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Zboy you're coming at this too much from a gamer's perspective. He doesn't seem to have any interest in overclocking and giant heatsinks. However, he did mention CIV and SIMS which don't just run on integrated (or that 6450). I think you need to start from the 6670 (example card and work your way up if you can find it in the budget to get a 7750 (example card). I made sure to link fanless versions but as both are very low consumption even the regular version is very quiet.

Budget is not really an issue (but I obviously don't want to overspend on things I won't use). Replacement heatsinks and fans are done to make the box quieter.
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Zboy you're coming at this too much from a gamer's perspective. He doesn't seem to have any interest in overclocking and giant heatsinks. However, he did mention CIV and SIMS which don't just run on integrated (or that 6450). I think you need to start from the 6670 (example card and work your way up if you can find it in the budget to get a 7750 (example card). I made sure to link fanless versions but as both are very low consumption even the regular version is very quiet.

the thing is even a 212 is restricted on the typical mitx board populated with a gpu. spitting hot air back inside of the case isn't ideal when you want a silent system. i actually have a 212 with a noctua nf f12 in my current computer with a b55 at stock speeds and i think it's too loud even at idle. its working harder than it should because of poor airflow
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NeilN I don't know if You nead quite strong CPU like this, and very poor GPU. I would go with some AMD APU if I were You wink.gif

Other thing is passive PSU, in this case it can be rather bad idea, this PSUs nead some airflow from the case.
 
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NeilN I don't know if You nead quite strong CPU like this, and very poor GPU. I would go with some AMD APU if I were You wink.gif

Other thing is passive PSU, in this case it can be rather bad idea, this PSUs nead some airflow from the case.

I hit 100% CPU usage when I'm compiling stuff so... (this is on a Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz). I don't mind bumping up the GPU as long as it's quiet and not a power hog. Do you have a recommendation for a PSU? Or is my desire for a small case fundamentally at odds with a quiet PC design?
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I hit 100% CPU usage when I'm compiling stuff so... (this is on a Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz). I don't mind bumping up the GPU as long as it's quiet and not a power hog. Do you have a recommendation for a PSU? Or is my desire for a small case fundamentally at odds with a quiet PC design?

You can have a small case, but you have to understand, the smaller the case, the more the heat concerns are. Luckily, the Prodigy is pretty much a small mATX sized case. You could easily go with a 6750 GPU to meet your Civ and Sims needs (I am currently playing Civ V on an iGPU and it does fine)

Noiseblocker makes some really nice quiet fans that will more than meet your needs...spendy, but worth it for quiet.

As for a PSU, I prefer Silverstone's new PSUs...very quiet and all the power you will need. The ST55F-G is an excellent PSU.
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Thanks, replaced the PSU. It is my understanding that the latest Intel chipsets allow you to use both the iGPU and a dedicated video card at the same time. Do you know if this is correct? If so, I don't have to limit my options to only cards having two DVI outputs.
Edited by NeilN - 1/12/13 at 3:39pm
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i'm gonna try and help direct airflow a bit by blocking off the 2nd fan port on the top of the case. thinking about cutting a thin 120 mm x 120 mm square of plexiglass and mounting it like a fan. i don't actually have the case yet so i can't look at it myself...is there any other way i may want to consider blocking off that 2nd fan slot?

also since i'll only be having 2 case fans i feel like putting in a fan controller would be excessive. my mobo only has 1 more fan header and it's a 4 pin, while my fans are both 3 pins. do 3 pin to 4 pin y splitters exist or would i have to use a 3 pin y splitter and an adapter? and is it even possible to keep a pwm fan locked at a low rpm?

oh yeah i have a 4 pin y splitter lying around - that won't work with my fans will it?

and another question regarding the case...do the hdd bays have holes for 6 screws per hdd or just 4?
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Thanks, replaced the PSU. It is my understanding that the latest Intel chipsets allow you to use both the iGPU and a dedicated video card at the same time. Do you know if this is correct? If so, I don't have to limit my options to only cards having two DVI outputs.

Yeah..you can do that..I'm not sure if all mobos support it though.
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and another question regarding the case...do the hdd bays have holes for 6 screws per hdd or just 4?

Only 4. I should state they are only brackets with the washers/pins in place. They can bend just enough to grab the hdd and they n turn slide into the cages. However, if one was so inclined, the can just slide a control panel in one of the slots. If I remember correctly, one of the members here turned the top cage to face the front and he did rest the control panel inside the cage without extra support
Edited by SonofJor-El - 1/12/13 at 5:18pm
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Continuing on with HDD installation....

I don't have my case yet, but let's say i was to take out both HDD cages and remove the mesh side panel SSD cage. Let's also say I needed to fit a WC reservoir in there. Can anyone with the case confirm there would be room for a SSD and a HDD to be mounted?
    
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