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$600 quiet multipurpose PC / Intel CPU/ AMD GPU

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October 24, 2011 8:02:07 PM

Do you have parts recommendations?

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week

Budget Range: to $600 current total: $570

System Usage from Most to Least Important: media playback (hardware acceleration with madVR), console emulation, internet, home server, video editing

Parts Not Required:monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, directron.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com
Google product search http://www.google.com/prdhp?hl=en&tab=if

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Case: $90 - $130 steel body ATX mid tower with good side panel cable management space and not mesh everywhere, RAM: 2x4GB 1600Mhz low voltage, HDD: 1TB 7200RPM, USB 3.0 motherboard

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, analog 1024x768

Additional Comments: Noise is a concern. Upgrades: Seasonic X560 PSU, motherboard and Ivy Bridge quad core, Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler, quiet case fans, wire fan grills, front fan controller, AMD 6770 GPU, 7.1 channel sound card, Blu-Ray

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$20
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$90
Cooler Master 690 II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$85
MSI H67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$135
Intel Core i3-2105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$35
APC LE600 6.5 feet 4 Outlets 680 Joules Line-R 600VA Automatic Voltage Regulator
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$67
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=ox_sc_a...

$50
Antec HCG-400 ATX12V and EPS12V 400W Computer Power Supply
http://www.directron.com/hcg400.html
October 24, 2011 8:13:45 PM

the only problem I can see with that rig is that it wont work until you add a graphics card

Use either an H67 or preferably a Z68 motherboard so you an use the graphics built in to the processor .
If you plan on fitting the graphics card ow and I have misunderstood your post then ditch the i3 2105 and use a 2100 .
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October 24, 2011 8:16:50 PM

The CM 690II isn't all that quiet, neither is the stock Intel cooler to be honest. I also think the low voltage RAM is going to make a tiny difference, it only seems worth it for high end builds.
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October 24, 2011 8:17:38 PM

Outlander_04 said:
the only problem I can see with that rig is that it wont work until you add a graphics card

Use either an H67 or preferably a Z68 motherboard so you an use the graphics built in to the processor .
If you plan on fitting the graphics card ow and I have misunderstood your post then ditch the i3 2105 and use a 2100 .


His board is H67.
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October 24, 2011 8:26:41 PM

If you are looking at the i3 and are using onboard graphics. I would highly suggest looking at the quad core A6 or A8 AMD chips. They have much better onboard video and would outperform the i3.

Just make sure you have a decent power supply, which you do, and generally good parts. The Samsung F3 is a great reliable drive. I have one and the failure rate is VERY low.

Other than that I can't say much.
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October 24, 2011 8:29:35 PM

The 2105 is a great chip that will do the job.
Here are some added thoughts for you:

The Antec SOLO is one of my all time favorite quiet cases.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has been superceeded by the Solo II which has some added features.
I don't know if the updates are worth the diference to an already excellent case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can read a review on spcr which is an excellent site for quiet computing:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/antec-solo2

I have use both the ASUS and Samsung dvd burners. It is my perception that the Samsung is a bit quieter.

I see little value in low voltage ram, faster speeds or fancy heat sinks.
This ram would be half the price and perform just as well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For integrated graphics, you only need a 150w psu.
This Antec 380w earthwatts green would serve you well for $40:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I do not see much use in a power conditioner when a ups will also do the conditioning job and let you ride through intermittent power glitches.
It need not have a long life battery, just enough to close files and shut down gracefully if the power should fail.
APC is the best, I would not get a different brand today. Their powerchute monitoring program is a free download that is decent.
Here is a candidate for you:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your budget permits, try to get a 60-120gb SSD for the os and apps. Everything will feel so much quicker.
I like Intel and Samsung for SSD's.

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October 24, 2011 8:34:22 PM

I'd go for this, should be quieter I think:

Intel Core i3-2100
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1333Mhz
MSI H67MA-E35 (B3)
Crucial M4 64GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W
Coolermaster Silencio
LG DVD Burner

That would come to around $600, I would then upgrade it when you can with:

ASUS HD 6770 1GB
Scythe Big Shuriken
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October 24, 2011 9:57:59 PM

Thanks everyone. Here's a couple cases.

$110
LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K9B Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$130
Antec Performance One Series P183 V3 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The i3 2105 will stay for the HD3000, that's good since I will be stuck with an igpu for months. HD2000 is not enough but HD3000 is ok for madVR.

$46 getting 1600mhz for future motherboard upgrades
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSD38G1600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 24, 2011 10:20:01 PM

Best answer selected by skibicki.
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October 24, 2011 10:59:17 PM

jmsellars1 said:
His board is H67.



after he edited the first post it was
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