100% Passive PC Build

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Comments • 80

  • Greg Salazar
    Greg Salazar  8 months ago +240

    PROUD HUSBAND OF A FREAKING AWESOME WIFE... hmm. Wonder who bought the shirt for me? 🤔

    • James Martin
      James Martin Month ago


      BRYAN WAKEFIELD 8 months ago

      @Greg Salazar In both attempts your cpu heatsinks should have been rotated 90 degrees to give a larger top area to dissipate heat ,also on the first build a case that allowed vertical gpu mount would have helped to stop the heat being trapped

    • Arizona Anime-Fan
      Arizona Anime-Fan 8 months ago +1

      I'm going to give you a silent pc tip. mix up your fans. different fans with different blade counts don't harmonize, you can build a nearly passive system (or a passive like) system with very slow moving fans, all different types and keep it under ambient noise of the room, effectively, unless you have the ears of a dog, too quiet to hear. I tested this theory out on my prior computer build, using an i5-4960k (moderately overclocked to 4.2ghz, all core), and a GTX 970 (undervolted down to like 80% of it's normal power levels). I used a Thermalright Macho Rev B, replaced the fan with a better (quieter) and slower spinning fan, put the whole thing in a non-quiet pc case Fractal Design Arc Mini R2, used a semi-passive powersupply Seasonic X-650. All solid state storage. The case fans were a mix and match mashup of different sizes, different blade counts, it moved enough air as to be a mini room heater but with all the pwn fans basically capped at 600rpm or lower, and most of them off when the temps were under 50C this thing just never made noise. The loudest it got was on a furmark burn, you could BARELY make out the sound of the MSI Gaming 4G GTX 970, but that required the case to be inches from your face and all other sources of noise in the home basically muffled or off. Frankly my UPS was marginally noisier and it was feet away. In the end I replaced it because with a completely silent pc, the UPS became the loudest thing in my PC build. Went through 4 UPS units to find one that didn't have a coil whine issue.

    • FroggyTWrite
      FroggyTWrite 8 months ago

      why were you using such slow memory with an APU?

    • BH Music
      BH Music 8 months ago

      Was it your boyfriend?

  • Nick Fallon
    Nick Fallon 24 days ago

    The positive pressure aspect of the case means it amazing at keeping dust out. I think even with a passive build dust can still build up and block air flow, so id keep the at least 1 big fan at the bottom, or go for a sealed NUC system.

  • Jacopo C
    Jacopo C 2 months ago

    Hallo and compliments !!!
    I am going to buy pc parts.....intel i7, 2080, 16gb...........
    Is there a possibility to have ALL fans OFF during normal browser viewing or RUclip watching ......... ?
    Like a macmini, for example .....
    Is that a motherboard features ??
    THANK YOU !!!

  • r3mpuh
    r3mpuh 2 months ago

    "100% passive build" - Proceeds to install fans.

  • Giwl Gwamer UwU
    Giwl Gwamer UwU 3 months ago

    I'd try do the same but sadly for now I have B450 Aorus Elite which has terrible temperatures on VRM.

  • Sidik
    Sidik 3 months ago

    this might be good for weaker cpus like intel core i3, ryzen 3, intel pentiums, amd a10..

  • Lucovich
    Lucovich 3 months ago

    why not put a Palit GTX 1050 Ti gpu in it its a gpu with a big heatsink. I have it aswell in my pc and i game on it with good specs. the 1050ti is about 15% worse than a fan cooled one but still you get a good silent gaming expierence

  • jimreynold2nd
    jimreynold2nd 3 months ago

    I have a 2400G, and it runs almost 15C cooler after I delidded it and used liquid metal. Maybe you can try it out?

  • morti271
    morti271 3 months ago

    Why no copper heatpipes on a passive cooler though?

  • Martin Rapavý
    Martin Rapavý 4 months ago

    Alright, I understand that this effort was sponsored by Silverstone, which is why their power supply unit (PSU) takes a such a prominent place on the stage, but anyway... are all these passive power supplies worth it? To me they seem like a freakish way to blow the budget. Seriously, for the general-purpose build, they are pretty useless because for that price one could get a platinum (the Nightjar NJ450-SXL is also platinum, thus, similar same amount of thermal waste) semi-passive PSU rated for 750 W to 850 W that does turn its fan on until the power draw is about as much as the maximum for the fully passive PSU, at which point it simply switches off the whole computer (as the review of this one on Anandtech says), unlike the typical semi-passive one, which merely turns on its really quiet fan. That is, the only difference, apart form the efficiency, which may be tuned to different loads, obviously, so the weaker PSU may be a little more efficient at lower loads, but with a cut-off and shutdown at higher loads, so I doubt that anyone would prefer that to the greater versatility of semi-passive PSUs.

