1440p Stealth Upgrade
So here we go,
Here is my current build, I recently upgraded to 1440p and now I want more horsepower, but I would like to switch to something more quiet as well.
Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.4 GHz
8gb Corsair Vengeance @ 1600 MHz
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 FTW Edition
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming
Corsair Obsidian 650d
Corsair Neutron GTX 120gb + 2TB 7200 RPM
Two 140mm Noctuas w/U.L.A.
Corsair Hydro H50
Start with the case, since I am going for silence I think the Fractal Design R5 will be the best choice, I will change out the stock fans with my two Noctua fans. (if its quieter)
This leads me to the CPU cooler. I have had the Corsair H50 for a year and a half almost so it’s time to get something new. I was considering a Noctua CPU cooler but Paw and Kiaxa are pushing me toward a custom loop. It will take a lot of convincing but if it offers me enough performance gain I might give it a go. The main point will be silence, I don’t overclock my CPU so I don’t need anything crazy. I’m open to options here.
Next is the graphics card, with the recent NVIDIA issue I think I’ll give AMD a try. I’m looking at the 8gb Sapphire R9 290X. If memory serves Logan did a review where he said the card is extremely quiet. I’ve looked at the benchmarks and it seems like it can handle 1440p just fine. Any comments here would be nice as well.
Need Power Supply, going to start looking for one, only requirement is silence/ modular, and enough power obviously.
One last minor thing I’m looking at is a new keyboard. I have done very little research here but basically;
white LED backlight (ability to disable is a must)
Black design, minimalist
Green or Blue Switches
Just found the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid-i, looks solid. (Edit: this thing is poo with the blue switches)
New contender is the Code 87 with Greens
Edit: So I'm pretty sure I want the Sapphire R9 290X 8gb. It's super quiet but I think I'll need a new power supply. Which is fine because I need a modular one anyway.