As I mentioned previously, the overall component choices are fairly strong. AVADirect's engineers have done a lot to add little bits and pieces here and there to improve performance and reduce noise. I've mentioned before and will say again: several small fans running at low speeds can do the job of a couple of fans running at high speeds, and do it quieter. Yet I can't help but feel like this build is...overengineered.

The key to a quality quiet build is the right component choices. Cases like NZXT's H630 that have sound dampening materials are at their best when they take already quiet hardware and make it silent. Cooling a GTX 780 and an i7-4770K in a case of this size isn't actually a tremendously difficult task, yet AVADirect has complicated things in multiple places.

My biggest complaint has to do with the rubber fan mounts. Silent case manufacturers don't use these, and in my quietest build (comparable to what AVADirect has done here), I still used screws on all the fan mounts. In fact, these rubber mounts are borderline redundant with the Corsair fans included, as those fans already have vibration dampening built into their mounts. The problem with what AVADirect chose here is that the system shipped with half the fans out of the mounts. I went ahead and asked AVADirect for a statement regarding these fan mounts and received this:

The fans were mounted using rubber mounts, which may slip through the openings during shipping. They reduce noise, but they're not very sturdy. They should be replaced with mounts that have bigger backing, so that they don't slip through the holes of the case during shipping.

This is half true. They should be replaced with screws.

I'm also of the opinion that AVADirect should've forgone the BitFenix Recon fan controller in favor of in-line resistors on the fans. User adjustable fan control is nice, but the system doesn't actually need it, and certainly not something as robust as the BitFenix Recon. You'll see later on that thermals aren't a major issue outside of Haswell's inherent toastiness, the system is quiet, and there's very little tweaking left to be done, so the simplest approach would be the best one in my estimation. There's no reason to give the end user control over fan speeds, the system is already where it needs to be.

Finally, as a minor nitpick, I can understand why the Zalman Cube cooler was chosen, but a closed loop liquid cooler like NZXT's Kraken X40 could also conceivably do the job as well as or better with the same noise level. Pump noise is a non-issue in a case like this, and two slow 140mm fans sandwiching the radiator could hypothetically achieve better performance in the same external noise envelope.

AVADirect has done a fine job assembling a powerful system with excellent airflow and noise characteristics (sub-30dB under load), they just need to streamline it.

Introducing the AVADirect Quiet Gaming Desktop PC System, Futuremark, and Gaming Performance
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  • gandergray - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Dustin, thank you for the review. Regarding rubber fan mounts, why are screws preferred? Reply
  • Samus - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    So your fans don't fall out. Reply
  • tim851 - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    That only happens with shitty mounts. Reply
  • SunLord - Monday, February 24, 2014 - link

    The fans installed in this system have a built in rubber bushing so you don't need to use rubber mounts to silence them. Reply
  • zodiacsoulmate - Monday, March 03, 2014 - link

    Rubber fan mount always leave a little crack between fan and case, which is a very severe air leak that will cause inefficient air cooling... Reply
  • Gyro231995 - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Neat I guess. I have a chub but not a full on erection. Reply
  • xaml - Saturday, March 01, 2014 - link

    @Gyro231995 What you're really saying is that certain people and their bushes should be thrown into oversized fans. I couldn't agree more. Reply
  • brucek2 - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    My first reading of the table was that this was a system that included 3x Nvidia 780s, yet was still quiet, and that cost only $2,500. I was ready to order on the spot.

    The downside of that much excitement is that now that I've realized its just one, it seems so so much less interesting.
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  • will54 - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    I thought the same thing at first. I know avadirect has a good price point but damn that would have been a sweet deal. Reply
  • DominionSeraph - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    Sorry, I can't agree that an additional 240GB in SSD (to 480GB) is an adequate replacement for a 2TB drive. Windows is going to take up ~20GB. There are people with Skyrim installs of over 100GB. BF4 calls for 30GB. WoW is over 20GB.
    A $2500 gaming system should have room for more than a handful of games.
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