  • Much Mach
    Much Mach 4 months ago

    Thanks mate, I now know how to cool my build because it's using a prebuilt case (kinda decent but cooling is a nono)
    Cases are kinda expensive but honestly my mom would kill me if I buy another tech thing

  • TechBaron, Cameras and more!

    Throws r9 nano in there. HOLY Shinany that coil whine....fuuqqqq

  • MasterOfDissonance
    MasterOfDissonance 4 months ago

    You should check out the Compulab Airtop. It’s tiny, passively cooled, and can handle an i9 and a GTX 1660.

  • SomePerson
    SomePerson 4 months ago

    I think this concept is pretty cool for a beefy working PC. Not talking about rendering and stuff, just normal office work and watching videos and stuff.

  • Estiaan J
    Estiaan J 4 months ago

    This kind of thing is great for home recording studios that don't have a separate booth

  • elias zerano
    elias zerano 5 months ago


  • Erik Suttles
    Erik Suttles 6 months ago

    After doing research on a passive system with very similar components (Ryzen 5 2400G, Heligon HEO2 cooler) I found your video. Very well done! I'll definitely refer back to it when going through performance settings as you were very detailed. Thank you!

    V2IKE SUDI 6 months ago

    This hurts so much

  • cardsfanbj
    cardsfanbj 6 months ago

    You should do a mineral oil pc to make a really silent rig

  • Fuzzy Images
    Fuzzy Images 7 months ago

    Thanks for the advice and help, Wanted to build a silent PC for my recording booth. This might just do it, if only the PSU wasn't so expensive, I hardly need that kind of power. I am wondering if this build would still work with a lower profile Mini-ITX board and case though, or would the small case hold too much heat?

  • Tessy D.
    Tessy D. 7 months ago

    my be quiet pc is the most silent ever pc from 1 meter away i can't tell if it's running unless my screen is on and my pc uses 5 cooling fans it's just a matter of finding the rights parts and anybody can have an ultra quiet pc no need to buy the more expensive fanless products . even after 2 years of using my game pc i have not had any problem at all and that for a 2000 euro pc and i play's all the recent games without any problem

  • TheVerrm
    TheVerrm 7 months ago

    Dont do anything guys, get the stock ryzen cooler on, stick with default case fans, set RPM on all fans to minimum = profit.

  • sennheiser1986
    sennheiser1986 8 months ago

    65535 is 1111111111111111 in binary, the highest value of a 16bit unsigned number...

  • Grey Fox
    Grey Fox 8 months ago

    Yea I want that psu for my ncase cuz the corsair sf600 can get loud in load

  • Grey Fox
    Grey Fox 8 months ago

    You could do a mod where you out a big CPU cooler on a gpu

  • Ajay Vailaya
    Ajay Vailaya 8 months ago

    I have like 200 videos of science studio to watch. RUclip never showed me recommendations from this channel even though i have been subscriber since 3 years. Wtf

  • CatGredSun
    CatGredSun 8 months ago

    Greg: "GG got killed by a bot"

  • Jaden Webb
    Jaden Webb 8 months ago

    i have a seasonic gold power supply that never needs to turn its fan on even under full load in my r1700 build.

  • Scoped
    Scoped 8 months ago

    I feel like a 3600 and modified 1660ti would work well

  • TechBaron, Cameras and more!

    VRM has left rhe chat ......

  • TechBaron, Cameras and more!

    Crap man....silverstone is still in buisness...god im old

  • Cody
    Cody 8 months ago

    I thought 2400g iGPU=1030 not 1050/1050ti?

    • john justice
      john justice 8 months ago

      It's probably somewhere in between, I had a 1050ti and it definitely did things a 2400g couldn't. But it wasn't like amazingly better than a 2400g.

  • Robert T
    Robert T 8 months ago

    How much better would the APU be if the iGPU had double the cores?
    I still wonder if they avoid this because of thermal issues or because of their deals with MS and Sony?

  • Robert T
    Robert T 8 months ago

    Notice the lower density fin stack? Without airflow, you need a larger gap so convection can happen properly.
    I believe I commented on that last time.

