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Ok, so I have had my sig rig for quite a while now and out of utter boredom I quite fancy doing a new build. If I do however, I want it to be quiet! I like to watch tv on my pc so this is important.

I'm pretty keen on a 2500k and its about top of my budget CPU wise. Any alternative welcome. (including AMD)
Probably 6-8gb ram for the fact its not to expensive.
Fractal Design R3 for my case and it is apparently good with sound. Fractal 120mm cooling fans also throughout?
SSD will obv be primary and after a little research found an M4 is good but im not sure... Its currently £90 for the 128GB. SSD's I have little knowledge of.

ONE other important thing is i was going to buy a 500GB/1TB external HDD (USB3.0) and use this for storage hence USB3.0 on the MoBo is essential.

Basically the things I'm sure i want are the R3 and an SSD.

On another note any idea what this sig rig would fetch? I cant post on appraisals frown.gif

Other tips and suggestions please help! Thanks
Edited by iPodge - 5/8/12 at 4:31pm
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As far as a quiet build, your parts are off to a good start. Used to have a Fractal Design case and they are quiet (for the space) Although, you might look up upgraded fans. You can get better cooling for the same db if you have the cash. Remember that the better your fans bring cool air in / hot air out, the quieter your GPU & CPU will be.

Speaking of which, what are you planning for a GPU? That can be a noise maker. 6870's can be had for a song now. And if you don't push them, they'll be quiet. The newer 7770's are quiet boards too, but less gaming muscle from what I've seen.
Also, what will cool your 2500k? (great proc BTW)

Also, unless there is something I'm missing, you might look at the smaller Fractal Design Define Mini with an mATX build.
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Hey cheers for the reply. As far as GPU goes I am probably going to just keep my sigrig one thinking of it. I have budget limitations which is making it tough enough to go ahead and get this! As for CPU cooler would be either my current one or a different air cooler for around £25 or less. If you have any excellent recommendations I could buy a new one. Fan wise I am not too sure? Have you had the fractal ones before? Having looked at reviews they are good.

An alternative option I am now considering is just buying some new fans, an SSD and a new PSU then chaning my current PC a little. It seems my current PSU (GX650 is making hell of noise) So again I looked at a 60GB M4 a CX430 and like earlier, fractal fans. So hopefully it would be very quiet and also speed up significantly due to an SSD for OS.
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Do you have a budget, or can we go all out for you, as long as it's quiet? smile.gif
 
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Hey cheers for the reply. As far as GPU goes I am probably going to just keep my sigrig one thinking of it. I have budget limitations which is making it tough enough to go ahead and get this! As for CPU cooler would be either my current one or a different air cooler for around £25 or less. If you have any excellent recommendations I could buy a new one. Fan wise I am not too sure? Have you had the fractal ones before? Having looked at reviews they are good.
An alternative option I am now considering is just buying some new fans, an SSD and a new PSU then chaning my current PC a little. It seems my current PSU (GX650 is making hell of noise) So again I looked at a 60GB M4 a CX430 and like earlier, fractal fans. So hopefully it would be very quiet and also speed up significantly due to an SSD for OS.

I actually had the Fractal Define Mini with OEM & the H50 on a 2500k for a while. It's a good set up (just went even smaller for my last build).
The H50's noise will depend on what fans you use with it. I would not recommend the Fractal Design's fan for the H50 because they have a low static pressure. A cheap cooler master r4 or Scythe will likely do you well. Keep the corsair OEM fan and add the second as a push and it will keep it cooler and quiet w/o a lot of over clocking. IMO the stock Fractal fans also are a little low in pressure for the front drive cages. Again, cheap cooler masters (r4's or others) can help. Then take that fractal fan and put it in the bottom slot.

If you're looking for real quiet. By-pass the side panel fan, and keep the sound block in place. If you want to add any fans, (beyond the front) go for a quiet 140 in the top to help air leave the case. Do all that, and I'm fairly well certain you'll be happy. What I'd recommend after that is either a 7770 1 gb card (about $135-150) (gigabyte makes one with a huge, quiet fan) this will roughly equal the performance of your current gpu, but where as the 5830 is a 175 card, the 7770 is an 80 watt card. Less heat = less need to cool

or for more graphics performance, a two fan 7850 (more like $260 & a 130 watt card). Both of which are likely to be quieter than your 5830

Good luck!
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Do you have a budget, or can we go all out for you, as long as it's quiet? smile.gif

