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March 31, 2009 8:11:16 AM

Hi,
Its time to get a new computer to play my games on.

What I do not like is noice and heat .

So I was thinking, why not try to select components with good heat / performance ratio.

I guess the main heat generating components are the CPU and GPU ?

Is it maybe possible to draw a performance / heat graph for the CPU ?

I guess Intel runs cooler compared to AMD and maybe a 4 core CPU with similar performance to a 1 core runs cooler ?

And what about ATI / NVDIA.

Any ideas ?

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March 31, 2009 8:27:50 AM

fipeso said:
Hi,
Its time to get a new computer to play my games on.

What I do not like is noice and heat .

So I was thinking, why not try to select components with good heat / performance ratio.

I guess the main heat generating components are the CPU and GPU ?

Is it maybe possible to draw a performance / heat graph for the CPU ?

I guess Intel runs cooler compared to AMD and maybe a 4 core CPU with similar performance to a 1 core runs cooler ?

And what about ATI / NVDIA.

Any ideas ?


Give us a budget, let us know if the monitor and OS (windows) needs to be included in the budget, and what country your in...US, Canada, UK, etc...give us this info, and we can help you.
March 31, 2009 8:37:17 AM

^+1 Give us the budget, at resolutions you want to play...
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March 31, 2009 9:34:05 AM

Im in EU Finland. Have not tought about a budget yet tho. But around 1000-1500 maybe. I do not need a screen, I got 24" LCD 1920X1680 I think.

I think I want to try Vista 64 bit.

But now I just wonder if there is any major difference on heat vs performance on components.
March 31, 2009 11:27:21 AM

The heat vs performance on the cpu and GPU would depend on die sizes, as 55nm use less energy than 65nm and thus produces less heat with the same performance. So with that budget you should be able to get a decent i7 build, maybe a GTX 285 which produces less heat than the 280 due to smaller die size.
March 31, 2009 12:04:03 PM

I think the video card could be ATI 4850 based. This because its recomended in this forum (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-169937_15_0.ht...) as a <200$ card. It is a 55nm card also.
I am now thinking on a "GIGABYTE GV-R485MC-1GI" that is passive cooled.

As for CPU I think for this card i7 maybe is over kill. I think "Intel Core 2 Duo E8500" could be a good choise.

Or what do you think ?
March 31, 2009 12:22:03 PM

fipeso said:
Im in EU Finland. But around 1000-1500 maybe.


Is that us dollars or euros?

With a good cpu cooler and a gtx 260 or gtx 285 graphics card you can build a high performance pc that is cool and quiet.
March 31, 2009 1:17:02 PM

A nice not hot cpu is the Q8300 if your budget conscience, or the Q9400. there both 45nm which is nice.
April 1, 2009 6:28:57 AM

I tought that the E8500 runs cooler than the Q8300/Q9400 and can be even faster in games ?

ATI 4850 / E8500 is probobly much faster than my current 7600GT / AMD Athlon 64 3000+ setup.

If I build around the passive ATI 4850+E8500, adding only blueray + one raptor disk and say 4MB or so memory, a 500W power should be ok I hope.

April 1, 2009 6:29:19 AM

Its 1000-1500 euros
April 1, 2009 6:56:30 AM

COOLER NorthQ Siberian Tiger NQ-3580
CASE Cooler Master Sniper
POWER Cooler Master Silent Pro 500W
MOTHER Asus P5QL PRO Intel P43 LGA775 ATX
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 6MB, 45nm
RAM Corsair XMS2 DHX TwinX 4GB (2X2GB) PC2-6400 DDR2
VIDEO Gigabyte Radeon HD4850 GV-R485MC-1GI
HD Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB S-ATA 3.0 GB/s 32MB 3.5"
OPTIC Sony NEC Optiarc AD-5200S DVD-RW -tallennin SATA
OS Microsoft Windows XP Pro x64 OEM

So this is DRAFT 1 that I am thinking about. I do not even know if all parts are compatible. I imagine that all are high quality products, and will be a nice upgrade from my old system (GF 6700GT/AMD Athlon 65 3000+)

The blueray is +100€ so that is to much, I would probobly not use blueray so much any ways. Maybe I buy the "kids" PS3 in stead :p 

This is now around 1000€.

Please comment.

What I want is a nice and quiet PC that can run games nicely also.
April 1, 2009 8:40:11 AM

more cores = more heat .

An energy efficient gaming rig is probably going to be a C2D . Lets pick an e8400 .
Its a 45 nm chip and draws 40 watts or so .

Gfx is going to be the problem . A gaming gpu uses more power than a cpu . Much more .

So if you hate noise ... put your computer in another room and have a usb connections to your keyboard/mouse and an external dvd drive on your desk , and get a dvi cable long enough to reach your monitor
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