I have been working on designing a compact, quiet as possible audio/light gaming build. I was originally planning on going for an aerocool ds or some other low-noise optimized case, but after extensive research... hell, I just can't resist how small this case is. In any event, I was originally planning on going for a fanless seasonic platinum psu, and possibly even running a fanless Thermalright Macho. Am I insane to consider this? I think I might be able to get away with it, given that my build comes out to only 235w of power (According to pc part picker), and I can't see myself adding huge amounts to this. I was planning on adding some noctua fans to keep it quiet, and a 180mm enermax up top (unless someone knows a better quiet 180mm fan).
Thoughts? here's my current parts list:PCPartPicker part list
/ Price breakdown by merchantCPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
($176.99 @ SuperBiiz)Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
($122.98 @ OutletPC)Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
($76.99 @ Newegg)Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
($123.87 @ OutletPC)Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
($139.99 @ Newegg)Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
($133.99 @ SuperBiiz)Total:
$774.81Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when availableGenerated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-12 00:23 EST-0500
Omitted items aren't on pc part picker
At most I could see myself upgrading in the future to a faster graphics card, broadwell cpu, and more/faster memory, but part of the idea of this build is to keep power consumption down in an effort to keep noise down on usb/firewire connections to external audio equipment- but I'm not sure how much of a difference this will make. I've even been consideting a GTX 760- but i'm not sure- the price difference might be the cost of all the fans I will probably need.
In any event, the idea I had was to fill all the fan slots with <10db fans (except the 180mm because that doesen't exist- perhaps I could get there with undervolting, if I could get away with it heat-wise), and thus have enough quiet cooling to keep my graphics card from spinning up and becoming loud.
The other option I was considering was an overspec'd be quiet, seasonic x-series, or other quiet psu (with enough power on tap that it hopefully never even has to turn its fan on). As far as the CPU cooler goes, I figure I could always add a quiet fan if necessary.
What do you guys think?