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Help me pick out parts for a quiet build

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This is for a DAW and gaming PC. I'm after a silent PC.

1. Case
2. Case Fan(s)
3. DVD writer
4. Power Supply

For the Case and PSU, I'm thinking about the Antec P183 V3 and Antec CP-850 PSU combo. However, I'm open to suggestions.
post #2 of 13
Case: Antec P183 V3
Case Fan(s): Scythe fans or Silent wings
DVD writer: Liteon
Power Supply:Link
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Fractal Design's R3-great buy at $109
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Originally Posted by thecubemaster View Post
Case: Antec P183 V3
Case Fan(s): Scythe fans or Silent wings
DVD writer: Liteon
Power Supply:Link
Be-quiet products are not sold in the US (if I'm not mistaken). Which Scythe fan would you recommend?

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Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post
Fractal Design's R3-great buy at $109
I'll look into it.
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Which Scythe fan would you recommend?
S-Flex, the ratings speak for it as well.

here is a website that sells other quite components. Maybe you can get what you're looking for here.

The Seasonic X series PSUs are supposedly silent
Edited by thecubemaster - 4/2/11 at 3:56pm
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Ok. I've narrowed it down to Antec 183, Antec Solo, and Fractal R3.

If I were to run 2 passive (fanless) graphics card (GTS 450) and OC Intel 2600K by a few hundred Mhz using Thermalright Silver Arrow and Scythe fans for the chassis, what chassis would you recommend?
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While I absolutely love the Antec Solo case for quiet systems, it may not be suitable. The reason is that once you load two graphics cards in there, you will block at least two if not more of the four HDD bays. If you weren't planning to have many HDDs then it is a possibility.

Your CPU heatsink choice is way overkill. The Sandy Bridge CPUs don't get that hot even when overclocked. In fact, it is voltage that limits most overclocks with those CPUs, not temperatures. I would recommend a Scythe Ninja 3 (SCNJ-3000). It is not as "good" of a heatsink as the Silver Arrow, but besides costing less, it is a better choice for super low airflow because the fins are farther apart.

I would also recommend a different path for the graphics card. GTS 450 is not that great. Go with a single 560 Ti or 570. Likely it will idle lower too. Find a card that uses two or three fans like some of the Gigabyte or MSI cards. Those are fairly quiet when not gaming. While gaming, you will have sound on so it should be okay if the fans ramp up. Alternately you can go with liquid cooling. Just choose the pump wisely (I'm not an expert in this so others will have to recommend) because some pumps are noisy.
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For quiet operation, I would suggest Thermalright HR-02 over Silver Arrow. HR-02 is actually designed to be fanless and it works quite well.

Here is a good review of it (vs NH-D14):
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...ight-hr02.html

And, I think fanless GTS450 SLI sounds good. Equally good is this HD5770 CF which should have a slight performance lead with roughly the same thermal output.
Gigabyte HD5770 fanless: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3584#ov
Edited by windfire - 4/3/11 at 7:33am
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ah so many more choices lol. CPU cooler, cases, video cards...

I looked at the passive HD5770, and in the specs it says "Dual-link" DVI-I. Does that mean I can use two monitors per video card? Edit: no. I need 2 DVI ports on the graphics card.

Is it possible to convert HDMI and Displayport to DVI? Resolution is 1920x1200.

Here's the mobo I picked. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574. Will I be able to fit a PCI soundcard on the far right if I add 2 video cards?
Edited by brncao - 4/3/11 at 6:44pm
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For quiet operation, I would suggest Thermalright HR-02 over Silver Arrow. HR-02 is actually designed to be fanless and it works quite well.
Yes, the older and discontinued HR-01 and the current HR-02 are great coolers, combining good performance with wider spaced fins for super low airflow or even passive operation.

However, they are quite pricey.

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Is it possible to convert HDMI and Displayport to DVI? Resolution is 1920x1200.
Yes. HDMI converters are cheaper.

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Here's the mobo I picked. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574. Will I be able to fit a PCI soundcard on the far right if I add 2 video cards?
Yes, however if you use passive graphics cards the cards will get really hot and will need all the meager airflow they can get.
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