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I want a PC that I am going to purchase in Q3-12, and I want it to be silent, and after 20+ hours of research, I have figured that this is the best build possible for 30-50db raw gaming, but I want your opinions on it, everything in this build has a reason to be there, and there is a lot of thinking behind it.
I want you to please tell me if there is something that you think won't fit in the case, or that is not compatible etc... I need your opinions biggrin.gif
What I want to achieve on this PC is basically to play demanding games at 60+ FPS, like Battlefield 2 [soon to be 3].

Here it is:

Case: Fractal Design Define R3
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67
CPU: Intel i5-2500K
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850HX Professional Series
RAM: Corsair 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance
Video Card: ASUS Geforce GTX 560TI DirectCUII
Storage HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 64MB
Boot & Gaming HDD: Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB SATAII 32MB
Optical Drive: LG 10x BDRW Internal Blu-Ray
Mouse: Logitech G500
Keyboard: Steelseries 6GV2
Mousepad: Razer Goliathus Alpha Control Fragged Edition
Headsets: Sennheiser HD555
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
Monitor: BenQ G2220HD 21.5"
Wireless Network USB: ASUS USB-N13
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Fans: Noctua NF-S12B ULN x4

If you have any suggestions comment please!

Also, this now costs 1600$, but considering me buying it in 2012 Q3, it will go down to at least 1450$, and since I am getting some of the items in discount, it will be approx. 1400$, which is a GOOD gaming PC that should be able to run any games for the next 3 years at least with medium settings.
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DAMMIT MY CPU FRIED! Same as above. Built in. What is this memory you speak of? 
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post #2 of 18
You really shouldn't be planning this early... By then so many new CPU and GPU options will be available, not to mentions many new cases, keyboards, etc.

Seriously, wait until like 1-2 months before you purchase, and then start planning.
post #3 of 18
Too early to think about it. Isn't Q3-12 where IB is coming out anyways?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pseudophp;14268018 
Also, this now costs 1600$, but considering me buying it in 2012 Q3, it will go down to at least 1450$, and since I am getting some of the items in discount, it will be approx. 1400$, which is a GOOD gaming PC that should be able to run any games for the next 3 years at least with medium settings.

If this is true and correct, i suggest you wait till about 2012 Q2 to plan your build, technology moves way too fast for you to be planning this early.
post #5 of 18
Hey man, i'd not go for the CoolerMaster Heat Sync, You can get better cooling performance for a similar price and at a lower Db rating,

Something like the H-50/70 would only need 1/2 fans (they come with decent ones) but you could always go for some less rated db fans.

other than that, the Velociraptor will be the loudest thing in your computer, and they're not all that, they were, but you get better read/write out of the modern 7.2k drives over the 10k ones, an SSD may be an affordable option at that time too, they're ok now at pretty much $1 / 1GB.

One more thing the 560Ti is a good card, but its not gonna stand up for very long, i hear the Ati equivalents are good and less noisy?

let us know how it all goes, i have 2 deltas and 4 ultra kazes in my pc, so i've not heard silence since forever! lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blostorm;14268062 
Too early to think about it. Isn't Q3-12 where IB is coming out anyways? Wait for bulldozer.

Fixed. smile.gif

But in all seriousness, wait until 2 months before you make your purchase before you start planning. I know HD 7xxx will be out by then for sure and Bulldozer as well.
post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blostorm;14268062 
Too early to think about it. Isn't Q3-12 where IB is coming out anyways?

fb28f7%7C689c_intel-ivy-bridge-roadmap-mars-avril-2012.jpg

looks like H1-2012
Not sure how current this roadmap is though...
Edited by Ishinomori - 7/19/11 at 6:27am
post #8 of 18
Even if it's being bought in 2012 Q3 the PSU is a big overkill
I suggest you go for a good 600W PSU, that should be plenty for your build
and the rest is quite good.
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post #9 of 18
From one silent nut to another, wait this out before you go planning so in depth. I have made many silent systems and now my first near silent WC setup and can tell you it doesn't come cheap. Also have a few recommendations on part changes from my experience, but it's all mute points considering in a year from now there is going to be new CPU and GPUs to buy that greatly change how to go about it.

Anyway, I would recommend the AX850 if your stuck on corsair. The GOLD version is more efficient and can run quieter at higher loads. That is only if you are planning to SLI though. The 650 version would be more than enough for a single 560 as I run my 580 on a Seasonic X-650. The Seasonic golds are essentially the same as the corsairs with different packaging. I just prefer Seasonic due to Corsair burning me on RAM in the past.

Don't forget a fan controller either. I find me Noctua P12's to be too noisy at full speed. Actually, way too noisy. Same with GT-14's. The GT-14's everyone told me to get are pushing more air than the P12's at same volumes which I see why they recommended those to me, but the P12's sound signature is nicer. That said, I would still get a controller as the P12's over 1k rpm start to make some noticeable wind noise. I know you are looking at S12's, but I just thought I'd provide my Noctua experience in general.

For storage I find HDD's being the last drone I can't get out of a system which is why I have gone 100% SSD + a storage server in another room for my larger stuff that I don't need speed for. Exterme option, but only way to silence it out. I would recommend a small boot SSD + a WD Blue drive as that cuts a nice speed/sound balance and will spin down when not in use to go silent with the SSD.

Just my opinions of course, and some of my suggestions probably would exceed 1500 pretty quick.
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post #10 of 18
I suppose you could get a case and the sound proofing going, since I doubt that would change much from now to then...

Work out the logistics of how you'll keep it quiet with reasonable temperatures
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