Advice please: Quiet gaming PC (£500-800) needed in next few months - noob at building

As title says. Not sure if it would be sensible to take advantage of Christmas sales, so am starting a thread now in the hope of getting some advice from others.

I currently have an old XP PC, which is starting to struggle with more and more basic things. I have monitor/keyboard/etc. I'm in the UK.

I want a new PC which will let me play current games, but also, I have lots of undemanding old games I've not played yet (eg: still not played Portal 2) so one possibility is to use my current graphics card (Fanless AMD HD7750) in my new PC for another year or so, until cheaper/more efficient models are released. Although I don't have time to game much, that is likely to be the only demanding thing I do with the PC, which is used mainly for web browsing, writing and some statistics programmes.

I'm pretty broke, but have been saving up for a new PC for ages so have some money to spare if really useful, but also I'm unlikely to want to play new games beyond 1920x1080 any time soon and tend to only get games from Humble Bundle/once they've been heavily discounted on steam. I'd like something that will let me play new releases for a couple of years, but don't need something super-powered and will happily spend as little as possible!

Our current PC is a rowdy dust sucking monster, and I'd like to prioritise getting something quieter - maybe another reason to delay getting a new graphics card if they're getting steadily more efficient?

I'm a novice with PC stuff. I've upgraded to my current graphics card, changed some ram, and changed a power supply (and tbh, changing the power supply was more work than it should have been!). Other than that, clueless and lacking in experience of all technological tinkering. Could try to get a pre-built PC in a Christmas sale, and then upgrade the graphics card?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
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    Here is the best silent build I can come up with for your build and the only moving parts in the build will be the case fans. The GPU is 50-100% faster than your current one as well

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.00 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Megahelms (No Fans) Fanless CPU Cooler (£60.42 @ More Computers)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (£98.60 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.40 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£112.76 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB KalmX Video Card (£111.77 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case (£61.58 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 400W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular Fanless ATX Power Supply (£92.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £732.52
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-14 00:30 GMT+0000
  2. Thanks for that. I notice that you've gone for a mini tower - does this bring any disadvantages with possible future upgrades? Or, as I'm unlikely to ever want anything really cutting edge in there, does that not matter?

    eg: I looked on Amazon at the graphics card selected and it said:

    It looks like this card has a low-profile size, but the cooler looks to be full pci-e size. Am I correct, and does it include a full profile bracket?
    No, it's a full pci-e size, two slots wide. The Cooler is just that massive, so you need a fairly large case (both for it to fit and so it gets enough air flow to passively cool the card.)

    Do you have any views on what time of year it's worth getting things eg: sales for Christmas, gradual price drops the more you wait, etc?
  3. I went with the mini tower to try and keep the size down and make as much of a wind tunnel effect to cool both the CPU and GPU as effectively as possible. You honestly should be fine, as unless you want to ever put a second GPU in, you will have no issue, as it can fit everything else you could need. Besides the case can hold longer graphics cards than that one so you would be able to go for something more cutting edge as well.

    I would wait until christmas and the sales associated, as half the parts are only new and will take a while to drop in price otherwise, whilst the other half has been out for ages and has dropped in price as much as it will without a sale.
  4. Okay - thanks. Will keep an eye on that parts picker page over x-mas in the hope of price crashes.

    Might try to get a quiet-ish mechanical hard-drive too for archiving stuff. Thanks for the advice. Merry Christmas!
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