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I'm hardly ever gonna be doing some video work, and I can wait for it to encode.

My main concern is low heat and low noise.

Can someone recommend a CPU cooler that will fit into an microATX mini tower case I showed earlier?
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The point is you take price/performance hits going fanless.
Generally there are fully functional "quiet fan" choices.

A Cooler Master HAF 912 comes with space for large heatsinks, quiet fans, and goes on sale around $50.
NZXT Source 210, not sure if Macho fits
http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-Source-210-Computer-Black/dp/B005869A7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350329432&sr=8-1&keywords=nzxt+source+210
http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-Source-210-Computer-White/dp/B005869A16/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350329432&sr=8-2&keywords=nzxt+source+210
http://www.amazon.com/Source-210--Inches-ELITE-Inches-Midtower/dp/B005869IUY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350329432&sr=8-3&keywords=nzxt+source+210
http://www.amazon.com/Source-210--Inch-ELITE-Inch-Midtower/dp/B005869J4O/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1350329432&sr=8-4&keywords=nzxt+source+210

Thermalright Macho goes $47.90 shipped, would passively cool an I3 3220 and quietly cool even a 3770K
http://www.amazon.com/ThermalRight-Macho-120-From-HR-02/dp/B008SAOCHG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1350329184&sr=8-7&keywords=thermalright+macho

new Silverstone passive or active cooler
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/SilverStone-HE02-CPU-Cooler-Review/1650

For power supplies you have to remember most systems spend a great deal of time at low or idle usage.
Ratings start at 20% of rated power and are notoriously (at least till recently in some psu) much less efficient below that rating.
A 300 watt Bronze psu will be Bronze efficent at 60 watts. 82%
A 360 watt gold psu will be Gold efficient at 72 watts 87% note 5% likely at 60 watts may be less than 75%
450 PLATINUM 90 watts 90% note 7% likely at 60 watts may be less than 75 %

Going to a more pwerful higher efficiency may not result in less heat on a daily basis,
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does low voltage ram make a difference? I never had ram that got warm. Does ram use a lot of power?
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does low voltage ram make a difference? I never had ram that got warm. Does ram use a lot of power?

Just get some of the samsung wonder ram everyone around here is raving about. It's low voltage, low profile, runs super cool, can be overclocked to insane speeds, and is absolutely dirt cheap.

also, since you said you don't really care about video encode time, just get any old processor you like. anything modern will be fine for what you have in mind.

I still suggest going passive though unless silence isn't really that important to your either. If all you want is "reasonably quiet" that's another story.
Edited by Zero4549 - 10/15/12 at 8:06pm
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I'm thinking of getting this PSU with it: Seasonic SS-300ET
does anyone know how quiet it is? how many dB?

I use that PSU all the time for low-power builds. It is extremely quiet. So quiet in fact that even if you put your ear up to the fan you can't hear it.

And in response to spending extra for 80+ gold rated PSUs....it's really not necessary. You're talking about an extra 5-10% efficiency over this 300ET, which amounts to a miniscule ~30W of heat if the PC actually pulls the entire 350W (which it never will). At idle and full CPU load it's more like 2-5W difference. That's not enough to produce any noticeable amount of heat. Furthermore, even if you left your computer on 24/7 you would not make up the difference in the electric bill for several years. At these low power levels it's simply not worth spending extra to get higher than standard 80+ or bronze efficiency.

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does low voltage ram make a difference? I never had ram that got warm. Does ram use a lot of power?

Just like with the PSU, you're only looking at a ~2W difference. It's not enough to matter for your usage.


Also, if you go with an i3, the stock cooler is extremely quiet and you'll find it perfect. If you go with a quad core i5 or higher, a nice setup would be to use the Lian Li PC-Q07 mITX case and Scythe Big Shuriken cooler. Reverse the fan on the cooler to point upwards towards the PSU, or even run it fanless and let the PSU's fan handle the cooling, and you've got yourself some great cooling with virtually no noise.
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I just came to this site to look for suggestions for low power computing, especially with a psu such as http://www.mini-box.com/Power-Supplies-Kits.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1068369
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147094

Also consider getting a monitor with LED backlighting as they use about half the power or their ccf backlit counterparts (i have a 24" ccf monitor and can feel the heat emanating from the screen whereas my LED tv runs much cooler). Also the above link i posted for power supplies will be needed for when i install my solar/wind electrical system to save from converting from dc to ac then back to dc for the computer, but that is my situation.
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Just throwing this out there for anyone else reading this looking for info; if fans are needed, go with 140 mm noctua. Bigger is quieter in this regard. This is by far the quietiest fan I have ever used.
Edited by likethegun - 10/23/12 at 3:17am
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I'd say go with an Ivy Bridge i3-3220T (35W!)

Where are these. Discontinued????

I have a 2120T and love it running passively cooled with a Sam 17. My HTPC is completely silent. Everything running on at 250 Watt PSU.
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Just get some of the samsung wonder ram everyone around here is raving about. It's low voltage, low profile, runs super cool, can be overclocked to insane speeds, and is absolutely dirt cheap.

The only "problem" is that Samsung only makes them 4GB per stick. That said, I absolutely love this stuff. Everything positive you've read about them... is absolutely true! They have pretty darn near 100% 5/5 eggs, which is pretty rare even for RAM.

The hot ticket is to shop pricing between the 8GB "kit" and individual 4GB sticks. For instance right now the 8GB kit is $35.99 while 4GB sticks are $16.99. This means you can buy a pair of 4GB sticks to assemble your own "kit" for $33.98, saving $2.01.

The absolute cheapest RAM on Newegg runs $31.89 for an 8GB kit, so only $2 more for the Samsung. The most expensive stuff... well, there's nothing better (for 4GB per stick) so no sense in getting anything more expensive.
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I still suggest going passive though unless silence isn't really that important to your either. If all you want is "reasonably quiet" that's another story.

I'd say most people (especially those who build their own) would think that "reasonably quiet" is darn near silent. I know that everyone always thinks my rig is "silent" even though I know it makes noise. That's the difference between the average layman's "silent" and the SPCR "silent." tongue.gif
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Also, if you go with an i3, the stock cooler is extremely quiet and you'll find it perfect.

Just gotta remember to set a silent fan profile in BIOS. thumb.gif
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