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Building a 'Silent' PC; need help.

post #1 of 20
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Hello overclock.net members;

I'm trying to build a silent as possible PC, whilst still being powerfull.
I was hoping you can help me.

I'm looking for a CPU powerfull PC with alot of ram, 8GB atleast
I'd like to have a SSD if possible for fast boot speeds, I don't need a massive HDD, 500GB or less will be more than enough
Graphics card doesn't have to be good at all, I won't be gaming on this machine
I will be overclocking just so I can get the maximum out of my PC

I don't need Mouse, Monitor, keyboard, speakers or whatever

EDIT: Budget of 1-$1.5k (Try to keep it as low as possible, though)
Edited by Analog - 5/18/11 at 8:03am
post #2 of 20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=2953%3A18921

Check that for fanless video cards. It looks like your most powerful option is a 5750, but there are a ton of lower priced models if you don't really need anything powerful.
post #3 of 20
You can have a very powerful pc that is silent.

You need a case with many low rpm fans for a good ventilation.
The cpu cooler is important. A thermalright HR-02 with a 140mm low rpm fan would be perfect.
For the graphic card, you can use the powercolor scs3 hd6850. Personally, my comp will have two of these with a fan on the side of the case to push air on both. The fins of the gpu cooler are oriented so the air pushed for a side case fan goes between the fins.
Next important piece is the power supplies. If it's efficient, it will heat less. The seasonic gold x series is semi passive, and it's perfect for a silent comp.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Microtom View Post
For the graphic card, you can use the powercolor scs3 hd6850.
He said he isn't gaming, that's quite overkill - especially when there are quieter fanless cards available.
post #5 of 20
If you have a lot of money, go with an i7 2600k and 4 sticks of Corsair/G.Skill 4GB DDR3 RAM (16GB)

For SSD look into the OCZ Vertex 3, Crucial M4, or Intel 510.

Like Mentioned, the Thermalright HR-02 CPU heatsink would be the way to go here.

For PSU, look at the Kingwin Platinum 550w or SuperFlower 550w, whichever is available in your country. Performs extremely well and the fan will only turn on when it needs to under high loads.

For cases, do some looking around in the silent PC section of OCN.
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Q9550 E0 @ 4.2Ghz 495x8.5@1.39v Gigabyte EP45-UD3P F9 Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB BFG GTX 275 PhysX Corsair Dominators 2x2GB 
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Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED 1920x1080 [SyncMaster BX2331] Dell SK-8110 Corsair TX-750 V2 HAF 922 [inside painted black] 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED 1920x1080 [SyncMaster BX2331] Dell SK-8110 Corsair TX-750 V2 HAF 922 [inside painted black] 
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post #6 of 20
What are you planning on using this for?
post #7 of 20
[quote:iceman23]He said he isn't gaming, that's quite overkill - especially when there are quieter fanless cards available.[/quote]

Yeah but he also said that he want a powerful pc and he has a 1k-1.5k budget, which is quite a lot. Also, he wants a powerful cpu. It doesn't really make sense to buy a powerful cpu and a cheap graphic cards, even if he's not going to use it for gaming.

My guess is that his budget is overkill for what he wants.
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PowerTrip View Post
If you have a lot of money, go with an i7 2600k and 4 sticks of Corsair/G.Skill 4GB DDR3 RAM (16GB)

For SSD look into the OCZ Vertex 3, Crucial M4, or Intel 510.

Like Mentioned, the Thermalright HR-02 CPU heatsink would be the way to go here.

For PSU, look at the Kingwin Platinum 550w or SuperFlower 550w, whichever is available in your country. Performs extremely well and the fan will only turn on when it needs to under high loads.

For cases, do some looking around in the silent PC section of OCN.
I don't have ALOT of money, but I won't be spending hundreds on a GPU, that helps
I'll look into that heatsink, any ideas on what fans to use?
I can't find any of those PSU's here, any other suggestions?

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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
He said he isn't gaming, that's quite overkill - especially when there are quieter fanless cards available.
true.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Microtom View Post
You can have a very powerful pc that is silent.

You need a case with many low rpm fans for a good ventilation.
The cpu cooler is important. A thermalright HR-02 with a 140mm low rpm fan would be perfect.
For the graphic card, you can use the powercolor scs3 hd6850. Personally, my comp will have two of these with a fan on the side of the case to push air on both. The fins of the gpu cooler are oriented so the air pushed for a side case fan goes between the fins.
Next important piece is the power supplies. If it's efficient, it will heat less. The seasonic gold x series is semi passive, and it's perfect for a silent comp.
I'll look into that cooler
6850 is overkill
Seasonic X is to expensive to be honest.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=2953%3A18921

Check that for fanless video cards. It looks like your most powerful option is a 5750, but there are a ton of lower priced models if you don't really need anything powerful.
Thanks

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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
What are you planning on using this for?
I don't know how to explain. Bassicly it's me running multiple cpu/ram intensive applications at once.
post #9 of 20
go water if you want silent
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Microtom View Post
[quote:iceman23]He said he isn't gaming, that's quite overkill - especially when there are quieter fanless cards available.
Yeah but he also said that he want a powerful pc and he has a 1k-1.5k budget, which is quite a lot. Also, he wants a powerful cpu. It doesn't really make sense to buy a powerful cpu and a cheap graphic cards, even if he's not going to use it for gaming.

My guess is that his budget is overkill for what he wants.[/QUOTE]

My budget is 1-1.5K, yes
Doesn't mean it can't be cheaper than that
And I won't be doing anything graphics intensive, I don't need a good card. I have a pretty good 'gaming' PC already
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