  • Jaydeep Gaikwad
    Jaydeep Gaikwad 8 months ago

    The CT bot is high AF

  • King Na-Cl-Y
    King Na-Cl-Y 8 months ago

    So basically just buy some sort of active cooling because a setup with a silent mode has better performance at some compromise of sounds.

  • Yeet Man
    Yeet Man 8 months ago

    Why do you remind me of Shayy

  • Hunter Makoy
    Hunter Makoy 8 months ago

    Lots of passive Gpus still out there. Just not any good

  • James Cater
    James Cater 8 months ago +1

    Passive 1050 Ti - In stock - www.quietpc.com/palit-ne5105t018g1-1070h
    However you're probably better off getting a 1660 Ti or 2060 that run without fans until you play games, at which stage you have your headphones on anyway

    SKATER BIRD 8 months ago

    For your face shape, i think you could cut more of your top hair man! It would look better, your head looks bigger that way

  • jigar b
    jigar b 8 months ago

    anyone tried the oem key site and does it work

  • STNL_Stainless
    STNL_Stainless 8 months ago +1

    just do a little "DIYperks" on a GPU and strap another one of those heatsinks you got for the CPU onto it

    (his "cloud unit" from 2015 was quieter than his heart beat, even with some fans and a HDD)

  • Eric Thomas
    Eric Thomas 8 months ago

    Just stick the computer in another room and wire the display port through the wall. Now that's silent gaming. I have my fans on 95% all the time and i don't hear a thing.

  • Zwenk Wiel
    Zwenk Wiel 8 months ago

    I never got this obsession with silent pc's id rather buy a decent pair of headphones and spend my money on a better GPU or something...

  • garret765
    garret765 8 months ago +2

    this is a great idea for a music production set up....wonder how it would work with a 12 core ryzen undervolted

  • Brandon Horan
    Brandon Horan 8 months ago

    I hope you told ethan from H3

  • Shiney McShine
    Shiney McShine 8 months ago

    Any benefit to using liquid metal? Or with the heatsink already being 'heat saturated' as it is, would there be no point?
    I'm guessing it would be more helpful in a 'minimum fan spin' build with those two 200mms at the base.

    • seven
      seven 8 months ago +1

      Everything helps. But is it worth the risk? Probably not.

  • jiawen lu
    jiawen lu 8 months ago

    i tried a passive build before,cpu amd 1700 @3.6ghz,cpu cooler:PHANTEKS TC14PE(romoved fans),psu: corsair rm850x(fan dont spin when under about 300w load, even when gaming with a 1080ti rarely spin,when the fan spins,the psu fan noice is very very low,if i use a gtx 1070,the fan never spins),gpu:whatever gpu,can stop fans when idle,i am using a evga 1080ti,this build can do fanless gaming(except gpu),but the cpu cooler cant do aida fpu stress test very long,however it can do cpu only stress test fine,which means good enough for gaming.if i dont overclock my cpu,my cpu cooler is good enough for fpu stress test

  • Swagata Mukherjee
    Swagata Mukherjee 8 months ago

    my smartphone is also dead silence no fans 😃

  • Commander Kizza
    Commander Kizza 8 months ago

    X570 motherboards: *I'm about to end this man's whole career*

    • seven
      seven 8 months ago

      x570 can be cooled passively. The Heatsink wont be as fashionably pretty but it is possible.

  • מוטי שיוביץ
    מוטי שיוביץ 8 months ago +3

    Why do people even bother overclocking CPU when iGPU is so underpowered? Undervolt the CPU to free up some thermal and power headroom, then overclock the GPU as much as effing possible. That's the way to get the most gaming performance out of this chip.

  • sheeeple
    sheeeple 8 months ago

    😢 I wanted you to try it with the fan on

  • d00dEEE
    d00dEEE 8 months ago

    Looks like a good basic HTPC.

  • Jello Minister
    Jello Minister 8 months ago

    Kinda looks like a cheap case...

  • RideOrangeKTM
    RideOrangeKTM 8 months ago

    Verge like build

  • MapleLeafAce
    MapleLeafAce 8 months ago

    Really wish these videos would do away with the build montage. We don’t need to see you put it together. We just want to know how it performs at the end.
    Im so tired of PC videos padding out their runtime with pointless building montages.

  • /dev/null
    /dev/null 8 months ago

    Imagine this build, but instead the gpu is R9 290X in turbo mode.

  • order9066
    order9066 8 months ago

    First thing I do when I build a new PC is remove the power supply fan. I like it SILENT. You folks with multiple dust accumulators in your systems crack me up.

