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Hi guys, this is my first pc build and I don't know a lot about PC so I need some recommendation. I did a little research and I came up with a build, but i still can't figure out what to do about the casing/cooling. I want my PC to be quiet because my old PC was very loud and I can't stand it. So here's my build, I hope you guys can recommend me a good quiet setup. My budget for the psu/casing/cooling is around 200-300$

CPU - i5 4570
GPU - MSI GTX 760 2Gb 256Bit DDR5/OC Gaming N760 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Gaming NVidia PCI Exp
Mobo - MSI H87-G43
HDD - 2x2TB HDD (From my old PC)
SSD - Plextor M5 Pro 128GB
RAM - 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24
DVD-RW (From my old PC)

PSU
I tried using a psu calc and it came up with 550W, but I don't know if it's reliable or not. Do you think 550W is enough for this build ?

Casing
I want a quiet casing, but I don't mind to compensate a bit of performance for the price. Basically I just want a good quiet casing with a good price/performance ratio

Cooling
I don't overclock, so i shouldnt need an additional fan right ? But I've read somewhere that using an aftermarket cpu cooler is better because the one that came with the CPU is quite loud. And also, I'm gonna leave my PC on for most of the time (just for DLing stuff tho), do you guys think i need additional fan / cpu cooler ?

HDD
Is it true that the red WDC is quieter than the green one ? I want to buy a new storage, not sure to buy which.

Thanks for reading, hoping for some good advice, and sorry for my bad english
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PSU
larger fans are quieter, so I would suggest going with this 750w because it has a 140mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703038

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020

CPU HSF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
You really should overclock though, there's no reason not too, unless you live near the equator with no AC?

RAM
I would suggest going 2 x 8GB if you can

HDD
It seems the Red's are the same as the Greens except NASaware and don't have power saving features which cause them to spin down, so not spinning up and down may make them seem quieter in general if they are being accessed semi-frequently. The greens may be quieter when they are spun down. but more noisy in general due to spinning up and down and the change in tone. I would go green for less initial cost and more power savings. Most of the time they will be spun down anyways.
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PSU
larger fans are quieter, so I would suggest going with this 750w because it has a 140mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703038

A 750W PSU is a serious overkill for the setup he's looking for.

Vandelurk,
whatever psu calculator you used is pretty much spot on.
The full system power draw wouldn't exceed 400W, maybe 450W
if you did decide to overclock, which you should (it's fun) and it
would be worth it for a few extra bob. In that case go for the 4570K
and a nice aftermarket cooler to go with it.

I would suggest a PSU with a hybrid silent fan control.
Something like Seasonic or Corsair, where if the system isn't
under heavy load, the fan isn't spinning at all = SILENCE wink.gif
550W is plenty and at least with the money saved you can
look for a few quiet case fans like Cougar, Gentle Typhoon or Noctua.

Get whatever case you like and buy a few noise dampeners for the inside of the case.

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Yes it's overkill but that's better than underkill or just enough. Plus it comes with the larger fan size than the 600w, although the 600w with 120mm may be just as quiet. 750w allows for future upgrades. Before long he'll be wanting a PhysX card or SLI GTX 760's
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Sparkle 650W 80Plus Gold $60

Very much overkill but price trumps. My computer is running off a 450W Rosewill Capstone with a GTX 670, overclocked CPU, several drives. This power consumption list shows a computer with a GTX 760 drawing 336W from the wall. That is with one SSD and no other drives, but with an overclocked CPU. Good quality 450W PSUs have the two PCIe connectors needed for higher end graphics cards.
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The whole build needs to be re-assessed as I would personally choose AMD over this rig.

i5 4570 - $200 bucks! Holy cow ahaha I myself have an i7 3770k clocked at 4.7ghz but you know what after running it awhile I think I'd have been better off with something like this, mostly I spent way to much when I built mine:

AMD FX-8350

Sure it doesn't use all 8 cores on games NOW but I bet you in the future it will.

This mobo would be great

ASRock 970 EXTREME4

Finally quiet casing doesn't exist in my experience, it's all about the fans you're using. Noctua fans or Cougar ones (Non-PWM) are your best bet, if you don't intend on lowering their RPMS then I would suggest trying ones with magnetic bearings like the Enermax brand.
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Finally quiet casing doesn't exist in my experience, it's all about the fans you're using. Noctua fans or Cougar ones (Non-PWM) are your best bet, if you don't intend on lowering their RPMS then I would suggest trying ones with magnetic bearings like the Enermax brand.

You're right. Casing can be made completely irrelevant if fan are quiet enough. I run my rig on an open test bench and it's as quiet as my old full tower. Temps are lower at idle which further reduces noise.
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PSU
I tried using a psu calc and it came up with 550W, but I don't know if it's reliable or not. Do you think 550W is enough for this build ?
Yes 550 is more than enough for your build, it probably wont even reach 400W if you dont overclock.
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Casing
I want a quiet casing, but I don't mind to compensate a bit of performance for the price. Basically I just want a good quiet casing with a good price/performance ratio
Personally i prefer to have postive pressure on my builds, more for dust, so in a case like say Fractal Design Define R4 i would get another fan to have two in one out. If you chose your fans carefully you can drive them to inaudible levels.
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Cooling
I don't overclock, so i shouldnt need an additional fan right ? But I've read somewhere that using an aftermarket cpu cooler is better because the one that came with the CPU is quite loud. And also, I'm gonna leave my PC on for most of the time (just for DLing stuff tho), do you guys think i need additional fan / cpu cooler ?
An after market cooler will help dissipate heat easier, here its up to you and your budget, ill post my suggestion below.
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HDD
Is it true that the red WDC is quieter than the green one ? I want to buy a new storage, not sure to buy which.
HDD and fans are the biggest source of noise on PCs (well pumps also), when ever you manage to save more get an SSD for you OS/Programs/Games, it will help not seek into your hdds and reduce the noise. On SPCR greens seems to be what most buy, reds are very similar to GREENs with support for some server features, quieter... its hard to say, each model behaves diferently, SPCR did test the 3tb red and gave it the editors choice, but the 1tb was not as good....

Here my suggestion/coments in red,

CPU - i5 4570, Fine if you are not oveclocking
GPU - MSI GTX 760 2Gb 256Bit DDR5/OC Gaming N760 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Gaming NVidia PCI Exp Solid choice, this seems to be the quietest GTX760 on the market, lots of reviews point to that
Mobo - MSI H87-G43 I like MSI , the bios is decent, if it has the features you want go for it
HDD - 2x2TB HDD (From my old PC) WD green or RED, i would probably just go for the green and save toward an ssd
CASE - Fractal Design Define R4 is a nice case with sound dampening on the sides and door to lower noise, and its not that expensive, but remember a case wont do miracles, so chose quiet components else it will be noisy
CPU COOLER - Thermalright HR02 MACHO Reviewed by SPCR and got the editors choice, it has good value and decent cooler for the money, if its out of your budget, the just go for Coolermaster 212 Evo and if you find it too noisy swap the fan
CASE FANS - Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 Just add another fan and use the built in fan controller on the R4 to lower them to your liking
PSU - SeaSonic SSR-550RM Solid PSU for the money, gold rated, and semi modular, not noisy
Edited by Abula - 8/26/13 at 12:58am
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