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Hi

I'm looking to replace my large steel cased computer which takes too much space in my livingroom, doesn't fit in and makes too much noise.

I've come across the BitFenix Prodigy and are considering getting the white version.

However, it's been five years since I last looked at building a computer system and I've a little out of date regarding what is out there. I was hoping someone here could point out some good advice.

My biggest demand is that I want this silent. I really cannot stand noise and hums and generally find that most things labelled "quiet" isn't really quiet. This is mainly where I'd like your advice because I simply don't trust the manufacturer's description of the noise levels.

I don't need a high-end performance machine. However, I do some 3D modelling and would like an ok graphic card, an nVidia graphic card as they appear to have the most stable OpenGL support. With ATI I've found just glitches and instabilities.
In my current computer I have an old GeForce 8800GT and it's serving me well - to give you a reference for the performance I'm ok with.

I also do a little bit of rendering, but it's for smaller home project so I'm not looking for a renderfarm machine. But if it's possible to get a quad-core for these small motherboards it'd be awesome. However, I can sacrifice some speed in order to keep heat production under control ensuring silent running.

I'm tempted to get an SSD to install the OS onto, and then keep an extra traditional 3.5" HD for storage. (I also have an external network HD)

If anyone has suggestions for motherboard, CPU, graphic card and harddrive combo where the noise is kept to virtually silent I'd be very happy.
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1080.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 15:19 EST-0500)

That Caviar Blue WD10EZEX althrough being a Blue it's WD's fastest consumer drive right now and very quiet.

The HD 7950 is a great card and should be great for 3D modeling. thumb.gif
Edited by adridu59 - 2/10/13 at 12:21pm
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the fans that come with the prodigy are awesome. since i got my prodigy and had my first hands on experience with them i have bought 8 more. they are awesome, super quiet at 12volts and at 7 volts are completely inaudible. i have them in just push on my UT60mm 240 rad at 7 volts ( around 700rpm) and they keepy my cpu well under 50°C even at full load.

i am planning a new build in a Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 and i am going to have a 360 and my 240 rad in there and will be doing push pull on all the rads with my Bitfenix Recon fans at about 600 rpm. i expect it to be inaudible.

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Is that 360 watt PSU enough for overclocking? How will the 670 be powered, the PSU only appears to have 1 6pin pcie?
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CPU: Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)

I would suggest a lower end graphics card because the OP stated that 8800GT level performance was fine for his non-gaming needs.
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Great feedback folks! Thank you very much!thumb.gif
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I would suggest a lower end graphics card because the OP stated that 8800GT level performance was fine for his non-gaming needs.
As long as it's quiet I'm ok with it. But I do wonder how the stock fans of the new Geforce cards are. Because my recent cards, 6800GT and 8800GT was both too noisy and I had to replace their fans with custom quiet ones.

I know that "quiet" is quite relative, but for me it's near silent. I'm so bothered by the noise that I want a system where I need to put my face right up to the fan to be able to hear the noise. In a quiet room with no TV, and no people talk I don't want any hum or buzz.

So if all the components in adridu59's list meets that demand it then sounds like a pretty solid build!
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Is that 360 watt PSU enough for overclocking? How will the 670 be powered, the PSU only appears to have 1 6pin pcie?

You're perfectly right, I'll edit my post.
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I would suggest a lower end graphics card because the OP stated that 8800GT level performance was fine for his non-gaming needs.

Yea but for 3D modeling... that said an AMD card would probably be a better choice for their significantly memory bandwidth and better value.

thomthom, are you okay with an AMD card?

- You're speaking from past experiences it seems with the drivers, an AMD card should perform better and be cheaper than a GTX 670, also has 3GB vs. 2GB and wider memory bus.

They talk about 3D modeling here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1292801/hd-7950-or-gtx-670/0_20
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/369280-15-nvida-cuda-graphic-cards-pleas

Not to mention that AMD cards are far better for GPGPU tasks. thumb.gif
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Is that 360 watt PSU enough for overclocking? How will the 670 be powered, the PSU only appears to have 1 6pin pcie?

You're perfectly right, I'll edit my post.
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I would suggest a lower end graphics card because the OP stated that 8800GT level performance was fine for his non-gaming needs.

Yeah but he said he was doing some GPU-accelerated 3D modeling... with that said I guess he's speaking from past experiences since these days an AMD card would be better for this considering their superior memory bandwidth and better value...

And higher heat output and thus more required fans speed and more likely more noise.
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And higher heat output and thus more required fans speed and more likely more noise.

I have to say: nope, or not significantly at least.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/21-Temperature-Load,2979.html
Here GTX 670 load temp 72°C vs. 76°C for the HD 7970. (Gigabyte Windforce 3x)

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/25-Noise-level-Load,2983.html
And here GTX 670 load noise 39.30 dB vs. 39.40 for the HD 7970. (Gigabyte Windforce 3x)

That's 4 degrees more for the same noise amount, and you get a cheaper and better card with the HD 7950.
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