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May 20, 2008 3:23:08 PM

Hi All,

I'm needing to build my first PC soon, only problem is it needs to be quiet but not compromise on performance... and not use watercooling.

So far I've chosen:

Antec P182 + Replace the TriCool fans with 3x 120mm Noctua NF-S12 1200 RPM @ 7.5v/~600RPM

Intel Q6600 G0 Retail + Replace Stock cooling with Noctua NH-U12P CPU Heatpipe Heatsink with NF-P12

Point Of View 8800GT 512MB GDDR3 + Replace stock cooling with Arctic Cooling Accelero AC-S1 rev 2 + (Don't know which 92mm/120mm fan??)

Corsair HX Series 520W Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18
ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP
2x Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache
Samsung SH-S203D 20X DVD±RW

~£700

If anyone could suggest any changes that would possibly make it quieter/better that would be great, I looked at the ThermalRight Ultra eXtreme 120 but quite a lot of people say it needs to be lapped so I was avoiding it (plus the Noctua is supposed to be just as quiet), and I didn't want to pay an extra £40 to go from the GT to GTS.

Hopefully I'll clock the Quad to 2.8-3.2GHz without too much issue/extra noise, and I'm not missing anything? :p 

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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May 20, 2008 7:25:29 PM

My thoughts :
1. Skip the replacement fans for now. See how the TriCool fans perform first. They should be quite good and it's a quiet case.

2. Check out the XIGMATEK HDT-1283
(cools like the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme but costs about half that http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProdu... ).
I don't know if it's quiter but noctua is expensive as hell here in backwater EURo land.

3. Get a passive cooled 9600GT card (ECS has a model with the Arctic Cooling Accelero) or get an 8800GTS (better cooling, might not need an aftermarket cooler for it). Otherwise you want a good quiet 120mm fan so check out the Scythe S-Flex SFF21E (E = 1200rpm) or SFF21F (F = 1600rpm, gets loud so you need a fan regulator).

4. WD6400AAKS are new and faster drives and cost about £8 more.

5. If you want a better board pick up the P5K Premium (8phase power regulation) but this one will take your Q6600 to 3.6 as well under a decent cooler like the XIGMATEK.
May 21, 2008 11:48:55 AM

You don't need to lap nothing to o/c the q6600 to 3.2ghz. Any stock coola can do 3ghz. The best machine-lapped air cooler would be Zalman, but their fan noise is a tad high.

If you're gonna lap a hsf, you should lap the cpu ihs (integrated heatspreader) to achieve the best result. If you're not lapping the cpu, then don't lap the hsf.

Agreed with the above. However, I do believe the P5K-E can do 3.6ghz & more. It depends on your skills & luck of the draw (when getting a cpu).
May 21, 2008 1:42:27 PM

^The reason I recommended the Premium is the 8phase power regulation.
The P5K-E will work just as well but it might need higher Vcore voltages to get there since it will likely have a higher Vdrop and Vdroop.

The lapping part is good advice. The Zalman however I would avoid as it's much louder and more expensive than the XIGMATEK. The 3.0-3.2GHz on a Q6600 is a cakewalk with a good cooler.
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