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February 28, 2012 6:37:45 PM

Hello,
i am putting together a gaming pc and need a little help. so here's what i have so far;
antec lanboy case
asus p8z68 mobo
i5 2500k pro.

i am putting an aftermarket cpu fan on and want to keep the whole build as quiet as i can. i need a GCU that i can play some decent games on but i dont want to spend to much. i am going with a modular PCU i still need to figure out the wattage i need but i still want a good brand. i am going to try to fill in all 15 fan slots but dont know how loud its going to be like i said i want it do be rather quiet. if you have any suggestions for me i welcome them.

i am trying to keep the build under 1300 but i cant go over 1600 i have the lanboy already i got it off there site for 88 shipped.
so anything you have to say i welcome it.

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February 28, 2012 7:42:25 PM

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i am going with a modular PCU i still need to figure out the wattage i need but i still want a good brand.


You can calculate your minimum needed wattage here: http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalcula...

A good rule of thumb is whatever the recommended minimum wattage is add 50W if you plan to overclock and 100W if you plan to add a second video card.

Good PSU brands are Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, and some Silverstone models.

Brands you want to avoid: Diablotek, Coolmax, Raidmax, Xclio, Xion, Apevia, Compucase, , and pretty much anything that isn't one of the above.

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i am putting an aftermarket cpu fan on and want to keep the whole build as quiet as i can.


You can check out some ideas for cooling solutions here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

I really like the Akasa Voodoo Venom, EVGA M020, and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

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i am going to try to fill in all 15 fan slots but dont know how loud its going to be like i said i want it do be rather quiet.


15 fans? Seems a bit redundant when you can achieve 21'C - 26'C idle temps on a configuration with 3 - 4 fans tops. On my workstation I'm running a Cooler Master HAF 912 as my case . I have 1 x 140mm front fan installed, 1 x 200mm top fan installed, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust fan, and 1 x 120mm side fan installed. For the CPU fan I'm running a Hyper 212+ with 2 x 120mm fans. I average 24'C on idle, and 29'C - 33'C on full use.

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antec lanboy case


It's not my favorite case on the market and it's certainly not my first choice on $1300+ builds - there's plenty of better cases on the market that are far easier to work with (my favorites are the Corsair Carbide series and Fractal Design's Arc MIDI).

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i am trying to keep the build under 1300 but i cant go over 1600 i have the lanboy already i got it off there site for 88 shipped.
so anything you have to say i welcome it.


If you fill this out I can suggest parts better: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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February 28, 2012 8:03:09 PM

I've got only three fans in my case (front, rear, and top), all of them low-speed, and have been idling under 30C. For the CPU cooler, unless you plan on some high overclocking (which really should not be necessary), any 120mm tower cooler will run quietly and perform well. I would suggest Xigmatek as an alternative to Crappermaster (Coolermaster). Some of their PSUs still have liar-labels on them, or claim protections that are in fact missing (fact, not opinion; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That is dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve business for any of its products, no matter how good. Fortunately in any market where they may be found, competitors offer similar products at similar prices, so you won't take a hit in the wallet for refusing to support a dishonest business. I'm using a Xigmatek Gaia in my system.
With a $1300 budget, you should be able to easily fit a GTX560Ti and a quality PSU like a Seasonic X-560 (or X-650; check prices). If you'd prefer to spend less, even a HD6850 can play current games with decent settings, and you can run one of those with as little as a 380W Earthwatts.
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February 28, 2012 8:07:07 PM

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I would suggest Xigmatek as an alternative to Crappermaster (Coolermaster).


Funny - I'm the opposite, I hate Xigmatek. I had one of their fans - the Gaia - it had tons of loose parts, really cheap thermal paste, and when I installed it I got temperature read errors left and right, and finally lost the motherboard I was using at the time.

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Some of their PSUs still have liar-labels on them, or claim protections that are in fact missing (fact, not opinion; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That is dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve business for any of its products, no matter how good.


I don't recommend their PSUs anyways.

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I'm using a Xigmatek Gaia in my system.


That's fine but after the experience I had I'll NEVER recommend Xigmatek to anybody. I'd go with something like the EVGA fan I listed or something from Noctua, anything but them.
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February 28, 2012 10:49:23 PM

Fair enough; my Gaia had no issues, but I was mounting it on AM3+, which could have been different enough. Anyway, there are plenty of decent 120mm tower coolers to be able to avoid supporting a dishonest company.

