The reason I am splitting the order is that Amazon is offering free shipping on some of the heaviest components like the case and PSU, and is cheaper than Newegg on others like the speakers and the HDD.
The reason I am posting is for people to have a quick look and tell me if there is anything wrong with this setup and if they have any recommendations that would improve it performance-wise, and especially in terms of building a quiet PC, while remaining within budget. The parts I am most unsure about are:
Case fan (has to be 92mm)
CPU fan (have used the F7P before but was not really 100% happy)
Parts I am definitely sold on:
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W
I know you said you were sold on it, but...the 620W PSU is probably more than you need. This Corsair has free shipping from NewEgg.
The stock Intel CPU cooler is sufficient if you don't plan to overclock, and is reasonably quiet (usually quieter than most aftermarket coolers).
With those changes, you could put the cost difference towards an ATI Radeon 4870.
Normally, with a $1200 budget I'd be thinking of a Core i7 build. But you have nearly $300 of that locked up in the monitor, keyboard/mouse combo, and speakers. An AMD build might also be a better alternative at this time, but someone else will have to provide recommendations for that.
July 23, 2009 11:06:27 PM
Hi hecto, those are some really good recommendations in fact. I'll take them all on board except for the CPU cooler, I've found that the Intel stock fan tends to make some strange noises at specific speeds, but that might have been the specific one I had last. Perhaps I won't get a different cooler from the beginning and will see if it eventually annoys me.
The PSU you suggested isn't modular but I can manage with that, the reason I picked the 620HX is because reviews said it was the quietest Corsair and I am very concerned about that. I'll look around for reviews of the 550VX to see how the noise compairs to the 620HX but I will probably go with it so that I can get the 4870.
Unfortunately, as you said, $300 is locked up for peripherals as I am moving to a new place and cannot take anything with me, so I will have to live without an i7 build for now. Thanks again!
There are a few companies that have gone with non-reference 4870 cooling designs, but I couldn't tell you what the quietest one is because I've never seen a direct comparison between them on the noise level specifically. I have read that the Vapor-X cooler used on the Sapphire cards is efficient and quieter than reference.