I am looking for some help selecting parts to build a new system for my mother.
It has to be a quiet build, but since It's not going to be used for gaming much, I was thinking about going with a Core i3 530.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: august 2010
BUDGET RANGE: would prefer to keep it under 800$ Canadian
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Accounting, Internet surfing, email, grand children will play some games on the net (mostly flash based)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, CD-ROM
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like buying from NCIX Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i3
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC
I have checked several reviews or builds on the silentpcreview, quietpc and endpcnoise website but I still haven't decided on much.
I would recommend the Thermalright MUX-120. As it was one of the quietest heatsinks when tested on an OCed i7-870 on toms. It's also much smaller than the Noctua.
The Nexus is on SPCR's Editor's Choice, so is a better choice than the Corsair CX on the noise front and performs well in an electrical sense as well. And if you have a look at this page: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1008-page6.html you will see that the Nexus is much quieter than the Corsair at the same load level(s).
OCZ RAM atm are known for having difficulties with lots of mobos, so it might be worth paying a bit more to get something from another brand.
I'd have a look at a HDD silencer. Maybe you could wait to listen to the system first before deciding whether you need to reduce the noise even further and this could be one of the ways to do it.
The Antec P183 mounts the PSU on the bottom, so you wouldn't have to worry about the PSU having to deal with heat - it looks like the highest temp SPCR tested it at was 40C - it didn't have a probles then when tested and they said that it was very good at keeping cool, but
Reviews of the onboard GPU?
Anandtech on the H55/Core i3 launch review and maybe the 890GX launch review might give you a good idea of what they will perform like and maybe one or two other insights.
Best answer selected by grypht.
nThank you to everyone's suggestions, it's much appreciated.
nI selected "mrhoshos96" suggestion because the final build is close to what he setup, but I want to give a big thank you to Silvune for everything also.