    • Zwenk Wiel
      Zwenk Wiel 8 months ago

      Ehm Dont think it works like that....

  • Don Barron
    Don Barron 8 months ago +4

    Love to see a test on a 3400G version of this build!

    SHROMP 8 months ago

    If you do decide to use fans on that, the Antec Twocool 120s would be good. www.amazon.com/ANTEC-Cooling-Case-TWOCOOL-120/dp/B007TG5E8Q
    They're dead quiet even when they spin up.

  • imthe9co
    imthe9co 8 months ago

    I have a zalman tnn500af fanless, with 6700k. Stok

  • Zwiemon :D
    Zwiemon :D 8 months ago

    I wanna see some be quiet! Or noctua fans on there

  • John Doe
    John Doe 8 months ago

    did you tried with bottom fans ON?

  • Jihno
    Jihno 8 months ago

    Are you using 2666mhz RAM? I think Ryzen APUs really like high frequency RAM. I’m not sure how much FPS you would gain but it might make Ashes of the Singularity playable. I know that wasn’t the point of the video btw, can’t wait for 3200g though.

  • Mega Mind
    Mega Mind 8 months ago

    Why use an AMD CPU when thermals is a special concern?

  • Mega Mind
    Mega Mind 8 months ago

    Your hair is an excellent tower cooler for your head :-)

  • pulchrat
    pulchrat 8 months ago

    Or, instead of double paying for a Windows root-kit, you could tell Microsoft to shove it and pick up Linux for FREE!
    FOSS for LIFE!

  • mrocco3959
    mrocco3959 8 months ago

    Please add those two case fans at the lowest settings. We need to know the change in temps and in sound levels.

  • Tyler Garrison
    Tyler Garrison 8 months ago

    those windows keys are definitely not being utilized in the way they were intended. You call out so many people on craiglist for "scammy ads" yet you peddle windows keys (and im sure you get a kickback) that are clearly not legit in the way they are being used. OEM keys are sold in mass to system builders (like dell/hp/acer/lenovo/etc) and those keys are intended to be tied to a specific configuration of components. Sometimes these 'too good to be true' OEM keys will actually work "forever" but many will become invalid after some time. I would guess these keys are spit out in mass on demand and intended to be plugged into/registered to a specific system. So they sell you the 'unregistered' key. It's also possible that there exists some server that will spit out an unlimited number of windows 7 OEM keys which they convert to win 10 (yes you can do that and its free and it works on any windows 7 key that is still considered by M$ to be valid) and then selling those. Who knows, I don't know the specific of the various ways volume licensing can be used. Either way, this kinda stuff is why most the real techtubers dont talk about you/mention you - because that would give credibility to that shitty kinda guy you've always seemed to be deep down. I've watch a few handfuls of your videos over the last few years, because I like to give a guy a chance. But I repeatedly get turned off by...you. Your attitude and your personality come off pretty shitty and alot of the time you just scream "i have an ego problem".
    With that being said,

    UBRESO 8 months ago

    Should try getting a Palit KalmX, it's a fanless GTX 1050.

  • SomethingDarkseid
    SomethingDarkseid 8 months ago

    It'd be pretty cool if you and DIY Perks teamed up for a project at some point in the future.

  • Jeff
    Jeff 8 months ago

    Silverstone HEO2 Heligon Series

  • Chris Balch
    Chris Balch 8 months ago

    What you attempted to describe is called a convection current.

  • SinikkaL
    SinikkaL 8 months ago

    SilverStone are the kings of selling you things you didn't know you needed.

  • TheOddDiabetic
    TheOddDiabetic 8 months ago

    What screwdriver are you using?

    EDIT: Actually, could you make a tool list of what you use for basic pc building?

    • RideOrangeKTM
      RideOrangeKTM 8 months ago

      TheOddDiabetic A swiss army knife that hopefully has a phillips head screwdriver

  • Giorgos Pontios
    Giorgos Pontios 8 months ago

    I wounder how many times he said ''passive''

  • Derively
    Derively 8 months ago

    No one is a fan of this build.

  • Provola Player
    Provola Player 8 months ago

    funny stressing the gpu to 65536% utilization

  • Tankado
    Tankado 8 months ago

    lol what a crappy rig. This would be interesting with a 9900k and a 2080 Ti.

  • Steven Blackburn
    Steven Blackburn 8 months ago

    Nice video but ditto on the request for trying the large base fans... particularly as you under-clocked the cpu/gpu. I was aiming at a fanless build for my last PC but ended up with one large slow fan in and it is effectively silent.