UPGRADING MY PERSONAL RIG
Ever since we made our mini watercooled Dream Machine back in July, I’ve been fortunate enough to look after it. But, alas, I found a massive leak emanating from the GPU waterblock fittings, so I decided to strip the system, swap out the Fury X for a GTX 1070, and run an AIO instead.
The problem is, I’m getting a little frustrated with a couple of issues. Firstly, the noise. Although I’ve got four Noctua NF-F12 iPPC fans, they have a rated operating RPM of around 1,100–2,000, and while that’s fantastic for pushing vast quantities of air at high pressure, it’s less than amicable when it comes to noise. Couple that with the somewhat antiquated fan tech in the Corsair AX1200i PSU and the GTX 1070, and, well, you get where I’m coming from.
To counter this, I’ve opted to do a few things. I’m swapping to another chassis entirely, going from the Manta to the NZXT Source 340 Elite instead. I’m also swapping out the power supply for a Corsair HX1000i, which fortunately has 0dB fan tech. And I’m swapping the Noctua NF-F12s for three Corsair ML120 Pros with white LEDs, too. Not only will the ML120s add a hint of movement and color to my new build, but they also operate at as little as 400rpm at their lowest settings—perfect for a silent system.
There are a few extra upgrades going on, too, but if you want to find out about those, you’d best take a look at “Build It” this issue, on page 68.