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March 19, 2010 7:31:39 AM

So im building, once again. This time Im going for most value, silence and size! Not the ideal partnership i know, but want to hear you guys out.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, GFX card (current 5770, but also an 4850)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type I would like to use an silent m-atx motherboard and small case)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, depends on cooling (enough space?) and loudness

MONITOR RESOLUTION: As good as possible, i have an Samsung 23" Syncmaster 2343BW

The system so far (no links, since im from Denmark and dont get any discount from newegg:) )

CPU: Intel core i5 750

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TXEU (modular, preferrable)

Drive: Samsung SH-S223C Sata Black

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2

Case: Lian Li PC-V351 (

Memory: DDR3 1333 Kingston 4GB

HDD: Western Digital 640 GB SATAII, 5400 RPM, 32MB cache, WD Caviar Green

The case is the most important, since i need to fit everything in there. But what do you guys think? Would I be able to clock a bit and keep a low noise? And should i therefore use e.g. and AMD cpu instead with cooling and save money?

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March 19, 2010 8:18:03 AM

For that intel build... go down to the hx520... its modular and will run your system fine, other then that intel build is fine

For AM3 build, look at a phenom 955 BE, and get a nice hyper 212+ CPU cooler, matx mobo with 770/785g chipset and again the hx620, rest can say the same.

For both builds, get the spinpoint f3 or barracuda 7200.12 HDDs, both are quieter and faster from memory and cheaper as well i think

Everything will fit in fine, and both builds will be able to OC a bit whiles keeping noise and heat down
March 19, 2010 8:26:29 AM

^ The place where you can save money easily is the PSU...850W for a single HD 5770 ?
Change it to a 500W PSU...Some options linked from newegg just for reference...

But you can also opt for non-modular ones as for a 500W PSU, there wont be many unused cables...

AMD is also a good choice but the temps will be high though...but if you can get an aftermarket CPU cooler to fit in the case, then its fine...
But you would know that the i5 750 is faster than the X4 965 at stock speeds...and offers better overclocking margin...So if the price of the AMD CPU + the aftermarket cooler together is less than the i5 750, then only go with that else stick with the i5...
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March 19, 2010 8:56:06 AM

Thanks for your advice guys. I have downgraded the PSU and the HDD. It will be an Intel systems, since I prefer the i5 and it will easily reach the OC i wish. Looking forward to my systems performance :) 
March 19, 2010 9:14:58 AM

Thats good to hear, whats the OC you aspire to reach?
March 19, 2010 9:37:12 AM

Not very high. Around 2.9 at first, nothing wild since im limited. But i dont know yet, how effective Lian Li will cool, so we will see
March 19, 2010 10:05:19 AM

IMO 2.9GHz is not difficult...It can be achieved with stock voltages and wouldn't increase the temps much too...
Also the case should have decent airflow because of the number of fans present...
March 19, 2010 10:18:16 AM

should I consider a better cooler for the CPU?
March 19, 2010 10:26:16 AM

If you are planning for above 3GHz, then definitely...But below that, the stock would suffice...
March 19, 2010 2:43:52 PM

Since you want quiet, if it fits in your budget and is available there, check out the 80+ gold Seasonic X-650 (or X-750) PSU. At low load (like when you're just watching movies), it doesn't even run its fan.
March 19, 2010 4:47:52 PM

Well currently not available, but will ask my co-worker if i can get it
March 20, 2010 11:43:46 AM

+1 for the Seasonic Gold... They are one of the best ones out there...
And funny thing about the fans not running, some people thought it was a defect and had sent it for RMA :p  They dint know that its so efficient that it doesnt heat up like other PSU out there, so there is no need for the fan to run to cool it down...