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July 9, 2010 5:20:14 PM

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

OVERCLOCKING: No

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.

Case: I heard about the Antec Sonata Elite and the P183
Antec Sonata Elite Quiet ATX Tower Case 3X5.25 4X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound eSATA 95.97$

Videocard: XFX Radeon HD 5570 650MHZ 1GB 1.0GHZ DDR2 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E Video Card 84.99$

Powersupply: I know it won't require a very powerful PSU, but again, it has to be quiet
Nexus Value 430W Quiet Sleeved Power Supply EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 6 + 8 Pin PCIe 120MM Fan 109.99$

HSF: Could use some more help here, but was thinking about the
Noctua NH-D14 LGA775/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan 89.99$

Motherboard: Can't decide, no idea what MB are good or bad in the MSI or Gigabyte brand (Dislike Asus and eVGA).

Compound: I still have some Arctic Cooling MX-2

RAM: Don't need anything fancy... just something compatible, maybe something like this
OCZ OCZ3G1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 9-9-9-20 Dual Channel Memory Kit 99.99$

I changed her DVD-writer last summer, so it should be good enough

Any help would be appreciated
Thank you very much.

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July 9, 2010 6:05:35 PM

that hsf is overkill the gpu is overkill the onboard on the i3 can handle it

cpu: i3 530
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48959
ram: g.skill eco 4gb 2x2gb ddr3 1600mhz cl7 @1.35v
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46501
mobo: gigabyte h57 usb3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49041
hsf: hyper 212+(since u r not ocing nor u r gonna max out the cpu this will be quiet)
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41337
hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49262
psu: corsair 400cx (very high quality and very quiet)
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=33357
case: antec p180 (also very quiet)
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28613

this should be a very quiet build the subtotal is $700.34
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July 9, 2010 7:05:48 PM

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.
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July 11, 2010 3:22:05 PM

So many choices...
Thank you for the help.

It's good to know that I might have trouble with OCZ Ram, I'll probably move on to the g.skill mrhoshos96 advised.

About the case, anyone have opinions on Antec mini P180 vs Sonata Elite?
I think the mini p180 is getting kinda old, so wouldn't the p183 be a bit better?

The case is right next to our legs when we sit in front of the computer, so less then 2 feet away.

I like the idea of not adding a video card either, that's 1 less fan to worry about, but anyone know where I can find some reviews on it?
I tried to Google it, but not finding relevant reviews

I just noticed the size of the Noctua NH-D14... it's much bigger then what I thought it was, WOW, not going with that for sure now. Thermalright MUX-120 seems to be a tad better noise-wise.

This is the list I have so far:
cpu: i3 530
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48959
ram: g.skill eco 4gb 2x2gb ddr3 1600mhz cl7 @1.35v
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46501
mobo: gigabyte h57 usb3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49041
hsf: Thermalright MUX-120
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47595
hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49262
psu: Nexus Value 430W
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37345
case: Antec Sonata Elite
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35968
Total`$742.15
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July 11, 2010 10:51:40 PM

grypht said:
So many choices...
Thank you for the help.

It's good to know that I might have trouble with OCZ Ram, I'll probably move on to the g.skill mrhoshos96 advised.

About the case, anyone have opinions on Antec mini P180 vs Sonata Elite?
I think the mini p180 is getting kinda old, so wouldn't the p183 be a bit better?

The case is right next to our legs when we sit in front of the computer, so less then 2 feet away.

I like the idea of not adding a video card either, that's 1 less fan to worry about, but anyone know where I can find some reviews on it?
I tried to Google it, but not finding relevant reviews

I just noticed the size of the Noctua NH-D14... it's much bigger then what I thought it was, WOW, not going with that for sure now. Thermalright MUX-120 seems to be a tad better noise-wise.

This is the list I have so far:
cpu: i3 530
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48959
ram: g.skill eco 4gb 2x2gb ddr3 1600mhz cl7 @1.35v
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46501
mobo: gigabyte h57 usb3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49041
hsf: Thermalright MUX-120
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47595
hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49262
psu: Nexus Value 430W
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37345
case: Antec Sonata Elite
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35968
Total`$742.15

Well the second table on this page gives a good comparison between them: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article963-page5.html

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.
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July 11, 2010 10:57:48 PM

Antec has a newer p193 you might want to look at. It's pretty sweet. I was gonna buy it but I have the p180 and no money so lol
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July 19, 2010 12:58:27 PM

Best answer selected by grypht.
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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.
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July 19, 2010 5:38:45 PM

Good choice for HS i have both and the MUX-120 is alot quieter then the CM Hyper.
Even with two fans(X-Silent120mm) it's quieter.
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