General Purpose / DAW / Gaming - Super Quiet!

by James A Posted on: 4/19/2021

Build Description

I use one computer for everything: programs, DAW, and gaming. For this build I was focused on fast, quiet, and all SSD. (I don't OC. I'm more concerned with longevity.) I usually put a cap on how much I will spend but this time I wanted to load up with as much M.2 as I could get. (Just the samples for my DAW run over 3TB.)

Favorite Feature

This is by far the quietest PC I have ever built. The case, PSU, and CPU cooler are all amazingly quiet. Idle temps for all internal components run between 29-37C. I love the Fractal Design Define 7 Compact case! The small (short) mid-tower is perfect if you don't have a lot of components. Take out the hard drive cage and there is plenty of room for cable management.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Vermeer 3.7GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Vermeer 3.7GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler
Qty: 1 $299.99
Best bang-for-the-buck CPU and only 65w! Do yourself a favor and do NOT use the included cooler. Spend a few bucks for better cooling.
ASUS X570 TUF Gaming Plus (WIFI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
ASUS X570 TUF Gaming Plus (WIFI) AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $159.96
I always go with ASUS for motherboards. This is my first wi-fi board. I was pleasantly surprised by the speed. I used the M.2 slot near the CPU for the OS. Be aware the slot at the CPU runs a little hotter than the one at the chipset - about 8C difference.
G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC - Black
G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC - Black
Qty: 1 $187.96
Made specifically for Ryzen. Good price for CL16.
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact
Qty: 1 $115.00
I love this case! Perfect size and super quiet. Take out the hard drive cage if you don't need it for a much easier installation.
Corsair RM750x 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply 2018
Corsair RM750x 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply 2018
Qty: 1 $159.99
Super quiet! More power than what I need but I prefer a little extra headroom.
Sabrent M.2 2280 SSD Rocket Heatsink (SB-HTSK)
Qty: 2 $27.00
Works perfectly with the Sabrent double-sided 4TB M.2. This was the easiest part of the build. Sabrent Rocket utility reports the M.2 at the CPU is 37C, M.2 at the chipset is 29C. The supplied screws were long enough for the ASUS X570 Gaming-Plus motherboard.
Western Digital 16TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive
Qty: 1 $330.00
A little noisy but I only plug it in when I need to run a backup.
Samsung 870 EVO 4TB SSD 4-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung 870 EVO 4TB SSD 4-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $479.99
Media drive. MP3, video, etc.
Sabrent 4TB Rocket 4 Plus, M.2, NVMe 4.0, Gen 4
Qty: 2 $800.00
I'm going all SSD with this build. The first M.2 is for OS/programs/files. The second M.2 is for my DAW (tons of samples).
be quiet! BK024 Dark Rock Slim CPU cooler
Qty: 1 $65.00
Love this cooler! Installation couldn't have been easier and it is very quiet. CPU idle temp is 36C.