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Was posted in General Processors before I found this forum.

I am looking for component recommendations, particularly case, GPU, and power supply.

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Hello all,

I am looking to make a pretty quiet (silent not necessary) build. What I would like is something that will play some games (Total War series is a particular favorite) and probably act as a decent DVR (1080p) if I want it to.

From research I figured this might be a starting point for specs:
- core i5 (not sure if I need a 2500k or something less)
- 4 gig DDR3 1600
- quiet power supply (but probably not too big)
- 1T 7200 drive (I could always add more later)
- optical drive
- quiet'ish (or silent) gaming card

I do not need the most screaming graphic card out there, but something that should be able to handle games for 3-4 years, even if you have to step down the graphics a bit.

I also am not a major overclocker, but I came here because you all seem to really know your hardware, and I don't. I much prefer stability and don't want to have to worry about airflow if I am overclocking. If I can get both accomplished that would be nice, but not a priority.

Can this be accomplished?

Thank you very much in advance for any assistance.
post #2 of 12
Check my thread out u can tone down the motherboard to a gigabyte ud3 or myaybe get an asus board my thread had a lot of help maybe help u too
The total was 817$ with combo+and the promo codes
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You think the Lian case will be quieter than the Antec Sonata?
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for a quiet graphics card you could go for the silent edition of the 5750, then if it becomes less capable on newer games go crossfire to produce 6950 comparable performance.
    
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My recommendation for psu is definitely seasonix x-750, which is on sale right now.

http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...old-129-a.html

The fan is hardly ever on and when it is, you can barely hear it.
    
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post #7 of 12
Here's one potential build that would be super quiet.

Core i5 2500K $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
If you want to even consider overclocking...

CPU cooler $20-50
No specific recommendations, depends on budget, what's available and what's on sale. My preference for SILENCE is a Scythe Ninja 3 (SCNJ-3000). With a Core i5 2500K you can run it passively, even with a bit of overclock. Another popular choice is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. It is popular because it is cheap and works well, It is not, however, very quiet, plus it won't work in passive mode. Still, not too bad if you enable a quiet fan profile in BIOS.

Asus P8P67 motherboard $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131705
Cheaper Asus ATX board (P8P67 LE) isn't as good for overclocking. Other brands may be fine too.

any cheap RAM that is DDR3-1333 with 1.5v $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148262
You don't need expensive RAM with Sandy Bridge, not even for overclocking. Your money is better off spent on a graphics card.

GTX 560 Ti graphics card $205 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162074
The dual fan cards should be reasonably quiet and stay very cool.

Antec Solo case $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129018
It isn't the best "gaming" case out there, but it is hands down one of the best "silent" cases out there, especially for quieting hard drives. Another option would be a Fractal Design Define R3.

Antec NEO ECO 520C power supply $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371030
PSU market is super competitive so deals can change daily and sometimes there are smoking hot rebates, so don't get too attached to one unit. This one is decent, made by Seasonic for Antec. It has more than enough power for such a rig, plus is very compact and reasonably quiet. Sure, the Seasonic X series is pretty awesome, but it also takes up too much of the budget.

Samsung F3 1TB HDD $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
Almost as fast as the WD Black (fastest 7200RPM HDD on market) but quieter and cheaper. Look for deals, because it is often on sale here and there for $5-10 less.

any cheap optical drive $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151192
Yeah, optical drives are commodities now.

Okay, this is a bit above your budget at $880. Can your budget stretch that far?
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post #8 of 12
If you want silent, buy some Noctua fans. They will definitely help to keep everything quiet.
     
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Was posted in General Processors before I found this forum.

I am looking for component recommendations, particularly case, GPU, and power supply.

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Hello all,

I am looking to make a pretty quiet (silent not necessary) build. What I would like is something that will play some games (Total War series is a particular favorite) and probably act as a decent DVR (1080p) if I want it to.

From research I figured this might be a starting point for specs:
- core i5 (not sure if I need a 2500k or something less)
- 4 gig DDR3 1600
- quiet power supply (but probably not too big)
- 1T 7200 drive (I could always add more later)
- optical drive
- quiet'ish (or silent) gaming card

I do not need the most screaming graphic card out there, but something that should be able to handle games for 3-4 years, even if you have to step down the graphics a bit.

I also am not a major overclocker, but I came here because you all seem to really know your hardware, and I don't. I much prefer stability and don't want to have to worry about airflow if I am overclocking. If I can get both accomplished that would be nice, but not a priority.

Can this be accomplished?

Thank you very much in advance for any assistance.
get this build:
cpu- i5 2500k $189
mobo- asus p8p67 pro $169
mobo- hd6950 2gb $239
ram- 2x2gb corsair vengeance 1600mhz $60
hdd- 1tb samsung sprinpoint F3 $69
optical drive- hp/asus 24x dvd burner $20
pc case- cooler master HAF 912 $59
psu- corsair tx750 v2 $109
TOTAL- $914

u can reduce the budget by getting a hd6870

Its very tough for me to include a decent cpu cooler in this budget
Hope u like this setup
Edited by Aniket - 4/13/11 at 7:14am
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get this build:
cpu- i5 2500k $189
mobo- asus p8p67 pro $169
mobo- hd6950 2gb $239
ram- 2x2gb corsair vengeance 1600mhz $60
hdd- 1tb samsung sprinpoint F3 $69
optical drive- hp/asus 24x dvd burner $20
pc case- cooler master HAF 912 $59
psu- corsair tx750 v2 $109
TOTAL- $914

u can reduce the budget by getting a hd6870

Its very tough for me to include a decent cpu cooler in this budget
Hope u like this setup
I would recommend going for the gtx 560 ti dual fan rather than the 6950, cheaper and quieter.
    
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