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Quiet $1000 gaming/music PC. Will these components do it?

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December 14, 2009 1:06:13 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 4 months.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, cd ripping & listening, DVD burning, e-mail and internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor (AOC 2236Vw at 1920x1080)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Newegg and Zipzoomfly

PARTS PREFERENCES: future-proof. I'm looking at DirextX11, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbit/s, Quad Core CPU

OVERCLOCKING: never oc'd before. Not sure if I ever will.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1) I'm trying to keep it quiet by getting components that run cooler and fans that are quiet in just the right case. 2) My current build has an Audigy 2ZS sound card. Will the onboard sound be as good as that or should I move the card over.

Here is what I'm considering:
Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
HIS H575FN1GD Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
AMD Phenom II X4 905e Deneb 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 65W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM
Logitech SBF-96 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
December 14, 2009 1:44:17 PM

If you're not buying in the next couple of weeks, you should come back later. Much of the parts and prices will have changed by then (for instance, the upcoming nVidia DirectX 11 cards are a big if), so we can't give you accurate advice.

That said, a few changes.

Switch the CPU for a X4 955. This is the best AMD CPU available (it's the same as the 965), and is $20 cheaper that the one you have.

Switch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3. It's faster and better all around, and the same price.

Switch the RAM for these G.Skill Eco 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7. They'll give you the same performance, while saving you a buck now, and electricity later.

Another option, but might not be available to you, is to get Windows 7 at the student price ($30). All you need is a valid college email address.

All of that will save you nearly $100, and give a much better computer. But who knows if that's still true in 4 months...
December 14, 2009 1:55:32 PM

Thanks for the advice. I'm not a student anymore. Bye-bye discount.
I'm worried that the 955 CPU will be much hotter than the 905e (125W vs. 65W) and require louder fan use. Does anyone know if that is true?
December 14, 2009 2:10:19 PM

Find someone who is. And you don't have to be a student. You just need a valid email that ends in .edu. I got mine for the discounted price because my university gives grads their emails for life...

I've got the 955, and it's not very loud at all, even on stock cooling. And you can always buy an aftermaket cooler to decrease the noise.
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