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Sandy Bridge Quiet PC - configuration ok?

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January 10, 2011 8:50:39 PM

Hi guys, what do you think on this configuration? (please note that prices are higher here in Europe :(  ... i would love newegg shipping here !! ).

Thank you very much in advance for your advices, they will be really valued !!

Case:
Fractal Design Define R3 - 90€

MB:
Gigabyte GA-H67M-UD2H - 87€

mp: [ oc is none of my business ]
Intel Core i5 2500 3.3 Ghz - 200€

psu:
Be Quiet! Straight Power e7-cm 480w - 70€

ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - 100 €

hd: [ adding ssd drive after coming from summer holidays - prices are gonna go down, i hope -]
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1Tb - 55 €

Total price: 602€



I'm gonna build a quiet pc on Sandy Bridge. I would love to hear from your advices/suggestions. I've spent a lot of time reading and re-reading things (as well as getting some really interesting advice from a small silent-pc oriented spanish community) to be able to make a good choice (nonetheless, my hardware-knowledge leaks could kill me :p ).

Specially, I'm trying to figure out what behavior will expose the pc in some aspects:

1.- HD Audio ( Since h67 comes with hd audio via HDMI ... it shouldn't be a problem, not? )
2.- Ocasionally gaming (really I would love to be able to play soccer simulators like PES (Pro Evolution Soccer)/ -not extreme quality, just with flow- in a 32'' screen )
3.- Virtualization ( I really need to be able to manage 1/2 VMs (1 or 2 Ram's Gigas each)

Since my big goal was to achieve a nice low-cost/quite good performance/relax for 2 years (maybe some minor updates ... such as SDD's or whatever ... ), i think it's a good configuration, but waiting to read your comments.


One more time, thanks in advance guys ! ;) 
January 10, 2011 8:58:29 PM

Oh well, I forgot to type somethings in order to save you time:

1.- h67 chipset because of integrated graphics (i don't plan to build a dedicated card)

2.- cpu cooler and better fans than the fractal default's ones ---> already thought about (i'm gonna check this level of noise ... if i'm still unhappy, go forward with them).

January 10, 2011 9:07:36 PM

the 2500 comes with the Intel 2000 GPU, which shows up as very, very weak. You might want to get a dedicated GPU if you want to do any gamnes outside of Flash. Is that 32" screen an HDTV (1920x1080) or a high-resolution monitor (2500x1600 or the like)
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January 10, 2011 10:03:34 PM

2500K comes with Intel 3000 GPU which is somewhat better. It's not much more expensive than 2500.

Also, the H67 OP wants doesn't support discrete GPU.
January 10, 2011 10:05:45 PM

The i5 2500 comes with the crippled Intel 2000 GPU (GT1). A modest upgrade to the i5 2500K comes with the Intel 3000 GPU (GT2). The 3000 is superior to the 2000 for games and video/DVD palyback, although neither onboard chip is better than a discrete GPU.
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