Edit: Oh, and I think I used MX2 or AS5 instead of the included paste, although the monthly rundown on pastes at HardwareSecrets suggest maybe a 1C-3C difference among the better pastes.
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February 29, 2012 2:38:24 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as i get the money for the parts

Budget Range: 1300-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: still need to get the keyboard and mouse but ill float that boat when i get there or if i find a deal

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Arizona USA

Parts Preferences: intel antec Coolermaster

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: what do you think?

Monitor Resolution: idk ill play with it Duel Monitor

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC i am going with green led lights on the fans

Case: antec lanboy bought and paid for

Motherboard: asus p8z68 pro

Processor: intel i5 2500k

GCU: need idea

Hard Drive: dont know yet i like WD barricuda but im open here

Disk Drive: ????

PCU: ????

RAM: ????

CPU Fan: thinking about Cooler Master Hyper 212

PCU: ????

120 mm Fans: up to 15 green led dont know how many yet ill play with this

:bounce:  Comments :bounce:  Complaints :bounce:  Big or Small Ideas :bounce: 
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February 29, 2012 2:58:39 AM

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120 mm Fans: up to 15 green led dont know how many yet ill play with this


I still say that's a bit redundant - I'd highly suggest reading this article about setting up a good air cooling system:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

Put the money you'd be spending on all those fans to getting the best GPU you can get for the money. Go with a 7950 or a 580.

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GCU: need idea


You mean GPU? Try something like one of these:

- EVGA Geforce GTX 580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- XFX Radeon 7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Hard Drive: dont know yet i like WD barricuda but im open here


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

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CPU Fan: thinking about Cooler Master Hyper 212


The Hyper 212 Evo is an excellent choice but I really like the Akasa Voodoo Venom and EVGA M020. Check out this article for some alternate suggestions:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

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Disk Drive: ????


Optical drive or SSD?

Optical drive depends on if you want Blu-Ray or not. I personally say skip this option and go with a cheapo ~$18 DVD burner and get one later as an upgrade. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to add an SSD I highly, *HIGHLY* recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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RAM: ????


Crucial Ballistix 8GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PCU: ????


You mean Power Supply? Get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 29, 2012 9:00:56 AM

If you're getting the fans for looks (you like green LEDs) rather than cooling (which you won't need), that's fine, but make sure to get low-speed fans, or your case will roar when you turn it on. It would be a lot cheaper to get plain fans and add a few CCFLs or LED strips inside your case.
Otherwise I mostly agree with g-unit, except that I wouldn't get a SSD smaller than 80GB, and 120GB-128GB would be a lot better; I've used about 91GB on mine. I'm using Windows Ultimate though, and Home Premium is smaller. My data is all on other drives.
I believe the best PSUs are made by Seasonic (and Delta). You may not need 750W, but it is very possible that the X750 is only $10 more than the X650.
By the time you gather the funds, nVidia's Kepler could be out. Otherwise, I'd choose AMD for the power saving features. Aside from lower cost, less power also means less heat and less fan noise.
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February 29, 2012 11:50:43 PM

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You mean GPU? Try something like one of these:

- EVGA Geforce GTX 580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130587
- XFX Radeon 7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150590


what am i getting as far as some of the cheaper ones thats a little more than i had in mind but do i have to get one of them to get the quality i am looking for. not that im not going to buy it i just want to save and get a good quality card. (haha if thats not a contradiction)

how much trouble/money would it be to install a water cooling system down the road a few months or a year after completion
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March 1, 2012 12:30:30 AM

doc-holliday-89 said:
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You mean GPU? Try something like one of these:

- EVGA Geforce GTX 580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130587
- XFX Radeon 7950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150590


what am i getting as far as some of the cheaper ones thats a little more than i had in mind but do i have to get one of them to get the quality i am looking for. not that im not going to buy it i just want to save and get a good quality card. (haha if thats not a contradiction)

how much trouble/money would it be to install a water cooling system down the road a few months or a year after completion


I would not recommend water cooling at all - it's too much risk for not a lot of payoff. Your system will last far longer if you stick with air cooling.
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March 1, 2012 1:00:03 AM

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