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August 2, 2008 5:28:45 PM

I am building a new PC and had been posting questions in another forum here but think it's evolved into a thread that should be in this section. I'm wanting to build a fast&quiet pc, lowest power consumption possible without jeopardizing the performance, and if at all possible all "lead-free" components. The idea is to have a quiet gaming PC that's environmental friendly. Keep in mind also my monitor/hdtv I'm using has a max resolution of 1366x768. The component I'm really not anywhere sure about is the graphics card... although I want it quiet so people mentioned I needed to go with passive cooling because of that and the my max resolution limit. Games I want to be able to play are Starcraft2/Diablo3/Spore. Thanks for reading and trying to help out, much appreciated!

$89.99 - LIAN LI PC-A59A Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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$149.99 - ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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$169.99 - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
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$109.99 - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail
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$189.99 - GIGABYTE GV-NX96T1GHP GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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$53.99 - ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
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$87.99 - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
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$9.99 - nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port - Retail
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$4.99 - Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM
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= $866.91 + shipping

PS. I already have a dvd-drive, hdds, and copy of windows xp pro.

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August 2, 2008 5:53:58 PM

Is it truly very quiet? Because I purchased an 8600gt (i believe) a while back when they first came out, and it is sorta noisy when idle -- but once it opens a game it becomes EXTREMELY noisy. So just trying to get rid of all the noise possible and I hear passive cooling would do that for me.
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August 2, 2008 6:17:37 PM

A cooler like the msi one posted above does not use the reference cooler and will be much quieter as a result. Passive cooling relies on the airflow of the case to cool the card and the case you picked doesn't look like it could do the job. IF it were me i'd go with a nice active cooling solution. A little noise from the card will be better then a card that overheated.
August 2, 2008 7:00:44 PM

PsyKhiqZero said:
A cooler like the msi one posted above does not use the reference cooler and will be much quieter as a result. Passive cooling relies on the airflow of the case to cool the card and the case you picked doesn't look like it could do the job. IF it were me i'd go with a nice active cooling solution. A little noise from the card will be better then a card that overheated.


Alright, I'm going to go with the MSI card. Is there anything else in the list above that I might want to consider over another? Thanks guys been a great help!
August 4, 2008 12:29:14 AM

I think I'm gonna post this last build and see if there are any objections to anything. I want to order tonight so... yup should be nice! TY for all your help!

EDIT: probably help if i included it! :( 


$99.99 - LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$139.99 - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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$169.99 - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$79.99 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
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$192.99 - MSI R4850-512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
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$53.99 - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
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$149.99 - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, ULC, CE, CB, RoHS - Retail
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$9.99 - nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$4.99 - Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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