Ha dam yea there is a budget! Its very dependant though. If I do get a full new system its probably like £550 with likelihood of keeping some parts I have atm. However if not then like £200 tops if I am just buying gear to silence by current set up.
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I actually had the Fractal Define Mini with OEM & the H50 on a 2500k for a while. It's a good set up (just went even smaller for my last build).
The H50's noise will depend on what fans you use with it. I would not recommend the Fractal Design's fan for the H50 because they have a low static pressure. A cheap cooler master r4 or Scythe will likely do you well. Keep the corsair OEM fan and add the second as a push and it will keep it cooler and quiet w/o a lot of over clocking. IMO the stock Fractal fans also are a little low in pressure for the front drive cages. Again, cheap cooler masters (r4's or others) can help. Then take that fractal fan and put it in the bottom slot.
If you're looking for real quiet. By-pass the side panel fan, and keep the sound block in place. If you want to add any fans, (beyond the front) go for a quiet 140 in the top to help air leave the case. Do all that, and I'm fairly well certain you'll be happy. What I'd recommend after that is either a 7770 1 gb card (about $135-150) (gigabyte makes one with a huge, quiet fan) this will roughly equal the performance of your current gpu, but where as the 5830 is a 175 card, the 7770 is an 80 watt card. Less heat = less need to cool
or for more graphics performance, a two fan 7850 (more like $260 & a 130 watt card). Both of which are likely to be quieter than your 5830
Good luck!

Right it does seem better to opt for the mini and get a mATX if I go for a new system. Im not big on gaming, or OC'ing I am merely amateur who likes to 'dip' into the field. So the top end cards would be utterly pointless. Infact my 5830 may even be, I game VERY RARELY I just like to have a pretty good card in my setup for if I ever do and to keep the components matched. The card was only £80 when I got it so not a biggie. My current plan of action is leaning towards the addition and swap out of current parts to silence my system. Then again this would be regretted if I get a job pronto during summer and have the cash. Getting bored of this Phenom II and BD appears to be a shocker.
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IMO your best bet right now is to rebuild your current rig given your limited budget.

1st get a real PSU like an AX650 or a seasonic X series. that alone will eat up a good portion of your budget. HOWEVER, those PSU's are pretty much bulletproof and will last you YEARS down the road. the AX under your system's load is dead silent. the fan might not even spin at all till you load up a game or something. you said your psu is dying anyway so you should just replace it with a good one this time.

2nd thing to invest in is a quality CPU cooler such as a NH-D14 or silver arrow or phantek. once again, quality CPU coolers doesn't "expire" you can be using that same CPU cooler 10 years down the road. you did not specify a CPU cooler in your sig rig, so i'm assuming you are using the stock cooler from AMD.. that is likely the primary source of your noise issues during load right now.

3rd. invest in that SSD you were looking at, but that'll be the last thing you'll be able to afford on your budget biggrin.gif

but with just those 3 changes, you'll likely cut your system's noise by quiet a few decibel's depending on what other acoustical issues you haven't mentioned. you system isn't putting out that much heat, so don't go nuts on a bunch of fans. KISS principle applies here.

the beauty of these recommendations is that when you have the budget to build a real machine, all these quality parts are 100% transferable, so you don't have to go out and buy a top of the line cpu cooler or PSU since you ALREADY own the top of the line and just put it into the new box smile.gif
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Oooppps sorry! Didnt realise it wasnt there... Its currenly AC Freezer 7 haha. In all fairness it doesnt actually sound that loud compared to the PSU for sure! No idea what is wrong with this PSU its generally loud and pretty new too so must just be poor products from CM PSU wise. PSU wise yea that is a mighty price! It almost feels like im not getting anything out of it too! Idk whether it just better to buy a new mobo,cpu and ram if I was to get that monster!
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AC freezer 7 is a good unit, but it's not really the unit you want to transfer onto your next build smile.gif it has 3 heat pipes and only a 92mm fan so it's not going to be cooling as quietly as you may want. a 120mm or 140mm fan cpu cooler will be able to spin at a much lower RPM and still provide superior cooling. it's up to you if you feel the decibel level of the freezer7 is adequate for your needs.

aside from the complaint for the PSU, you really haven't outlined any other decibel related trouble areas for your existing machine. so i can only go by what i know of the components involved. as far as case, the CM690 II isn't the best airflow to noise ratio case. and on top of that it doesn't have a removable air filter so dust may eventually become an issue. overall it's adequate for your current system, but for future builds, i'd recommend a much better airflow case then just the 690...

as i mentioned in my previous post, if you don't game much, then your current system should server your purpose fine. just replace the offending parts to reduce the overall decibel levels and you should be fine. just don't buy cheap when you replace the components or you will end up with more garbage you have to replace 2 years down the road. a good PSU like the AX will last you at least 5+ years (much longer if you protect it with a UPS / power conditioner) and a quality PSU is the first and last line of defense for your computer when it comes to how long your system will last. solid state components running on clean power and good cooling will run for decades.. long after it's obsolete, so it's worth it to invest heavy on a good PSU.
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