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post #11 of 56
This is about as quiet as it gets; 80+ gold rated as well, so very power efficient, low heat output.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151097
There are some platinum fanless ones out there as well if you want even more efficiency, but I don't know if they fit in your budget.

Here's some low voltage RAM as well, runs at 1.25V so even lower than the other low voltage ram these other guys posted.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

I'd say go with an Ivy Bridge i3-3220T (35W!) if you want really low voltage and temps, or the i3-3220 (55W) if you want a tad more processing power in exchange for higher temps. I believe it was tested that the 3220 beats the A10-5800K in CPU performance. The 5800K can be overclocked of course, but I think that's sort of a non-factor for this build since we want low temps and power draw.

128GB Vertex 4 I would agree with as one of the best SSDs for the money at the moment.
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post #12 of 56
If you're running without a gpu, the is absolutely no reason you can't run completely passive.

The Nofan cr-100a is a passive cpu cooler rated up to 100W TDP. I'm sure you can find better if you search.

Seasonic makes some PSUs that do not spin up their fans until they reach a certain load (which you could easily stay under without a GPU). Even when they turn on, they are quiet until high load.

Slap some heatsinks on everything else and get a nice open case (Something like a HAF or other mostly mesh/grill case).

Use SSDs to complete the silent theme and you're good to go. Maybe some WD Greens or similar to use for storage.
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I have not seen anyone say it, but if you have an old version of xp or higher I believe you can upgrade t owindows 8 for 40 dollars. With the money you save I say go with a quad core ivy bridge.
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post #15 of 56
A quad core Ivy bridge would be nearly half the budget and create a fair amount of heat due to the heat spreader design thing, although I'm not sure if it matters as even with an i3 I don't know of any good, cheap, passive CPU coolers that would keep temps down effectively (the one that the other guy suggested was pretty expensive if I recall correctly). Maybe if he used the i3-3220T and used one of those ginormous tower heatsinks or something but I dunno... Think about maybe getting a tube of MX-4 for your thermal compound, as this will help lower your temps a bit.
Edited by Glenwing - 10/12/12 at 11:50pm
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post #16 of 56
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i'll be giving my heat and power monster over to my sister, so i'll have to buy a new copy of windows for a new PC.

I think i really like the i3-3220 so far... reading online it seems people say its better than the APU's.

I'm thinking of getting this PSU with it: Seasonic SS-300ET

does anyone know how quiet it is? how many dB?

also, im planning on getting a single 92mm noctua fan for the case, and another 92mm noctua fan for the stock heatsink provided with the i3.

in total i'll have only 3 fans... psu, case, cpu. do you things its gonna be pretty quiet? how quiet?
post #17 of 56
I think this PSU might be better for you, only $20 more but a gold rating, so more efficiency and less heat. And according to reviews the fan is quiet.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151117

Board, ASRock H77 Pro4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

CPU i3-3220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

Heatsink/Fan, CM Hyper 212 Evo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Kind of overkill as far as heat dissipation is concerned, but it fits 120mm fans, and larger fans are always good for noise since they spin at lower rpms to achieve the same airflow. That said, some reviews complained the fan was not the most quiet, so you may want to replace it with this PWM fan:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185144
Apparently pretty quiet and half the price of the Noctua fan and has gotten a lot of good reviews.

3-Pin Version for case fans: (newegg is out of stock right now)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185057

Ultra-low voltage 1.25V RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

Case, you can pick whatever you want really:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Comes out to about $550 if you get 2 case fans in addition to the CPU fan.
And of course Windows 7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
Edited by Glenwing - 10/14/12 at 12:40pm
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post #18 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by remz1337 View Post

quad core ivy bridge=200$. your points are interesting but considering the budget i still think trinity is the best choice

See below.
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Originally Posted by Buka The Earthworm View Post

maybe i could get an ivy bridge dual core i3 for $130 instead of the A8-5600K? which one has better performance?

Performance is similar at the same price point (sometimes one faster, sometimes the other), but i3 will use less power and create less heat. See the link to the review I posted a few posts up, or heck even the quotes I pulled from the review. Here, I'll make it simple and snip a quote here.
Quote:
You're basically looking at quad-core Ivy Bridge levels of power usage under load but performance closer to that of a dual-core Ivy Bridge.

Note that the Core i3 has Hyperthreading, and Trinity is a "dual module" so they are really quite similar. Well, except Trinity has better graphics for gaming (but still not good enough for serious gamers) and Core i3 has lower power usage.

Buka The Earthworm, your location is set to Los Angeles. How far away is Tustin? There's a Micro Center there, and they have AWESOME combo deals on Intel CPUs, specifically the Core i3-3225 for $130 and Core i5-3570K for $190. Buy either of those with any compatible motherboard and get a cool $50 off. For instance you can get the i3 with an ASRock H77M-ITX motherboard for $175+tax. Yes, that's for both CPU and motherboard with the H77 chipset. Link to motherboard. Set your location to Tustin to see if they have any in stock. Crap! Just noticed they jacked the CPU price up $20, probably to offset the combo deal, so combo now $195, unless they pulled that deal too. It comes and goes.

Note that the i3-3225 has HD 4000 graphics, which falls between the older Llano and the latest Trinity in 3D performance.
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post #19 of 56
You can undervolt the I3 3225 ($144 HD4000 VIDEO) to reduce heat, though a Xigmatek Loki cooler (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233081) should do more than enough. You can not really overclock a 3225, and it is a 55 watt TDP.

The Seasonic 300W Bronze would be fine.

$61.97 probable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157335

$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

$87.55 my prefered
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4003003&SID=q423tanv8kuk
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

If you choose a large case the Thermalright Macho was a passive heatsink before Thermalright reduced price and added a fan. Very quiet with fan, total "too much" cooling.
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-HR-02-MACHO-Thermalright-Macho/dp/B005ERSN7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350148016&sr=8-1&keywords=thermalright+macho
post #20 of 56
I'm overhauling my rig for the same issues. Small room + 125w CPU + 2x 200W+ GPUs + a bunch of fans = sauna and loud.

I swapped my CPU for a 605e -- 45w AMD X4.

Swapping my GPU for a 7750; only playing steam games with this rig.

Stay a generation behind to save costs. I wanted an i3 instead but the CPU cost me $60 instead of $120.

*edit*

A good Gold/Platinum rated PSU will chop off a lot of wasted energy too. My TR2 is only 72% efficient (bought it in 06) and if I were to upgrade to a 90% unit I'd be putting almost 20% less wasted energy as heat into the air. The higher load you draw the more you save.
Edited by The Pook - 10/13/12 at 12:19pm
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