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April 11, 2011 8:09:57 PM

Linking from Newegg, but most of the stuff is bought local, except HDD from Newegg and PSU from NCIX:

Case: Antec P183 V3 Black - $150 - http://tinyurl.com/5tm45v2
PSU: SeaSonic SS-560KM Full Modular - $130 - http://tinyurl.com/688lcpz

Mobo: ASUS P8H67-M EVO (REV 3.0) H67 mATX - $140 - http://tinyurl.com/6hwmqcf
CPU: Intel SB i5-2400 3.1GHz - $200 - http://tinyurl.com/5rko8ew
GPU: None. IGP.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 8GB (2x4GB) - $86 - http://tinyurl.com/6awmzxa
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB 7200RPM 16MB SATAII - $55 - http://tinyurl.com/5ute26c
DVD: ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer - $22 - http://tinyurl.com/6betygl

OS: Windows 7 Pro - $0

Subtotal: $772
Tax: $100
S&H: $20
Total: $892


The goal is a quiet PC, with the ability to turn into a gaming rig down the road if I choose to add a GPU. No SLI / Crossfire, though. No overclocking. No flashy LEDs or anything either, I hate that stuff.

My main use is multi-tasking. I don't do any type of video editing, but may have, as a scenario, the following going on all at once: Photoshop, SoundForge for music editing, Word, Internet with several tabs, Messenger, downloading, unzipping, Music playing, several other things, possibly a light game (i.e. Starcraft 1) in the background.

My last (and current) computer that I built in 2004 is a P4 3.0GHz, ASUS P4C800E, 1GB, CRT, etc.. I've had it for almost 7 years now, so I'm not someone that upgrades all the time. I want parts that are going to last me (hopefully) another 7 years, so quality and reliability are big factors.

I chose the Antec P183 because of all the reviews I've gone through on the P180/182/183, and my attraction to it. Seems like a great investment.

PSU was the hardest choice, as there are so many... The SeaSonic PSU was chosen because I wanted something that was full modular, or at least only had the main motherboard connectors attached. I liked that the SS-560 runs fanless under ~20% load, and very quiet up to around 300W. The cables are also long enough to reach anywhere in the case, which was a concern with the bottom-mount style of the P183 and the 8-pin CPU connector at the top of the motherboard. As a bonus, the 560 is part of the updated version of SS PSUs. I was considering something like the 400/460 Fanless, but I wanted to leave the option more open to switch the PC to a gaming rig.

I'd also considered ones like the Antec CP, Cooler Master Silent Pro and the Corsair HX650W, but I was feeling the SeaSonic vibe. The Antec TruePower 650W was another choice, as I could grab it locally for $70, Even though the noise level is very low, I was turned off by the abundance of attached cables (20+4, 4+4, 4, 2x6, SATA, Molex all attached). Hopefully I'm happy paying double the price for the SS.

The H67 motherboard was chosen because of the need for using the IGP. This, along with no desire for overclocking or Crossfire / SLI, meant I didn't need to bother with a P67 board. I decided to choose the EVO over the Pro because of the (probably overkill) power management, and the additional ports, such as DisplayPort.

I could've chosen the i5-2500K over the i5-2400, but I didn't really see it being worth the extra $30. I still may change my mind and bump up to the i5-2500 or K. It'd give me the HD-3000 IGP that way.

8GB of RAM because, why not? RAM is cheap, I do a lot of multitasking, and I won't have to worry about adding more for a long time. System will probably use a lot less of the Page File this way too.

F4 320GB was chosen because of the single (667GB) platter, and single head. I liked the idea of it. 320GB is more than enough for me for a few years (Still only using 70GB total on XP atm). By that time, SSDs will be cheaper, bigger, and I can most likely move entirely to SSD storage.

Still need to look into a monitor, but I wanted to finalize the system first. May also end up buying different case fans, or switching the stock CPU cooler for something like a Cooler Master 212, but not worried about that right now.

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April 12, 2011 2:57:42 PM
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I have been researching quiet builds also. I came across this case that I like. it comes in white, black, and black with a grey cover:

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

Also this is a good site for Quiet stuff.

http://www.quietpcusa.com/

I am eying this case that should be available soon
http://www.quietpc.com/us-en-usd/products/pc-cases/fd-d...
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=58

Good choice on the PSU. It has a good 12v rail and will hold a beefy GPU for the future.

The graphics performance upgrade with the "K" CPU is probably not worth $30, for $65 you can get HD 5570 that you could actually play games on.
April 12, 2011 8:21:02 PM

Bejitto said:
Still need to look into a monitor, but I wanted to finalize the system first. May also end up buying different case fans, or switching the stock CPU cooler for something like a Cooler Master 212, but not worried about that right now.


I haven't used a Sandy Bridge stock cooler, but you might find yourself going for an aftermarket cooler sooner rather than later. Stock coolers aren't known for being the quietest in the word. For example, I got tired of the fan noise on my 1090T with any sort of load. Switching that out to an easy-to-install Corsair H50 has done wonders. The fan stays at idle speed under most circumstances and rarely goes over 800 RPM.
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April 13, 2011 2:29:34 AM

I was looking at either a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (and replace the fan), or a Scythe Mugen-2. They'll both end up costing the same amount ($40). I like that the CM is smaller and weighs less. The Mugen has thinner fins and larger spacing, I don't have to replace the fan, and is probably better overall. The problem I have with both, or any that I've been reading up on, is that these all look like they're going to block some of my RAM slots. Unless I were move the fan to the south side, blowing towards the top exhaust fan on the P183. Not sure if I can do that with either of these two?
April 13, 2011 6:20:43 AM

Bejitto said:
I was looking at either a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (and replace the fan), or a Scythe Mugen-2. They'll both end up costing the same amount ($40). I like that the CM is smaller and weighs less. The Mugen has thinner fins and larger spacing, I don't have to replace the fan, and is probably better overall. The problem I have with both, or any that I've been reading up on, is that these all look like they're going to block some of my RAM slots. Unless I were move the fan to the south side, blowing towards the top exhaust fan on the P183. Not sure if I can do that with either of these two?



you might want to consider the CM GeminiII S. I have it on my OC'd i5 2500k it was very quiet, with the stock PWM fan (Fan since replaced). it cools well and can be rotated to move the heatpipes away from blocking the ram slots. I'm using RipJaw X Ram and the first row has about 1/16" clearance.
April 20, 2011 2:24:31 AM

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