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October 15, 2011 9:48:47 AM

Hi everyone, I put a post up a few days ago for a friend who was building a new computer, this is for my other friend who is also building a new computer.

Anyway, he wants (or rather, needs) the computer to be super quiet, and wants to at least run WoW (World of Warcraft) max settings. He has a budget of $1500 AUD.

We're using the site pccasegear.com but if you have other sites you want to recommend go for it :p 

Thanks for taking the time to read this

Ludi :bounce: 


Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in November

Budget Range: $1500ish (it's $1700, but he needs a monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, GW2, LoL, nothing too intensive on the CPU/GPU), Internet Browsing, Schoolwork

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: Quiet parts :pt1cable:  i5 2500k

Overclocking: Not for another few years

SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely

Monitor Resolution: 1900x1080 (24")

Additional Comments: Needs to be as quiet as possible while delivering enough performance to max the games listed above.


Thank you again for your time :D 

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a b Ý World of Warcraft
October 15, 2011 10:23:27 AM

The simplest way to make a computer quiet is to put it in another room with a DVI cable for the monitor , and a USB cable to a powered hub to run an external dvd drive , keyboard/mouse . Usually you can expect no drop off in quality with 8 meter cables .

If thats not possible
Start with a quiet case like the Antec P 183 V3 ,or P183
2500k
Z68 motherboard
2 x 2 gig of RAM
and a very quiet graphics card
an SSD boot drive which will make zero noise
and maybe a WD green hard drive for data
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October 15, 2011 10:38:38 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The simplest way to make a computer quiet is to put it in another room with a DVI cable for the monitor , and a USB cable to a powered hub to run an external dvd drive , keyboard/mouse . Usually you can expect no drop off in quality with 8 meter cables .

If thats not possible
Start with a quiet case like the Antec P 183 V3 ,or P183
2500k
Z68 motherboard
2 x 2 gig of RAM
and a very quiet graphics card
an SSD boot drive which will make zero noise
and maybe a WD green hard drive for data


Thanks for the reply man.

It has to be in his room, so what you suggest isn't really an option :o  thanks anyway though.

What do you think of the Fractal Design R3?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Or the CoolerMaster Silencio 550?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Also, do you have any suggestions on a quiet GPU that can max out WoW?

Is the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB a noisy drive? I'll take an SSD into consideration, but i'm not sure if I can fit it into the budget.

Thanks again :bounce: 
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a b Ý World of Warcraft
October 15, 2011 1:17:10 PM

Case / PSU - Antec P183V3 (or 193) and CP-850......For quite nuthin else even comes close. Read why:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

MoBo - Look for an efficient design like the Asus boards (Digi + VRM) provide. Check out the and temp differences here between the WS Revolution and its competition from MSI and Gigabyte.

Asus Idle Temp - 34.8
Giga Idle Temp - 46.0
MSI Idle Temp - 41.2

Asus Load Temp - 36.9
Giga Load Temp - 46.1
MSI Idle Temp - 44.9

Asus Idle Power - 91
Giga Idle Power - 119
MSI Idle Temp - 131

Asus Load Power - 237
Giga Idle Power -254
MSI Idle Power - 291

Decide whether ya need Z68 and if so, would suggest the P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 or P8Z68-V Deluxe/Gen3

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

CPU - i5-2500k for gaming, 2600k if ya have anything that benefits from HT.

GFX Cards - Unfortunately w/ performance comes noise. ATI cards use less power but are outperformed by the nVidia cards from $200 and up at 1920 x 1200. I'd get the factory OC'd one w/ the bigger coolers. Twin 6950's Frozrs get ya 484 fps in Guru3D's test suite, whereas twin 900 560's get ya 862 fps. Adjust fan speeds and clock to balance performance versus noise.

$235 MSI Frozr http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$230 Asus TOP Cu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Limiting the discussion purely to performance drives (no low power, low speed "green" stuff) he WD Black, Spinpooint F3 and Seagate 7200.12 trade wins in the benchmarks but when it comes to noise and temps, the 7200.12 rules. The spinpoint is almost 4 times as loud (each 3dB represents a doubling of sound pressure level) as the F3 and the WD is almost 8 times as loud.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

SSD - Not for noise but the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, is the only 120/128 Tier 3 SSD on THG's list ....M4 down at Tier 6

Cooler - This is easy .... Thermalright Silver Arrow.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...




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