This build is primarily going to be used for gaming along with some development work. I'm pretty annoyed by noise in my machine (especially since I hate wearing headphones), so I tried looking for quieter components. As this is my first build, any and all suggestions are appreciated.
LG drives are actually good and quiet with DVD-Video/CD-Audio/BD-videos.
Check to see the Silverstone video recommendation. I know in the FT03(SFF case) they recommend a video card that does not push any heat into the case, but then again, it does not have 3 180mm fans....
Thanks, I'm glad to hear that the LG drives are quiet. That was the component I was most unsure about. As for the video card, based on what I've read from people that have used similar, 3 fan cards in the FT02, the card only runs 1-2 degrees warmer than in a traditional case.
Thanks, I'm glad to hear that the LG drives are quiet.
They are quiet since they auto adjust speed for different tasks(DVD-BD-CD = quiet, DATA = louder but faster). Many complain that they are slow at ripping dvd's but i was after something that did not rev up all the time while watching movies.
In the slim optical, so far Sony(strange...there desktop drives used to be loud) is the quietest(that i own, have not found a LG laptop drive), but still louder then any desktop.
It has a zalman quiet cooler on it. Although that galaxy cooler is very quiet.
DO NOT get a OCZ vertex. Try a m4 crucial - much more reliable. Just check the newegg reviews on the vertex 3, around 30% negative reviews
Thanks for the tip on the SSD. Looking around, the OCZ drives seem to be less reliable overall, and I'd rather not have to send my OS disk in for replacement/repairs. I also decided to step down my CPU and put that money toward a larger SSD.
As for the video card you suggested, I haven't been able to find much about it online as opposed to the Galaxy card, so I think I'll stick with the Galaxy card.