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Need help putting together a silent rig

#1Th3DarkCloudPosted 9/20/2013 7:19:25 PM(edited)
Hey all,

It's been a few years since I last built a PC. I've moved out since then and left my old one with my brother. I'm totally out of the loop on what's good/bad nowadays.

I'm looking to build something that's quiet and low-maintenance. I'd like to be able to run most games at high settings & framerates, but don't need Crysis running at 60fps. I'd like to stay under $1000, preferably.

The Corsair 550D is looking like a good case, but from what it looks like, I'd have to open up some of the foam-covered regions in order to have some ventilation. Would an H80i alleviate help or hurt with noise reduction? I'm also definitely going to be needing a SSD and at least 8GB of RAM (mostly for VMs and Android dev).


Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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#2NicodimusPosted 9/20/2013 7:31:29 PM(edited)
Do you need monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Windows? And do you intend to overclock the CPU?

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#3WyzeGyePosted 9/20/2013 7:36:34 PM
The H80i would be a good buy, but get some replacement fans the ones they come with, though quiet, aren't the best choice for silence.

I've got a seidon 240m, the fans it came with are a little more quiet.

you could also consider something like a swiftech h220, they're expandable so you could also cool your GPU, getting rid of the loud gpu fan. A quick search shows they're not available. I don't really feel like digging any deeper. you may have better luck.
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#4Th3DarkCloud(Topic Creator)Posted 9/20/2013 7:53:26 PM
I just cut my finger while cooking, so I apologize in advance for any mistakes.

Already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I also have an unused Windows license from DreamSpark. I have no plan to overclock whatsoever.

Thanks!
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#52Dhas_a_MIGRANEPosted 9/20/2013 7:56:31 PM
If you aren't going to overclock you don't need a water cooler for your CPU. A Hyper 212 EVO with a quiet fan would be plenty and would be quieter than the stock intel fan.
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#6NicodimusPosted 9/20/2013 8:19:14 PM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1FXy8

Just put this together, it comes to $993.

I used a different case than the one you mentioned, because I own the Fractal Design R4 and I know first-hand that the sound dampening is fantastic, and that's specifically what you wanted to focus on. You can always change things around however you want, of course. It's a place to start.
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#7ShubPosted 9/20/2013 8:21:39 PM
Can't beat fanless PSUs for silence, but they're expensive. Seasonic has a very nice 520W fanless PSU.
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#8ZeraphLordSPosted 9/20/2013 9:11:44 PM
If you're really intent, silentpcreview is a good resource. xbitlabs does fan benchmarks, also. Might want to check GPU decibel benchmarks as well.

The Fractal R4 case mentioned earlier has a built-in fan controller for the front panel intakes (which is all you need really, with the 212's fans pushing exhaust), so you can run 7v during idle.

The Nexus Basic 120s were excellent for their time (low noise, relatively high air moved), but I don't know if things have changed since them.

Fanless (or PSUs with at least a passive mode) probably are a good idea, although I've never owned one that didn't excel at silence, so I can't really say just how much.
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#9Th3DarkCloud(Topic Creator)Posted 9/21/2013 7:02:11 PM
Thanks for the help, guys! I can't believe I didn't know about pcpartpicker. And a fanless PSU seems like a solid idea as well.

This is what I've put together so far, based heavily off the recommendations from Nicodimus:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/flinchmaster/saved/2qSn

Some prices jumped up because there's no MicroCenter nearby. Going with a fanless PSU and a larger SSD also kind of stretched the budget. What do you guys think of this?
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#10NicodimusPosted 9/21/2013 7:43:41 PM(edited)
Looking at your storage, I have a couple of thoughts. Right now, you have a 256GB SSD. If that is your only storage device, you are going to be downloading/saving everything onto it, which is something you want to avoid. Excessive writing to an SSD shortens its lifespan considerably. You can put your OS and programs on there, but everything else should be saved to a hard drive.

For the same amount of money as that 256 SSD costs, you can get a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, and they would both last a lot longer. I think it's a smarter use of your money. Just my 2 cents.

Also, I noticed that you are buying the 4670k, which is an overclocking CPU, and a H87 motherboard, which does not allow overclocking. So, you should probably back down to a 4670 (without the K) if you're not overclocking to save a little, or keep the 4670K and upgrade your motherboard to a Z87 if you want overclocking.

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