It’s been a while since we’ve put together a Be Quiet! build. Everyone’s favorite strangely named German component and case manufacturer makes some really exceptional products with an emphasis in sound elimination.
We wanted to see what we could do with a box of Be Quiet! parts; to see if it’s possible to construct a nicely performing professional workstation that doesn’t sound like a jet engine when you boot it up.
When all was said and done, we ended up with the whisper-quiet Be Quiet! Pure Base Build, and our mission was very much accomplished.
Be Quiet! Pure Base Build
Keep It Down
Be Quiet! Is well known for their cases (we’ve written about some of them before) and we’ve been looking forward to trying out the Pure Base 600 ever since it arrived in the studio. Like many of Be Quiet’s other cases, the Base 600 is all about silence and flexibility. We’ve found that the integrated sound dampening material on all sides except for the bottom certainly help keep things on the quieter side.
There are two versions of this case, one with a window and one without. Be Quiet! sent us the windowless version unfortunately, but we decided to go ahead and make it look awesome anyway. After all, we can always take the side panel off if we feel like showing off.
For the PSU, we went with a Be Quiet! Straight Power 10. It’s a semi-modular 600 Watt 80 Plus Gold rated power supply with an emphasis on low noise.
Next came one of GIGABYTE’s workstation Z270 motherboards, the Designare. This board is certified for content creation programs, which is the direction we wanted to go with this build. Plus, the silver looks nice against all the blacked out Be Quiet! components.
We’re pretty sure Be Quiet! doesn’t make CPUs (yet), so next came a Kaby Lake i5 7600K. We definitely want to overclock, so for cooling we went with a Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 to keep the temperatures in check. This is a pretty high-end air-cooling system. It’s designed to handle up to 190 Watt Thermal Design Power, so it's not messing around.
The only problem is that it’s BIG. So big that we had to sacrifice a memory DIMM due to clearance limitations. This could vary depending on your board, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind before going with this colossus of a cooler.
For RAM, we went with two sticks (three looks weird), and chose 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RGB to light things up a bit.
The GIGABYTE RGB control software suite (RGB Fusion) is relatively hassle free. All three of the RGB components (The GPU, motherboard, and Corsair RAM) are all controlled directly through the software, so you can sync all three of them up with a click of a mouse. We didn’t go RGB happy with this build, but it’s awesome to have customization options.
To match the mobo, we went with a GIGABYTE GTX 1070. Our focus wasn’t on gaming with this build, but anything less than a 1070 on a full desktop ain’t gonna cut it around here.
We didn’t go crazy with the GPU, but we may have gone a little overboard with storage. We want to use this crazy quiet build for content creation, so we want ALL the space. For the OS, we dropped in a 2.5 inch Intel 240GB SSD, in addition to thirty (yes thirty) TB of HDD storage via three Seagate Ironwolf 10TB drives.
There are almost always hiccups during a build, but other than some slight difficulty installing the cooler, everything went very smoothly.
After closing the side panel, crying some tears at the lack of a window, and booting up the OS, the real fun began.
You can watch us putting this build together here-
We chose the 7600K so we could push it to the edge.
The baseline of this particular CPU is 3.8 GHz, with a turbo speed of 4.2 GHz. That’s fine and all, but what’s the point of an unlocked CPU unless you try and push it a bit?
Using GIGABYTE’s App Center and the EZTune application, we pushed it to a stable 4.8 GHz. After some extensive stress tests, things were looking good. If we had started messing with voltages we might have been able to push it to 5, but .6 is sufficient for what we’re trying to do here.
Silence is Golden
Be Quiet! may be an unusually named company, but it is apt in this case. This build not only looks great, but it really is remarkably quiet. The three spinning drives make a bit of a racket if they’re all going at once, but the CPU cooler and case fans are virtually noiseless despite the fact that they’re clearly working hard.
The dream is a perfect marriage of high performance and low noise, and with this Be Quiet! Base Case build, that dream is coming closer to reality.
You hear that sound? No?