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September 24, 2010 5:46:09 AM

Hi! I'm new and this will be my first build after spending weeks on TH and ComputerAudiophile. Any advice from you guys is MUCH LOVED!

Approximate Purchase Date: Sept. 30

Budget Range: $1200 After Rebates

System Usage: MUSIC PLAYER, movies and photos, web surfing, light sound editing, light photo editing (photoshop elements), MS Office suite, light gaming

Parts Not Required (currently own): sound card (DAC), ATI Radeon 4350 (fanless), external 1.5Tb HDD for backup, internal media drive 320gb Caviar Blue, mouse, 26" monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, Asus/Biostar mobo with a 26" LCD and mid tower case

Overclocking: yes

Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x768

Additional Comments: I spend several hours every day listening to music :)  and most of my collection is on my PC. For best possible audio, I don't use an internal sound card but a Digital-Audio Converter (which I currently own). Sound from the PC goes to the DAC thru USB, then to my stereo. The DAC is a PS Audio Digital Link III:
http://www.psaudio.com/ps/products/detail/digital-link-...
I would like my computer to be silent or as quiet as possible...and therefore efficient. I also hate waiting for apps to load :fou:  so it needs to be faster than the average workstation. Clean power is a plus.
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GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard ($135)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) SDRAM ($105)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

90Gb SSD 2.5" OCZ Vertex II OCZSSD2-2VTXE90G
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz (combo $332)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler ($40 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Power Supply ($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Antec Sonata
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($110 incl PSU)

Windows 7 Home Premium ($0 Microsoft hook up)

KeyTronic DESIGNER-P2 Keyboard ($30)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are combo deals for the PSU + Corsair RAM but it's not as good as the low-latency OCZ Platinum?
Also considered a RevoDrive but was concerned it might be over my head, using it as the boot drive on my first build.
My current graphics card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) can be pulled out of my old PC and put in the new build if needed. It's Crossfire combatible so will run in addition to the onboard graphics, right?
Is the more expensive case and PSU worth it? I can probably install AccuouticPack myself:
http://www.quietpcusa.com/AcoustiPack-ULTIMATE-PC-Sound...




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September 24, 2010 7:11:08 AM

^ IMO for your usage, I feel the i3s would be very suitable...They are very low powered CPUs also give out very less heat and these overclock crazy...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Even these would be very good option IMO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler -
Definitely a better one -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Check this one - It comes with sound dampening foam, also it has front doors which cuts the sound of the DVD drives...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 25, 2010 2:24:40 AM

Thank you! An i3 over a phenom x4? I usually am multitasking, flipping between web browser, media player, and photoshop elements for example, with maybe something running in the background. The more cores the better?
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September 25, 2010 6:46:51 AM

Well seeing audiophile and prolly little no no gaming perhaps i won't splash on a 890GX - 880G/870 would be more than enuff ^^
September 25, 2010 2:02:06 PM

You can get this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Coolers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another idea for the case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The RAM recommended by gkay09 is very good

Crossfire means two identical cards running together - only for gamers.

That 650W PSU is way overkill.

LE: That mobo in the combo deal has onboard video so you don't have to use your video card.




September 25, 2010 2:58:22 PM

Quietpcusa is a good start to a silent system. They also have cases with sound-dampening material pre-installed so you don't have to purchase it separately.

Also, Newegg carries one case that similarly has sound dampening lining pre-installed: Cooler Master Sileo

For a silent CPU cooler, frostytech maintains a list of top silent coolers.

Keep us updated on the build. I'm particularly interested in how the balance of silence/power plays out.
September 26, 2010 5:02:08 PM

OK, thanks! Looks like my biggest decision will be Intel or AMD.

I chose the 650w PSU to keep it silent, the rule of thumb being get one twice as powerful as needed since they are inaudible under 50% load.

I'll let you guys know how it turns out! Any other opinions on CPU/mobo combo are welcome!
September 26, 2010 5:04:33 PM

AMD, they run cooler!

Cooler = small heatsink/fan = less noise
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