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I'm searching for the fastest possible gaming and home theater rig that has no moving parts. Will be using it to play new games on a 1080p tv.

GPU: PowerColor Go! Green AX5750 - $176
CPU: Intel i7 950 - $294
HD: Intel x25 120gb ssd - $229
Mobo: Asus LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $199
Ram: Corsair Dominator 6 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-pin Triple Channel DDR3 CAS 8: $129
PSU: SeaSonic 750W Power Supply X750 Gold $159
OS: Windows 7 64-bit OEM $99
total = $1,285

I have a USB CD drive I'll use whenever I need to install something. Not sure on the case yet, but it is going to be open air with no fans (I might build a rack-only style case myself).
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post #2 of 12
PSU has a fan in it, and is way too much power for what your using it for, and if your going to go the "ultra quiet non moving parts" you might consider going with an 1156 build with a lower power i5, passive heatsink, and 4gb memory.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151099 - 460W PSU fanless
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115062 - i5 750s 83W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131599 - ROG maximus III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233032 - thors hammer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148351 - crucial ballstix 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131300 - Powercolor HD5750

though you will need something to make sure that air is circulating, otherwise everything will over heat anyway, try 1 Gentle Typhoon
Edited by appleg33k85 - 2/8/11 at 11:07am
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post #3 of 12
GLHF, and let us know which part burns out first.

Seriously though, you can make a system with fans that is so quiet you will not hear it from the couch even if you have your TV on mute. The thing is that a high performance computer needs forced air cooling. I've seen parts overheat on open air test benches, so just being open air (unless it is really cold in your room) is not the solution. It is 100x better to have an enclosed case with one really quiet 120mm fan.

Regarding your component choice, the CPU, motherboard and RAM are complete overkill while the graphics card will have substandard performance for gaming at 1080p. I'd recommend a faster graphics card (6950 or 6970 if you like Radeons, GTX 460/560 if you like GeForce) for starters. Just read reviews. There are cards that are really quiet. For instance some of the cards use two large axial fans (Gigabyte and MSI often use these). These cards end up being really quiet compared to the rear exhausting blower fans.

For the CPU I would recommend socket 1155 or 1156 with a dual core or lowest end quad core. I'd vote for the dual core unless you know for a fact that the actual games you will be playing uses more than two threads. Motherboard used will depend on the CPU you get, but will be P55 or P67 chipset (note the P67 has SATA issues if you use more than two drives). For RAM, get a cheap 4GB dual channel DDR3-1333 kit that uses 1.5v or less. The reason I recommend these is:
1) Socket 1155 quad core will perform as well as Core i7 950 while using less power and creating less heat.
2) RAM costs much less and gaming doesn't require more than 4GB.
3) Socket 1155/1156 motherboards are cheaper than socket 1366 motherboards, PLUS the X58 chipset is a huge producer of heat.

The end result of this CPU/mobo/RAM choice will be same performance, lower cost and LOWER HEAT OUTPUT. That is one step closer to a quiet/silent HTPC.
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post #4 of 12
if you can wing it or have a friend do it, go to microcenter. the i7-950 is about 200 i think?
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Yeah, It's practically impossible to have a decent computer with no moving parts.. You'll need atleast one fan.
    
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I would personally go for this

GPU:
- *ANY* GTX 460 and lock the fan to lowest RPM (its much better than 5750) $160
CPU:
- Intel i5 2500 (when they get re-released) $210
HDD:
- Intel x25 120gb ssd - $229
MB:
- H67MA-UD2H - $140
RAM:
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1333 CL9 $47 - You'll never see difference between 1333 and 1600
PSU:
- SeaSonic 430W Power Supply $62 - plenty enough for GTX460 and 1 x SSD
OS:
- Windows 7 HP OEM $99
Total = $900

And this would be so much more than you would need and the CPU can run fan less if you get big enough cooler (I used Zalman Flex). I have similar setup to the one I listed for you and I can verify that it is, quuuiiite. If you cant wait for SB and your going 1156, than take 1333 MHz if you want the smallest chance to run it fan less since +1333 MHz on eg. i5-760 really adds the heat.

You don't need i7-950, and in fact you don't want it for your usage and if you want it really quite.

This is me "extremely quite setup". http://www.overclock.net/silent-comp...ad-silent.html
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Originally Posted by Skiivari View Post
Yeah, It's practically impossible to have a decent computer with no moving parts.. You'll need atleast one fan.
unless you water cool everything
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unless you water cool everything
You'd still need some fans on the radiators if you're planning to use a powerful PC.
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I'll just leave this here.

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You'd still need some fans on the radiators if you're planning to use a powerful PC.
just put the rad inside the case, shock absorbing mounts and a couple layers of sound block should do the trick.
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