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Quiet, Longlasting i7 build for college

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February 21, 2010 5:12:24 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: CPU will be bought some time this week, would like all parts in at most a month
BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1300 (after MIR) preferably, can go over. See below
SYSTEM USAGE:Hardcore gaming, surfing the web, light movie editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1024x768

Here is what I have right now.

i7 920 - $200
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR Mobo - $200
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 - $50
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $90
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - $100
OCZ DDR3 1600 6GB - $140
EVGA gtx 260 core 216 - $215
Windows 7 Home 64bit - $105
DVD/CD Drive - $30
Exorbitant Californian taxes - ~100

What is most important to me is that this computer can last me at least 5 years, and is super quiet as I am taking this to college and will need the longevity to keep my college budget down, and the peace for work and sleep. So I am willing to drop extra in order to keep this rig as longlasting and quiet as possible. Some questions:

1. Is my case good enough for an overclocked CPU? It seems to lack enough fans and air vents. I am open to suggestions for a better case, but it can't be too flashy (ex: Antec 900! :fou:  ) as I don't want to attract thieves.

2. I'm torn between getting a 30 dollar Cooler Master 212 Plus or a higher tier heatsink like the Megahalems or TRUE. Do I need something that good for probably a 3.6 overclock?

3. What is a good overclocking speed that will make my CPU last as long as possible?

4. Any recommendations for aftermarket case fans that are quiet yet powerful?
February 21, 2010 7:17:36 PM

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February 21, 2010 7:46:05 PM

1. Don't worry about flashy. Just go buy some non-LED fans. Get a 5770 instead of a GTX 260. Performs the same, $50 less. Use the money for a better case, like the CM690 II, or Lian Li Lancool K62/60/58, all at ~$100.

2. The CM 212+ should be fine. Looking into a better case would have a more significant impact. I doubt either of the other two HSFs would fit in that case anyway.

3. Depends on your CPU, but don't run it at 4.0GHz and expect it to last more than 4 years.

4. CM fans aren't bad. Scythe and Noctua fans are usually very quiet.

Edit: I hope you plan on upgrading your monitor.
Also, get this board instead. It has USB 3.0 and SATA III for just $10 more, which I'm sure you'll come to appreciate.
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February 21, 2010 7:55:39 PM

Enermax magma's are quiet and powerful

A coolermaster 212+ will get you 3.6Ghz but not much more. (depending on how lucky you are with your chip)

I agree with blackjellognomes about the 5770, its a better choice

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Really nice case for the price and has anti noise stuff :D 
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March 2, 2010 10:56:40 PM

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