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$1000 Quiet Family/Gaming PC Build

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January 18, 2012 12:42:07 AM

I am looking to build a quiet family/gaming PC. My overall budget is about $1000. I would like to be able to play SWTOR on it. I had an older build that I did several years ago and the only thing I didn't like about it was the noise. I currently have an iMac (that I am selling to fund the build) so I would really like this build to be quiet. I have not built anything or kept up with PC's in a pretty good while so any and help is much appreciated. Thanks.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

This will be our family PC and used for editing video and pictures and for gaming. I would like the PC to be as quiet as possible.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread


3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.


4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc.

No Preference

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

None but overall budget including monitor and keyboard is $1000 (have a mouse)

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

Not sure

8. What resolution YOU plan on gaming with.

Would like to do 1080p on something like SWTOR

9. WHEN do you plan to build it?


10. Don't ask for a build configuration critique or rating if you are thin skinned.
a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2012 2:39:04 AM

A quiet computer will be based inside a quiet case .

The Antec P183 V3 has been the best available for a while , but there is now a P280 as well

In your price range you should be able to fit in
Intel i5 2400/2500/2500k processor
A motherboard with the Z68 chipset from Asus , Asrock, or Gigabyte
2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz RAM [running at 1.5 volts or less ]
MSI TwinFrzr GTX 560 ti graphics card
500 gig SATA hard drive
550 - 650 watt bronze rated PSU .

Alternatives for the graphics card is the Radeon 6950 . You will have to research the card . Some are definitely quieter than others . Some could pass as leaf blowers
January 18, 2012 3:04:35 AM

Thanks for the response. I have been working on a build at newegg. Here is where it stands. Note that I have two cases in there. From what I read the other case is quite good for sound also. Does this look pretty good? Any components I should change? Anywhere to save a buck?


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$19.99 $19.99


Antec P280 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:p 280
Item #:N82E16811129179
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$139.99 $139.99


Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent ...
Item #:N82E16811352011
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$99.99 $99.99


Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST500DM002
Item #:N82E16822148767
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$84.99 $84.99


Hannspree By HannsG SL231DPB Glossy Black 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
Model #:SL231DPB
Item #:N82E16824262012
Return Policy:Monitor Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$199.99 -$50.00 Instant $149.99


MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Model #:N560GTX-Ti Twin Fro
Item #:N82E16814127594
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card
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$239.99 $239.99


COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
Model #:RS-700-AMBA-D3
Item #:N82E16817171037
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate
Note (Add)
$139.99 -$35.00 Instant $104.99


Rosewill RIKB-11002 Slim Keyboard with Low Profile Chiclet Keycap Design
Model #:RIKB-11002
Item #:N82E16823201047
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$14.99 -$5.00 Instant $9.99


Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC
Model #:TED38192M1333HC9DC
Item #:N82E16820313086
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$35.99 $35.99


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Item #:N82E16813157271
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$129.99 -$8.00 Instant $121.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Model #:BX80623I52500K
Item #:N82E16819115072
Return Policy:Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy
In Stock
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$229.99 $229.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986
Return Policy:Software Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$99.99 $99.99
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a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2012 3:09:18 AM

You have two cases in there . The fractal design case is micro ATX so its not able to take an ATX motherboard

You can definitely save on the PSU as well . You only needs 500 watt for that pc , and only 650 watt if you want to add a second graphics card later .

If you live near a microcenter you may get a better deal on the cpu/ mb by shopping there
a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2012 3:23:54 AM

The MSI card while it is a nice card has two fans and is a fairly open design and can be a little noisy with that open design. The power supply is not the best and you probably chose it because it said Silent Pro in the title.

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99 and a $15 rebate along with a $10 promo code that makes it $74.99

This is a special sale/rebate /promo at Newegg and ends 1/18 so you would have to get it soon as possible. It features an Ultra quiet fan for silent operation and is a quality brand name.

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$229.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $209.99

This card is less money even before the rebate and has one fan with a closed in heatsink/fan and will blow air and noise out the rear of the Pc. The Evga Precision software it comes with hqas a fan control option on it to control the fan speed and thus the noise.
a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2012 3:57:12 AM

Good deal on the PSU there Inzone

but I think you may be wrong about the graphics card noise . Two fans are going to move more air with fewer rpm's and noise than a single fan . You also dont want the noise out of the case ....thats when you will hear it . You want it inside where the sound dampening will absorb it .

I have seen reviews of this cooler/card that say ts very quiet
January 18, 2012 11:59:44 AM

Thanks for all of the help guys. I am really torn now on the card. I have am not real up on this stuff so it is making it very difficult. Any other card suggestions I should look into.

On a side note, the price of this rig is going to be about $1200. Newegg has some gaming laptops that are similar in spec with a gtx560m for about the same money. I know that kind of comes down to the desktop vs laptop debate but it seems like something I may should consider. Thoughts?
January 18, 2012 12:13:20 PM

I did my build under $720.00 with a 2600k and z68 board But there is a problem i hate my case any good ideas on the case i should get?
a b 4 Gaming
January 18, 2012 3:45:07 PM

Alaptop has it's uses but gameing is not one of them when compared to a desktop , the video options in a regular laptop jus don't measure up and you have to get some extreme options with the video chips to be able to compete and that will drive the price up. If you look through the laptop options you will see that any time a discrete video card is added the price is higher. Then you have the screen size which in gameing do you like playing a game on a 15" screen or a 24" screen.
It all comes down to personal preference and what you want and what works best for your situation.