can run quite slow when the system isn't under extreme use. It's often the budget AIO option recommended. The H100i RGB Platinum has ML fans, in that they magnetically levitate for a friction-less, and thus near silent, turn.

There are non-RGB options but they aren't as good. It's not actually anything to do with the lighting or anything like that, it's down to the CPU cooling plate and the fans that makes it a premium option.

The best way to transfer over is to come up with your build, take note of the link and call PCS. They will sometimes switch over the build with little fuss.
 

Gavras

Master Poster
I might give more reading into the AIO's then, just that the good ones that don't go bad or loud after 2-3 years are expensive and I would be really stretching my budget more than I want. Unless I dial back on the storage and go for a 512GB m.2 to save now, it's stretching my budget by about 230 euros, with storage dialed back it would be about 110-120 eur above, which I was ready for with the case issue. I might do that since i'm not sure i'm ready to stretch my budget that much now.
I don't know much about the AIO's, but is there a non RGB version of the same performance model? I don't care about RGB as I am getting an enclosed case and noise level > aesthetics :)
Also can anyone advice what would be the best way to change from intel to amd build while keeping the 3080 queue slot AND get the new ryzen not too late in the day? Would live-chat work?
I’ve had 2 x water cooled systems since 2010 ish without any problems.

ignore if it’s RGB or not, there is an off setting, the performance is what matters.

There is a fair bit of customisation available via the application on how the fans and pump run, that’s on top of the extreme, balanced and quiet presets. You can also have the colours linked to temps as a pre warning if getting toasty, although saying that mine can cool wine.

a big cost saving would be dropping to 16GB, do you currently use any application the requires 32GB, obviously if you do keep 32GB.
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
Thanks for both your answers. I do think that I shouldn't really skimp on a new build like this, so I might just stretch the budget and go for the best cooler available, maybe just downing the m.2 to 1TB. Sometimes the RGB-less versions are the same, but cheaper, so had to ask :) I don't mind it doing some ambient lighting if there's no other way.
I think I have decided to go with the build Agentcooper got together, just with intel's m.2 and no wifi as I don't plan on using it. Will try to ask PCS on livechat on how to go about it since I don't really want to call if possible as I am not UK based and no idea how much that could cost me haha
Cheers and i'll be reading if anyone else has any opinions on this!
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
I would strongly advise against the Intel M2. They don't have a good history on their drives.
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
I would strongly advise against the Intel M2. They don't have a good history on their drives.
Interesting, I didn't seem to find too many bad reviews. is the PCS drive a rebranded version of something else? From what the builder says it has much less write speed which concerns me. Maybe i'm overexaggerating and it wouldn't affect the video editing part too much :)
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
Interesting, I didn't seem to find too many bad reviews. is the PCS drive a rebranded version of something else? From what the builder says it has much less write speed which concerns me. Maybe i'm overexaggerating and it wouldn't affect the video editing part too much :)

Their write endurance, previously, was half that of any competing brand. Not sure if they have changed that in the new lineup or not. It's just a brand I avoid for M2s.

If you consider that SATA SSDs are considered quick, any drive 3x that performance is going to do just fine ;)

Drive speed is important for video editing, but you would get more benefit from a scratch drive than you ever would a faster primary drive. Creating a dedicated lane of traffic for your editing needs is faster than standing in a queue, regardless of how fast it's moving.
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
Ok, I'll keep that in mind. What about the gen 4 m.2's? Are they worth it? Had an idea of taking a 500GB of that and moving my system there.
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
Ok, I'll keep that in mind. What about the gen 4 m.2's? Are they worth it? Had an idea of taking a 500GB of that and moving my system there.

It's all budget related. The storage is the easiest thing to upgrade/change over the period of the system. It's also fast paced at the moment and prices are coming down fast.

I would personally want a 980 Pro in a modern system. They're just blistering. I wouldn't ever jeaopardise anything else in the build to get it though.

My systems are 500GB fast primary, 1 TB fast storage and xxTB of conventional storage.

For video editing I would want 500GB fast primary, 250GB fast cache and the rest made up by budget/preference.
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
It's all budget related. The storage is the easiest thing to upgrade/change over the period of the system. It's also fast paced at the moment and prices are coming down fast.

I would personally want a 980 Pro in a modern system. They're just blistering. I wouldn't ever jeaopardise anything else in the build to get it though.

My systems are 500GB fast primary, 1 TB fast storage and xxTB of conventional storage.

For video editing I would want 500GB fast primary, 250GB fast cache and the rest made up by budget/preference.
I have a 1TB 970 EVO as my current system drive, and yeah, that is all well and known, just that I don't want to spend on an m.2 that I would swap out later, so I'm left to consider my options if I go with a smaller m.2 and add non-m.2 storage later if needed or go the other way around and leave the m.2 slot free. I'll get around it myself, thank you for all the comments!
 

Scott

Behold The Ford Mondeo
Moderator
I had a look at the endurance of the drives btw. The Intel ones are still significantly behind the top players. They have however, finally, caught up with the budget offerings so they are in line with the lower level drives for endurance. I still wouldn't pay Intel prices for non-brand quality.
 

Martinr36

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I edit video and have one of the 1TB PCS m2 drives as my primary and a 112 GB SSD for my background render files, then storage is a combination of internal and external HDD's and that works a treat
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
I edit video and have one of the 1TB PCS m2 drives as my primary and a 112 GB SSD for my background render files, then storage is a combination of internal and external HDD's and that works a treat
That's reassuring, thanks! I think i'll be fine, just wanted to futureproof in case I get more projects with 4k H.265 video files :)
 

kozuki

Enthusiast
I was thinking of swapping my 1TB PCS m.2 for a 980 1TB, but does anyone know if they're currently in stock? Configurator has it selectable and doesn't say anything about it not being in at the moment
 
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