Back in January, we mused over just how rampant the modern-day trend of RGB lights is on this beloved interest of ours. Indeed, it’s hard to find merchandise nowadays that isn’t affected by the garnishings of this ever-present pulsating lighting. However, we agree that not anyone is enticed by using the diffused cuisine and intricacies of these whirling 16.8 million colors. Some folks are after something a little extra elegant, something with a bit extra substance, sophistication.
With that in mind, I set out to construct a “Silent But Deadly” PC that is quiet each in terms of design and noise level. It’s a system that’s bucking each RGB lighting and hard tubing trend in prefers of something a touch extra robust, extra achievable, and far simpler for the ones clean into the liquid-cooling scene to build.
Yep, it’s a water-cooled gadget, complete with a 16mm outer diameter matte black rubber gentle-tubing, combined with dual 360mm radiators, and an entire armada of fittings, pumps, reservoirs, blocks, and half a dozen of the ever-effervescent Noctua NF-F12 Chromax lovers, entire with black noise dampening guidelines. So yeah, it’s going to be cool, it’s going to be slick, and it’s going to be quiet.
But in the end, we’re now not so petty as to create this rig due to the fact “herp derp RGB horrific…”, from the outset the hardware interior this gadget has been chosen to offer a solid base for both video production, gaming, and any workplace application you may put your thoughts too. We’ve crammed this factor with an Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Turbo, 32GB (4x8GB) of HyperX Predator DDR4 @ 3200 MT/s, a 512GB Samsung 970 Pro SSD for the OS, and a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus for the entirety else.
On top of all that, there are also fairly good-sized components we’ve left off of that list up there, namely the thrashing processing heart of this gadget and the motherboard spine it sits in. Why’s that? Well, due to the fact for us, that’s where the exhilaration lies. We’re speaking greater volts and extra hertz. Yeah, good enough. We’re no longer about to pour LN2 into this component and try to interrupt any CineBench facts any time soon, however strolling at the very core of our device lies an Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition chip. We’ve decided and changed what crud Intel calls “thermal paste” between the warmth spreader and the silicon with some grade-a liquid metal.
Combine that with the beast that is the Asus Maximus XI Formula motherboard, entire with EK developed and designed VRM water blocks. This factor goes to be ungodly to overclocking.
Zak’s first introduction to the computing sector changed again in 1996, at the tender age of five. An ardor shared with his father that he was constructing structures at the age of 10 and obsessed with ever considering that. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts diploma in Journalism in 2014, he started running for PC Format magazine inside the UK earlier than shifting over to work complete-time on Maximum PC in the US, finally leaving his position as Deputy Editor to join the Tom’s Hardware group. He focuses on system-building, liquid-cooling and loves to think he can overclock too.