alrighty so... since this is my first PC, all i know when i built it was to make it quiet or silent and have window so i can see what i built
i didn't know how it was gonna look until i assembled it and see the finished product. Because... i never see PC components up close nor do i understand what it does. i literally have zero knowledge of PC components, let alone PC build.
now that all the difficult stuff have been asked and explained with... i thank you all,,, and i'd like to spice things up on my case just a tiny bit and ask a couple vanity questions...
this is how my case looks like from where i sit.
as i see the image above, i think now that i see the components, im gonna go with a VGA with a backplate because it looks cool. probably i'm going to get the MSI GTX 760 mini itx or MSI GTX 760 hawk.
the reason for the VGA upgrade other than wanting to have backplate is that... the dragon head heatsink on the MSI H87 board dissappeared with the long graphic card, the design of the H87 board makes the dragon head covered by the long VGA. unlike say... MSI Z87-GD65. oh well i learn my lesson
1) if i get the MSI 760 mini itx, then i'd assume the dragon head on the heatsink won't be covered by the VGA. however... the backplate have MSI logo on it...
i'd rather not see that logo.
so my question is...
a) can i slap some sticker on that MSI logo? some random sticker or some sticker i got from my SSD like if i slap intel speed demon sticker on that backplate would that be okay?
b) is mini itx video card destined to be noisier than its normal counterpart?
c) how to interpret decibel value in real life?
the 760 mini itx have 26 idle == 31 load db
the 760 hawk have 26 idle == 30 load db
=> how loud is 1 db differences?
*my current msi r9 270x have 25 idle == 27 load db and it's dead quiet on idle and very decent while gaming. its not even loud at all, it's audible though
2) since im using noctua nh-u12s now, im now familiar with how dead quiet the noctua fans are.
since from 2 foot away i barely hear anything with bitfenix shinobi. i assume when my H440 arrive it'd be even more quiet.
so... im considering changing the noctua cpu cooler fan with some other more colorful fans. im thinking of getting a phanteks fans.
corsair only colors the ring, and i like how phanteks colors the fans instead. it looks decent to me.
my question is...
a) do you guys have any other colorful fans recommendation that color the fans all the way like phanteks?
b) what should i research / pay attention to before buying the fans and change the noctua cpu cooler fans?
i know i should check whether its static fans or airflow fans, but other than that what kind of specification should i pay attention to, to know whether the fans will be quiet / loud / good / bad for static / airflow if it isnt stated outright like corsair's...?
3) generally speaking... if i buy a led like bitfenix alchemy... does it have an on / off switch or does it stays on all the time...?
b) do you guys hv any other led recommendation i should check out other than bitfenix alchemy?