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I am planning on buying a new gaming rig, so I wanted to hear your thoughts and opinions about this rig:

* Intel i5 2500k
* Asus p8p67-m
* G.skill Ripjaws-x 4GB
* Gainward Phantom gtx 570
* Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
* samsung f2 EcoGreen 500GB HD502HI
* Scythe Mugne 2
* Antec p180 Mini
* Seasonic x-560/ Modu87+ 500w or other?

I have a few questions:

-Do you think that the Phantom version is quiet enough to be inaudiable?
-What power supply is more silent during load- x-560/modu87+ 500w?
-Is there any HDD that is more silent from the samsung f2 EcoGreen 500GB?

BTW I'm new in this forum (this is my first post here) and I really happy to join.
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Welcome to OCN!

Regarding your HDD - if you're really bothered about noise levels, the best way to keep things quiet is to build a server and move your drives away from your workstation area into a closet. If you have an older rig that might be a great start for the required parts - and going with a server means you can also backup other computers in the house, access your files from anywhere without leaving your main rig on, etc.
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Regarding your HDD - if you're really bothered about noise levels, the best way to keep things quiet is to build a server and move your drives away from your workstation area into a closet. If you have an older rig that might be a great start for the required parts - and going with a server means you can also backup other computers in the house, access your files from anywhere without leaving your main rig on, etc.
I actually have a old rig that I don't use, but I don't know how to build a server. Do you have a guide or something?
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I actually have a old rig that I don't use, but I don't know how to build a server. Do you have a guide or something?
servers are pretty easy, just grab server o8/03 and set up FTp to other comps. Although it might be hard for someone new to this stuff.
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The x650 is the way to go for silent PSU for that rig.

I have no clue about that Gainward gpu, but the noise level tests that TechPowerUp do are the most reliable for me. Sadly I didn't really look into the site until after I went through 5 cards or so. Ended up finding MSI Hawks and Cyclones to be the quietest idle and load in that case for me.

If you find your storage HDD too loud, an option with the 180 is to mount it with any silencing kit or adapter into one of the two bottom 5.25 bays (in that separate PSU and ODD chamber). It'll stay cool enough and also allow you to remove 1 or 2 of the HDD cages from the upper part.
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If you find your storage HDD too loud, an option with the 180 is to mount it with any silencing kit or adapter into one of the two bottom 5.25 bays (in that separate PSU and ODD chamber). It'll stay cool enough and also allow you to remove 1 or 2 of the HDD cages from the upper part.
Do you think that the hard drive cages in the p180 mini good enough for silencing 5400rpm hard drives, or it is necessary to buy a separate silencing kit?

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MSI Hawks and Cyclones to be the quietest idle and load in that case for me.
Unfortunately, I don't have these cards in my country...
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Do you think that the hard drive cages in the p180 mini good enough for silencing 5400rpm hard drives, or it is necessary to buy a separate silencing kit?


Unfortunately, I don't have these cards in my country...
It all depends on how sensitive to sounds you are and your definition of quiet. The caddies with the rubber mounting stock in the mini p180 are pretty effective. If anything the cage itself can rattle against the plastic sliders it goes into... but that is easily resolved by making the grooves in the mounting pieces tighter by adding a layer of electrical tape or something similar.

A f2 ecogreen should be silent (or less noisy than the top fan on the case at least) with just the regular mounting.
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So I think I will just buy the f2 ecogreen and will put in the original cage.

Does anybody has an opinion on the gtx 570 Phantom? specifically about the noise (or lack) it makes?
post #9 of 10
Bit-tech says its "whisper quiet" even under load because of the intelligent design of the cooler. Just like the MSI Hawk, it is worrisome that it has the smaller fans, but if the cooler is well-made then they don't ever need to ramp up that high and make any real noise.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/201...antom-review/8

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Thankfully the triple-slot, three fan cooler was up to dealing with the increased power consumption, keeping the GPU running 16°C above ambient when idle and 46°C above ambient under load. This is an improvement of 10°C over a stock GTX 570 1.3GB, and the card remained whisper quiet throughout, even when the fans spun up to 1,800rpm under load.
And here is a tweaktown test showing it similar at idle but quite a bit louder full load than the Hawks or Cyclones:
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/385...w/index17.html
Any 80mm fan I doubt is quiet at 1800 rpm. On the other hand, you can often just set a fan speed max on your own and still stay well within safe operating temps.

Ideally you want a card that runs cool enough no matter what load you put on it. Perhaps a less powerful card that doesn't require so much cooling? 5770 and gtx 460s are my sweet spot for that reason. I haven't tested the 5xx nvidias and 6xxx AMD offerings yet in that regard.
Edited by Jayrock - 3/21/11 at 5:18am
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Im using a NZXT Hale90 and they do 16dB right up to 750w model. I cant even hear mine except if I stick my head right next to my tower and even then its a really low blowing sound not a whine.
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