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"Silent" work / gaming system build... need help

post #1 of 4
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Would like help in building the perfect computer for my needs...

I’m looking for a computer to be used for work and playing games. For work, it will need to be on 24/7 and need to be able to run some virtual machines when needed. I would like to get something as powerful as possible, but as quiet as possible (silent would be great, but I know it’s not going to happen). My budget is max 2500 (would like to keep it around 2000). I will be buying a monitor separately (27” at 2560x1440).

I would like to do some overclocking if possible, but keeping noise down is a higher priority. Would love to be able to have this be as silent as possible when not gaming and hopefully not sound like a jet engine when gaming.

So far the parts I have picked are as follows:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Noctua NT-H1 3.5g Thermal Paste ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.58 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P12-1300 54.4 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($196.81 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1895.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 12:59 EST-0500)

I guessed on fans (and how many), Optical Drive was selected randomly, but I can actually live without one.... Power supply is overkill, but figure it gives me options to upgrade video card in the future (and possibly go SLI.... but I do prefer single cards). Video card is slight overkill too for the type of gaming I do (mainly Marvel Heroes, some emulators... never FPS), but I want to make it future proof and want to make sure it runs at 2560x1440 perfectly.

I’m looking at buying this in the next 14 days or so and would like to get the best setup possible for my needs. I'm willing to switch out any parts to make the system more silent, without sacrificing performance.

Thanks you,


drp
post #2 of 4
I would highly recommend the Fractal Design XL case. It's a very silent case even stock.
Fans I would rather choose Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 with a fan controller. If you don't want a fan controller you also get them in lower RPM versions. These are made in a way so the sound they make is not so annoying to the human ear. Highly recommend them.
    
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|AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4ghz| |Asus Crosshair IV Formula| |EVGA 780TI Classified| |4x2gb Corsair XMS 1600mhz CL7| 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
|840 Pro 256gb| |WD Red 2tb| |Corsair H50| |Windows 10 Pro x64| |27" QNIX QX2710 @ 2560x1440 100hz| 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
|Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB| |Cooler Master 700w Silent Pro Gold| |Antec 1200 Orange mod| |Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB|  
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|JBL L890 speakers| |Emotiva XDA-2 receiver| |2x Advanced Acoustic mono amp @ 200w 8ohm| 
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|840 Pro 256gb| |WD Red 2tb| |Corsair H50| |Windows 10 Pro x64| |27" QNIX QX2710 @ 2560x1440 100hz| 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
|Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB| |Cooler Master 700w Silent Pro Gold| |Antec 1200 Orange mod| |Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB|  
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|JBL L890 speakers| |Emotiva XDA-2 receiver| |2x Advanced Acoustic mono amp @ 200w 8ohm| 
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Thank you. Will look into the fan recommendation. The case you recommended seems a bit big for me. However it got me thinking of the Fractal Design R4 case. Need to read reviews, but I do think it might be a better case.
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No worries! R4 is basically the same on just in smaller version, so it's a safe bet. They have sound proofing built in, so much less vibration and noise than most cases smile.gif
With the big case I have built computers so silent that I didn't even hear that I had turned it on. Needless to say, with the right fans and cooling this case can be your silent partner too!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
|AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4ghz| |Asus Crosshair IV Formula| |EVGA 780TI Classified| |4x2gb Corsair XMS 1600mhz CL7| 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
|840 Pro 256gb| |WD Red 2tb| |Corsair H50| |Windows 10 Pro x64| |27" QNIX QX2710 @ 2560x1440 100hz| 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
|Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB| |Cooler Master 700w Silent Pro Gold| |Antec 1200 Orange mod| |Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB|  
AudioAudioAudio
|JBL L890 speakers| |Emotiva XDA-2 receiver| |2x Advanced Acoustic mono amp @ 200w 8ohm| 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
|AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 4ghz| |Asus Crosshair IV Formula| |EVGA 780TI Classified| |4x2gb Corsair XMS 1600mhz CL7| 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
|840 Pro 256gb| |WD Red 2tb| |Corsair H50| |Windows 10 Pro x64| |27" QNIX QX2710 @ 2560x1440 100hz| 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
|Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB| |Cooler Master 700w Silent Pro Gold| |Antec 1200 Orange mod| |Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB|  
AudioAudioAudio
|JBL L890 speakers| |Emotiva XDA-2 receiver| |2x Advanced Acoustic mono amp @ 200w 8ohm| 
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