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Hey Everyone,

I've decided to build a PC that is quiet enough to sit next to my 50" big screen TV in my living room. I would like all everyone's input smile.gif

I will be using the computer for software development, gaming and HTPC (maybe).

Here's what I'm thinking:

CPU: I5-2500k
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB
HDD: Crucial M4 128
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
Case: Fractal Design Define R3
Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems Revision B
YATE LOON 120mm X 2


I'm not sure what to do about memory. I've noticed A LOT of people use G.SKILL memory so I figured it's a good brand. There are a lot of different versions of G.SKILL.... what is the difference between Sniper, X, etc?

Also, many of you will notice I"m missing a graphics card. I know it's extremely important for gaming but I can't seem to find a high end card that is very quiet. Any suggestions?

Thanks everyone for your time.
Edited by FeistyMonkey - 2/24/12 at 9:19am
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I would get a larger power supply, simply because the more % utilization it has the louder it is gonna be.
What is the budget on the gpu?
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Originally Posted by Fatalrip View Post

I would get a larger power supply, simply because the more % utilization it has the louder it is gonna be.
What is the budget on the gpu?

Or he could get the Kingwin str-500 stryker if he wants fanless.

Any G.skills are pretty good for their rated specs. Not alot of them oc considerably anymore but they are still good sticks. As for the gpu, I would suggest getting an Arctic Cooling aftermarket heatsink for whatever gpu you get. They are high quality and no where near as loud while providing better cooling performance.
 
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The Twin Frozr cooled cards by MSi are pretty quiet.
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post #5 of 36
The PowerColor SCS3 AX6850 is fanless but become very hot when loaded. However you can add something like a nearly silent 800rpm 120mm fan on it and have it cool, and quiet.
For something more powerful there is the Galaxy 58NLH5HS3PXZ GeForce GTX 580 with a very quiet AC Accelero Xtreme on it, straight from the factory (I have this cooler on my 5870 and it's really awsome thumb.gif ).
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Originally Posted by Fatalrip View Post

I would get a larger power supply, simply because the more % utilization it has the louder it is gonna be.
What is the budget on the gpu?

DANG the PS is one of the two things I already bought. I bought the PS and CPU cooler from the Market Place. I'm not sure on budget for gpu.... maybe $250????
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post

As for the gpu, I would suggest getting an Arctic Cooling aftermarket heatsink for whatever gpu you get. They are high quality and no where near as loud while providing better cooling performance.

Those after market heatsink looks pretty sweet.
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Originally Posted by wongwarren View Post

The Twin Frozr cooled cards by MSi are pretty quiet.

Looks like a pretty good card. Bookmarked it biggrin.gif
post #7 of 36
If you get something like an HD 6950, you're never going to top 300W power draw. With the power supply intaking air from outside of the chassis (and not getting hot intake), Seasonic X650 should probably be inaudible, at least compared to whatever is cooling the graphics card.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article986-page5.html

In general usage the fan will be off entirely.
post #8 of 36
You will be completely fine with that PSU and a single GPU. I have a 500W for mine! As for cooling on the GPU, any performance item is a trade off for noise, but there are things you can do to mitigate it.

For example, I have an HD6970 in my HTPC. The simple fact of the matter is that when I am just watching a movie or tv, it doesn't stress the GPU and is very quiet. When I play a game, it does ramp the fan up, but usually there are always sound effects, etc so I don't notice it. To be honest, usually I am gaming with my headphones on, so I really don't notice it. What I did was to put a fan in the side of the case that blows cold air directly onto the GPU. It is a low speed and very quiet fan so I don't notice it, but I saw a several degree drop in temps. This is in a Lian Li case that is known for not having the best air flow (2 120mm intakes and 1 80mm exhaust)

As far as a recommendation on a GPU, at the $250 price point, you can get a used 6970, 6950, or a 570 which is more than enough. Depending on what type of games and how new they are, you may even be able to lower that budget and go into the 6870 or 560.
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post #9 of 36
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This is great advice. I would like to play Diablo 3, Starcraft, and Borderlands 2 (just read the news) on my big screen @ 1080. I might play some FPS but I also have a PS3. So I'm not sure how nice of a GPU I need???
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

If you get something like an HD 6950, you're never going to top 300W power draw. With the power supply intaking air from outside of the chassis (and not getting hot intake), Seasonic X650 should probably be inaudible, at least compared to whatever is cooling the graphics card.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article986-page5.html
In general usage the fan will be off entirely.

The numbers from the link above look very promising. As for airflow.... I haven't put much thought into it. At first glance, I'm thinking 140mm on top and the stock 120mm rear. Do you think I should also put at 140mm on the side for direct air to the PS? Here is the case cooling specs : http://www.silentpcreview.com/fractal-r3
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Originally Posted by FeistyMonkey View Post

I'm not sure what to do about memory. I've noticed A LOT of people use G.SKILL memory so I figured it's a good brand. There are a lot of different versions of G.SKILL.... what is the difference between Sniper, X, etc?

Gskill is generally a middle of the line memory. most people chose gskill because they are usually on sale at newegg and their heat spreaders aren't tall enough to upset most high quality CPU coolers. most people go with the ripjaw because they are practically on sale every other week biggrin.gif
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